After teaching creative writing for 5th and 6th graders for a few years, I taught as a teaching assistant for Midwestern State U. in Wichita Falls for two years. A semester teaching at Wayland Baptist and one at Vernon College convinced me that I wanted to teach students whose desires to learn were appropriate for the business world. For 12 years I taught students in a commercial college how to be more than just literate. They learned to express themselves clearly in a business letter, resume, and other business applications.
I developed a workbook combining vocabulary, grammar, and business writing for the American Commercial College campuses. The book was intended to aid teachers in teaching literacy to those adults who needed to be able to go straight from school into a business office. From the reports we received from the students, the book was helpful, not only in classes, but in their workplaces. Some students even used the book when working with their own children as they completed grade school and high school work in English.
English Honors Society--1990 to 1992* Publications Chairperson--North Texas Association for the Education of Young Children* Publication of Resources for Parents--NTAEYC* Lifetime Membership PTA, Ben Milam Elementary, Publications Chairperson/Teaching Assistant* Publisher/Editor Newsletters* Editor, Active Living, SlightlyCreaky.com* Author, Destinations (for Kindle, e-book) Amazon.com
Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX BA 1990 MA 1992--English teaching assistant
For several years I worked online with high school students through AOL and contributed materials to the Knowledge Database for students doing research. After AOL discontinued the online help, my time was spent with my husband and grandchildren. After retirement, I published my first novel in 2012: Destinations, for Kindle on Amazon.com. However, I still needed to feel that I could teach and therefore became a file editor for students at Midwestern State's Science and Health classes. Editing papers for most students was interesting, but the challenges of helping students understand the English language was enough to convince me that even American students had some problems learning how to use some words appropriately.