I have taught English for 23 years--all levels, all high-school grades. I have also tutored extensively, which has helped me gain insight into the stumbling blocks that different types of learners face. Mentoring student teachers, consulting with Michigan State University, and lecturing to university education classes has helped me understand how to present my work so that other teachers can use it successfully.
I suppose the two main aspects of my style are contradictory, on the surface: I believe in high standards for every individual student and in a little cooperative chaos at the same time. I think, though, that we can maintain focus on students as individuals and still take advantage of the creative and intellectual power of the group. In order to reach every student and ensure long-term learning, I work to incorporate the latest neuroscientific findings on learning and the brain into my teaching. An early adopter of tech in the classroom, I've been published on the subject of digital literacy and have trained other teachers and spoken at conferences on the use of tech in teaching. I'm a big believer in the student-centered classroom, and have been asked to guest-lecture on the subject in university classrooms.
I have been repeatedly recognized by my district for my work with Special Education students and have been recognized by my district's parent group for my concern for individual students.
I have a B.A. in English and anthropology, with minors in linguistics, psychology, and philosophy. I have done graduate-level coursework in education and in Native American education in particular, and have an M.A. in the humanities.
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