I teach 16 - 22 year-olds at a charter school in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In the past, I was adjunct college faculty for six years and taught high school English in the public system for eight.
What matters more to me than anything else is instilling my students with a love for learning: the kind of authentic learning that is actually self-discovery. School should be experiential and as such utilize hands-on type instruction as often as possible. Textbooks are resources and cannot be expected to address all classroom dynamics and learning styles, therefore, about 95% of the time, I create my own lessons, projects, activities and assessments. The most important aspect of teaching is creating an environment which supports students on an individualized basis, so that every student feels promoted, argued for, held up and kept going in a dynamic and situational fashion. Knowledge of true support requires applying psychological principles to learning, The better I understand my students' minds and lives, the greater advances I can make in their academic receptivity. This understanding requires examining cognitive and behavioral functions as well as a knowledge of developmental psychology in order to assist students in using their own internal resources to achieve their goals
Publications and Presentations A Young Person's Guide to Meditation, 2005 (Handbook) "Meditation to Foster a Learning Environment," 2004 (Pres) "Horizontal Teaming in English," 2004 (Pres) "Achieving Success for all Students," 2003 (Grant proposal) "Victorian Garden Project," 2001 (Grant) "Them, revised," (original author, Joyce Carol Oates), 1998 (Pres) Experience with diverse student populations regarding: culture; "at risk;" gifted; special education Nominated for teacher of the year Recognized for Excellence in Education Who's Who Among American Teachers Kappa Delta Pi and Magna Cum Laude Personal tutor and Teacher mentor Training and Certifications:Diabetes Management; Epi-Pen Training; Gang Prevention and Intervention; CPR; Electronic Communication; Sexual Harrassment; SAT Instruction
Education 7/01 Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA Educational Administration - Master of Ed. Administration and Supervision 5/98 University of Mary Washington, Fredricksburg, VA English / Sociology - Bachelor of Arts Teaching Certification, English 6 - 12, Administrator K-12
I currently live in the enigmatic state of Michigan in north-central US.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Applied Math, Social Studies - History, Native Americans, U.S. History, World History, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Drama, EFL - ESL - ELD, Career and Technical Education, Other (Specialty), English, Film, Philosophy, ELA Test Prep, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Life Skills, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Professional Development, Business, Character Education, Instructional Technology, Problem Solving, Basic Reading, Writing, Short Stories, Writing, Oral Communication, Writing-Essays, Poetry, For All Subjects, Test Preparation, Close Reading