I have taught grades 9 through 11 in a private high school, Introductory Writing in two community colleges, Writing and Study Skills in a small university, SAT prep in a tutoring center, and Comprehensive English classes for Independent Study and home school students in grades 6 through 12.
My approach is holistic and literature based. I center lessons mostly around novels, including vocabulary, historical context, information about the author, and the novel’s place in the history of literature. Poems and short stories are chosen to complement the longer works. Writing skills are developed using both structured and creative assignments, always exploring the novel. An expanded world view is encouraged, as students connect a specific novel with concerns of our time, and with their own value systems.
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I have a Bachelor's Degree (A.B.) in English Language and Literature and a Masters Degree (M.A.T.) in Teaching, both from Smith College, Northampton Massachusetts.
A few experiences which have deepened my experience of the world: 1) As a teen, I won a scholarship to a college preparatory boarding school, gaining valuable insight into novels like Catcher in the Rye and Finding Alaska. And I lived for three years in the company of people whose life work was education. 2) I worked as an assistant to a midwife with a hospital and home birth practice, and assisted in delivering babies throughout both Silicon Valley and the Santa Cruz Mountains. 3) I am descended from a 16th century Irish female pirate, and a clan of professional chess players. 4) I have belonged to the same book club for 20 years.