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I have worked as high school teacher, a college professor, a professional writer, a film editor, an advertising copywriter, an actress, and even as a stand up comedian. I hold a B.A. in English from Barnard College, the "sister" school to Columbia University, and have a Masters in English Literature with a Minor in Film from the University of Rochester. In addition to my teacher certification, I have achieved National Board Certification, awarded to a select group of teachers in the United States who have completed a rigorous program of work attesting to their professional excellence as an educator.
I enjoy working with students to help them reach their full potential as I remember the teachers who went out of their way to do that for me. I believe that it takes creativity, intelligence, and a sense of humor to be a good teacher, and that my experience as a professional writer allows me to approach the learning of writing confidently and creatively as a craft. I believe that the best student-teacher relationship is a partnership, one in which my students and I work together to find the best ways for them to learn and to succeed.
In my 19 years as a teacher, I have taught writing and English literature to students in IB, AP, College, and University. I have also worked for many years as a professional writer for many businesses and institutions, and believe that I therefore more able to offer tools, techniques, and strategies that writers actually use to communicate meaningfully and effectively.
As an English teacher, I believe that many people are under the mistaken belief that you're either born a writer or you're not. That is a myth. Instead, what I try to reinforce is that writing IS work for EVERYONE, and that the trick is to recognize it as a process. Personally, while I have won awards in my professional career as a writer, I have NEVER once written something that was great the first time I wrote it. And while there is no magic formula to great writing, there are some very real skills and strategies that I have learned as a writer which I believe make me uniquely qualified to teach students to be successful in whatever assessment or assignment they may be working on.
I have also taught IB film since it was in its pilot program, and guided hundreds of students through the assessments, either in my own face-to-face classrooms or as an online teacher for Pamoja Education. l work as a team leader and examiner for IB so I am one of the people who grades the actual assessments once they are submitted.
In addition, I currently teach a number of college film courses in feminist and queer film theory, which, in addition to film history and analysis, is an area I am particularly interested in.
English, Film, Writing
M.A. English Literature, University of Rochester. B.A., English, Barnard College. New York State Teacher Certification, Nazareth College. National Board Certification, Media Mentor Award, Ithaca College.