I use a process based approach, teaching writing as a series of drafts instead of a one-shot finished product. When possible, I let students choose their topic. Commenting on papers has always been my most effective individualized teaching tool.
I have been teaching high school and college students for over 20 years and have been highly successful in improving students' writing skills, passing rates, and college success. Many former high school students who have gone on to college have let me know how prepared they felt for college writing.
$25/hour for feedback on papers and editing.
$25/hour for lessons.
$15/hour/per person for group lessons (2 or more students).
Education: MA English
2016 - current
Language Arts teacher and Outdoor Program director, MS through HS, Realms of
Teacher at a 7th through 12th grade private school for bright and gifted students. Developed
curriculum for and taught composition, literature, creative writing, beginning Spanish, philosophy,
and statistics. Planned and ran backpacking, climbing, and international trips.
2010 – 2015
Teacher, Language Arts, Creative Writing for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.
East Hollywood High School
Teacher at a charter school serving students who are interested in film as a career, and students
in need of credit recovery.
2008 – 2009
Teacher, Language Arts 10 and Language Arts L.E.A.D., East High
Teacher at a large (2000+ students) public high school, primarily in a program for students at high
risk of flunking out. In addition to standard teaching duties, this included developing and
implementing protocol for this first year program.
1995 – 2006
Teacher, Upper School, Realms of Inquiry
Teacher at a K – 12 private school for bright and gifted students. Developed curriculum for and
taught composition, literature, philosophy, creative writing, algebra, and PE. Emphasizing
experiential learning, the upper school curriculum included outdoor and travel components.
Annual planning and leadership for 10 day backpacking trips and month-long international trips,
as well as various climbing, camping, hiking, river, and ski trips. In this context, taught rock
climbing, routefinding, budget and itinerary planning, and elementary Thai.
1986 – 1988
Composition Instructor, University of Idaho
Taught English 101 and 102, 2 classes per semester. Designed a program which resulted in
classes with the department’s highest passing rates, determined by students’ final essays, which
were reviewed by professors and peers.
1995 – present
Guide, Exum Utah Mountain Adventures
Professional guide 15 years, senior EUMA climbing guide 11 years. Additional duties include
training new guides and implementing and teaching workshops for guide staff.
Summer 2005 – 2007
Guide, Snowbird Expeditions
One-on-one guiding and design of custom adventures based on client interest and skills. Lead
1989 – 1995
Ski instructor, Deer Valley Resort
PSIA Level 3 certification in 1991.
I’ve know Mike for almost 30 years and he has worked for us as a climbing guide and instructor. In addition to working with adults, he has taught our youth climbing camps for years. He is the favorite instructor of our teens. He has a great sense of humor, is a tremendous instructor and is passionate about climbing and working with youth. He is compassionate, understanding and helpful.
My daughter had the great luck to not only have Mike for an English teacher, but also for an advisor and mentor. Mike has a great rapport with his students. He mentorship style incorporates strong academic support and encouragement for students to have confidence in their own abilities. You truly won't find better than Mike!
You will not find a more brilliant, patient, and caring instructor.
As a sulky and an excruciatingly shy teenager, I benefited greatly from Mike’s individualized teaching style. His classes encouraged critical thinking skills and creativity, which set me up for success in my undergraduate and master’s degree programs. In short, I would not be where I am today—a UC Berkeley communications director—if it were not for Mike’s genuine dedication to his students.
I first studied with Mr Kaserman in 8th grade and was in his classes for 4 years. Mike is a teacher who knows how to listen to his students and cater to their needs, he's open minded and soft-spoken, but he knows when to be serious. If Mike was a professor at my college, I'd sign up for his class in a heartbeat.
Mike taught me high school English. I'm now a professional journalist.
Mike was always kind and supportive, and he made the challenges he set for students feel fun rather than stressful. His classes were rigorous, energizing and inspiring. He is a superb teacher. I recommend him without hesitation.
Mike is extremely relatable and caring towards his students. He has a compassionate attitude while making sure the job gets done. Mike guided me in writing papers and gave feedback that could be easily applied. After learning with Mike, I came a long way in my writing skills and became more confident in my ability to deliver a message on paper.
Mike was a fantastic teacher at my high school. He's a super Superprof. He's teaching style is very welcoming and productive. I took a lot away from his classes that I wasn't expecting to, most of the things I learned from his classes are still with me now. I 10/10 recommend Mike Kaserman.
He's been a teacher and guiding for a long time and is patient people.
Mike Kaserman helped me when I was struggling with math. He understands that each student learns in a different way and tailors his lessons to the individual. Mike is a great man and great teacher.
Mike was my English professor for two years when I was in high school. The mentorship he provided has stayed with me throughout my academic career. Thanks to the writing skills he helped me to develop in high school, I had no issue writing undergraduate level papers. Even now, those honed writing skills are getting me through my graduate degree!
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