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Lessons offered by DJ
  • Individual
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The lessons will be held
  • at your home
Taught subjects
  • Academic English
  • Reading
  • Academic tutoring
  • Homework help
  • Modernist literature
Levels
  • Middle School
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • College
  • Adult Education

English Instructor: Literature, literacy, writing (creative and academic) 15 years of teaching experience in both high school and college level settings

Methodology

I am an experienced teacher who is dedicated to helping all students succeed. My lessons are always engaging and allow students to demonstrate their own understanding of texts. Literature is nebulous. There often isn't one concrete answer. I allow students to come up with their own interpretations of text. The only rule is "prove it"; show evidence from the text that will allow me to accept the response.
I always begin with a question that defies logic. This starts the critical thinking process to begin.
My areas of expertise are in the following.:
Literary analysis of drama, fiction, and poetry. Development of essay form, including documented essay; instruction and practice in expository writing. Emphasis on clarity of central and support ideas, adequate development, logical organization, coherence, appropriate citing of primary and/or secondary sources, and grammatical and mechanical accuracy. Rhetorical modes: cause and effect, argument and persuasion, etc. Reading and evaluating research sources.

Background

I have been an English instructor for 15 years. I have instructed students at high school and university levels. The majority of my students who attend my classes move on to the next level of learning and are successful in them.

Rates

Transportation Fee : $5
Lessons offered by DJ
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Academic English
  • Reading
  • Academic tutoring
  • Homework help
  • Modernist literature
Levels
  • Middle School
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • College
  • Adult Education

DJ's resume

English Instructor – Resourceful professional with a genuine interest in cognitive growth. Strong passion for verbal and written language with a great ability to inspire and motivate others. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Strong ability to foster quality relationships with a diverse community. Key strengths include:

• Literature based instruction Departmental management
• Vocabulary development Writing voice development
• Curriculum design and development Evaluation and assessment

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Education &Certifications

Education Leadership Specialist (July 2009) Stetson University

MA in English Literature (January 2004) Herbert H. Lehman College

BA in English Literature (June 2001) Herbert H. Lehman College
Major: English with Specialization in Creative Writing
Minor: Middle and High School Education

New York State Permanent Teaching Certificate English 7-12 (2004)

Florida Educator’s Certificate (2005)

Foreign Languages: Fluent in verbal and written Spanish

Computer Skills: MS Word, Excel, Internet, Podcasting, Word Publisher, PowerPoint

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Teaching Experience

Everglades University - Maitland, Fl. 8/2016

American Literature: Explored selected major works of American literature. Encompassing a wide range of time, including works by a variety of American authors. Historical background and social forces that shape literature are emphasized, and literary genres and elements are explored.
Planned class sessions: prepared coursework materials, written assignments, and handouts. Selected/integrated appropriate instructional materials for classroom instruction. Organized/delivered classroom lectures to students.

English Composition I & II: This course teaches the principles of the writing process, emphasizing scholarly writing and the research paper. It includes basic research and documentation methods. Review of grammar and editing skills. Rhetorical modes: cause and effect, argument and persuasion. Reading and evaluating research sources. Planned class sessions: prepared coursework materials, written assignments, and handouts. Selected/integrated appropriate instructional materials for classroom instruction. Organized/delivered classroom lectures to students.


Valencia College – Orlando, Fl. West Campus 9/2016

College Composition I & II: Development of essay form, including documented essay; instruction and practice in expository writing. Emphasis on clarity of central and support ideas, adequate development, logical organization, coherence, appropriate citing of primary and/or secondary sources, and grammatical and mechanical accuracy. Rhetorical modes: cause and effect, argument and persuasion. Reading and evaluating research sources. Planned class sessions: prepared coursework materials, written assignments, and handouts. Selected/integrated appropriate instructional materials for classroom instruction. Organized/delivered classroom lectures to students.


Daytona State College TRiO Upward Bound Program 4/2015 – 6/2016

Instructing grades 9 – 12 - pre-college program that helps low-income, first generation high school youth prepare for higher education.
Delivered engaging, coherent lectures and motivating lessons. Utilized learning technology in the planning and delivery of lessons. Modified assignments and activities to meet the learning needs of individual students.
Classroom management: Prepared English classroom and coursework materials. Planned class sessions: Selected/integrated appropriate instructional materials for classroom instruction. Organized/delivered classroom lectures to students.


Deltona High School – Deltona, Fl. 8/2005 – 5/2016
English Department Chair (2013-2016). Assisted in the development of the new LAFS curriculum. Attended collaborative meetings between staff, administration, and outside agencies. Planned English lessons to meet curriculum standards for grades 9 - 12 English.
Delivered engaging, coherent lectures and motivating lessons. Utilized learning technology in the planning and delivery of lessons. Modified assignments and activities to meet the learning needs of individual students.
Classroom management: Prepared English classroom and coursework materials, homework assignments, and handouts. Planned class sessions: Selected/integrated appropriate instructional materials for classroom instruction. Organized/delivered classroom lectures to students. Coordinated tutoring.
Mentoring all department faculty. Monitoring the departmental budget. Providing professional development presentations

Deltona High School – Deltona, FL. 8/2005 – 6/2007

Coordinator of P.A.C.T. Program. Developing and implementing English 9 P.A.C.T. Program curriculum. Coordinate the creation of integrated curriculum for P.A.C.T. Program students (English, Math, World History, and Reading). Coordinate the creation of P.A.C.T. Guided Studies Program. Attend regular monthly meetings and workshops.

Coordinated Cross-age tutoring project in which grade 9 students visited Timbercrest Elementary and read their children’s stories to 4th grade students.
Coordinated and taught a creative writing component for P.A.C.T. Program students. Worked closely with teachers in other disciplines to create an effective and engaging academic experience for P.A.C.T. Program students. Worked to create a collegiate experience for P.A.C.T. Program students in which they visit a neighboring university and work with future teachers to complete research projects.


DeWitt Clinton HS, Bronx, NY 9/2004 – 6/2005

Created and implemented lesson plans for English Composition and Literacy classes. Instructed English 1, Composition, Creative Writing 9, and Ramp-Up to Literacy courses. Assisted in creating an assessment for literacy challenged students. Helped coordinate the Cross-age tutoring project.

Adjunct Lecturer, Herbert H. Lehman College, Bronx, NY 9/2002–12/2004

Created and implemented lesson plans in Freshman English Composition/ Rhetoric (Principles of Effective Writing Levels I and II) in the classroom environment in conjunction with computer based instruction.

Substitute Teacher, Lehman High School and Clinton High School 2/2004 – 6/2004
Managed, instructed, and had been requested for classes in the area of English, Foreign Language, Social Studies, and Science.

Student Teacher, Clinton High School, Bronx, NY 9/2003 - 12/2003
Constructed and applied lesson plans under the supervision of a master teacher at the high school level.

Teaching Fellow, Herbert H. Lehman College, Bronx, NY 9/2001 - 6/2002

Created and implemented lesson plans in Freshman English Composition/ Rhetoric (Principles of Effective Writing Level II) in the classroom environment in conjunction with computer based instruction.

Honors and Awards Received
2001 - Teaching Fellowship at Herbert H. Lehman College
2001 - Class of 1928 Scholarship
2001 - Jacqueline S. Schiller Lehman College Scholarship
2001 - The Bernard L. Einbond Memorial Prize in Prose Fiction
2001 - The Blanche Lewy Joseph Memorial Prize (Departmental Award)
2000 - Golden Key Honor Society
1998 - Grace A. Croff Memorial Prize in Poetry

Interest and Activities
I am interested in writing short fiction and writing and analyzing poetry. I am also interested in reading and analyzing English Literature. My hobbies include painting, sculpture, and studying cultural anthropology with a focus on ancient South American culture.

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