When teaching online, my teaching method is to break difficult subjects into smaller manageable parts to build students skills in reading literature critically and crafting strong narrative, creative, analytical, or research based essays. I am a dynamic teacher that values interactive learning, lively discussion, encouragement and clear communication. I believe each individual has unique learning needs, strengths, and varying abilities. I try to meet each student where he/she/they are to build both skills and confidence.
I am a community college English Instructor. I have been teaching English abroad and in the United States since 1995. I have taught elementary, middle school, and high school students, senior citizens and currently teach community college students. I have experience teaching Developmental Writing, Composition and Rhetoric, Critical Thinking, Creative Writing, and Literature. At one point, I taught high school English in New Mexico!
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Kendra Dwelley Guimaraes
Dynamic teacher, skillful and focused writer/editor. Extensive experience designing curriculum and teaching a wide variety of college-level English courses. Talented at co-creating, guiding, and editing the written stories of school-aged children, adults, and seniors teaching courses in the writing process, developmental writing, creative writing, personal essays, argumentative essays, research papers and creative nonfiction with deep pedagogical roots in social justice. Strong interpersonal skills and intuitive communication with ability to connect with different personalities and address varying needs of students via succinct and encouraging exchanges. Multilingual, Curious, open-minded, flexible, versatile, and culturally sensitive from world travel and almost a decade living abroad.
Online Adjunct English Instructor for Lake Tahoe Community College Foster student self-reflection and critical thinking via theme-based composition and developmental writing courses on Canvas to promote the writing skills of a wide range of student abilities for students of different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Participated as teacher in the Distance Learning for Incarcerated Student Program to promote social advocacy working one on one with developmental writing students crafting personal and argumentative essays with a parallel focus on self-development.
Founder of The Writing Well, Collaborator with Dream Maker Ink People Nonprofit Organization for the Arts. Envisioned and created a nonprofit with a mission to improve wellness in rural communities. Visited Humboldt County public elementary, secondary, and high school students with writing projects designed to stimulate and engage young writers and enhance their creativity. Taught community classes for children and seniors in nature writing, poetry, fiction, and memoir. Promoted and created community through the arts. Worked with multiple deadlines to research, write, and submit grants and sustain funding of this project.
Full Time English Instructor Taught Developmental Writing, Composition and Rhetoric, Upper-Division Literature, and ESL to college students at Lake Tahoe Community College. Designed a multicultural course curriculum to promote identity development and critical thinking for developmental writing students and English majors, served as a liaison between ESL community and college, developed and presented training sessions for Writing Lab tutors, and participated on the Diversity Committee.
Adjunct English Instructor Taught Developmental Writing, Composition and Rhetoric, and ESL to college students at Florida International University, Western New Mexico University, and Solano Community College.
High School English Teacher Taught English Language Arts at Grants Alternative High School in New Mexico.
English Teacher Taught English at The English School, Granada, Spain, ICBEU in Minas Gerais, Brazil, and Shell Oil, Polo Petro Quimico and ODEBRECHT in Bahia, Brazil.
Published Writing in
Saints of Hysteria: A Half-Century of Collaborative American Poetry edited by Denise Duhamel, Maureen Seaton, and David Trinidad, Big Bridge, and Toyon Literary Magazine
1994 BA in English and Spanish Literature, with high honors, University of California Davis
2002 MFA Creative Writing, Florida International University
I have known Kendra Guimaraes since the Fall of 2004 when we met at Lake Tahoe Community College. We were to share an office- I was hired to run their physics department while Kendra was to teach English and English as a Second Language (ESL) to the sizeable immigrant population that Lake Tahoe was home to, on account of being a ski haven. Kendra was already a published poet and author when we met that year. She had none of the hubris of having already accomplished so much at a young age.
In the one year that Kendra and I shared an office I realized that though Kendra was hired as an ESL/English instructor but in truth, she was also a confidante to her students who were so far from their familiar surroundings and sounds. Her fluency in Spanish and Portuguese made her a natural choice, of course. Her personality which is a unique combination of gentleness and strength made her the obvious choice as the mentor and guide for her ESL students. Kendra had spent years in a foreign country, learning a language she knew nothing about, making a living teaching ESL in Brazil. She shared her experiences openly and willingly with all her students. This instilled confidence and a certain “if she can do it, so can I” feeling in her ESL students struggling to do in the United States what Kendra did in another foreign land.
Kendra is an accomplished writer and poet. But at the same time she makes the language accessible to students from all backgrounds- English speaking and otherwise. She is one of the few people who can teach the language for survival as well as at a different level as an art form. I highly recommend her for teaching English- to those who wish to become writers and to those who want to learn English as a tool to accomplishing other things.
Kendra is a Superprof- her super powers lie in teaching with compassion and ensuring that the students leave her class richer in knowledge and skill.
I take this opportunity to recommend my friend Kendra. We have been friends for 12+ years. I deeply admire her empathy and cultural sensitive approach. She has excellent teaching and communication skills. She has the intellect, passion and drive to help students achieve their best. I recommend her without reservation.
As professor of English at HSU, I can guaranty of Mrs Guimaraes’s stellar abilities.
Professor Tom Gage, Founder of the Redwood Writing Project, Flagship of NWP
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