I begin where my student is, and shape the lessons around his/her interests. We (I always write with my students) start every lesson writing in journals, stretching our writing muscles. I create writing prompts using what I've gleaned from the individuals' interests. Often these become the foundation for a longer piece; developed, and rewritten with attention to grammar, word choice, and structure. Writing in a vacuum can be stifling, especially for someone uncomfortable with their pen, so I also share samples from familiar texts, for example, the Sports section of the local newspaper to show the use of vivid verbs, or an excerpt from Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" great description.
For essay writing, developing a thesis is a necessary skill, and the structure following: topic sentences, supportive detail, and conclusion will fall or rise upon the strength of the thesis.
Twenty-five years teaching English in private schools: single gender and co-ed, middle and high school levels. MA from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs. NY and writing tutor in The Sage Colleges, Albany, NY, Writing Center, and I am a published writer.
2004 – Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs NY
MA focus: Gender Differences in Learning
1985 - The Breadloaf School of English, Middlebury VT
1982 - Trinity Hall, Cambridge University, UK
1980 - University of New Hampshire, Durham NH
Major: English and Philosophy
1976 – Notre Dame Preparatory School, Towson MD
2015-2016 - St. Pius X School, Loudonville NY
6th, 7th,8th grade English
2005-2011 – Albany Academy for Boys, Albany NY
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Grade English/History Teacher, Advisor, Mentor, Coach
*Recipient of The C. Woodrow Rea Teaching Award, May 2007:
Given in recognition of outstanding teaching by an Albany Academy Faculty Member
“Ms. Christina Sullivan is a passionate teacher who brings infectious enthusiasm for literature and for learning to her classroom… She respects students’ experiences and encourages them to revisit their ideas and to view them in a new light, to see what they can see from a new perspective… She truly enjoys teaching and working with all members of the Academy community.” - Dr. Joseph Jacobs, Parent
1988-1992 - St. Gregory’s School for Boys, Loudonville, NY
5th and 6th Grade English Teacher, Advisor
1983-1988 – Dana Hall, Wellesley, MA
7th, 9th, 10th, 11th Grade English Teacher, Advisor, Coach
“Spirited but level-headed, forceful but sensitive, involved but objective, Ms. Sullivan is a sterling person with remarkable poise. Her resourcefulness and willingness were highly esteemed by her colleagues and me. Because she is a quick study, atypically observant, refreshingly wholesome and a consummate professional, I recommend her for a multiplicity of academic and scholarly tasks.” - James Breene, Headmaster, St. Gregory’s School for Boys
1980-1983 – St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH
9th and 10th Grade English Teacher, Advisor, Coach, Dormitory Head
Interdisciplinary Curriculum Developer
• English/Art/Science/History – The Hudson River
• English/History/Art/Music – The Harlem Renaissance
• English/Computer/Math/Art/Science – Frank Lloyd Wright
• English/History – A Wreath for Emmett Till
• School Wide Global Awareness – A Long Walk to Water
• English/Music – The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
• English/Drama – The Dark is Rising, Video Drama
• English/Art – Hudson River Painters and Literature
• English/History/Religion – The Bible
• English/Drama – Macbeth
“We believe that top teachers are the teachers that leave their indelible marks on our children and contribute to the shaping and crystallizing of their talent forever. There is no doubt that Ms. Sullivan fits that description and we certainly hope that more teachers of her caliber will cross with our children’s academic path.” – Joseph Jacobs, Parent
• Disturbing (or Not?) Adolescent Literature, THE HORN BOOK Sept/Oct 2013
• The NYS Mentoring Program – Created for NYSUT and sponsored by Matilda Cuomo for use in the NYS public school system
• Skilled Workers Emeritus – Created state-wide brochure for the NYS Labor Department – 1988
• Imagine, Inquire, and Create: a STEM-Inspired Approach to Cross-Curricular Teaching by Dennis Adams
• Teaching Math, Science, and Technology in Schools Today: Guidelines for Engaging Both Eager and Reluctant Learners by Dennis Adams and Mary Hamm
Memoir Writing Workshops, William K. Sanford Town Library
Phoenix Writing Workshops
2013-2015 – Sage College
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