1997-2001: Rutgers College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Graduated with High Honors and Departmental Honors in Philosophy. Minored in English. Spent a semester abroad in Florence, Italy.
2001- 2003: I taught all over New Jersey privately and publicly for a major test preparatory company, so I’ve been trained in fast and easy ways to teach essay writing for standardized tests proven by research. One good thing about huge corporations is that they afford to research and develop strategies that a lone teacher could not.
2002-2003: I taught English in Middlesex Community College for two semesters. I learned that there are no harder working students than those just arriving to the USA who strive for the American dream. I was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award. Maybe this is because I promised to get cornrows in my hair if students all got B’s or better on their final exams. They did, so I did.
2003-2006: I taught English in Japan for a private company for 3 years, so I have learned easy and fun ways to teach writing to exhausted, overworked business men. They could barely walk straight they were so tired, let alone complete a laborious essay assignment. I was promoted to “head teacher” and helped school grow by 50%. Teaching here was one of my first big challenges as an educator.
2007- present: I am currently teaching language arts in urban East Newark, New Jersey. My students are mostly immigrants from Peru, and some of them never went to school before my class. Thus, I have been FORCED to figure out a way to make it as easy, fast, and fun as possible. I am succeeding at this more and more every year.
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