Welcome

Welcome to my web page!  You will find detailed information about my academic and professional background on this page.  Feel free to browse the links to the right to access my blog, Write!, or to send me an email.

Teaching Philosophy

As a teacher, my primary goal is for students to have stronger analytical skills and confidence to successfully pursue their academic, professional, and personal goals when we part for the last time than when we first met.  This immense task is one that I have embraced while teaching more than 100 post-secondary credit hours, and one that I continue to embrace by incorporating pedagogical training and reflecting on successful and unsuccessful classroom experiences.

While my enthusiasm for teaching traditional and non-traditional students has been unwavering, my methods have evolved as I have gained a better understanding and appreciation for the diverse backgrounds of students in any one class and how that diversity can be a catalyst for dynamic and engaging discussions, projects, and lectures.  As an underlying celebration of diversity as an academic catalyst, I instill in students the idea that we are a community of learners.  In a positive learning community, each student is inspired to recognize his or her role in promoting the success of the overall class by actively participating in discussions, helping peers in cooperative learning environments, and by embracing challenges toward individual achievement. My students are engaged in the learning process and are successful as a result.  In addition, I set clear expectations and evaluation guidelines for student conduct and performance so that all students know how they are expected to meet the goals set before them.

As an undergraduate and graduate student, I had the benefit of learning from outstanding instructors who were simultaneously encouraging and challenging; I model those instructors when I mentor students in instructor and advisor capacities.
 

Education

George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
Master of Arts, English 2006
Thesis: Shakespeare's Bastards: Defining Illegitimacy on the Early Modern Stage
Bachelor of Arts, English 1998
Concentrations: Medieval and Renaissance Literature, Cultural Studies, Mythology and Folklore
 
Northern Virginia Community College, Woodbridge, Virginia
Associate of Arts, Liberal Arts 1995

Research Interests and Selected Coursework

Academic research interests include interdisciplinary methods to place imaginative literature in social and historical discourses; the art of rhetoric; the art of composition; research and analysis of legal documents to determine social commentary on marriage and the family; the composition history of early modern drama as agent of social change; Shakespearean characterization of illegitimacy as motivation for villainy; analysis of historical documents, including parish registry data and early modern laws, to determine social commentary on marriage and the family.  Personal research interests include genealogy at various libraries, courthouses, museums, and cemeteries throughout Virginia and Washington, DC.

Composition: Classical Rhetoric and Theory Building (currently enrolled), Literary Scholarship, The Study and Writing of History, Literary Theory and Criticism, Graduate Thesis, Undergraduate Honors Thesis.
Education: Educational Foundations, Secondary Methods for Classroom Teachers, Secondary Reading Methods, Teaching Students with Gifts and Talents.
British Early Modern: Othello (University of Cambridge), Richard III: The Villain as Hero (University of Cambridge), The Early Modern Book in a Digital Age (Folger Shakespeare Library), Arthurian Retellings, Literature of the Middle Ages, Chaucer, English 16th Century Poetry and Prose, English 17th Century Poetry and Prose, Spencer, Shakespeare Tragedies and Romances, Shakespeare Histories and Comedies, Western Medieval History.
Cultural Studies: Renaissance Material Culture, 20th Century Shakespeare, Shakespeare on Film, Literary Approaches to Popular Culture.

Teaching and Administrative Experience

Smarthinking.com: Online Writing Lab Tutor, 7/10-Present. 
Work entails providing, real-time, online tutoring and learning support to students via an online writing lab.  Position requires mastery of written communication, writing theory and practice, and instructional technology.

University of Phoenix: Facilitator, 3/08-Present.
Courses taught: Research Writing (ENG 101 and 102)
Work entails teaching writing courses via and online platform through the Axia campus.  Online instruction includes creating syllabi, implementing and maintaining assessment tools, managing discussion boards and student record databases, and responding to students' assignments and questions in a timely and supportive manner.  Position requires mastery of written communication, writing theory and practice, and instructional technology.

Virginia Community College System
Blue Ridge Community College: Adjunct Faculty, 8/07-Present.
Courses taught: Preparing for College Writing I (ENG 1), College Composition I and II (ENG 111 and 112), Communication Processes II (ENG 138).
Work entails teaching college students literary analysis, critical writing, editing, and research, creating syllabi, implementing and maintaining assessment tools, managing student record databases, and mentoring students regarding their academic needs.  Work also entails mentoring other adjunct instructors, participating in course redesign discussions, and serving as club advisor. Position requires mastery of BlackBoard, SafeAssign, composition theory and teaching methods, written and oral communication, faculty development, community outreach, budget management, and technology for instruction, assessment, and record management.
Northern Virginia Community College: Adjunct Faculty, 8/04-5/05.
Courses taught: Preparing for College Writing I and II (ENG 1 and 3), College Composition II (ENG 112).
Work entailed teaching college students literary analysis, critical writing, editing, and research, creating syllabi, implementing and maintaining assessment tools, managing student record databases, and mentoring students regarding their academic needs. Position required mastery of student record management databases, composition theory and teaching methods, and written and oral communication.
Teacher's Assistant, 1/95-5/95.
Work entailed providing instructional support by instructing and evaluating the performance of students who were English language learners.
Tutor, 1/94-12/95.
Work entailed tutoring college students one-on-one in order to help them learn how to read and write to generate ideas, compose, and revise essays.

Shenandoah Valley Governor's School: Guest Artist, 8/10-9/10.
Work entailed creating and facilitating Shakespearean Staging workshops that culminated in student production of King Lear.

American Shakespeare Center: Teaching Assistant, Writer, 6/06-6/10.
Work entailed creating lesson plans for Shakespearean performance discussions, facilitating salon-style forums, and assisting instructors during a summer camp for high school drama campers.  Work also entailed co-authoring study guides and editing program for Blackfriars Conference.

Staunton City Schools: Teacher, 1/08-6/10.
Work entailed creating dual-enrollment Advanced Composition/English 111-112, and teaching high school English to students from diverse academic and socio-economic backgrounds critical thinking, analytical reading, research, and writing, creating syllabi, implementing and maintaining BlackBoard assessment tools, and managing student record databases.  Position required mastery of composition theory and teaching methods, written and oral communication, faculty development, community outreach, and technology for instruction, assessment, and record keeping.

Catholic Diocese of Richmond: Teacher, 8/06-7/07.
Work entailed teaching differentiated cor subjects to a diverse student body at a regional Catholic school.  Position required mastery or oral and written communication skills to lead committee meetings on academic standards and school improvement, developing and purchasing curriculum, and training teachers to utilize new curriculum.

Prince William County Schools: Teacher, 8/05-6/06.
Work entailed teaching Advanced Placement, traditional, and special education 12th grade English to students from diverse socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.  Work included teaching analytical reading, writing, research, literary analysis, critical thinking, and test taking skills, and managing student record databases.  Position required mastery of writing theory and practice, and technology for instruction, assessment, and record keeping.
Summer School Teacher's Assistant, 6/96-8/96.
Work entailed teaching the writing process to middle school students.

Huntington Learning Center: Center Director, 8/00-5/02.
Work entailed managing a private tutoring center's educational and financial objectives and serving as a liaison between center owners, tutoring staff, public and private school teachers, parents, and students.  Supervisory role included management of Assistant Director, Education Director, and twenty-five tutors.  Position required mastery of employee mentorship/management, budgets, billing, record-keeping, oral and written communication, customer service, and human resources.
Assistant Director, 6/98-10/99.
Work entailed tutor recruitment, retention, training, scheduling, mentoring, and supervising at a private instructional assistance center for developmental and advanced education.  Work also entailed conducting and analyzing diagnostic assessments, record-keeping for students and tutors, and modifying students' educational programs according to their needs in writing, reading, mathematics, and study skills.  Supervisory role included management of twenty tutors.  Position required mastery of employee mentorship/management, oral and written communication, assessment generation and implementation, scheduling, payroll, customer service, and human resources.
Reading and Writing Tutor, 1/98-6/98 and 8/02-8/05.
Work entailed teaching children and adults on multiple academic levels critical thinking, reading, and writing, and mentoring new tutors.

George Mason University: Graduate Research Assistant, 1/04-6/04.
Work entailed conducting Early modern book and database research for Professor Alok Yadav.

Publications as Collaborator

The American Shakespeare Center Resident Troupe 2006 Summer/Fall Season Study Guides: As You Like It.
The American Shakespeare Center Resident Troupe 2006 Summer/Fall Season Study Guides: Macbeth.
The American Shakespeare Center Resident Troupe 2006 Summer/Fall Season Study Guides: Othello.
The American Shakespeare Center Resident Troupe 2006 Summer/Fall Season Study Guides: The Tempest.
The American Shakespeare Center Touring Troupe 2006-07
Season Study Guides:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The American Shakespeare Center Touring Troupe 2006-07
Season Study Guides:
Julius Caesar.
The American Shakespeare Center Touring Troupe 2006-07
Season Study Guides: Cyrano de Bergerac.

Professional and Civic Affiliations

Faculty Advisor:
SPECTRUM Multicultural Club, Blue Ridge Community College
Member:
National Council of Teachers of English
Daughters of the American Revolution
Golden Key National Honor Society
Alpha Chi National Honor Society
Award:
Who's Who among Students in American Junior Colleges

Certification

Teaching License: Virginia Postgraduate Professional, English.

Conferences and Workshops

2012: Planning Committee: VCCS English and ESL Peer Group Conference.
2012: Planning Committee: VCCS New Horizons Conference.
4/11: VCCS New Horizons Conference. Roanoke, Virginia.
3/11: Symposium on Thinking and Writing at the College Level. Middletown, Virginia.
10/09, 10/07, 10/05: Blackfriars Conference.
American Shakespeare Center, Staunton, Virginia.
9/05: A Framework for Understanding Poverty (Ruby Payne). Woodbridge, Virginia.
6/05 Presented Master's Thesis: British Graduate Shakespeare Conference. The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, England.
2/05: Shakespeare in Performance V: Shakespeare and Popular Culture Then and Now. University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.
1997: The World of Shakespeare. Woodbridge, Virginia. 

References

I will be happy to provide current professional references upon request.