Let Me Introduce Myself
I bring to tutoring a wide background of experience and enthusiasm. Most recently, I spent 16 years as a teacher in the Highly Gifted Magnet at North Hollywood High School; while there I taught AP English Language and Composition, AP Psychology and World Literature. (My students’ pass rate was above 95% in English and was 100% in Psychology.) I also sponsored the creative writing journal for the HGM. During my tenure as a high school teacher I helped many students prepare successful college application essays and also helped students revise essays for numerous writing contests.
Before joining the HGM staff, I had a career as a folklorist. After completing my doctorate in Folklore and Mythology (with a secondary focus on cognitive and social development), I taught several undergraduate courses at UCLA: Introduction to Folklore, Children’s Folklore, Family Folklore, and Fieldwork Methods. In addition, I was for several years the assistant editor of an academic journal, Western Folklore Quarterly. During those years I also worked for Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles. Previous to my work in Los Angeles, I taught English classes and Folklore/Anthropology courses at the University of Guam where I also organized and coordinated a two-year interdisciplinary pilot program for teaching advanced ESL for incoming college students.