While working on my undergraduate degree in English at Louisiana Tech, I was instrumental in creating the tutoring center as part of the Counseling dept. I held Graduate Assistantships while working on my Master's and worked with senior Professors to learn about teaching composition and grammar. I was selected to teach overseas students from the Middle East. At North Lake College in Irving, TX, I taught Developmental English to Vietnamese students. Working for the RTC, I have worked as a ... [more]
I have taught Developmental English at North Lake College in Irving, TX, teaching international students from Vietnam to acquire the skills necessary to be successful in using the English language. I also taught international students from Iran and Iraq at Louisiana Tech University. My studies include Linguistics and many writing classes; however, I use a practical down to earth style of teaching.
I began studying guitar when I was a Freshmen in college, taking a guitar class and music theory as well. I wrote songs for many years while teaching English at the college level and in 2008, I began putting out albums and have three albums out now where I played guitar parts and sang.
I first took what is referred to as Class Piano at Louisiana Tech University. Class Piano is advanced piano classes everyday for music majors or minors who are not piano majors. After that I took private piano as I continued with music theory class including ear training. Later in life I took Class Piano at UNT which has a very highly rated music program, so it was intensive, requiring playing in most keys and learning many chord progressions including site reading daily. When I started releasing my albums of songs I wrote, I played piano on those albums.
I have studied web design in various ways including finishing the Web Master program from Tech Skills in Fort Worth, TX in 2007. I completed Web Basics, Web Master and eCommerce cert. I have maintained various websites over the years for my various businesses.
After completing my Masters in English, I managed a Resume Writing Service in north Dallas for five years. I wrote resumes for many highly skilled executives and technical people. Later while teaching at Mansfield Business school in Arlington, TX, I taught Career Development for several years.
While working on my degrees in English, I studied Linguistics and Phonetics, including speech sounds in various languages. When I studied singing, I was required to sing in Italian and German and had to learn other speech sounds. As an English teacher, I was responsible for using correct grammar and speech. I gained several years speech experience as a teacher in the Instructional TV department at Tarrant Community College. I have speech experience with hosting TV shows I produce for Denton Community Television. I make TV commercials as well with my speech skills.