For all my
hard work in college, I now hold an M.A. in English and a B.A. in Literature,
and, somewhere along the line, I earned credit for a Concentration in
Creative Writingall from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
I graduated with summa cum laude honors in the long ago and far away year
career began even before I graduated from college. I taught remedial writing
while I was still in graduate school and I never stopped. Besides teaching
at West Chester University, I've taught at Drexel University, Community
College of Philadelphia, and Delaware County Community College. In 1993
I moved to St. Louis to teach at St. Louis Community College. That was
a great experience. But the midwest wasn't my lasting home. Events, especially
the birth of my daughter, conspired to pull me back east, and since being
back, I've been teaching here at West Chester University and occassionally
at Immaculata University. When I think about how I used to be a student
here, and how I started my teaching career here, all so many years ago,
it feels sometimes like 've come around full circle, like the seasons.
they happen to have been, eighteen years of experience in college classrooms
has taught me that my work as your writing and/or reading teacher will
be difficult, to say the least. I've been at this too long not to realize
the extent to which a lot of students despise writing, or fear it, or
are bored to tears by it. Sometimes it's just plain hard, even when you're
interested. You don't have to tell meI already know that quite a
few of you loathe reading and hate writing. Feel free to hide it, if it's
true. (If it's not true, bless you!) The point is, I am going to try my
absolute best to teach you necessary skills in the face of what can sometimes
be an overwhelming negativity. More than that. I'm going to try to show
you what's great and positive about this writing challenge. My hope is
that my own bigtime enthusiasm for reading and writing come across to
you this semester. I'd love it if some of that enthusiasm rubbed off on
you. If nothing else, you'll be exposed to someone who still, in this
age of digital media, still loves the slowness and the imaginative power
of words, still loves the solitary, private act of reading, still loves
the expressiveness of writing--and wants you to love them, too.
I'm a teacher,
and by profession I can be long-winded. I could say a lot more here, but
I'm holding back. If you have any questions or comments, or just want
to chat, feel free to contact me anytime.
fall, check out all the interesting things going on around campus and
in town, and have a great semester.