I love teaching English. I have always enjoyed writing and received an award for Best Creative Writer in college. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from The University of the West Indies and a Post Graduate certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Hamline University. I recently taught English as a Second Language at Lincoln Adult Education Center in Minneapolis. I have also taught High School English and Spanish in Trinidad and North Carolina. The combination of my experience and education has really helped me to I understand what a student wants in an English lesson.
Linda Neuman loves teaching English. Her philosophy on teaching is simple: "All students can learn. But it's important for a teacher to be flexible, and to try to find a student's motivation--we are all motivated by different things for different reasons. Find the motivator and you have found the key!" She is a big proponent of experiential learning, task-based learning, and technology in the classroom. Neuman started teaching in 2000, following a successful career as an international journalist/producer. Prior to her journeys abroad she hosted the local segment of National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" in Rockford, Illinois, and often covered the "education beat" for the newsroom. Having observed numerous educators in action, she became intrigued with the many different ways students learn. She is especially interested in student-centered learning. "My latest fascination is the flipped classroom. It makes so much sense to have the students first watch a tutorial at home, then use classroom time to apply the concepts being learned, instead of the other way around. I love the way it motivates students to work together and get creative about problem-solving." Neuman teaches English as a Second Language in the DC/Baltimore/Annapolis region, and is also an editor, writer, and general subjects tutor. Her passions are reading, writing, humor, the arts, and new technologies. She also loves traveling, hiking, archery, cycling, and good conversation.
My education includes a 7-12 language arts teaching degree, as well as a K-12 ESL endorsement. Currently, I am working in the special education field in a western suburb of Minneapolis, both as a teacher for behaviorally challenging middle schoolers and as a paraprofessional. I have also been an adult ESL volunteer/tutor for Hopkins Adult Education for 2 1/2 years (focusing on lower level learners & struggling readers), as well as more recently functioning as a substitute teacher there. I teach piano to six students and am active as a 3rd-6th grade AWANA leader in our church, as well as being the electronic keyboardist on our worship team. Prior to becoming a teacher/tutor/educator, I specialized in the field of desktop publishing/printing for 15 years. My passion is working with struggling readers, and I am considering pursuing a K-12 Reading License in the near future.
I earned my Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from North Carolina State University. I have over five years experience teaching English, including Basic Grammar, Introductory and Advanced Composition, and Creative Writing. I also have taught courses in Study Skills and Public Speaking. I have worked as a tutor and with students from whom English is a second language.
I am a teacher of English learners at a STEM elementary school in Minnesota. I am passionate about using technology to provide authentic and relevant ways for students to produce and interact with language.