After thirty-seven years of teaching English, heading middle schools, and working with students one-on-one, I am embarking on a new chapter to spend more time being a writer. In addition, I look forward to continuing to help and build relationships with young people as a tutor, an important component of my teaching career. Please look through my resume below for more detailed information.
I have taught English in grades six through twelve in public and private schools and worked individually with students ages twelve to twenty-two for the last thirty-seven years. I help students with general study skills, writing, college essays, grammar, organization, time management, reading comprehension, vocabulary development, and test-studying/taking strategies.
Noble and Greenough School, Dedham, MA 1989-2015
- 2014 Vernon L. Greene Award for Teaching Excellence
- Developed & taught English via Latin 7th grade program
- Taught English in seventh, eighth, ninth, and twelfth grades
- Initiated interdisciplinary and study skills curriculum
- In-house study skills and writing teacher
The Athenian School, Danville, CA Head of Middle School/English teacher 1986-1989
Kent Denver School, Denver, CO Acting Head of Middle School/English teacher 1985-1986
The Derryfield School, Manchester, NH Coordinator of Middle School/English teacher 1979-84
Mount Ararat Middle and High School, Topsham, ME English teacher 1977-1979
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA EdM. 1985
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME A.B. 1977
Additional Writing/Academic Experience
- Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference 2011 & 2017
- University of California, Berkeley, Bay Area Writing Project
- Favorite Poem Project: The Summer Poetry Institute, Boston University with Robert Pinsky
Chapbook (nominated for Massachusetts Book Award): Notes From a Nomad
Full-length books: With a Polaroid Camera and The Human Contract
(See the ‘published writing’ page for links to individual published poems)
Poetry & Prose Judge
Poetry, creative prose, and analysis contests for From the Bow Seat – 2015—2017
My profile at Poets & Writers
Service and Travel Experience
Travel and service with over 200 students: 2005 through 2017 – Rwanda, South Africa, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, and New Orleans
Sabbatical travel and service: 2000 and 2015 – visiting over twenty countries and working with schools and NGOs in Europe, Asia, and Africa
For more information:
email: firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com
I live in Wellesley, we have a group of parents who are very interested in finding great resources in writing. The above email and phone numbers can reach you, right? Thanks.
Thanks for your interest. Right now I am traveling with students in Rwanda; I will be in touch when I return in a little over a week.
I am Connie Su, Grace’s mom. She is currently taking Sunday critical reading class with you and loves it. Thank you very much! My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, cell phone is 617-817-1150. I am the organizer of the Asian American middle and high school parents group in Wellesley. I believe that we have strong interest to invite you to our area share your talents and experience with us. Let’s discuss it whenever it is convenient for you. Thanks a lot.
I had an idea for a poem that I thought only Sarah could do justice to. But I guess she’s moved on.
So what’s your idea?
They were waiting there at dawn:
the angel baby faces of the children that could have been.
History is people, so the world that could have been, would have been, clustered by unique combinations.
A surprising variety appearing, given the common roots.
But ours were in the front,
calm, piercing gazes.
All with the same question, but none as absolutely held as theirs.
questioning the compromising, the knowing how the fates turn,
Countering with the sometimes power of resolve,
and then again, of an outcome overwhelming the odds and risks.
(from a recurring dream sequence, with apologies for surfacing the things we’re supposed to not admit)
Okay, you should be a poet.
Thank you for your writing and the life behind it. I would only take issue with one word: not “a standard for romantic love,” but the standard.