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Tutor profile: Gaia V.

Gaia V.
Tutor/Instructor of English Language & Literature
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About Gaia

About Gaia
A passionate English language educator with experience tutoring, mentoring, teaching, and assessing young people and adults in higher, further, and vocational education settings. Able to communicate clearly to a broad audience – verbally, in writing, and online – after more than a decade as a professional writer and eight years as an educator. Also brings a personal understanding of the myriad issues facing students from diverse backgrounds and ability levels. Goal is to continue serving secondary and post-secondary students in a challenging...

Teaching Experience

Teaching Experience
I had my first experience as an educator in 2010, as a Graduate Instructional Aid for creative writing courses at San Francisco State University. I then started helping undergrads strengthen their critical thinking, reading, and writing skills through a holistic approach when I joined the team at San Francisco State’s English Tutoring Center in 2011. This experience in the tutoring center made it clear that my skills would be put to greatest use working with students who are struggling with their writing. I continued developing my teaching...
San Francisco State University
Literature (Creative Writing)
Master's Degree
2013 - 2015
San Francisco State University
Master's Degree
2010 - 2013
San Diego State University
Bachelor's Degree
2003 - 2006

Work Experience

Work Experience
Santa Rosa Junior College, Adjunct English Instructor
2019 - Present
• Develop syllabi, select readings, plan lessons, lead classes, communicate online, and meet with students during and outside of office hours for assigned courses. • Design formal assignments and coursework to help students see writing as an ongoing process involving close reading, critical thinking, planning, outlining, and multiple drafts. • Utilize student-centered approach to teaching and assessing English coursework aimed at creating a welcoming classroom community for learners from all backgrounds. • Received excellent first...
Belfast Metropolitan College, Essential Skills Lecturer (Literacy/Communication)
2017 - 2018
• Used student-centered methods to help young people and adults from varied backgrounds work towards passing Speaking & Listening assessments and Reading & Writing exams. • Relied heavily on mentoring skills with students who often came from disadvantaged and historically divided communities, which made the classroom a daunting place for them. • Mentored students and adapted teaching methods to suit their differing abilities and needs in order to ensure they developed the correct skills required in literacy and communication. • Also enrolled...
Belfast Metropolitan College, Inclusive Learning Aide
2016 - 2018
• Responsible for mentoring, note-taking, and providing classroom support for students with learning difficulties and disabilities. • One-on-one mentoring involved advising and tutoring students with emotional difficulties and moderate learning disabilities requiring extra support in their academic programs. • Note-taking involved supporting students with learning difficulties and disabilities in academic and vocational programs who were unable to take their own notes during lectures. • Classroom support involved assisting disabled students,
De Anza College, Adjunct Reading Instructor
2015 - 2016
• Planned, taught, and assessed Developmental Reading courses designed to help under-prepared college students develop university-level reading and critical thinking skills. • Exceeded the college’s learning outcomes with a student-centered approach involving schema activation, summary & analyses of texts ranging from literature to journalism, sustained silent reading, free-writing, group discussions and projects, vocabulary development, and other activities tailored to students’ needs. • Also attended non-compulsory training sessions,
The Art Institute of California - San Francisco, Instructor of English and College Skills
2014 - 2015
• Structured, planned, led, and assessed English and College Skills courses for students beginning various higher education paths at this creative-arts-focused vocational institution. • Met with students outside of class and provided individual attention to learners from diverse backgrounds and widely varying ability levels pursuing professional degrees and certificates. • Helped the Institute meet state and national higher education curriculum standards. • Also attended monthly faculty meetings, submitted daily attendance records, and...
San Francisco State University, Graduate Teaching Assistant and ESE Instructor
2013 - 2015
• Taught First Year Composition during the 2013/14 academic year and Early Start English (a fully online preparatory course) during the summer of 2015. • Designed the syllabus and lesson plans for a composition course that integrated reading, writing, and critical thinking instruction with lessons covering close reading of diverse academic texts, essay development, rhetorical strategies, grammar, vocabulary, and more. • Also served as a tutor for undergraduate students at the university’s English Tutoring Center from 2011 to 2012 to qualify...
iCopywriter, Freelance Copywriter
2009 - 2015
• Responsible for writing web pages, press releases, blogs, articles, and other types of content for a variety of clientele in the digital space. • Assignments often involved highly specified instructions, conference calls with clients, and working closely aside the editor and manager.
Fourteen Hills: The San Francisco State University Review, Assistant Fiction Editor
2011 - 2012
• Helped lead the fiction staff, read and critiqued submitted work, and made decisions on accepted work alongside the Fiction Editor for this graduate student-run literary publication. • Also responsible for copyediting, blogging, promoting and managing events, and working as a team with the faculty advisor, senior editors, and fellow staff members.
eVisibility, Online Media Specialist
2007 - 2009
• Mainly responsible for writing and editing blogs, articles, press releases, web pages, and other types of digital content for the firm’s clientele. • This dynamic position also required providing creative input, leading “grammar boot camp” training sessions for the team, engaging with social media, working on the firm’s internal branding and marketing, and other tasks as needed.

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