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Denise Y.
25 years experience in nationally ranked, private, and homeschool setting
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About Denise
Since the dream jobs of being Emily Dickinson, Charlotte Bronte, or F. Scott Fitzgerald were already taken, for twenty-five years I’ve poured my love of words into being an English teacher. Teaching students the personal riches to be gained from reading a good story well-told, the academic value of knowing how to write analytically about those stories, and the creative worlds available to anyone who knows to honor the transformative power of words have all worked together to hone my own skills as a writer and thinker. In its way teaching is...
Teaching Experience
In a brick and mortar setting, most recently I spent 15 years as an English teacher and department chair at the Maggie L. Walker Governor's School in Richmond VA, consistently ranked in the top 12 among the nation’s best public specialty high schools. Currently I teach and tutor students at two homeschool academies and consult as the writing coach at Champion College Counseling. I have also taught at private schools in both California and Virginia.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Bachelor's Degree
1975 - 1978
Work Experience
Bridge Academy, English Teacher
2017 - Present
teaching Creative Writing and College Composition
Westminster Academy, English Teacher
2017 - Present
teaching Ancient World Literature 9/10 and serve as the high school writing tutor
Maggie L. Walker Governor's School, English Teacher and Department Chair
2003 - 2015
- taught core classes in Honors American Literature, Freshman Honors World Literature, and Sophomore Honors World Literature - redesigned, re-instituted, and taught Creative Writing, the only English elective students consistently chose to be offered by the department - developed and taught additional electives Poetry and Rock and Roll, and The Hero’s Journey in Literature and Film - developed and taught the Senior Writing Seminar and the Screenwriting Seminar, options offered to students as part of the Seminar/Mentorship requirement for a...
St. Gertrude High School, English Teacher
1998 - 2003
taught Honors English 9 and Honors English 10
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