Courses / syllabi

From 2016-19, I taught in the English department at Northern Illinois University, the two-semester first-year sequence, ENGL 103, “Rhetoric and Composition I,” and ENGL 203, “Rhetoric and Composition II.”

In addition, I have taught with ELS Educational Services in Marietta, GA (2013), Romeoville, IL (2015-16), and DeKalb, IL (2016-19); all ESL levels at the Latin American Association in Atlanta (2012-15); at the Asociación de Institutores y Trabajadores de la Educación del Cauca (ASOINCA) teachers’ syndicate, Colegio Gimnasio Moderno and Vancouver Language School in Popayán, Cauca, Colombia (2011); and among active-duty officers, enlisted, national guard and cadets as part of the U.S. Army Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency program (CULP) (2013-15). In the CULP role, as an employee of the University of North Georgia, I served as director of instruction for language courses with Dragūnų batalionas in Klaipėda, Lithuania (2013); with Comando da 1ª Região Militar and Centro de Instrução Militar “Zeca Santos” in São Vicente, Cape Verde (2014); and with the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School (โรงเรียนเตรียมทหาร) in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand (2015).

I speak Spanish at an advanced level and have lectured and published in the language. Previously, in 2010, I had earned TEFL certification (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) from the TEFL Institute, Chicago. This is a 120-hour certificate with 20-hour practicum.


As of August 2019, I had tutored 434 hours in academic writing, SAT and ACT prep, and English as a Second Language; see my profile on WyzAnt for student rankings and comments. At the ESL Center at Northern Illinois University, I tutored an additional 215 hours, editing undergraduate and graduate-student research, practicing conversation, and preparing teaching assistants for the ETS SPEAK test.

ENGL 103 syllabus

A self-designed syllabus and learning plan for the required freshman-composition course at Northern Illinois University. Also includes rationale for the course design.

ELL course design

Class syllabi for adult ELLs and site-specific EFL curricula for overseas language exchanges

Lesson plans & materials

Assorted individual class designs and artifacts for ELL and academic-writing instruction, and for leading reflection among a teaching cohort