Educational Philosophy

I approach the idea of an English classroom with an understanding that language contains power. Embedded in this ideology is my belief that through learning and experimenting with expression, written or otherwise, a student gains access to identities and voices, some more genuine than others, that inform an understanding of both interior life and social roles in communities. I feel all material is accessible to all groups and that speech and writing have the ability to liberate both speaker and listener, reader and writer.

I stress to my students the benefit of exposure to many texts and the necessity of speaking and writing often and for extended periods of time. I believe that speech and writing are produced by students of speech and writing, those who, in practice of the art, imitate and reform, indulge or disinherit the traditions that have come before them. 



  • Université de Cergy-Pontoise, Cergy, France, 2019-Present

    o A Way with Words: English Speech and Rhetoric in the 21st Century

  • Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle Paris 3, Paris, France, 2018-Present

    o Introduction to U.S. Civilization: Investigating the Origin and Lore, Order and Oxymoron of America’s

    Foundation and Development

  • Université Paris-Dauphine, Paris, France, 2018-2019

    o Business and Communication English

  • Intercountry, Paris, France, 2015-Present

    • English Language Fluency and Self-Presentation

    • Rhetoric and Persuasion / Professional Writing

    • Business, Communications, and Financial English

    • American Culture and Expression

    • BTS (Brevet de Technicien Supérieur) and DUT (Diplôme universitaire de technologie) Preparation

    • Pedagogical Content Development

    • French to English Translation

    • Language Skill Assessment

    • TOEIC and BULATS Preparation

  • Association de la Jeunesse Franco-Chinoise, Aubervilliers, France, 2017-2018

    o English Language and Literature

  • arCanum Akademie, Paris, France 2016-2019

    o English Language Fluency and Self-Presentation

    o Rhetoric and Persuasion / Professional Writing

    o  Anglophone Exchange—Idiom and Expression

  • Delgado Community College, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2013-2014

    o ENGL 101: English Composition I

    o ENGL 062: Developmental Composition II



During my service as Writer-in-Residence for Big Class from 2013-2014, I collaborated with my students and local creative teams to create, record, and publish one short film, one audio album of stories, and one how-to-write-a-letter book all centered around the literary creations of our youth writers:


Editing & Professional Writing


Editorial Philosophy

In all of my editorial projects, creative or professional, I begin with a promise to the project itself, an acknowledgement to the initial presentation and order of thought by the writer as sent, as submitted. While I believe strongly in the importance of revision, I also trust in the mind’s pioneering instincts, of its more primitive expressions. Seeking a balance between these two worlds, one wholly concerned with many writers’ goals, a market and audience, and one stimulated by the more personal, inner life, is my imperative and is what I consider to be most crucial in an editor / writer relationship.