Office Location: C229
Office Phone: 972-860-7600
Educational Background: Ed.M. (Specialization) in Reading [Harvard University Grad. School of Ed.], ABD (Ed.D) in Community College Admin. [New Mexico State University], Masters Degree in Education [New Mexico Highlands University], Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Ed. & History [N. M. Highlands University], Bachelor’s Degree in Bilingual Elementary Ed. [N. M. Highlands University]
Teaching Philosophy:I was the kid who was told by my high school counselor that I would never amount to much—he told me that I was not smart enough or dedicated enough to make it in college. After proving him wrong, I have made it my mission never to judge any student—they each have the ability to succeed. I strive to help students achieve well-above their expected potential—they do not see what I see in them! I make teaching an adventure and not just a job—learning can always be fun! I feel that if a student fails at his/her academic goal in my class, then I have also failed!
Personal Information or Favorite Quote: As a former full contact kickboxer for 8 yrs. as well as a military veteran, I’ve always had a set of quotes (‘Garcia’s Laws’) that kept me going—quitting was never an option! I have carried these over into my personal life and follow them daily in my career as a professor and Reading Specialist!
Success consists of getting up one more time than you fall!
Great Success can be achieved with the least amount of stress!!
Diamonds were once jagged pieces of coal put under extreme pressure!!!
Office Location: L326
Office Phone: 972-860-7120
Educational Background: M.S. Higher Education
Teaching Philosophy: Everyone can learn in the right environment, and with a competent teacher
Personal Information or Favorite Quote: Learning should occur on purpose...not on accident.
Office Location: L102
Educational Background: MA: Humanities - Literature & Aesthetics Studies, University of Texas at Dallas. MS (in-progress): Applied Cognition & Neuroscience - Language Development, Memory, and Neuroaesthetics, University of Texas at Dallas. BA: Literary Studies, University of Texas at Dallas. Example: BA: English/Speech, MA: Reading/Secondary Education, Arizona State University. Further studies: East Texas State University Commerce.
Teaching Philosophy: Language represents one of our most uniquely human characteristics, whether mathematical, musical, somatic, or linguistic. As a lover of language and mind magic—poïesis and philosophia—I believe being emerges by way of linguistic reflection, discovery, and questioning. Meaning—value comes from an embodied mind engaging the world through active metaphorization, something that is at once creative and phenomenological, but above all, is symbolic. From these notions I have constructed active and playful pedagogical models that aim to develop language-awakened consciousness in my students. My teaching philosophy is that learning is an act of self-betterment, one that should increase the value of an individual by making him or her capable of knowledgably and intentionally navigating the world. School is not the kind of labor that should be unleisurely; it should be the kind of work that is not work. But, to find the joy in finding, we have to learn to look for meaning and redefine what we value by seeking out the strange, the ugly, the beautiful, and questioning it. We cannot ask questions without words, grammar, mechanics. Language happens to be the primary mode of social interaction, and thus, it is my goal to help students discover how to wield language in a way that serves them as much as society. Socrates once said that thinking is talking to oneself, which is exactly what we do when we write a note or a diary entry to ourselves. But, he also saw learning and discovery—the ideal leisure pursuit (contemplation)—as a shared act that relies on dialogue (dia- “through” + logos “word, argument, reason”). Again, here is an act that relies largely on communication—languaging—the act of communing, message and meaning sharing. Merely conversing with our own inner voices, however, is never enough. We need conversation to experience multiple perspectives, to encounter divergent ways of seeing the world. Thus, my approach to teaching is one that promotes, and often argues against, many Socratic maxims to provide students with more than just the ability to recognize and conjugate verbs or use commas correctly. I want students to think first, which requires language, and in the process acquire the linguistic craft as part of the art of self-becoming. Language is what allows us to make promises, name children, share our secrets, comfort, inquire, guide, bestow, and record. Without both appreciation and command of language, we often lose our ability to read ourselves in and of the world. It is my job to guide students toward the light of knowledge with language as a lantern. By lighting that torch, I aim to give students their own voice with which they can navigate through any darkness. And hopefully, once the magic and power of language has been revealed, each student just might learn that words are, as Prof. Dumbledore says, “our most inexhaustible form of magic; they have the power to hurt and the power to heal.”
Personal Information or Favorite Quote: “Truth is nothing more than a moveable host of metaphors, metonymies, and anthropomorphisms.” - Friedrich Nietzsche
Specialization: Non-course Based Options
Office Location: C219
Office Phone: 972-860-8371
Course Taught: DWRI
Educational Background: University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK Master’s of Professional Writing; University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK B.A. Journalism-Professional Writing
Office Location: G-132
Office Phone: 972-391-1064
Educational Background: BA from Southern Methodist University (1985)
MA from the University of Texas at Arlington (1995)
Teaching Philosophy: I am grateful that I get to do something for a living that I truly love. I enjoy helping students to improve their writing skills. In my classroom, I strive to create a nurturing and safe zone that is conducive to learning, sharing, and growing as a writer. Because many of my students feel that they have nothing to say or have been told that they cannot write, it is my responsibility to inspire the writers that are within them.
Personal Information or Favorite Quote: “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” UNCF slogan