Tutor Coach English – Norquest College

Please consider me an applicant for the position of Tutor & Academic Coach, English and Writing. To put it in my own words, you’re looking for someone who can write, but more fundamentally, someone who can inspire students to produce quality written work to meet a wide range of educational demands across a broad range of subjects.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could find someone with an education degree who’d taught writing to high school students in B.C. and Journalism at Grant MacEwan? Someone who’d not only taught students art, mathematics, history and English in Libya, Mongolia, Saudi Arabia, Norway, the UAE and Japan, but tutored as well? And, wouldn’t it be wonderful if that same person had studied English, art history, studio art, photography, chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, calculus, physics, zoology, educational psychology, communications research methods, history, bioacoustics of human hearing and computer imagery at four Canadian universities?

Nadia and Friend. Portrait of two of my Libyan students.

How about if that same person had served as a writer/production editor for the U of A Students’ Union Gateway and, as co-editor of the U of C’s bi-weekly, Gazette, spent almost five years writing news and feature articles on a vast array of topics and personalities, digital mapping and Beatrice Medicine, being two examples? How about if that same person had worked as a weekly and daily reporter, penning stories on a submersible camera and Sam Struhar’s fight with the WCB? And what if he’d also launched a company newsletter, The T-MAR Times, for T-MAR Industries in Campbell River?

Since the above is me, I guess I’m truly some kind of wonderful.

I’m a creative writer, too. The Apple of Albert’s Eye, my children’s story about life from an apple’s point of view, was used to produce a student-illustrated video and I helped my adult students in Al Ain improve their English while producing the short film, God is Love.

Returning to Canada in 2012, I relocated to Prince George, BC and served in a variety of positions including as a Community Care Aide for the non-profit, Prince George Association for Community Living (AiMHi). Many of my AiMHi clients were of Indigenous ancestry and part of my duties included providing informal counselling and support. After completing the Licensed Property Management Course at UBC’s Sauder School of Business, I served as a Licensed Property Manager. I also worked with fellow volunteers in the Salvation Army’s food recovery program, which helped feed the city’s disadvantaged and provided farmers with surplus food.

At this time, I also launched my WordPress website to highlight my creative abilities in writing, photography, art, music and video production. Much of my work promotes my belief in our connectedness with each other and creation. My Happy Face Series and Teach Only Love are two examples which promote my belief in an overarching Love without opposite. I believe these ideas mirror and support Norquest’s quest to provide education that transforms lives and society through recognizing and affirming the inestimable value of all. Accordingly, let me suggest we meet to discuss the contribution I could make to Norquest in these efforts.