Ideally, I seek to work with students who are seriously focused on academics, who are intrinsically motivated, and whose families are also seriously focused on academic success. I have a deep affection and understanding of cultures with traditional religious heritages, such as the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian cultures. I would also like to work for a school with a clear vision of how they want to use technology in and out of the classroom.
- English – Grades 5 through 12 (middle and high school)
Missouri, USA, August 2009 to August 2017
- 6th, 7th, and 8th Computer Science – Website Publishing and Technical Writing
Compton-Drew Investigative Learning Center Middle School, St. Louis, Mo. – August 2015 to Present
- 7th, 8th, & ESOL Language Arts
Shanghai Community Intl. School, Shanghai, China – August 2014 to June 2015
- Freshman English Language Arts – Honors and Regular
The Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience, St. Louis, Mo. – August 2013 to June 2014
- 6th Grade Language Arts
American International School of Egypt, Cairo – August 2010 to May 2013
- K-12 ESOL Instruction (uncertified)
Escuela Fiscomisional, Los Angeles, Ecuador – January 2003 to July 2003
A Bit of Narrative…
While at the American International School of Egypt (2010-2013), I developed a passion for grammar and mechanics. I also developed a concrete, methodical way of unfolding English grammar with online lessons and games (complete with videos, examples, worksheets, images, etc.). These online lessons allowed students to receive support inside and outside of the classroom (originally, they were developed as a reaction to the Egyptian Revolution because we needed a way to communicate with students while we were out of the classroom for a month).
As I’ve taught more classes and more levels, this online resource, MrClements.com, has bloomed into a well organized content management system for myself, my students, and my colleagues.
Some Sample Lessons
- Identifying and Diagramming the Indirect Object
- The Outsiders – The Five-Paragraph Persuasive Essay
- Animal Farm – Reference Materials and Essay Assessment
At AISE, we also developed an online student portfolio system that was completely student managed (with a fair amount of training). The work of my students at the Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience in St. Louis, Missouri best represents what a student eportfolio can look like:
Students in Action!
These videos only speak to the quality of my students, not my teaching. I firmly believe that good students will always make good teachers. This axiom doesn’t always apply the other way around. I’ve been blessed to have some really good kids in my room. Thank you, parents!