Educator

I began teaching in 1990 at a social service organization–Jobs for Youth/Chicago–and it has been a wonderful ride ever since.  My home base has been Oak Park and River Forest High School, but I’ve taught in over fifty schools in Chicago, Columbus and London along the way, as well as at several universities including as a Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths-University of London.

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2017 - Present

England

Workshop Leader

English and Media Centre (UK) and Poetry Foundation Teacher Institutes (in-person and virtual)

2003 - Present

England | United States

Guest Lecturer

Oxford University-UK, Northwestern University, DePaul University, the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Columbia College, Dominican University, the University of Wisconsin

August 2003 - June 2022

Chicago, IL

Oak Park and River Forest High School

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Summers 2004 - 2021

England

Workshop Leader (live and virtual)

For Spread the Word, Apples & Snakes, the English and Media Centre, Writerz and Scribez, Forward Arts Foundation and elsewhere in the UK and for the 2 Cents Movement in Trinidad and Tobago.

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Summers 2004 - 2019

Workshop Leader

London, England

September 2015 - May 2016

Chicago, IL

Adjunct Professor

Roosevelt University

September 2013 - May 2015

River Forest, IL

Adjunct Professor

Concordia University-Chicago

September 2012-July 2013

London, England

Visiting Fellow

Goldsmiths-University of London

September 2012-July 2013

London, England

Spoken Word Educator

Holy Family College secondary school

September 2001 - July 2003

London, England

Spoken Word Educator

Ethnic Minority Achievement Services

August 1994 - June 2001

Chicago, IL

Traditional English Teacher

Oak Park and River Forest High School

Summers 1993 - 1994

Teaching Assistant and then Teacher

Young Scholars Program Summer Institute

Summers 1993 - 1994

Columbus, Ohio

Teacher

The Young Scholars Program | Ohio State University

1992 - 1994

Columbus, Ohio

Instructor

Columbus State Community College

March 1991 - July 1992

Chicago, IL

Education Coordinator/Caseworker-Counselor

Neon Street Center for Youth

1990 -1991

Chicago, IL

GED teacher and Pre-Employment Training Coordinator/Teacher

Jobs for Youth | Chicago

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Spoken Word Club Spring 2022 featuring Jalen & Anabel