When you think of the word “teacher,” – you might associate it with a few not so nice things. You know, we have all had those teachers that make us cringe. The holier-than-thou, the full-on academic, the one who brushes you off, and let us not forget – the one out to get you.
When you think of the word “English Professor” you might have a stereotypical person in mind. Stuffy, elite, grammar fanatic, who is more focused on some writer from 100-years ago than they are you.
Maybe even the thought of school, or learning causes you to cringe.
Maybe you feel….
- Like a number to your teacher or professor
- Rushed when you really need to talk to someone about your writing and writing style
- Annoyed that all you learn(ed) is how to pass a standardized test
- Frustrated because you’ve basically been taught to excel…but nobody actually taught you how to succeed
You know education isn’t supposed to be like this. You know writing is something so much more. All you want is a teacher that focuses on… well, you.
- A teacher known for their individualized feedback
- A teacher who will make time to help you understand your struggle in writing and help you every step of the way
- A professor that wants to help you become a better writer
- A teacher that strives to help their students embrace the joys of writing…
In short, you do not want your average, everyday, teacher. You don’t want anyone trying to hard to impress you. And most of all, you actually want to learn something.
What if I told you…
- That writing actually has nothing to do with whether you’re good at it or not?
- Writing is a personalized journey into who you are.
- Writing is the magical process that takes the abstract concepts of feelings, emotions, experiences, and thought-processes to putting it into something concrete?
- Writing can take down an entire system and change the world?
- What if I told you that writing can open up a whole new realm of thinking, and possibilities?
- What if I told you that writing is only the first step into a brave new world?
All you have to do is take my hand, and I will lead you into this exciting journey.
Meet your guide
What’s up? I am Amie.
I am not your average professor or English teacher. Some professors can quote Ernest Hemmingway or Harper Lee off the top of their head. I can quote David Bowie or Janis Joplin. I am a writer, indeed, but I am a visual, spacial, aural, physical, and social learner.
I am a student of learning, and I believe that knowledge opens up a universe of opportunities.
I believe that storytelling is not one sided. It doesn’t have to be on paper. It can be in words, art, music, and anything that gives you a foundation of yourself.
However, I specialize in writing. Therefore, that is what I am qualified to teach.
Some background on me:
I have done quite a few things in my life. I have held many jobs which are of little to no interest to you, my dear reader. You want to know what qualifies me to lead you on this path of writing, correct?
- I have a B.S. Communication degree with a focus in Journalism and Citizen Media from Kennesaw State University.
- This is followed by a Certificate of Publishing by the Denver Publishing Institute.
- I have a M.F.A in Writing and a M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Savannah College of Art and Design.
- I am actually an English Professor.
Before that, I worked in the Publishing Industry where I procured the following publication and sales of the printed books for the History Press: Detour Nebraska by Gretchen Garrison, Lost Restaurants of Omaha by Kim Reiner, Hidden History of Kansas by Adrian Zink
Why this? Why now?
There I was, minding my own business, driving home from work when I heard on WSB-TV that Georgia Universities would close during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. Cool. I would get to work from home. Rock on.
But, it became more serious when I got the letter from one of my students. The letter expressed the students fear. I realized then and there that I had to somehow keep the class spirits up, keep them motivated, and also help them synthesize their feelings.
Suddenly, the classroom was not about helping my students succeed in class. It was something so much bigger. These students were in a huge transition of their lives. They transforming from high school students to young adults. That is scary enough as it is, but why not add an international pandemic into the mix for them? Yeah…
And I felt for them. This was something terrifying for them.
I started making rather silly posts in our online classroom. To keep their spirits up, I posted videos that were meant to make them laugh, or to focus on the calm of nature. The strange thing about it is that it helped me find joy in helping them.
I made this site for them. This way, they have a spot to come look at ways to be positive, learn things they struggle with, and help them stay constructive. This will help them become good citizens in the future.
But, Why not focus only on writing?
I totally could. But let’s not kid ourselves. One can only blog about writing so long before it gets insanely boring for not only the reader, but also the writer.
Never thought you would hear a college professor say that before, did ya? LOL
The thing is that I recognize that my students are pressed hard to succeed in all levels. They aren’t prepared for the reality of adulting. They struggle with anxiety, finding a job, and trying to live up to their full potential.
It was then that it dawned on me that I could use all the things I had learned from my past endeavors to help my students. I mean – why not, right? I learned really quickly that I wasn’t some ordinary person that could blend into the crowd. The students actually looked up to me.
I was like WHAT? What happened to the days when I was just another teacher? LOL
The reality hit. These students were special, and they not only listened to me, but they also trusted me in the most terrifying time in their lives. I could either lead by being a dictator, or I could lead by serving them. I chose the latter.
Why not make it easy on them? Give the kids a break and give them an opportunity to feel like they can do anything they want to?
I want my students to succeed, because they are leaders. This website is built for them to excel in every way possible.
What if I’m not a student of yours?
Rock on! Come on over, take a peek around.
The idea is that my focus may be the ones in the classroom – but I love meeting new people. I love people who love to learn, and hang out.
Come on, join the fun!