PhD in Education (Adult Ed)
MA in English (Literature and Writing)
BS in Human Development (Counseling)
AAS in Electronics Systems (Electronics Maintenance)
12 Years of College English Instruction
Bellevue University (Online and Face to Face)
Metropolitan Community College (Face to Face)
ITT Technical Institute (Online and Face to Face)
Buena Vista University (Face to Face)
Academic Advisor at Metropolitan Community College (2 years)
Writing Center Consultant at Metropolitan Community College (2 years)
Non-Teaching Work Experience
United States Air Force Active Duty (8 years)
Special Editor for Literary Journal
ExperienceHi, I'm Sjon (Shawn), and I look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your personal and professional goals through a sharpened academic experience. Married for the last 15 years, I have three young children, two girls and a boy. Originally from Texas, I have spent the last 19 years in Omaha, Nebraska.
Always a lover of mystery and human behavior, I spend much of my time discovering the elements that make people who they are and what they might need to succeed in their personal journeys. As a college educator, I am excited to meet with you to help you find awareness in a complex academic world or to help you sharpen your skills to excel on your current path. Whatever the case, I am certain you will find our time together rewarding and transformative!
HobbiesTeaching and living with respect to conservative foundations, the tested wisdom and tried methods of a discipline, I am a liberal educator because I place great value on open discussions and the sharing, questioning, and creation of ideas. I am also a constructivist, believing that in each class meeting, the resources from the adult learners enable new discoveries and new knowledge.
Educating is an awakening. To be more awake, to see beyond black and white, learners need other learners to brush together worldviews, enabling brighter and more colorful discoveries. In diversity, difference is addition. The world is full of color, no doubt, for diversity exists at every turn, in every peripheral glance, and in every perspective. No one individual is like the rest, so learners must be valued as works of art.
Teachers are like curators of the world's most valuable artistic treasures, and as such, they must become masters of the intricacies in the learners. The learners are not theirs as possessions so much as they are on loan for a time, so the responsibility to teach is an honor. At the heart of my teaching a desire exists to liberate learners for personal, professional, and communal growth. This occurs in an English class as learners become more literate, reading their own minds, texts, and others and presenting clearly a synthesis of new and old in required form.
I believe in the authentic, self-reflective teacher who shares with vulnerability his or her strengths and struggles when beneficial to student learning. Real relationships in the classroom involve emotion and spirited difference, teacher to learners and learners to learners. Dialogue is the center of collaborative learning, so learners and teachers must risk being known. Also a pragmatist, I believe in what works well and am thrilled when creative hypotheses lead to new ways of knowing and task completion. Often I view teaching as mentoring, the creation of a relationship, or relational space, to provide personalized education.
English, College Planning, College Mentoring, Reading Tutoring, Writing Tutoring, Resume & Cover Letter Writing, Grant Writing, Dissertation Writing, Thesis Writing, Life Coaching, Transformative Learning, Critical Thinking Skills, Learning Style Application, Research Methods, Literary Analysis, Test Preparation, Student Success Strategies, English
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