Hello. My name is Deborah, but most of my students know me as "Teacher Dora."
I've been teaching Creative Writing and Language Arts/Grade 2-3/Treasures classes at Sprout since January of 2014.
I love my Sprout students! I find them to be curious, eager to participate, and always open to just the right amount of silliness required to make learning fun.
From the time I did my undergraduate work in literature and the fine arts at Bennington College in Vermont, right through to receiving my MFA in creative writing from Emerson College in Boston, I have been passionate about igniting the spark of creativity in my students.
First as an art teacher in k-6 grade public schools around Boston, and later as a creative writing teacher of adults, I have helped students identify, claim, and express their original voices.
When teaching the Treasures classes I concentrate on reading comprehension and pronunciation skills.
I want to be sure the students understand and remember what they are reading.
My motto for learning that sticks is "Slow is the fastest way!"
I call my creative writing courses "Sentence to Story" because we learn how to construct basic sentences, then paragraphs, and then stories and essays.
I like to mix assignments with journal work so that students learn not only about structured writing, but also about the power of "free-writing."
In addition to my work with Sprout, I teach a Basic Beginning English course to immigrants through a program sponsored by English for New Bostonians.
I also teach creative writing, poetry, and basic design skills to international young adult students in a Boston language school.
To relax, I practice yoga, take long walks, draw elaborate doodles, and fantasize about being a super hero whose special powers include being able to speak and understand all the languages of the world!