Teaching

 

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George Bernard Shaw is responsible for what has become an oft-spoken adage: Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.

For a long time, I kind of agreed with Mr. Shaw, until one bright day I realized the amazing things that teaching has allowed me to do, like spend my twenties living in Asia and Europe and get paid to engage with sharp young minds.

Not only that, many of my best and hardest lessons have been learned, not behind a desk, but in front of the classroom where I am forced to make something deeply my own before I can communicate it with clarity to my students. I suppose the adage I now favor is this: If you want to learn something, teach it.

So that’s what I do.

Since 2011, I have been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell where I teach creative nonfiction.

I have taught spiritual writing to adults at Qi, the inner gym, in Boston, MA.

I have also taught English in the following schools:

The New England School of English, Cambridge, Mass.

The International School of Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

J.F. Oberlin University,  Tokyo, Japan