“Sean is a great instructor. When he first moved here a couple years ago, we had no idea how invaluable his presence in our office would become…Sean is a great team player…He’s helped out by observing instructors and offering feedback to assist their development.” -Brian C., Regional VP (“Test Prep Giant”) Southeast
Also feel free to peruse my LinkedIn profile here.
Experience in Education
“Test Prep Giant”
Premier Tutor and Senior Instructor: PSAT, SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, MCAT-CARS, and Accelerator Verbal Reasoning Courses
Taught metacognitive and cognitive strategies for multiple entrance exams. Among these skills, I also taught math up to Algebra II, vocabulary building, argumentative reasoning, analytical reasoning, close reading, and analytical and argumentative essay writing.
Teacher Trainer/Curriculum Developer: SAT
Evaluated potential new teachers for Human Resources. Subsequently taught instructors-in-training both the content and the pedagogical approach to the SAT. Certified candidates who demonstrated content mastery. Paired with duties as a Content Developer, influenced pedagogical decisions.
Content Developer: MCAT-CARS, GRE, GMAT, SAT, and ACT
Researched, wrote, and edited text for both passages and questions. Copy edited questions and answer explanations for reading and math sections. Created cloze passages.
City Year Seattle/King County (AmeriCorps) at Wing Luke Elementary
Tutoring and After-school Team Leader
Led team in literacy tutoring, community service, and after-school program. Tutored Spanish-speaking students. Maintained grant requirements
Duke University Academic Resource Center
Revised all instructional handouts and aided staff with research on study skills.
Course Workbook for the SAT (Contributor), TPG, 2015
“Medicine Grand Rounds” UNC newsletter, 2009
“Tacomentary: The Durham Taco Story” 2009, Translations for documentary
“Forgotten History: Japanese interned in…Peru?” The International Examiner, Vol. 35 No. 04, February 2008
Carpe Durham, Posts under pen name CDB
Doctoral Student, Dept. of Education, Cultural Studies and Literacies
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Master of Arts in Education (2016)
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Studied and researched literacy and technology in theory and practice. See annotated transcript for a detailed description of coursework.
Bachelor of Arts: English with Creative Writing Emphasis, Philosophy minor
Seattle University, Seattle, WA
Studied literature, rhetoric, and fiction in completion of the major. Focused on short fiction (Alexie, Carver, O’Brien, etc.) and personal essays (Woolf, Didion, Orwell, etc.). Studied epistemology, ontology, and socio-political ethics (J.S. Mill, Foucault, Sartre, etc.).
Dean’s List; Agnes Hadley Scholarship; Pepsi Scholar; Diversity Makes a Difference Award winner (NW Asian Weekly); Lambda Iota Tao Literary Honor Society; Diversity Scholarship (Multicultural Student Services Center)
University Rank and Tenure Committee, Undergraduate Representative; Board of Trustees Academic Affairs Committee, Undergraduate Representative; Student Government, At-Large Representative; Student Government, Transfer Student Representative
Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) International Association
Durham Public Schools volunteer
Pro bono ACT classes for Phoenix Academy in Chapel Hill
Downtown Seattle Food Bank volunteer