Curiosity and a love of learning have guided my life for as long as I can remember and while I continue to pursue new environments and experiences to learn from for myself, I have also found great joy in taking on the role of teaching and sharing my passion for new knowledge with others. As both a one-on-one tutor as well as a classroom instructor in a wide variety of situations, I approach each lesson with the hope of not just revealing new information to be had but also connecting it with what the student might already know and what might be important to them in their own life. The ability to synthesize different modes of thinking, from the abstract and creative to the strictly analytic, is, I believe, a unique strength that I have developed in following the diverse pursuits cataloged throughout this site. My goal as a teacher is not just to help my students know more, which they inevitably will, but to think better, and to leave them with both new curiosity and the confidence to follow it.
- Private Tutoring
With several hundred hours of both one-on-one tutoring experience and classroom instruction experience from the elementary to college level as well as a solid background in everything from academic writing to advanced mathematics, I am equipped to help students succeed in almost every area with which they might need further assistance. As a tutor, I strive to not only help students excel on assignments and tests to raise their grades, but to instill an approach to learning that raises self-confidence and enables the student to solve new problems using their own strengths. In the past several years, I have had extended experience working with students diagnosed with various learning disabilities including dyslexia and ADHD as well as select opportunities to work with students on the autistic spectrum.
For more information on my private tutoring services including rates and availability please visit:davidafeil.com/tutoring
- Rice Tutors
I worked as a Comprehensive Tutor through Rice Tutors for the 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 school years. Rice Tutors is the only tutoring service in Houston that offers Comprehensive Tutors who are able to tutor in all core subjects, including math, science, English, history, and a foreign language. During my time with Rice Tutors, I worked with several students for entire school years and longer. In addition to my long-term placements, I also assisted countless other students on short-term test preparation and individual assignments. By the end of 2011, I had gained several hundred hours of one-on-one teaching experience through this service. If you are looking for a tutor but do not feel I am the right match, I recommend Rice Tutors. You can use my name as a reference.ricetutors.com
- About Writers in the Schools
Since 1983 WITS has sent professional poets, fiction writers, and playwrights into classrooms in the Houston area to share their love and knowledge of the written word with students and teachers. WITS is also involved in national initiatives, such as mentoring other writers-in-schools programs, serving as a model for multidisciplinary arts educators, and designing curricula for use in schools.
Although the focus of the organization's work takes place in inner-city public schools, WITS also teaches children in art museums, hospitals, community centers, private schools, and juvenile detention centers. WITS years of experience have shown that creative exploration and the resulting self-confidence can have a positive effect on the self-esteem of almost any child, regardless of race, gender, or economic standing.
- In-School Residencies
WITS in-school programs focus on the writing process and address key objectives in language arts, including original voice, inventive word choice, sentence fluency, and clear organization. WITS long-term programs allow students to develop relationships with professional writers while receiving intensive instruction and time to practice and master new techniques. Through innovative approaches, WITS writers build skills in reading and analysis, expose students to multi-cultural literature, and emphasize the importance of revision.
Since the fall of 2010, I have had two 26-week placements as writer-in-residence at Briargrove Elementary School, working with seven different third-grade classes for a total of 182 classroom hours. In addition to our WITS classtime, I have also had the opportunity to assist with the school's after-school Journalism club and accompany the students on their field trip to the Houston Zoo. In the spring of 2012, I was also given the opportunity to hold a condensed 12-week placement as writer-in-residence at Clifton Middle School, where I worked with two seventh-grade and one sixth-grade classes. Working with both of these amazing schools has been a tremendous experience.
- The Menil Project
What began as an experimental project in 1989 has become a nationally acclaimed, innovative use of visual art to promote creative writing. WITS writers may bring their students on field trips to the Menil Collection museum once each year. The writer and three WITS writers at The Menil lead students through the museum in groups small enough to allow both written and verbal responses.
In addition to visiting the Menil on multiple occasions as part of my in-school and summer camp placements, I was also lucky enough to be assigned as one of the Menil writers-in-residence for the 2011/2012 school year, during which time I worked with elementary and middle school students from all over the city and learned to see the collection's art in countless new ways.menil.org
- Creative Writing Camp
The Creative Writing Camp offers a supportive environment where children engage in writing stories, poetry, essays, and plays, as well as simply reading for pleasure. Through these activities even the most hesitant child discovers the joy in writing, the intrigue of language, and the confidence of authorship. Each class has low teacher-student ratios to ensure individual attention and is staffed by both a professional writer and an expert teacher, selected from schools throughout the area. Workshops end with culminating events: all publish anthologies; most do performances or readings also. Creative Writing Camp is a collaboration between Writers in the Schools and Rice University's School Literacy and Culture Project.
Since 2010, I have been a part of three summer camp classrooms, for third, fifth, and sixth graders, respectively, working with some of the most talented students and teachers I have ever met.
- HCC Central English Department
Houston Community College is one of the largest institutions of higher education in the country with more than 70,000 students each semester, including more international students than any community college in the country.
Since the fall of 2011, I have taught as an adjunct professor in the HCC Central English Department. My experience includes teaching developmental writing skills, composition, and humanities survey courses.learning.hccs.edu/faculty/david.feil
- Nameless Sound
Each year, Nameless Sound's innovative Creative Music Workshops serve more than 1500 young people in public schools, community centers, and homeless shelters in the Houston area.
Nameless Sound 's Creative Music Workshops are designed to stimulate a supportive environment for artistic exploration through music improvisation. The processes explored emphasize the important values of diversity, dialogue, self-awareness, group awareness, listening, creative problem solving, spontaneity, and risk taking. Creative Music Workshops offer the potential for personal growth and community development through creative improvised music.
Having previously been a student in Nameless Sound's Youth Ensemble from 2002-2006 and assisted in after-school workshops at a Houston area high school, I was asked in the summer of 2012 to assist in leading Creative Music Workshops at two sites: a woman's shelter in Pasadena and special needs classrooms at Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA). The students ranged in age from the elementary to high school level.
- Erich Fried Realgymnaisum
In the fall of 2003, I held a Teaching Field Experience placement through IES Vienna's European Society & Culture Program. The placement's supervised teaching involved 30 hours of teaching English in a selected Viennese secondary school and attending lectures once a week on the structure and function of the Austrian school system and comparative teaching methods. My placement was at Erich Fried Realgymnasium in the city's 9th district. The following spring, I continued to work on a weekly basis with the English classes at Erich Fried and assisted individual upper-level students in preparing for their matura exit exams and TOEFL tests.