Timathea Workman has over 30 years of teaching experience in English, Journalism, and Creative Writing. She has taught in both public and private high schools, middle schools, and at the college level. She has worked as a Master Teacher and served as Dean of Students. She has also worked as a journalist, travel writer, ghost writer for films with major A-list actors, editor, and publisher. She is a published author, poet, and public speaker.
Mrs. Workman received her BA in English from Principia College, her teaching certification in English from Cal State, Sacramento, and also completed post-graduate work in Journalism at Northwestern University's Medhill School of Journalism, American Literature at San Francisco State University, and Italian Art and Culture at the John Cabot International University in Rome. Her teaching approach is based on Donald Graves' research developed by Lucy Calkins at Columbia University through the Writers Workshop methodology, a student-centered framework based on the idea that students learn to write best when they write frequently, for extended periods of time, on topics of their own choosing. In this approach the teacher acts as a mentor author, modeling writing techniques, teaching grammar and vocabulary in context, and conferring with students as they move through the writing process. The goal is to foster life-long writers who feel confident with their ability to use language effectively to develop their unique voice and understand how to work through the writer's process of selecting topics, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing their original work.
She has conducted research in Antarctica, been known to rescue domesticated pigeons, and is a parent of a current LACHSA Visual Arts senior. She is also having a great time running the Creative Program at LACHSA.