My name is James Johnson but I go by JJ. I’ve been teaching writing in one form or another for nearly 10 years. After receiving my B.A. in English from Temple University, I took a job as a staff editor for a now defunct website. Shortly thereafter I enrolled in The English Graduate Program at Rutgers University and was chosen from a pool of graduate students to teach at a local community college; I immediately fell in love with teaching.
I currently not only work in the Pathways-Tutoring Center, but teach as an Adjunct Writing Professor here at NEC and for another college as well. Because I’ve always found it important to spend extra time outside the classroom helping students further develop their writing skills, working in the Pathways-Tutoring Center is something I’m very excited to be a part of, and I can speak from the experience of a writing instructor that the assistance the tutors offer is absolutely integral to students’ overall success; I’m just happy to be involved in more aspects of that success.
I try to forewarn my students, and those I tutor, my propensity to get excited about the most mundane aspects of writing tends to rub off on people, especially the ones who try to resist. Watching a student grasp a concept and grow as a writer is the sole reason I love what I do. When not teaching college writing or tutoring, I love to play guitar and write music.