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Jorinde van den Berg

Jorinde van den Berg

Montgomery College

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Jorinde's work combines: Writing, Education, and Teaching / Mentoring

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Day In The Life

Chairperson & Professor

I lead the Communication Department at a college and teach English.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School


  • Bachelor's Degree

    English Language and Literature, General

    Moller Instituut

  • Graduate Degree

    English Language and Literature, General

    University of Nijmegen

  • Doctorate

    English Language and Literature, General

    Union Institute & University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an English Language & Literature Teachers, Postsecondary:

Bachelor's Degree: English Language and Literature, General

Graduate Degree: English Language and Literature, General

Doctorate: English Language and Literature, General

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    I was labeled as "dumb" in Middle School, but my parents believed in me regardless.

  • 2.

    Then, I became a super-nerd and developed my own method of learning, which caused me to graduate....

  • 3.

    ...from High School with the highest grade point average, and gave me confidence to go to college.

  • 4.

    It was hard, but I studied for my Master's while tutoring others and subbing for teachers.

  • 5.

    I moved from Holland to the USA, where my degree was virtually useless, so I got my Ph.D.

  • 6.

    I discovered I am Learning Disabled and Dyslexic, which actually helps me be a better teacher!

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Teachers:

    You are too dumb to finish Middle and High School. You should go to an easier school. You cannot do this.

  • How I responded:

    Although it was great that my parents believed in me, the only thing that is really important is that you believe in yourself; I knew that I was not dumb and that I had in fact a tremendous yearning always to learn more and to pass it on. From the time I was young, I have always strongly believed that life is what you make it. YOU have the power!!!

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • It was the hardest and the best things I have ever done - I was poor, knew nothing about the culture, and felt lonely, but by working hard and looking for the good in my new culture and new friends, I learned tremendous life lessons. Assimilate!

  • Before coming to the USA, I had no idea that there was a name for my troubles in school. I discourage anyone who is dyslexic and/or learning disabled to use it as an excuse; in fact, you should use it as a TOOL and work twice as hard as others.