I am proficient in the English portions of the ACT exam and have experience tutoring students in sample tests, and in helping them in their reading comprehension and analysis.
I studied classical ballet for over ten years, performed in a professional dance company until a broken foot ended my professional career. I have continued to take class throughout my life, and have taught ballet to children 8-10 years old. My dissertation was on the legendary Russian ballet dancer, Vaslav Nijinsky, and his ballet, L'Apres-midi d'un Faune (Afternoon of a Faun). I am a Nijinsky scholar. Other specialties include 19th century ballet, 20th century ballet, and Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.
Not only do I have personal experience at applying for, and being accepted to, both an MFA and Ph.D program, but I have helped my niece as well as students at the University of Georgia write effective individual mission statements that have showcased her or his unique qualifications for a particular college or university department. I have extensive experience in creating and editing resumes. In addition, I have also guided students through the process of requesting and submitting academic transcripts as well as asking for and making sure letters of recommendation are sent on time and creating a timeline to ensure their application packets are received by the college or university of their choice.
As a professional writer, and as an English and Theatre professor, I am experienced in mentoring students in essay writing (of all types and for all grades), creative writing, reading for comprehension, and literature analysis. I am passionate about these subjects, and I think I communicate this excitement to my students. I also believe in the "affirmative" approach to mentoring and teaching -- that encouragement of the student to find their own "writer's voice" is a way not only for the student to do well in school but to help explore the way they think and feel about the world.
As a graduate writing coach at the Naval Postgraduate School, I tutor a number of ESL students. I am sensitive to and understand the challenges ESL students face in writing in English, and I am particularly interested in working on sentence elements and word usage.
I attended the Motion Picture Department of UCLA and have had several screenplays optioned. I have recently adapted my award-winning play, Who Loves You, Jimmie Orrio? for the screen. My agent in New York City is currently marketing this screenplay. I have extensive knowledge of the history of cinema, from the silent film era to the present. I continued to take film classes during my doctoral course work at the University of Georgia from 2003-2007.
As a professional writer and professor of English Composition, I can incorporate correct grammar usage within improving a student's writing skills. The student then can see how correct grammar helps him or her to better communicate their thoughts and feelings, rather than having grammar as a separate skill, which seems to have no relevance to the student.
My B.A. in English emphasized British and American literature. In addition, as a playwright, I have written plays about famous British writers such as Emily Bronte, who wrote "Wuthering Heights," and have knowledge and a great love of British literature and poetry.
GACE is the Georgia equivalent of the Praxis certifiation tests. I recently passed the GACE exams in English I and English II. I am very qualified to tutor an individual wishing to pass either GACE or Praxis exams in English.
I have over ten years experience as a professional proofreader, besides my experience as a professional writer and editor.
I have a background as a professional performer, dancer, and actress. My most recent performance on stage was in 2008 at the University of Georgia in the role of Clytemnestra in Euripides' Iphigenia at Aulis. I have experience performing Shakespeare, including Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream. I have also taught acting in Theatre Appreciation classes at the University of Georgia. I have experience coaching actors and non-actors in plays, dramatic presentations, monologues, and speeches. Combined with my experience as a professor who is used to lecturing 120-plus students, I am able to help an individual learn how to vocally and physically present themselves to their greatest advantage, whatever the goal -- an audition, a job interview, or a conference speech.
I have tutored students from grades 2-12 in reading comprehension and vocabulary. I believe patience and focusing on the positive--allowing the student to feel a sense of pride and accomplishment in reading--brings wonderful results and opens up an exciting, challenging world to the student, whatever age!
I am highly experienced in both SAT and GRE reading tests. In addition, I have recently completed training for the SAT reading test which will provide a student with clues and strategies to excel at these sections of the SAT exam. I have taught Critical Thinking and Critical Reading for Comprehension and am a professional writer and editor. All this means that I can help you enormously to prepare for your SAT Reading test!
I have not only taken and achieved extremely high marks in the Vocabulary and Writing portions of the SAT, I have taken the exam at various points in my academic career, so I am familiar with recent developments in the test. In addition, I have recently completed training for the writing portion of the SAT exam which will provide a student with clues and strategies to excel. I tutored students in taking multiple choice exams, ways of narrowing the answer to the one that has the closest chance of being correct, and how to quickly organize thoughts into a strong thesis statement statement with supporting arguments for the Writing section.
I have, within my tutoring experience, guided students in not only the organization and prioritizing of an individual essay, but of larger academic projects, i.e. a portfolio for a class presentation, and gathering, writing and sending out a college application. My doctoral course work was a "study" in Study Skills, culminating in the research, organization, prioritization and deadline-keeping for my 300-page doctoral dissertation. I can also help a student schedule and prioritize her or his daily homework.
I am a professional playwright whose play, Who Loves You, Jimmie Orrio? won the PEN USA Award for Drama and is published by Dramatic Publishing. I have an MFA in Playwriting, as well as a Ph.D. in Theatre. My knowledge of theatre is expansive, including the history of theatre and performance, script analysis, playwriting, theatre appreciation (how an individual gains access as an audience member to the experience of theatre), improvisational theatre, acting (including Stanislavski and Michael Chekhov's principles of acting instruction), and directing.
I have a B.A. in English, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and a Ph.D. in Theatre, all of which have combined in years of experience in teaching English Composition (all genres of essay writing), and Creative Writing. I have worked as a professional editor and proofreader. Most especially, I have great passion for teaching writing, and a very gentle, supportive and affirmative approach to students.