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I am a former news reporter and grant writer with a B.A. cum laude in Classics from Harvard University. For almost 20 years, I have taught drama and creative writing for all ages in Bay Area public schools. I have also led workshops at UC Berkeley and UC Davis. I have done coursework in Teaching for Understanding with Harvard Graduate School of Education and in 2012 received a post baccalaureate Certificate in Writing from UC Berkeley. While working as
founding Artistic Director of an educational arts company, I edited 30 books of original poetry by students, and developed an award winning cross-disciplinary education program recognized for excellence by local civic organizations and the California Arts Council. In addition, I hold an English substitute teacher credential with the Oakland Unified School District. I received a perfect score in my English SAT exam and a top scores in grammar and writing in my CBEST exams (required for substitute credentialing).
My approach to teaching is based on years of experience teaching kindergarten children through senior citizens. I work with learners to find ways to make learning fun and interesting, to re-awaken natural curiosity. I have an in-depth knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and writing techniques: I use techniques practiced by the UC Berkeley English department for writing research essays, creative nonfiction or personal essays. I also teach how to analyze and interpret literature or poetry in ways that relate to real life. Most importantly, I work with students to "own" his or her learning, to understand the relevance of education both personally and professionally.
I am an expert in this area for several reasons. First, I teach voice: speaking and singing. I was the sole teacher/proprietor of a studio, which at its peak had 25 students a week. Several of my students were teachers whom I helped to improve their lecture delivery. Second, I am a writer and editor who has edited student writing for publication and taught writing in Oakland public schools. I hold a Certificate in Writing from UC Berkeley.
I am also a professional stage director and drama instructor, jobs that requires ability to coach students to project, express content expressively, articulate clearly, and engage listeners with variety of tone, pacing and facial expression. I also teach drama/acting for children and adults in schools and privately.
Great tutor kids love to work with — My two kids worked with Susannah during the summer on public speaking and creative writing. Susannah has a good way to interact with kids and thus keep learning a very comforting, interesting buy yet demanding process. Susannah always prepares well coming to the class and shows great patience to guide students to achieve various milestones set up early. It's been such enjoyable experiences to work ...
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