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Jeanne D.

Creative educator specializing in study skills and college process

Fairfield, CT (06825)

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I cannot remember a time when I didn't want to work with children and young adults. I have spent over 30 years working as an educator, recreation specialist and athletic coach. Now that my son is in college, it's time for me to help the next generation of learners discover their gifts and especially - how they learn.

Each child is a unique gift, with their own orientation to the world. Boys learn differently than girls and yes, birth-order, diet, exercise, sleep etc can indeed impact how children embrace learning. It is important that the student feels a sense of balance in their life and through the subject being addressed, skills will be developed to look at learning as a life-long process.

I am a VERY patient educator with a "roll with the punches" attitude and will bring a genuine love of learning into your home. I love animals of all kinds so if you have pets - no problem!

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Jeanne’s subjects

Corporate Training:
College Counseling, General Computer, Grammar, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Sign Language
Test Preparation:
College Counseling, GED, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Elementary (K-6th), English, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
American History, European History, Geography, World History
Anatomy, Psychology
General Computer, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Word
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing


I have lived and worked with my ADD throughout my academic and work career - there are many methods of working with young people and their challenges, from diet and exercise to creating the right environment and of course respectful Rx management

College Counseling

I have worked in the university setting for over 30 years, serving in a number of academic support roles - working very closely with admissions, athletics, academic support, wellness, and counseling.

In my current work as an educational consultant, I work with students who are in the application process, from writing their admissions essay to preparing for athletic scouting.

I continue to work closely with colleges in the region, and stay current on higher education trends.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have worked as a substitute in the elementary system as well as directed the before and after school program at our local elementary school.

I have served in all the positions of the PTA and on 2 principal search committees and one curriculum committee.


My area of training is as a film writer. My course work centered around script treatments and character/story development.

Hard Of Hearing

I lived with a hearing impaired sister and my mother was a teacher of the deaf and a special education professor during her career.

I opted to study sign language for my college language requirement.

Microsoft Outlook

I have used Outlook since its inception and find it to be the most universal of the time management and communication systems available to us. From managing multiple calendars to coordinating city-wide meetings, Outlook has provided the framework for the creation of group lists, instant invites and user friendly email management and storage.

Microsoft Publisher

I have used Publisher for a variety of publications and LOVE the versatility. From brochures to newsletters and more. Very user friendly.


Phonics is how I learned to read and with a hearing impaired sister it is how she learned to speak.

Public Speaking

In addition to all of the categories of educational public speaking, I have served as PA announcer and color commentator for NCAA Women's basketball and as a performer and host of numerous conferences.


I currently work with pre-K through college students assisting native speakers as well as second language students in reading both for pleasure and for academic learning. I am cleared in the Elementary K-6.

I am also a writer of children's books as well as screenplays and stage plays.

Sign Language

I grew up with a hearing impaired sister and a parent who worked in deaf education. During my college years, I opted to take sign language rather than continue with French which I had studied for 11 years. I have worked with hearing impaired students using sign language to supplement my communication.

Special Needs

In my training as a recreational specialist, I was required to take a number of special education courses and in my work at the university level served on the compliance committee and created the "pre-orientation" for our students with specials needs.

Study Skills

I have served as an academic adviser and coach for over 30 years using tools such as time management, project deconstruction, environmental impact as well as the standards of note taking, effective listening, and reading comprehension.


I have been a competitive swimmer for most of my life and began my coaching career at 17 working my way through the AAU, USS, Y and NCAA systems. My passion is stroke development in the 12 and under competitor.


I began my passion work in theater as a prop master and costumer while watching my sister perform. In college, I was "typecast" in my first performing roles and then as I studied, branched out into broader roles.

During my adult years I have continued to perform, serve as a prop master and have taught Prop Mastery in the summer camp setting.

I am currently working on my first stage play.


I played volleyball in high school and attended college during the transition of Title IX so had the opportunity to play during my senior year at the NCAA level and was the first Div 1 coach charged with bringing volleyball to a local university.


One thing I know for sure is that writing is here to stay. Although we have changed the way we do it, the world is writing and reading at a faster rate than ever before. From tweets to texts, emails to blogs, we are writing. So join me as we all embrace the new written word and all its applications.

I look forward to working with you.

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Alderson-Broaddus College (Therapeutic Rec)

Alfred University (MEd)

Yale College, Yale University (Graduate Coursework)

Went the Extra Mile Jeanne is fantastic. Last week she went the extra mile (working to 11 pm) to help my son finish a project. She was patient, knowledgeable, and really helped my son's confidence. ...

— April from Stamford, CT on 4/1/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

I am open to discussing rates for multiple students and more than glad to discuss special pricing for students who may be on extended leave from school etc.

Travel policy

Jeanne will travel within 15 miles of Fairfield, CT 06825.

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