I teach at Park Tudor School, and I have 20 years experience teaching English Literature, analytical and creative writing skills and composition, as well as History, Etymology, SAT and ACT prep, as well as leading a dynamic and highly successful faculty and tutoring over 100 students effectively, with age ranges 9-22 years, preparing many for difficult college entrance examinations and assisting with undergraduate studies.
I also teach writing at IUPUI.
In June 2012, I enjoyed a farewell dinner with one of my tutoring students and his parents. We worked together in a tutoring context for 3 years and I was thrilled the day he emailed me to share the news he was accepted into Harvard University - where he now studies as a freshman.
I also include an extract from a recent letter of thanks, received from the mother of one student I have been tutoring in 2012.
She wrote, "Thank you so much for helping to prepare my son for the ACT. More importantly, however, thank you so much for just TALKING with him. He came home so happy!
Some quotable moments on our half hour ride home that you should know about:
'If I had a teacher like him, I wouldn't be graduating a year early. I would stay in high school to learn more. Right now, I am just trying to get out as fast as possible so that I can study, learn, and do something important.
Now I know there is something to look forward to. I am going to look for professors like him, that I can go to coffee shops with and learn from.'
So there you have it. I don't mean to make you feel uncomfortable, but you should know that you really made a difference in my kid's life, if only during a brief four hour period, at a cafe, over a boring ACT book. You renewed his hope, that someday soon, he just might find an intellectual community he can be a part of....... (or is it "of which he may be a part." I can't end a sentence with a preposition, right?)
You have given him resolve to press on with two more semesters of study in order to get to the next, more inviting stage of life.
Thank you for being a true mentor this evening, in every sense of the word.
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