School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Fine Arts)
Florida International University (Master's)
Capella University (Enrolled)
I am a private English and Arts tutor, holistic healer, and academic life coach specializing in reading comprehension, writing strategies, standardized tests, and organization and study skills for children and adults. I have over twenty-one years of experience, teaching at Florida International University, University of Miami Study Skills and Test Preparation Program, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Institute for Reading Development, English as a Second Language abroad, in environments that include private and public schools, non-profit social service organizations, hospitals, and homeless shelters.
I have been a self-employed educational consultant since 2002, developing several unique programs including creative and academic writing, arts and healing, test taking strategies, and executive functioning. My diversity of experiences teaching across three continents with various populations has made me extremely culturally sensitive. All of this enables me to connect deeply and quickly with students at their levels of ability and awareness. Over the course of my teaching career, I have worked over 24,000 contact hours with over 6,000 clients. Through all of these experiences I have come to understand the value of a holistic approach to education.
My business practice developed steadily over the years by word of mouth with students especially of the ‘orchid’ type: highly sensitive, creative, gifted, often with learning differences or challenges. This ‘orchid’ type of student generally requires just the right kind of support and guidance, and so I have developed a special approach that goes beyond “the tricks to the test” or “giving students the skills for the 21 first century.”
My approach uses the crisis moment of the course (the entrance exam, or the college application essay) as a pivotal moment in a student’s life to teach them coping mechanisms, skills, and confidence that will last a life time. Having the gift of working with the tender kids and the diversity of working with so many different kinds of adult students enables me to quickly understand and motivate any student.
As a life-long lover of learning, I have an eclectic educational background. I hold a MFA in performing arts and have completed numerous courses in educational strategy, reading and ESL instruction, mainstream and positive psychology, coaching, hypnosis, and art therapy. Because of this non-traditional education, I have a uniquely creative and humanistic approach that is based on human potential development. My approach is individualized, positive, and energetic.
I believe that everyone can succeed and am dedicated wholly to helping students with programs that are tailored completely to their particular skills and needs. I have a true passion for my work that is often deeply transformative.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss how I can be of help to you. I am a private English and Arts tutor, holistic healer, and academic life coach specializing in reading comprehension, writing strategies, standardized tests, and organization and study skills for children and adults. I have over twenty-one years of experience, teaching at Florida International University, University of Miami Study Skills and Test
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