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Sara B.

Mill Valley, CA


Renaissance Teacher for English, Business, Computer and Communications

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Background check passed as of 2/25/12
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278 Ratings
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About Sara

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Sara B. For over 20 years, I have been a marketing, management and communications professional working for both large corporations as well as being a freelance independent contractor. In every position I have held, I was called upon to be a trainer, teacher, mentor and educator. A partial list of my subjects were creativity and innovation in Business, Word, Excel and PowerPoint training, written and verbal communication improvement, Conversational English and Business English improvement.

As well, I have been teaching ESL and ESOL for over 15 years to students ranging in age from 5 to 85. Students have had success with improving - sometimes vastly improving - their SAT Reading and Writing scores, Conversational English, Grammar, Essay Writing and more.

My creative and athletic outlets are performing arts and tennis & yoga. I have been engaged in these wonderful forms of creative expression and healthy sports for over 20 years.

I am an educator who begins working with each student precisely where they are at and then growth and expansion happens from there. We collaborate together in regards to your goals. I will happily provide references so you can speak to students who I currently tutor or who have been tutored.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

With kind regards,
Sara B.
Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Sara B. For over 20 years, I have been a marketing, management and communications professional working for both large corporations as well as being a freelance independent contractor. In every position I have held, I was called upon to be Read more

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Travels within 40 miles of Mill Valley, CA 94941
Background Check: Passed

"Great tutor"

- Monica, Fremont, CA on 1/20/15

"Great teacher - one of a kind!"

- Luna, Walnut Creek, CA on 8/14/14

"Excellent Constructive Feedback"

- Stephanie, Mill Valley, CA on 4/8/14

"Excellent Introductory Meeting and Lesson. Great match for my son."

- Joann, Novato, CA on 3/14/14

"Great Tutor"

- Ann, Moraga, CA on 3/10/13

"Very reliable and excellent business person!!!"

- Ana, Pleasant Hill, CA on 7/17/12

"What a speech tutor.... Sara, you are a GEM!"

- Manny, San Francisco, CA on 9/23/11
ACT Reading, English,
Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Writing
General Computer,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Reading, Spelling
Career Development,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Reading, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading, Career Development,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Career Development,
General Computer,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Having worked for over 20 years in Marketing with a concentration in Business Development, Sales, PR, Promotions, Events and more, I can help you with business topics ranging from marketing plans to strategic objectives & goals to customer service to database management and basic statics, to name a few.

My clients include Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 to a 5 person General Contractor operation and everything in between. I can help you understand how retail, wholesale, entertainment, government, insurance, financial, travel, communications, education & international companies operate and succeed, in any economy.

Learn how to achieve exceptional results in business as I can show you how to become a flexible leader. Discover how to pay meticulous attention to business objectives, database analyses, budget, time and people management.

I've worked for major ad agencies in New York City as well as San Francisco. Currently I am a freelance Business Development Consultant working with clients worldwide. Let's talk about how I can help you understand the business of doing business.

Career Development

Having been both on staff and serviced clients at Fortune 500 companies as well as currently being an entrepreneur since 2001, I have developed and re-developed my own personal career several times. When working on staff at companies, I was asked to participate in both the companies in-house training programs as well as their outside recruitment efforts. This was in addition to my day-to-day responsibilities as an Account Executive and Media Planning Supervisor. I personally have read literally thousands of resumes and hired hundreds of applicants. As well, I am extremely experienced at being on the other side of the desk having been hired for Media Planning, Marketing, Account Executive, CRM Management, Business Development, Teaching, and Tutoring roles, to name a few. I am a highly trained Marketer who continues to learn and grow. Essentially, as I see it, Career Development is about marketing your own self. Something that can be done with professionalism, gentle persistence and focused follow up. I have secured career positions on 4 continents and today work with and for companies all over the world. There is a recipe for information interviewing, targeting companies, knowing strengths and weaknesses, resume writing, introduction letter writing, list of references and how to conduct yourself in a job interview. My first hand extensive experience at being on both sides of the desk for all these ingredients makes me adept at helping others achieve their career development goals. I would be happy to work with you. My proven methods continue to work for myself and those who choose to work with me.


I have been working with students who wish to both speak and write using correct English grammar for over 15 years and they get results. I use one of the best grammar books as well as individualized techniques that best suit each individual student and their goals. I would be happy to work with you on either spoken grammar, written grammar, or both. As well, I have been helping ESL students learn ways to read easier and faster and come to a point where they enjoy reading. Reading is essential to improving both writing and speaking. They all work together and I have taught students from over 50 countries how to improve all 3 skills.


My success with teaching ESL to students ages 5-85 spans 15+ years and 4 continents. I have taught ESL to students from over 75 different countries. My approach is to use the right textbooks (based on a student's current level of English) as well as engaging conversation and real life situations such as role playing.

I help students improve their studies and business people improve their business communications. I introduce younger students to English for the first time. My former students originate from Asia, Europe, South America and North America.

General Computer

I have been working on both PC and MAC computers since 1986. I have both a PC and a MAC computer in my home office. I am effective and efficient in helping any one of any age in setting up a brand new computer, getting started with new programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as creating settings. I am proficient at setting up email and email servers for computer users.

My skills are also strong for setting up address books, calendars, syncing devices such as an iPhone or Blackberry to a PC or MAC as well as setting up popular social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Also, I am capable of trouble shooting computer issues for a wide variety of issues.


I have been working with students who wish to both speak and write using correct grammar for over 15 years and they get results. I use one of the best grammar books as well as individualized techniques that best suit each individual student and their goals. I would be happy to work with you on either spoken grammar, written grammar, or both.


I have worked on Macintosh computers since 1986. Currently I work on both a MacBook Pro and and an iMac. I am highly proficient with Mac for Word, Excel and Powerpoint as well as Garage Band, Keynote, iCal, Now Contacts, iTunes, iChat, iPhoto, and iMovie. I can help with syncing a MAC to an iPhone or Blackberry as well as syncing iPods.

I can help students who purchased their first MAC as well as students who have owned and worked with a MAC for 10 or more years. I have been trained by Apple's One-to'One team for over 6 years on over 10 applications. I can help create systems for file folders (making them color coded and easy to locate and use). My MAC skills are a 9 on a scale of 1-10.


My marketing skills span over 20 years. I worked for Young & Rubicam advertising in New York for 8 years, IBM's in-house Marketing Department, Gannett, Western International Media and have been a marketing consultant for over 10+ years working with over 20 companies. My strength is in the use of how and when to use a myriad of marketing tools and how it coordinates with sales, public relations, direct response, online website, promotions and events. Indeed, I have worked in every facet of marketing, particularly in service industries.

I am extremely deft at creating Marketing Plans and implementing them. I am efficient at creating ROI formulas for determining Marketing Program effectiveness. I have a litmus test for determining if a Marketing Program is a viable option before implementing the program. I majored in Marketing and Management at University.

Public Speaking

I have been a public speaker for over 20 years. In my work as a Marketing Director and Consultant, I've literally delivered over 1,000 talks, speeches, and presentations to audiences of 2 to 2,000. My training in Speaking Circles helps students to relax and learn the art of relaxed confidence and relational speaking that yields powerful results. I show students that public speaking can be a fun and energizing experience.

If a student needs to prepare something for public speaking or finds him/herself in a situation where suddenly they are in the spot light and need to speak to an audience, I can help them be quick and nimble in being calm and able to get to express their thoughts and get the point across. I have trained people to speak publicly at corporations for over 10 years. This is one of my strongest areas of communication skills.


I have been tutoring students of all ages and levels in speech and public speaking for more than 15 years. I have been and still am actively a public speaker for audiences of 1 - 10,000+. My technique is to work with you where you are and find out how you can become a confident and effective public speaker. And yes, even have fun while making speeches and speaking in public.

My past and current experiences and skills in Corporate Media, Media Sales, IT, Education, and Performing Arts (to name a few), are useful in guiding you to both write and give a speech that your audience will enjoy and remember. There are 5 simple techniques that I have come up and share with you that you can use anytime anywhere. These work extremely well for impromptu speeches as well.

I would be delighted to help you become an effective speech writer and deliverer. Let's talk.


Tennis lessons began for me at age 8. Tennis has been a part of my life for 3 decades. I began teaching tennis in 1996 to beginners and beginner/intermediates, and continue to do so today.
I played both singles and doubles on my High School and University team.

I enjoy teaching beginners and beginner/intermediate players because I can train you in proper form early on. I have been trained in Asia in the form of "Zennis" which is a Tai Chi approach to learning and improving your tennis game. It is both relaxing and fun and it will improve your game!

Tennis is a game that can be enjoyed throughout your life and you can make wonderful friends and have a great time. I can help you improve your game and have fun doing it.


Hello fellow Thesbians! All the world truly IS a stage. You already have all the traits you need to be a performing artist in Theatre. I will help you uncover and discover those traits. I've been an Improvisation and on-stage Theatre actress since 1993. I've been a Voice Over Actress since 2003.

Movement and voice come together on stage. Interpreting the writer's intentions (script analysis) and creating theater of your own mind (Improvisation) are my specialties. I would like to introduce you to the joys of discovering your acting abilities.

You will learn Improvisation (a great skill in all of life), how to "break down" a script, tips for memorization of lines, personalization, beats and whole lot more. Contact me and you'll learn how to break into acting and "break a leg"


I have been helping students of all ages for English writing for over 15 years. Essays, applications, reports, PowerPoint, critical writing, compare and contrast, creative writing SAT Writing preparation, and more. If there is a school assignment or project or any thing in the written form that you need help with, I can help. My specialties are thesis creation, setting up structure for logical sentence and paragraph flow, context in relation to the thesis (problem or question or clarification), grammar, formatting, creativity, word choice, evidence, analysis and reflection, theme and sub themes, title, topic sentences, and more.
Whether it be for school at any level (elementary to graduate) or for writing application for school or for a new job or writing content for a speech, letter writing, email writing, website, marketing materials and anything in the written form, my extensive experience can help you improve and learn to enjoy the art of writing.
No matter what level you are and if you are a native English speaker or an ESL student, you will notice the difference when working together with me to improve your writing.
I am happy to provide references from those students who have worked with me on their writing skills. They have all achieved results and continue to improve on their own.
Let's get writing!

Great tutor — Sara is always encourage my daughter, she's very happy with Sara's teaching. Sara is very helpful for preparing my daughter's college summer school application! Thanks!! ...

— Monica, Fremont, CA on 1/20/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Sara will travel within 40 miles of Mill Valley, CA 94941.

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