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Case Western Reserve University (PhD)
I am a university educator, with a Ph.D. in psychology from Case Western Reserve University, and a B.A. in English and French, with a secondary education teaching certificate. I am proficient in four languages: English, French, Spanish, Dutch. I have spent 35 years in Europe, teaching and counseling men, women and adolescents, training people in emotional intelligence, energy management and interpersonal relationships in a variety of cultures. I have taught psychology on the university and community college level in the U.S., and am currently a speaker and a workshop leader in the Denver Metro area, and an instructor with Colorado Free University and Boulder Lifelong Learning where I also teach Qi Gong (energy skills). I am also a writer, and I have published 13 short stories in literary journals in Australia, New Zealand and the U.S.
I am a university educator, with a Ph.D. in psychology from Case Western Reserve University, and a B.A. in English and French, with a secondary education teaching
In order to be competitive when applying to a number of her top-choice colleges this fall, my younger sister needed to have four years of a language under her belt. However, due to a scheduling issue that occurred during her Freshman year, she was on target to only finish out 3 years by the end of her senior year.
So we did our research and after reviewing score of potential tutors, we decided to ask Francine to tutor my sister over the summer between her junior and senior year to see if she could test our of French 3 and go directly into French 4 during her last year in High School. We knew that it was going to be a huge challenge to try to get a full year of language studies into only two and a half months, but felt like we had to make a good faith effort.
Francine was nothing less than a miracle worker! My sister worked with her twice a week for an hour and a half at a time all summer and was not only able to pass directly into French 4 this year, but start the year ahead of her peers in her language abilities. For the fist time ever, she tells us that "French is a breeze." Her current teacher is amazed by her progress!
We cannot thank Francine enough for her stellar teaching style and techniques. Not only did she give my sister a leg up in her studies, she has given her the chance to be competitive for colleges that would otherwise be out of her reach. We would strongly recommend Francine as a language tutor to anyone and everyone in the market. You could not find a better, kinder or more capable French tutor than Francine!
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