Yale University (Film Studies)
Wesleyan University (Master's)
Beyond her impressive academic credentials and substantive teaching experience, Mrs. S. is a highly dedicated and personable Academic Coach and Writing Tutor who believes in a holistic approach to education and the one-on-one development of each individual student into a college and career ready scholar—an independent, confident, and self-aware critical thinker, reader, and writer. Mrs. S. has a dry wit and a down-to-earth personality that balance well with her understanding of and pragmatic attitude toward the goals and expectations of modern day education. For the duration of her public teaching career, students, parents, colleagues, and administrators alike have lauded Mrs. S. consistently for her natural talent to form a positive and genuine rapport with all types of students, no matter their individual academic strengths and weaknesses. Most importantly, due to her innate talent to connect with students in a meaningful and constructive manner, Mrs. S. is able to bring her English Language Arts content knowledge to the table and to effectively coach her pupils using a variety of instructional skills and strategies.
In her personal life, Mrs. S. is a wife of an ESPN producer, a mother of a Conard High School student, a proud owner of a rescued Australian Shepherd, and a long-time resident of West Hartford, CT. She enjoys spending her leisure time reading both fiction and nonfiction texts, viewing films of various genres and countries of origin, working out at her local gym, and occasionally binge-watching some of the more artistic and well-written series of what has been widely recognized as our modern day television renaissance. Mrs. S. is also an avid fan of musical performances and dramatic productions, attending concerts and Broadway shows whenever possible. She is also a well-traveled tourist of various countries on both the European and African continents, as well as a frequent visitor to New York City and the city of New Orleans, where she enjoys the company and hospitality of friends and family, while enjoying the revitalizing effects of the unique local cultures afforded by these vacation destinations. In sum, Mrs. S. leads a well-balanced life, enthusiastically sharing her experiences, talents, and interests with others, and thus inspiring her students to excel academically and personally in their own lives.
Mrs. S. is a lifelong resident of Connecticut, the 1996 Valedictorian of Bristol Eastern High School, an alumna of Yale University (BA, Film Studies) and a recent graduate of Wesleyan University (MA, Liberal Studies). Mrs. S. was also fortunate to return to Yale as a student in the selective Teacher Preparation Program, upon completion of which, she earned her State of CT Department of Education Certification #015 in English Language Arts, Grades 7-12. After more than a successful decade of teaching English in CT public middle and high schools, Mrs. S. has progressed to her current status of a CT Professional Educator and has thereby gained invaluable classroom experience working with students of various ages and abilities. Mrs. S. has also taken it upon herself to attend multiple College Board workshops, as well as a University of Hartford summer seminar, to become certified to teach and write curriculum for the Advanced Placement: English Language and Composition course. Additionally, Mrs. S. has recently become familiar with and adept at preparing students for the New SAT.
Please contact Mrs. S. to schedule an initial tutoring lesson. Beyond her impressive academic credentials and substantive teaching experience, Mrs. S. is a highly dedicated and personable Academic Coach and Writing Tutor who believes in a holistic approach to education and the one-on-one development of each individual student into a college and career ready scholar—an independent, confident, and self-aware
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