University of Minnesota (English)
Vermont College of Fine Arts (Master's)
Ringling college of art and design (Graduate Coursework)
As an avid reader and writer since childhood, I discovered that nothing prepared me to succeed academically in secondary school, college, and graduate school than mastering both of those skills; nor have any skills opened more new worlds to me, nourishing curiosity and a love of learning that has endured for a lifetime. While not every student has the goal to be a professional writer, learning to communicate clearly and confidently on the page, and to comprehend what one reads is foundational to succeeding in school, in a career, and as an informed citizen. It's not so difficult, actually. Strong, purposeful writing is about practice and organization and rewriting. Reading comprehension often involves rereading. Don't let that scare you off—rewriting and rereading can be fun, if lessons are inspired and motivated by a student's true interests, and as a tutor my first job is to discover what those are so I can design an individualized curriculum that will help you achieve your writing or reading goal with enthusiasm.
I spent a "first career" as a corporate trainer and have a lot of experience with adult students; my "second career" is academic, as a writer, editor, substitute teacher, and tutor—or as I prefer to see my role, as a collaborative writing and reading coach. Whether you are trying to make it through your high school language arts requirements, or penning your first novel, I have the the experience, skill, and credentials to help you succeed. Watching that happen for a student is what I love about tutoring.
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Minnesota, where I graduated Summa cum laude, and was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In July 2015, I earned my Master of Fine Arts degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts. I have written two "practice novels," and am almost finished with my third, which is brilliant! (Did I just say that?…No, my professors did…) I am a freelance copyeditor, and write blog content and product descriptions for numerous blog sites. This is all pretty solitary work, which is why I love to balance my work life with teaching and tutoring. Oh, yes…and I'm funny. Study must include laughter.
Please contact me to schedule an introductory session. I prefer to conduct tutoring sessions at one of the libraries in town, but coffeeshops work too. If your project is outside of my expertise and I think you'd benefit from a different tutor, I will tell you that honestly, and for no charge. As an avid reader and writer since childhood, I discovered that nothing prepared me to succeed academically in secondary school, college, and graduate school than mastering both of those skills; nor have any skills opened more new worlds to me, nourishing curiosity and a love of learning that has endured for a lifetime. While not every student has
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