Credentialed English and ESL Expert With 30+ Years of Experience
Credentialed English and ESL Expert With 30+ Years of Experience
Currently (since 2014) teaching in the Treasure Coast area of Florida, I specialize in teaching writing, grammar, literature, and research. I have taught with the Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia Public School systems for more than 30 years, retiring from Alexandria in 2014 due to my relocation to Florida. I work by day as a Technical Writer and am usually open to new students, from high elementary level to adult, on weekends and weeknights. I am exceptionally competent to teach writing,...
Currently (since 2014) teaching in the Treasure Coast area of Florida, I specialize in teaching writing, grammar, literature, and research. I have taught with the Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia Public School systems for more than 30 years, retiring from Alexandria in 2014 due to my relocation to Florida. I work by day as a Technical Writer and am usually open to new students, from high elementary level to adult, on weekends and weeknights. I am exceptionally competent to teach writing, grammar, literature, test preparation, research, and English as a Second Language.
Among my special accomplishments are preparing a 6th grader to make a substantial percentile advance in his FSA score; planning and coordinating a course of preparation for a police detective preparing for the Captain’s exam (who passed with flying colors and now serves as a precinct Captain); and assisting a Marine officer with his Masters thesis for the National Defense University (his second Master’s degree--and since then he has earned another from Duke University).
I thrill in my students’ achievements. I teach and contribute every possible effort I can make for that reward alone. A singular objective of mine is to convey long-lasting lessons that will serve beyond the immediate goals, so that the 6th grader of today will have the tools to be the successful lawyer or entrepreneur of tomorrow, or in order that a math whiz with little skill or confidence in language arts will recognize the same consistency and symmetry in the patterns of language that thrill him about mathematics.
I offer students an excellent foundation for solid academic or business writing. I have done considerable work with high school students and families to develop standards-based writing skills; and I have special expertise in assisting high school- or college- level writers in essay writing and producing a compelling thesis. I have more than 30 years of experience teaching English as a Second Language, from beginner "survival" level English to advanced writing a
Ellen Marie has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 2 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.
I am very happy I was able to find Ellen to tutor my daughter. She has worked with my daughter this summer to help her get a better handle on the fundamentals of English. Ellen has created each lesson to fit my daughters needs and I am very pleased with the progress.Tara, 11 lessons with Ellen Marie
Knowledgeable and patient tutor
Marie helped my daughter in writing her journal. She did an excellent job in pointing out the mistakes and helping her in right direction. My daughter liked her very much and she would like take her help in future as needed.Sandhya, 4 lessons with Ellen Marie
Learning English is never boring and intimidating when Ellen is there for you!
I needed to improve my business writing skills for my profession and Ellen is by far the best English teacher I've ever met in my life to fulfill my needs! She doesn't only answer millions of questions I ask during the session, and throughout the week, but also provides resources for me to further look into in my own time. The resources she provides are bite-size reading materials that contain online quizzes. These resources help me to immediately apply my learning to a real-life situation. She is very understanding of your immediate needs and willing to work through them without pushing other foundational materials that may go over your head. She also carefully examines my ability and immediate needs, and proactively suggest some other topics to explore that can potentially aid my professional growth. I never feel disheartened when she gives me feedback on my writing or homework because she gets straight to the point without sugar coating her comment, yet, still very respectful. This is possible with her because her feedback has logic and resources to further explain without conveying too many emotions behind it. This is something many teachers I met failed to do and their teaching style often discouraged me to further explore English as a language. Other things like being flexible with my schedule, not getting distracted by side conversation, and asking me for feedback really tell me that she is caring, easy-going, but still determined to help me out with improving my skills. It’s been only two months and I already see myself making huge improvements at work. I feel so empowered and happy that I’m able to write without feeling so overwhelmed. Reading became more fun too, so I started reading more articles. Sometimes, I even enjoy reading to spot other people’s mistakes! Many thanks to Ellen. I look forward to more sessions with her. :)Christina, 5 lessons with Ellen Marie
Dedicated, impressive tutor!
We connected with Ellen through Wyzant as my son Cameron found requirements in the subject of literary analysis of his high school LA class to be very challenging, and needed help with assignments, such as essays and oral presentations . From the moment I exchanged emails with Ellen I knew that I found a competent, well qualified, experienced and ready-for-a-challenge tutor for my son. Ellen truly impressed me with her deep understanding of the complexity of the issues in literary analysis as well as was able to present and apply all necessary tools to help my son to understand and use it his work. Her dedication and thorough approach to all aspects of writing an essay or preparing a presentation was a brand new and fascinating experience for Cameron. Eventually, in addition to existing work on literary venues, Ellen started preparing Cameron for his SAT exam. After an initial assessment, she presented Cameron with a variety of practices addressing his weaknesses. What I value about Ellen’s teaching methods the most is the patient guidance she offers to her students in solving problems, improving skills or correcting their work, so they can learn how to become independent, confident writers. Cameron’s writing skills as well as his overall grade significantly improved under Ellen’s supervision. Also, Ellen always made an effort to provide a comprehensive evaluation of my son’s progress. Finally, I commend her for being always available to connect with Cameron, whether it was an email exchange, text, or an phone call. I can highly recommend Ellen’s tutoring services as she is a teacher who makes a difference.Tatiana, 8 lessons with Ellen Marie
Patient, Well-Organized, and Enthusiastic!
Ellen is a very patient, well-organized, and enthusiastic tutor. She always gives detailed feedback for my brother whose native language is not English. She plans every session ahead of time so she can give a thorough lesson about a topic. Her homework is also helpful in terms of improving my brother's writing technique. In every lesson, she goes over the word choice with my brother to avoid redundancy as she knows that my brother doesn't know a lot of vocabulary. My brother really enjoys all his lessons with Ellen. Overall, I would recommend her to anyone who wants to improve their writing and communicating skills. It is such a pleasure to have her as a teacher for my brother.Jing , 5 lessons with Ellen Marie
As a student whose first language isn't English, Ellen is extremely patient and gives me detailed feedback on how to write a well-organized paper! I love her work.Norah, 9 lessons with Ellen Marie
Great tutor, and great personality.
In just a week working with Ellen, I have learned a lot and I already noticed my improvement. I will continue working with her.Juan, 6 lessons with Ellen Marie
Immediate noticeable improvement in communications skills. Ellen's lessons are tailored to meet specific needs and improve existing skills. Lessons are a great for any graduate students doing research work or simply looking looking for successful grades and follow up professional career.Carlos, 21 lessons with Ellen Marie
Very competent and experienced tutor
Ellen is a very resourceful, knowledgeable, articulate, and well-organized tutor. I am extremely satisfied with her way of teaching and delivering the material we agreed on together; I strongly recommend her for those who look to advance their writing skills at any level. Her handouts, supplementary online resources, and practice exercises helped me a lot in simplifying sentence structures, improving my writing technique, developing meaningful vocabulary, and avoiding redundancy. In spite of her commitment to our lesson schedule, she was always easily accessible by phone or email to discuss tutoring–related issues. She has become my accredited source to whom I turn back for answers when I am uncertain. I wish I could continue to learn from her, but unfortunately family and business matters have intervened to interrupt my studies.Ali, 5 lessons with Ellen Marie
Ellen is an excellent tutor.
She is enthusiastic about the subject, organized with clear outline of class objectives. She has a great deal of practical experience in her field, easily accessible, always on time and very easy-going. It is a pleasure to have her as a teacher.Silvia, 6 lessons with Ellen Marie
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