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Simmons College (Boston) (English communic)
University of Florida (Master's)
UMass Boston (Graduate Coursework)
I have a passion and a gift for language, but my skills both as a learner and a teacher developed as a result of commitment, effective instruction, and practice. I studied English and journalism as an undergraduate as Simmons College and earned a master’s degree in education at University of Florida before embarking on a career teaching English/language arts and Italian. Having myself worked sedulously to achieve a high degree of language mastery, I have been sharing my knowledge, enthusiasm, and tried-and-true practices with students for more than 20 years. My pupils range from 12 years old to 65 years old. Some are English language learners new to the U.S.; others are ambitious high school students eager to improve essay-writing and reading comprehension skills, while still others are retirees about to embark on an Italian adventure during which they hope to communicate with native Italians. Whatever the student's motivation for seeking my help, the process in the same. I begin by assessing that individual's current level of mastery and by discussing his or her interests and goals. Then I select instructional materials and methods designed to stimulate and ensure the achievement of those goals.
I approach the student-teacher relationship with patience, flexibility, encouragement, humor, and professionalism. I am respectful of my student’s time and of the financial investment that he or she (or a parent) is making to this relationship, so I ensure that the lessons are always thoughtful and well-prepared and that our time together is well-utilized. With this approach, I find that my students see significant results and are satisfied with their progress.
I find teaching to be a joyful undertaking, a gratifying way for me to share my knowledge with others and, in the process, to empower them to realize their dreams and ambitions.
My certifications include ESOL and language arts K-12, and school counseling. I have more than 20 years teaching students grammar, writing, speaking, reading skills, and test-prep skills.
Passion, personal experience with learning Italian as a second language, and application of effective instructional practices are some of the assets that I bring to a tutoring relationship. I fell in love with Italy in college while studying with The School for International Training’s Experiment in Tuscany and Le Marche. After that experience, I continued my training in Italian art, language, and culture at Middlebury College, at l'Universita' degli Studi di Milano, at La Scuola di Dante Alighieri in Camerino, in Calabria with the University of Rhode Island, and at Scuola Insieme in Friuli Venezia-Giulia. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, I also studied the teaching of Italian language through art in Rome and Florence. A love of Italy infuses the Italian language and film classes that I teach and the workshops that I organize for students with renowned Italian artists, such as comedia dell’arte maestro and mask-maker Antonio Fava. As co-founder of The Toscana Institute outside of Rome, I host groups from all over the world who come to share in the best of la dolce vita. When not in Italy, I teach in an International Baccalaureate program in Sarasota, Florida.
A graduate of Harvard's Summer Institute on College Counseling and UMASS Boston's Graduate School Counseling Program, I hold Florida School Counselor certification and enjoy working collaboratively with high students and their parents to successfully navigate the college application and selection process.
I look forward to meeting with you to discuss your educational needs and goals. I have a passion and a gift for language, but my skills both as a learner and a teacher developed as a result of commitment, effective instruction, and practice. I studied English and … Read more
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