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Janet C.

Chicago, IL


Life-long learner and teacher

Background check passed as of 8/29/15
5.0 average from 76 ratings
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— Rosey, Chicago, IL on 5/4/16

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University of Hong Kong
English, Education
Loyola University, Chicago


University of Hong Kong (English, Education)

Loyola University, Chicago (Other)

About Janet

I am a life-long learner who loves to help others learn! I believe that every person is able to learn if given the time and the tools needed to be successful. What works for one person may not work for another. I find joy in helping each individual discover what works. I have been studying and applying the theories of differentiated instruction, multiple intelligences, and personalized education for many years and believe that these theories, if carefully applied, work wonders.

I have applied these theories of personalizing education for more than 20 years, with individuals, in small groups, in the classroom, and in school-wide settings. I have worked with elementary students, high school students, and adults to teach a variety of subjects for remediation and/or enrichment. Through these experiences, I have realized that I do not have a specific format that is used for all circumstances; instead, I work with the student to discover what will work and to provide the tools for success as consistently and patiently as possible.

Since my very first teaching position when all of my students were the first in the school's history to have a 100% pass rate for their university matriculation, I have used innovative, challenging, and encouraging methods to help many students find success.

I would happily meet with you at an establishment like Panera or Starbucks, or a library of your choosing.
I would expect to meet regularly according to our agreement, but understand that sometimes life happens. At this time, I would appreciate at least an hour notice and am willing to reschedule within a week, if possible.

I look forward to beginning a journey of curiosity and success with you!
I am a life-long learner who loves to help others learn! I believe that every person is able to learn if given the time and the tools needed to be successful. What works for one person may not work for another. I find joy in helping each individual discover what works. I have been studying and applying the theories of differentiated instruction, Read more

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Travels within 8 miles of Chicago, IL 60641
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"Dedicated and Helpful !"

- Rosey, Chicago, IL on 5/4/16
Janet replied on 5/5/2016


"Awesome tutor for Microsoft Office"

- Alyce, Chicago, IL on 8/17/16

"Ambidexterous teacher: She knows Mac and PC protocols"

- Dan, Chicago, IL on 7/30/16

"Janet goes above and beyond"

- Elizabeth, Chicago, IL on 6/20/16

"Great tutor!"

- Sara, Chicago, IL on 5/16/16

"She is an excellent and professional tutor !"

- T. H., Los Angeles, CA on 4/18/16

"Janet was extremely helpful"

- Cynthia, Chicago, IL on 2/5/16


- Candy, Chicago, IL on 2/5/16


- Sherri, Oak Park, IL on 12/15/15

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ACT English

I obtained Bachelors Degrees in English Language and Literature and in Education from the University of Hong Kong. I then taught English for several years in HK, with my students being the first in the history of the school to have a 100% pass rate. I returned to the United States and have been teaching high school for more than 20 years. When I took the Basic Skills tests for teacher certification, I scored 91 in Grammar, 100 in Reading, 95 in Mathematics, and 100 in Writing. My composite score for English Language and Literature for teaching certification was 91, with 100 in Writing and 93 in Reading.

ACT Reading

Learning how to succeed in the ACT Reading exam is about more than knowing how to read. I have spent my career teaching students how to read critically, regardless of the subject I was teaching. Learning how to read for meaning or content, nuances, and intent, under a very tight time constraint requires so much more than simply knowing how to read. With degrees in English Language and Literature and in Education, and more than 20 years of teaching experience, I have gained insight into the different roadblocks and issues that need to be addressed to pass a timed reading comprehension test. With strong personal scores ranging from 92-100 on the Reading section of my teacher certification tests, I believe I have mastered the process and love to share my techniques with students.

Adobe InDesign

I have been using Adobe InDesign since about 2001 when Josten's Yearbook Company switched to it as the software of choice. I attended workshops to learn, and then taught myself and six years worth of students in InDesign. I also have more than 10 years of experience in small Institutional Advancement offices where I have been responsible for producing brochures, newsletters, annual reports, and other collateral materials using Adobe InDesign.

Common Core

The Common Core is based on increasing student ability to think critically and to obtain the skills needed to read and write critically. As a teacher, I have consistently created units of learning that follow the framework of Bloom's Taxonomy. The importance of this framework is to move a student from content recall to understanding, analysis, and application. As the ED of a high school, I implemented an academic program that was rooted in applying the Common Core Standards to reading and writing across the curriculum.


Having good since my tween years, I pursued culinary training and went on to run institutional kitchens (1983-1986 and 1993-1994), Cater(1996-2003), host private cooking parties, teach vegetarian cooking at Whole Foods and Oakton Community College, and hold seminars on the art of creative cooking. I have been a personal chef, prep cook, and line cook. I also help individuals develop personal menu plans based on food preferences/allergies. Two of my specialty classes (marketed through Dabble and Groupon) include Potstickers (which I learned how to make while living in Asia for 6 years) and Enchiladas.


Working in high schools, I was often tasked with reviewing the COOP/HSPT scores of students applying to the school. During that annual process, it became clear to me how test scores related to the performance of students in the classroom, particularly for those who needed remediation services over the summer. I developed a comprehensive program to assist these students and then began to articulate the habits and skills that could help junior high and middle school students to strengthen their scores through direct preparation techniques.

Elementary (K-6th)

As a life-long educator, I have conducted many studies of subject area standards to create interdisciplinary lesson plans and scope and sequence across grade levels. I have helped teachers create unit and lesson plans to ensure that the acquisition of knowledge is rooted in previous knowledge and that critical skills are not overlooked. As a sixth grade teacher, I achieved student success by helping students learn how to read critically. By laying this foundation, I helped students to decipher the important points to remember in any subject. I have tutored many elementary school students who struggled in various subjects. I have always found a method to make their learning engaging, fun, and successful.

Elementary Math

I have tutored elementary school children in Math many times. I have developed practical methods to help the students discover how they best learn math, which gives them confidence and leads to improved tests scores and grades.

Basic Skills (Illinois Teacher Certification Exam) 1995
Grammar 91
Reading 100
Mathematics 95
Writing 100


I received a Bachelors' Degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Hong Kong. When I returned to the United States, I took several tests to become a teacher in the state of Illinois. In the Basic Skills test, I received a 91 in Grammar, a 100 in Reading, and a 100 in Writing. For the English Language and Literature Certification, I received a total score of 91, with Reading at 93; Language, Listening, and Speaking at 95; and Writing at 100. I have taught English at the high school level for many years and I have also assisted Doctoral students in proofreading and editing thesis papers.


I began teaching ESL in Hong Kong at the high school/college level in 1990 after graduating as a Master Teacher from the University of Hong Kong. When I returned to the United States, I passed the ESL Teacher Certification Exam with a total score of 87. For the Oral and Written Communication section, I received a 97 and in the Reading section, I received a 92. I have taught ESL through Oakton Community College and as a tutor. My background in Linguistics has helped me to quickly understand the nuances of the native language of the learner, and to incorporate those nuances into an immersion approach to teaching.

Microsoft PowerPoint

As a former Library Media Specialist at a high school, I created a Computer Literacy Curriculum and taught the foundation course for several years. During this time, I helped students to learn PowerPoint as a method to demonstrate their knowledge and communicate their message through multi-media presentations. I have found that the most effective method for teaching PowerPoint is to work on very specific projects to determine the most appropriate design, format, animations, etc. In this way, students learn the technique at the same time as they are learning the nuances of presentation strategy.

Microsoft Word

I have developed and taught Computer Literacy courses and I have taught Professional Development Courses on helping teachers how to incorporate Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and other technologies, in the classroom.


I taught upper level English at a College in Hong Kong where I required my 40 students to right 500 word essays twice a week. I made certain that each essay was thoroughly proofread before I returned it to them, and that they received the marked essay before they were required to write the next one. Also, part of their university matriculation consisted in a Proofreading Section which I taught. One class of students had a 98% pass rate while another class had a 100% pass rate. Since then, I have used the proofreading method to help students improve their writing skills and their reading comprehension. I do not provide the correct answers; instead, I ask questions which the student must consider to provide the correct word, grammar, syntax, or paragraph structure. In 1995, I took a one-day course in Proofreading and received certification.


One of the most important elements of preparing for the PSAT is understanding the question types and learning how to use time wisely. I have been working with middle and high school students for more than 20 years, and have learned to quickly determine the specific weaknesses of each student. While practice tests are important to learn how to raise against the clock, understanding how to approach each question is critical to beating the clock. I help students to determine if they have issues with understanding or with process. Once that is determined, applying very practical fixes provides phenomenal results.


I have been a student of religion since childhood. After high school I continued taking regular Scripture, Church History and Ethics courses (in a convent). After graduating from the University of Hong Kong, I took three years of Theology at Holy Spirit Seminary - focusing on Scripture, Philosophy, Church History, Social Justice, World Religions, and Morality. On returning to the United States, I completed a Masters in Pastoral Studies at Loyola University, Chicago. I have been a Campus Minister and Theology teacher in the United States since 1994.

SAT Reading

As an upper level teacher in Hong Kong, I needed to teach my students how to skim and scan in order to pass their exams which were very much like the SAT Reading exam. The critical reading for this exam is not the same as leisure reading and students need to develop skills for quickly identifying important words and phrases, and the nuances of the English language. My university courses in Linguistics, and my years of teaching English as a Second Language learners, have help to hone my skills in helping native speakers to approach Reading Comprehension exams from a more critical perspective. I have taught and tutored students for the ACT, SAT, and GED for many years, with a significant success rate.

SAT Writing

Many tutors of writing focus on grammar. I do not. Instead, I work to instill a love for the written word and an understanding of how what is written either enhances or hinders communication. For the SAT Writing exam, it is critical that students have something to say before they attempt to say it in writing. The student needs to be aware of current events and popular thought trends, and to have some articulated ideas about them. Learning how to quickly develop thoughtful responses is the first step in perfecting writing skills for this exam. Once the thought process is understood, we can focus on outlining, paragraph structure, and providing evidence and reasoning at the appropriate points in the essay.


Spelling cannot just be a matter of memorization. Instead, a student of spelling needs to understand the various ways that each sound can be represented through the English alphabet. I work with students to understand the difference between spelling and pronunciation so that they learn what options they have at their disposal for each sound. I also focus on the importance of syllables, beginning and end sound limitations, and creating associations to help memorize crazy spellings when necessary.

Study Skills

The most important element to developing personal study skills is learning how YOU learn. As a teacher of the 8th grade to high school bridge program, I developed a Holistic Study Skills program that helps individuals understand how they learn best, develop tools specific to their needs, and create success plans to help them become independent and confident learners in any subject. The program I developed has been adopted by four different schools to date. I have also taught these methods to other teachers in a professional development setting.


With a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Hong Kong, half of my course subjects were in Linguistics. I studied how words and language are created and how they grow. I learned the basics of Hebrew, Greek, and Latin; worked on projects that compared English, Latin, and Cantonese; and learned to decipher word meaning from context. I have taught students how to master vocabulary through active rather than passive manipulation and dissection of words. As a teacher, I have worked with native English speakers and non-native English speakers to help them understand how important context and word-parts are to developing an understanding of individual words.


I have been teaching writing for more than 20 years and have been writing professionally for as long. When testing for teacher certification, I achieved scores of 100 consistently. I love to help students discover the joy of communicating through writing!

University of Hong Kong
English, Education
Loyola University, Chicago


University of Hong Kong (English, Education)

Loyola University, Chicago (Other)

Dedicated and Helpful ! — Janet was more than accommodating with the issues my son had with Math. She was very knowledgable and dedicated, my son always had great things to say about her after lessons. She was extremely helpful with Vocabulary as well. Highly recommended for Math and Vocabulary homework help. Great Tutor! ...

— Rosey, Chicago, IL on 5/4/16

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Janet will travel within 8 miles of Chicago, IL 60641.