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Deborah P.

Skokie, IL


Experienced Licensed Teacher: Italian, Writing Skills, and ESL

4.9 average from 642 ratings
Excellent teacher
— John, Barrington, IL on 9/21/15

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The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Foreign Languages
National-Louis University, Chicago, Illinois


The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado (Foreign Languages)

National-Louis University, Chicago, Illinois (Master's)

About Deborah

I lived in Italy for twenty-five years and am completely fluent in Italian. I have taught Italian language and culture in two public school districts as well as privately. I have tutored English Language Learners of all ages and from all over the world.

I am a licensed teacher in the state of Illinois and possess a Master of Arts in Teaching. In addition to teaching Italian, I tutor middle school, high school and college students needing help with their writing skills (including composition, grammar, syntax, vocabulary enrichment and spelling, as well as writing essays, reports, short stories, prose, and poems.) I also help high school students write their personal essays for their college applications.

I offer "tutoring excursions" to museums, theaters and other cultural venues. This is a wonderful way for non-native English speakers to learn our language while being exposed to local culture. The language lesson becomes intertwined with the cultural experience.

My "linguistic lunches" are an entertaining way to learn either English or Italian. Improve your language skills during your lunch break!

I also offer online language lessons in both English and Italian. I find that online teaching works amazingly well, and is extremely convenient for people with busy schedules.

I love foreign languages, reading and writing. My goal is to help all of my students reach their maximum potential in an engaging, fun, and relaxed atmosphere.

I am proud and honored to have been ranked among the top 250 of more than 72,000 WyzAnt tutors nationwide in 2014.
I lived in Italy for twenty-five years and am completely fluent in Italian. I have taught Italian language and culture in two public school districts as well as privately. I have tutored Read more

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Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Skokie, IL 60077
Background Check: Passed

"Excellent teacher"

- John, Barrington, IL on 9/21/15

"Excellent tutor!"

- Robin, New York, NY on 9/6/15

"Very patient"

- John, Chicago, IL on 8/28/15

"Just what I needed!"

- Karl, Evanston, IL on 8/18/15

"She Rocks!"

- Terrie, Skokie, IL on 12/14/14

"Great tutor!"

- Cailin, Park Ridge, IL on 11/16/14

"Above and beyond"

- Michelle, Chicago, IL on 10/26/14

"Fantastic tutor"

- Arla, Chicago, IL on 10/22/14

"Great Tutor"

- Gloria, Chicago, IL on 9/11/14

"Great tutor. Cannot say enough good things!"

- CJ, Schaumburg, IL on 5/27/14

"Beyond my wildest expectations!"

- Mihaela, Buffalo Grove, IL on 5/7/14

"Wonderful and flexible tutor"

- Andrew, Chicago, IL on 5/4/14

"As always, Deborah points me in the right direction!"

- Maryclaire, Glencoe, IL on 4/10/14

"Lovely ESL Tutor, Teaches with Excellence"

- GABRIELA, Walpole, MA on 4/9/14

"Thank you."

- Luis, Northbrook, IL on 4/6/14

"Excellent choice for an ESL tutor"

- Ron, Chicago, IL on 2/22/14

"Amazing tutor who designs lessons around you!"

- Valerie, Oak Park, IL on 1/28/14


- William, Walpole, MA on 1/14/14

"Most accommodating and able tutor!"

- Joann, Glen Ellyn, IL on 12/8/13

"Great tutor if you are planning a trip to Italy."

- Kevin, Chicago, IL on 11/20/13

"She is terrific!! Great Tutor!!"

- Elvio, Willowbrook, IL on 7/4/13

"Great Tutor!"

- Brandi, Evanston, IL on 6/8/13

"She makes it so easy!"

- Denise, Lincolnwood, IL on 4/22/13

"Learning is a positive experience with Deborah"

- Carla, Evanston, IL on 4/17/13

"Very polite, very patient, very instructive "

- Monica, Skokie, IL on 4/13/13

"Great tutor!"

- Javier, Skokie, IL on 2/19/13

"Highly recommended!"

- Pilar, Evanston, IL on 1/14/13

"Great tutor very flexible and very patient!"

- Hannah, Chicago, IL on 9/17/12

"Reliability and expertise"

- Simone, Evanston, IL on 9/1/12

"Great tutor, very responsive"

- Karen, Glenview, IL on 3/19/12

"Great tutor who meets your needs"

- Christina, Chicago, IL on 10/17/11

"Great tutor"

- Daniel, Des Plaines, IL on 8/18/11
Elementary Math
ACT English, English,
Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
French, Italian,
Spanish, TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Elementary (K-6th),
French, Reading, SAT Reading, Spanish, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
French, Grammar, Italian,
Proofreading, Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Elementary (K-6th)

I have Illinois type 03 teacher certification, which means that I am certified to teach grades kindergarten through eighth. I have a Master of Arts in Teaching from National-Louis University. Therefore, I am highly qualified to tutor kindergarten through sixth grade, since I have been trained to teach elementary school students in all of the five content areas (reading, language arts, social studies, math, and science.)

My primary goal is to transmit my love of learning to my students. I like to engage them so that their lessons are interesting and meaningful. I feel that this is the best way to help my students achieve their goals. Learning can be fun if it is presented in the right way.


I love grammar and spelling, and I spend much of my spare time playing online competitive Scrabble and reading an eclectic assortment of books. Nothing pleases me more than teaching English to both native and non-native speakers, and watching them make progress in leaps and bounds.

Since grammar and spelling are often left by the wayside in our schools, I am more than happy to fill in the gaps for my students. I have taught English as a Second Language and English as a Foreign Language for a number of years. I do feel that English as a First Language is underrated. No subject is more important. Without knowing how to express oneself in proper English, how can anybody succeed in life? Excellent language arts skills are fundamental for all content areas, as well as for every profession under the sun.


I lived in Florence, Italy for more than twenty years. I am completely bilingual in Italian and English. Having lived overseas facilitates my understanding of what it is like to be in a foreign country where a different language is spoken. I feel that I can identify with my students and am better able to teach them because of my background.

I taught English to Italian students for nine years while living in Italy. My students varied in age. I taught English as a Foreign Language to groups of elementary and middle school students. I also taught high school and college students, and adults. Some of my adult students were professionals (doctors, lawyers and engineers.) My other adult students were from all walks of life. I have been teaching English to English Language Learners of all ages in the Chicago metro area for a number of years, and to students from a wide variety of countries and demographics.

Therefore, I am accustomed to dealing with all ages, backgrounds and ability levels, from beginning to advanced. I have a great love of the English language, and find it gratifying and rewarding to see my students improve their English language skills.


I have taught Italian for 14 years, to students from ages 3 to 86. I teach grammar, conversation, writing, culture and Italian for travel. I tailor my lessons to each student, according to his or her specific needs.

Having lived in Italy for more than twenty years, and having taught the Italian language in two public school districts for eight years and on a private basis as well, I feel that I have a great deal to offer students of all ages and at all ability levels.


It gives me great pleasure to transmit a love of writing to my students. I enjoy crafting short stories, essays, memoirs and poems. Once my students have learned the basics of proper grammar, syntax, spelling and composition, they realize what a wonderful creative outlet writing can be, in addition to being an absolute necessity for school and in the current highly-competitive job market. I teach students at all levels (elementary, middle, high school and college.)

The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Foreign Languages
National-Louis University, Chicago, Illinois


The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado (Foreign Languages)

National-Louis University, Chicago, Illinois (Master's)

Excellent teacher — I could not have selected a better tutor to learn Italian than with Debbie. The books and videos are very helpful, but in my opinion it is essential to have an experienced teacher like Debbie, who can coordinate and guide you in your speech, understanding and appreciation of this beautiful language. She also has lived in Italy for over 20 years and these life experiences enhance every lesson you h ...

— John, Barrington, IL on 9/21/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $75.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Deborah will travel within 15 miles of Skokie, IL 60077.

Background Check Status for Deborah P.

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