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Mindy D.

MFA Published Poet Specializing in English, Reading and Writing Skills

MFA Published Poet Specializing in English, Reading and Writing Skills

$50/hour

  • 195 hours tutoring

About Mindy


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I have been an English Language Arts Tutor and Educator for twenty-five years! I was an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature for five years and decided to Freelance. Tutoring inspires me, and I enjoy working with people of all ages.

I taught Middle School English online for a year, and now I tutor online which is fun and very similar! I'm Montessori trained in Elementary Level ages 6-12; MA state licensed to teach English in grades 5-12; I'm AP English certified, and have...

I have been an English Language Arts Tutor and Educator for twenty-five years! I was an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature for five years and decided to Freelance. Tutoring inspires me, and I enjoy working with people of all ages.

I taught Middle School English online for a year, and now I tutor online which is fun and very similar! I'm Montessori trained in Elementary Level ages 6-12; MA state licensed to teach English in grades 5-12; I'm AP English certified, and have lots of experience tutoring students who have various learning differences such as ADHD, Dyslexia, Visually and Hearing Impaired, Gifted and Talented and English Language Learners.

I have a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing Poetry and am a nationally published poet. I also studied poetry with two famous poets; James Tate and Robert Bly. I was a Poet-in-Residence at an independent school for gifted children.

The subjects I specialize in are: Poetry, Eco-Literature, Nonfiction, Reading, Writing, Literature in English of any genre and time period and culture, Handwriting, Creative Writing, Essay Writing, Vocabulary, Study Skills, Researching, Grammar, Proofreading/Editing, Test Prep and Career Development Skills. I will assess your skill level and interests and create a learning plan that we can agree on together, which will help strengthen your abilities and confidence. I don't assign homework unless you request it. I also will give you progress reports every month so you can track your progress.

I try to be flexible with my time. While I do have a 24 hr cancellation policy, I offer makeup sessions. I enjoy tutoring online. When I tutor in-person, I can reserve study rooms at the nearest library to you or tutor right in your home. However, I am happy to travel to any location that is easiest for you.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve success in your studies!


Education

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
English Literature
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Masters
Montessori Training Center of New England
Graduate Coursework

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $50
  • Rate details: I have a sliding scale based on your income. My rate can be negotiable if needed. Just let me know a price range that works for you and we can adjust my hourly rate.
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 4/10/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

Career Development

Career Development

I used to teach a Business English class to high school and continuing ed. students. One of the units in the class was on Career Development. My students took free online personality and career skills tests I researched for them, then I would help them organize and understand the results and develop a step by step timeline to achieve the career they've been looking for.

Corporate Training

Career Development,

Career Development

I used to teach a Business English class to high school and continuing ed. students. One of the units in the class was on Career Development. My students took free online personality and career skills tests I researched for them, then I would help them organize and understand the results and develop a step by step timeline to achieve the career they've been looking for.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have been an English Teacher in grades 5-12 and an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature. I have a B.A. in English Literature and an MFA in Poetry. I have taught ESL, ELL learners for over 5 years. I am also certified in WIDA specific Sheltered English Immersion practices. With those qualifications I am highly skilled in the content knowledge of English as a Second Language.
Grammar,

Grammar

I have also freelanced as an editor on manuscripts and for non profits. I have been teaching grammar and writing skills for 18 years. I used to be a professional proofreader/editor for a graphic design company that sold advertising copy to real estate agents.
Proofreading

Proofreading

I used to be a professional proofreader/editor for a graphic design company that sold advertising copy to real estate agents. I have also freelanced as an editor on manuscripts and for non profits. I have been teaching grammar and writing skills for 18 years.

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I was the Director of an afterschool program for children in grades 1-6. I designed the curriculum and led the activities. It was so much fun! I also had Montessori training in child development and elementary education in all subjects for children between the ages of 6-12. I worked as an Assistant Elementary Guide in a Montessori school giving lessons in all subjects.
Grammar,

Grammar

I have also freelanced as an editor on manuscripts and for non profits. I have been teaching grammar and writing skills for 18 years. I used to be a professional proofreader/editor for a graphic design company that sold advertising copy to real estate agents.
Homeschool,

Homeschool

I am experienced as a Homeschool Teacher for English Language Arts for students in grades K-12. Because I have twenty-five years of classroom teaching experience in both private and public schools, I understand district frameworks and requirements that Homeschool Teachers need to make sure their students are learning. I have been hired by Homeschool Parents to specifically teach their kids in English Language Arts and correspond directly with the school districts to ensure their kids are getting the best education they can.
Reading,

Reading

I have been tutoring reading skills for over twenty five years. I've tutored K-12 grades, adult literacy programs, various reading curriculums for dyslexic students and ESL/ELL reading skills. I have learned Montessori practices with reading instruction and have my SEI endorsement for state scaffolding approaches to ESL/ELL techniques and with techniques for learning differences.
Spelling,

Spelling

I also was a Spelling Bee Champion in High School. I have been an English Teacher in grades 5-12 and an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature. I have a B.A. in English Literature and an MFA in Poetry. I'm certified in AP Language and Composition. With those qualifications I am highly skilled in the content knowledge of English.
Vocabulary

Vocabulary

As an English Teacher for over twenty-five years, I have taught vocabulary techniques combined with creative writing, journalism, fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays; through speaking, listening, reading and writing expression. The stronger and wider our command of vocabulary, the more effective we are as communicators which is essential for compassionate connection with others across the world, and the better we comprehend what we are hearing and reading from others in this world, so we can make informed, intelligent decisions and respond with compassion and connection appropriate for any situation.

English

English,

English

I have been an English Teacher in grades 5-12 and an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature. I have a B.A. in English Literature and an MFA in Poetry. I'm certified in AP Language and Composition. With those qualifications I am highly skilled in the content knowledge of English.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have been an English Teacher in grades 5-12 and an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature. I have a B.A. in English Literature and an MFA in Poetry. I have taught ESL, ELL learners for over 5 years. I am also certified in WIDA specific Sheltered English Immersion practices. With those qualifications I am highly skilled in the content knowledge of English as a Second Language.
Grammar,

Grammar

I have also freelanced as an editor on manuscripts and for non profits. I have been teaching grammar and writing skills for 18 years. I used to be a professional proofreader/editor for a graphic design company that sold advertising copy to real estate agents.
Literature,

Literature

I have been an an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature and an English Teacher in grades 5-12. I have a B.A. in English Literature and an MFA in Poetry. I'm certified in AP Language and Composition. With those qualifications I am highly skilled in the content knowledge of Literature.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I used to be a professional proofreader/editor for a graphic design company that sold advertising copy to real estate agents. I have also freelanced as an editor on manuscripts and for non profits. I have been teaching grammar and writing skills for 18 years.
Reading,

Reading

I have been tutoring reading skills for over twenty five years. I've tutored K-12 grades, adult literacy programs, various reading curriculums for dyslexic students and ESL/ELL reading skills. I have learned Montessori practices with reading instruction and have my SEI endorsement for state scaffolding approaches to ESL/ELL techniques and with techniques for learning differences.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have been tutoring SAT Reading strategies for years with great success! We cover all the major and minor techniques you need to know to achieve a high score on the test so you can gain admission to your top colleges and universities. With me, you'll learn how to read a passage for bias and main ideas, facts and persuasion. Next we cover annotation skills and note taking while testing with a time clock to improve your pace and processing. Then we cover multiple choice answering strategies, and vocabulary training so you can easily spot the best answer and understand what you're reading.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

As a former High School English Teacher, I have taught and tutored students in SAT and ACT test-taking strategies for many years. We review analogies, active reading techniques, annotation, finding the main ideas in reading passages, drafting quick outlines for written responses, vocabulary training and narrowing down multiple choice answers as well as time management in test taking and critical analysis of reading passages. Once you understand what the test is designed for, you know how to tackle the challenges successfully.
Spelling,

Spelling

I also was a Spelling Bee Champion in High School. I have been an English Teacher in grades 5-12 and an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature. I have a B.A. in English Literature and an MFA in Poetry. I'm certified in AP Language and Composition. With those qualifications I am highly skilled in the content knowledge of English.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

As an English Teacher for over twenty-five years, I have taught vocabulary techniques combined with creative writing, journalism, fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays; through speaking, listening, reading and writing expression. The stronger and wider our command of vocabulary, the more effective we are as communicators which is essential for compassionate connection with others across the world, and the better we comprehend what we are hearing and reading from others in this world, so we can make informed, intelligent decisions and respond with compassion and connection appropriate for any situation.
Writing,

Writing

I have an MFA degree in Creative Writing and have been a writing teacher for over twenty-five years. I also have taught Business Writing at Mildred Elley Business School in Massachusetts.
ACT English, ACT Reading

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I was the Director of an afterschool program for children in grades 1-6. I designed the curriculum and led the activities. It was so much fun! I also had Montessori training in child development and elementary education in all subjects for children between the ages of 6-12. I worked as an Assistant Elementary Guide in a Montessori school giving lessons in all subjects.
English,

English

I have been an English Teacher in grades 5-12 and an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature. I have a B.A. in English Literature and an MFA in Poetry. I'm certified in AP Language and Composition. With those qualifications I am highly skilled in the content knowledge of English.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have been an English Teacher in grades 5-12 and an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature. I have a B.A. in English Literature and an MFA in Poetry. I have taught ESL, ELL learners for over 5 years. I am also certified in WIDA specific Sheltered English Immersion practices. With those qualifications I am highly skilled in the content knowledge of English as a Second Language.
Reading,

Reading

I have been tutoring reading skills for over twenty five years. I've tutored K-12 grades, adult literacy programs, various reading curriculums for dyslexic students and ESL/ELL reading skills. I have learned Montessori practices with reading instruction and have my SEI endorsement for state scaffolding approaches to ESL/ELL techniques and with techniques for learning differences.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have been tutoring SAT Reading strategies for years with great success! We cover all the major and minor techniques you need to know to achieve a high score on the test so you can gain admission to your top colleges and universities. With me, you'll learn how to read a passage for bias and main ideas, facts and persuasion. Next we cover annotation skills and note taking while testing with a time clock to improve your pace and processing. Then we cover multiple choice answering strategies, and vocabulary training so you can easily spot the best answer and understand what you're reading.
Spelling,

Spelling

I also was a Spelling Bee Champion in High School. I have been an English Teacher in grades 5-12 and an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature. I have a B.A. in English Literature and an MFA in Poetry. I'm certified in AP Language and Composition. With those qualifications I am highly skilled in the content knowledge of English.
Writing

Writing

I have an MFA degree in Creative Writing and have been a writing teacher for over twenty-five years. I also have taught Business Writing at Mildred Elley Business School in Massachusetts.

Language

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I have been an English Teacher in grades 5-12 and an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature. I have a B.A. in English Literature and an MFA in Poetry. I have taught ESL, ELL learners for over 5 years. I am also certified in WIDA specific Sheltered English Immersion practices. With those qualifications I am highly skilled in the content knowledge of English as a Second Language.

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I was the Director of an afterschool program for children in grades 1-6. I designed the curriculum and led the activities. It was so much fun! I also had Montessori training in child development and elementary education in all subjects for children between the ages of 6-12. I worked as an Assistant Elementary Guide in a Montessori school giving lessons in all subjects.
English,

English

I have been an English Teacher in grades 5-12 and an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature. I have a B.A. in English Literature and an MFA in Poetry. I'm certified in AP Language and Composition. With those qualifications I am highly skilled in the content knowledge of English.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have been an English Teacher in grades 5-12 and an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature. I have a B.A. in English Literature and an MFA in Poetry. I have taught ESL, ELL learners for over 5 years. I am also certified in WIDA specific Sheltered English Immersion practices. With those qualifications I am highly skilled in the content knowledge of English as a Second Language.
Reading,

Reading

I have been tutoring reading skills for over twenty five years. I've tutored K-12 grades, adult literacy programs, various reading curriculums for dyslexic students and ESL/ELL reading skills. I have learned Montessori practices with reading instruction and have my SEI endorsement for state scaffolding approaches to ESL/ELL techniques and with techniques for learning differences.
Writing

Writing

I have an MFA degree in Creative Writing and have been a writing teacher for over twenty-five years. I also have taught Business Writing at Mildred Elley Business School in Massachusetts.

Other

College Counseling,

College Counseling

I have tutored students specifically in the College Counseling process. I help them decide what college demographics appeal to them, research majors and schools in various tiers that offer what the student is looking for. I also help them organize their application process, college essays, financial aid, entrance exams, interviews etc. As a College Professor, I academically advised a caseload of 20 students who needed guidance with choosing their classes each semester based on their abilities and interests.
ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I have been an English Teacher in grades 5-12 and an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature. I have a B.A. in English Literature and an MFA in Poetry. I have taught ESL, ELL learners for over 5 years. I am also certified in WIDA specific Sheltered English Immersion practices. With those qualifications I am highly skilled in the content knowledge of English as a Second Language.

Sports/Recreation

Cooking

Cooking

I have worked as a professional artisan bread baker, and as a head breakfast cook and baker. I am a skilled cook and can make any recipe given to me. I have also taught cooking classes to children and taught them about nutrition through afterschool programs. For over five years I worked as management in an organic food co-op.

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I was the Director of an afterschool program for children in grades 1-6. I designed the curriculum and led the activities. It was so much fun! I also had Montessori training in child development and elementary education in all subjects for children between the ages of 6-12. I worked as an Assistant Elementary Guide in a Montessori school giving lessons in all subjects.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have been an English Teacher in grades 5-12 and an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature. I have a B.A. in English Literature and an MFA in Poetry. I have taught ESL, ELL learners for over 5 years. I am also certified in WIDA specific Sheltered English Immersion practices. With those qualifications I am highly skilled in the content knowledge of English as a Second Language.
Reading,

Reading

I have been tutoring reading skills for over twenty five years. I've tutored K-12 grades, adult literacy programs, various reading curriculums for dyslexic students and ESL/ELL reading skills. I have learned Montessori practices with reading instruction and have my SEI endorsement for state scaffolding approaches to ESL/ELL techniques and with techniques for learning differences.
Writing

Writing

I have an MFA degree in Creative Writing and have been a writing teacher for over twenty-five years. I also have taught Business Writing at Mildred Elley Business School in Massachusetts.

Test Preparation

Career Development,

Career Development

I used to teach a Business English class to high school and continuing ed. students. One of the units in the class was on Career Development. My students took free online personality and career skills tests I researched for them, then I would help them organize and understand the results and develop a step by step timeline to achieve the career they've been looking for.
College Counseling,

College Counseling

I have tutored students specifically in the College Counseling process. I help them decide what college demographics appeal to them, research majors and schools in various tiers that offer what the student is looking for. I also help them organize their application process, college essays, financial aid, entrance exams, interviews etc. As a College Professor, I academically advised a caseload of 20 students who needed guidance with choosing their classes each semester based on their abilities and interests.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have been tutoring SAT Reading strategies for years with great success! We cover all the major and minor techniques you need to know to achieve a high score on the test so you can gain admission to your top colleges and universities. With me, you'll learn how to read a passage for bias and main ideas, facts and persuasion. Next we cover annotation skills and note taking while testing with a time clock to improve your pace and processing. Then we cover multiple choice answering strategies, and vocabulary training so you can easily spot the best answer and understand what you're reading.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

As a former High School English Teacher, I have taught and tutored students in SAT and ACT test-taking strategies for many years. We review analogies, active reading techniques, annotation, finding the main ideas in reading passages, drafting quick outlines for written responses, vocabulary training and narrowing down multiple choice answers as well as time management in test taking and critical analysis of reading passages. Once you understand what the test is designed for, you know how to tackle the challenges successfully.
ACT English, ACT Reading

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Fun and knowledgeable

My daughter definitely had learned new writing techniques from Mindy. She is very open minded and patient for my daughter. Can't wait to see how my daughter improves her writing skills.

Akiko, 11 lessons with Mindy

Extremely competent

Mindy seems like a great fit to tutor our son in literature and creative writing. They hit it off right away and Mindy came organized, prepared and ready to engage my son at the same time as including us, his parents, in the process.

Naomi, 2 lessons with Mindy
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