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Tulane University (Newcomb College) (English and Theater)
Neighborhood Playhouse, NYC (Other)
Loyola University Law School (J.D.)
I'm a professional communication coach with more than 25 years in the work force as a writer, teacher, speech coach and lawyer. I will help you improve your reading, writing and speaking skills in a relatively short period of time; and increase your reading speed and comprehension. You'll gain confidence in the basic building blocks of writing--vocabulary, grammar, sentence construction and composition. If you aren't a native speaker and need help with your accent, I've successfully coached actors, helping them to learn various accents. I've also worked with non-natives to learn Standard American pronunciation and speech.
Together, with humor, persistence and focus, we'll find the tools to accomplish your goals. Whether you want to practice your interviewing skills, prepare for college or learn how to write a good business letter, I can help. I'm a professional communication coach with more than 25 years in the work force as a writer, teacher, speech coach and lawyer. I will help you improve your reading, writing and
Shelley is a great tutor! She's very supportive and knows how to bring out the best in her students. She cares equally about your target learning objectives and the small details that make it up. She encourages, nurtures, and champions creative thinking and guides you to the next level of language mastership. I highly recommend her as a very experienced and knowledgeable English language professional.
This is my first class during which Shelley tried to figure out what is my problem. It appears that she knows my problem in the one hour discussion and is working out a plan to correct my problem. That is a good start.
Mrs. Shelley is possibly one of the best tutors I've Ever had. She's extremely patient, dedicated, and persistent. There hasn't been a time where I have felt dissatisfied from her services. I highly recommend her to anybody who decides to use her. I will most definitely use her again in the future!
I found the advice and techniques Shelley shared with me very helpful. I also greatly appreciate her insight regarding communication at workplace. Overall I think she is a great and very effective communication coach!
I was looking for a public speaking coach for an upcoming presentation. In just one meeting Shelley helped me greatly reduce my anxiety of public speaking in front of a large audience. She also gave me very helpful tips on how to make my presentation more effective. I am looking forward to our future lessons.
Shelley is an amazing mentor. The best part is that she listens to me instead of dumping her thoughts. I must have done something good because finally I got a tutor, mentor & a friend like her. She is the real guru I have been looking for. She is a well settled teacher to understand what goes in a student's mind during difficult times. Knock on wood, she will make me a better person one day!
Ms. Shelley has been coaching me for interviews. I can't say enough good things about our lessons. She is VERY knowledgeable about communication and speech. She provides very detailed feedback after each session regarding what I can improve on. By listening to her feedback, I feel that I am already making tremendous progress. Ms. Shelley is also very encouraging and at the same time very realistic on my progress. She provides a list of things I can do at home to better my interview skills. She also prepares very well before each session by studying behavioral and general questions that may come up. I recommend her to ANYONE preparing for interviews. After each session, I feel like I learned something new and made progress.
Shelley is a unique coach and tutor. I am working on interview skills training with her and she is very experienced and can easily sense what the client wants in coaching. The first session was an evaluation; by the second one, we worked together to find the exact way I wanted to work. She never wastes any minute of her client’s time; her only focus is on coaching. After the session, she communicates with you via email to help you do your best. And I can tell she does a lot of homework to prepare the sessions. She deals with all my questions and gives me very useful suggestions. She is highly professional, knowledgeable, helpful, efficient, and I will be continuing to work with her.
We had the pleasure of working with Shelley for further improving our son's (11) oral communication skills, for the month of August (4 lessons). She immediately established rapport with our son building his confidence from the get go. Her material was very age appropriate yet challenging, and they enjoyed their time together. They worked on the correct production of some sounds, and oral story telling using various methods. I believe Shelley brought out the best in our son. We plan to continue with her lessons. Thank you, Shelley!
I have been looking for a public speaking coach to improve my public speaking for a while and feel fortunate to finally meet a great coach like Ms. Shelley. Practice sessions with Ms. Shelley are very helpful and effective. She is highly professional, experienced, knowledgeable, encouraging, and positive. Thanks to her supportive and thoughtful coaching style, the lessons are also very pleasant and enjoyable. I wish I had met her earlier in my career and feel lucky to get coaching from her even now. I am very grateful for her dedication and efforts, and truly value the techniques that are from her extensive experience. It is my honor to recommend Ms. Shelley to anyone who is looking for a wonderful coach to improve his or her public speaking. I look forward to our continuing sessions very much.
I was looking initially for a public speaking coach for my teenage son to better prepare him for college. My son has residual speech awkwardness from an early childhood speech delay (for which he received years of traditional speech therapy from pre-school through middle school). He continued to improve a bit on his own in the years since his therapy ended, but I felt he needed much greater fluency or it could be an impediment in his career. It occurred to me that his speech issues were similar to some nearly-fluent foreigners, so perhaps someone who works with accent elimination would be useful for him.
Shelley was indeed great at identifying the components of his speech that were off and devising exercises to target the vocal inflections and phrasing that needed to improve. I was very impressed with her array of solutions, and my son found it engaging. His speech has improved noticeably in the couple of months we've had Shelley coming for 2 or 3 one hour sessions per week. He still has more work to do (including pushing himself to practice the changes) but she has given him some excellent tools and insight. We hope to fit in more sessions during his vacations in the next couple of years.
If somebody asked me six months ago which academic subjects I hated the most in my university life, I would definitely have said it’s writing. But having worked with Ms. Shelley for the past six months, I learned that writing is a subject that could be just as interesting and exciting as science, where we always learn new things. Being a very curious person, many teachers have considered me as an annoyance for asking questions that are hard to answered or ambiguous. But Ms. Shelley being a very supportive tutor has always been patient with me and answered all my questions with excellent explanations and strong details. Additionally, her teaching method can only be described as excellent, with a strong focus on details and perfection. Conclusively, I believe that Ms. Shelley is an excellent tutor; she is very supportive, knowledgeable, and helpful. It is an honor for me, to recommend her to anybody who’s searching for a tutor to improve his or her English writing and speaking skills.
I want to commend Shelley on a job well done. Although our meeting times were minimal, she was very impactful. The most impressive thing about Shelley was her knowledge and integrity. I would recommend her to all who would need this level of tutoring and coaching.
I've had a weekly session of English communications (ESL) with Shelley for more than six months, and it’s been very productive experience.
Typically, I present material she sent me in a short speech, and she gives me feedback on contents, grammar and pronunciation. Her feedback is always precise and helpful to improve my fluency.
She is very flexible to meet my demand and always well-prepared for the session. She made a series of pronunciation drills which helped me stabilize the pronunciation of sounds I had a trouble pronouncing. Also, she chooses reading materials which are highly relevant to my profession as well as useful in deepening my knowledge of American society and culture.
When I was preparing for TOEFL exam, she prepared several mock questions and advised me on how to deliver responses more efficiently. My score of the speaking section improved greatly, thanks to her.
Most of all, her encouraging teaching style helped me to be confident in communicating in English. Now, I feel more comfortable and relaxed speaking in English, which accelerated my learning speed.
I would highly recommend Shelley for the learner of all levels but especially for those who have some basics and is aiming for higher level of proficiency since her passion for teaching and deep knowledge will surely accommodate your needs for honing your English skills in a professional environment.
I have been meeting Shelley for a year, for speaking and writing lessons. I am European, a non-native speaker, and a scientist. The reason why I was looking for a speaking coach was to improve my English conversation skills: vocabulary, common colloquial expressions, and fluency. I am really grateful now that I found Shelley, because meetings with her are beneficial for me from many points of view. Since Shelley is a professional speaking coach, she recognized my problem words within the very first lesson, thus further lessons were focused on decreasing my foreign accent and learning the right pronunciation. For this reason, I very much appreciate that all of the special speaking exercises, articles and conversation topics are prepared by Shelley exclusively for me. The other huge benefit of collaboration with Shelley is her intelligence and broad scope of knowledge. Our sessions are not just talking about general topics, but we can easily discuss the history, politics, economics and other serious global issues. Simply said, lessons with Shelley are not just conversational, but educative as well. Next to speaking, we also work on mastering my scientific writing and the oral presentation of my results in my field. Finally, I would like to emphasize that Shelley is not only a real professional in her field. She is a flexible, kind, witty and open-minded lady, who has helped me to improve my English fluency, which is very recognizable after one year. Worthy of notice, lessons with her always put me in a good mood! If anybody needs a speaking or writing coach, Shelley deserves my warm recommendation!
Shelley is remarkably talented, patient, creative, and kind. Truly the real deal. It's incredible the quality of people who are tutoring on WyzAnt. Shelley has motivated our son to pursue debate and theater. She has helped him form his thoughts more concisely, precisely, and effectively in both speaking and writing. We're really impressed and happy.
As I update this review, looking toward 2014, and in light of our son's positive feedback, Shelley remains awesome.
Shelley G. is my tutor for writing. She is just simply a wonderful tutor; she makes learning fun and interesting.
Shelley is a woman of broad and diverse talents - characteristics we needed to address the coaching needs of the group. She quickly grasped the nuances of the task before her and developed creative techniques to address our unique circumstances. I am happy with her efforts and look forward to our ongoing relationship.
Shelley is a wonderful tutor. I'm so grateful to have her as my guide to help me in my journey to improve my English. I'm certain that her guidance and expertise my English will become fantastic.
I'm so glad to have found Shelley to tutor me. She's awesome, professional and is an expert in her field. She is very astute in her analysis of my diction, can detect the slightest flaw or mispronunciation. Besides that, she is very considerate and sensitive in her critique and analysis. She's a pleasure to work with.
My son has been working with Shelley for about a year, and I have seen tremendous improvement in his grades, attitude, and study habits. His writing has never been better, and he is more focused and confident. Shelley is excellent at what she does, and has all of the qualities one would want in a tutor. She is knowledgeable, flexible, encouraging, responsive, and has a wealth of resources to share. I recommend her highly.
Shelley is an elegant teacher and a wonderful person. She has helped me to overcome my reservations about my conversational English. I had hesitated to join in discussions because I am a linguist with a doctorate in my native language and I did not trust that my English was sufficient. If you are looking for a coach or tutor who is academically sound, patient and a great listener with a sense of humor, Shelley is a great choice.
My review is coming from my perspective as a teacher, legal researcher and writer in my country of origin for 18 years and, more recently, in the U.S Shelley is a uniquely talented, resourceful and patient teacher -- a language expert who is amazingly articulate and thorough in identifying specific language challenges. She always looks for ways to inspire my confidence and to support me. Before I began my classes with Shelley, I thought that it would be extremely hard to improve my language skills. Now I realize that it is a matter of practice and time. If it weren’t for Shelley’s help, I might have given up on improving my English.
It is my great pleasure to write this review about Mrs. Shelley, my English teacher. I had been searching for an English teacher to improve my accent, grammar and writing skills for a year and at last I got in touch with Shelley. In the first meeting, I realized that she is the one I have been searching for because I was looking for a teacher who actually realizes my weaknesses in English. During my lessons she carefully notices each and every word that I speak and puts in enough time to correct it. I am happy to say that she is a perfectionist. She devotes the time, patience and attention necessary to make my English as perfect as a native English scholar. Her teaching method is excellent. At the beginning of each lesson, she asks me what I have been doing for the previous days, she listens carefully, noting pronunciation and grammar areas for correction. Additionally, she is a good editor. During the last 6 months I have given her many scientific papers that I wrote to edit and I am extremely happy to say that she edited everything that I gave her, not only to my satisfaction, but also taught me how to improve my writing skills. She realizes that I have many work responsibilities and gives me flexible times for classes. Finally, the only thing I have to say to you is that if you are fortunate you will get this excellent teacher.
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As Head of the Appellate Division for the City Attorney for the City of New Orleans, Civil Division, I hired and trained all clerks and interns. Thus, I know what employers are looking for in hiring situations. I have successfully coached countless clients on interviewing skills as evidenced by some of the testimonials under my Wyzant profile. I have also been a professional writer for well over 25 years and have helped college graduates improve their resumes and job applications.
I graduated with honors from Tulane University in English and Theater and from Loyola University Law School with a special award for my work in Comparative Law.
I've taught English in numerous situations, from high school students at an all-girl private school to ESL at a junior college in New Orleans. As an Chief of Appeals for the City of New Orleans' Law Department, I not only reviewed hundreds of appeals, but supervised the writing of new attorneys and law clerks. Currently, I'm working with a business to improve the written communication of several of its employees.
My individual coaching clients and students, primarily international professionals, business owners, managers and academics, have come to me to improve their English grammar, usage and syntax. I'm happy to say that I've helped them reach their goals---moving to new jobs or promotions; becoming more confident in their writing, conversation and presentations; enjoying a newfound competence in using the writer's English tool box.
Over the years, I've worked with a diverse group of students and clients.
Most of my coaching practice consists of non-native speakers: academics, scientists, journalists, engineers, business owners and managers. They've come to the US from India, Latin America, Africa, the former USSR, China and the Middle East. Most of them seek to improve their professional and social communication.
Some students and clients are learning English for the first time and want to get the fundamentals down enough to communicate essentials or to enter a regular ESL class.
Early on in my career, I taught ESL in my native New Orleans, and have taught various subjects over the years. Additionally, if accent reduction is a goal, I use my experience as a dialect coach to facilitate learning Standard American pronunciation.
While I can't guarantee that each session will be easy, my clients say that they enjoy themselves; and I certainly enjoy our time together.
Grammar is not always easy to master in most languages, and it's been my great joy to help non-native speakers improve their grasp of English grammar. Depending on a coaching client's or student's level of English fundamentals, learning style, time constraints and motivation, I tailor coaching or tutoring sessions to each student's needs and challenges. I'm happy to say that thus far, most of my students begin to see improvement in a very short period of time. And, although there are no guarantees that it will be easy, most of my students say our sessions are fun (and they're enjoyable for me, too).
For more than 25 years, I've been in the work force as a lawyer, theater professional and now communication coach. I graduated from Tulane University with honors in Theater and English, and then attended acting school in New York, the Neighborhood Playhouse, where I studied with a professional speech coach. I then obtained a law degree from Loyola University.
Over the years, I have learned how to structure various types of speeches--persuasive, motivational, political, humorous, etc. Naturally, in law school, I had to learn how to argue a case in the trial court and on appeal and as Chief of the Appellate Division of the City Attorney's Office in New Orleans, I reviewed hundreds of briefs and prepared attorneys for appellate argument.
I also have significant experience in speech as a dialect coach. For example, I was the dialect coach on a production of The Chosen at Arena Stage, one of the largest and most influential regional theaters in the US. I now use my dialect coaching experience to help international professionals and academics with accent reduction. They've come from China, Korea, India, Columbia, Mexico, Egypt, Africa, Estonia, Ukraine and Lithuania. I've helped them with everything from presentations to interview practice to enhanced conversation.
Religion has always fascinated me and you might say that comparative religion has been an ongoing quest. I studied it as an undergraduate and have continued to study and write about it for many years. If you are interested in pursuing a course that will take you from the earliest religions all the way through history to the major ones practiced today --- and their impact on the fabric of our lives and our health of our planet, then it would be a joy for me to work with you.
I've had over twenty-five years' experience as a theater professional and lawyer and now serve various theaters in the Washington, D.C. area as a dialect coach. I'm a playwright as well, and the sum of my training and experience has enabled me to help students and coaching clients hone the communication skills.
My coaching practice has consisted of adult, professional non-natives who have come from Egypt, Estonia, Lithuania, Ukraine, India, Mexico, China, Korea, Columbia and Trinidad. They are anxious to acquire Standard American speech or at least modify their accents if it appears to be keeping them from attaining their professional goals. (In theater, the task is often to help an actor acquire a dialect or work on reducing or eliminating a regional accent that can get in the way of establishing a character. I also coach actors individually on accent remediation because a regional accent can prevent an otherwise talented actor from being cast.)
I also received formal speech training as an undergraduate at Tulane, as a theater major and then under the legendary Lyda Virginia Parker at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater, a professional acting school in New York.
Over the years, as a lawyer and playwright, I've also learned how to structure speeches, the various forms that they come in---motivational,persuasive,informative,etc. and how to write an effective presentation using PowerPoint, transparencies and available technologies.
One of the many hats I've worn in my life is that of a playwright and screenwriter. I trained professionally in New York with the legendary teacher, Sandford Meisner, and graduated from the Neighborhood Playhouse, the theater school he founded. Sandy was a master teacher and his method not only informed my writing but also the writing of playwrights like David Mamet, directors like Sydney Pollack and the acting of theater artists and film stars like JoAnne Woodward, Diane Keaton and Robert Duvall.
As an undergraduate at Tulane University, I majored in theater, studied directing and ran an improvisation workshop there using techniques borrowed from Viola Spolen, founder of the Second City company in Chicago. After graduating from Tulane,I headed for NYC and the Playhouse, and at the age of 23 founded my own theater company off-off Broadway. Ultimately, I went to law school at Loyola University where I obtained a law degree and I practiced law for ten years. Yet, when I had the opportunity to do playwriting full time, I took it in a New York second!
As a professional writer and coach, I've found that vocabulary is one of the easiest things to teach and one of the most enjoyable subjects to learn.
I've helped numerous non-native speakers increase their vocabularies by creating tools specifically designed to suit them as individuals. I've also worked with college students who are native to the US, who also have sought to improve upon their vocabulary and usage.
After making an assessment of learning style, challenges and motivation, I create a series of sessions to help a student-client meet his or her goals. Additionally, it's important to know a his or her field/ workplace/ profession/ academic discipline because each milieu can have a specific vocabulary that should be mastered. Moreover, usage is very important; so it's necessary to learn words in context and not in isolation.
One of the best things about coaching vocabulary acquisition is that it's measurable--unlike grammar and other aspects of linguistic endeavor. Progress can be gauged easily by the coach or tutor and by the student client by using simple tracking methods.
I love working with students and coaching clients on their written English and have a proven track record in business, academic, legal and creative writing.
I've enjoyed coaching undergraduates, helping them to improve their essay writing and exam taking skills. I've also worked with non-native professionals who have wanted to kick up their English writing a notch.
As a lawyer, I served as a law clerk for a La. Supreme Court Justice and then headed the Appellate Section for the City of New Orleans' City Attorney's office, where I wrote appellate briefs in complex litigation and taught appellate writing in staff workshops.
As to my creative writing, my plays have been produced in New Orleans and the Washington, DC area and most recently have been read at the Kennedy Center's Page-to-Stage Festival as well as Georgetown University. I've also contributed to several screenplays and am currently working on a memoir.
It has been my great joy to help others with their writing---the satisfaction I obtain from teaching writing is as profound as the act of writing itself.
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