Diana M.

Derwood, MD


Diana M., MFA

In-person lessons
200+ Hours
4.3 average from 98 ratings
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— Fran, Derwood, MD on 10/15/12


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University of Virginia
Goucher College


University of Virginia (English)

Goucher College (Master's)

About Diana

Diana has an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Virginia and a MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Montgomery College, Rockville campus, since 2003. She has taught composition and writing and tutored students in all academic classes (including ESL) in the Writing and Reading Center. In addition, she teaches classes on how to write a successful college application essay and on self-publishing at the Writer's Center in Bethesda, MD.

Diana also has an extensive background in association, nonprofit, and corporation marketing. She has been a marketing consultant for many organizations, particularly those in the healthcare and child development arenas. As a freelance writer for over 20 years, Diana has contributed to local, national, and international publications. She lives in Rockville, Maryland with her husband and son, Alex, who has autism. She consults with families who have children and adults with disabilities and helps her son with his business.
Diana has an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Virginia and a MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Montgomery College, Rockville campus, since 2003. She has taught composition and writing and tutored students in all academic classes (including ESL) in the Writing and Reading Read more

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Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Derwood, MD 20855
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Very helpful advice"

- Fran, Derwood, MD on 10/15/12

"Getting started"

- Constance, Bethesda, MD on 10/3/12

"Great tutor for our anxious son"

- Andrew, Rockville, MD on 8/1/12

"Great Tutor!"

- Ifeoma, Gaithersburg, MD on 6/6/12

"First 4 lessons have been good and want to continue"

- Keiko, Bethesda, MD on 5/30/12

"Tutor lesson"

- Sandra, Gaithersburg, MD on 3/3/11

"Great experience!"

- Minsuk, Rockville, MD on 4/30/10
Test Preparation:
Career Development
Elementary Education:
Study Skills,

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

I have an 18 year old son who is non-verbal (uses augmentative communication) and enjoys working with crafts and on the computer. I am willing to teach other parents how to open a business for their adult with autism. Contact me for more information.


I was a marketing manager for over ten years at a non-profit organization. I also own a small retail business with my son. In addition, I tutor students in their business classes at Montgomery College, specifically on their writing assignments which deal with case studies and ethics.

Career Development

I am the owner of a business with my son, who has autism. I am able to direct and consult with others on how they can start a business with or for the person in their lives with special needs. I have also created vocational internships and written grants to help support this population. I am able to share resources in this area and help parents navigate what can be an overwhelming process at times. In addition to my expertise in website sales and social marketing, I have also helped many students create and improve their applications and curriculum vitae.


I have been a writer for more than twenty years, and received my MFA from Goucher College ten years ago. I have taught English at Montgomery College, Rockville to ESOL students and to students wishing to improve their grammar, writing, development, reading and speaking. My specialty is working with non-native students to improve their English skills and high school/college students to improve their writing skills.


I have tutored English as a Second Language since 2003 at Montgomery College. The students I have tutored have gone from beginning to end in the ESL Program and have successfully completed credit English courses. Montgomery College has students from over 150 countries, so I am familiar with many international students. I can also work on improving pronunciation, reading skills, and grammar.


As an adjunct faculty member at Montgomery College in the Reading and Writing Center, one of my primary focuses is helping students improve their grammar. I have done this on a daily basis for ten years. I am familiar with all aspects of the English language including sentence structure, verbs, article usage, prepositions, and any other areas both native and non-native students face in grammar.


I was the marketing manager for a major non-profit association for ten years and continue to teach marketing to people who want to open their own business. I have also taught marketing to event planners at Montgomery Community College. I also teach a course on the pros and cons of self-publishing at the Writer's Center in Bethesda, MD and have helped writers self publish and market their books. In addition, I own and operate a website with my son who is autistic.


Painting and mixed media art is something I have done for years. My son and I have a small art business where he has learned to create and sell his art. This is special because he is autistic. I can teach students to paint a picture and put it on the Zazzle website so they can display their art on promotional items. I have also done simple felting, leather bracelets, beading, and wire wrapping. I feel most comfortable with beginners and teens and adults with special needs.


Proofreading is what I do on a daily basis. I help students learn how to proofread their essays by using various techniques. I have also proofread and edited several books and manuscripts. I am familiar with proofreading symbols and grammar usage. I also edit/proof for content, check facts, and work with writers to develop and improve the content of their manuscripts.

Public Speaking

I have been a professor at Montgery College for ten years. My specialty is working with students and professionals to improve their spoken and written language skills. I am familiar with oral motor and articulation techniques.


An avid reader, I often encourage students to read out loud so I can spot deficits. I have more than ten years of experience teaching students to read, make inferences, understand content, and develop more vocabulary. I have also used specialized reading programs via the computer to achieve these results.

Special Needs

As a professor in the Reading and Writing Center at Montgomery College, I work with many students with a variety of disabilities including those with learning disabilities, autism and speech-language delays. I also have a teen with autism and a husband who has both physical and cognitive disabilities, so I am familiar with best practices in assistive technology, study skills and communication (both oral and written).


I have experience working with oral motor problems, severe apraxia, and pronunciation patterns. I have successfully helped non-native speakers improve their speech through a series of exercises that I have developed and also through workbook and computer programs. I am very familiar with assistive technology and augmentative communication as used by people with developmental, speech, cognitive and physical delays.

Study Skills

I have worked in the Reading and Writing Department at Montgomery College for ten years, primarily with developmental and ESL students. One of my specialty areas is improving organization and study skills.


Learning new vocabulary is a struggle most people have. The English language is evolving every year to include new words. I encourage students to read, use the dictionary, and try computer programs specializing in vocabulary development. I help students use words in context and identify inferences through reading. According to the age and level of the student, I provide appropriate exercises and resources to improve his or her vocabulary.


As a writer and editor, I know how important good writing is to getting and keeping a job. As a teacher in the Writing and Reading Department at Montgomery College, I have helped hundreds of students and professionals improve their writing skills in the areas of: outlining, development, content, and grammar. I have taught composition classes to both native and non-native students, developmental or remedial English classes, and business writing. I have also taught proper citation format (MLA and APA). In addition, I love teaching creative writing as well with an emphasis on memoir and nonfiction. I teach a self-publishing class at the Writer's Center in Bethesda.

University of Virginia
Goucher College


University of Virginia (English)

Goucher College (Master's)

Very helpful advice

My senior daughter had drafted her college applications essays, but wanted a second set of eyes to give advice on grammar, theme, style, etc. Diana provided such creative insight and boasted my daughter's confidence in her writing abilities. I would highly recommend Diana as a college essay tutor.

— Fran, Derwood, MD on 10/15/12

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Diana will travel within 20 miles of Derwood, MD 20855.