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Old Dominion University (honors) (Englsih)
U. of Washington (Master's)
One of the greatest joys in my life has been to see a student unlock the seeming mysteries of the English language and begin to use the language as their own, powerful tool. There are some simple rules that anyone can learn, and after assimilating those rules, the language can be yours to command, and once a student feels confident about his or her ability to communicate, there is no limit as to how far that person can go.
I have taught English for most of my life. I have taught a wide range of students--from accelerated 8th grade students to (most recently) to college level students. Over the years I have developed a program that gives each student guideline to producing college level writing, no matter the current grade level. I recently ran into a former student who had struggled through freshman English but who had finished triumphantly at the end of the semester with a hard won A. She told me that her speech teacher told her had said to her, "Of course, you are a "gifted writer." This student had worked very hard to reach that plateau. Excellence is hard work, but as your tutor I will be with you all the way until you realize your own inner strength. I have had many life experiences and much natural curiosity to learn about a variety of subjects. All of this wide spectrum of knowledge helps me relate to a variety of students from a range of backgrounds.
I love English! I love to analyze poems to find the heart of the poem, and I love to analyze the language to find the best way to communicate an idea--not only to make it clear, but also to make it correct. I want students to take pride in striving for excellence....Success well earned gives a person a confidence that cannot be shaken even "the forces" seems to be working against him or her.
I hope you will contact me to see how far you can go. I really know that with a bit of effort you can be more than you ever imagine! One of the greatest joys in my life has been to see a student unlock the seeming mysteries of the English language and begin to use the language as their own, powerful tool. There are some simple rules that anyone can learn, and
In addition to my 20 years of teaching grammar, I also wrote a short grammar book which was used by the "National PASS Project," a government sponsored educational program offered to the children of migrant workers. As the English Dept. Head of Odle Jr. High School (Bellevue, WA) I developed and introduced a program that raised the PSAT scores from a mean of under 60% to a mean of over 90% in one year's time.
I was in the honors program as an undergraduate when I wrote my thesis which was later published. During that time I helped found the college literary magazine and was an active contributor. My masters degree was in literature. I also have over 12 years experience teaching literature on both the secondary and college level.
Of course, with over twenty years of experience teaching English, I have done a great deal of proofreading as all the essays submitted to me received a close reading as well as suggestions for improvement. Additionally, for four years I was an editor for a national glossy magazine where I was responsible for proofing both the personal interviews and the technical articles.
In recent years I have done a great deal of freelance writing. Most of my articles have been published in national magazines. While in college, I won several awards for my poetry as well as an AAUW national award for a short story. My first award for writing was in the ninth grade when I won a school wide essay contest.