University of Cambridge (English)
University of Cambridge (Master's)
My background includes world travel, 24 years living in Europe (Switzerland, France, England, Italy), training in both German and English classical theatre, and work at the United Nations. I hold two degrees from the University of Cambridge and a diploma from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
I am multilingual, with fluency in several European languages, and an interest in non-Indo-European ones, including Chinese, Japanese, and Cherokee (current). A life-long love of learning (& teaching) has left me with an unusually broad exposure to world literature, history, art, the classical world, and with my Native roots, also to indigenous culture. My rigorous training at the University of Cambridge impressed me with habits of critical thinking and intellectual curiosity that I believe I can pass on successfully to my students. My approach to learning and teaching is not one of multiple choice answers, but one of that time-honored approach, currently half-forgotten it seems, of awakening original thinking and a desire for exploration in the student’s mind, as I was taught to do by the best. My teaching experience includes teaching all four years of high school French at MSAD 3 Maine Public School System, as well as a school year of tutoring and substitute teaching for three Maine public school districts, K-12. That experience gave me confidence that I can win over 'hearts and minds' in even the most challenging situations, and build excellent rapport with students of all ages, including in certain cases 'special ed', as well as the 'gifted and talented' (sometimes they are one and the same I find!).
I have a 24 hour cancellation policy, but will make every effort to be flexible with make-up classes. I will travel within a 50 mile radius of my home (I will consider the greater Portland and Bangor areas) but also offer online sessions, which allows me to work nation-wide. I can work with you on languages, writing, reading, and a vast array of cultural subjects K-12, to help give you that missing edge when it comes to motivation, love of learning and excellence.
I will be a Cambridge-style tutor to a middle or high school student, treating him or her as an equal with respect in an atmosphere of intellectual challenge and stimulating discussions over reading and writing assignments. Elementary school students will receive the same respect, with a focus on opening the doors of the mind to greater horizons as well, with an additional focus on basic reading and writing, and/or fundamental foreign language skills geared to their age level. I would also be an ideal teacher to assist with home-schooling or supplementary college-level tutoring.
For language students—as their homework—I recommend the Rosetta Stone programs. I will then engage them in stimulating face to face (in person and/or online) tutoring sessions with a live person (me!) to test, apply and expand on what they have learned in each session, from beginner to advanced (up to and beyond fourth year University Level).
I welcome feedback from you and if you are unhappy with my work for any reason you will not be charged. Progress will be measured, in part, by the increase in the student’s love of learning, self-motivation outside the tutoring session, obvious advances in the field of study and an enthusiasm for the sessions. Before beginning with any student I will make every effort to thoroughly evaluate what is needed in each individual case and answer any questions you may have at length so as to ensure a great fit for all parties involved. I look forward to hearing from you and helping you to plan an intellectual and cultural adventure! My background includes world travel, 24 years living in Europe (Switzerland, France, England, Italy), training in both German and English classical theatre, and work at the United Nations. I hold two degrees from the University of Cambridge and a diploma from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
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I would love to help you with your French. I was brought up in Switzerland bilingual in German and English and took French in Swiss Public School since second grade; I also lived three years in France and spent an additional four summers in Aix en Provence as a child. I am fluent in the language and familiar with the culture. I was also a French teacher in a Maine Public High School (MSAD 3 Mountview High) let me know how I can assist you. Thanks, Melody
I have two degrees from the University of Cambridge, a Masters degree in English.
My theatre training and experience includes LAMDA (The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) one of the three and co-equal leading acting schools at the time in England, along with RADA (Royal Academy) and Central. I played a series of leading roles in Shakespeare, Jacobean and Restoration dramas at Cambridge, at The ADC Theatre (formerly Footlights) as well as at various dramatic societies of the colleges of Cambridge and was favorably reviewed by the Guardian and the Independent. I was also trained in the German Classical theatre by leading members of the famed per-war Berliner Schaubuene and the Schauspielhaus Zuerich to which those great lights of the German theatre later fled and finally returned after the war to successfully revive the German theatrical culture. I was trained in speech, accents, dance, stage fighting, voice and period styles to name a few. My academic studies at Cambridge added depth and critical scholarship to my appreciation of the great classics of dramatic literature.
My Shakespeare studies were with Anne Barton (wife of John Barton who shared her approach and brought it to the RSC at that time) and Eric P. Griffiths of Trinity College.