Award-winning PhD educator: English, reading, writing, ACT,(P)SAT
Award-winning PhD educator: English, reading, writing, ACT,(P)SAT
I have 17 years of experience in education, serving as an English teacher, assistant principal, principal, curriculum director, and educational consultant. My Bachelor's degree is in English Language and Literature for secondary education, my Master's degree is in literature, and my Education Specialist degree and Ph.D. are both in educational leadership. I hold an active teaching certificate in both English and psychology for grades 6-12, my administrative certificate spans grades K-12,...
I have 17 years of experience in education, serving as an English teacher, assistant principal, principal, curriculum director, and educational consultant. My Bachelor's degree is in English Language and Literature for secondary education, my Master's degree is in literature, and my Education Specialist degree and Ph.D. are both in educational leadership. I hold an active teaching certificate in both English and psychology for grades 6-12, my administrative certificate spans grades K-12, and I also hold a central office administration certification. Although I am new to Wyzant, I have tutored high school and college students for many years in English, specifically writing, reading, and grammar; test preparation for the ACT and (P)SAT; and editing/revising essays. I am passionate about education, and I love working directly with students to help them develop the skills they need to succeed both in school and in life. I relate well to students of all ages, and I focus on making tutoring sessions engaging and fun, while helping students better understand and apply relevant concepts according to their needs and goals. I particularly enjoy seeing students become more capable and confident as their performance improves, which is why teaching and tutoring are so rewarding.
I have taught a variety of English classes at the high school level, including AP Language and Composition, AP literature and Composition, American Literature, and World Literature, and I also ran a writing lab for students. I served as one of the national readers for the AP Language and Composition exam for the College Board, and I have done considerable work with teachers to help them apply best practices in instruction. Throughout my career, I have worked with students of all ability types, including gifted students and students with special needs. Although I am driven purely by student success rather than personal distinction, I have been honored and humbled by a number of awards over the years. I was Teacher of the Year at North Farmington High School, I was the only K-12 educator selected to the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2016, and I was selected as Eastern Michigan’s Scholar of Excellence.
In addition, I stay in close communication with parents as the partnership between the student, parents, and myself is crucial to accelerating student learning. I believe all students can learn and achieve at high levels with the proper support, and I look forward to the opportunity to help students make their best even better. Please reach out to me with any questions and to set up a tutoring session today!
We've tried several tutors before, including Varsity Tutors. :) Phillip is outstanding. He works together with your child analyzing every aspect of the question and answers options. Unlike other tutors who spend first 30 minutes talking about how great they are, he started with introduction of strategies and techniques to be used when working on the SAT. We all are very pleased with the process, no wasted time, very encouraging and engaging studies. If you are looking for a professional to really help your child, Phillip should be your choice.Olga, 6 lessons with PhillipTutor responded:
Olga, thank you for such a wonderful vote of confidence! I feel fortunate to have been able to work with your daughter, and I was delighted to hear how well she did on the SAT as her hard work certainly paid off!
great teacher. extreme helpful
My son had to write an essay on the Canterbury Tales for a sophomore English class. Phillip was prepared for the session and had reviewed the tales in advance. He helped with analysis, adding supporting details, and organizing the main points. I would unequivocally recommend him.Lenore, 2 lessons with Phillip
We went over my AP Lang rhetorical analysis and Mr.P gave me some really beneficial insight about my writing. He also provided other prep materials to help me prepare for the test in May.Xiumei, 21 lessons with PhillipTutor responded:
I am glad we were able to meet and work on rhetorical analysis writing for the upcoming AP Language and Composition Exam. I have enjoyed seeing your writing develop over these past several months as you continue to improve the depth of your ideas and the sophistication of your analysis. Keep up the great work!
Highly knowledgeable and skilled teacher
Phillip is great teacher! He knows the subject and knows how to teach. His sessions are packed with valuable information. We enjoy each and every lesson with Phillip as he has so much to offer. Can't ask for more!Lily, 5 lessons with PhillipTutor responded:
Thank you, Lily. I have relished the opportunity to help your daughter prepare for the AP Language and Composition Exam as she takes learning seriously and catches on to the concepts quickly. I appreciate how readily she has incorporated feedback into her work as she has shown tremendous growth in a short period of time.
Very knowledgeable tutor.
Phillip was great he reviewed essay structure with my son who will be taking the AP language and composition test. Greatly appreciated his flexibility with scheduling.Jaye, 1 lesson with PhillipTutor responded:
I am glad I was able to meet with your son and help him gain a better understanding of what AP Language and Composition Exam essay readers are looking for in student responses to the essay prompts. I perhaps have never worked with a student who picked up the information as quickly as your son did, which was really impressive!
Phillip is outstanding teacher.
My daughter got SAT reading lessons with Phillip. After 1st lesson, she already has changed her views on the SAT test. Phillip taught strategies and she can apply it to the test immediately. My kid and I are satisfied with his lessons.Sumun, 6 lessons with PhillipTutor responded:
Sumun, I really appreciate your feedback as it has meant a great deal to me to help your daughter improve her skills and boost her confidence in relation to the SAT. She is a diligent, attentive student with a terrific attitude who will certainly do well when she takes the SAT in the near future!
Informative experienced instruction.
I took away tools for annotating first thing. Made great suggestion for future reads to inform my writing. Examined past writing and gave feedback. I will use P. again.Elliot, 6 lessons with PhillipTutor responded:
I'm glad you found the session valuable, Elliot. I appreciate your diligence as a student as it is impressive that you are so proactive by investing time during the summer to sharpen your skills in preparation for the upcoming school year. That mindset will serve you well in school and beyond!
Great ACT Tutor
From session # 1, my daughter felt much more comfortable about how to approach the ACT test. Phillip offered her instruction but also helpful hints on how to approach each section of the test. She was so much more confident after just one session. Highly recommend Phillip.Michele, 9 lessons with PhillipTutor responded:
Thank you for your kind words, Michele. I have been impressed with how well your daughter has grasped the concepts, both related to specific content as well as test-taking strategies that can boost her score. She is a wonderful student to work with, and I am looking forward to our upcoming sessions together to build further upon this foundation and to enhance her preparation for the upcoming ACT exam.
Amazing writing tutor (with extensive knowledge of the AP lang test)!
I came to Phillip with only a week left before the AP lang exam. I had not taken the corresponding AP course, so I really did not know anything about the exam format/grading/timing/etc. Not only did Phillip provide me with helpful exam resources and thoughtful analysis of my essays, he also gave me lots of needed encouragement! The fact that he has read thousands of AP lang exam essays as an AP grader really made his tutoring excellent. After only two lessons, I felt very well prepared for the exam. Anyone who needs help with AP lang exam prep should come to Philip.Lynn, 2 lessons with Phillip
Patient, Detailed, and Effective
After a couple of tutoring sessions for AP English Language and Composition, Phillip has really improved my confidence for the demanding essays on the test. Having someone who knows exactly what the AP graders are looking for has been a tremendous help.H, 5 lessons with Phillip
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