Michigan State University (English)
University of North Carolina Wilmington (Master's)
I am an experienced teacher of writing, reading, and critical thinking. I’ve worked with students aged 3 to 73, including college, K-12, and even preschool students. I’m a published writer with a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing, and a co-founder of Asheville Writers in the Schools and Community, which works closely with Asheville City Schools to provide high-quality writing instruction in the classroom.
As a professional writer, I know firsthand the complexities, frustrations, and joys of the writing process. As a teacher, I know how to meet students where they are in that process, no matter their level of ability, and help them succeed. I can provide long-term tutoring in reading and writing skills, and help with shorter-term needs such as standardized test preparation and college admissions essays.
Whether you’re seeking tutoring for a child, for yourself, or both, I want to help!
With over a decade of teaching experience in classroom, after-school, and summer camp environments, I have found that a creative approach to writing builds confidence, utilizes critical thinking skills, and spurs imagination and enthusiasm, even in the most struggling students. Children are innately creative, and the practice of invention through poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction strengthens the same brain “muscles” needed to meet the academic objectives of the Common Core curriculum. My holistic approach combines creative and “traditional” writing instruction to help students recognize and develop their inventive language skills, and apply them to academic work.
While my educational philosophy doesn’t place much value on standardized tests, as a tutor I know they can present particularly difficult challenges for many students. Several years ago, I spent some time scoring the reading and writing portions of end-of-grade tests. This work affirmed my low opinion of such tests, but also gave me valuable insights into their design, the specific skills required to pass, and how written responses are interpreted. This experience, combined with my natural aptitude for this kind of testing, enables me to provide targeted support for end-of-grade and other standardized examinations.
I have worked with students from pre-Kindergarten to high school, and have experience with a range of learning styles and special needs, including ADD, ADHD, sensory processing issues, and traits associated with autism. I am exceptionally intuitive to the needs of each individual child, and tailor my approach accordingly.
I taught English composition, argumentative research, literature, and creative writing for over seven years at the community college and university levels. I’ve worked with a diverse range of students, from college freshmen straight out of high school to older adults returning to school after several years in the work force. I’ve also been tutoring online for the past three years, helping with assignments ranging from remedial English essays to doctoral dissertations, working with native and non-native speakers alike. I provide help with college coursework, cover letters and resumes, creative projects, and anything else you may need assistance with. About Me
I am an experienced teacher of writing, reading, and critical thinking. I’ve worked with students aged 3 to 73, including college, K-12, and even preschool students. I’m a published writer with a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing, and a co-founder of Asheville Writers in the Schools and Community, which works closely with