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Dena D.

Very Effective French, English, Drama, and Piano Tutor

Very Effective French, English, Drama, and Piano Tutor

$50/hour

  • 320 hours tutoring

  • Fletcher, NC 28732

About Dena


Bio

I love tutoring and teaching! I have lived in Mills River since 2014 with my husband, my dog, and my cat. We absolutely love the beautiful mountains and nature all around. I taught English/Language Arts at Asheville Middle and Cane Creek Middle School, and really enjoyed them both. Before that, I taught French, English, and Drama for four years at a private high school in Virginia. I taught all levels of French and many different English classes. I have also directed numerous plays,...

I love tutoring and teaching! I have lived in Mills River since 2014 with my husband, my dog, and my cat. We absolutely love the beautiful mountains and nature all around. I taught English/Language Arts at Asheville Middle and Cane Creek Middle School, and really enjoyed them both. Before that, I taught French, English, and Drama for four years at a private high school in Virginia. I taught all levels of French and many different English classes. I have also directed numerous plays, acted in plays, and I enjoy playing and teaching piano. I have a Master's Degree in Education and wrote my thesis on Global Education. I also graduated from the Teacher Licensure Program at Mary Baldwin College and have certification in PreK-12 French and Middle School English.

In 2010 I was a professional tutor for a family that moved to France and I worked with each person's specific learning style to meet their needs. In 2014, I helped a tenth grader get a 5 on his AP French Exam! I've worked with students of all ages and enjoy helping all of them. I like to assess where a student is and what they know, ask them how they prefer to learn, and then design my lessons around their needs and interests. I have helped many students realize their potential, gain confidence, and find success through my caring and structured approach.

I have been teaching and tutoring for ten years and have had huge success with students of all levels and ages.


Education

Virginia Commonwealth University
French
Union Institute & University
Masters
Mary Baldwin College
Graduate Coursework

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $50
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Fletcher, NC 28732
  • Lesson cancellation: 16 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 9/8/2013

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Theater

Theater

I participated in all of the plays/musicals when I was in high school. I have directed, stage managed, acted in, and been responsible for props/set for community theatre plays/musicals. I also directed many plays at the private school where I worked for four years. I love theatre. I've seen plays/musicals in Richmond, Greensboro, Raleigh, London, France, and New York. I was accepted into the VCU Theatre Program right after high school and went there for one year before I changed my major to French.

Computer

Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Windows

I have been using Microsoft Windows my whole life. I am qualified because of my experience and because I have taught Microsoft Windows to first graders in the past when I did my practicum for student teaching. I love tutoring and working with computers. A lot of my tutoring is using computers, whether it's websites for practice, or the PowerPoints I create.

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Right after I graduated from the World Studies program at VCU, I lived in France and taught English through a program with the U.S. Embassy to students at a French boarding school. It was a wonderful experience. I also have a Master of Arts Degree in Global Education which has helped me learn about multicultural and diverse learners. I have traveled to many countries and understand other cultures well. Because of these experiences, I feel that I could successfully help English as a Second Language Learners in their pursuit of learning English.
French,

French

My teaching license says that I am highly qualified to teach French, which is a great honor that I earned because of my high scores and experience. I have been studying French since 6th grade, it was my Major in college, I lived in France for 7 months, and I've taught and tutored French for years. It's such a beautiful language and learning a language helps with many other aspects of life. French has certainly enriched my life and helped me to value other cultures and people in general.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I've taught for over five years and had to proofread numerous student essays, papers, and assignments. I am very detail oriented and I have written many papers myself in graduate school. I think it's just a natural talent I have for words, word usage, and grammar.
Grammar

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a 5 and 7 year old niece and nephew that I have babysat and helped learn how to read. I am currently babysitting a 6 year old and a 10 year old and help them with their reading and math practice. I worked as an assistant teacher at a day care for 4 and 5 year olds for one summer and helped them learn. I did 30 hours of my practicum for my teaching license in a first grade classroom and helped students with all of their work; reading, writing, math, and science.
Handwriting,

Handwriting

I have excellent handwriting skills. I have been complimented on my handwriting for many years. I have a Master's in Education and I am a certified teacher so I feel I am qualified to teach handwriting. My mother is an artist and I believe my skill came from her. I have had amazing success tutoring French, reading, and math to people of all ages from Pre K to adults.
Reading,

Reading

I've taught lots of students to be better readers. I use reading strategies, such as annotating and summarizing a text to get them more involved. Reading is an active experience. Most students like to highlight important words, underline unfamiliar words, and take notes on what they agree or disagree with. Making notes when they don't understand something and looking up new vocabulary really helps too.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

I have a very proficient vocabulary. I think my years studying French really helped with that. But I also worked with a lot of gifted students last year, who were above grade level and I taught them Greek and Latin roots to improve their vocabulary. Vocabulary is so important for reading and writing.
Elementary Science, Grammar, Spelling

English

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Right after I graduated from the World Studies program at VCU, I lived in France and taught English through a program with the U.S. Embassy to students at a French boarding school. It was a wonderful experience. I also have a Master of Arts Degree in Global Education which has helped me learn about multicultural and diverse learners. I have traveled to many countries and understand other cultures well. Because of these experiences, I feel that I could successfully help English as a Second Language Learners in their pursuit of learning English.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I've taught for over five years and had to proofread numerous student essays, papers, and assignments. I am very detail oriented and I have written many papers myself in graduate school. I think it's just a natural talent I have for words, word usage, and grammar.
Reading,

Reading

I've taught lots of students to be better readers. I use reading strategies, such as annotating and summarizing a text to get them more involved. Reading is an active experience. Most students like to highlight important words, underline unfamiliar words, and take notes on what they agree or disagree with. Making notes when they don't understand something and looking up new vocabulary really helps too.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

I have a very proficient vocabulary. I think my years studying French really helped with that. But I also worked with a lot of gifted students last year, who were above grade level and I taught them Greek and Latin roots to improve their vocabulary. Vocabulary is so important for reading and writing.
Writing,

Writing

I have been tutoring and teaching for so long that I have excellent writing skills. I have always been a good writer, but it's also my favorite way to communicate. I'm a fast typer too. Writing is essential to almost every job and that's what I tell my students.
English, Grammar, Spelling

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a 5 and 7 year old niece and nephew that I have babysat and helped learn how to read. I am currently babysitting a 6 year old and a 10 year old and help them with their reading and math practice. I worked as an assistant teacher at a day care for 4 and 5 year olds for one summer and helped them learn. I did 30 hours of my practicum for my teaching license in a first grade classroom and helped students with all of their work; reading, writing, math, and science.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Right after I graduated from the World Studies program at VCU, I lived in France and taught English through a program with the U.S. Embassy to students at a French boarding school. It was a wonderful experience. I also have a Master of Arts Degree in Global Education which has helped me learn about multicultural and diverse learners. I have traveled to many countries and understand other cultures well. Because of these experiences, I feel that I could successfully help English as a Second Language Learners in their pursuit of learning English.
French,

French

My teaching license says that I am highly qualified to teach French, which is a great honor that I earned because of my high scores and experience. I have been studying French since 6th grade, it was my Major in college, I lived in France for 7 months, and I've taught and tutored French for years. It's such a beautiful language and learning a language helps with many other aspects of life. French has certainly enriched my life and helped me to value other cultures and people in general.
Handwriting,

Handwriting

I have excellent handwriting skills. I have been complimented on my handwriting for many years. I have a Master's in Education and I am a certified teacher so I feel I am qualified to teach handwriting. My mother is an artist and I believe my skill came from her. I have had amazing success tutoring French, reading, and math to people of all ages from Pre K to adults.
Piano,

Piano

I have played the piano since I was 8 years old. I play mostly pop music, but I can play almost anything. I played the piano in the jazz band for one year in high school and I played the piano for three years in high school for the Show Choir and our band won awards. I also took a piano class in college and voice lessons. I taught Drama and Vocal Music at a private school and I can read music very well. I love teaching piano and music in general.
Reading,

Reading

I've taught lots of students to be better readers. I use reading strategies, such as annotating and summarizing a text to get them more involved. Reading is an active experience. Most students like to highlight important words, underline unfamiliar words, and take notes on what they agree or disagree with. Making notes when they don't understand something and looking up new vocabulary really helps too.
Writing,

Writing

I have been tutoring and teaching for so long that I have excellent writing skills. I have always been a good writer, but it's also my favorite way to communicate. I'm a fast typer too. Writing is essential to almost every job and that's what I tell my students.
English, Spelling

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Right after I graduated from the World Studies program at VCU, I lived in France and taught English through a program with the U.S. Embassy to students at a French boarding school. It was a wonderful experience. I also have a Master of Arts Degree in Global Education which has helped me learn about multicultural and diverse learners. I have traveled to many countries and understand other cultures well. Because of these experiences, I feel that I could successfully help English as a Second Language Learners in their pursuit of learning English.
French

French

My teaching license says that I am highly qualified to teach French, which is a great honor that I earned because of my high scores and experience. I have been studying French since 6th grade, it was my Major in college, I lived in France for 7 months, and I've taught and tutored French for years. It's such a beautiful language and learning a language helps with many other aspects of life. French has certainly enriched my life and helped me to value other cultures and people in general.

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a 5 and 7 year old niece and nephew that I have babysat and helped learn how to read. I am currently babysitting a 6 year old and a 10 year old and help them with their reading and math practice. I worked as an assistant teacher at a day care for 4 and 5 year olds for one summer and helped them learn. I did 30 hours of my practicum for my teaching license in a first grade classroom and helped students with all of their work; reading, writing, math, and science.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Right after I graduated from the World Studies program at VCU, I lived in France and taught English through a program with the U.S. Embassy to students at a French boarding school. It was a wonderful experience. I also have a Master of Arts Degree in Global Education which has helped me learn about multicultural and diverse learners. I have traveled to many countries and understand other cultures well. Because of these experiences, I feel that I could successfully help English as a Second Language Learners in their pursuit of learning English.
French,

French

My teaching license says that I am highly qualified to teach French, which is a great honor that I earned because of my high scores and experience. I have been studying French since 6th grade, it was my Major in college, I lived in France for 7 months, and I've taught and tutored French for years. It's such a beautiful language and learning a language helps with many other aspects of life. French has certainly enriched my life and helped me to value other cultures and people in general.
Piano,

Piano

I have played the piano since I was 8 years old. I play mostly pop music, but I can play almost anything. I played the piano in the jazz band for one year in high school and I played the piano for three years in high school for the Show Choir and our band won awards. I also took a piano class in college and voice lessons. I taught Drama and Vocal Music at a private school and I can read music very well. I love teaching piano and music in general.
Reading,

Reading

I've taught lots of students to be better readers. I use reading strategies, such as annotating and summarizing a text to get them more involved. Reading is an active experience. Most students like to highlight important words, underline unfamiliar words, and take notes on what they agree or disagree with. Making notes when they don't understand something and looking up new vocabulary really helps too.
Writing,

Writing

I have been tutoring and teaching for so long that I have excellent writing skills. I have always been a good writer, but it's also my favorite way to communicate. I'm a fast typer too. Writing is essential to almost every job and that's what I tell my students.
English

Music

Piano

Piano

I have played the piano since I was 8 years old. I play mostly pop music, but I can play almost anything. I played the piano in the jazz band for one year in high school and I played the piano for three years in high school for the Show Choir and our band won awards. I also took a piano class in college and voice lessons. I taught Drama and Vocal Music at a private school and I can read music very well. I love teaching piano and music in general.

Other

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

Right after I graduated from the World Studies program at VCU, I lived in France and taught English through a program with the U.S. Embassy to students at a French boarding school. It was a wonderful experience. I also have a Master of Arts Degree in Global Education which has helped me learn about multicultural and diverse learners. I have traveled to many countries and understand other cultures well. Because of these experiences, I feel that I could successfully help English as a Second Language Learners in their pursuit of learning English.

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a 5 and 7 year old niece and nephew that I have babysat and helped learn how to read. I am currently babysitting a 6 year old and a 10 year old and help them with their reading and math practice. I worked as an assistant teacher at a day care for 4 and 5 year olds for one summer and helped them learn. I did 30 hours of my practicum for my teaching license in a first grade classroom and helped students with all of their work; reading, writing, math, and science.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Right after I graduated from the World Studies program at VCU, I lived in France and taught English through a program with the U.S. Embassy to students at a French boarding school. It was a wonderful experience. I also have a Master of Arts Degree in Global Education which has helped me learn about multicultural and diverse learners. I have traveled to many countries and understand other cultures well. Because of these experiences, I feel that I could successfully help English as a Second Language Learners in their pursuit of learning English.
French,

French

My teaching license says that I am highly qualified to teach French, which is a great honor that I earned because of my high scores and experience. I have been studying French since 6th grade, it was my Major in college, I lived in France for 7 months, and I've taught and tutored French for years. It's such a beautiful language and learning a language helps with many other aspects of life. French has certainly enriched my life and helped me to value other cultures and people in general.
Piano,

Piano

I have played the piano since I was 8 years old. I play mostly pop music, but I can play almost anything. I played the piano in the jazz band for one year in high school and I played the piano for three years in high school for the Show Choir and our band won awards. I also took a piano class in college and voice lessons. I taught Drama and Vocal Music at a private school and I can read music very well. I love teaching piano and music in general.
Reading,

Reading

I've taught lots of students to be better readers. I use reading strategies, such as annotating and summarizing a text to get them more involved. Reading is an active experience. Most students like to highlight important words, underline unfamiliar words, and take notes on what they agree or disagree with. Making notes when they don't understand something and looking up new vocabulary really helps too.
Writing

Writing

I have been tutoring and teaching for so long that I have excellent writing skills. I have always been a good writer, but it's also my favorite way to communicate. I'm a fast typer too. Writing is essential to almost every job and that's what I tell my students.

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Great Great Great

Dena is on point very accurate and explains thing so you can understand. I really appreciate her . Effectiveness and patience . She is very clear with her directions and makes learning fun not intimatdating .

Lashawn, 13 lessons with Dena

Great tutor!

We're just getting started but Dena has already been a wealth of information to help me refresh my rusty French and improve my skills. I'm enjoying the online sites she sent me very much. Additionally reviewing my recent learnings with her both in French and in English is valuable to me. I appreciate her gentle corrections in my pronunciations and her encouragement.

Lanie, 2 lessons with Dena

Dena was very easy to work with and patient.

Dena taught me some basics I never learned and helped me find a better way to import my pictures and put them in folders. She is looking in to solving a problem we ran into. I look forward to seeing her again next week.

Lin, 2 lessons with Dena

Made French Possible For Us

Dena has done an amazing job helping my daughter with her french. Homeschooling my daughter has been a challenge, but Dena has been able to turn things around for her and me. By answering questions about sentence structure, pronunciation, and vocabulary she has brought her overall grade back to an A. The truth be told without Dena, home school French would not be possible.

Jennifer, 5 lessons with Dena

Great to work with!

Dena is an amazing tutor. She helps you in a very patient manner and even when you get things repeatedly wrong she helps you do it step by step until you get it right. She is always early to class and helps by giving great websites to look at and study while helping you with anything you don’t understand. She is very nice and when she doesn’t know something she emails you the next day on what your doubt was. She is very persistent in helping you and since she started helping me, my grade has gone up very rapidly. I would strongly recommend her for anyone who really want help in French.

Suganya, 16 lessons with Dena

Fantastic Tutor

Dena is one of the best tutors we have engaged for our daughter. Our daughter is in 9th grade this year taking French III. The course jumped significantly in difficulty from French II and we were ill-prepared. We found Dena after reading the reviews about her abilities and were not disappointed. She knows how to engage students, she formulates plans based on their ability and the speed that they master concepts, she is informative for parents, and has such an awesome personality. I would recommend her for any tutoring needs even if languages are not the primary objective. I cannot speak more highly of her. Students get excellent tutoring and parents get peace in the knowledge that their kids are getting the help they need.

Bonnie, 63 lessons with Dena

Amazing tutor!

I absolutely loved her! She was very patient, and was fun to work with. I loved how many little ideas she came up with to help me remember different verbs. I loved how much she genuinely cared about my understanding of the verbs. I really liked her attitude towards everything, and how helpful she was. She wasn't hard to reach, and was on time. Time flied during the lesson, and I feel very confident for my quiz.

Chris, 6 lessons with Dena

Extremely Knowledge tutor

Dena is extremely knowledgeable and is wonderful at explaining the material. She quickly assess the student’s needs, and goes over and above to provide material that is helpful. Our experience has been that she is able to take the student to the next level and with successful results. She is also very accommodating with her schedule and does a great job at making herself available.

D, 27 lessons with Dena

Excellent!!!

Our grandson had failed first grade last year, but after the summer with Dena's efforts, was reviewed and accepted into second grade two weeks ago, as being age appropriate in math and third grade level in reading. We are extremely appreciative of Dena's patience and talents as a tutor.

KD, 5 lessons with Dena
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