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Dena D.

Mills River, NC


Patient and Knowledgeable English and French Tutor

5.0 average from 102 ratings
Excellent Tutor
— Cliff, Asheville, NC on 5/18/15

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


Virginia Commonwealth University (French)

Union Institute & University (Master's)

Mary Baldwin College (Graduate Coursework)

About Dena

I love tutoring and teaching! I have lived in Mills River since 2014 with my husband, two dogs, and a 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 the 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 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.
I love tutoring and teaching! I have lived in Mills River since 2014 with my husband, two dogs, and a cat. We absolutely love the beautiful mountains and nature all around. I taught English/Language Arts at Asheville Middle and Read more

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Travels within 20 miles of Mills River, NC 28759
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"Excellent Tutor"

- Cliff, Asheville, NC on 5/18/15

"Great tutor!"

- Lanie, Fort Mill, SC on 7/29/16

"Dena was very easy to work with and patient."

- Lin, Brevard, NC on 6/24/15

"Made French Possible For Us"

- Jennifer, Hendersonville, NC on 11/4/14

"Great to work with!"

- Suganya, Glen Allen, VA on 1/24/14

"Fantastic Tutor"

- Bonnie, Mechanicsville, VA on 10/10/13

"Amazing tutor!"

- Chris, Richmond, VA on 10/9/13

"Extremely Knowledge tutor"

- D, Richmond, VA on 6/19/13


- KD, Warrenton, VA on 8/31/11
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading,
Test Preparation:
Common Core
Microsoft Windows,
Microsoft Word
Special Needs:
Phonics, Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Common Core, Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting,
Phonics, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Microsoft Word

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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.


My teaching license says that I am highly qualified to teach French, which is a great honor. 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.


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.

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.


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'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.


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.

Special Needs

I worked at a private therapeutic boarding school for almost four years with high school students who had serious addiction problems, mental issues, and behavioral problems. I was their teacher, friend, parent, and therapist. It was a very unique environment where they didn't see their parents for long periods of time, underwent intense academic and therapeutic workshops, and usually graduated with confidence and the tools needed to live a productive life. I taught all levels of French, English, and Drama and stayed after school to tutor.

In order to receive my teaching license, I had to take an Exceptional Children class and I got an A. All of my Masters Degree coursework and teaching license work was in Education and I believe that I have had enough experience with children with special needs to prepare me to be able to tutor them. Most of my students at the private school had ADHD, learning disabilities, or they were extremely smart and gifted.


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.


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.


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.

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


Virginia Commonwealth University (French)

Union Institute & University (Master's)

Mary Baldwin College (Graduate Coursework)

Excellent Tutor — Dena has been working with my daughter for a few months. It has been a great experience all around. Not only are my daughter's grades in French higher than ever before (High School French 3 at Carolina Day), but Dena helped my daughter prepare for a 2 week exchange in Dijon. It took a lot of pressure and nervousness away. There was a lot of apprehension about understanding spoken French and funct ...

— Cliff, Asheville, NC on 5/18/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 16 hours notice required

Travel policy

Dena will travel within 20 miles of Mills River, NC 28759.