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Duke University (Literature and Music)
Middlebury College (Graduate Coursework)
I have a B.A. cum laude from Duke University and credits toward an M.A. earned at Oxford University through Middlebury's Breadloaf School of English. For nine years, I was an administrator and editor at the Harvard Institute for International Development. I've taught both privately and in schools. My strengths are English and writing (National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist) math and algebra, and organ and voice (professional singer and organist). I also teach physical science and art at a private high school cooperative. I love to see the progress that comes with one-on-one help, encouragement, and practice. My students find me kind and energetic - we enjoy each other. I have been tutoring in English, art, math, voice, piano, and Latin privately for several years, and I am homeschooling my own children (ages 3-16) using a classical curriculum.
I have a B.A. cum laude from Duke University and credits toward an M.A. earned at Oxford University through Middlebury's Breadloaf School of English. For nine years, I was an administrator and editor at the Harvard Institute for
Mrs. Y. has been an answer to prayer for our family! My niece was struggling with middle school math, so we came to Wyzant to find support for her in that area, but we got so much more. Mrs. Y. has been loving, kind, professional, and knowledgeable the entire five months we've been with her. She often goes above and beyond, contacting my niece's classroom teachers for updates and emailing me detailed progress reports after each tutoring session. I would highly recommend her services without reservation.
Katherine has really made a difference in my daughter's confidence level in school. We really enjoy the tutoring. Thank you.
Thank you so much, Brad. Your daughter is a stellar person in every way and it is so rewarding getting to work with her!
Great lesson with good feedback. I appreciate the enthusiasm and positive reinforcement. Thanks again for your time and patience with my piano lessons.
I had never worked with a tutor before working with Katherine and she exceeded all expectations. She was very warm and instantly made me feel comfortable. Extremely knowledgeable with excellent methods! She adapted to my pace and needs immediately, and was quick to respond to and follow-up with me. I believe she mostly works with students younger than me, but as a college student, I definitely recommend Katherine for any age group!
She is very nice and teach well. My son liked her. She prepared well for teaching every week.
She is the best tutor in Sherman.
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Proficiency in English comes from immersion in language - excellent language. The more well-written and articulate words you read, the more your English will improve. This process can be accelerated, though, by learning Latin/Greek roots and extra vocabulary, by strengthening grammar skills, and by reading, thinking about, and writing about literature. Through a combined program of reading, writing practice, grammar, and vocabulary, I help my students beef up their English skills quickly and thoroughly.
Drawing is possible and delightful for everyone! For the past few years I have been teaching drawing and watercolor to grades 2-9. I have found that all students can learn some basic principles of drawing which will help them to take joy and satisfaction in their art. Creativity is only part of it. Having an understanding of basic shapes, ways of seeing what's really there, perspective, shading, rendering three-dimensional objects on two-dimensional paper, and many other aspects of drawing will help every student to draw beautifully and to see scenes in a new way. In my drawing classes I introduce shapes and enjoyable pictures which are easy for students to learn and which painlessly teach specific concepts. For instance, we begin by drawing steps, cubes, cylinders, cones, and flag shapes and then progress on to shading, perspective, and more complex skills. We experiment with seeing differently through "negative space" drawings, "gesture" drawings, and different media such as chalk, pastel, and charcoal. The kids are always delighted to show their friends and families the drawings they have learned, often far more advanced than they thought they could do at first.
I have taught watercolor classes at Michael's craft store in Dallas, and have taught drawing and watercolor at the Sherman Enrichment Classes and other homeschool coops for several years. I am primarily self taught, through the careful study of fine artists' books, but have taken courses at Duke University and at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. My watercolors and prints are sold in gift shops in Dallas and Boston and can be seen on request or on the web.
I have over 20 years of experience in education, through teaching in public and private elementary schools, private tutoring, and homeschooling my 6 children using a Classical curriculum.
In teaching English, I use a combined program tailored to each student's needs. The most important thing a students can do to increase their skill in English is to read well-written and articulate books - books which are slightly above their present level and which introduce them to interesting sentence structure and rich vocabulary. Along with assigned reading I give vocabulary, grammar, and writing practice. This can be specific if the student is preparing for a standardized test like the ACT or SAT.
I am Organist at St. Stephen's Church in Sherman TX, and I studied organ at Duke University with Fenner Douglass and Peter Williams, graduating in 1987. I also taught music at St. Joan of Arc Catholic School in Delafield, WI 1999 to 2001. I have given recitals at the Harvard Divinity School Chapel and Duke University Chapel. My piano study was at the Pittsfield Community Music School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. I work with my students on developing their sightreading skills, interpretation, scales and dexterity, and learning good practice methods.
Proficiency in writing comes from immersion in language - excellent language. The more well-written and articulate words you read, the more your writing will improve. This process can be accelerated, though, by learning Latin/Greek roots and extra vocabulary, by strengthening grammar skills, and by reading, thinking about, and writing about literature. Through a combined program of reading, writing practice, grammar, and vocabulary, I help my students beef up their English skills quickly and thoroughly.
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