Fairfield University (English)
SUNY Stony Brook (Master's)
Columbia University (Graduate Coursework)
I have been involved in writing and teaching writing my whole life, from my undergraduate and graduate degrees in creative writing to my career as a college professor and then children's book publisher. I love working with children, and I have three of my own. I taught them to read before kindergarten and have helped them earn top grades in all their subjects at all levels of their development. I use creative techniques and teach according to the student's best learning style.
I specialize in teaching children how to read with comprehension and how to write clearly. This process includes reader response questions and answers, narrowing down writing topics, brainstorming, outlining, choosing examples/stories, quoting the text, pulling the essay together in a conclusion, and focusing on sentence clarity (mechanics and syntax). Because the process of reading with comprehension and writing filters into all subject areas, I am also very comfortable tutoring students in social studies, religion, and humanities courses.
As is often the case, our strengths are not always only in our chosen careers. I am also extremely comfortable teaching math (up to Algebra). I actually thoroughly enjoy simplifying math concepts for students and teaching them shortcuts and tricks for understanding those concepts. That's the key to math. I believe you need to understand concepts and build on those concepts. I don't believe it's just a matter of memorizing answers. I have extensive experience tutoring math at the elementary level, and I actually love teaching in this area. It's extremely rewarding to experience that moment when it all comes together for a student. While I do like to reinforce learned concepts with homework, it is never overwhelming and is usually limited to 10 minutes per night. Depending on the situation and age of the student, I may ask parents to initial work that is completed each night.
Regarding my tutoring policies, I like to assess each case individually. For that reason, with each student and family, I offer the first session as a free, 30-minute session. At this session, I meet the parents and the child, get a feel for the child's developmental needs, his/her learning style, and do a quick mini-lesson, teaching a concept chosen by the family. This is also a chance for the family to decide if the child is comfortable with my teaching style. I hold my tutoring sessions at the library closest to the student's home. This provides a safe learning environment in which the student will have no distractions. I often call the library ahead and request a private study room.
Oh, and one more thing. If your intent is to hire a tutor who will simply help your child with completing classroom homework, studying for tests, and completing assigned projects, I am available for this as well. In this scenario, the family directs and chooses the learning content of each session.
I look forward to meeting you and working with your child! I have been involved in writing and teaching writing my whole life, from my undergraduate and graduate degrees in creative writing to my career as a college professor and then children's book publisher. I love working with children, and I have three of my own. I taught them to read before kindergarten and have helped them earn top grades in all
Francine is a great teacher. Our twin girls of age 10 loved their time with her and learned allot. They actually offered to trade their clay club for more time with her doing reading and writing. I highly recommend her.
I met with Francine for assistance in editing my personal statement. She was able to transform my statement into a cohesive and clear essay in just under two hours! She also managed to reduce the word count by over 400 characters and correct all grammatical errors. I certainly recommend Francine to anyone struggling with writing a paper! I look forward to working with Francine in the future.
I graduated (BA) cum laude from Fairfield University with a major in English and a minor in philosophy. I graduated (MA) summa cum laude from SUNY Stony Brook with a Master's Degree in English and a concentration in creative writing. I have completed several courses toward a doctorate (Ed.D) at Columbia University. I have tutored extensively in the areas of pre-algebra, reading, and writing for grades K-8. I have taught English Literature, Remedial Reading, American Literature, Composition, Creative Writing I, and Creative Writing II at Bergen Community College and Ramapo College. I have taught adult classes through the OWL Teacher Center.