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Ellen T.

Allentown, PA


AP Eng. Lit., AP Eng. Lang., SAT Verbal, SAT Writing Tutor

4.8 average from 18 ratings
Great tutor
— Debra, Emmaus, PA on 3/19/13

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Mount Senario College
Lehigh University (Bethlehem Pa)


Mount Senario College

Lehigh University (Bethlehem Pa) (MEd)

About Ellen


I have always been a person who has prided herself in being able to communicate with people. I guess that's why I became a teacher: that, and my love of language, literature and writing! I have spent the best years of my life as a high school teacher of Advanced Placement English Language and Literature, and enjoyed every minute of it! In June, when most of my colleagues were starting their vacations, the thought of grading more essays had little appeal. But for me, serving as an AP reader was an exciting opportunity to see what the best high school writers in the nation were capable of achieving! A strong advocate for the importance of high expectations in the classroom and the power of AP courses in preparing students for college, I decided after thirty years to accept a position with the College Board. In my role as an educational manager, I had the privilege of introducing school districts to strategies for raising the SAT and AP scores of their students. This was indeed a labor of love!

As a former AP English teacher, AP reader and workshop presenter for the College Board, I can provide valuable instruction in preparation for both the multiple choice and free response sections of the AP English Literature and Language exams, as well as the verbal and writing sections of the SAT.

For me, this will always be a labor of love!


I have always been a person who has prided herself in being able to communicate with people. I guess that's why I became a teacher: that, and my love of language, literature and
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Travels within 15 miles of Allentown, PA 18104
Background Check: Passed

"Great tutor"

- Debra, Emmaus, PA on 3/19/13
English, Grammar,
Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Public Speaking
Elementary (K-6th),
English, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Test Preparation:
ASVAB, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Proofreading, Public Speaking

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Elementary (K-6th)

An integrated program of language development includes a total immersion approach: speaking, listening, grammar and usage, and vocabulary development.

My degree in English/language arts allows me to teach the four major areas of English language development: reading, writing, speaking and listening, grades 5-12.

As a certified Reading Specialist, I am licensed to teach both developmental and remedial reading, grades K-12. The individual needs of the student determine the emphasis of instruction (phonological decoding or comprehension).

After pre-testing, a personalized program shall be designed to meet the academic needs of the student.


I have taught English, grammar and composition for over 30 years, specializing in an analytical model of assessment that emphasizes appropriate sentence structure, word choice and grammar and usage. I have also worked closely with the writing section of the SAT while working as an Educational Manager for the College Board.

SAT Writing

As a former Educational Manager for the College Board and an AP Language and Composition teacher of twenty-five years, I have counseled school districts throughout New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware as to how they can raise SAT and AP scores for all students.

Many of my former students have been published in multiple editions of the popular writing textbook, Creating Writers, by Vicki Spandel.

Study Skills

As a Reading Specialist certified K-12, I have taught reading/study skills to college-bound students, grades 7-12, for thirty years. Note-taking, study/retention strategies, time-management, critical reading and questioning strategies of all genres of literary texts are some of the skills that will be emphasized.

Based on the results of an age-appropriate Needs Assessment, a personalized program of goals and assessments will be designed.

Mount Senario College
Lehigh University (Bethlehem Pa)


Mount Senario College

Lehigh University (Bethlehem Pa) (MEd)

Great tutor — My daughter is 17 and enjoys Ellen coming to help her with SAT's, very reliable and it amazes my daughter how she knows all the information she is teaching her. Very glad we found her. ...

— Debra, Emmaus, PA on 3/19/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $65.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Ellen will travel within 15 miles of Allentown, PA 18104.

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