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Lyssa D.

Pittsford, VT

$85/hour

Experienced English Tutor Specializing in Writing and Shakespeare

Background check passed as of 4/15/16
5.0 average from 2 ratings
Great Tutor
— Kate, Brooklyn, NY on 11/11/16

$85/Hour


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Northwestern University
NYU
Master's

Education

Northwestern University

NYU (Master's)

About Lyssa

I am a former NYC high school English teacher with over 10 years of experience working with students as a classroom teacher, theater facilitator, tutor, and camp counselor. I have an MA in English and Theater Education from NYU and a BA in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, and I'm NY state certified in Secondary English and Theater. I lived a few different lives before becoming a teacher, and I discovered my love of teaching while traveling the world and working on volunteer projects in South Africa, Tanzania, and Nepal.

I love working with students of all ages, and I have a special passion for teaching writing (creative, persuasive, expository, college essays) and Shakespeare. I'm happy to help craft and revise academic and creative pieces, from grammar and structuring to flow and personal voice. I also love helping students make meaning from challenging works of literature - I think gaining academic confidence by mastering texts like Shakespeare's is key to future success in school and life. My experience as a classroom teacher also means that I'm well-versed in state standards, academic writing requirements, and common student challenges in reading and writing. And I'm great at helping students get organized and develop strong study skills - sometimes learning how to learn is all a student needs to achieve their goals!

I excel at working with both struggling students who need to the tools to feel confident expressing their ideas and advanced writers who want to take their work to the next level. My background as a teacher and artist allow me to help with both the nitty-gritty academic skills and getting a student to tap into their creative potential. I believe in providing all students with reliable methods and structures for approaching any task while also identifying and addressing their specific strengths and challenges. I'm definitely not a one-size-fits-all tutor; I think the tools of the trade can be universal, but every reader and writer is unique. My favorite part of this work is getting to know and creating an individualized approach for each student.

I'd love to help you clearly and creatively express your ideas or crack that Shakespeare play - bring on your reading and writing homework, study skill needs, and essay tasks! Contact me today with any questions or to schedule a tutoring session. I look forward to working with you!
I am a former NYC high school English teacher with over 10 years of experience working with students as a classroom teacher, theater facilitator, tutor, and camp counselor. I have an MA in English and Theater Education from NYU and a BA in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, and I'm NY state certified in Secondary English and Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Additional charge applied when travel by car is necessary. One hour at regular rate is charged for cancellation with less than 24 hours notice.

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Pittsford, VT 05763
Background Check: Passed

"Great Tutor"

- Kate, Brooklyn, NY on 11/11/16
Art:
Theater
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
Reading, Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Reading, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
Public Speaking, Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Theater

I have a BA in Performance Studies (acting/writing/directing) from Northwestern University and an MA in Educational Theater & English from NYU. I've been an actor, writer, and director for over 15 years, with credits in drama, comedy, musical theater, and Shakespeare. I have taught theater in a high school and elementary drama club, a summer theater camp, and a community-engaged program through an off-Broadway company in NYC.

Northwestern University
NYU
Master's

Education

Northwestern University

NYU (Master's)

Great Tutor

my daughter was initially resistant to the idea of a tutor but Lyssa set her at ease and was really helpful. Will definately schedule Lyssa again!

— Kate, Brooklyn, NY on 11/11/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $85.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Additional charge applied when travel by car is necessary. One hour at regular rate is charged for cancellation with less than 24 hours notice.

Travel policy

Lyssa will travel within 30 miles of Pittsford, VT 05763.