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Katie G.

Seattle, WA


I can help students with all stages of the writing process.

Background check passed as of 1/11/14
5.0 average from 25 ratings
Excellent tutor with great teaching skills
— Mustafa, Bellevue, WA on 8/25/15

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Wofford College
University of Washington


Wofford College

University of Washington (Master's)

About Katie

My name is Katie G., and I'm a professional writer and researcher with experience in teaching, marketing, and management.

I'm presently contracted to work at Microsoft as a specialty writer and editor for their worldwide Education team in the public sector. I'm entrusted with editing and relaying communications to thousands of our global teams and their customers. I'm also responsible for my own writing projects -- editing white papers and legal agreements between Microsoft and other governments, creating internal monthly newsletters for the Vice President of Education, and leading a team of vendors through the editorial process for their own communications.

I was also hired in the summer of 2014 as a Beginning and Advanced Filmmaking Instructor for Digital Media Academy. I instructed high school students at the University of Washington (Seattle campus) on storyboarding, script writing, and using Final Cut Pro X to edit their films they shot with Canon XF300 cameras.

Prior to these roles, I worked as an adjunct faculty member at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, NC. I taught writing in the Individualized Learning Center and worked 1:1 (face-to-face) with all of my students, gaining extensive experience in tutoring students in both writing and study skills and leading workshops for the college. I worked with ESL and ELL students as well as students who struggle with learning disabilities and are visually or hearing impaired. I believe that students learn best in environments where they able to incorporate their own interests into their academic work. I try to make each tutoring session fit their individual needs by always addressing their primary concerns first.

I've been tutoring, both privately and within the university, for five years now. I graduated in June 2012 from the University of Washington with my Master's of Arts in Cultural Studies. During my two years in graduate school, I worked as a digital media and writing tutor. I have experience in assisting students with all stages of the writing process -- brainstorming, creating reverse outlines, conducting research with primary and secondary sources, making a thesis statement, and generating citations in MLA, Chicago Style, APA, or any other academic format. I also have experience in tutoring students with script writing, storyboarding, web design, and video editing. I'm skilled in Final Cut Pro 7 and Adobe Dreamweaver as well as using other learning technologies and forums, i.e. Google Sites’ E-Portfolios, Catalyst, and Blackboard.

I was also a Graduate Teaching Assistant while at UW, so I have experience in leading seminars, workshops, and assessing undergraduate students’ papers.

As a teacher and tutor, I facilitated learning by encouraging students to keep writing and revising (even when it gets rough), to develop their ideas further, and by showing them resources. Knowing where to find accessible resources (for grammar, writing, citations, etc.) is important for teaching, because one does not always know the answer immediately.

The more enthused that students are about their projects, the more likely they are to apply what they’re learning in the course of their everyday life practices. This is why teaching is such a meaningful investment in the future.

It is important to create activities for students that allow them to work together on a daily basis, as this not only requires them to become active participants in their learning, but it also establishes a more productive dialogue in the classroom. For instance, each class that I’ve taught generally begins with a paired off discussion or another activity that asks students to engage with the reading material, to consider things they haven’t previously thought of, to acknowledge what they find confusing or, more important, to ask what they want to personally understand. This is how “good” research questions and thesis statements are formed. Engaging the students is crucial and initial set-up of activities in class is always key.

Because of my experience in creating lesson plans, finding user-friendly resources, and working with students through all stages of the research and writing process, I think that I would be an ideal tutor for you. I can also assist you with reading, presentation, and study skills.
My name is Katie G., and I'm a professional writer and researcher with experience in teaching, marketing, and management.

I'm presently contracted to work at Microsoft as a specialty writer and editor for their
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Travels within 40 miles of Seattle, WA 98104
Background Check: Passed

"Excellent tutor with great teaching skills"

- Mustafa, Bellevue, WA on 8/25/15

"Your personal commitment to quality is obvious..."

- Brenda , Marysville, WA on 3/3/15

"Great Writing Tutor"

- Madeline, Raleigh, NC on 11/17/13

"Great tutor with enough preparation."

- Tsutomu (Tom), Cary, NC on 5/31/13
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Video Production
Social Studies, World History
Theatre, Video Production
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
GRE, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
College Counseling, GRE, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
College Counseling, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking

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In college, I had to design webpages using Dreamweaver for my senior capstone and thesis project. I still have digital copies of these webpages that I created for my project. I also was required by the University of Washington (as a digital media tutor) to understand how to use a variety of editing software. Dreamweaver is a program that I feel confident in using and also proficient in teaching others how to use.


My undergraduate and graduate education consisted of studying film as a text (in addition to literature and theory). One of my scholarly publications explores Batman's code of ethics in the films "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight" -- this article was published in the 2010 Proceedings of the Florida Conference of Historians. My master's thesis was focused on examining representations of the femme fatale in contemporary global cinematic movements. I analyzed films from not only Hollywood but also Latin American Cinema, Bollywood, and Nollywood.

Public Speaking

As a scholar, I've attended several academic conferences to present and share my research with others. Most of these presentations have lasted 20 minutes, sometimes longer. I'm constantly seeking to better develop my own public speaking skills by experimenting with using a variety of technologies and/or looking to others (i.e. TED talks and authors who participate in public debate) for inspiration and incorporating their personal methods into my work. I was also a Graduate Teaching Assistant during my time at UW, so I have experience in teaching seminars and leading class discussion with undergraduate students.


I have at least two years' experience in working as a writing and digital media tutor for undergraduate and upper-level high school English students. I can help students, particularly those who are new to college or the conventions of academic writing, become stronger, more confident writers.

Wofford College
University of Washington


Wofford College

University of Washington (Master's)

Excellent tutor with great teaching skills — Our first lesson was to assess my level. Katie was very patient and supportive. She answered all my questions. ...

— Mustafa, Bellevue, WA on 8/25/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Katie will travel within 40 miles of Seattle, WA 98104.

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