Tina V.

Vancouver, WA


Accomplished Journalist, Editor, Grammar Coach

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Arizona State University


Arizona State University (Communication)

About Tina

In my heart of hearts, I am a writer. I love words, and the thought of stringing a few together to make a sentence. Add a few more and there is a paragraph, until finally you have a story. I am almost 52 years old, and I have 17 years of professional experience in media, publishing, marketing, public relations, social media. I have an Associate of Arts degree in Journalism and public relations, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication with Magna Cum Laude honors (3.68 GPA) from Arizona State University in 2014.

We all have a voice, a talent, and something we want to say. I will help you find that voice inside, to unleash the creative juices. I also will help you with editing, alternative learning, how to use resources and research tools to bolster your English, grammar, and much more. Knowing how to write and communicate effectively is a life skill that will carry both young and older or returning students through life, not just through a short tutoring course. I believe in my abilities as a grammar and English coach, mentor, and tutor, and look forward to working with you.

I raised two sons while working in the newspaper industry as an editor and staff writer, public relations manager, and marketing professional. I have been a media consultant, volunteered as a docent at a museum, and served as managing editor for 12 digital magazines. In all of these positions, I was responsible for the integrity of all published and communicated material. But, above all of the accolades, I LOVE to teach and mentor others, especially with writing and grammar. I love to write, passionate about words, the thesaurus, and watching new writers and student evolve and find their voice!

I am a great at offering alternative solutions and kickstarting the creative engines. Writing can be extremely intimidating, especially to those who do not have the confidence. I will be a great mentor and coach to cheer you on, just as I have in the past with many others. I have a great demeanor, and am compassionate and understanding, and I expect the lessons and any tutorials or research to be completed on time. I respect you, you respect me. You will succeed!
In my heart of hearts, I am a writer. I love words, and the thought of stringing a few together to make a sentence. Add a few more and there is a paragraph, until finally you have a story. I am almost 52 years old, and I have 17 years of professional experience in media, publishing, marketing, public relations, social media. I have an Associate of Read more

4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Vancouver, WA 98682
In-person lessons
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary,
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Career Development, College Counseling, GED, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
American History
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Handwriting,
Phonics, Reading,
Career Development, Marketing,
Microsoft Word, Project Management

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Desktop Publishing

I have been working with desktop systems (Mac and PC) for more than 25 years and excel at desktop publishing and software. I was responsible for the design and layout of a 48-page section as an editor at a print newspaper, and can create, newsletters, reports, books, graphics, flyers, advertisements, postcards, and much more using the O/S/ suite of software.

General Computer

I have more than 25 years of experience working on Mac and PC-based operating systems, from basic networking to the installation of new software and hardware, and troubleshooting.


I still have my report cards from elementary school -- my very first report card in first grade has a comment "Tina excels in handwriting and takes pride in her work." This has never changed. Penmanship is a lost art with all of the electronics, it is a core function in education, business, and life. Teaching the basics of print, and moving on to cursive was something I helped my own children with.


For the past 17 years, I have worked as a professional in marketing, advertising, public relations, promotion, and journalism. Marketing is the harnessing of several analytic approaches with a target of consumers in order to grow commerce and business. I have done a lot of band work through marketing; there are several pillars in this topic, not only one.

Microsoft Outlook

I have more than 25 years of PC-based O/S experience, including Microsoft Outlook, Windows, and other suite software. I can install software, set up accounts, create vacation replies, forwarding, create signatures, compose, make files, instruct on spam and junk handling, and all of its other functions.

Microsoft Publisher

As a 20-year veteran of Microsoft Office suite software, which includes Publisher, I an highly qualified to instruct it's use. I have used this program has been used personally and professionally to create ads, flyers, newsletters, brochures, party invitations, event programs, and much more. My level of experience is a 10 out of 10. I know this program inside and out.

Microsoft Windows

I have been an active user of Microsoft and all of its applications and office suite software for more than 20 years, both personally and professionally. With an in-depth familiarity, this allows me to provide instruction from the point of a start-up, and includes installing new soft and/or hardware, connecting devices, configuring wireless access points, running diagnostics, connectivity, creating documents, and troubleshooting.

Project Management

For the past 17 years, I have been a newspaper editor, department supervisor, and managing editor. In each of these roles, the requirement to be a project manager -- For both projects and large teams -- was paramount for the businesses. As a managing editor of 12 magazines, the job title of project manager and responsibilities is at the core.


As a journalist and editor it is my duty to have a wide vocabulary in order to explain to others. As a grammar coach and mentor it is important to have a patient and calm manner when teaching others to read as sometimes the mind doesn't work as quick as we like. The key to reading is understanding the sounds of letters and vowels, and how they work together to form words and sentences. I have always loved to read to myself and outloud to my children as they followed along, and then one day they start reading it back after repetitiveness. Watching the eyes of kids light up when they are able to understand the story is an awesome achievement!


Managing editor, newspaper editor, staff editor, veteran journalist, author, poet, corporate grammar coach.

Arizona State University


Arizona State University (Communication)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Tina will travel within 15 miles of Vancouver, WA 98682.