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For the last fifteen years, I have taught English literature, language and writing in various capacities, including 6th-12th grade classrooms, through Odysseyware, as a private English tutor (in person and online), as a full-time online instructor, and as an ESL instructor. I am adept at creating and/or using available materials and tailoring these to fit each student's specific level of understanding. I build rapport with my students and parents, communicate clearly and promptly, and interact in a friendly and professional manner. I bring a lot of energy to my work, conduct tutoring sessions that engage students and build on their existing knowledge base, and accurately assess each student’s areas of need.

I have a master's degree in English/Comparative Literature and in Education, California and Oregon Teaching Credentials in English (with ELL authorization), and 15 years of classroom and tutoring experience, including experience providing virtual instruction through online schools and learning programs. In addition, I am a published author, photographer, public speaker, singer-songwriter, artist, and leader in my local community.

I believe that all students can learn and succeed! My goal is to comprehensively assess their areas of need, understanding any stumbling blocks, and to help them successfully reach their goals and achieve a sense of confidence in any given subject area. Although my primary focus has been English language, literature, research, and writing, I have also successfully taught 6th-12th grade in every core subject area, including math (through Algebra 1). I can also help students prepare for AP, SAT, CAHSEE, GED, GRE, IELTS, and college entrance exams and guide them on how to craft an excellent essay in any subject area. I have only marked subject areas on my profile in which I have multiple years of teaching experience, so you can be confident that your student will be successful in these areas under my tutelage.

Please feel free to contact me to see if we would be a good fit for one another! I look forward to working with you.

Education

2016

San Jose State University

English/Comparative Literature

Degree

2016

Masters

Awards & Honors

2003

California Professional Teaching Credential

2003

Student Teacher of the Year

2002

Graduated Summa Cum Laude

2016

Graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors

2016

Harvey Birenbaum Prize Scholarship

2015

Owen Milton Broyles Scholarship

2017

"DECONSTRUCTING EXPLOITATIVE SYSTEMS AND RESTORING A BALANCED BIOSPHERE: AN ECOFEMINIST POSTHUMANIST READING OF JANE SMILEY’S A THOUSAND ACRES AND BARBARA KINGSOLVER’S PRODIGAL SUMMER" Thesis Accepted and Published

2018

Chair of the Talent Public Arts Committee

2015

Graduate Equity Fellowship

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