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Marissa

I am a graduate of Providence Christian College, a small liberal arts school in Pasadena. I received my bachelor's in liberal arts with English and history concentrations. In college, I worked in our Academic Resource Center editing essays and leading study groups for struggling students. After college, I began tutoring language arts for elementary and middle school students. I help students improve their reading comprehension, phonetics, and grammar.

My favorite subjects to tutor are language arts and American literature. Knowledge is power, as the saying goes, and knowledge comes through reading and writing. Literacy is the path to liberty, independence, and fulfillment and I want to help students succeed in their reading and writing to empower them to freedom. One of my favorite historical books is The Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglas. In his autobiography, Douglas, a former slave, describes how his masters kept him enslaved by making it illegal for slaves to learn to read and write. However, one of Douglas' kinder mistresses educated him, and this power enabled him to run away and eventually write his radical memoir that led to the abolition of slavery in America.

Learning begins with questioning, so I ask my students lots of questions to invoke discussion that leads them to the right answers. I learn what my students are interested in, and I shape my lesson plans around their interests. I communicate with my students to make sure they are understanding and they feel like we are moving toward their goals. All people are smart and able, so even when students seem disinterested, I hold them to a high expectation. I care about my students as human beings in the pursuit of their dreams which means I will do my best always to teach them and respect their time. I am very patient, encouraging, and kind to my students because that is the environment I need when I am learning.

In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with my friends, reading novels, creative writing, taking walks around the Rosebowl, singing, watching sunsets from the San Gabriel mountains, and eating breakfast in the morning sun with a strong cup of coffee.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Providence Christian College - BA, Liberal Arts with English and History Concentrations

reading, writing, singing, talking, watching movies, walking

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

American Literature

College English

College Level American History

College Level American Literature

Comparative Literature

Creative Writing

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

Fiction Writing

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Introduction to Fiction

Introduction to Poetry

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing

Other

Persuasive Writing

Summer

US History

World Civilization

World Literature