My degree in journalism from the University of Michigan led me to write human interest stories for various newspapers in the Detroit Metro Area. Later, I landed a position in Editorial services at Macomb Community College in Warren, where I received my first tutoring assignment by default. The Tutoring Department needed a staff person to tutor a Vietnamese girl, and my boss selected me for the job. I was a bit reluctant but obliged. The young lady passed with an " A ". Little did I know this would be the beginning of a very worthwhile and rewarding endeavor. I began accepting more tutoring assignments, which eventually led to a genuine passion for helping my clients, similar to my writing uplifting articles for the newspapers.
The professional metamorphosis continued when Macomb Community College and The Observer and Eccentric Newspapers simultaneously laid me off. It was suggested I tutor for Oakland Community College, which I did. At first it was English; then, I was asked to wing ESL. How was I to impart my writing skills to someone just learning the language? After four years of listening to the concerns of both my American and foreign students, I proposed to my supervisor to allow me to pilot two workshops: one in composition and one in punctuation and grammar. They were geared to recent high school graduates, returning older students, and 200-level ESL students. The workshops were a success and were subsequently offered at all OCC campuses. After ten years of meeting and touching lives from all corners of the planet, I was laid off due to budget issues, and I began contractually tutoring auto industry corporate and management employees and their spouses through language training companies. It was a wonderful experience. Today, I have a small business in my home, where I tutor and work with all types of individuals, providing a wide range of writing and tutoring services.
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Bachelors, Journalism