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I'm a graduate of two very different universities: The University of Iowa in Iowa City and Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu. My Bachelor of Arts degrees are in Communication Studies and French Language and Literature, and my Master of Arts degree is in Teaching English as a Second Language. I've been an English as a Second Language instructor for many years. I've worked with bilingual children and families in a family library in Honolulu, I've taught adult immigrants of all language skill levels so they can improve their daily lives, and I've spent many years at the university level preparing students for university work. As for my own second language of French, I spent five months studying at a French University in Montpellier, and I worked as a bilingual customer service representative answering phones and writing emails for a trade show company. I enjoy teaching Reading, Math, and French, but am happy to help anyone who is trying to learn something new. My tutoring style is to figure out the student's learning style and personal interests and conform instruction to those aspects. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy yoga, meditation, self-defense, hiking, concerts, and any type of dance.

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Michelle’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Iowa - Bachelor in Arts, Communications & French

Graduate Degree: Hawaii Pacific University - Master of Arts, Teaching ESL

State Certified Teacher


Yoga, Meditation, Self-Defense, Hiking, Concerts, Dancing

Tutoring Subjects

AP French Language and Culture

College English

Conversational French


English Grammar and Syntax


Expository Writing


French 2

French 3

High School English



Middle School Math


Persuasive Writing

Public Speaking


Social Sciences


Special Education

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching style has evolved over the years, but I do have some common themes that I believe are tried and true. The first of them is Howard Gardner.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I would gather information about the student - goals, struggles, learning style, etc. Based on that I'd offer suggestions and possibly make a plan (more time may be needed for the planning step).

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Interest. Interest. Interest. If they are having trouble reading AND it's boring, it's going to be awful. I would find out subjects that the student is interested in at his/her level, and try to supplement with those materials for skills. If there is no time for that, I'd break down the reading into more manageable (and fun) tasks.

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