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I have a Master's Degree in English from the University of Tulsa (currently pursuing my doctorate in Literature at St John's University). I also have a 110 hour TEFL certification with teaching practice, and seven years of experience teaching ESL. I have taught in Turkey, Poland, and to international students in the United States. I have taught all ages and levels, from children as young as five to retired adults, Beginners to Proficiency as well as Cambridge Exam and TOEFL students, along with Business English and private tutoring classes.

I've also worked as an ESL teacher trainer, as a consultant at university writing centers, advising students at every stage of the writing process, on projects ranging from freshman statements of purpose to doctoral dissertations, and I teach university World Literature courses as well.

I enjoy teaching and tutoring in general, but I'm especially passionate about literature, writing, and ESL at all levels. I also enjoy helping students prepare for Standardized Tests, and we usually have the best results prepping for the Critical Reading and Writing portions of the exams, and of course I specialize in TOEFL and other ESL exams.

I feel that I've been fortunate to have a lot of great opportunities in my life, many of them thanks to the education I've been lucky enough to receive, and I feel great about being able to provide more and better opportunities to others. Teaching is a truly great part of my life, and I love being able to teach, learn from, and really engage with my students.

In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball, watching movies, reading, and traveling, and I have a terrible addiction to terrible television shows, which I also enjoy.

Phillip’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of South Carolina-Aiken - Bachelor in Arts, English

Graduate Degree: University of Tulsa - Master of Arts, English Language and Literature


Reading, Writing, Basketball, Watching Movies, Pool, Traveling, Photography, Painting

Tutoring Subjects