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I am a graduate of San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. I majored in Creative Writing and minored in Linguistics, while working as Editor-in-Chief on the SFSU literary journal, Transfer. I tutored extensively throughout my education, even teaching writing workshops in juvenile hall, and first left the US to teach English in France in 2004. I fell in love with the language and culture, and began studying French more seriously to work on translation and got certified as an ESL instructor. Since graduation, I taught English at a university and AIRBUS headquarters in France for three years and have tutored French for several years, both in the USA and abroad. I also studied Spanish in Guatemala. I love teaching (and learning) anything to do with languages (even grammar), which is why I specialize in language acquisition and writing skills. I love working on presentations, test prep and research projects because the impact is enormous for students. I am incredibly supportive and believe that building confidence and curiosity is a part of building skills and knowledge, and that it really can be fun, especially when you see results! Outside of teaching, I’m an avid learner. Most recently I’ve been studying Italian, portrait drawing and learning to play the ukelele. I read a lot, and am also a writer, so sometimes my home looks more like a library! I love discovering new places through travel and cuisine. I swim and like a friendly game of basketball, volleyball, petanque or bocce.

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Lara’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: SFSU - Bachelor in Arts, English: Major-Creative Writing, Minor-Linguistics


Basketball, volleyball, petanque or bocce.

Tutoring Subjects

AP French Language and Culture

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature

Conversational French


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing


French 2

French 3

High School English




Public Speaking


Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep



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