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Leah

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I received my undergraduate degree in French Literature at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. Currently, I am working on my Master's in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages at the University of Kansas. My tutoring experience includes working with a twelve-year-old English language learner in Portland, OR for a year. Together, we worked on speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Additionally, I taught English for two years in Cambodia with the Peace Corps. I taught English at a local high school in a rural village to students in grades 10, 11, and 12. I also taught a group of middle schoolers twice a week privately outside of school. While I was there I also worked as a teacher trainer.

Now, I tutor English, French 1, and ACT reading/writing prep. My favorite subject to tutor is English, as this is what I'm going to school for and have the most experience with. I also love teaching English because I myself have a lot of experience learning languages (I speak Khmer, French, and Italian) and so have a unique perspective and empathy of the language learning process and the struggles and "small victories" that come with it.

My tutoring style is one that is very inclusive. I believe that the tutoring process should be one of mutual engagement and effort, so I seek to involve my tutees as much as possible in the creation of our sessions. My teaching philosophy is that learning should be fun, engaging, and that teachers and students should share mutual respect.

Outside of academia, I love to read and write, run, bake and cook yummy food with things I get at the farmer's market, hang out/watch TV with my fiancé, and take bike rides around the Lenexa area. I am originally from Manhattan, KS, so I also like to go home and visit my family, eat my mom's cooking, and take hikes on the Konza prairie.

Leah’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Graduate Degree: Portland State University - Master of Arts, TESOL

Undergraduate Degree: Augustana College - Bachelor in Arts, French Language and Literature

Test Scores

ACT Reading: 30

Hobbies

running, cooking, baking, reading/writing, riding my bike, going to the farmer's market

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Reading

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature

Conversational French

Conversational Italian

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

French

French 1

High School English

Italian

Languages

Literature

Reading

Test Prep

TOEFL Prep

Writing