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Joel

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Since the very first time my eyes hit the page, I’ve loved to read. When I was a kid, the only thing I ever truly wanted to do was revel in the beauty held between those pages. I would read anything: novels, short stories, song lyrics, poetry, and even recipe books. The more I read, the more I began to understand the world around me. I would analyze anything that was put in front of me. I slowly realized, as I turned page after page that if everybody read, analyzed, and wrote with confidence the world would simply be a more magical place.
This love for analysis and writing continued far beyond my childhood. In 2012, I graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in Modern Literature. While in college, I became a middle school tutor focusing on reading comprehension and writing skills. I never realized how challenging these skills could be for many students. It was during this time that I realized the two most important things to building up reading and writing abilities are confidence and interest. By focusing on confidence building and the ability to find interest in any text, I was able to begin to foster a love for the written word in those students’ minds.
A couple years later, I was fortunate enough to teach abroad as a member of the Israel Teaching Fellows. For a year, I taught a group of advanced students. Together with the students, we built an entire curriculum based around what interested them. We wrote comics and short stories. We analyzed song lyrics. We conducted interviews as our favorite celebrities. With each exercise, I watched my students grow into confident writers, readers, and speakers.
While I was teaching in Israel, I was able to work with another incredible group of students. Along with some of my Israeli peers, I created an English social club for adults. The club attracted people from all walks of life; some were construction workers, some were college students, but they all were there for the same reason. They all wanted to become confident with the English written word. I realized while working with these adults that with confidence and interest anybody could become a confident reader and writer; age didn’t matter.
I want to help you, or your child, become a more confident reader and writer. I want to help foster a love for the world held within a book or the beauty in the lyrics to a song. With patience, drive, and confidence anybody can become an expert wordsmith, a voracious reader, or an incredible speaker.

Joel’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Santa Cruz - Bachelor in Arts, Modern Literature

Hobbies

Literature, film, music, comic books, and video games

Tutoring Subjects

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature

English

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

Gifted

High School English

Literature

Other

Reading

Summer

Writing