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As a secondary high school English teacher, I'm well-versed in teaching students with a wide range of skills and learning styles. I graduated with Honors from Santa Clara University where I received my Bachelor of Arts in English with a specialization in Teaching English. In May 2015, I will graduate with my Masters in Educational Studies from the University of Michigan. I am passionate about teaching students to become critical readers and writers who use their communication skills to reach their goals and connect with others. I have over seven years of tutoring experience and have tutored students in reading and writing from middle school to the graduate level.

While teaching English is my passion, I've also studied Spanish for over ten years and even lived abroad in Barcelona. I engage students with language using teaching methods that first interested me in studying the language — through multimedia, culture study, and conversation, I enjoy teaching students not only how to master the language but also how to love the language itself. I also have a special place in my heart for helping clients prepare for tests like the SAT, ACT, and GRE. From personal experience, I know these tests can be intimidating and anxiety-inducing; I would love to help others prepare to tackle test anxiety and difficult test questions!

When tutoring, I seek to engage and challenge students while also providing a safe atmosphere for students to take intellectual risks and explore their curiosity. I think the best teaching methods are built on modeling thinking strategies — that is, if students can learn how to think in different ways, they can transfer the critical thinking and study skills they've learned in one subject to master others. I love teaching, and I am passionate about helping others learn. In my spare time, I enjoy photography, creative writing, watercolor painting, and playing guitar. In warmer weather, I also enjoy rock climbing and camping.

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Joanne’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Santa Clara University - Bachelor in Arts, English

Graduate Degree: University of Michigan - Master of Arts, Educational Studies

Test Scores

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1450

SAT Math: 720

GRE Verbal: 160


Photography, Creative Writing, Guitar, Slam Poetry, Watercolor Painting, Rock Climbing, Camping

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

American Literature

AP English Literature and Composition

College English

College Essays

College Level American Literature

Comparative Literature

Creative Writing

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Expository Writing

Fiction Writing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Introduction to Fiction


Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing


Persuasive Writing


Poetry Writing

Public Speaking


SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep


World Literature


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