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I am a cultural anthropologist and social scientist with specific emphasis in Korean culture and gender studies. I am a scholar with a dedicated career in teaching and education. I possess expert knowledge in the field of social science, such as sociology, cultural anthropology, and women’s studies, I have two years experience teaching ESL in South Korea as well as within ALP programs. I also have three years teaching student success courses that cover time management, study skills, note-taking skills, or anything you may need as some extra help in becoming a successful student.
After earning my Master of Arts degree in anthropology, I am now an adjunct professor in sociology at Diablo Valley College. My research focuses on Korean women and cultural aesthetics, and I have extensive knowledge in qualitative social research methods. I also have expert level using the advanced qualitative software, Atlas.Ti. I plan to continue to the Ph.D level. I am a first generation college graduate, have pursued language education abroad in Greece, Ecuador, and she have taught English in South Korea.
As a scholar pursuing a dedicated career in teaching, I am driven to make a difference in the lives of my students and in the realm of higher education. My activities reflect scholarly contribution and preparation for success in helping you with academic writing. My goal as your tutor is to contribute to your success as a student, such as developing new curriculum that caters to your learning style, keep lessons fun, engaging, and simplified, and encourage you to become active in your own learning and education.
As a leader in higher education, I believe that my presence in the classroom and as your tutor influences the learning environment and shapes student perspectives in a manner that will open new perspectives, cultivate strengths while challenging weaknesses, and mold critical thinkers whom use logic and reason. It is my duty to remain self-reflective, maintaining professionalism and leadership that yields compassion and empathy that is responsive to student needs and concerns. I understand that many students have unique personal experiences and personalities that result in diverse learning styles. As a social scientist, I have been trained through my coursework, research, and teaching experiences to be sensitive to human diversity. Because I have experience teaching sociology within the community college system, teaching ESL in South Korea, and teaching structured freshman learning communities in the state university system, I can distinguish and respect intellectual and learning diversity.
My approach to teaching English, reading, writing, and the social sciences encompasses a trans-disciplinary and inclusive approach that promotes multiple perspectives, including frameworks that deconstruct gender, class, and racial issues cross-culturally and within the United States. My educational background is interdisciplinary in nature; because of my background in women’s studies, political science, and anthropology, I utilize multiple theoretical perspectives in my teaching curriculum. This interdisciplinary groundwork creates a more holistic foundation and critical lens to understand cultural and social issues. I value holistic education that is well-rounded and stretches across many areas. Moreover, my teaching strategies are attuned with fostering cultural competence and social tolerance for the differences among people. Professors that exhibit cultural competence while teaching and conducting research, maximize student learning capacities and the value of their research. Further, the nature of my teaching strategies is structured in student-centered learning. Different from the traditional lecture-based courses, which are teacher-centered, my strategies create a student active learning environment that encourages students to take initiative in their own learning. This includes group work, student presentations, and activities that encourage students to utilize their movement, interpersonal skills, critical thinking skills, and verbal skills to retain information. This increases student retention, because with instructor support, students may become empowered by their own role in their education, learn to recognize their own emotional intelligence, and become aware of their important and powerful position in society.
My scholastic activities are evidence of my commitment, contribution, and professional development. My presence in the classroom and as your tutor is responsive to your needs. Furthermore, my research skills in utilizing Atlas.ti, my cross-cultural experience of the Korean community, and my interdisciplinary background in sociology, anthropology, and feminism offer strong promise as a tutor and teacher. I greatly look forward to working with you!

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Denise’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: California State University-Fullerton - Bachelor in Arts, Sociology/Women's Studies

Graduate Degree: California State University, East Bay - Master of Arts, Anthropology


Enjoys gym, working out, team sports, plays flute, reading

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy


College English

College Essays



Essay Editing

Expository Writing

High School English

High School Writing


Persuasive Writing


Social Sciences

Social studies


Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

US History


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