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My love of teaching stems from my love of learning! I believe education is the answer to so many of our questions, both personal and communal. My goal is always to make lessons both challenging and fun.

I believe instilling confidence in my students is just as important as teaching subject material. It is invaluable that students have the confidence, motivation, and know-how to tackle difficult material on their own, especially when help isn't readily available.

I have a Bachelor of Arts in English and French from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (3.7 GPA).
I have a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Poetry, from Arizona State University (4.0 GPA).

I have been teaching English and French classes for the past decade. Most of that time has been as a Professor of English and Writing. At the university level, I have taught Freshman Composition (Argument, Research, Evaluation, Critique, Analysis, Synthesis), Creative Writing, and Creative Non-fiction, Literature, Film, and Cultural Awareness. I often work one-on-one with students for assignments in my own classes, but also for writing assignments they have in other courses.

I have also taught several summer school courses on ACT and SAT Test Preparation. I taught courses on how to successfully write the essay portion of the standardized test, and how to prepare for the reading, grammar, and vocabulary sections.

Also, I taught at the Institute of Reading Development for two summers. This program specializes in advanced reading and writing skills for students.

I briefly taught middle school French at a private college prep school for one semester while the teacher was on maternity leave. I often substituted for the high school French teachers at the same school. I also taught French classes during summer. I have traveled to France twice: once to Paris and once throughout Southern France. My accent is classic Parisian, which I was complemented on a lot.

I am very flexible in teaching style, ready to adjust to student needs and learning styles. I can tutor according to a particular assignment or textbook, or I can provide my own designed lessons.

Katherine’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-Madison - Bachelors, English & French

Graduate Degree: Arizona State University - Masters, Creative Writing


Poetry, Art, Traveling, Hiking, My dogs, Basketball, Tennis, the News

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Writing

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature

Conversational French


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing


French 1

French 2

High School English

Homework Support




PSAT Critical Reading


SAT Reading

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep