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Lil

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I have been a Language Arts teacher for 15 years, mostly at the middle school level. My BA is in English and I am an avid reader, racing through audio books in particular, since I am a master multi-tasker. I enjoy doing some freelancing editing work on the side as well. I have a special talent for teaching in in multiple modalities and from a variety of perspectives, a skill that most likely comes from my own experience with dyslexia. I love working with young people to help them reach their goals and discover the extent of their talents. In my free time I enjoy riding my bike and spending time with friends, family and my quirky dog, Miinan. I am the director of a middle school theater group as well as directing occasionally at the high school level and I love to get out and experience theater whenever possible. Music, both live performances and whatever is playing on my record player or in my ear buds, is also a huge part of my life.

Lil’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Gustavus Adolphus College - Bachelors, English

Graduate Degree: Winona State University, EdLd: Minnesota State University Mankato - Masters, MA: Education, EdLd: K-12 Administration

Hobbies

In my free time I enjoy riding my bike and spending time with friends, family and my quirky dog, Miinan. I am the director of a middle school theater group as well as directing occasionally at the high school level and I love to get out and experience theater whenever possible. Music, both live performances and whatever is playing on my record player or in my ear buds, is also a huge part of my life.

Tutoring Subjects

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English

HSPT Language Skills Prep

HSPT Reading Prep

HSPT Verbal Prep

IB Extended Essay

Literature

Public Speaking

Reading

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Engage, inspire and challenge all students to reach their full potential through analysis of literature, study of language and writing practice in a culturally inclusive educational setting.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Get to know their specific needs and challenges, as well as their strengths and interests, through having them do a brief writing exercise and some discussion.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Teach them the skills needed to ask useful questions and the resources to find the answers.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Set small goals that are achievable, and help students see the progress they are making.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Break it down into smaller parts and work each step until they feel comfortable about moving on.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

There are 7 reading strategies that I employ to help students improve their comprehension of what they read.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Small victories.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Brief assessments that help me check on whether they understand as we go.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Gear some activities toward their strengths in order to have some early success and improve buy in.