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I am an experienced educator with 29 years in the teaching profession. I can diagram sentences, analyze Shakespeare, Woolf, Dickinson, and Thoreau. I can evaluate literary essays, research projects, and college admissions essays. I can lead/encourage a student to become a better writer, reader, thinker, and public speaker. These "talents" are not the most important components of me as an educator, though. I am a lifelong learner. I genuinely and earnestly become excited and animated about the learning process. I enjoy sharing my own passion and thirst for learning and knowledge with my students. I both encourage and challenge them to also become lifelong learners. It's a beautiful cycle to which we, as educators, are fortunate to contribute.

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Jan’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Wittenberg University - Bachelors, English/Secondary Education

Graduate Degree: Wright State University-Main Campus - Masters, English Literature


Tennis, Writing, Reading, The New York Mets, Creating Puns

Tutoring Subjects

Adult Literacy

American Literature


Business Writing

College Application Essays

College English

College Level American Literature


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing


ISEE-Lower Level Verbal Reasoning

ISEE-Middle Level Reading Comprehension

ISEE-Middle Level Verbal Reasoning


Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing


Public Speaking

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

When starting to work with a student, I first like to meet the parent(s) and get a feel for their and the student's needs. I then start a simple conversation with the student about interests, strengths, and hobbies. That conversation eases any tension or anxiety and allows for a nice transition right into talking about school and then the lessons at hand.

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