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Hello, I'm Amy! I'm a New York State certified English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. I have a master's degree in TESOL. I taught direct instruction in schools with US curriculum in grades K-12 for 10 years. I taught adult English classes as well. I've taught in Wisconsin, New York, Iowa, California, Kyrgyzstan, India, Myanmar, and China. I taught English through content such as social studies, science, and the humanities. I loved teaching writers workshops and enjoy sitting one-on-one with students to improve their writing or reading strategies. I enjoy learning about my students so I can personalize the learning to their interests. I like learning to be student centered.

In my free time, I enjoy hiking, volunteering for various community projects, and making jewelry. And of course, I love to travel and learn about new cultures.

I look forward to tutoring you and traveling with you through your personal learning journey.

Amy’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Morningside College - Bachelors, Theater with minor in English

Graduate Degree: Teachers College at Columbia University - Masters, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages


I enjoy writing, going to live theater, making jewelry, traveling, and hiking.

Tutoring Subjects




Essay Editing

High School Writing

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing


Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

There are several things I may try. One is to step away from that concept for a moment and try something else, but come back to it later with fresh eyes and mind. Another tactic I may try is breaking the concept down into smaller pieces. I may try using visuals or hands-on learning materials to help a student understand the skill or concept. I will try presenting it in different ways until I find what speaks to the student.