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I was a tenured kindergarten teacher in New York before moving to Los Angeles to pursue screenwriting. I am currently a graduate student in UCLA's prestigious screenwriting MFA program.

I love children and occasionally babysit for several local families. When I'm not writing or babysitting, I enjoy reading, hiking, and playing with my dog and rabbit.

I look forward to working with you!

Trina’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Bowling Green State University - Bachelors, Early Childhood Education

Graduate Degree: University of California-Los Angeles - Masters, Screenwriting


Writing, reading, hiking, playing with my dog and rabbit

Tutoring Subjects

Adult Literacy

American Literature

College English

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

IB Extended Essay

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing


Spelling Bee


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I focus on developing an individualized education plan, using the student's strengths and learning style to target specific goals. I scaffold lessons to deliver appropriate levels of support, and gradually increase the student's independence over time. My work is not complete until a student has the strategies and tools necessary to succeed without my help.

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

During the first session, my goal is to get to know the student. Knowing the student's strengths, interests, dislikes, and weaknesses will allow me to develop lessons specifically catered to him or her. I also want the student to get to know me, so we can begin comfortably working together on academic goals in the future. The first session is also a good time to start forming goals for future sessions.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I will be providing strategies for tackling difficult concepts, and will guide the student in practicing those strategies with increasing independence. The goal will be for the student to eventually effectively use those strategies without my assistance.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Motivation looks different for everyone, so I will work with the student to discover ways to develop internal motivation. The goal will be for the student to eventually take on the habit of motivating himself or herself to complete tasks.

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

I would provide the student with several different ways to tackle the new skill or concept, so that the student can choose which works best with his or her learning style.

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

Several factors can become roadblocks in reading comprehension. I would work with the student to identify the root problem behind his or her struggle with reading comprehension. Often a student's reading fluency affects their ability to understand the reading material. In this case, I would work on improving reading fluency, while also teaching the student how to approach the reading material armed with tools for making it easier to understand.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Goal-setting and breaking material into manageable chunks increase a student's success rate. It is also important to separate especially difficult tasks with tasks that the student finds more manageable.

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

It is important to get to know a student's interests and strengths in order to effectively engage him or her in material and make it relatable to the student.

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

I would evaluate samples of the student's work to judge whether or not he or she understands the material.