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Jessica

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I have been an English teacher for 20 years. I can't believe that much time has gone by! I love what I do and I love working with students, so it has been time well spent.
The many courses that I have taught over the years (see resume) have provided me with diverse strategies that allow me tailor my instruction to the individual needs of my students.
One of the most influential courses in my teaching career has been AP Language and Composition. This course, and the intense training involved in order to be an instructor, redefined the writing process and the analysis of text for both me and my students. I taught that course for 10 years and not only did my students achieve high success on the College Board AP exam, but their writing improved exponentially.
I now teach English 8, and still employ these writing/critical reading philosophies and effective teaching practices.
Outside of my classroom, I have tutored many students over the years in a private setting. I have helped with drafting, organizing, and editing papers for a number of subject areas, as well as moving students through understanding complex text. I have also prepared students, over the course of my entire career, for standardized tests: 10th & 8th grade MCAS, SAT, and AP Language & Composition. I can provide students with effective test-taking strategies.

I look forward to meeting new clients through Varsity Tutors so that I can assure your academic success!

Jessica’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Massachusetts Amherst - Bachelors, English

Graduate Degree: Westfield State University - Masters, English

Hobbies

In my personal life, I enjoy running, and suffer through the Holyoke St. Patrick's 10K each year! My two sons have started running that with me, which is a thrill. Of course I love the outdoors and frequently take my 2 dogs and sons on hikes and adventures, like camping.

Tutoring Subjects

American Literature

British Literature

College English

College Level American Literature

Composition

Creative Writing

English

Essay Editing

Expository Writing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Introduction to Fiction

Introduction to Poetry

Medieval Literature

Middle School

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization