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I teach all aspects of English, including critical reading, persuasive writing, comparative literature, public speaking, specializing with ACT/SAT/AP and other test strategies. I've taught and lectured at universities, schools and with individuals around Chicagoland as well as in the Bay Area. I customize study plans with learners and their advocates to utilize existing abilities and add new techniques to reach personal and scholastic goals.

I have a BS in Communications and Theater, and an MFA in Creative Writing. I have completed Continuing Education at Northwestern and Stanford Universities. I'm a professional features writer and arts reviewer. I've edited Perspective design journal and Reed literary magazine, and have performed memoir essays Ive written on Chicago Public Radio.

I know there is no better, nor more crucial, calling than helping kids to find and communicate their voices.

I have tutored and created curriculum for a broad spectrum of English learners. I come from a family of teachers, and was fortunate to grow up at the Smithsonians National Museum of Natural History, where my anthropologist mom was Education Director. Since early childhood, I've been immersed in multicultural and ELL education. I've devoted my personal and professional time to diversity and storytelling, starting at public TV station WETA in my hometown outside Washington, D.C., where I certified as a trainer with Sesame Streets Preschool Education Project.

I've also taught creativity and teambuilding through improvisation to all ages (as well as creating a kids summer camp), reading for the SAG Foundations BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools) program, plus reading and writing skills to at-risk students through the Park Districts Kraft Great Kids Program. I've assisted many of my arts marketing clients, including Barrel of Monkeys and Kidworks Touring Theatre, with youth literacy programs at schools and libraries throughout the city.

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Karin’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: James Madison University - Bachelor of Science, Communication, General

Graduate Degree: San Jose State University - Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing


Writer, actor, publicist, marketer, yogini

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Reading

ACT Writing


Adult Literacy

American Literature

AP English Language and Composition

AP English Literature and Composition


British Literature


Business Writing


CLEP American Literature

CLEP English Literature

College Application Essays

College English

College Level American Literature

Comparative Literature

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

GED Prep

GED Reasoning Through Language Arts

GMAT Verbal

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Analytical Writing

GRE Subject Test in Literature in English

GRE Subject Tests

GRE Verbal

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing


ISEE-Lower Level Reading Comprehension

ISEE-Lower Level Verbal Reasoning

ISEE-Lower Level Writing

ISEE-Middle Level Reading Comprehension

ISEE-Middle Level Verbal Reasoning

ISEE-Middle Level Writing

ISEE-Upper Level Reading Comprehension

ISEE-Upper Level Verbal Reasoning

ISEE-Upper Level Writing


LSAT Analytical Reasoning

LSAT Essay Section

LSAT Logical Reasoning

LSAT Reading Comprehension

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing



PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills

Public Speaking

SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Test Prep




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