Throughout my life, one career commitment has always been at the forefront: a passion for helping people find their voices through reading, writing and speaking so that they may succeed academically and do good work for themselves and others.
I love teaching and tutoring all sorts of people of all ages and personalities. I so enjoy getting to know my students and how best they learn. I often find out students' interests and then use examples from those topics in my lessons for them.
Please consider hiring me as an English, reading or journalism tutor. I have a bachelor's degree in journalism and English, and a master's degree in journalism from Indiana University. I have a rich background as an award-winning reporter for newspapers and magazines. My reporting experiences often invigorate my lessons. I use real-world examples to complement literature lessons, for example.
And as a professional writer for many years, I know how insecure a person can feel about sharing writing samples with others. I encourage every student, knowing some have been hurt by critics of their writing. The best writing depends on research, ideas and creativity with plenty of revision. All writers, even famous book writers, need helpers -- other people to teach, proofread, edit and make suggestions. I am a kind helper.
I've taught college and high school English, composition, world literature and journalism. I also taught middle school English. In addition to helping students learn different writing strategies and much about literature and close reading, I've worked hard to help them prepare for standardized tests, including writing stellar SAT/ACT and college entrance essays.
I enjoy tutoring younger students as well. I was a writing coach for a youth leadership group that reported and wrote news for our local paper and radio station, for example. Some of the students were as young as 10. As a volunteer, I've also organized book-reading groups for elementary school kids.
I have high standards for myself and my students. I am passionate about helping students master material and analyze it critically. I teach techniques that lead to quality writing that employs strong textual evidence, action verbs, clarity and conviction. All students should write so that others will want to read it.
Despite my passion for English teaching and learning, I'm not the judgmental type; I figure we all bring different strengths to this complicated and wacky world we live in. As a tutor, I am happy to help students improve from wherever they are academically. I recognize that we all are juggling a variety of responsibilities and goals, trying to fit in family, friends, fun and dreams when possible.
When it comes to my own fun, I flitter all over the place with lots of curiosity and interests. My husband and I been happily married for 29 years, and we enjoy long chats, Netflix, news media and current events. We have one adult son in Chicago, another in Denver, Colo. They were home for Independence Day festivities, and it was great to be with them.
I'm into cooking and am the crafty sort wondering what herb I should chop on a salad or what old stuff I can upcycle. The markers in my garden are made from wine corks scribbled with plant names and pierced with bamboo sticks. One of the raised gardens is our adult sons' old sandbox frame. Cucumbers and American bittersweet crawl up the frame which used to hold a canopy.
I am a big dog fan and like all types and breeds. I am especially partial to rescue dogs, and we have two of them a Schnauzer mix named Rufus, who loves everyone; and a Lhasa Apso named Carly, who thinks she is ferocious, sounding like a 10-pound pirate (Arr!) as she leaps on Rufus.
And, finally, as a freelance journalist, I still like to report and write for newspapers and magazines. I love to read and listen to books. I just finally finished Anna Karenina by Tolstoy; it was marvelous but don't ask me to spell any of those Russian names without giving me time to study. I love reading narrative nonfiction and The New York Times too. Finally, I am determined to write a few books yet in my lifetime. So many people have told me amazing stories throughout the years, and I want to share those with other readers.
I encourage my students and my yet-to-be students to write their own stories for readers to enjoy.
Thanks much for taking the time to read about me; don't hesitate to contact me to schedule a tutoring session or to ask about my teaching specialties and methods. I look forward to adding you to my prized student list.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Indiana University-Bloomington - Bachelor in Arts, English
Graduate Degree: Indiana University-Bloomington - Master of Arts, Journalism
Gardening, cooking, crafting, dogs, reading, writing