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I love clear, concise and effective language, whether it be written or spoken. When a message is clearly conveyed verbally or in writing, the language just zings! That's why I have worked with passion and excitement over the past 25 years as a teacher, tutor, writing coach, manuscript consultant and professional writer. I have taught and tutored language arts and English in elementary, middle and high schools, charter schools, universities, and art museums. In addition, I have written language arts curriculum teachers' guides, educational research reports. I am a published poet, essayist, anthology editor and author.

I have a Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Consciousness Studies, which is an integration of Philosophy, Psychology and Religion, from John F. Kennedy University. This degree has served me well as I have used my keen critical thinking skills to discuss and analyze issues from all three academic disciplines in writing and in presentations as well as in working with students and colleagues. I completed additional graduate coursework in Psychology at New School University. And I have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Smith College. I received a passing score on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) in 2007.

I have been a college writing instructor for many years. I teach Critical Thinking and Writing, Research Writing, Introduction for Academic Writing, Introduction to Philosophy and Culture and Society. In addition, I have been an instructor in the writing center at John F. Kennedy University for the past 13 years. I have been a curriculum developer and writer for education research projects for the past 20+ years.

I taught Shakespeare and composition courses for 3 years in the Upward Bound Program at Mills College. At the same time, I was the writing coach for high school seniors who were applying for scholarships and writing personal statements for their college applications. I have tutored students in middle school, high school, undergraduates and graduate students for the past 20 years.

I am very happy when my students learn to use the tools and strategies that I teach them because it means that they are motivated and working toward success. Those tools include confidence building exercises, brainstorming, outlining, grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, paragraph development, crafting a solid thesis, APA Style, Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) and other critical thinking and writing skills.

I work with students from elementary grades through graduate and professional school. And I enjoy tailoring lessons to fit the needs of each student. That's the beauty of tutoring - I can develop lessons that are a personal fit for each of my students. I challenge my students, yet I am able to make our work together interactive and interesting.

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Joyce’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Smith College - Bachelor in Arts, Psychology

Graduate Degree: John F Kennedy University - Master of Arts, Philosophy and Religious Studies, General


Yoga, dance, T'ai chi, creative writing, music, photography

Tutoring Subjects

Adult Literacy

American Literature

CBEST - The California Basic Educational Skills Test

College English


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Middle School Writing

Professional Certifications

Public Speaking


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