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I hold an English Literature and Language degree from the University of Michigan. I began my college literature endeavors at Grand Valley State University, where I quickly rose up getting excellent marks in English and History. I was there accepted into the Honors Program and Dean Listed. I transferred to Michigan after three full years at GVSU and took advanced English Literature coursework for two full additional years, until my graduation was effective in August of 1996. I studied a variety of genres, including eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth century literature, and related history. I enjoyed most Modern American Women's Literature and my Irish Literature Honors course, for which I drafted my senior thesis that received an A on Yeats' Second Coming. My professor was the world-renowned expert on Yeats for many years, finding hidden manuscripts in his family attic during the 1990s.

In 1997, I had the pleasure of working as a substitute teacher for the Grand Rapids, MI public schools, including all K through twelve grades.

Since then, I was blessed to receive a University of Michigan Law degree and to work for many large AMLAW 100 firms. I enjoy teaching, including winning the regional tournament and driving the van with of my Mock Trial Team to the Des Moines State Championship, during my first time as a PVJH teacher.

Additionally, I was employed for over a year with Educational Testing Services as a formal SAT grader. In this role, I graded thousands English SAT entrance exams, providing feedback and improvement recommendations to management.

I welcome the opportunity to respond to all English Grammar, Spelling, Writing, Reading, and Literature students' questions and coursework initiatives.

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Cristen’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Bachelor of Science, English

Graduate Degree: University of Michigan Law School - Doctor of Laws, Natural Resources Law Enforcement and Protective Services


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Tutoring Subjects

Adult Literacy

American Literature

College English

College Level American Literature

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

Graduate Test Prep

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

IB Extended Essay


Legal Research

Legal Writing

LSAT Essay Section

Medieval Literature

Middle School English

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing


Public Speaking

Spelling Bee

Tort Law


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