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I am a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with a focus on Acting. While I teach a range of subjects, my favorites to teach are English, Hebrew, Literature, and Theatre.

I was a full-time teacher for two years in Israel, in which I taught Civics and English in an accredited GED program through the Ministry of Education. While teaching in this GED program, I tutored each of my students in addition to classroom hours. As a tutor-student team, we found creative approaches to the material that would cater to each of their unique needs as a learner. During my travels in Nepal, I worked with the NGO Nyayik Sansar, and taught English classes to a group of Nepali women who were starting their own ginger farming business. I also had the unique privilege of teaching English as a second language in the Skaramagas refugee camp, to children, teens, and adults seeking asylum from Kurdistan, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Iran.

I also have five years of experience teaching Hebrew as a second language, and have taught all levels of Hebrew in public high schools, two-month-long language immersion programs, as well as synagogues. I've found that when learning a second language, the best way to learn is through Comprehensible Input, which means jumping into speaking the language as much as possible through using high frequency words and phrases. I am also a professional actor in Chicago, and while earning my BFA in Theatre, I studied script analysis, design, performance and theatre history. I absolutely love to teach Shakespeare, and I have years of experience performing and bringing his texts to life in an understandable and entertaining way, so let's dive right in!

In my spare time, I love playing guitar and mandolin, hiking, biking, and baking sourdough bread. To this day, I credit many of my biggest academic achievements to the tutors that have helped me along my journey. I look forward to paying it forward as I am a firm proponent that education is the key to unlocking each and every person's potential.

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Elana’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Bachelor of Fine Arts, Acting


Baking, reading, hiking, travel, listening to great history podcasts, and learning American Sign Language

Tutoring Subjects


Adult Literacy



Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing



Essay Editing



Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing



Public Speaking



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