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I am a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard where I was a drill instructor (yes, really!), a firefighter and an EMT. After the military I graduated from Central Michigan University where I majored in Psychology. I also concentrated in Biology with coursework in Genetics, Neuropsychology, Environmental Biology. I was a Graduate Assistant in Psychology and performed research in Experimental and Social Psychology. I homeschooled my children until middle school. I developed my own curriculum that included a wide variety of resources. During this time I taught writing and grammar for high school students in our homeschool co-op. I returned to work as the Director of Religious Education for our church, teaching religion in our K-6 private school as well as leading adults in book study discussion groups. Currently, I am a Department Administrator at Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan. I provide English tutoring to international researchers and junior faculty. I have had the opportunity to assist international faculty with manuscript editing for publication. I also co-wrote a curriculum for English learners on Professional Writing in the Workplace and Resume writing. I volunteer with a local literacy group tutoring English Learners both in general English and for those who are preparing for the TOEFL exam. I am currently a graduate student studying Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. I love to write for academic purposes! In my free time, I like to sew, read, and cook. I don't participate in sports (no running unless I am chased by something really scary) but I like to watch them! I am a lifelong learner and a strong advocate for education. I believe that a well-rounded education is important to be a responsible global citizen. Patient, thoughtful teaching can inspire and motivate students. My students' success is my favorite thing to celebrate!

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Janelle’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Central Michigan University - Bachelor of Science, Psychology

Graduate Degree: Eastern Michigan University - Master of Arts, Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL)


Sewing, quilting, reading, cooking, travel, animals

Tutoring Subjects

Academic Coaching


Adult Literacy

AP Research

Basic Computer Literacy

College English


Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

High School English

High School Writing

IB Social and Cultural Anthropology

IB World Religions


Microsoft Office

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing



Social Sciences

Spelling Bee

Study Skills

Technology and Coding


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