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I earned my MFA in Writing from Lindenwood University. Before that, I received my BA from University of Central Missouri. I graduated from both schools with honors.

Before I went into teaching, I wrote for magazines, newspapers, and a publishing company. I also published poetry, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and 5 full-length books.

But I really missed being in the classroom, so 4 years ago, I started to substitute teach. I taught every grade from K to 12.

I wanted to understand how language was presented to students from an early age and how to reach each pupil using the best possible didactic for their specific needs. I eventually taught 9th and 12th grade Literature and Composition full time.

While I was working in different schools during the day, I was tutoring at night. I tutored Chinese senior citizens preparing for their citizenship exams, parents from Mexico learning English to set a good example for their children, and I even tutored tax preparation to people courageously changing careers later in life.

It was during this time, and the months that followed, I tutored at Sylvan, focusing on test prep and college application essays. I also helped HS seniors and those just starting out in college with some of their writing challenges.

I now teach at the college level. I love learning from my students every day, and I fall more and more in love with language and what it can do to mend broken hearts, resolve conflicts, and mitigate loneliness.

I truly believe no one should feel they are "bad" at language. Therefore, I strive to find ways to foster curiosity, because if the student is curious and having fun, he or she will naturally want to improve and seek out opportunities to grow.

I will continue gleaning wisdom from my students and striving to improve my pedagogy each day I'm able to make teaching my occupation, my delight, my honor.

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Diane’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Central Missouri - Bachelor in Arts, English

Graduate Degree: Lindenwood University - Master of Fine Arts, Writing, General


Playing with my granddaughter Reading Performing stand-up comedy Writing Doing things that scare me (holding snakes, sky diving, repairing my computer, bungie jumping, etc.) Crocheting Eating cake

Tutoring Subjects

Academic Coaching

ACT English

ACT Writing


Basic Computer Literacy


Business Writing


CLEP College Composition

CLEP College Composition Modular

CLEP English Literature

College English

College Level American Literature



COMPASS Writing Skills


Creative Writing

Dissertation Writing

Elementary School English


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

Expository Writing

Fiction Writing

GED Prep

GED Reasoning Through Language Arts

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Verbal

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

IB Literature and Performance

IB Mathematical Studies

Introduction to Fiction

Introduction to Poetry


ISEE-Lower Level Reading Comprehension

ISEE-Lower Level Verbal Reasoning



Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Office

Middle School English

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing



PCAT Verbal Ability

PCAT Writing

Philosophical Ethics



Public Speaking


SAT Reading

SAT Verbal

Social Sciences

Spelling, Grammar, and Writing Skills Class

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Technical Writing

Technology and Coding

Test Prep

Thesis Writing

World Literature


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