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My entire career has been about human development. I have worked with all ages--from infants and toddlers through 80+ year olds. I truly believe in lifelong learning.

I recently became certified to teach English as a foreign language and enjoy tutoring. I have been offering virtual and in-person writing courses through a local public school system's adult and community education program since 2016. I have also offered virtual and in-person courses and one-on-one tutoring for children and adults through my own company, CStarsky Lifelong Learning LLC, since 2014.

I started teaching writing courses focused on documenting personal history because we all have stories to tell and can learn from each other. I wanted to give people an opportunity to share their stories with friends, family, and future generations. Adults who enrolled in my course often seemed to focus on writing fiction, so I created the "Storytelling: Painting Pictures with Words" course. We focus on strategies to capture the attention of the target audience. Using imagery, engaging all of the senses is emphasized this course.

Over the years I have traveled extensively across the US. I have even been to Alaska three times. My overseas travel has included Norway, Ireland, the Netherlands, Japan, and South Korea. I was born in Ohio. My family moved to Miami, Florida at the end of my 4th grade year. I earned my Bachelor's degree in Child Development at Florida State University, my Master's degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University, and my Ph.D. in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia. I currently live in Burke, Virginia but plan to move back to Colorado in the near future.

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Cathy’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Florida State University - Bachelor of Science, Child Development

Graduate Degree: Colorado State University-System Office - Master of Science, Human Development and Family Studies

Graduate Degree: University of Georgia - Doctor of Science, Child Development


In my spare time I enjoy Pilates and gardening. Hummingbirds provide great entertainment as they feast at my cardinal flowers. I also enjoy reading fiction. When I want to get lost in an entertaining book I pick up a Janet Evanovich book and enjoy the adventures of Stephanie Plum.

Tutoring Subjects


Adult Literacy

Creative Writing



High School Writing

Human Development

Middle School Writing




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