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Maria Luisa

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My experiences as a multilingual poet with 20+ years of facilitating workshops in person and online, as a college professor of English composition and literature (6 years) and college admissions counselor (4 years), I have a wealth of resources I access in order to tailor my teaching and tutoring to the students who work with me. First, I actively listen and intensively read. Then I reflect back the strengths I learn through what students share with me. No two students are alike; that is why I believe in different learning pathways to arrive at the same destination: success!

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Maria Luisa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Colby College - Bachelor in Arts, German

Graduate Degree: Tufts University - Master of Arts, German

Graduate Degree: Pine Manor College - Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing


As a passionate multilingual poet, I love the freedom to write poems. Yes, I know the rules, but in poetry, we can break them! Since 4th grade, when a teacher taught me how to keep a journal, I've been writing in a journal ever since. This daily ritual helps me to gather my thoughts and reflect on the joys and challenges in my life. I am fascinated by visual art in every form, particularly by women and by women of color. Some of my favorite visual and textile artists include Dindga McCannon, Faith Ringgold, Hannah, Hoech, Kaethe Kollwitz, and Myrna Arocho Martinez. I love learning and teaching languages within cultural contexts. Puerto Rican Spanish is my first language; American English is my second; German is my third; and Farsi, the language spoken in Iran, is my fourth. Some of my hobbies include used book-store hopping and shopping; enjoying art in art museums and galleries; and being visually inspired by public murals. Whenever I drive, I stop for murals!

Tutoring Subjects

1st Grade ELA (in Spanish)

2nd Grade ELA (in Spanish)

Academic Coaching



Adult Literacy

College Application Essays

College English

College Level American Literature

Comparative Literature

Conversational German

Conversational Spanish

Creative Writing


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing


German 1

German 2

German 3

German 4

High School English

High School Writing






Public Speaking


Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Study Skills


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