ABOUT ME

A book-lover since birth and a teacher by training, I am eager to expand my own potentials while helping others uncover theirs.  Functioning as an independent tutor who specializes in home visits allows me to offer my literary expertise when and where students need it most.  Collaborating with business professionals to address their writing and editing needs permits me to add value to their organizations and — by association — their customers and clients.

When I am not assisting teenagers with essays or partnering with business owners to scrutinize web content, I am running along the Polly Ann Trail, cycling at Stony Creek Metropark, and making plans to summit my next 14,000-foot Colorado peak.  My athletic interests are complemented by a fierce desire to learn and reflect, a passion that I fuel by reading non-fiction bestsellers, attending author lectures, and partaking in the visual and performing arts.  I am a staunch supporter of libraries and schools, and I believe that individuals can experience education, inspiration, and solace in both environments. 

We are all capable of more than we imagine.

Qualifications

  • Highly Qualified English and Speech Teacher (State of Michigan teaching certificate valid until June, 2022)
  • Master’s degree in English from Oakland University, Rochester, MI – GPA 3.96 – focus on American literature and advanced composition
  • Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI – GPA 3.93 – focus on child and family development

Experience

  • 15 years of high-school teaching in English and public-speaking
  • 1 year of middle-school Special Education support
  • 7 years as an ACT Test Coordinator and Room Supervisor
  • 3 seasons as a summer-school teacher for at-risk middle-school students
  • 11 years of teaching the Honors English 10 curriculum, a sophomore-level pre-AP course in American literature and composition that I designed for college-bound students
  • 5+ years of tutoring experience with students from middle school to college
  • Multiple years in team-taught English classrooms with students receiving Special Education services and Section 504 accommodations
  • Demonstrated success with students on the Autism Spectrum Disorder continuum, including a team-taught senior English class with an ASD specialist

Awards

  • Teacher of the Year 2010, Lake Orion High School
  • Selected by a Senior as a “Most Inspiring Staff Member” for seven years, Lake Orion High School
  • Average rating of 4.96 out of 5 on ratemyteachers.com