My teaching method is student-centered and based on Common Core Standards, favors project-based initiatives, interdisciplinarity, and balances creative exploration with a solid grounding in conventional academic skills and subject matter. My passion is literacy, from working with emergent readers and writers, language learners, to students approaching new concepts in academic and cultural contexts.
I started as a peer tutor at U.C. Berkeley, where I earned my B.A. in English, with minors in Philosophy and Anthropology. As a grad student at Duke University in English, I taught college writing and research, and Shakespeare for beginners. I am a "writing coach" for university professors and graduate students. I volunteered as an AVID tutor in SF public schools, where I helped revise so many college personal essays (I still know the Cal State and U.C. prompts by heart). I have been training to teach K-6 Multiple subjects in an MAT program, and tutoring after-school programs. I have a lot of experience with "distance learning," and in fact, was very lucky to give a real lesson -- on COVID -- to a small group of actual 2nd- and 4th-graders in a real Zoom classroom.
For adult academic and professional clients, my rates range from $30-$75/hr; I use a professional free-lance editors association as the basis for negotiating the contract. I do "ghostwrite" or independently revise for high-level academics who either are non-native speakers of English, or who are native speakers of English, but are so expert in their field that they need a translator for a popular or non-specialist audience. In consultation with a graduate student's committee chair, I also provide time-sensitive revisions of reports or theses that the student is submitting for a master's degree or credential. The rate here is based on the level of improvement the client seeks and the deadline. For children up to Grade 12, the rate is negotiated based on the nature of the lessons, the role of other adults (teachers, parents/guardians), and the student's prior proficiencies and current goals. My goal in offering a first lesson without charge is to allow me to evaluate the client's need, explain what I can do and what I believe we can achieve, and to give the client a sample of the work and set their expectations for future sessions.
1333 Gough St., PH-H, San Francisco, CA 94109
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Grades 2-6, All Subjects / 2-12: English Language Arts, ELD, Literature, Social Science, Biology / One-on-one, small group / Experience and Interest in Distance Learning / Expertise: Writing
CA State Teacher's Tests Passed and Current Credentials
• CSET Multiple Subjects.
• CTC Certificate of Clearance to 4/1/2025.
• CTC Activity Supervisor Clearance Certificate to 7/1/2025
• Pending Application: CTC Substitute Credential
• MAT Multiple Subjects, K-5, Student Teacher online USC (2 semesters, currently on leave of absence for COVID shutdown)
• Duke University: Renaissance Literature, History, Languages (passed doctoral exams)
• University of California at Berkeley: BA English; Minors in Philosophy, Anthropology. With High Honors & Distinction in General Scholarship
• Secondary School: Branson School (Ross, CA), Kent School (Kent, CT)
Teaching and Tutoring Experience
• Mock Interviewer, Kids Club San Francisco
• Student Teacher in Grade 5, Spring, 2020
After-school tutoring Grades 3-5, Spring 2020
• AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Volunteer Tutor, Galileo Academy of Science and Technology, San Francisco:
• Duke University: Undergraduate Writing Course, Teaching Research Methods and Presentation for Incoming College Students; Seminar Introduction to Shakespeare
• University of California, Berkeley: Peer Tutor for U.C. Composition Studies Requirements (Subject A, 1A, !B), Golden Bear Student Learning Center
• U.C. Berkeley: Co-Founded and Co-Coordinated Student-Initiated Course, Democratic Education at Cal Program, "The Unseen America" (1988-Currently Active: Passed on through generations of DECal Undergraduate Co-Coordinators)
• Freelance "Writing Coach" (tutor for adults), Proofreading, Developmental Editing, Ghostwriting, Primarily Biological Sciences, Academic Publications, Grants, & Popular Informational Texts
o National Geographic online Newsroom, "Our Explorers," on a USF environmental scientist's major discovery, and work to restore an endangered species and ecosystem in east asia (http: / / voices.nationalgeographic.com / ?s=chinese+swamp+cypress)
• Zoom, gmail., Google Classroom, Padlet, Quizlet, Kahoot, Google Slides, Excel, exploratorium.org, National Geographic Online
• Boys and Girls Clubs, San Francisco, Mock Interviewer
• AVID Tutor, Galileo Academy of Science and Technology
• Co-Organizer: "Desire in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance": Graduate Student Literature and Cultural Studies Conference, Duke University
• Dolphin Swimming and Boating Club: Building Committee, Entertainment, Swim Committee / Fundraisers for Save the Bay
• Reader Screening Student Applicant's Personal Essays for U.C. Berkeley Alumni Scholarship
• Beach Cleanup Aquatic Park
• San Francisco Maritime Museum Moby-Dick Read-Aloud 24-hour Marathon
Languages: Spanish, French (conversational, continuing study)
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