My teaching approach is collaborative and differentiated. I assess student needs and design instruction according to their ability and desired outcome. I believe in working on projects with students so that their experience is relevant and results-driven. I ask students to bring a short piece of their writing to their first class.
I am an English teacher with over 20 years of instructional experience. I have an English master's degree from Simmons College, with an emphasis on writing instruction. For the past 13 years, I have also taught ESL students entering advanced degree programs, as well as professional adults.
Extensive writing instruction (correcting and feedback) requiring outside of in-class instructional time will cost an additional $15 for every 30 minutes. This generally never takes more than an hour.
No shows will be charged 50% of the hourly rate.
Cancellations are fine as long as they're 24 hours in advance.
BA in Psychology & Sociology | Connecticut College | New London, CT
MA in English | Simmons College | Boston, MA
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EF Corporate Language Training | Cambridge & Boston, MA 2007 to 2020
Corporate ESL Instructor (2007 to Present)
Direct team of 10 in English language immersion program. Develop and deliver curriculum and lessons customized to meet the needs of corporate clients. Oversee operational processes, including scheduling, records management, and staff hiring, training, and evaluation.
Earned top evaluations through creation and implementation of up to 15 individualized learning plans weekly. Partnered with students to evaluate skills, identify needs, and establish goals.
Spearheaded creation and integration of new ESL business English curriculum and library expansion, which resulted in 20% growth in student satisfaction within one month of implementation.
Academic Manager (2012 to 2014)
Drove instructional quality and operational excellence in dual role as Academic Manager.
Elevated client satisfaction and increased transparency through development and implementation of improved documentation, reporting, and communication practices.
Initiated comprehensive redesign of scheduling processes and forms to ensure continuity, communication, accuracy, and efficiency. Improvements led to growth in staff morale and student satisfaction.
Enacted an open-door communication policy to cultivate a culture of mutual respect and support. Clarified expectations, provided resources, and encouraged feedback among team members.
Groton-Dunstable Regional High School | Groton, MA 2007 to 2011
Led six, advanced-level classes in English grammar, writing, and literature. Partnered with team members to establish departmental goals and curriculum. Leveraged educational technology to enhance communication, engagement, and instructional delivery.
Provided strategic leadership as member of Principal’s Community Council and NEASC Assessment Committee.
Built strong rapport across all organizational levels to secure buy-in for educational enrichment travel programs.
Enhanced student life as advisor to Drama Guild, Music Honor Society, and School Yearbook Committee.
Managed increased class sizes with zero impact to instructional quality through effective classroom management and planning and delivery of engaging, rigorous curriculum.
Cambridge College | Boston, MA 2016
Graduate Writing Instructor
Provided English language instruction to adult emerging language learners. Developed curriculum and lesson plans, maintained records, evaluated performance, and communicated expectations.
Delivered 94% pass rate through integration of differentiated modalities and hands-on coaching to improve outcomes.
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MS Office: PowerPoint, Publisher, Word, Excel, Access, OneNote, Outlook; Adobe: InDesign, Photoshop, and PageMaker; Online: Zoom, Google Meet, Skype, Twitter, Canva, MailChimp; Paintshop Pro; QuickBooks; Platforms: MacOS and PC
Deb is an extraordinary woman and a wonderful teacher! She has a breadth of knowledge of the English language and teaches in a way that is interesting and accessible, whether the topic is grammar, literature, business communication, or presentation, vocabulary, writing, etc. Her varied professional experience and decades of teaching give her insights into how language is used that is rare to find in a teacher. Any student of hers will recognize this immediately, and will undoubtedly improve their skills and knowledge all while enjoying time well spent! I highly recommend Deborah.
Deb is an outstanding teacher and such an inclusive listener for her students.
She is always willing to help her students understand better and engage a wide range of topics, from science to literature to theatre, and even technology.
Deb is deeply committed to the academic and personal growth of each student.
José María Benavent
Deb is an amazing teacher, she's patient and caring, and knows exactly what help a student needs to improve. I recommend her highly
I have taught with Deb since 2015. Deb is without a doubt the best teacher, mentor, and colleague I have ever had the pleasure to work with. What makes Deb stand out is her ability to make a connection with each individual student. They are engaged in every lesson. She is very professional and warm with her students. She is a great resource for other teachers when we have questions. I highly recommend her.
Deb and I have been colleagues in academia for many years. Deb’s teaching stands out because she quickly identifies a student’s learning style and adapts lessons to provide what will work best for each individual. Deb’s warm personality puts students at ease, allowing them to focus on the task at hand.
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