I have a bachelor's and Master's in English and work with students at all levels to improve English skills. I believe in a student centered process and meet students where they are and build their skills from there. I believe in individualized instruction focusing on what the students goals are and creating a plan to move forward toward that goal.
I have been tutoring students in English for over 2 years, including basic ESL course work and writing projects covering all subjects. Students improved their confidence and overall skills while learning to use their strengths to address individual weaknesses. An individual tutoring focus is key to student success.
NOTE: Rates are in USDollars, not Euros. Travel price charged for jobs outside my regular service area. Students provide specific work/project information unless otherwise agreed.
M.A., English, Middle Tennessee State University - December 2016.
Thesis: “The Heart of the Matter: Poems Inspired by Civil Rights Photography”
Committee: Dr. Laura Dubek (Director), Dr. Will Brantley.
B. A., English, Middle Tennessee State University - May 2014
B. M. Music Merchandising and Management, University of Portland - May 1992
Guest Lecturer: English 2030 (The Experience of Literature): Civil Rights Poetry, MTSU, Spring 2016
Guest Lecturer: English 3320 (Twentieth-Century American Literature): Derek Walcott, MTSU, Spring 2016
Instructor of Record: English 1010 (Expository Writing), MTSU, Fall 2015 and Fall 2016
Class Instructor, University School of Nashville Evening Classes Program 2007-2015
Creative Writing Teacher/Coach, The Sacred Writer, 2006-2014
Class Instructor, Gilda's Club Nashville, 2007-2009
Workshop Facilitator, Path & Pen Spiritual Writers Conference, September 2007
Private English Tutor and Editor, StarShield’s Tutoring, 2014-Present
Writing Consultant, Middle Tennessee State University Writing Center, 2014-2016
Literary Agent and Editor, Thurston Howl Publications, 2014-Present
Editorial Research Assistant, Publishing and Marketing Solutions, Inc. 2011-2014
GRANTS, AWARDS, HONORS
Graduate Teaching Assistant Teaching Certificate Program: Certificate: MTSU, 2015
URECA Travel Grant: Conference Travel to St. Louis: MTSU, 2014
The Richard C. and Virginia Peck Award: Nomination: MTSU, 2016
The John N. McDaniel Promise in Teaching Award: MTSU, 2016
William R. Wolfe Graduate Writing Award: Honorable Mention: MTSU, 2016
Full Graduate Assistantship: MTSU, 2014
Creative Expression Award: Poetry, Collage: A Journal of Creative Expression: MTSU, 2014
Conference Scholarship, Poetry: Big River Writers Conference, St. Louis, MO, 2014
Lortie, Starshield. “Looking Back, Moving Forward: Civil Rights Poetry & The Change That’s Gonna Come.” Living Legacies: Literary Responses to the Civil Rights Movement. Ed. Laura Dubek. 2017.
Lortie, StarShield. “Manna,” Collage: A Journal of Creative Expression. Spring 2016.
Lortie, StarShield. “Cataclysm of the Moon,” Collage: A Journal of Creative Expression. Fall 2015.
Lortie, StarShield. “Six,” Collage: A Journal of Creative Expression. Fall 2015.
Lortie, StarShield. “A Good Day to Die,” Collage: A Journal of Creative Expression. Spring 2015.
Lortie, StarShield. “Gramma’s Kitchen,” Collage: A Journal of Creative Expression. Fall 2014.
Lortie, StarShield. Graceful Storm; Poems for the Journey of Becoming, CreateSpace Publishing. 2014.
Lortie, StarShield. The Jaguar Diaries, CreateSpace Publishing. 2014.
Lortie, StarShield. Essays & Explorations, The Sacred Writer E-Newsletter. 2006 – 2013.
Lortie, StarShield. “A Walk in the Dark,” Echoes Across the Blue Ridge. Nancy Simpson, editor. Winding Path Press, 2010.
Lortie, StarShield. Voices in My Heart: A Collection of Sacred Poetry, Pure Heart Press, 2007.
Virginia Peck Composition Series and Workshop, 2015-2016
Presenters: Elizabeth Wardle, Derek Mueller
MTSU Write, 2014-2016
Presenters: Jeff Hardin, Tony Early, Alice Randall
Southern Literary Festival, 2016
Presenters: Ann Patchett, Gaylord Brewer, Minton Sparks
Big River Writers Conference, 2014
Presenters: Dorianne, Laux, Adrian Matjeka, George Singleton, Kathleen Finneran, Richard Newman
Southern Literary Festival, 2014
Presenters: Megan Abbott, Ace Atkins, Susan Minot, Derrick Harriell
Resource Development Assistant, MTSU University Writing Center, 2016
Creative Writing Program Development, MTSU University Writing Center, 2015-2016
Secretary, Southern Literary Festival, 2016
English Graduate Student Organization, MTSU, 2014-Present
Living Writers Collective, Spring Hill, TN, 2011-2012
Tennessee Writers Alliance, Tennessee, 2011
Great Smokies Writing Program, UNCA, Asheville, NC, 2010-2011
The Writers Workshop, Asheville, NC, 2009-2011
North Carolina Writers Network West, North Carolina, 20
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