I have been teaching at the university and high school level for more than a decade and I have both a Ph.D. in English and a Master's of Education with an active teaching license.
My teaching method is one-on-one and tailored to the unique needs of my students. We will start off with a free consultation of 20-30 minutes where we meet one another and discuss your goals and subject needs. From there, I will work with you to create a focused curriculum that addresses your weak areas and emphasizes your strengths. Lessons are typically 60 minutes long and conducted over Skype.
I have worked with students from ages 11+, although the majority of my students are in high school and college. I have also worked with adults who are interested in studying English, ESL, Latin, French, Middle English, Old English, and Old Norse.
I have more than a decade of experience teaching at the high school and university level for ESL, English Composition, Academic Writing, Literature, Latin, and other subjects. I've helped hundreds of students and adults succeed in their courses and on academic tests, including the SAT, ACT, AP/IB, and GRE exams. I also advise on college and graduate school admissions and I will assist you in editing and polishing your Statement of Purpose and admissions package for competitive schools.
I have both a Ph.D. in English Literature and a Master's of Education with an active teaching license. My focus is on literature, writing, and languages, including English, ESL, Latin, French, Old English, Middle English, Old Norse, Introductory Linguistics, and the History of the English Language.
ESL/Language Study Rate:
$50 per 60-minute Skype lesson.
Tier 1: Academic Tutoring
Includes most high-school and introductory college subjects
$90 per 60-minute in-person session ($60 via Skype)
Tier II: College Preparation
Includes SAT, ACT, AP, IB, college application essays, and some advanced or niche courses
$90 per 60-minute session, in-person or via Skype
Tier III: Graduate Preparation
Includes GRE, GMAT, and graduate-level tutoring.
$100 per 60-minute session.
College Application Essay Coaching Package: $575
Work one-on-one with a tutor over Google Docs and Skype to shape your Common Application Essay and up to two supplemental essays. Rate includes all work on these documents. Additional supplements are $100 each.
Test-Prep Strategy Session: $175
If you’re working on your own but want some help getting started, we offer a one-time strategy session with one of our most experienced tutors. It lasts for two hours and discusses your goals, analyzes your strengths and weaknesses, makes recommendations, and establishes a curriculum that you can complete on your own
Language Studies: $50 per session
Due to the frequently long-term nature of language studies, we offer an additional discount for language and ESL studies with us, which is designed specially for web tutoring lessons. This rate cannot be further reduced. Languages we offer include English, French, Latin, Middle English, Old English, and Old Norse.
Package Discounts: We offer a 5% discount on the twenty-session package, which means one free lesson in the package.
Web Tutoring: We frequently offer discounts for web-tutoring sessions, which allows you to connect with your tutor from the comfort of your own home. We’ll use Skype and Google Documents in order to work together on essays, exam preparation, and subject-based lessons. Please contact us for a quote. (Yes, discounts may be combined, except for the group discount below.)
Referral Discount: If you refer a friend who books ten lessons or more (as a package or individually), you’ll each receive a free lesson in tutoring credit.
Extended Session Discount: Schedule any session of 90 minutes or longer and receive $10 off for that session.
Group Discount: If you know other students working on the same subject, bring them with you! We’ll give you each a discount of 10% off per student in the group up to five. So, if you have five students who want to be tutored together, it’s half the price for everyone. (This discount may not be combined with any other discount.)
Free Consultation: This is where we meet to discuss your intent and establish a tutoring plan, as well as get to know each other, and it is completely free. These sessions can be conducted in person, but it is often more flexible to do them online or over the phone. They usually take 20 to 30 minutes.
Our Tutoring Guarantee: If you’re not satisfied after your first session, we are happy to offer a complete refund for any unused lessons.
Payment Policy: We ask for payment no later than the time of the lesson, please.
Cancellation Policy: It happens. We do, however, have to charge for lessons canceled with less than 24 hours notice, since we have already set that time aside for you.
Refunds, Transfers, and Expirations: All sessions are non-refundable once purchased, but they are completely transferable. If you wish to transfer your unused lessons to another student, just let us know. The value of all unused sessions expires after one year.
*PSAT/NMSQT, AP, IB, SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, and GMAT are trademarks of their respective organizations, which were not involved in the production of, and do not endorse, this product.
Ph.D. English Literature and Historical Linguistics. Purdue University. West Lafayette, IN. August 2013.
M.Ed. Secondary Education and Licensure. Portland State University. Portland, OR. June 2018.
M.A. English: Literary Traditions. Kent State University. Kent, OH. May 2008.
B.A. English. Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI. August 2005.
B.A. Ancient Studies (Latin and Greek). Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI. August 2005.
Graduate Certificate: History of the English Language. Purdue University, August 2013.
Business Certificate: CORe. Harvard Business School Extension. Cambridge, MA. Aug 2016.
Oregon Initial Teaching License: Secondary Education Expected June 2018
Endorsements: English Language Arts
Non-Licensed Teaching Experience: Latin
Owner, High Peak Tutors LLC January 2017 – Present
Greater Portland Oregon Area, Oregon
Mission: Provide expert in-person and online one-on-one educational tutoring, counseling, and advising services to high school, college, and graduate students and their families.
Academic Subjects: English Language Arts, Literature, College Writing, Humanities, Historical Linguistics.
Advising: College admissions and standardized testing (SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT Verbal).
Languages: English, English as a Second Language (ESL), Latin, French, Middle English, Old English, Old Norse.
Graduate Mentor: University Studies Program January 2017 – June 2018
Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
Graduate Mentor: Served as a Graduate Mentor in the University Studies program. Mentored 144 university students in Sophomore-level Inquiry (SINQ) courses as part of PSU’s University Studies program. Class sizes: 12-36 students.
Online and Face-to-Face Instruction: Instructed online and in-person courses, with a focus on student engagement and effective learning content.
E-learning Course Design: Designed courses for the D2L Learning Management System and other digital instructional platforms.
Graduate Writing Committee Member: Supported the University Studies program, peer mentors, and university students with writing-focused activities, workshops, and training.
College Instructor—English Composition February 2017 – December 2017
Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon
English Faculty: Instructed college writing and composition courses with a focus on academic research, writing development, and essay structure and style. Course titles: Writing 121 and 122. Class sizes: 27 students.
Quartermaster Officer, US Army—Various Locations August 2013 – February 2017
Army Officer: Served for three and a half years as a United States Army Officer, Quartermaster Branch.
University Instructor—English and Latin August 2006 – August 2013
Department of English and Classics at Purdue University / Kent State University
7 Years of University Teaching: Taught 20 semester courses in English Composition, Literature, and Latin; coordinated courses with the Engineering and Sociology departments and taught Writing for Engineers and Writing for Sociologists, which resulted in closer department ties and increased student retention through focused learning communities.
Administrative Service: Led the "Documenting Realities" teaching approach for three years, oversaw the five-year program renewal, and evaluated fellow instructors on teaching style and content.
Grants: Won three grant funding awards for my organization and five research funding grants.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Instructor September 2005 – May 2006
Lycée Franklin Roosevelt. French Ministry of Education. Reims, France.
ESL Teacher: taught ESL to French high school students in class sizes ranging from 10-35 students; coordinated with French teachers to plan conversational English classes and student achievement; developed the students’ language ability; presented an engaging learning environment.
AP ENGLISH LITERATURE EXPERIENCE
2009 – 2013 Advanced Placement English Literature Exam Reader. Educational Testing Service. Princeton, NJ.
VOLUNTEER SERVICE: SPEAKERS ARRANGED
2011 “Inspiring the Ellesmere Chaucer Glosses: Contemporary Models for Latin Marginalia with Ambivalent Voicing,” Keynote Address, 9th Annual Comitatus Graduate Symposium, Feb. 5, 2011.
2011 “Arthur’s Crown: Medieval Gems, Crowns, and Manuscripts,” Comitatus Spring Lecture, Jan 21, 2011.
English Language Arts: English Literature, Old English and Middle English Language, History of the English Language, Shakespeare, Speech and Rhetoric, Short Stories and Poetry, Spoken Word Performance, Creative Writing.
My main goal is to bring literature to life for students, especially older literature where the language and time period need a bit of extra study, as with Beowulf, Chaucer, and The Odyssey. I also want to bring contemporary literature to life through engaging activities and a focus on student voice in writing and poetry.
Teaching Latin with a Comprehensible Input Approach and as a Living Language. There is currently a great resurgence in Latin teaching interest, with a flourishing number of Spoken Latin conferences, student events, and teaching approaches.
Professional development and learning communities; pedagogical research on learning retention and student engagement; approaches to improve reading, literacy, and language acquisition; student equity and inclusion.
Running, biking, camping, reading and speaking foreign languages, medieval and early modern history and material culture, travel, creative writing. Currently studying Russian.
Fluent: English, French. Research: Latin, Middle English, Old English, Old Norse. Basic: German, Ancient Greek.
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