I base my lessons on the individual student's needs, so I'll be asking a lot of questions to find out where we need to start. Then, no matter which subject we are working in, we will begin with a journal. This type of informal writing helps us to focus and get warmed up. Next, we'll zone into our topic of the lesson with a combination of questions and answers, writing small paragraphs, and quizzes to make sure we have covered everything thoroughly.
I returned to the university to pursue fiction writing; in fact, I 'm taking classes now! I'm a recently retired English/ESL teacher, and I have helped out in many core classes. In fact,I had so many students needing help in math, I sat in Algebra I classes with them! I began my career in journalism and political science but found my love of literature and linguistics, so with 3 children at home, I returned for an MA in English. And now? I"m taking classes online! It's amazing how technology has changed, and I am keeping up with it!
If I need to meet you at your house or a coffee shop the hourly rate will be $16.
English, Writing, & Communications Instructor
Diversification | Curriculum Development | Student-Centered Classrooms
Motivated and supportive instructor with 25+ years of experience preparing middle and high school students for academic and career success by teaching English as a second language. Adept at seamlessly transitioning between teaching styles and roles, aligning instruction with student needs while ensuring students receive recognition of achievement. Extensive experience instructing and mentoring diverse individuals from 15+ countries and numerous cultures.
Courses: Designed and taught a wide range of ESL, English/writing, grammar, and literature courses across three institutions targeting students in grades 8–12.
Instructional Method: Adept at teaching students in classroom settings and one-on-one, customizing lessons for diverse learners by incorporating modifications and differentiation. Skilled at supporting developmental students in all core classes.
Education & Certification
Master of Fine Arts Candidate in Fiction, Expected Completion 2018
Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH
Capstone Project: Young Adult Novel
Master of Arts in English & Creative Writing
Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH
graduate thesis: “I’m Not Seeing pretty today,” a Memoir of Depression
Outstanding Graduate Certificate
Master of Arts in English
Millersville University, Millersville, PA
Graduate Student Assistantship, English
John Huzzard Graduate Merit Award, Best Graduate Research Paper, “Beowulf and the Hero’s Journey.”
Extensive Linguistics Studies
Bachelor of Science in Journalism & Political Science
Ball State University, Muncie, IN
Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society & Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism Honor Society
Private School Certification in English and Secondary Education
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
English as a Second Language: Beginning/Middle/Intermediate ESL, American History for ESL, Speaking Practice Language Labs, Painless English Grammar
Writing: Critical Writing, Creative Writing, Composition I and II
Literature & Language Arts: English 8 and 12, Introduction to Literature, Women’s Literature
Test Preparation: SAT Preparation, TOEFL iBT Preparation
English as a Second Language Instructor, 2009 to Present
Camelot of Buehrle, Lancaster, PA
Teach English speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills to diverse students of various ability levels. Create lesson plans and curricula, partner with parents, create and give assessments, and facilitate test preparation.
Partner with special education and classroom teachers to support ESL students in the completion of core classes and standardized tests by providing specialized learning materials and learning plans.
Support classroom teachers with ESL students by regularly providing information regarding best practices for teaching English language learners.
Encouraged student literacy by leading reading program provided to students from two schools.
Co-led Camelot of Buehrle Middle States Accreditation in 2016.
Department Head – English as a Second Language, 1994 to 2009
Linden Hall, Lititz, PA
Supported students in grades 6–12 and their teachers by developing ESL curriculum for beginning, intermediate, and advanced learners while at the same time implementing textbooks that reflected current ESL standards. Empowered students to achieve socially and academically by creating student-focused classroom that embraced multiculturalism and diversity.
Prepared students for success on TOEFL iBT and SAT verbal exams, college essays, and public speaking assignments by providing diversified instruction and one-on-one tutoring.
Launched and organized four-week intensive ESL camp that provided 100+ hours of classroom instruction and included weekend cultural activities.
Directed day camp that taught creative writing to local students ages seven to 12.
Coordinated departmental logistics, including partnering with other departments to plan activities, provide cross-departmental professional development, and manage budgets.
Adjunct Professor, 1993 to 2003
Harrisburg Area Community College, Lancaster, PA
Taught courses in composition (I & II) and noncredit classes (Painless English Grammar and Women’s Literature).
Demonstrated strengths in working with students from a variety of backgrounds and educational levels. Modified lessons and helped students overcome obstacles.
Scholastic Scope magazine teachers’ advisory board, 2005
Middle States evaluation team member at Hazleton, 2003
linden hall class advisor, 1995–1998 and 2003–2006.
Virginia State University, Petersburg, Virginia, “The Efficacy of Cory’s Journey in August Wilson’s ‘fences’,” February 1993.
Led Linden Hall students groups on educationally designed EF foundation trips to Europe between 1997 and 2003. Led four out of five trips and visited the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Italy. Trips were educationally designed with a guide from each country.
Served as Assistant Director for Linden hall’s girls’ summer day camp from 2002 to 2005, guiding diverse activities at education and enrichment camp for girls ages seven through 12.
Established “Ross Readers,” a group of students who visited a kindergarten class every other Friday to read and craft with students.
Served as host and organizer for ASPECT, a program that enabled French students to visit Lancaster County for three weeks, stay with host families, and participate in local culture, improving their English.
Built supportive environment for students from a wide range of countries and cultures, including South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, China, Cuba, Romania, Italy, Germany, UAE, and Spain. Developed strong understanding of cultures and traditions and modified instruction and classroom culture to suit them.
Liaised between multicultural students and faculty, providing faculty with insights regarding student cultures and behavior.
Provided support to a wide range of students with learning challenges and other challenges outside the classroom, such as poverty, homelessness, and criminal background.
Teacher Training & Leadership
Equipped teachers and administration to serve school’s ESL population by providing oral and PowerPoint presentations, including presenting on immigration and refugee students.
Established environment conducive to effective testing by informing students regarding parameters and functions of ACCESS test.
Trained teachers to work with sections of ESL students, including preparing syllabi, assignments, books, and other materials.
Ensured students were receiving effective instruction by meeting regularly with teachers and department heads.
Curriculum & Course Design
Created classes and all teaching assignments for students in grades 6-12. Studied student populations and trends to ensure lessons were aligned to student needs and learning styles.
Incorporated multimodal learning and diverse literature to provide ESL students with language immersion and classic material in language they could understand.
Commended by United States Navy for serving as Ombudsman for service wives in Lancaster County.
Awards & Publication
Prize for Nonfiction – Second Place, PENNwriters Convention, 2018
“I am Not Seeing Pretty Today” Blog focused on Mental Health & Contemporary Issues
Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP)
The Author’s Guild
The Writing Community at SNHU
Hippocampus – a Writing Community for Creative Nonfiction Writers
Sonya is a teacher with the integrity to coach you to your highest level. She is compassionate about her work with you.
Sonya was my teacher when I was in High School and I remember her kindness and firmness alike in her teaching methods. She taught all of her students not only to learn from their teachers but to think for themselves and learn from their surroundings. In my opinion, she is one of the best type of teachers out there.
|at her home||at your home||By webcam|
|1 hour||$15||Not available||$15|
|5 hours||$12||Not available||$75|
|10 hours||$10||Not available||$150|