enjoying words and the worlds they open


  Boulder, Colorado

FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS: I help students with writing, reading, and research skills. I am available during the day to tutor in my home in south Boulder or at a public location. I charge $70 an hour for college students. Please notify me 24 hours in advance for a cancellation. Visit the Contact page to set up a meeting.

FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: I help students with writing, reading, analysis, and synthesis skills. I have over fifteen years experience working with high school students of varying levels, helping them to understand and appreciate the texts they read and write. I can provide lessons or help students with their current school work. I am available to tutor in my home in south Boulder, or I can meet students at a public location for an off period during the school day or on certain evenings. I charge $60 if you come to my house and $65 if I meet you at another location.  See below for specific areas in which I focus. Please visit the Contact page to set up a meeting. 

Test Taking: I prepare students for the ACT, the SAT, the AP Language and Composition Exam, and the AP Literature Exam. Individually constructed lessons will help students learn how to take multiple choice tests, how to comprehend difficult passages, and how to write a meaningful essay in a timed setting.

Reading: I teach students how to engage with texts so they can uncover new understanding in character, plot, and theme while also paying attention to how a story is told.  Students will gain skills that will help them unravel a text and see the work for all its components. 

Writing: I teach basic and advanced skills to help students improve all aspects of their writing. Students work on organization, voice, sentence structure, pacing, and word choice. They also practice answering a prompt, creating and supporting their own thesis, using and analyzing rhetorical strategies, as well as other advanced language skills. I also teach the college essay, a unit that allows students to tell their own stories in an artful way. 

Spanish: After college, I lived and taught English in a small town in Ecuador, where I learned Spanish quickly.  When I returned to the United States, I taught Spanish levels 1, 2, and 3 at a boarding school in Michigan and then later at Monarch High School in Louisville, Colorado. I then went on to study Spanish literature at Front Range Community College in Colorado. Because Spanish is a language full of memories and meaning, I like teaching students how not just to read, write, and speak it proficiently, but how to appreciate and enjoy it.

Note to all students: I provide specific commentary on essays so that students can improve their skills and their work. I do not write or rewrite essays for them. As a trained teacher, I enjoy helping young writers develop their own style and voice.