I am an English teacher and experienced online instructor. With over 12 years experience teaching online, I am not new to remote teaching or distance learning. I am adept at creating a dynamic online learning environment for my students.

I offer private, 1-on-1 classes in English literature and writing, fully customized to meet each student’s goals and interests.

How does an online English class work?

I work with students and parents to design a private, 1-on-1 English class to improve specific skills. Whether you want to practice essay writing, build your vocabulary, or work through a challenging novel, we will customize a class to meet your goals. We can focus our private class time on exploring skills and interests that you’re not able to pursue in school. Or we can use our class to work on your school assignments in more depth. We will design a class that is focused and flexible to your skills and experience.

Is an online class the same as tutoring?

Private classes are similar to tutoring—but I see my role as more than just helping you with homework. I am not a part-time neighborhood tutor. I don’t give you the correct answers, or rewrite your sentences. I will provide you with a flexible, creative learning environment: your very own English class, where you can explore and excel at your own pace without the pressure of grades and tests. As we work together, we will do more than simply raise your next test score or semester grade. I will help you develop your skill set, to make you a strong writer, a sharp reader, and a creative critical thinker.

What’s your teaching background?

Since 2010, I’ve been privileged to teach English in the summer program at Phillips Exeter Academy, one of the world’s most esteemed and rigorous college preparatory schools. My teaching style is based on Exeter’s famous Harkness method, which encourages students and teachers to learn collaboratively through open discussion. Learning is a beautiful, messy, exciting process of questioning and exploring. I strive to help students discover the joy of the learning process, acting as both an experienced guide and a supportive partner.

I’ve taught and volunteered at Boston area schools through Boston Partners in Education and Citizen Schools. I attend professional teaching conferences and workshops throughout the year to hone my skills as an educator.

I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Boston University, with a double concentration in English and Linguistics. I hold a Master’s degree in English Literature from Simmons College, where I specialized in American literature—the American novel, YA and children’s literature, and Native American literature—and postcolonialism.

What teaching materials do you use?

My teaching is highly individualized and flexible. I create challenging and fun assignments, entirely customized to my students’ learning styles and talents. I do this because it works. I don’t believe in one-size-fits-all textbooks and cookie-cutter worksheets. One of the joys of teaching for me is creating materials that engage and inspire each student. The most effective learning plan combines both core reading and writing skills with a student’s unique goals and interests.

I enjoy helping students with “big scary novels” like Fahrenheit 451 and 1984, and I love reading contemporary work, especially short stories (my favorite!). I encourage my students to explore a wide range of classic and contemporary writers, and to choose readings on their own. Together, we practice close reading and analysis through discussion, writing exercises, and attention to language and grammar.

What grades do you teach?

Most of my career has been teaching students in grades 6 through 12.

I have experience working with college students and adult learners as well. If you’re wondering if I’m a good fit, I’m always glad to schedule a video or phone call.

Do you teach international students?

Yes! I work with students around the world. I reserve slots in my weekly schedule to accommodate students in different time zones. Teaching in the diverse international communities of Boston and Phillips Exeter Academy has enriched me as an educator and a person, and I value every student’s unique heritage. Wherever you are, let’s connect.

When can we schedule classes?

Classes can be scheduled in the morning, afternoon or evening, weekdays or weekends. I work with most students for a period of 1 hour, and some for an extended 75-minute class period, two or three days per week. But your class schedule is entirely up to you. Reach out to me with any questions you have!

Phillips Exeter Academy Harkness English class 2017