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About Me

Welcome! My name is Donna Cattanach I’m a native speaker of English from the United State specializing in Business English, English basics (grammar, spelling, pronunciation), English conversation, and IELTS test preparation. I teach both informal, Communicative English as in some emails, phone conversations and formal or Academic English as in negotiations, presentations, meetings, interviews. To attain expertise in these English skills and have fun at the same time, we may utilize and critique: videos, role play, mock meetings, mock presentations, individual, partner, and group work, games, quizzes, and worksheets. Studies may include homework and work related assignments to be reviewed online and/or homework with written reviews, corrections, and English usage summaries. I love teaching English as a Second Language, it makes me very happy to be a part of each student's success !

My approach begins with a needs analysis (or what you want to work on) and, then, an assessment of your English skills. With this information, we are able to work together to determine where we want to focus our efforts. Will it be the basics of grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, spelling, phrasal verbs, as applied to writing, speaking, listening, or reading? Or could it be a pressing business situation that needs to be mastered immediately as in a report, meeting? Whatever you want to work on, I will put together an English lesson study plan for you to sign off on.




1980 - 1982
University of Cincinnati - Cincinnati OH
Double major in Finance and Quantitative Studies
1974 - 1977
MA English and Teaching Certification
Central Connecticut State University - New Britain, CT
Focus on Secondary Teaching methods along with American and British literature.

Work Experience

ESL Writing Tutor
Phoenix College - Phoenix, Arizona
I focus on writing styles, vocabulary, grammar, sentence syntax and so on.
Retail Trader Foreign Exchange
Self Employed - Phoenix, AZ
I trade foreign currency pairs (EUR/USD) for my own account
Teacher--English and various high school subjects
Robert Fiance and MTI Technical Schools, NY NY, Teachers on Call, Tempe AZ - New York City, NY and Phoenix, AZ
I have 5 years of English teaching experience in New York City and currently Phoenix, Arizona. The last 3 years I have worked at the high school level, teaching English and literature.
1984 - 2005
Senior Business Analysis, Software Development Project Lead
Merrill Lynch and various other financial institutions - New York City, NY and other US cities
20 years experience on Wall St., NYC, developing software for Portfolio Managers and Traders


TESOL Certification
Arizona State University - Tempe, Arizona
I will earn my 150 hour TESOL certification in June 2017
Substitute Teacher Certification
Arizona Department of Education - Phoenix Arizona
Allows me to teach in grades K-12 English and other subjects