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About Me

Hi! I'm a professional English teacher with an MA in TESOL. I specialize in English for academic and professional purposes, and I have tutored for test preparation, like the TOEFL. I enjoy helping adult learners take their language to the next level!

I have a strong background in English and language teaching. I majored in English literature with a writing specialization. After college, I started teaching English, and I spent six months in Korea teaching in an elementary school. Then, I earned an MA in TESOL. While getting my MA, I worked as a tutor, both volunteer and freelance, and I was also hired to tutor international university students. I went through tutor training, and I specialized in helping students prepare for the iBT TOEFL exam. After graduating with my master’s, I began teaching at a community college and an intensive English program. I have been a classroom teacher for the past seven years, and I worked as a scorer for the iBT TOEFL speaking tasks. I have taught a wide range of classes, from beginning to advanced, and from reading and writing to oral communication.

What I enjoy about teaching is explaining things clearly to students so that they understand concepts easily. I get excited about language, and I want to make students feel excited too! As a tutor, I like to be a guide and support for students to reach their goals and to feel more confident in their language use.

Some tutoring options:
→ Discussion Skills: Focused speaking and listening lessons for improving your communication abilities. With your needs in mind, I will prepare lessons and materials that practice specific grammar and vocabulary that will help you develop natural, clear communication. Lessons are tailored to your needs, whether you are looking for general communication practice, or more formal academic or professional discussion skills.

→ Reading and Writing Skills: Improve your ability to understand a variety of English texts, such as short stories, novels, magazine and news articles, websites, textbooks, academic and professional articles. Practice your writing skills to better express your ideas through journal entries, summaries, responses, and essays. Working on a research paper or professional article? Get help with planning, writing, and/or editing your paper.

→ Presentation Skills: Do you have trouble with public speaking, especially in English? Anyone can become a great presenter – it just takes some practice! I can give you specific tips on how to use English effectively in presentations, including how to organize your presentation, how to use fixed expressions so that your audience can easily follow your ideas, and how to speak clearly and naturally.

All of these tutoring options are flexible and can be changed or combined with others. Just let me know what you need! I can create a curriculum that fits your individual learning goals.


Teaching Expertise

Upper Beginner
Upper Intermediate
Upper Advanced
American English
Teenagers (12-18)
Adults (18+)
Learning Materials
Lesson Plans
Proficiency Assessment
Reading Exercises
Writing Exercises
Business English
Colloquial English
Grammar Development
Interview Preparation
Listening Comprehension
Reading Comprehension
Speaking Practice
Vocabulary Development
Writing Correction



2006 - 2009
Portland State University - Portland, OR
Master's degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages
1999 - 2004
BA English
Temple University - Philadelphia, PA
English literature with writing certificate

Work Experience

Mt. Hood Community College - Gresham, OR
Teach ESL classes in a variety of skill areas, including reading, writing, and grammar.
Portland State University - Intensive English Language Program - Portland, OR
Teach ESL classes in a variety of skill areas, including reading, writing, grammar, speaking, and listening.
2008 - 2010
Portland State University - Intensive English Language Program - Portland, OR
Tutored International students one-on-one in various English-language skills; specialized in tutoring for the iBT TOEFL exam.