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I have a Masters degree in teaching ESL (as well as a Masters in city planning from Harvard) and also work as a speaking rater for TOEFL iBT. I have taught university-level ESL for a number of years, with almost a thousand students of all nationalities, from beginners to advanced.

I would describe myself as relaxed, encouraging, and sympathetic. I home-schooled my own three children from kindergarten through high school and I believe a stress-free, happy, and enjoyable learning environment keeps students motivated and enthusiastic.

I specialize in teaching speaking and writing for English language tests. I focus on the specific skills you need to get good scores and I give you plenty of practice during each class session.

My availability is limited because of my TOEFL scoring job and other tutoring jobs. If you would like to schedule a lesson when I am not available, message me ... I may be able to work you in!

Because my teaching hours are limited, PLEASE schedule your lessons ON THE HOUR (meaning, for example, at 9:00, not 9:30). Otherwise I will ask you to reschedule a half-hour earlier or later. Most lessons will be 60 minutes long, but I might shorten the lesson to 55 minutes for brief breaks between students.

For lots of articles about grammar, vocabulary, and other topics, read my blog at

*** I started teaching ESL to foster understanding and better relationships among people around the world. Therefore, I strongly object to the policies of our current U.S. President. ***

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2016 - 2016
How to teach IELTS
Cambridge English Teacher
2011 - 2014
MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Murray State University - Murray, KY
1978 - 1980
Masters in City and Regional Planning
Harvard University - Cambridge, MA
1971 - 1975
BA in English and American Literature/Psychology (double major)
Brown University - Providence, RI


2012 - 2016
ESL Instructor
University of Kentucky - Lexington, KY
As a part-time instructor, I have taught from three to five Intensive English classes per 8-week term (a total of 59 classes to date). Students have ranged from pre-literacy to advanced levels and subjects have included writing, reading, grammar, and listening/speaking. I also headed the program’s administration of TOEFL ITP tests to 250-300 students. I developed standardized procedures for administering the test and ensuring security and accurate scoring of the tests and was responsible for staffing test rooms.
1981 - 1989
Manager of Technical Communications
Jerrico, Inc. - Lexington, KY
I was responsible for all technical communications functions for Jerrico, Inc., a $700-million foodservice company operating Long John Silver’s Seafood Shoppes and Jerry’s Restaurants. My responsibilities included writing, designing, revising, and updating operations, training, and administrative manuals and employee handbooks.
2012 - 0
TOEFL Speaking Constructed Response Rater
Educational Testing Service - Princeton, NJ
Working online, I review and assign scores to TOEFL iBT test takers’ spoken responses to a variety of prompts.