Hello! I am an extremely motivated, compassionate, and very organized language instructor and tutor, with multiple specialized degrees, and a passion for languages, literature, and learning. As an undergraduate at Bryn Mawr College, I triple majored in French, Spanish, and Italian. I received honors, and wrote honors theses in each major. I hold graduate degrees in all three languages as well--I have an MA in French, an MA in Italian, and an MA in Spanish. I also hold a joint PhD from UC... [more]
I began tutoring French in high school and have continued to teach and study French at the college and graduate levels. I completed a BA in French (Language and Literature) from Bryn Mawr College. I wrote an honor's thesis on Voltaire, Rousseau, and Diderot and received highest honors in the major. I also taught two years of Intensive Elementary French (levels I and II)at Bryn Mawr. As part of my MA in French, I studied at various universities in Paris, where I worked primarily in Philosophy and Gender and Women's studies. My Master's thesis discussed the metaphor of cannibalism and violence in Montaigne, Laclos, Duras, and C?saire. I recently completed a PhD in Romance Languages, and a chapter of my dissertation discusses Medieval and Early Modern French literature (primarily through medieval authors, and Rabelais, Montaigne, and Descartes).
I began tutoring Spanish in college, and I have continued to tutor and teach Spanish at the doctoral level. I completed a BA in Spanish Language and Literature from Bryn Mawr College. I wrote an honor's thesis on Golden Age theater, and received highest honors in the major. I also began teaching undergraduate Spanish classes during my time at Bryn Mawr. I recently received an MA in Spanish Literature from Middlebury College, where my concentration was on 19th and 20th century Latin American and Caribbean literature. I also hold a PhD in Romance Languages from UC Berkeley. The Spanish chapter of my dissertation deals with Cervantes' Don Quijote, as well as the seminal works of other Spanish Medieval and Renaissance authors. I am currently writing a manuscript on Cervantes and Pedro Calderon de la Barca, as well as literary translations from Spanish to English and other Romance languages.
I began tutoring Italian in college and I have continued to teach all levels of Italian. I have continued to study Italian at the graduate level as well. After completing a BA in Italian (Language and Literature) at Bryn Mawr College, where I wrote an honor's thesis on Dante and Medieval Religious and Political Thought, I went on to complete an MA in Italian at Middlebury College. I wrote an award-winning master's thesis on Medieval and Renaissance Italian and French poetry, an I began pursuing doctoral work on Italian theater. I recently completed a PhD in Romance Languages, and the Italian chapter of my dissertation discusses the famous epic poets Ariosto and Tasso, as well as three important figures in Italian political and humanistic inquiry: Petrarch, Dante, and Machiavelli.
I have a pedagogical concentration in study skills, ranging from acquiring vocabulary to outlining and structuring written work and improving organizational methods. I have lectured nationally and internationally on study skills and I also have 10+ years of experience teaching and private tutoring that have also been geared towards study skills and study habits.
I have served as a volunteer college admissions representative for my alma mater for many years, and I have a clear idea of what colleges are looking for. I have also served on numerous boards geared towards facilitating students' academic achievement, and I have worked as a mentor for students applying for college and college students applying for graduate school for many years. I have assisted students with finding the college(s) that best suit(s) them; I have helped them apply to college; and I have worked with many students on their application essays and personal statements. All of the students with whom I have worked have had great success getting into the colleges of their choice.
With a college background in classics and liberal arts, I continue to incorporate the classics in my daily studies. Both my PhD coursework and my dissertation are centered around the classics. I have taught classical literature, history, and philosophy for many years at both the high school and college level. I am proficient in reading and writing classical and Medieval Latin, and I have a background in Ancient Greek. I believe that an appreciation for the classics is an absolutely integral part of a sound education!