Personal Statement

Fran brings a lifetime of experience as an educator in a variety of fields and settings to her teaching and tutoring. She is skilled at one-on-one tutoring, and at keeping a classroom exciting. She is known for her creativity in developing activities that engage and challenge students. She enjoys one-on-one tutoring in ACT and SAT English test prep, and is well trained in test content and test-taking skills. She works hard reviewing student work to hone in precisely on the student’s weak areas, even as she celebrates their successes. In addition, Fran has six years experience teaching ESL in classroom and private sessions. She uses an interactive style, and is happiest when she inspires her students with interesting topics and encouragement to learn through speaking, listening and doing. She adapts her lessons to the skills needed most by the student and to fit their language level and goals. She can emphasize any or all of the five skills–speaking, listening, grammar, reading and writing–as needed. Her students have gone on to get better jobs, and feel more comfortable in school and at work with their improved language skills.

Fran earned her BA in biology from Brown University, and was a high school biology teacher in MA, before earning a Masters of Science in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Pittsburgh. As an industrial hygienist, all her positions had an education component: she trained workers to understand and research workplace chemicals, and taught health outreach workers how to train their community clients on asthma triggers. Since retirement, Fran has continued educating, teaching ESL, ACT/SAT verbal test preparation, and even a class in a prison on emotional healing and yoga for people recovering from addiction.

In Person and Online Tutoring

Experienced Teacher and Mentor

Masters Degree

  • Masters of Science in Industrial Hygiene – University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 1980
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology – Pembroke College in Brown University, Providence, RI 1967
  • ACT English/ Reading/ Writing
  • Biology
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • ESL
  • Online Tutoring
  • Reading
  • SAT English/ Reading/ Writing
  • Subject Test Prep
  • Writing

“…She has an incredible zeal for helping and her service is exemplary.”

Satisfied Parent