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Personal Statement

Having taught a variety of age groups for 25+ years, Patricia received her PhD in English from Drew University in Madison, NJ, with distinction. Moreover, she has published a full-length critical analysis of the writer Dawn Powell. She is a NJ certified teacher of English and has two degrees in history (American and Victorian). She is as passionate about the subjects she teaches as she is about each of her students. She sees that every student’s needs are met, whether individually or in small-group settings. The most important thing you should know about Patricia is that she is dedicated to helping all students become the best that they can be. More than teaching English critical writing, analysis, grammar, vocabulary, and all sorts of exam prep, Patricia can help students write college application essays in a way that will make them stand out. She can also assist students in editing papers, assist graduate students with theses or dissertations, and is well-versed in the art of the job hunt, having taught business writing for 16 years. She looks forward to working with you!


  • Ph.D., English, Drew University, Madison

  • M. Ph., English, Drew University, Madison, NJ

  • B.A., English; minor, American Studies/ History - California State University, Fullerton, CA


Essay Editing
SSAT Reading
SAT Writing and Language
ISEE Reading
AP English Literature
AP English Language
ACT Reading
ACT English

Awards and Recognitions

  • Nominee, Angela Metzger Award for Outstanding Teacher of the Year Oak Knoll School-2011

  • Recipient, Educator of Distinction Award, National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS), Claes Nobel, Chair, Advisory Board-2009

  • Certificate Grantee, Long-term

  • Certificate Grantee, Appreciation for Outstanding Service, EOS Summer Program, Drew University -1994

  • Publication: “The Message of the City:” Dawn Powell’s New York Novels, 1925-1962


  • "Cannot say enough good things about Embrace and Patricia. She made the whole process easy and relieved a lot of pent up stress for my daughter. It's a tough process, but with Dr. P's help it was doable. My daughter's ACT score improved exponentially and she got into her first choice ED. Thank you!" - Ursula R.

  • "My daughter worked with Patricia, and I cannot say enough good things about her welcoming nature and structured approach. My daughter's score massively improved on the ACT. My daughter looked forward to her tutoring and really bonded with Patricia. I highly recommend her." - Ray G.

  • "I participated in the week-long SAT summer intensive program and it was amazing just how much I grew in confidence and experience with the questions on the SAT. Thank you Patricia and Peter! Embrace was an integral part in helping me to raise my score and because of that I am now attending the college of my dreams!" - Maggie C.

  • "My daughter worked with several Embrace tutors as she prepared for her first ACT test experience. They were all extremely knowledgable, professional and supportive. Dr. Patricia in particular worked wonders with my daughter on the English and Reading sections, where she improved 8 points from her initial practice test. Highly recommended!" - Alan G.

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