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Robin

Personal Statement

Robin has an MFA in creative writing from The Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, a MA in Instruction and Curriculum from Kean University, and a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. She has over twenty years' experience teaching writing-intensive classes and ESL at the college level. As a former volunteer alumni interviewer for the University of Pennsylvania, she has developed insight into the qualities of successful and competitive applications. She loves coaching high school seniors in their college application essays and on how to manage the college interview. Robin specializes in teaching writing as well as grammar, vocabulary, and study skills and works with middle schoolers up to adult students. She is dedicated to helping others do their best work and is excited when her students take pride in their accomplishments. Robin is the author of a full-length poetry collection, The Curator’s Notes (Terrapin Books) and is published in many literary journals.

Education

  • MCP - Master of City Planning: University of Pennsylvania, 1987

  • MA - Master of Arts in Instruction and Curriculum, Teaching English as a Second Language option: Kean University, 2012; 

Subjects

ACT English
ACT Reading
SAT Writing and Language
Reading
Essay Editing

Awards and Recognitions

  • Pushcart Prize nomination-2021

  • Honorable Mention for Spoon River Poetry Review's 2019 Editor's Prize-2019

  • Recipient of the Oregon Poetry Association's Fall 2018 Poets Choice Award-2018

  • Panelist on “Insights into the Multilingual Student Experience,” Kean Professional Development-2015

  • Presenter on information literacy and critical thinking assessment for Kean University Professional Development -2015

  • Speakers of Other Languages/New Jersey Bilingual Educators Conference-2012

Testimonials

  • "Robin is beyond talented, creative, professional, and kind. Both of my boys worked with her on their college application essays. I loved how she guided them from day one, teaching them how to get initial ideas and then helping each one let their own voice soar. From the mom vantage point, she was very communicative during the process, keeping me up to date and ensuring they were on target with their deadlines. I highly, highly recommend hiring Robin."

  • "I worked with Robin on my common app essay, and she was incredibly helpful, insightful, and supportive. Her guidance and suggestions were instrumental in improving the flow of my essay. I was accepted to my dream school (University of Chicago) and am so grateful to her for helping me get there." - Olivia H

  • "It is rare that you come across a person who is equal parts intelligent, talented and passionate about helping others like Robin. Robin's mentoring and tutoring has helped me write an essay for graduate school, which I believe was the determining factor that led to my acceptance into my dream school of NYU Steinhardt for occupational therapy. I was so impressed with Robin's ability to help me hone in on the strong personal narrative that I wanted to communicate in my authentic voice. She was able to give me the guidance and support with clarity in direction that enabled me to write the best essay of my life. Robin was timely, communicative, thorough, educational and supportive. All of this came at a time in which Robin was on her own personal deadline for a book she was publishing. Her selflessness and devotion to helping me put my best work forward will always be appreciated and remembered. It truly was a game changer for me, in my confidence as well as my essay. I am forever grateful to Robin and would recommend her to anyone and everyone as a tutor, mentor and coach. Working with Robin is truly a gift." - Carly Friedman

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