Teacher of English as a Second Language, Tutor, Writing Coach, Editor & Writer
Experienced teacher of English as a Second Language with a deep commitment to helping immigrants learn English. Broad and deep teaching background that includes college-level classroom instruction and private tutoring. As an editor developed a tutorial expertise through years of working closely with writers to make their drafts publishable. Writing has appeared in a variety of prestigious publications, including The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic Monthly, Connoisseur and Newsweek. Exceptionally conversant with a broad range of topics from literature, history, politics, the arts and science to the environment.
ESL TEACHER, WRITING TUTOR, WRITING COACH, WRITER, New York · 2010 -Present
Teacher of English as a Second Language to adults in both classroom and private settings; coach high school and college students seeking to improve their writing skills for class work and for college and graduate-admission applications.
ESL teacher · 2014 - 2015
- Teaching English to adults, levels 3/4, New York Public Library.
- Taught English to adults, levels 1/2, Central Queens YM & YWHA.
- Taught English to adults, levels 2/3, Bronx Community College.
- Taught ESL speaking and listening classes to levels 4/5,
International Center of Catholic Charities Communities Services, New York City.
- Earned certificate in Teaching ESL to Adults (TESLA), from the Literacy
Assistance Center, New York City.
- Received BEST Plus certification.
- Coaching American and foreign-born college students in writing English.
Writing Coach · 2010 – 2015
Teaching students how to
- organize and structure their ideas
- write clearly
- decide which points to make in an allotted space
- make a story interesting
Medical blogger for HealthScout and Health Monitor.
OTHER TEACHING · Fall 1990
New York University
Instructor, magazine writing course for journalism majors
Guest lecturer over the years for various college-level courses in magazine writing
WRITER & EDITOR · 1980 - 2010
Played a key role on a variety of magazines, including Longevity, Connoisseur, New York Woman and Newsweek.
- Longevity: As Executive Editor, recognized for working closely with writers to bring their drafts into publishable shape. Noted for consistently delivering fresh and interesting ideas. Wrote many articles, including the cover story every month.
- Connoisseur: As Senior Editor for a magazine devoted to “the best of everything,” ensured strong content and reader interest by bringing on board top writers and guiding them through their drafts to insure the success of their articles. Assigned as well as wrote many feature articles and cover stories.
- New York Woman: Contributing Editor and Writer. Authored major stories, among them, "Bella Versus Bella" (why Bella Abzug lost her senate race); "When a Cop Is Shot" (when cops' wives' greatest fears are realized and their husbands are killed or disabled in the line of duty); "Growing Up Communist" (an autobiographical piece about growing up in the far left during the McCarthy era).
- Newsweek: Correspondent. Learned the craft of journalism at the highest level in an intensely pressured and competitive environment. Was one of very few women to receive a promotion from researcher to correspondent. While still a researcher wrote first freelance articles, both cover stories, for The Atlantic monthly (Gypsies in America) and The New York Times Magazine (day care). Active in core group of women that sued the magazine for gender discrimination which triggered major changes throughout the industry.
FREELANCE CONSULTANT, New York · 1988-1992
- First-draft editor of “A Community Organizer’s Tale: People and Power in San Francisco,” by Mike Miller (Heyday Books; Sept. 1, 2009)
- Wrote fund-raising magazine and letters as well as grant proposals for Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Riverdale Neighborhood House and ReServe, an organization that connects people over 50 with non-profits.
- Delivered expert consulting services to a range of non-profits including the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (school integration, St. Louis); Ford Foundation (Middle East conflict and the U.N.); Narcotics and Drug Rehabilitation, Inc. (treatment of prisoners in New York); Consumer Reports Book Division (many topics); The Funding Exchange (affordable housing in Philadelphia).
Television, Radio And Public Speaking
Television - “To the Contrary” (NPR, Bonnie Erbe) and “The Joan Hamburg Show” (WOR News), April 2010 to discuss gender discrimination. Also, “America’s Talking”, “Joan Rivers: Can We Shop?”, “Good Day, New York”, “9 Broadcast Plaza.”
Radio - Numerous broadcast discussions of articles and issues written about in Longevity, New York Woman and Newsweek.
Public Speaking - New York Society of Journalists and Authors; National Writers Union; Manhattan-Marymount Writers Conference, and others.
- Literacy Assistance Center, New York City, TESLA certificate
- University of California, Berkeley. B.A. Degree.
- San Francisco Art Institute, Fine Arts student.