Why Hire Me?

Because I know what I’m doing. 

With decades of experience, I have both the teaching and writing expertise to guide your student through the process. I love to help students find their voice and overcome their writing fears.

I’ve available for essay coaching of all kinds — college, private school, graduate school essays, and scholarship essays — throughout the greater Washington, D.C., area. I’m also available for coaching on Skype and FaceTime.

My Writing:

  • Over 80 of my articles and essays have been published in The Washington Post.
  • I write regularly for Arlington magazine and Bethesda magazine.
  • My writing has also appeared in Washingtonian, FamilyFun, Child, Notre Dame Magazine, and several online publications.
  • My novel, Forget-Her-Nots, was published by Greenwillow/ Harper Collins.


My Teaching:

  • Certified to teach secondary English in Virginia.
  • Over ten years of experience teaching writing to middle and secondary students, including both Advanced Placement and reluctant writers.
  • Received a Distinguished Teacher Award, chosen by students at St. Gertrude High School in Richmond, Va.


My Education:

  • Masters Degree in English and also education courses, including gifted education, from the University of Virginia.
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame with degrees in the Program of Liberal Studies (Great Books) and English.


On a more personal note:

From ages 0 to 9, I moved every two or three years all over the country, which I like to think made me adaptable and open to new places, people, and ideas. My father was in the Public Health Service, so we lived in San Francisco, Virginia Beach, Albuquerque, N.M., Lexington, K.Y., and Dayton, Ohio.  The library was one of the first places we found anywhere we arrived.  I’ve always found a home in books.

It really never occurred to me that I could be a writer until I was in college. I always thought I’d do something more “practical.” When I ditched the practical by majoring in Great Books at the University of Notre Dame, I began to think about writing as a sideline.

My first paid writing job was for a health newsletter in Charlottesville, Va., where I was earning my M.A. in English at the University of Virginia. My first published piece of writing was about … er … constipation.  No kidding.

I like to think I’ve come a long, long way.