Discovering With Deanna

Discovering With Deanna

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2 years in business

About this tutor

I am a student's teacher. This means I am the kind of tutor who does not lecture students; rather, I listen first and then teach according to the student's needs.

Reading and writing are my true passions in life; teaching gives me the opportunity to guide others to appreciate the complexity and joy of reading and writing. 

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Professional Writing with a minor in Fine Arts from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. During my time at Juniata, I worked in several professional writing and tutoring positions. I was a lab leader or writing class teaching assistant, held a variety of writing internships, and worked as a professional writer for the provost my Senior year. 

In my time as a lab leader at Juniata College, I helped students edit papers, think creatively, and improve their overall writing. Prior to this experience, I worked as a nanny over summers and tutored the children. I have worked in various writing roles giving me real-world experiences which emboldened my teaching. I hope to inspire young minds with creativity, honesty, and the magic of language. 

I currently work full-time as a professional marketing writer for a small business. Outside of my full-time position, I tutor students to become better writers and readers. 

The link below is to my LinkedIn Profile to see my current endeavors in the professional world:

One of the joys of being a tutor and educator is being the first person to see everything "click" in a student. 

It is humbling to watch a student grow from being a reserved and unsure individual to be confident and curious. When a student comes to me to become a better writer, the main activity I employ throughout our time is comparing their old writing to their new pieces. 

Often, within three to four months I will ask a student to rewrite the first short essay I originally assigned. After finishing the piece, I ask them to read aloud the first essay and then the most recent rewrite. The shock and pride that grows on their face as they read their most recent rendition are why I teach. 

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Monrovia, MD 21770
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5 Reviews


  • Tyrus Mattaban

    Deanna was extremely thorough, patient and kind. She often checked in on me outside of tutoring hours and sometimes ran late when I had trouble understanding something. Overall, she's one of the smartest, most respectful people I know. Can't thank her enough for all the time she spent with me!

  • Anonymous Student

    I liked how she organized the classes. After each session, I felt more prepared for my normal school assignments and had more confidence in my writing.

  • Tristan Moore

    Deanna takes the time to break things down to really make sense. She’s patient and kind and always helps me find a way to understand. She’s an all around knowledgeable person and knows how to make learning fun. Would 10/10 recommend this awesome lady!

  • Priya Golding

    As a freshman in college I was new to the whole college thing, especially college writing. As my College Writing Seminar TA she edited my papers, taught me ways to organize my paragraphs, and making my sentences more clear!! I wouldn’t have gotten through CWS and freshman year with out her help! She also gave me helpful strategies to fight procrastination and many study tips! 1000 percent recommend her.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

1. Meet with the student and discuss what their learning goals are and in what timeframe 

2. Create a loose yet structured syllabus we can follow for our agreed timeline

3. Successfully complete the syllabus (if there are any hiccups in the timeline, I adjust the learning schedule after discussing with the student)

4. I like to keep lines of communication open with my students to ensure they are effectively learning in a structured timeline. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Juniata College (May 2020) in English Literature and Professional Writing. This specific degree gave me an in-depth knowledge of:

-American, contemporary, British, and world literatures

-Creative and professional writing

-Marketing and persuasive writing

-Blog writing


-Essay and academic/literary analysis writing

-Public Speaking

-Literary Analysis

-Historical analysis through a literary lens

Moreover, my experience working as a lab leader, professional writer for the provost, journalist, and caretaker has prepared me to:

-Respond to emails in a timely manner

-Listen first and respond accordingly

-Be creative when planning lessons to ensure the student actually enjoys what is being taught (people learn more when they are having fun)

-Do not be afraid to show your excitement or happiness when teaching

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$25 per hour

This rate can be altered if you plan on being a consistent student. 

How did you get started teaching?

Since I was a little kid, I wanted to be a teacher. I was the child who would line up her stuffed animals and teach whole classes to them. I would read aloud, correct grammar on my little chalkboard, and even print handouts.

Going into college, I decided to earn a general English degree rather than an education degree because I wanted to ensure I was going to receive as much education about English literature and writing as possible. To further my education, I applied for teaching positions within the school. I helped guide freshmen into their college careers by editing essays and giving weekly tutoring sessions. Moreover, in the summers when I was not participating in writing internships, I was nannying for local families and tutoring the children daily. 

Graduating during a pandemic is not fun, especially when looking for a job. Growing up and throughout college, I always admired my teachers and felt a sense of comfort and stability from them whenever there was a time of distress. Although I am not teaching full time, I hope through this position, I can offer some comfort, stability, and maybe even a bit of magic to your students. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have primarily worked with college freshmen and children in elementary and middle school. However, I am fully prepared to work with high school-aged students.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Recently, I was speaking with my neighbor about keeping busy during the quarantine. We ended up having a very exciting conversation about what books we have been reading. The conversation led to a small book swap. I have always been a person who wants to appreciate the little things, those little happy moments in the day. The pandemic has truly pushed me to the brink where just thinking about a simple book swap brings joy to my heart. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

-Look for someone who is passionate about what they are teaching

-Someone who is open-minded (In English we always say "there is no wrong answer".) Sometimes there are wrong answers but your teacher should always be willing to listen to you first and hear why you think you are right. Then, they can challenge your answer to hopefully guide you to the right one.

-Look for someone who will make learning English fun

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

-What do I want to learn?

-How long do I want the process to take? or Do I have a deadline (an AP exam, SAT, ACT)?

-How do I learn most effectively?

-Am I an independent learner or do I like more guidance?

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