Lisa Franz
Roslindale, MA
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Lisa Franz

Lisa F.

Roslindale, MA
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Levels taught:
Elementary, Middle School, High School, College
Students hate writing because they’ve been disenfranchised. They are told to write about things that are of no interest to them. Or they are continually drowned in a flood of suggestions and critique. I helped students who think they hate to write by helping them see that writing is an extension of their interests. I use what a student loves to break through and help them see that writing can be meaningful to them, not just an assignment from the teacher.

I understand that skills taught does not equal skills learned and that every person needs his or her own personalized approach to learning. Therefore, everyone receives an individualized program geared to his or her needs and interests. With a mindful approach, we can get to what’s really going on and make learning moments easier for everyone.

About Lisa F.

With over two decades of teaching experience, I help students get in touch with how they learn best. My services are tailored to each individual because the process of writing can reveal specific barriers to, and opportunities for learning and growing. I use mindfulness as a tool: I actively listen to students and guide them towards their own self-acceptance and success. I strive to create a flexible environment and encourage regular feedback inside a structure that I know helps writers grow. For me, learning to write is a life skill because we are cultivating and nurturing the most valuable tool students have: their voice.

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Cinzia
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My second grader joined one of Lisa's writing classes. It was 3 kiddos and they all LOVED! Even over zoom, Lisa made a connection with my child who simply adored her. After just a few lessons, my child said, "Lisa makes me feel like I'm a real writer." For a child who was a reluctant writer, I do not think think there is higher praise! I saw my child both become inspired to write and grow in confidence. I recommned Lisa without reservations!

Posted Apr 2, 2021
Fang
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My child started working with Lisa a few years ago. We felt at that time his school was not able to provide sufficient curriculum and support both for reading and writing. Lisa is very skilled in gaining trust with us and has been really flexible in tailoring the work based on the needs and providing excellent teaching and coaching for my child. He has thrived over the past couple of years in reading comprehension, and has made significant strides in becoming a more confident writer. With Lisa's help, my child was able to attain great results in standardized tests. Thank you, Lisa.

Posted Mar 30, 2021
Desiree
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My introverted 8 year old found a small group that she could flourish with under Lisa's tutelage. Lisa introduced topics that kept the kids engaged and excited, and my daughter's writing continued long after the class was over. She was so excited about what she had written, she even shared some of her writing from this class with her regular school class! Lisa presents the material in a level appropriate and fun way, encouraging the students to create without fear of mistake, and with gentle guidance to the correct style or form.

Posted Mar 29, 2021

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Experience

Owner and Tutor
Jun 2011 - Present

The Mindful Tutor - Boston

As a tutor provide support and curriculum for students in second grade through college. My main focus is on writing instruction and reading comprehension but I also teach history and math. A large focus of my practice is on helping students know their own strengths and work from them. As an educational consultant, I help parents navigate school choice, college admissions, and special education concerns.

Instructor Online
Jun 2009 - Present

Center for Talented Youth - John Hopkins

I teach Visual Literacy and Visual Storytelling for CTY's online program. The 10-week long classes include five lessons that require students to pace themselves and complete weekly writing assignments. I assess students works and provide weekly feedback for improvement.

7th/8th Grade English Teacher
Sep 2008 - Jun 2011

Cambridge Friends School

Students looped from seventh to eighth in a workshop-style class. They used mentor texts to take a piece of writing from initial idea to final publication. In the workshop, students read books that were self-selected, as well as texts chosen for the whole class. The whole class texts varied, but ranged from Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, The Giver, and The Pearl in seventh to Macbeth, To Kill a Mockingbird and Animal Farm in eighth.

Teacher - ELA
Sep 2002 - Jun 2008

Dover-Sherborn Middle School

Education

Master of Teaching English
May 2001 - May 2002

Tufts University

Sociology
Sep 1993 - May 1997

University of Connecticut

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Certified English Teacher
Jun 2002

Massachusetts

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