Willa Johann

Willa J.

Portland, OR

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Levels Taught:
Elementary, Middle School, High School, College
Whether you are struggling with test prep (SAT / ACT) or need to brush up on your editing / composition skills, I can help shore up your grammar knowledge. We can informally, developing good revision habits, or more formally proceed through grammar lessons.
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Willa delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+

Teaching since:
August 2010

I am a local writer, editor, and writing coach, and I have previously worked as an actor, theater educator, and horse trekking guide in South America. My life has been a mix of extreme outdoor travel and academic pursuits and I've had a lot of adventures along the way. I love teaching and working with students of all ages!

My strength is in working with students and writers at any stage in the writing process. Together we can productively brainstorm, make a writing plan, or polish a final draft. I can help you translate your creativity and vision into compelling, powerful words.

I especially love helping students through the college application process, from deciding which colleges to apply to, to drafting the Personal Essay and supplemental materials, to final proofreading.

I'm here to help with any project- let's get to work!

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Writing Coach and Test Prep Tutor
Jan 2015 - Present
C2 Education

I prepare students for the Reading, Writing, and Essay sections of the SAT and ACT, and the AP Literature test, AP Language Test, and SAT II Literature test. I work with students at all levels, whether they are new to English or elite learners. I also coach students through the college application and essay writing process.

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Writer / Editor / Writing Coach
Jun 2010 - Present

I work with students of all ages to help them through the writing process. I have produced fundraiser performances for Portland's Intergenerational Outreach Choir, during which I worked with participating members (ages 5-95) to write and perform monologues on the theme of mothers and motherhood. I have worked with Portland Public School students to produce original plays and musicals, and have guided countless students through test prep and college application prep.

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Course Instructor
Aug 2012 - Jun 2013
University of New Hampshire

Taught college Composition and other writing courses; created syllabus and conferenced individually with students.


MFA Creative Nonfiction Writnig
Aug 2011 - Dec 2013
University of New Hampshire
BA Anthropology and Creative Writing
Sep 2006 - Jun 2010
Dartmouth College


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