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  • Joan Blanusa

my mission, should you choose to accept it

My approach to tutoring is simple. But it certainly isn't easy. It is built upon the notion that my students matter. I don't just help them with their assignments, writing, and college essays. First, I get to know them and how they tick. What are they proud of? What are they worried about? Where do they have trouble with starting an assignment? In the course of my conversations with my students, I get to know the real them.

I'm the person who pays attention when teachers write them off, when they don't believe in themselves, or when they don't know how to adapt their assignments to their own learning style. And I'm the person who gets them to believe in themselves again.

My philosophy, my inner compass, my mission boils down to the following:

I believe:

  1. My students matter.

  2. In the value of knowing every student academically, socially and emotionally.

  3. Everyone should be treated with kindness and respect.

  4. It is vital to create an environment that is physically, emotionally, and academically safe for my students.

  5. In meeting every student where they are and supporting them as they grow.

  6. In celebrating success.

  7. Joy should be experienced every day, in as many interactions as possible.

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