English Hound Teachers

Mary Trask

Mary has over 30 years of teaching experience ranging from kindergarten to adult learning. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Elementary Education with a Reading Specialization from Wittenberg University and Master of Education in Reading and Language Development with high honors from Regent University. Mary is presently an adjunct professor with Columbus State Community College teaching critical reading, writing, and college success skills classes along with instructing elementary students online. Mary is presently an adjunct professor with the Education Department of Capital University in Columbus Ohio where she trains and supervises new teachers. Her passion is to see every child succeed at becoming a life-long learner by teaching each student success strategies in reading and language arts. Mary resides in Lewis Center, Ohio with her family and enjoys reading, being active, scrapbooking, baking bread and organizing most anything. Mary can teach both native English speakers and ESL students.

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Lori Pelliccia

Lori enjoys sharing her lifelong love for reading and writing with students and young writers. From 2008-2017, Lori taught in independent schools in Virginia and Massachusetts, where her classes included English grades 7, 11, 12, and Writers’ Workshop, an honors-level creative writing elective for seniors. In her teaching, Lori emphasized close reading of texts, thoughtful discussions, engaging literary analysis, and original creative writing. Today, Lori continues to teach online with Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. She also works with Write the World, an online community of young writers who share and review writing in a variety of genres. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education for English from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. When she is not teaching, Lori enjoys listening to audiobooks while running, cooking, experimenting with arts and crafts, and writing stories.

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Mary Collins

Mary has enjoyed teaching reading and writing to 4th-12th graders and adults for over 20 years. She earned a BA in English from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and then an MS in Education from Duquesne University, focusing on instructional approaches to literature. Her classroom experience has included public and private schools in CT, MA, PA, and OH. Currently, Mary is on the faculty of Columbus State Community College, where she has been nominated for distinguished teaching honors by her developmental writing and vocabulary students. She’s had loads of fun helping with middle school theater productions, and she enjoys private tutoring as well. Mary is always ready to go to the theater, cook for family and friends, walk or read on the beach, eat ice cream, or cheer for the Boston Red Sox.

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Stephanie Ferrara

Stephanie’s love of teaching has taken her on many incredible adventures. She has an Honors Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, where she graduated with Distinction, as well as a Bachelor of Education from York University (also in Toronto, Canada), where she earned a Book Award for her 4.0 GPA. Since then, she has taught in Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland, and most recently, Alaska, where she is currently pursuing her Masters of Education. Teaching in these unique contexts has given Stephanie incredible adaptability, as well as experience working with students from 5th through 12th grade. She has developed a particular passion for helping students learn to love reading and writing, by creating lessons tailored to their unique perspective. When she’s not teaching, Stephanie loves spending time with her family, cooking for company, and going Aurora Borealis hunting in Alaska’s far north.

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Nancy Simmons

Nancy has over twenty-five years of teaching experience, along with a master’s degree in Education in Reading and Language Arts, a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts, reading specialist credential and single subject English credential from California State University, a multiple subject teaching credential from Chapman University, and a certificate for teaching online from the University of San Diego. After enjoying ten years of teaching multiple subjects in the California public schools, Nancy focused on teaching students much needed reading and writing skills to help them be successful in all areas. Besides years of teaching whole class and small group reading and writing skills, she has experience teaching Advanced Placement English and adult citizenships classes. Currently working as a private tutor, Nancy has the advantage of being able to teach students of all ages and create lessons that challenge and inspire the individual student. She enjoys teaching all grade levels from beginning reading to analyzing literature, and believes that the key to getting students to read and write well is to help them see the joy in language.

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Cynthia Bangs

Cynthia has been teaching English to non-native speakers (ESL students) for 23 years. She has taught English reading and writing skills at the elementary and middle school levels in Hawaii, China and Thailand. She earned her dual bachelor’s degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Social Work from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a master’s degree in Psychology from Sonoma State University in California. She also holds a certification in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the American TESOL Institute and teaches ESL students around the world as a Language Fluency Coach. Cynthia enjoys a passion for coaching and motivating students to excellence while encouraging dedicated study skills to improve and build English skills for a lifetime. She loves reading biographies of famous people, poetry, modern plays, and non-fiction and specializes in teaching critical thinking, reading, and essay writing for middle school students. Cynthia lives in Hawaii near the beach and enjoys swimming with dolphins and hiking the volcanoes of her island, as well as watching inspirational videos and surfing the internet.

ESL Students Only. Cynthia’s students in this course will enjoy reading articles, playing learning games, and watching videos (with transcripts) about animals, entertainment, current events, social issues, human interest stories, science and technology. Well-known online media sites including National Geographic for Kids, BBC Learning English, Breaking News English, Youngzine, and Tween Tribune will provide many articles to choose from. One exceptional online resource for this course will be Great Websites for Kids (News & Current Events | Great Websites for Kids) – sponsored by the American Library Association.

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