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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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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Dianne Eberts

Dianne has over 30 years of teaching experience with elementary students. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and a Master’s degree in Teacher Education with a Reading Endorsement from the University of Dayton. Dianne has diverse teaching experience in both a brick and mortar public school setting and for the last fifteen years teaching for an online virtual public school. She has a track record of designing and delivering educational programs that meet individual student needs. Dianne has been recognized as Teacher of the Quarter during the 2010-2011 school year, and recipient of a Best Practices Award for excellence in online education. Dianne strives to make a difference in the lives of her students and enjoys helping students become lifelong readers. She resides in New Albany, Ohio with her husband and two boys. She enjoys reading, baking, walking for exercise, traveling and making memories with her family and friends.

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Megan Thompson

Megan is currently earning her BA in Education from Capital University in Ohio. She has extensive experience tutoring 4th – 6th graders in reading and writing. Young and energetic, Megan is constantly on the lookout for additional techniques and strategies to best help her students. She hopes to inspire each of her students to become a lifelong learner by helping them grow to their full potential in reading and writing. In her free time, Megan enjoys reading, spending time with her family and friends, and taking her dog on walks.

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Shannon Marzella

Shannon is an English teacher with over a decade of experience teaching and tutoring. She graduated from Fordham University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and New York State Teaching Certification for students in grades 7-12. She then earned a Master of Arts degree in English from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Arts and Science in 2011. Since 2010, she has worked in small group settings with students in private schools throughout Fairfield County. Shannon is passionate about helping students develop strong writing skills and learn how to express their thoughts with depth and clarity. In her spare time, Shannon loves practicing yoga and spending time with her husband and two young children.

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Brianna Frentzko

When she is not writing her short stories and novels, Brianna loves to travel and cuddle with her three cats. Her adventures have taken her to Scotland, Norway, and even to Everest Base Camp in Nepal! She graduated with honors from the College of William & Mary with a BA in English and received the Boorish Prize for most distinguished English graduate. She later joined Teach for America and taught high school in New Mexico. During her teaching career, her students instilled her with a lifelong passion for teaching that led to her MA in Secondary Education from the University of New Mexico. Brianna then journeyed to the Fairbanks, Alaska where she studied creative writing, taught composition, and contemplated the aurora. She currently teaches at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.