I have always done 3 things well : writing, cooking/baking, and helping others learn. Let me help you learn! I grew up in the kitchen at the elbow of my mother and grandmothers. I was a nanny for 17 years, co-owner of a successful catering company, and have written and published both a novel and a cookbook. I'm at the place in my life where I want to focus on doing the things that I love to do.
I have always been good at three things: cooking, writing, and helping others learn. Thankfully, I also have a passion for all three!
A beautifully prepared meal or a delectable dessert not only nourishes the body but also the soul. Food brings us together, binds us, creates memories and traditions. Learning to cook or bake is a gift to yourself as well as those you share the fruits of your labor with. I strive to have my students feel comfortable and confident.
I believe that everyone has a story to tell and everyone can find their own particular writing voice. Whether you need to write essays for school, are a closet poet, or want to write a novel, I can help. Many of us believe that our writing isn't good enough or cannot figure out what we want to write about. I provide a safe, nuturing environment so you can let your creative self flow.
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I like to get to know my students and understand their needs, what they want and expect from the lesson/s, and what they already know. It is very important to me that my students feel relaxed and at ease. I also believe in a hands on approach. It's fine if you want to take notes but be willing to get your hands dirty too!
I am not a professionally trained chef, however, I have loads of practical, professional experience. I co-owned a catering company in Los Angeles for 3 years. I've written a cookbook and written recipes for other authors. I've taught various cooking classes for both kids and adults. I am a published novelist as well and have given one-on-one sessions to people wanting to improve their writing.
At this time I do not have a standard pricing format as I have found that each individual has specific needs and expectations. I always like to speak first before giving a quote. I am working on a pricing system for certain lessons and will post it here when it is available.
I fell in to teaching at the age of 18 as a preschool teaching assistant. I have been "teaching" in one way or another since that time (over 20 years). I started teaching cooking classes specifically when some of my daughter's friends expressed an interest in having me teach a series of cooking classes. I developed a writing class based on Anne Lamott's "Bird by Bird". I have also tutored clients working on their college entrance essays.
I've worked with kids, special needs kids, and adults in varying levels of previous knowledge and ability.