Katie

Bio

When she was ten years old, Katherine’s dad took her to her first poetry reading, where she read a poem about a pine tree and another poem about a bully at school. She has been writing ever since, and she still enjoys giving poetry readings.

Katherine studied English at Macalester College, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

At Macalester, she worked as a writing assistant in a first-year English course and received an Academy of American Poets College Prize for her creative work. Subsequently, Katherine attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a teaching fellow and received the John C. Schupes Fellowship for her thesis. As a teaching fellow at The University of Iowa, Katherine taught literature and creative writing to undergraduate students. She has also worked at 826 Valencia, a youth writing center in San Francisco, where she helped teach reading and creative writing to students age 5-18, and tutored ESL students. She currently teaches writing and literature at York College in Queens.

In addition to her scholarly and teaching experience, Katherine has worked in publishing and is the editor of her own press. Katherine’s own poetry, criticism and articles have been published in various literary journals and magazines in the U.S. and abroad, and she has held writing fellowships in Lithuania and Ithaca. When she’s not editing, teaching or writing, Katherine loves biking, traveling, eating exotic foods, and swimming in the ocean.

Education & Qualifications
  • University of Iowa, Writer's Workshop, MFA Poetry
  • The University of Iowa, Teaching Fellow 
  • Macalester College, B.A. English, Magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa
  • Academy of American Poets College Prize 
  • John C. Schupes Fellowship
Specialties
  • Creative Writing
  • English
  • Expository Writing
  • Admissions Coaching (College, HS)
Testimonials
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    "Katie did a very good job establishing contact with my son Peter, who at first was against the idea of having a tutor. She made it interesting for him to work on improving his ability to write good essays for his Honors English class. I think he now has a much better idea about how to write essays."
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    (Inna Lyamport, English, Cache Middle Public School)
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    "Outstanding in every aspect of tutoring."
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    (Jamie)
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    "I can honestly say that I cannot imagine any improvement; Katie is a superb tutor in all respects! I am very pleased that I was referred to Cambridge Coaching by a former client! I was unable to find a replacement tutor for my slow study of Ancient Greek despite being near a major university once my previous tutor moved abroad. I am so grateful that CAMBRIDGE COACHING could find me Katie - especially for a subject not often in demand for independent study these days!"
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    (Karen Christensen, Classics, Online)
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    "Katie's given me excellent feedback and advice on my personal statement, secondary application essays, and work/activities section of my AMCAS. I feel confident that she knows how I can convey and represent myself through my applications in a way that appeals to medical schools. She also helped me determine which schools to apply to."
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    (Robert Palmer, MD Coaching, University of Southern California)
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    "Katie has been my friend and mentor for almost three years. Throughout this time, she has been patiently helping me to uncover and relive myself of the many academic obstacles that stand in my way as I strive to reach my full potential. From day one, Katie has shown to be great at pinpointing fundamental academic weaknesses - especially the ones that limit one's ability to grasp new material. Once a weakness is identified, Katie often suggests a structured course of action that focuses on strengthening said weaknesses. Her style of teaching enables me, the student, to feel more confident when approaching new, more challenging academic material. Just like in life outside of academia, having the confidence to know that 'you're good enough' is more than half the game. I'm grateful to have a mentor like Katie in my life to help guide me in the right direction and provide me with the strategies and skills to achieve my goals."
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    (Michael)