20150502-EllenBoomer (21)After teaching high school English for 12 years, I decided to leave the classroom to tackle a new challenge: freelance writing. I’ve secured varied writing assignments, including articles on local schools as well as city guides for an online discount site. In addition to freelance writing, I work with children ages six to eighteen, helping them strengthen their reading and writing skills. I have found that my own writing practice enables me to break down the writing process into manageable steps for my students.

When I was student at The George Washington University, where I earned a B.A. in English, and at Teachers College – Columbia University, where I earned an M.A. in English Education, my favorite classes were those in which I learned more about the craft of writing. My writing has been shaped by my extensive travel, as well, particularly by my time living in Thailand and in Egypt. Through my experiences with other cultures, I learned that effective communication takes sensitivity, patience, and creativity – all skills that have helped me hone my work as a writer. When I’m not writing, tutoring, or traveling, I’m probably in the midst of a home-repair project, trying to bring my Capitol Hill row house into this century.