Effie holds a B.A. in French Translation and Business and an M.A. in French Literature. She taught French at Northern Illinois University, Waubonsee
Community College, and has tutored small groups and individual students at the high school level. In addition, she tutored for a Fortune 500 company by preparing managers and their families for overseas assignments via French language instruction and cultural adaptation. With 30 years of
educational experience at various levels, she adapts methods to each student’s needs by integrating a wide variety of materials. She is
motivating, encouraging, and well-organized. By fostering a positive learning environment, the instructor ensures continual student progress so that preset goals are achieved.
Born in Cyprus and raised in South Africa, the instructor also lived in France for four years and has travelled extensively. Having studied six
languages herself (and currently working on her seventh), she appreciates the challenges of language acquisition but remains enthused about the
process, as it opens up a world of opportunities. She looks forward to sharing her passion for French and the francophone world with her students.
Maya graduated from Loyola University Chicago with three bachelor’s degrees – in psychology, history, and international studies. She also holds a master’s degree in marketing from DePaul, a master’s in animal sciences from the University of Florida, and is completing her master’s in clinical psychology from Pepperdine. Maya has experience working with students primarily high school level, but welcomes students of all ages! Additionally, she has experience tutoring students at Loyola University in social studies/history, English, Polish language, literature, psychology, and basic biology/animal sciences. Maya has held various leadership positions for over two years which included: a History Honors Society member, animal welfare advocate, event coordinator, and PR specialist. Outside of her studies, she was a professional ballroom dancer, musician, horseback rider, animal shelter volunteer, and published author. She was most recently published in DePaul’s book, Marketing Cases of Chicago Businesses. Full-time, she is a clinical psychology student with hopes of going into school counseling and therapy.
Omar is currently a second-year medical student at Rush Medical College. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics and minor in biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has been tutoring one on one for more than 6 years now, and has experience with elementary through college aged students. Omar has tutored a variety of subjects, including math, economics, science, English, ACT subjects, and Arabic. He has also taught classes of 20+ as a Sunday School instructor for 4 years and is comfortable with all types of students and settings. Omar’s time tutoring and teaching have taught him that everyone has different learning styles, and teaching methods must be adjusted accordingly.