Cheryl Peevyhouse

Academic Tutor

I grew up in Santa Clara County and left the Bay Area only long enough to earn a B.A. in English from Azusa Pacific University, where I served as vice president of the English Honor Society. Attending a smaller university was an amazing experience for me: all my professors knew me by name and dedicated themselves to mentoring me while I worked to master different forms of writing. Thanks to their guidance both during my studies and after graduation, I’ve worked in both technical writing and fiction writing and followed their inspiration into education.

Throughout my eight years’ experience tutoring in English, I have always striven to pass on my appreciation and enjoyment of literature to my students. My love of books has led me to tour over a dozen homes of authors of classic literature, where I’ve stood in their writing rooms, looked through the same windows they gazed out of for inspiration, and learned about their lives to better grasp their work. I’ve also hosted book clubs, put on Harry Potter trivia competitions, and organized speaking events for fiction writers. My ultimate goal is to see students enjoy reading and writing in all different forms so that their own skills can grow.

My work with students also includes several years of volunteering with foster youth, as well as speaking at schools, library conferences, and literary festivals. I received the Distinguished Alumna Award from my alma mater for my dedication to students and my accomplishments in the field of English. While I enjoy speaking to large groups, I find that 1-on-1 tutoring is where I can focus most on helping a student reach his or her goals. I aim to clarify challenging works of literature by giving students background information and by helping them break down tricky components into smaller parts. I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm with students in hopes of inspiring a deeper interest in reading and writing.

When I’m not tutoring, I’m usually watching science fiction movies, wandering local trails, or reading fiction and non-fiction alike. I’m in a board game group, I compete on a Harry Potter trivia team, and I also publish fiction under a pen name.

Subjects Tutored:

Academic English
AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition


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