Total Writing Enrichment and Amy Haskell

It’s funny how impactful the little things can be in life.

A kind word from a stranger. A sudden rainbow following a storm. Or a red smiley face.

That last one was the uniquely wonderful piece of jewelry of my own mother, a Chicago inner city high school teacher, who taught me from a young age what it meant to truly care for the well-being of one’s students. “If I can bring a smile to at least one of these students faces, for the time they spend in my class, I’ve done my educational job for the day,” is what she said one day when I dared to question why she wore that funny pin on her clothes to teach.

It was her dedication to not only scholarly excellence—but the emotional health—of her students that sparked an unstoppable drive in myself to do the same.

Thankfully, while learning from my mother’s stories, I simultaneously experienced a different kind of education in the burbs of Chicago that helped me to crave educational excellence. It was through these two exceptionally contrasting experiences that I developed the internal compass that cultivated the student—and aspiring educator—inside myself – especially with students and their writing.

From there I went on to achieve my Masters of Arts and Masters of Education. For over 15 incredible years, I taught English literature, creative writing, persuasive writing, public speaking, and college admission essay writing to students spanning all walks of life and levels of learning.

Fast forward to 2015, I came to a few stark realizations. Predominantly, I found that even the best of students can lack the emotional safety and confidence to not only believe in themselves—but also to absorb new concepts and skills that ensure they are capable of writing beautiful, cohesive college essays (and classroom performance).

When I’m not busy with my team helping high school students to excel in their writing and English studies, you can find me soaking up as much time as possible with my husband Rick and our four children, Emily, Molly, William, and Sarah. Or chasing our silly dog, Archie. Writing isn’t my only passion, either. SURPRISE! I’m also a distance runner turned master swimmer. I may be slow… but I love every second of it.

Yes, you read that right: even EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS can be stopped in their tracks from achieving scholastic greatness. And this absolutely finds its way into their college admission writing process.

That’s where I come in.

Fortified in our core mission to provide teenage students with the unique opportunity to enhance their writing skills, set achievable goals, and develop emotional confidence in themselves, my team and I have created an educational program that yields success time and again. It’s by engaging students to profoundly understand their needs… and their fears… that we are able to use our collective skills, passion and experienced strategies to positively navigate students to achieve their goals.

Empowering teenagers to tell their own stories in a structure that excites admission counselors or improves their English scores throughout their academic careers, has become one of the most humbling experiences of my life—personally and professionally.

Ultimately, it’s your child that tells the story, not me. And in my 15+ years, every success story still gives me goosebumps.

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