One of the greatest pleasures in life is helping others recognize their talents,
discover and explore their passions, and develop the skills and practices needed to realize them. I view my teaching, tutoring,
and coaching activities as an opportunity to do this.
I have taught creative and expository writing,
American literature, editing and proofreading. I enjoy working with students both in groups and individually, and consider
the time I spend teaching some of my most rewarding and important work.
as an educator includes curriculum development and site direction for education abroad programs in France, Italy,
and Hawaii. I created, developed and have taught "Paris Through the Eyes of Travelers," "Hawaii: Island Paradise
Where East and West Meet," and "Italy and France Through the Eyes of Travelers" for education
abroad programs at the City University of New York (Hunter and Queens Colleges), and Florence University of the Arts.
I also created a unique experiential, interdisciplinary arts course ("The
Arts in New York City") for the National Student Exchange Program at Hunter College, CUNY.
This course was written up in Humanities Education, and was offered through Hunter's
Division of Humanities and the Arts for more than 20 years.
In the spring of 2008
I created a six-day writing workshop, "Writing from the Heart...in the Heart of Champagne" which is offered in the
spring and fall in the lovely little village of Essoyes (ESS-wah), two and a half hours southeast of Paris. (The next session
of Writing from the Heart will take place from April 10-16, 2012. See http://essoyesschool.com for details.) I am currently preparing to take a group of Queens College (CUNY) students to Cuba in January 2012, and in July
2012, the 15th annual Paris course, now called "Paris: A Literary Adventure," will be offered in the famous "City
of Light." I welcome opportunities for part-time
teaching and lecturing, as well as private tutoring and coaching.
Praise for Janet Hulstrand's Teaching
"I enjoyed the class very much and found your
professional perspective refreshing. I feel I learned a great deal in this class about literature, but also about life. Thank
you for the experience!"
"Thank you for helping to make my experience so entirely life-changing."
"Our visit to
an artist's studio blew my mind! Weeks later I am still thinking about it."
"Thank you for offering such a course. It whet my appetite for further
travel. My mind is constantly at work thinking of the new and exciting places I can visit in the future, including several
return trips to France."
"I wanted to thank you for the inspiring words you left us with....The experience
was life-changing and so needed. Thank you for the opportunity to discuss important topics, meet great people, and discover
"Reading about Paris while living there was an extraordinary experience...How meaningful
to read about Paris while visiting it, and not from tourist guides, but from books that are written with a heart and soul."
"I had a wonderful experience in Hawaii. Thanks to you I have the vocabulary and the knowledge to understand
all of the aloha I've felt. I feel like I can share the history of Hawaii with everyone I meet. Thank you for exposing me
to a world of island culture I would have never known otherwise!"
"Your comments [on my writing] were
exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you so much for sharing your expertise so generously."
"I am thankful to you for inspiring me to write. Through writing my memories of
the 'spirit of aloha' have not been forgotten."
"Thank you for making this opportunity a remarkable one for me...May you continue to inspire
you for being a wonderful professor of my LIFE!...Taking this class was the best decision I have ever made...It changed my
perspective on almost everything and showed me the possibilities for my future...Thank you!"