Dr. Wendy Jo Gertjejanssen, Ph.D.

As a trained historian, tutor, editor, writer, mother, and homeschool educator, I have long had a hard-time briefly answering the question, “what do you do?” In addition to running a part-time business and being with my family, I currently am writing essays, working on a memoir of my time living in the former German Democratic Republic, and I hope to further my research on brothels and other sexual violence on the eastern front during World War II.

Services

Editing services: Grammar and writing have been my passion since I was an undergraduate more than thirty years ago. Please contact me if you need editing or general help with your writing. My rates are reasonable.

Tutoring for all ages: I have taught several courses at the University of Minnesota, was a Teaching Assistant for many more courses, taught a few courses at Metro State, successfully homeschooled my children for seven years, and tutored children at elementary schools.

If you are an adult or high school student and need help with writing skills, English, test preparation or other work or if you have an elementary student who needs help with basic work, please contact me to arrange a consultation.

Biography

Born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, I spent my senior year of high school in West Germany as a Youth for Understanding exchange student from 1984-1985. Having attended the University of Minnesota for one year, I then lived in the former German Democratic Republic (East Germany) for six months from 1986-1987 and Denmark for a few months thereafter. There I studied GDR politics, history, Russian and in Denmark attended classes at the University of Aarhus.

I funded my undergraduate education teaching German part-time, waitressing and working as a word processor in a bank. My Bachelor of Arts was in German, Russian, and history (three majors and a minor), so I then began graduate work in history in 1993.

In 1999 I started my own business, first inspired by my love of dance, and later inspired by my love of animals. In 2019 I am still online and am able to significantly contribute to our family income.

Having graduated in 2004 with my Ph.D. in History, I remained home as planned, to recover from the trauma my topic had caused for me and to care for my children. Fighting the stereotype of being an over-educated mother who was “just” wiping butts, I wrote encyclopedia articles, kept my business going and home-schooled my children for parts of their elementary years.