About UsCamilla, her dad, and this website
I'm Brantley, and this is my daughter Camilla. We're both very language-oriented people who love books. Her favorites are usually fantasy series involving animals, especially dragons (thus the site logo): Wings of Fire, Warriors, Guardians of Gahoole. I love fantasy and sci-fi, too, but I also enjoy a broad range of other literary genres and forms. I'm pretty sure she will too someday.
I studied philosophy and Mandarin at Trinity University in my hometown, San Antonio, Texas. After a year abroad at Taiwan National Normal University's Mandarin Training Center, I graduated from Trinity in 1997. From 1998 to 2018, I worked as an English tutor in the San Francisco Bay Area's Chinese-American community, though most of my students have been native English speakers whose parents wanted them to get extra help with things like grammar, essay writing, SAT preparation, literary analysis, and college applications.
In 2008, Camilla sprang into being with enough personality to fuel a small sun. Fortunately, she uses her powers for good...mostly. One of her powers is bringing joy and laughter to those around her. Another is extreme empathy, or Überfremdscham, which causes her to cringe into a black hole whenever she witnesses something embarrassing, pulling all surrounding energy and matter into her core and really messing up the living room. We're working on that.
Since 2009 I've also worked in the China travel industry, along with my wife, a native of Shanghai. If you're interested in the Chinese language, Chinese culture, or traveling to China, check out my other website, The China Guru.
In 2018, we relocated to the San Antonio area, still one of my favorite places in the world.
For more information about the purposes of this site and how it came to be, read my mission statement.
If you have any questions or comments about the site or are interested in my tutoring services, please contact me at brantley[at]camillasenglishpage[dot]org. You can also use the contact form below.