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Brenda D.

Literacy Specialist and English as a Second Language Tutor

Paradise Valley, AZ (85253)

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It is with great excitement that I am able to bring twenty two years of public school teaching, into a one to one teaching setting in order to continue supporting all individuals to their fullest potential. My background consists of proven experience relating to and teaching students from diverse academic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds.

I possess a Masters in Education with a Reading Specialist Endorsement, English as a Second Language Endorsement, and an Early Childhood Endorsement. I meet the Highly Qualified Teacher requirements for the State of Arizona. Although I've taught students at many different levels of learning at the elementary level, my expertise is to support those most challenged in the area of literacy and second language learning.

I served as a site Reading Specialist for seven of my twenty two years. Second language instruction experience has been with individuals as well as with families who desire to strengthen their English speaking skills. In addition, many of my students have had learning challenges that required special attention and unique instruction. It is my desire to help accelerate all individuals who desire support in the area of literacy instruction. The confidence and freedom that comes as a result of experiencing the joy of literacy is something to be celebrated!

I love to participate in an individual's changing motivation, confidence, risk taking, and finally 'new' person as they make daily progress towards their own literacy goals.

Lessons are interactive, designed to promote critical thought processes, motivation, and confidence. Literacy behaviors are assessed in order to build instruction on strengths and identified areas of need. Specifically, lessons are built on student interest, word attack and comprehension strategies, and current skill level. Written and oral language opportunities are embedded into each lesson, as one area of literacy growth compliments the other. Spelling, phonics, grammar, and vocabulary development are all part of the literacy lesson. Instruction is intensive and engaging. I also provide support in the area of primary math, study/organizational skills, and homework.

My availability is flexible to meet your needs. Make up lessons can be set should a scheduled lesson need to be canceled. I am also flexible on meeting location which is both convenient and comfortable for you.

I look forward to hearing from you to schedule your lesson!

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Brenda’s subjects

ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Reading, SAT Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Elementary (K-6th), ESL/ESOL, Handwriting, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar


Experience teaching in classrooms where ADD/ADHD students are many, has given me the expertise I have in meeting their special needs. My instructional techniques lend themselves well to the learner who may need assistance with focus, staying on task, and organization. Engaging, motivating, and correct level of difficulty lessons are designed to create a successful experience for the learner.


Over the course of 21 years I have successfully worked with many students who have had some expression of dyslexia. The strategies used in accelerating second language learners as well as developmental and differentiated instruction, are extremely effective to learners with any dyslexic tendencies. All students learn with the correct support and patience.

Elementary (K-6th)

My experience working with K-6 students is broad. My emphasis has been in the primary grades, K-3, however, I have developed and taught students in programs designed specifically for the intermediate grade student. Throughout my teaching experience I have served as a literacy specialist on campus for all grades, K-8, mentoring classroom teachers.


The Spalding Method of handwriting instruction is the foundation from which I've supported handwriting development. Direct instruction is always a component of the literacy development block. Specific instruction is offered to each students based on their individual needs.


Phonics instruction is a very strong piece of the literacy development block. Students are supported based on their individual spelling development level, which will ensure success in their phonics mastery. Phonics learning in integrated into reading, writing, and spelling lessons in order to accelerate students' literacy level as quickly as possible.

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Arizona State University (Elementary Education)

Northern Arizona University (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

Brenda will travel within 15 miles of Paradise Valley, AZ 85253.

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