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Amy J.

10 yrs+ experience, English, Reading, Essays, Grammar, Test Prep

Tempe, AZ (85283)

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Hello, I'm Amy, and I am an experienced classroom teacher. I have worked with hundreds of students one-on-one, and I look forward to working with you! A good tutor/student relationship is about understanding the student's learning style and skill needs. I specialize in targeting the way you learn best, and understanding your proficiency levels in reading comprehension, writing, and grammar. We will work together to build the skills for mastery, whether you are learning to write a powerful essay, working to raise your reading level, or studying for the GED.

I received my Bachelor's in Music from Loyola Marymount University, where I graduated Magna Cum Laude and received the Outstanding Graduate in Music Award. I received my secondary teaching certification from California Lutheran University, with an endorsement in English and Music. I began my teaching career as a Resource Specialist, incorporating a variety of teaching methods to improve my students' reading fluency, including phonics, computer games, storyboarding, and reader's theater. I have since taught at both the middle school and high school level, with a focus on English Literature, writing techniques, reading comprehension, and grammar skills.

Most importantly, a good tutor/student relationship is about mutual trust and respect, mutual goals, and mutual high expectations. I will take the time to get to know you and appreciate the unique qualities that make you the person you are. With hard work and patience, we will achieve that which we set out to achieve together.

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Amy’s subjects

ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Public Speaking
Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Piano, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, GED, Praxis, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking


As part of my teacher certification at California Lutheran University, I studied specific strategies to help students with ADD or ADHD be successful in the classroom. I spent three years as a Resource Specialist working with a number of students dealing with attention difficulties and other learning challenges. As a tutor, I have many successful strategies to help students learn their own coping mechanisms and ways of focusing attention. Each student is unique, and the process is one that we embark on together.

Ear Training

My B.A. in Music at Loyola Marymount University involved rigorous ear training classes and exams. As a choir and voice teacher over the years, I have included ear training as an integral part of all music lessons. I incorporate the Solfege system, as well as listening to a variety of musical works for analysis.

Elementary (K-6th)

In addition to being a certified teacher in secondary English, I have had training as a reading specialist, as well as doing resource pull-outs for math and science. I passed the CBEST in California. I have experience with private tutoring for elementary age students in all subjects, especially phonics, reading, language arts, and math.

When working with elementary students, I use an interactive program that involves manipulatives, games, listening, speaking, and writing to accommodate all types of learners.

Music History

After completing my Bachelor's Degree in Music from Loyola Marymount, I then spent two years studying Musicology at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. During this time I took comprehensive courses in every major period of western music history, as well as ethno-musicology and modern music history. I have taught music history in the classroom as part of my choral and musical theater courses.


I spent the first three years of my teaching career as a Resource Specialist, teaching middle school reading labs and working one-on-one with students to improve their reading level. I have used a variety of phonics techniques, including the Phonics Game and computer games, as well as reading fluency and comprehension strategies like Reader's Theater and story-boarding.


I began piano lessons at the age of five, and I believe the piano is a great start for any aspiring musician. I continued my piano studies throughout my early years and college career as a voice student. I specialize in beginners who want to learn the foundations of reading and playing music.

Sight Singing

In the course of my B.A. in music, I took advanced sight singing classes and passed proficiency exams. As a professional member of the Saint Peter in Chains Cathedral Octet, I sight-read new music weekly as a requirement of the job. I teach sight singing techniques using the Solfege system to students of all ages. Learning to sight sing is a key part of any voice training program, and is especially important for those who wish to improve their auditioning skills.

Special Needs

I began my teaching career as a Resource Specialist, working with students dealing with a variety of learning challenges. I have experience with ADD/ADHD, autism, Asperger's Syndrome, OCD, Specific Learning Disability, Dyslexia, and Cognitive Impairment.

Working with a special needs child involves strong communication with parents, agreeing on specific, measurable goals, and developing rapport and appreciation for the unique personality and needs of the student. I have a wide variety of methods on hand, allowing me to tailor a program specifically to the learner.

Study Skills

I began my teaching career as a Resource Specialist at the middle school level. One of my primary responsibilities was to work with individual students to improve their organizational habits and study skills. There are a variety of strategies, and it is important to tailor the strategies to the individual learner's style and personality. Throughout my teaching career, I have continued to coach students in groups and individually to stay organized and develop the right habits and skills to be successful in school.

Voice (Music)

I received my B.A. in Music with an emphasis in Voice from Loyola Marymount University. I sang with the Reno Opera and the Saint Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati. I have taught music at both the middle school and high school level as well as teaching many private voice students. I have worked as the vocal coach on many musical theater productions, including "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," "Into the Woods," "Oklahoma," and "The Mystery of Edwin Drood." I specialize in audition preparation and musical theater, but I am also well versed in the classical tradition.

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Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

University of Cincinnati (Graduate Coursework)

California Lutheran University (Other)

WONDERFUL!!!!! Amy has been helping my 7 year old daughter with spelling, reading and writing once a week for an hour each week. In the 5 weeks we have had the pleasure of her seeing first hand her ability to teach my daughter. Her reading has went up a whole percentage bracket and her grades in the subjects Amy helps her with have gone up one grade. My daughter loves the time she spends with Amy. Referring to t ...

— Becca from Gilbert, AZ on 3/5/12);

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Amy will travel within 30 miles of Tempe, AZ 85283.

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