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Jessie V.

Livermore, CA

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ESL, TOEFL, Spanish, Math, English, Speciality in Dyslexic teaching

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ESL, TOEFL, Spanish, Math, English, Speciality in Dyslexic teaching

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Hi!

Thank you for looking at my profile. Please allow me to explain my teaching style. While it is unconventional, it has proven (with me) that my students, "get it" factor comes in quicker the, "ahh-haa" moments are more frequent & we enjoy our time together. I show & express the material they have been exposed to (not necessarily learned) in school that day, but in my own style. Which is translates to, YOUR OWN CHILD'S method of learning. You see, there is this one ever so important, very paramount factor in a child's success in learning that text books & school boards unfortunately really cannot cater to. That is our little one's grow too fast, & the pressure is on all school councils to teach certain criteria by - said date in the school year, & then move on to the next. What's forgotten? Personality traits, genetics, mental processing. To sum it up into one word, Individuallity. Our children my be a part of what is called a single student body. But they are still individual people, with individual needs, likes, dislikes, & individual ways of processing information presented to them at school.

This is where I feel I fit in best. I'm a free spirit at heart. I believe there is a place in this world for everyone. That student body is but a mere memory come summer, year after year. Yet, that individual will have had his/her bright light dimmed or put out all together because he/she has a different learning style, a different way of processing information, a different window of time in which they are ready to accept this new knowledge. Guess what? I "Get That!" My students usually see at least one improvement in something at our first meeting.

Oh yes; by the way, I prefer to be called their, S.A.F.E.T.Y vs. their tutor. Tutor in my free spirit world makes me project the student as thinking, "I don't/can't just blend in anymore, all
eyes are on me!" (quivers) I don't want them to see me
as,"teacher" They certainly have enough of those in their lives already. I'm not a family member, nor a classmate. Nope. I'm none of the aforementioned. I, am their, S.A.F.E.T.Y. (School Assignments Finally Explained To You) & you alone. In your way of 'catching on'. Place me in any other category & they've already accessed me, made their decision, & sat across from me at their imaginary table. It's, "the rule", the way it's supposed to be. Well, not in my world, not on my watch.

First off, I don't 'teach', I 'show', I 'explain', I use manipulatives so they can feel, hold, imagine with an actual reference point that physically & mentally mean something to them. This is why I love my career as a, "Motivational Educator". Another terminology I came up with to describe what I do. I have the luxury of time on my side. When the student & I first meet, I like to call it our "keep it real" session. This is where your child & I begin to build a trust. I listen to what is NOT said, just as much as I hear what is said. You'd be surprised at some points given to me in an unspoken word. My goal here is to EARN myself a chair right next to your child by invitation. Thereafter we have, SAFETY MEETS (3 times a week for two hours each session)

Next, I don't TEST. That's a four letter word & scary! I do, "Check-in's" to "check in" on where we are at. We PRAISE on all the right answers. Make no mention of the wrong answers. (Unless specifically asked). My job is to find another way to present this material again in a different format so next, "check in" those answers are correct. Ambiance, we don't need to be at the kitchen table. We can lay on the floor, chill on the couch, hang out at the park, eat fries at a fast food place, it makes no difference. I want your child in their personal fun, safe & most of all comfortable place; this is where they will be most receptive of that day's lesson.

So, there you have me. Well, at least some of me. You can find me on LinkedIn or Google for further information & background on me & my experience..

Spanish is second nature to me, which is why I enjoy teaching it. I am first generation American. I've traveled extensively in South America & Mexico.

I teach ESL, & TOEFL in addition to Spanish at various levels from elementary to adult levels. At the High School levels 2&3 I teach right out of the Prentice Hall, Realidades Text Books. I also work with students needing help with reading, writing, elementary math, as well as note taking, & organizational skills. From TK-12th.

I do have special focus on working with dyslexic children & adult with ADD/ADHD. I grew up dyslexic/ADHD myself so I understand first hand how the dyslexic brain works, where the disconnects are & why. I use a mesh method taking from the Barton along with the Orton-Gillingham systems to relate with my dyslexic students. It just take time & patience to work well with the dyslexic person, but they have a beautiful mind indeed!

Due to my extremely tight schedule and at times a wait list, I ask the curtesy of one week advance notice of any change in scheduling, to avoid a full class charge.

My hobby & other professions are -- Videography, writing Documentaries, & Film Making.

I hope we have a chance to meet, & that I have the skills, you believe would be a good fit for your child & family. I enjoy hands on teaching vs. sitting at a desk just reading a manual. My manner of handing off knowledge, is real life education. Real circumstances. Real ready to use material.

Thanks for taking a peek at me & what I have to offer. I hope to hear from you soon!
Cheers!

"Very patient"

- Najib, Tracy, CA on 2/13/14

"Very Caring And Supportive Of My Son"

- Garland, Tracy, CA on 10/1/14

"Good tutor."

- B., Livermore, CA on 2/26/14

"Very patient."

- Michelle, Pleasanton, CA on 1/31/14
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Public Speaking,
Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Spanish,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Phonics, Reading, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Dyslexia,
Phonics, Special Needs
Homeschool:
English, ESL/ESOL, Handwriting, Reading, Spanish,
Writing
Test Preparation:
TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Public Speaking,
Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Dyslexia

I was born with Dyslexia, and struggled with it all through school, college and much of my work career. Where my parents thought I was lazy and not placing my full attention, or just didn't care, I was punished and had many parent/teacher conferences about my performance.

I began working at the age of 18. I lost a few jobs because I made mistakes with overages or shortages on my cash draw that I couldn't explain. One day a manager took interest in me because the mistakes I made were consistent. She asked me several questions, and asked me to read up on it, and to be tested. I tested positive.

After being tested, I learned how to, "RE-learn" what was taught to me in school. This time I got it right! For the first time learning was fun, interesting and I understood it! What I didn't understand at the time was-why-I was comprehending the material so well and so fast. Mostly because I didn't care. I didn't want to look a gift horse in the mouth. I just accepted it, and ran with it.

Years later, I began to study more about Dyslexia, and continue to do so. I understand more now. Today, now in my later years, I see the difference, I live the difference everyday. Because I have two children. Both equally bright and wanting to learn. But they are on two very opposite levels, and are 7 years apart. My eldest is an honor roll student and has been all her school career.
My youngest struggles with spelling, writing, short term memory, organization, sequencing, guesses a lot, tends to "give up" vs. being persistent. His sister never did these things. Without even testing him, I know in my heart I've past on this gene to him.


So I teach him and other children like him differently. I use different types of physically engaging tasks to get the lesson through and keep it in. Because that is one of the symptoms of dyslexia, “short term memory loss”. My goal is to keep the lesson inside. So, I use tactics that become pictures inside their mind, that are meaningful, unforgettable, real life, real situations when I teach.

One of the tools I use when teaching Math, at various levels, is called: "Math U SEE" for language arts, I use more computer games, and interactive real life tools. Such as "Ginger Software" This works within MSWord, Explorer, Outlook, and more. This software I customize to the level of my student. I also use flash cards, shapes to show the parts of speech to assist in making a complete sentence. I use tactical or manipulative materials, to embrace both sides of his brain.

Because as a dyslexic or dysgraphic learner, this teaching method is extremely essential for the success of their instructional education. Their brain works or takes in information and processes it making the student many times frustrated or even angry. Because only one part of their brain is being used, one side, this causes them the inability to see the whole picture, and ultimately, "give up" Dyslexia or Dysgraphia may have a negative impact on an individual's life if not worked once diagnosed. Being diagnosed is the first step, it actually brings relief. It brings much light to so many questions and perhaps low self esteem once felt. This is the point where decisions need to be made. Live life as cards were dealt, or take those cards and call for a re-deal. Change, what is in your hand and capacity to do and do it. As I have with my son -6 years old- I choose to change his cards. I choose to prove to him, that he has ability-to work smarter not harder, to proactively find ways to live and learn. Naturally, he doesn't know or understand he is dyslexic, he just knows that mommy and me time is kinda fun.

I would like nothing more than to help another child understand him/herself, and overcome those barriers. Become stronger in self confidence, build up self esteem, and be proud of their work! Those building blocks begin now. Now, being, the moment you find out about your learning challenge. Now, is never too late. Now, could be the age of 2, 22, 32, or older. Now, is when your window of learning about the challenge you've been born with and you've made the decision to stop being a victim of it, but rather be the victor of it. Dyslexia and dysgraphia have a cure, its within you. You just need to understand it, accept it, and want to learn how to teach yourself basics or go back to basics when new material is presented. Because, being dyslexic or dysgraphic may be a learning challenge, but it won't stop you from achieving your goal(s) once you make your mind up to succeed. I can help you with that.

Marketing

For over 25 years in Sales and Marketing, I have not only seen but lived the change from the Yellow Pages to Social Media and beyond.
Because of the Sales business' I've been in I have had to not only keep up with the times, but be AHEAD of the times!

I have taken mini-courses, live seminars, college classes, Chamber of Commerce trade classes, and local business meets with regard to marketing, and how to more effectively use today's social media to our utmost advantage. Learn who our audience is and what area of purchased time would give us the best ROI in the quickest time frame. Or Is a quick ROI really what we need at a specific point in our physical year? Another Marketing tool to think about..

In the seminars, webinars, leadership classes, Chamber of Commerce Keynote functions focusing on Marketing in person, on flyers, via telephone, displays, display ads, print ads, television or radio ads, social media ads and Podcasting. and so much more, Marketing is an enormous part of our economy and a business' make or break point in many cases. It has to be done, but it must be done with wisdom and at swiss watch timing. Timing is EVERYTHING in business, especially when it comes to marketing.

Currently I run a business, and must market myself. I use many of these skills and method of marketing and Podcasting for informational marketing in my line of work for my clients. Information is power!

I have been a member of many organizations such as the Better Business Bureau, Local Chamber's, Professional Women Chapters.
Here I have had to make presentations, speeches, sales pitches, and run point on several committees with authority, confidence, and maintain an appropriate time frame to keep my audience's attention. Know when to have props, or leave behinds, or visuals to aid in bringing home my point.

I believe these experiences make me fully qualified to assist a student in Marketing.

Public Speaking

For over 25 years in Sales and Marketing, I have not only seen but lived the change from the Yellow Pages to Social Media and beyond.
Because of the Sales business' I've been in I have had to not only keep up with the times, but be AHEAD of the times! I have taken several seminars, webinars, leadership classes, been to several Chamber of Commerce Keynote functions focusing on public speaking both in person and Podcasting. In today's busy world many times business' don't have the available manpower time to schedule a seminar for their employees. Rather they purchase a Podcast of a seminar, or of a topic. I have been both present in creating, writing, editing and featured in Podcasting as well as physical in person Public Speaking. Currently I run a business, and must market myself. I use this method of Podcasting for informational marketing on my line of work for my clients. Information is power!

Have been a member of many organizations such as the Better Business Bureau, Local Chamber's, Professional Women Chapters.
Here I have had to make presentations, speeches, sales pitches, and run point on several committees with authority, confidence, and maintain an appropriate time frame to keep my audience's attention. Know when to have props, or leave behinds, or visuals to aid in bringing home my point.

I believe these experiences make me fully qualified to assist a student in Public Speaking.

Spanish

I am bilingual in both Spanish and English. I tutor ESL as well as TOFEL.

montgomery college
Hospitality Finance

Education

montgomery college (Hospitality Finance)

Very patient — Jessie is a helpful teacher, easy to talk and very patient and accessible. She uses modern technology to make the work more interesting and not boring. ...

— Najib, Tracy, CA on 2/13/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Scheduled classes are planned & prepared a week in advance. Therefore, cancellations are charged at one hour of your class rate.

Travel policy

Jessie will travel within 15 miles of Livermore, CA 94551.


About Jessie

Hi!

Thank you for looking at my profile. Please allow me to explain my teaching style. While it is unconventional, it has proven (with me) that my students, "get it" factor comes in quicker the, "ahh-haa" moments are more frequent & we enjoy our time together. I show & express the material they have been exposed to (not necessarily learned) in school that day, but in my own style. Which is translates to, YOUR OWN CHILD'S method of learning. You see, there is this one ever so important, very paramount factor in a child's success in learning that text books & school boards unfortunately really cannot cater to. That is our little one's grow too fast, & the pressure is on all school councils to teach certain criteria by - said date in the school year, & then move on to the next. What's forgotten? Personality traits, genetics, mental processing. To sum it up into one word, Individuallity. Our children my be a part of what is called a single student body. But they are still individual people, with individual needs, likes, dislikes, & individual ways of processing information presented to them at school.

This is where I feel I fit in best. I'm a free spirit at heart. I believe there is a place in this world for everyone. That student body is but a mere memory come summer, year after year. Yet, that individual will have had his/her bright light dimmed or put out all together because he/she has a different learning style, a different way of processing information, a different window of time in which they are ready to accept this new knowledge. Guess what? I "Get That!" My students usually see at least one improvement in something at our first meeting.

Oh yes; by the way, I prefer to be called their, S.A.F.E.T.Y vs. their tutor. Tutor in my free spirit world makes me project the student as thinking, "I don't/can't just blend in anymore, all
eyes are on me!" (quivers) I don't want them to see me
as,"teacher" They certainly have enough of those in their lives already. I'm not a family member, nor a classmate. Nope. I'm none of the aforementioned. I, am their, S.A.F.E.T.Y. (School Assignments Finally Explained To You) & you alone. In your way of 'catching on'. Place me in any other category & they've already accessed me, made their decision, & sat across from me at their imaginary table. It's, "the rule", the way it's supposed to be. Well, not in my world, not on my watch.

First off, I don't 'teach', I 'show', I 'explain', I use manipulatives so they can feel, hold, imagine with an actual reference point that physically & mentally mean something to them. This is why I love my career as a, "Motivational Educator". Another terminology I came up with to describe what I do. I have the luxury of time on my side. When the student & I first meet, I like to call it our "keep it real" session. This is where your child & I begin to build a trust. I listen to what is NOT said, just as much as I hear what is said. You'd be surprised at some points given to me in an unspoken word. My goal here is to EARN myself a chair right next to your child by invitation. Thereafter we have, SAFETY MEETS (3 times a week for two hours each session)

Next, I don't TEST. That's a four letter word & scary! I do, "Check-in's" to "check in" on where we are at. We PRAISE on all the right answers. Make no mention of the wrong answers. (Unless specifically asked). My job is to find another way to present this material again in a different format so next, "check in" those answers are correct. Ambiance, we don't need to be at the kitchen table. We can lay on the floor, chill on the couch, hang out at the park, eat fries at a fast food place, it makes no difference. I want your child in their personal fun, safe & most of all comfortable place; this is where they will be most receptive of that day's lesson.

So, there you have me. Well, at least some of me. You can find me on LinkedIn or Google for further information & background on me & my experience..

Spanish is second nature to me, which is why I enjoy teaching it. I am first generation American. I've traveled extensively in South America & Mexico.

I teach ESL, & TOEFL in addition to Spanish at various levels from elementary to adult levels. At the High School levels 2&3 I teach right out of the Prentice Hall, Realidades Text Books. I also work with students needing help with reading, writing, elementary math, as well as note taking, & organizational skills. From TK-12th.

I do have special focus on working with dyslexic children & adult with ADD/ADHD. I grew up dyslexic/ADHD myself so I understand first hand how the dyslexic brain works, where the disconnects are & why. I use a mesh method taking from the Barton along with the Orton-Gillingham systems to relate with my dyslexic students. It just take time & patience to work well with the dyslexic person, but they have a beautiful mind indeed!

Due to my extremely tight schedule and at times a wait list, I ask the curtesy of one week advance notice of any change in scheduling, to avoid a full class charge.

My hobby & other professions are -- Videography, writing Documentaries, & Film Making.

I hope we have a chance to meet, & that I have the skills, you believe would be a good fit for your child & family. I enjoy hands on teaching vs. sitting at a desk just reading a manual. My manner of handing off knowledge, is real life education. Real circumstances. Real ready to use material.

Thanks for taking a peek at me & what I have to offer. I hope to hear from you soon!
Cheers!

Testimonials

"Very patient"

- Najib, Tracy, CA on 2/13/14

"Very Caring And Supportive Of My Son"

- Garland, Tracy, CA on 10/1/14

"Good tutor."

- B., Livermore, CA on 2/26/14

"Very patient."

- Michelle, Pleasanton, CA on 1/31/14

Education

montgomery college
Hospitality Finance

Education

montgomery college (Hospitality Finance)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Scheduled classes are planned & prepared a week in advance. Therefore, cancellations are charged at one hour of your class rate.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Livermore, CA 94551

Jessie’s Subjects

English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Public Speaking,
Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Spanish,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Phonics, Reading, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Dyslexia,
Phonics, Special Needs
Homeschool:
English, ESL/ESOL, Handwriting, Reading, Spanish,
Writing
Test Preparation:
TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Public Speaking,
Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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