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EXPERT TUTOR & TEACHER - ENGLISH, COLLEGE ESSAYS, TEST PREP, & CORE STUDY SKILLS
California Teaching Credential, ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (CLEAR K-12, Adult)
Hi! I am a real English Language Arts teacher who likes people, is good at Math, loves Science and History, and has kept up with technology and global culture. I chose to specialize in English language, literature, and composition in love with the humanities and belles lettres. My passion is to teach all ages how to improve their own reading, thinking, writing, and confidence so that they expect excellence from themselves and understand they must think, grow, and perform well in order to excel in life. I'm always available to discuss specific challenges and learning needs.
I began tutoring English in middle school because I attended LeConte JS and Hollywood HS during the Sixties, and my teachers encouraged me to help my fellow students. After completing my Master of Arts in English, I was informed by several education departments that unless I was a fluent Spanish speaker, I was not needed as a teacher in Los Angeles. So, I spent about 15 years as a professional writer and editor in Century City, Laguna Hills, and Silicon Valley. In 1989, I returned to teaching under a Federal Teaching Grant at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I was there six years, then returned to my home in LA with my husband and two year old daughter to begin teaching multilingual students full time in local private schools and slowly work on my California Teaching Credential. I did a lot during subsequent years, and have much teaching experience and many skills. From 1995 till 2011, I was a working, single mother working continuously 30-80 hours a week from 1995 till 2011. I completed my California Teaching Credential (CLEAR ELA Single Subject K-12 and Adult) in 2008; it has since been renewed and is active till 2019 when I can renew it again). In 2011, I took a hiatus to attend to family financial matters long overdue; now I am substitute teaching and tutoring, as well as looking for a school where I can teach the rest of my life.
My college studies include linguistics and history of the English language, American and English literature in nearly all historical periods, and a specialty in medieval English and European romances and rhetoric. I scored well on my GREs and teaching examinations, and earned my credential belatedly (I was a working mother) in 2008, and took and passed the CSET in 2010 (just to show I could.) I will be happy to send you my resume or transcript copies, if you like.
SUBJECTS I MOST OFTEN TUTOR:
College Application and Essay
English Language Arts, K-12 and Adult
PSAT, SAT, ACT, & AP English (Language, Literature, and Composition), SAT II Literature
Mathematics (K - Geometry); Other Common Core Subjects; Study Skills (K-11)
Academic, Business, Creative, & Technical Writing and Editing (All Levels through PhD)
+ 12 years in test prep: SAT, ACT, AP English, AP USH, AP Euro, PSAT, SSAT, TOEFL, ESL/ELD ELA 5-12.
+ 8 years in AP English (Language and Literature)
+ 5 years in University English and Rhetoric + 4 years in University Film and Literature.
+ 3 years knowledge of Federal Common Core
+ 6 years tutoring and teaching Mathematics (K-Geometry)
+ 12 years professional writing and editing in advertising, publicity, arts, and print publishing.
I was the full-time accountant and provided daily management of the student (undergraduate senior) advertising manager of the Stanford Daily Newspaper 1985-1988. We wrote off $300K in bad debt in 1985; our gross that year was $400K. In 1988, our gross was $1.4K. We were a non-profit, ASB-owned student company leasing space on the Stanford University campus. Our revenues included a Stanford an annual bulk subscription worth $380K.
I tutored Algebra I as an LAUSD contract tutor through Teach-N-Tutor from February to June 2013, and in the after-school program at Gertz-Ressler High School and SmArT Academy Christian School from 2003 till June 2009. Prior to that, I tutored algebra at various times at the universities where I was working and attending, including UIUC, Stanford U., and CSUN.
I have worked as an after school teacher-tutor in study halls, tutoring programs, and as a private tutor for many years. I have also taught ACT and SAT reading, grammar, and writing skills for two decades. My own grades in school were excellent because I studied, not because I have a photographic memory. My students usually do much better as a result of our meetings because I teach them the executive functioning skills they need to do well.
I completed my own CBEST qualification in one, 4-hour sitting and earned a high pass in Writing, which for many is the most difficult portion of the test. As a Master Teacher, I have also tutored and supported other aspiring private school teachers in their efforts to study for and take the test. All have passed.
I have a strong understanding of how to teach English critical reading in all the subject areas and have taught Lower Mathematics for years.
My skills and experience as an AP teacher/coach and teaching test prep courses assist me in tutoring for CBEST.
I have been a member of the College Team at Valley Torah HS (4 years), Gertz-Ressler HS (4 yrs), and SmArT Academy CS (10 yrs). That means I helped as many graduating seniors as possible with their college choices, applications, and especially their personal statements (essays) because I was the senior English teacher with the strongest writing and editing skills. I worked closely with the counselors all that time, and met with college representatives on many occasions, so I know what the colleges and universities need and expect from student writing.
I taught English 5 for two years at SmArT Academy Christian School using the Prentice Hall textbooks and providing supplemental materials and texts for my ESL/ELD students. I also tutored students grades 3-8 in Reading & Critical Reading at SmArT, developing my own curriculum and lesson plans in reading skills instruction. More recently, I tutored reading grades 3-8 with Teach-N-Tutor under a LAUSD contract for California State mandated additional 29.5 hours of instruction for struggling students (ESL/ELD). I have a California Teaching Credential English (Secondary) with a Supplemental Qualification in K-12 & Adult. I have tutored children in reading since I was 17 years old. My daughter, whom I taught to read at age 2, is now attending Brandeis University on a full academic scholarship in International Business & Economics. I love to read aloud and do it very well (having had performance art experience). I teach my students to take their time, raise questions, look up words, consider character motivation and cause and effect, imagery, symbols, and themes, predict outcomes, make inferences, draw conclusions, and compare story elements to events and characters in other stories and in their own lives. I also offer them reasons why what they are reading contains wisdom and knowledge they will use in their future lives.
I am a highly experienced and well-qualified English language arts teacher who has chosen to spend the past few years working with students outside of the classroom.
I taught English language arts full-time in the classroom from 1995 until 2009 and part-time 2009-2011. I hold an active California Teaching Credential in English Language Arts (Single Subject, CLEAR K-12 and Adult), 2008-2019. I also taught rhetoric (writing), literature, and film under a Federal Teaching Grant at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1989-1995).
I have taught ELA 8, 9, 10, 10H, 11, 11H, 12, 12AP to second language learners in the classroom and tutored English and Writing to every age student K-12, undergraduate, and graduate levels.
My California Teaching Certification was earned through coursework and internship (while I was already a paid teacher) at National University Los Angeles, and I have tutored private students in English and math since I enrolled in CSUN in 1970.
From 1976 until 1981, I was a full-time, professional writer-editor working for trade and special interest publications, writing news, features, columns, reviews (books, arts, music). From 1981-1988, I worked in Silicon Valley as a freelance magazine writer and advertising copywriter and production head. From 1984 to 1989, I was also assistant to the CFO of the Stanford Daily Publishing Co., at Stanford University.
I earned my MA in English, summa cum laude, at CSUN in 1977 and my BA in English Honors, summa cum laude, CSUN 1975. I also hold a high school diploma in liberal arts (English and theatre Arts) from Hollywood HS, 1970.
I hold current a California Teaching Credential in English Language Arts (CLEAR, K-12 & Adult, 2008, renewed 2013; renewable 2019). As a result of my credentialing through NULA's program, I am well-versed in ESL/ESOL teaching methods (including SDAIE, collaborative learning, and scaffolded instruction), and did my special studies in dual language curricula in Canada and individual schools in the US and France.
During my middle and high school classroom teaching career in Los Angeles (1989 to 2009), I taught almost exclusively mainstreamed, dual and second language learners grades 8, 9R, 9H, 10R, 10H, 11R, 11H, 12R, 12AP at private and charter high schools in Southern California. Prior to that, I had mainstreamed second language learners while teaching at UIUC (1989 to 1995) and always gave them the scaffolding and additional support they needed to do well.
As a teacher and tutor, my expectations are always high yet realistic, and I provided creative lesson plans with enough scaffolding, coaching, and encouragement to garner significant success. All may students have achieved greater success than did those of other teachers in the past or other school in our area, and I am very proud of them.
Please also refer to my Qualifications Summary under "English."
I taught Introduction to Film at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign under supervising professors Richard Carringer (former LA Film Critic) and Ramona Curry (PhD Columbia Film School).
I served as a tutor in Geometry in the After-school programs at Smart Academy and Gertz-Ressler HS, as well as a PreAlgebra 7-8 teacher at Smart Academy and Math 7-8 Intervention Teacher for Teach-N-Tutor when it was under LAUSD contract. I worked ten years as a PSAT, SAT, AP (test prep) Teacher where I also tutored SAT Math intervention. I passed the WyzAnt Geometry test, too!
I have tutored GRE vocabulary acquisition (really the greatest challenge for most college graduates), critical reading and wrong answer elimination methods, analytical reasoning, and elimination methods for mathematics intermittently for many years. I am an experience English teacher (1975-76, 1989-2008) holding a California Teaching Credential in English Language Arts (Single Subject, CLEAR K-12 and Adult, 2008, renewed 2013, renewable 2019). I have always tutored privately during summers, for church organizations, and while on hiatuses, and I have been tutoring as a full time occupation since February 2013.
I have successfully tutored ISEE for students through SmArT Academy Christian School and Academy, as well as privately. My students have been accepted to Notre Dame HS, Philips Andover, and local Catholic High Schools. I have all the skills needed and have multiple experiences tutoring toward the test.
I hold an MA in English Language & Literature from CSUN and passed my PhD Preliminary Examination in English at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). I have taught AP, Honors, and Regular English, grades 6-8 (four years) and 9-12 (15 years), as well as university level literature and writing courses in the English Department for six years at UIUC. I passed the CBEST with "Highest Marks" in Writing and scored above the 90th percentile on the Graduate Records English Subject Examination. I have also worked as a professional fine arts journalist and literary reviewer.
I have used Macintosh computers intermittently since 1985, currently own a high-end Mac, and am currently enrolled in One-on-One courses at Apple.
I have used Microsoft Excel since before it was on the market and still use it daily to do the accounting necessary to manage my properties and write course outlines and lesson plans. Because I also teach mathematics and elementary accounting, I use the program actively quite often. Prior to working in teaching, I was the assistant to CFOs and CEOs in publishing who required I use Excel in the daily course of my work; since then, I have tutored it several times, including WyzAnt students. During the course of instruction, I am always willing to help design the forms and office systems the student might need to develop.
I have used IBM and IBM compatible computers since their inception, currently own one which I still use, manage my home network, taught Computer-Assisted Rhetoric at the University of Illinois and Computer Science I at Cathedral High School.
I myself learned phonics as a child. I have taught it to my daughter and to other students I have tutored. I a have also taught and tutored the subject to ESL, ELD, and ELL readers ages 3-Adult, most recently as an ESL Listening & Speaking, Reading & Vocabulary, and Conversation teacher at Shepherd University.
I taught prealgebra (grades 7 and 8). I tutored prealgebra, algebra, and geometry (grades 7-10). I was a study skills supervisor and tutor (afternoon study hall, grades 9-12). I helped with PSAT, SAT, and ACT preparation (8-12) since 1997. I was a high school teacher in Los Angeles since 1995. I have six years experience with college teaching (UIUC, 1989-1995). I was a bookkeeper-accountant with Stanford Daily Newspaper at Stanford University (1985-1989). I worked in bank operations and trusts (1971-1977).
I have passed my PhD preliminary examinations in Medieval English Language and Literature for which I studied Latin and Greek. My focus was Biblical and apocryphal literature in Old English, Latin, and Greek. I have read portions of the Vetus Latina, much of the Roman Catholic Church Fathers, and a wide array of Catholic and Protestant theological and philosophical texts, as well as the Quran and the major works of Hindu and Buddhism. I have a passable knowledge of Shinto customs, Voodooism, Rastafarianism, Native American religious thought, and other neolithic shamanistic and animistic concepts.
Critical Reading SAT experience (12 years - Valley Torah HS, SmArT Christian Academy High School); 6 years - English Rhetoric and Composition, Literature, and Film (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign), 8 years -- AP Language & Composition and AP Literature & Composition, 12 experience English Language Arts. California Teaching Credential (Secondary) Single Subject English with Supplemental Areas K-12 & Adult. Professional Writer, Copy Editor, & Executive Editor - 8 years.
I have been a professional writer who has also taught grammar and writing (business, journalism, non-fiction, fiction, theatre, and film) since 1977. As an English Language Arts secondary school teacher (CTC-SS ELA CLEAR K-12 and Adult, 2008, renewed 2013; renewable 2019), I have taught the following courses in Los Angeles private and charter school classrooms: ELA 9, 10, 12 AP; SAT & AP Prep, Valley Torah HS, Valley Village 1997-2000; ELA 9, 10, 11AP; AP Test Prep, Ferrahian HS, Encino 2001-2002; ELA 9-11H; SAT & AP Test Prep, SmArT Academy, Cerritos & Tujunga 2003-2005; ELA Teacher and Afterschool Test Prep, Gertz-Ressler HS, Pico-Union 2005-2009; ELA 5-12, Math 7-10, SAT & AP Prep, SmArT Academy, Tujunga 2009-2011; SAT Prep and Writing Teacher, Gateway Academy, La Crescenta 2012-2014.
Since the skills necessary to do well on the PSAT, SAT, and ACT correlate directly with performance in college courses, I have always believed that teaching students how to do well on college entrance examinations improves their critical reading, thinking, grammar, and writing skills and gives them a better chance in college. Having taught individual and integrated SAT courses full time during summers in the past (2003-2011), I know what to teach and require and how to support each student's learning based on his or her specific strength's and weaknesses. I prefer to teach SAT preparation holistically because the synergy of improvement in vocabulary, reading, and grammar improves student writing performance more quickly that writing instruction and practice alone. I do, however, have a well-developed SAT Writing instructional booklet and lesson plan that I use with contracted students.
I have taught special needs (qualified SE for a wide variety of reasons) in private and charter middle and high schools in Los Angeles since 1995, as well as in a university setting (UIUC, 1989-1995). My California Teaching Credential (SS - ELA, CLEAR K-12 and Adult) required that I complete three special education courses at UCLA and NULA, and I have served as the ELA SE-GE teacher at three separate schools, and was designated to support one of my SE students through college and graduate school. (He now holds a BA from UC Berkeley and a MLS from UCLA.) On the whole, I have a very good track record teaching and tutoring special needs students, as well as a personal history that helps me appreciate their challenges with peers, teachers, and administrators: I have been partially disabled since age 17, and my daughter had grand mal seizures until age 18.
I am a Certified English Teacher (K-12 & Adult) who taught grade nine from 1997 until 2009. My students were mostly bilingual, ESL, and ELD but performed on the proficient ELL level by the end of their course studies with me because I incorporated study skills, organizational methods, and executive decision-making into my course instruction. From 2005 to 2009, my students came into my grade 9 course with an average of the 34 percentile of grade level. When they left, they were testing at an average of 68 percentile of grade level, and my top third were averaging in the 80th percentile, not bad for one year! I believe that a teacher's first business is not to assign and grade work but to teach the skills that students need to become lifelong learners, to self-affirm for disciplined, executive functioning, and to build organizational skills that allow them time to be creative, imaginative learners.
I studied theatre in junior and high school (Hollywood High School Theatre Production) for four years, performed Shakespeare in the University of Illinois campus theater, taught theatre history and analysis in university, AP, and regular high school courses, helped actors preparing for auditions select their materials, coached them during preparation, and have had a SAG actor as a housemate for six years and a stage actress for two.
I have helped SAT, ACT, AP, TOEFL, GRE, CBEST preparation since 1995. I have twenty years experience teaching English language and literature. I have a California Teaching Credential in English language arts, K-12 & adult. I have a business, technical, and creative writing & editing speciality (international, structural, transformational, and generative grammar; process writing; formal essay; business writing applications; plays and screenplays, dramaturgy; poetry; literary interpretation, semantics, and semiology).
The best tutor ever! — Karen is VERY knowledgeable in AP English and SAT English. She is strict as well as patient with students. We are so lucky to find her. She is definitely the best tutor. ...
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