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Ellen B.

Ellen B. - Elementary Education, Writing, Flute, Spanish

Monterey, CA (93940)

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If you’re looking to match a special tutor with a special student, I hope you will contact me! I’m an educator, writer, curriculum developer, artist, and musician with over 20 years teaching experience in classrooms, afterschool programs, and community settings. I hold a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University, where I focused on Arts in Education. I’m adept at bringing school subjects to life with a creative approach.

I specialize in working with children from kindergarten through the elementary grades – covering all English Language Arts areas from early literacy through phonics, vocabulary development, writing, reading comprehension, and other fundamental skills. I also tutor in elementary math concepts, Social Studies, and science topics.

Research shows that early support and remediation make a significant difference in students’ later academic success and self-confidence. I can help by providing patient, supportive instruction and help with homework, school projects, enrichment, study skills, and organization. Making learning fun is one of my goals. I believe that students are more eager to learn when they can be creative and engaged. When appropriate, I enjoy using hands-on approaches such as educational games, book-making, art projects related to school subjects, and creative drama activities - to facilitate learning and keep students motivated.

Along with tutoring, I would be happy to help any homeschool families develop “learning expeditions,” units of study, creative projects, or other resources. I am also happy to work with older students in any area of reading or writing. Finally, please consider me if you’re looking for a flute teacher or Spanish tutor!

My previous experience includes work primarily with children in preschool and kindergarten through the elementary grades. I served for twelve years as an Afterschool Education Coordinator – a position in which I administered educational testing and developed/implemented individual tutoring plans for 1st- 5th grade students. I have also served as a paraprofessional (teacher’s assistant) in bilingual and Special Needs classes, as a tutor for English Language Learners, and as a public school Teaching Artist. Recently, I moved to California from Massachusetts – where I hold teaching certification in Visual Art PreK-9.

I look forward to speaking with you about your tutoring needs, and I hope to be of service!

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Ellen’s subjects

Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Spanish
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Handwriting, Reading, SAT Reading, Spanish, Study Skills, Writing
Special Needs:
Dyslexia, Phonics
Art History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Flute, Music Theory
ESL/ESOL, Spanish
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing

Elementary (K-6th)

For 12 years, I coordinated an afterschool tutoring program at the Jackson Mann Community Center in Allston, MA - where I administered educational assessments, and developed/implemented individualized remedial tutoring plans for elementary students. I have also worked as a paraprofessional (teacher's assistant) in bilingual and special needs classes, as a lead afterschool teacher and curriculum developer, as an ELL tutor for Boston Public Schools, and as a visual arts Teaching Artist in a school partnership program.


I began playing the flute at age 16, and I am now in my late 50s. I graduated from community college as a music major with honors, then attended Berklee College of Music as a Flute Performance major for 3 semesters. I followed those studies with approximately 6 more years of flute study in non-credit settings. I have performed and also taught flute when my schedule has allowed. I love sharing this beautiful instrument with students!


As After school Education Coordinator of an urban community center for 12 years, I worked with numerous students on fundamental literacy skills. I helped many of our first and second graders learn beginning penmanship skills, including proper pencil grasp, letter formation, stroke direction and spacing. I also helped older students in their process of learning cursive writing. Additionally, I have served as a paraprofessional (teacher's assistant) in a special needs classroom. In this position, I assisted students whose handwriting was further impacted by fine motor control problems and/or issues with spatial orientation, letter reversals and other challenges.


I have many years of professional experience tutoring elementary grade students in phonics. In a position as Afterschool Education Coordinator for 12 years, I administered the Brigance Comprehensive Inventory of Basic Skills. This assessment tool targeted specific phonics skills. In response to the student assessments, I developed and implemented remedial tutoring plans for phonics and other basic skills. I have also tutored English Language Learners (ELL students) in phonics.

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Lesley University, Cambridge, MA (Liberal Studies)

Harvard University, Graduate School of Education (MEd)

Excellent, patient, and responsive tutor Ellen was my Spanish tutor for 6 months. Prepping for a move to South America, it was imperative that I had a foundation for the language. She developed customized lessons to meet my needs, and always worked at my pace. She was extremely attentive and accommodating for my busy schedule. I would highly recommend Ellen as a tutor! ...

— Jennifer from Monterey, CA on 8/10/14);

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Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

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Ellen will travel within 6 miles of Monterey, CA 93940.

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