Hello! I'm Jabari. It is my pleasure to offer my 15 years of teaching and tutoring experience to meet the needs of your child in the areas of dyslexia, and Spanish or English language development and literacy. My method is: student-friendly, Orton-Gillingham based, flexible, award-winning, and fun! I make it a point to provide a fruitful and friendly experience. And, with your child, I take the time to become familiar with the young one's personal, social, and academic interests. We collaborate first as human beings, getting to know each other, as we strive for a continuous joy of life-long learning. I work with you, the adult(s), and communicate your child's progress regularly.
I thoroughly enjoy empowering pupils who live with dyslexia and teaching English literacy! I am trained in: 10 levels of the Susan Barton method, in linguistics from Stanford, and in in-depth, critical reading comprehension learning from Columbia Teachers College. I was awarded Distinguished Teacher of the Year, for my innovations in English and Spanish literacy by the Berkeley Public Education Fund, in 2010. I teach tutees to: hone their hearing of English sounds, clear up letter reversals, solidify the use of vowel and consonant combinations, read really long words and irregular words, boost fluency of reading and writing, master foreign influences and greek and latin word parts, learn to write neatly, and most importantly, comprehend deeply, and think and write critically!
Spanish tutoring is also a great passion of mine. I have studied Spanish since kindergarden, and I have lived in Mexico and Columbia and carried out honors thesis research for two years in Ecuador, while a student at Stanford. I hold a BCLAD teaching credential which has certified me to be a Two-Way Immersion teacher for the past 15 years. I specialize in helping English native students in learning Spanish language and literacy, at the elementary level, from second grade onward. I am a classical and jazz singer and pianist as well. I use my original songs, guided reading of leveled, worded, and wordless books and games to conjugate the many verb endings within the tenses. I utilize the same approach along with pneumonic stories, icons, and body movement to build grammar, vocabulary, and reading, thus enabling students to speak fluently and have fun!
While I am thoroughly trained, and research-oriented, I never stop learning. Therefore, above all, I am constantly focused on driving my instruction based on your child's current needs, taking queues from their body-language, verbal language, and heart. I also provide stress and anxiety reduction technique as a licensed Revitalization Coach.
I am flexible. I can meet at your home, my home or a location of your choosing. While I do have a 24 cancellation policy, it is my pleasure to offer make-ups. With great enthusiasm, I share my skills and gifts with your child, whom I consider to be a gift to all. I celebrate diversity of all levels of academic level, background, and learning differences. I look forward to meeting you all! :-)
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