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Susan K.

Petaluma, CA

$40/hr

Reading Results Coach

Background check passed as of 4/16/14
Usually responds in about 3 hours

Reading Results Coach

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Teaching children to read is one of my most rewarding experiences. I taught grades K-3 for over 10 years in public schools, and worked as a school district literacy coordinator. I have experience teaching reading and training teachers how to use a reading program. In teaching students to read, I work on phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension I use a variety of tools, such as flash cards, chants to remember sounds, hand motions for blending sounds, It's important to integrate learning styles, which include visual, auditory and kinesthetic. I start with a baseline assessment and then track progress.
I view tutoring as a two way street. I do my part and the student needs to to their part by focusing, paying attention and doing their best. Students do best when they receive positive recognition for their efforts and I help them to see specific achievements they have made. When struggling students see their progress, they're encouraged and they excel. I have a masters degree in education and CA teaching credential. Reading is the key that opens door to success!

English:
Reading,
Vocabulary
Elementary Education:
Phonics,
Reading,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Homeschool:
Reading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Phonics

I have over 10 years of experience teaching grades K-3 in public schools. Having taught kindergarten and first grade for several years, I developed and refined teaching reading readiness skills using a variety of reading programs, such as Holt, MacMillan, and Harcourt Brace. I worked as a K-8 school district literacy coordinator for three years. In that position, I facilitated trainings for new teachers, using the adopted reading program. I have also demonstrated lessons in classrooms. In addition, I taught in a summer reading lab for two summers. Students who attended were referred by their teachers. When I teach phonics, I begin by establishing a baseline for each student, and I continually assess to mark progress of phonemic awareness.

Reading

I have 12 years experience teaching grades K-3, and I have 3 years experience as a district K-8 literacy coordinator. In addition, I supervised a volunteer tutoring program and I trained tutors in reading. I administer assessments to establish a baseline to start working with a student and I assess progress in the five essential components of reading on an ongoing basis, in order to track progress.

Vocabulary

In my 12 years of teaching grades K-3, I learned the importance of vocabulary building as early as pre-reading. Both oral and written vocabulary building are essential. Vocabulary is one of the 5 reading components that I integrate with reading instruction. When a student comes across a word they are unfamiliar with, I give a short definition and I use it in a sentence. In wording with short o words, we came across the word COT. The student asked what's a COT? I explained it was something to sleep on and it often made of wood and canvas. A cot might be used in a cabin. I used the word in a sentence to give context to that new word.

University of California Berkeley
Sociology
University of San Francisco
Master's
University of California Berkeley
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of California Berkeley (Sociology)

University of San Francisco (Master's)

University of California Berkeley (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Susan will travel within 25 miles of Petaluma, CA 94952.


About Susan

Teaching children to read is one of my most rewarding experiences. I taught grades K-3 for over 10 years in public schools, and worked as a school district literacy coordinator. I have experience teaching reading and training teachers how to use a reading program. In teaching students to read, I work on phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension I use a variety of tools, such as flash cards, chants to remember sounds, hand motions for blending sounds, It's important to integrate learning styles, which include visual, auditory and kinesthetic. I start with a baseline assessment and then track progress.
I view tutoring as a two way street. I do my part and the student needs to to their part by focusing, paying attention and doing their best. Students do best when they receive positive recognition for their efforts and I help them to see specific achievements they have made. When struggling students see their progress, they're encouraged and they excel. I have a masters degree in education and CA teaching credential. Reading is the key that opens door to success!

Education

University of California Berkeley
Sociology
University of San Francisco
Master's
University of California Berkeley
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of California Berkeley (Sociology)

University of San Francisco (Master's)

University of California Berkeley (Graduate Coursework)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Petaluma, CA 94952

Susan’s Subjects

English:
Reading,
Vocabulary
Elementary Education:
Phonics,
Reading,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Homeschool:
Reading

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.


Background Check Status for Susan K.

Susan K. passed a background check on 4/16/14. The check was ordered by Susan through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

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