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Marsha F.

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Reseda, CA (91337)

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My name is Marsha, and I graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Multiple Subjects Clear Teaching Credential and a major in Child Development. I also have a Cross-cultural Language Acquisition Development Certificate which allows me to teach non-English speaking students (both adults and children).

I got this certificate when I went to a language school in Costa Rica. Traveling is one of my hobbies. Learning different customs and cultures is important to me. Along with traveling, I enjoy dancing, reading, and working out (especially swimming).

Children are our future and opening their minds is always an exciting time. I love the challenge of grabbing the teaching moment and turning it into the "ah ha moment" when the light bulb goes on, and I see your child understand concepts where they weren't available to him/her before.

In over 20 years of teaching, I've been able to impact my students with the love of teaching. I specialize in teaching English as a Second Language, Math, reading, phonics, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, test taking skills and study skills. Whether we are working on reading, spelling or math, I assign homework to review the subject taught, and keep the student engaged but not overwhelmed.

I am flexible with time. However, I do have a 24-hour cancellation policy. I am comfortable with tutoring both privately or in a group. I also provide an environment conducive to learning.

Looking forward to hearing from you to find out how I can best be of service to meet your needs. Everyone can be successful in their studies and feel good about themselves. Let me help you reach those goals!

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Marsha’s subjects

Elementary (K-6th)

I graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Multiple Subjects Clear Teaching Credential. I have been teaching for 20 years. I have been trained in several different programs including Success for All, Open Court and Treasures. This is the Language Arts program the Los Angeles Unified School District uses.

Elementary Math

I am certified to teach math. I make it fun! We use a lot of manipulatives, play games like around the world (multiplication, addition, subtraction & division), flashcards, worksheets, etc.
We also have timed tests to keep improving scores. I love teaching math.

Elementary Science

Being an elementary school teacher affords me the opportunity to teach many subjects. The best thing about science is a methodical study of nature that forms a hypothesis, prediction and explanation. Children love it because it is "hands-on" and fun!


I teach every aspect of English and (ESL): listening skills, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary and proofreading.

I went to Costa Rica during my off-track time to receive my CLAD (Cross-Cultural Language Acquisition Development Certificate) which affords me the opportunity to teach non-English speaking students.


Using proper grammar is basic to good communication (verbal) skills and writing papers.

I've gone to many literacy trainings to teach me how to best teach students grammar, vocabulary, and spelling.

I can teach those strategies to students and now feel comfortable to write those essays!


I am certified to teach Phonics. Learning to read and spell is based on phonics and therefore important to learn. A student will be able to interpret a word by it's phonetics.


I myself check my own work just like I tell my students how important it is to proofread theirs.

A whole paper, ad, letter, job application, etc. can be dismissed because of errors that were not caught because one didn't take the time to proofread their work.


I remember being in elementary school and being a reading "buddy" for a student in the second grade. I guess you could say that was my first "tutoring" experience.

I feel it's everyone's birthright to be able to read. Reading opens up a whole new world of enjoyment and education.

I have passed the RICA which is a reading test that affords me to teach reading. I also have been trained in the Open Court, Success For All, and Treasures Literacy Programs.

Social Studies

I am a certified teacher and have been teaching social studies for 20 years and am thoroughly excited to impart my knowledge of history to the students. It is like being in a time machine. I do a lot of traveling and bring in pictures and other artifacts from my escapades which makes it more exciting and fun....NOT BORING! It becomes real. A hands-on experience.


I have taken phonics classes, which help students with their reading and spelling. Using phonemic awareness (putting letter sounds together) is actual learning rather than "studying" by rote. When you learn the "rules," there isn't anything you can't read just by sounding it out.

Study Skills

I graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential (Clear) with a major in Child Development.

In my 20 years of teaching with the Los Angeles Unified School District, I realized many students needed to learn how to study before they actually could.

Every year I spend alot of time teaching appropriate study skills. For example, going to bed early, eating breakfast before coming to school, not studying in front of the TV or listening to music while you are trying to read.

I also taught them skills like reading the questions before you read the paragraph and then go back to the paragraph when you read the question again. Highlighting and underscoring, summarizing are all good tools to use as study skills.


I have an excellent vocabulary which I contribute to being an avid reader. My teachers/parents encouraged me to look words up in a dictionary or thesaurus rather than to tell me the answers to the meanings of the words. I teach vocabulary by definition, antonym, synonym and using the word in a sentence.

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Los Angeles Pierce College (Education)

California State University, Northridge (Other)

Perfect fit! Ms. F seems to be a terrific fit for my 8 year old son. When he finished with his reading/phonics session he had a big smile on his face and could explain what he had learned. He later told me that Ms. F was 'really nice' which is important to him at this young age, but he did a lot of work! I saw confidence in him. Her credentials are impressive, we are looking forward to future success! Upd ...

— Selena from Encino, CA on 1/7/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

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Marsha will travel within 15 miles of Reseda, CA 91335.

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