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Susan M.

San Jose, CA

$50/hr

Autism Specialist with Montessori Training

Background check passed as of 10/16/11
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Autism Specialist with Montessori Training

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A lifetime of experience and education has resulted in excellent qualifications for working with students of all ages, from toddlers through adults, especially those on the autism spectrum. A Montessori-certified preschool teacher with 15 years' experience, I have also earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and am currently nearing completion of a master's degree in marriage and family therapy. In addition, I have raised two children of my own, now teens, both of whom are on the autism spectrum as well as being gifted. My son also has learning disabilities. Having overcome learning disabilities myself to the point of being a member of my university's honors society, I am intimately familiar with special needs and how to accommodate them.

The Montessori method instructs teachers to observe their students in order to best learn how to teach them. Using this principle and my extensive familiarity with patterns of development, both typical and atypical, throughout the lifespan, I am able to match students of all ages and abilities with interventions and activities that are uniquely effective for their particular needs, personalities, and learning styles. I also have a very large personal inventory of learning materials, including Montessori materials, appropriate for ages from toddlers through elementary. I also have sensory therapeutic items for those with special needs.

Testimonials

"OK Tutor"

- Anne, San Jose, CA on 5/29/14

"Very caring and patient."

- Patty, Los Gatos, CA on 1/21/14

"Wonderful"

- Lisa, San Jose, CA on 2/4/12
Math:
Prealgebra
English:
Bible Studies,
English,
Grammar,
Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, Vocabulary,
Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar,
Phonics,
Reading, Spelling,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
English,
Prealgebra, Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar,
Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

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ADD/ADHD

Have worked with my own children, both of whom have been diagnosed with ADHD-inattentive, on organization and strategies to improve focus and comprehension. I also have therapy balls, seat discs, and various other materials for use with this group.

Aspergers

I am the mother of two children on the spectrum, as well as having worked with others ranging in age from preschool to adult.

Autism

I am the mother of two children on the spectrum, as well as having worked with others ranging in age from preschool to adult.

Bible Studies

Undergraduate work was through Bethany University, formerly Bible College. Coursework in Theology and New and Old Testament studies was undertaken. Additionally, I have some familiarity with Hebrew language.

Dyslexia

I have personally compensated for my own dyslexia, and therefore am intimately familiar with the kinds of strategies that can be effective.

Elementary (K-6th)

Having been a preschool teacher for 15 years, I supported many children in the development of foundational and actual skills in reading, writing, math, and other core subjects. I have an extensive personal collection of learning materials appropriate for use with all elementary grade levels, including unit blocks for math activities.

English

Not only am I a native speaker of English with a very high vocabulary, but a background in Latin has also taught the foundational principles of English, which are less inherently obvious than many other languages.

Grammar

I have earned top marks in graduate writing, including the use of APA style.

Phonics

As a Montessori-certified preschool teacher for 15 years, I have taught many children to read utilizing various methods. I have many materials, including movable alphabet, initial sounds matching activities, dry-erase worksheets, whiteboards, and many more. I also have an extensive collection of children's literature, with particular emphasis on books that instill a love of language.

Public Speaking

In addition to having taken coursework in public speaking through De Anza College, I have also been a presenter myself on numerous occasions.

Special Needs

I have direct personal experience working with individuals with special needs ranging from autism to spina bifida. I also completed a preschool special education practicum through De Anza College.

Spelling

English is a challenging language in regards to proper spelling, because English words have come from many sources; therefore, multiple rules of spelling are used. Understanding some of the basic concepts and patterns may help. Also, practice in how to quickly find proper spellings may also be beneficial.

Study Skills

I have worked with individuals from elementary through college ages to develop personalized study plans. I have personally participated in accelerated study programs, at one point taking the equivalent of 27 units in a single quarter (12 is considered a full-time student) while still fulfilling my obligations as a single parent.

Vocabulary

A grounding in Latin and Greek roots forms the basis of a very strong English vocabulary. I can teach students how to recognize these roots, as well as the common prefixes and suffixes that form the basis of many English words.

Writing

I have earned top marks on graduate writing projects, including research papers. I am experienced at working to rubrics and also in using APA style, including 6th Edition modifications.

Bethany University
Capella University (online; currently attending)
Master's

Education

Bethany University

Capella University (online; currently attending) (Master's)

OK Tutor — Susan arrived 10 minutes late for my son's initial trial lesson and was in a frazzled state. My first impression wasn't very positive, but I decided to give her the benefit of the doubt as she may be having an off day. During the first lesson, she performed an informal assessment to determine my son's reading level. After her lesson, I asked my son how he felt about Susan being his tutor. He said ...

— Anne, San Jose, CA on 5/29/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Susan will travel within 20 miles of San Jose, CA 95123.


About Susan

A lifetime of experience and education has resulted in excellent qualifications for working with students of all ages, from toddlers through adults, especially those on the autism spectrum. A Montessori-certified preschool teacher with 15 years' experience, I have also earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and am currently nearing completion of a master's degree in marriage and family therapy. In addition, I have raised two children of my own, now teens, both of whom are on the autism spectrum as well as being gifted. My son also has learning disabilities. Having overcome learning disabilities myself to the point of being a member of my university's honors society, I am intimately familiar with special needs and how to accommodate them.

The Montessori method instructs teachers to observe their students in order to best learn how to teach them. Using this principle and my extensive familiarity with patterns of development, both typical and atypical, throughout the lifespan, I am able to match students of all ages and abilities with interventions and activities that are uniquely effective for their particular needs, personalities, and learning styles. I also have a very large personal inventory of learning materials, including Montessori materials, appropriate for ages from toddlers through elementary. I also have sensory therapeutic items for those with special needs.

Testimonials

"OK Tutor"

- Anne, San Jose, CA on 5/29/14

"Very caring and patient."

- Patty, Los Gatos, CA on 1/21/14

"Wonderful"

- Lisa, San Jose, CA on 2/4/12
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Education

Bethany University
Capella University (online; currently attending)
Master's

Education

Bethany University

Capella University (online; currently attending) (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of San Jose, CA 95123

Susan’s Subjects

Math:
Prealgebra
English:
Bible Studies,
English,
Grammar,
Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, Vocabulary,
Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar,
Phonics,
Reading, Spelling,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
English,
Prealgebra, Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar,
Proofreading, Public Speaking

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.


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