I am more than a tutor. I am a teacher. What does that mean? That means that I use highly regarded, research-based instructional programs that I have been thoroughly trained to use for all of the academic subjects I teach. And since each student has different learning styles and needs, it means that I know how to customize these programs to fit the level and need of each student. I use professional assessments to determine each student’s current level of academic achievement, so I can target and fill in any gaps in the foundational skills in each subject.
I have been a literacy teacher since 2006, and since 2009, credentialed to teach all of the subjects in social science at the secondary level. These include US and world history, government, geography, and economics. My MA is from Antioch University and my undergraduate degree from Northwestern University is in education.
Currently, I work part-time as a library media teacher at Santa Monica High School. Until its closure in 2013, I also worked as a literacy teacher at The Kelter Center in Los Angeles where I was trained to use state-of-the art, research-based methods for teaching all aspects of literacy – decoding (phonics), spelling, fluency, vocabulary, reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar and writing. I have also worked for Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, using their critically acclaimed instructional programs for teaching basic reading skills.
I enjoy teaching one-to-one, because I like young people and learning about them, their interests and their ways of learning and finding the best way for them to master a particular skill. In a 6-week intensive program, my students typically advance by at least one-grade level in their reading and writing scores. I have recommendations from many satisfied parents and students.
As a computer tutor for adults, I have been using Microsoft Office products on both the PC and the Mac for more than 15 years, and I was a computer trainer for a Fortune 500 company.
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