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Janet K.

Reading, Writing, Editing, Language Skills, History

Santa Clara, CA (95051)

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My method is student focused. This individualized approach tailors motivation and instruction. I have found that students are and feel more empowered and responsible for their progress and achievements. The student's personal strengths, goals and aspirations shape the tutoring. Together, we design, evaluate, and reshape our work as needed to reach identified goals and the steps along the way. Students truly recognize and own their learning process. This evolving self-motivation makes learning more enjoyable and effective. It is gratifying for both of us.

Currently, I volunteer at Read Santa Clara as a literacy tutor for adults. It is a joy to positively affect a learner's achievements and learning process.

I draw on my depth of experience professionally and personally, continuing to mine, discover and create effective connections and methods that contribute to students' success.


Academic background: Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts - B.A. in history. Columbia University Teachers' College in New York City, New York - M.A.T. in secondary level Social Studies.

After teaching in Junior and Senior High School in the New York area, I moved to California, where I hold a permanent teaching credential.

Professional work in California (past to present): Emporium-Capwell Company (Training Director, Assistant Buyer, Department Manager), City of Palo Alto Utilities Department (Energy Conservation Manager, writer of nationally distributed program handbook), Usr/Group (Administrator for software association), Semiconductor Industry Association (Meeting Planner, Executive Assistant), Watkins-Johnson (Executive Assistant), Symantec (Executive Assistant), WATCH-Women's and Their Children's Housing and HOMESAFE - collaborative of 7 nonprofits serving families of domestic violence - (Development Officer and Campaign Coordinator), Center for Excellence in Nonprofits (Development Assistant), Second Harvest Food Bank (Development), Pacific Art League (Development Consultant), The Family Giving Tree (Development Director), Freelance Development consultant and grant writer.

Volunteer work (past to present): Palo Alto Parents' Nursery School (President and Fundraiser), Palo Alto PTA Board (Environmental Chair), Diabetes Society of Santa Clara Valley (Development), KARA (Development), Abilities United (Marketing Outreach for Art Program), Read Santa Clara (Tutor - Adult Literacy).

Relevant skills I have learned and apply to tutoring success: Teaching and Tutoring, Mentoring and Coaching, Communication and Presentation, Research, Reading, Writing, Editing, Organization and Planning, Management.

My personal goal is draw on my gifts, experience and learning to draw out and teach students to learn, achieve, recognize and apply their own talents.

My rate for one student/hour is $40 and for two students/hour $50.

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Janet’s subjects

English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
American History, Classics, European History, Government & Politics, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Art History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Elementary (K-6th)

I am an experienced tutor in English - reading, writing, comprehension, study skills and presentation.

I hold a Masters in Teaching from Teachers College Columbia University. Please refer to my profile for more details.


I am an experienced English tutor specializing in reading, writing and oral communication. I have also been a writer and editor as well as an avid reader who appreciates good writing.

Public Speaking

I have taken classes in communications, presentation skills and public speaking and practiced these skills for many years. Practice of a person's strengths as well as practice of new skills strengthens the effectiveness of public speaking. This confidence and comfort plus focus and knowledge of the subject make it possible to speak with ease and win over an audience.

Appropriately "owning" the interaction from the start makes a great difference even before speaking. Listening is essential. Well received, clear and focused interactions make the difference and prepare the groundwork for a continued relationship. Knowing yourself, your purpose and the audience and its purpose is powerful.


I am currently a literacy tutor at the Santa Clara Library, teaching reading, writing, spelling, communication and presentation skills.

I hold a Masters in Teaching from Teachers College Columbia University and am a former teacher.

Study Skills

Teaching study skills draws upon my ability to organize, think clearly, focus on outcomes, develop strategy and tactics, and measurement of goals. The student is involved, with my guidance, to develop his/her own plan and be responsible, with my coaching, to achieve it.

I am an experienced teacher and tutor, and I hold a Masters in Teaching from Teachers College Columbia.


I am presently tutoring a student in writing and editing his work. My experience includes writing and editing newsletters and other documents. I approach this by focusing on the purpose of the writer, engaging the reader's attention, clearly presenting the substance and as appropriate, the significance or impact the writer intends. It is important that the reader is drawn in, clearly and easily understands what is written, values it, and takes away the writer's message.

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Wheaton College, Norton, MA

Columbia University - Teachers College (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Travel policy

Janet will travel within 10 miles of Santa Clara, CA 95051.

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