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Rachel C.

Professional writer with MA in English tutors in a variety of subjects

Santa Cruz, CA (95060)

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As a teacher and a parent, I bring patience, a gift for creating structure, and a love of learning to the educational process.

I hold a Master's degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley, where I spent three years working as a graduate student instructor in English composition and sophomore literature survey courses. Later, as a homeschooling mom, I developed structured curricula for my daughter from kindergarten through the seventh grade, combining creativity with a solid grounding in language arts, history, Judaic studies, math, science, art, music, physical education, and community service. I am also a former technical writer in the telecommunications field, where I developed clear, accurate, and practical instruction manuals over the course of a 15-year career. At present, I am a part-time graduate student at Union Institute & University, where I am working on an online Master's degree in History and Culture, with a focus on Disability Studies.

Whether I am working with children, teaching college students, or writing technical manuals, my purpose is always to be an ally in the learning process and to inspire people to have greater levels of confidence in their own abilities. I have always loved the process of learning, and I have a passion for inspiring that love in others. I welcome students with a wide range of needs and abilities, and I look forward to helping you develop a learning plan tailored to your individual goals.

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Rachel’s subjects

English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Spanish, TOEFL
History:
American History, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Religion, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Reading, Spanish, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Spanish

Aspergers

I have written a number of articles about Asperger's and autism over the past several years, along with three books on the subject. I have maintained two sites devoted to Asperger's and autism, and I have counseled a number of parents about their children's challenges and experiences. I am also a graduate student in History and Culture, with an emphasis on Disability Studies, and one of my areas of focus is autism research.

Autism

I have written a number of articles about Asperger's and autism over the past several years, along with three books on the subject. I have maintained two sites devoted to Asperger's and autism, and I have counseled a number of parents about their children's challenges and experiences. I am also a graduate student in History and Culture, with an emphasis on Disability Studies, and one of my areas of focus is autism research.

Bible Studies

I worked as a lay rabbi for several years. In this position, I taught workshops on the Jewish Bible in area schools and churches, and I participated in interfaith study sessions with Christians, Buddhists, and Muslims. I prepared sermons that involved close textual reading and interpretation, and led a weekly Torah discussion.

Elementary (K-6th)

As a former homeschooling parent, I developed structured curricula for grades K-7 that combined creativity with a solid grounding in language arts, history, Judaic studies, math, science, art, music, physical education, and community service. My daughter went on to receive straight As in high school.

English

I am a professional writer with a master's degree in English. As a graduate student instructor at the University of California at Berkeley, I taught classes in English composition and literature for three years. I also have fifteen years of experience as a technical writer in the telecommunications field.

Phonics

As a homeschooling parent, I taught my daughter to read using the phonics method. She was able to read the Lord of the Rings trilogy in the third grade.

Religion

I am a former lay rabbi and co-director of The Tiferet Center, a Jewish community service organization. As the co-director, I taught classes on Judaism and Jewish culture at the Academy at Charlemont, Greenfield Community College, the Upward Bound program, and several local churches. Classes varied from one-hour workshops on the core values of Judaism to week-long units that included close textual study of the Bible, explorations into the nature and purpose of Jewish practice, and discussions about Jewish history and the imperative toward social justice. I also participated in interfaith work and interfaith study with Christians, Muslims, and Buddhists.

Special Needs

I have written a number of articles about Asperger's and autism over the past several years, along with three books on the subject. I have maintained two sites devoted to Asperger's and autism, and I have counseled a number of parents about their children's challenges and experiences. I am also a graduate student in History and Culture, with an emphasis on Disability Studies. Finally, I have experience as a personal care assistant for a boy with multiple, severe disabilities that include cerebral palsy, seizure disorder, and cortical visual impairment.

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Education

Princeton University and University of California at Berkeley

University of California at Berkeley (Master's)

Union Institute & University (Enrolled)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Rachel will travel within 10 miles of Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

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