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Laura D.

Sebastopol, CA

$50/hr

Literacy and Technology Specialist

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Literacy and Technology Specialist

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As a trained Waldorf teacher, I specialize in helping young children with reading by addressing the whole child. Learning to read is a combination of skills, and we look at all the factors which might create stumbling blocks to success. In addition to phonics, I use developmental movement exercises and imaginative stories. In addition to my experience working with reading, I have many years of working in the technology field and can assist students in their computer proficiency. Last but not least, I am a professional editor as well, and can be of assistance in college writing. I look forward to helping you.

Testimonials

"Awesome tutor!"

- Sasha, Rohnert Park, CA on 7/24/14

"She saved my book on Microsoft Word"

- Al, Sebastopol, CA on 10/30/13
English:
ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
Computer Science, Desktop Publishing, General Computer, Macintosh,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, QuickBooks
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Dyslexia, Phonics
Business:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking,
QuickBooks
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
English, Reading, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading, SAT Reading
Corporate Training:
General Computer, Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, 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.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have been working as a teacher in k-6 schools in Sonoma County for the past 6 years. I am currently a reading specialist for 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders. In addition I have a Waldorf Teacher Certification, for k-12.

Macintosh

I have worked as a computer scientist and programmer for over 30 years, since 1966. I was an instructor for adults in using computers, and established a computer training center for Sybase. I am one of the original computer programmers for NASA. Using a Macintosh is something I do every day.

Phonics

I am currently a remedial reading teacher, using phonics instruction for 1st through 4th grade students who are struggling with reading. I use an Orton-Gillingham based reading product called Reading Horizons, which teaches phonics step by step. I am also a Waldorf teacher, and can apply whole-word reading approaches with phonics based approaches, depending on the need of the child.

Public Speaking

I have been trained in public speaking at a non-profit educational foundation, where I spoke before groups as large as 1000 people. I was also a coach for other speakers in that foundation for over 15 years. Subsequently, I began teaching adults, using my public speaking skills. I have been a presenter at conferences, as an individual as well as panel member. My ability lies in helping someone gain the ability to be natural in front of groups, no matter what size.

QuickBooks

I have worked as an administrative assistant to a CEO for the past 10 years, using Quickbooks to manage his multiple businesses. In addition, I use Quicken for my home accounts. Because I have a 30-year background in computer science and programming, and have been a computer programming teacher, I have experience teaching many technical subjects, to both children and adults. I was teaching a technology enrichment program in the public schools for 5 years prior to this year, when I became a reading specialist.

Brooklyn College
Center for Ed. Renewal
Other

Education

Brooklyn College

Center for Ed. Renewal (Other)

Awesome tutor! — Laura was a great help with my issues with QuickBooks. She made things easy to understand and I finally don't feel like tearing my hair out every time I turn on the program! I would recommend Laura for any tutoring needs. ...

— Sasha, Rohnert Park, CA on 7/24/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Laura will travel within 25 miles of Sebastopol, CA 95472.


About Laura

As a trained Waldorf teacher, I specialize in helping young children with reading by addressing the whole child. Learning to read is a combination of skills, and we look at all the factors which might create stumbling blocks to success. In addition to phonics, I use developmental movement exercises and imaginative stories. In addition to my experience working with reading, I have many years of working in the technology field and can assist students in their computer proficiency. Last but not least, I am a professional editor as well, and can be of assistance in college writing. I look forward to helping you.

Testimonials

"Awesome tutor!"

- Sasha, Rohnert Park, CA on 7/24/14

"She saved my book on Microsoft Word"

- Al, Sebastopol, CA on 10/30/13
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Education

Brooklyn College
Center for Ed. Renewal
Other

Education

Brooklyn College

Center for Ed. Renewal (Other)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Sebastopol, CA 95472

Laura’s Subjects

English:
ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
Computer Science, Desktop Publishing, General Computer, Macintosh,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, QuickBooks
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Dyslexia, Phonics
Business:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking,
QuickBooks
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
English, Reading, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading, SAT Reading
Corporate Training:
General Computer, Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, 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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