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Maria M.

Torrance, CA

$65/hr

Highly Competent, Patient, and Goal Oriented Reading Specialist

Background check passed as of 8/22/10
Usually responds in about 4 hours

Highly Competent, Patient, and Goal Oriented Reading Specialist

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I am a highly competent Educator with over 20 years of experience in Elementary Education as a Classroom Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Intervention Specialist. I have thorough knowledge and understanding of all components of Reading and the Reading Process, testing and evaluation, and appropriate placement, methodology, and materials. I am goal oriented and I get excellent results. I am patient and cognizant of the relationship between self-esteem and Reading competency, and develop a "success builds success" partnership with my students. I will tutor students of any age.

- AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Reading, Writing, and Language Arts in
both English and Spanish.

- BILINGUAL: I have excellent written and verbal skills in English
and in Spanish.

- CERTIFIED: I am certified to teach English (ESL) and Spanish (SSL).

- STUDY SKILLS: I can teach organizational and study skills.

Testimonials

"Cross Country Tutoring"

- Kay, West Islip, NY on 2/26/14

"Great tutor"

- Noelle, Hermosa Beach, CA on 5/12/13

"Excellent"

- Barbara, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA on 11/14/12
English:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading,
Reading,
Vocabulary
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar,
Phonics,
Reading,
Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics,
Special Needs
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Reading,
Spanish,
Study Skills
Test Preparation:
GED
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading,
Spanish

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 am knowledgeable of and experienced with the California Academic Curriculum.

I have been an elementary Classroom Teacher in kindergarten, first, and second grades.

English

I have taught English-speaking skills to students of different ages from Kindergarten to adult.

ESL/ESOL

I have a credential from the State of California to teach ESL to students whose native language is not English. I have had much experience (over 20 years) with great success in teaching children and adults to speak English, and learn the other components of the language, such as reading and writing.

GED

I can help English or Spanish speakers study for and pass the GED.

Grammar

I am certified by the State of California to teach English Language Arts. Grammar is a major component of English Language Arts, and I have over 20 years of experience in teaching it to students of various ages.

Phonics

I am a service-oriented educator with a strong commitment to assisting all students acquire and develop the necessary skills to master core academic requirements. I have full understanding of all components of Reading, and excel in the development of the Reading Process. I have had over 20 years of Classroom Teaching at the Kindergarten, First, and Second Grades, and in directing a Reading Lab as a Reading Specialist and Reading Intervention Teacher. I am highly skilled in the interpretation of test and performance data, and in the development of appropriate instruction and learning plan. I have a Doctorate in Language and Literacy.

Proofreading

As a favor to my friends and classmates, I started proofreading their class reports during my undergraduate years. This turned into a "side job" and I soon began proofreading masters theses. In the last ten years, I have also been called upon to proofread some doctoral dissertations.

Reading

Highly skilled in all components of teaching Reading and Language Arts. Experience of over 20 years as Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade classroom teacher, and as a Reading Specialist and a Reading Intervention Teacher.

Spanish

I am a native Spanish speaker with excellent written and verbal skills in both English and Spanish. I have over 20 years' experience teaching Spanish to students of all ages, including adults. I have experience with translations in both informal and formal settings, and I have written and designed educational presentations for parents and community members in Spanish on Child Development, Language Acquisition, and Reading.

Special Needs

I have had 16 years of working with students on an individual basis or in small groups, in highly structured Intervention Programs in a Reading Lab setting. In working with these students, it was my responsibility to teach them early language and reading skills (math), and assist them in classroom performance. Before teaching them, I tested them, set up goals, and then provided the most appropriate level of instruction. I then continually monitored and evaluated their progress and needs. On many occasions, this work continued long after they were formally placed in Resource, and I worked alongside the Resource Specialist in a "team" situation. Aside from teaching skills, it has always been important to me to assist students integrate with other students and enjoy their educational experience. I have much experience working with students that present with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, and other special needs. I will always evaluate your child's needs and discuss them with you before starting. Please feel free to contact me with questions. Thank you, Dr. M.

Arizona State University, Tempe
Education
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Master's
California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA
EdD

Education

Arizona State University, Tempe (Education)

University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona (Master's)

California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA (EdD)

Cross Country Tutoring — We started with Maria in New York. In a very short time she was capable of making my son bring his grade up in Spanish. Then there was a move cross country and we were devastated as it was absolutely impossible to replace her skills. For a month we tried interviewing and could not find any tutor with her capabilities. Thanks to technology, Maria does work with my son via Skype. She's highly sk ...

— Kay, West Islip, NY on 2/26/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $65.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Maria will travel within 15 miles of Torrance, CA 90501.


About Maria

I am a highly competent Educator with over 20 years of experience in Elementary Education as a Classroom Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Intervention Specialist. I have thorough knowledge and understanding of all components of Reading and the Reading Process, testing and evaluation, and appropriate placement, methodology, and materials. I am goal oriented and I get excellent results. I am patient and cognizant of the relationship between self-esteem and Reading competency, and develop a "success builds success" partnership with my students. I will tutor students of any age.

- AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Reading, Writing, and Language Arts in
both English and Spanish.

- BILINGUAL: I have excellent written and verbal skills in English
and in Spanish.

- CERTIFIED: I am certified to teach English (ESL) and Spanish (SSL).

- STUDY SKILLS: I can teach organizational and study skills.

Testimonials

"Cross Country Tutoring"

- Kay, West Islip, NY on 2/26/14

"Great tutor"

- Noelle, Hermosa Beach, CA on 5/12/13

"Excellent"

- Barbara, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA on 11/14/12
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Education

Arizona State University, Tempe
Education
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Master's
California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA
EdD

Education

Arizona State University, Tempe (Education)

University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona (Master's)

California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA (EdD)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Torrance, CA 90501

Maria’s Subjects

English:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading,
Reading,
Vocabulary
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar,
Phonics,
Reading,
Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics,
Special Needs
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Reading,
Spanish,
Study Skills
Test Preparation:
GED
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading,
Spanish

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.


Background Check Status for Maria M.

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