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Robyn H.

Vallejo, CA

$40/hr

Dynamic Math & Reading Teacher, K-7

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Dynamic Math & Reading Teacher, K-7

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Qualifications:

I am a talented educator with 25 years experience teaching K-7 students in public schools, with 12 of those years teaching Special Needs children grades K-5. I have a Multiple Subject Clear Credential and a Mild & Moderate Disabilities Education Specialist Credential. I have taught grades 1, 2, 5, and 7th grade Math. I currently teach K-5 Special Needs children in Vallejo as well as giving private tutoring. In addition to instructing children, I gave workshops for educators on instructional strategies and positive classroom management for 12 years at Sonoma State University, Sonoma County Office Of Education,and schools throughout Northern California.

I am an excellent reading instructor, and can teach almost any student to become a proficient reader. I have taught numerous children how to read or improve, from phonics through reading comprehension. I have extensive experience teaching reading and language arts to students with dyslexia or learning disabilities. I can help students with learning writing from phonetic spelling to persuasive essays.

I love teaching math as much as I do teaching reading! I know how to re-teach missing skills, break problems into manageable parts, and show easy ways to add, subtract, multiply or divide without memorization. I have successfully taught Re-grouping, Fractions, Decimals, Percents, Long Division, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Word Problems. My students love math, and excel in it.

In regards to Special Needs students, I daily teach students with ADHD, learning disabilities, language processing difficulties, emotionally disturbance, and children on the Autism Spectrum. Most students find me patient, sensitive, caring, and fun! I help all students experience success and build their self-confidence as learners. Many a child has turned around their self-esteem as a result of mastering previously challenging skills.

Tutoring Approach:

I teach because I love children, and thoroughly enjoy helping them be ever more successful in school. My students' grades improve, and their test scores improve; frequently dramatically so. I have great rapport with kids, and motivate them to try their best and work hard. I get the most out of children, as I can tell when they are getting fatigued or frustrated, and switch my approach or the activity. I give them tons of encouragement and recognition; we celebrate success with each other and with parents. I thoroughly believe a child can achieve because I have seen child after child break through. I have helped students who were getting D's and F's get A's, and raised test scores from Below Basic to Proficient or Advanced. This happens because we're in it together, and the journey is fun!

Tutoring sessions are customized to the needs of the child/wishes of the parent. I informally assess all students, and can administer standardized academic tests if desired. I can assist with homework of any kind, and always come prepared to teach needed skills. I tailor lessons to the level that students are challenged but successful, and focus on areas that need development. I have access to the best curriculum I have found through years of trial and experience. Learning games are frequently employed for skill practice. I am always on the lookout to improve my methods and broaden my repertoire of teaching strategies. I try to motivate my students to do extra practice beyond the tutoring session or their Homework. I care passionately about the success of each child and have faith in their ability to learn. I come to work excited each day.

I love parents nearly as much as children. I always provide tips and materials for parents to work with their child if they're inclined, or take away the Homework Hassles that sometimes come with parenting.

I encourage you in your desire to help your child be happier and more successful. If you give me a try, I think you will be very pleased!

Testimonials

"Highly Recommended"

- Evan, American Canyon, CA on 6/2/14
Math:
Algebra 1, Prealgebra
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Test Preparation:
CBEST
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ADD/ADHD

I possess a current and valid Mild & Moderate Education Specialist Credential. I have been a Resource Specialist and taught ADHD students daily for the past 12 years for Vallejo City Unified School District.

Aspergers

I have completed a yearlong graduate course in Autism, passed examinations, and possess an Added Authorization for Autism along with my Mild and Moderate Disabilities Credential. I have taught children on the Autistic Spectrum for 12 years, and several of them were identified as having Asperger symptoms.

Autism

I having an Authorization for Autism as an addendum to my Mild & Moderate Disabilities Credential. I have completed a year long graduate course on Autism, and have taught children on the Spectrum for 12 years.

CBEST

I aced the CBEST and found it very easy. I can teach all the requisite skills, test-taking skills, and writing. I am a veteran teacher of teachers.

Dyslexia

I have completed numerous graduate classes in Teaching Reading as part of my Multiple Subject, Administrative, and Mild & Moderate Disabilities credentials. I have 12 years of daily experience teaching children with reading or learning disabilities.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have 25 years' experience teaching children K-7th grade in public schools. I have a Multiple Subject Clear credential that authorizes me to teach Elementary Education.

Elementary Math

I am an elementary teacher with 25 years of classroom experience. I also taught 7th Grade Math for San Rafael City School District. I currently teach math to K-5 learning disabled students in Vallejo, CA.
All of my students love math, greatly improve their abilities and test scores, and generally favor math over any other subject. Math is my favorite subject to teach. I know many different methodologies and activities to foster math skills. I am a great teacher of all California State Standards K through Pre-Algebra. Many of my students go from being a D or F student, to an A student in Math, with the resultant self-esteem boost that goes with it. I have great rapport with students, and make learning fun and successful.

Elementary Science

I teach 5th grade Science and help students prepare for the CST Science exam, which includes all the California State Standards through 5th grade. My father was a 7th grade Science teacher, and a lot of what I know about science, I learned from him. We did science projects together every year, and when I was 13, my project won 2nd Place in the State championship for middle school students. I have had college classes in Earth Science, Astronomy, Physics, Biology, and Anatomy and Physiology. Science. I have some science materials for investigations, and fun to read science books for elementary students.
Girls can love science, too!

ESL/ESOL

I have taken a year long graduate course on teaching English as a Second Language as part of my Teaching Credential. I am authorized by the State of California to teach this subject. Many ELL students have been in my classes over the years. I teach English to Chinese students in the summer.

Grammar

I had a very tough top-notch high school English teacher who taught me everything I know about grammar and writing. I took Advanced Placement English 1 from her and got A's that I had to really work for. When I went to college and graduate school, we had to write one or more papers and term papers for nearly all the subjects except math, science, and P.E. Due to the outstanding teaching that my high school teacher, Mrs. Mariner, so generously gave me, I received an A grade on every paper I wrote in college. Today I teach grammar and writing to K-5th grade students at a California Distinguished School.

Phonics

I have taught all levels of Phonics and Decoding daily for 25 years. I first studied phonics in my capacity as a first grade teacher. I now teach phonics to K-5th grade students with learning disabilities for Vallejo Unified School District. I have taken numerous graduate courses and trainings in Reading Instruction. I have collected several best of the best systematic phonics instruction curriculums for students K-6.

Prealgebra

I have always loved math, and took Advanced Algebra in both high school and college. I have always gotten A's and scored in the 99th percentile on college entrance exams and the GRE. As a teacher for 25 years, I have been in numerous courses and trainings on effectively teaching math skills to elementary children. My learning never stops, and I am always learning new teaching tricks for developing math understanding. My students always improve in their math ability, almost always love math, and do well on standardized tests. With my help, tutoring students of mine have gone from D's and F's to A's. They feel proud of themselves and their accomplishments. I currently teach K-5 math to learning disabled students at a California Distinguished School.

Reading

Reading was my first love when I was a child, and I promised myself (and kept it) that I would read a book a day or more everyday of my life
This practice ended in about 8th grade, when all my books were several hundred pages long. I remained a voracious reader throughout my college years. I always excelled at reading comprehension, and always scored in the top 1% on standardized tests, all the way through the GRE. As I have years and years of graduate school coursework on teaching reading, and teaching reading to dyslexic/learning disabled students, I am truly an experienced expert in this area, with 25 years of experience under my belt. In 25 years, I have only encountered one student who had such severe dyslexia that he simply could not read whole words after numerous approaches had been tried. I recommended a rare specialized form of reading instruction to his family, that could only be done by certified instructors of that method from a private institution.The parents pursued it, got the school district to pay for it, and that child learned rudimentary reading at age 12.I also got Special Ed to buy a tool that converted print into speech, and textbooks on tape for this child. Other than that, hundreds of my students have been successful in decoding and comprehending reading. with my help. I feel highly confident that I can successfully meet or exceed your expectations in this domain. Helping a child learn to read their first words is especially thrilling to me. (I taught first grade for 7 years.)

Special Needs

I currently teach 26 children with ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Language Processing Disabilities, Emotional Disturbance, or Autism for grades K-5 for Vallejo City Unified School District. I teach at a California Distinguished School. I possess a Mild & Moderate Disabilities Clear Credential, with Added Authorization for Autism. I have successfully instructed Special Needs children for 12 years.

Spelling

Both of my parents were teachers, my grandfather was a teacher, and school was the best part of my day when I was a child. I was educationally "Gifted", and always excelled in school. Playing "school" was one of my very favorite pastimes, and I used to work my way through Spelling books for the sheer joy of it. I was also an insatiable reader and learned spelling through exposure. When I grew up, I became a teacher, and have taught K-5th grade students spelling for 25 years. I have a lot of advanced training in phonics and spelling patterns, and great curriculums for teaching spelling to kids. I can recommend educational software for spelling practice, and can help students edit their writing. I personally spell competently at a post-graduate level. Don't put me in a spelling bee though!

Study Skills

First of all, I have been a straight A student my entire life, and by nature enjoy studying and test-taking. I teach children with learning disabilities, so I have learned many strategies that help them become successful students. I teach children with memory problems either how to memorize, or strategies for getting around it. I test test-taking skills, organization, note-taking, and memorization methods.

Vocabulary

I read extensively up until I had 3 children, so I just picked up on vocabulary quite naturally. I also had a terrific high school English Literature teacher who really stretched my reading and writing vocabulary. As a child, when I came to a word I didn't understand, I would actually look it up in a dictionary. The cap for my vocabulary training was studying for the SAT and GRE. My scores were in the top 1 percentile in Language Arts on both exams.
I have a teaching credential, 25 years of classroom experience, and have studied methodologies for vocabulary instruction. I look forward to expanding our vocabularies together!

Immaculate Heart College
Sonoma State University multiple subject credential program
Graduate Coursework

Education

Immaculate Heart College

Sonoma State University multiple subject credential program (Graduate Coursework)

Highly Recommended — Robyn has established a very good relationship with my son. His learning skills in math have definitely improved and he's on the cusp of getting a B, after weeks of being a D/C student. We will have Robyn work with him during the summer to get him ready for the 7th grade. I highly recommend her! ...

— Evan, American Canyon, CA on 6/2/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

$40/hr. Vallejo & Benicia.

Travel policy

Robyn will travel within 15 miles of Vallejo, CA 94591.


About Robyn

Qualifications:

I am a talented educator with 25 years experience teaching K-7 students in public schools, with 12 of those years teaching Special Needs children grades K-5. I have a Multiple Subject Clear Credential and a Mild & Moderate Disabilities Education Specialist Credential. I have taught grades 1, 2, 5, and 7th grade Math. I currently teach K-5 Special Needs children in Vallejo as well as giving private tutoring. In addition to instructing children, I gave workshops for educators on instructional strategies and positive classroom management for 12 years at Sonoma State University, Sonoma County Office Of Education,and schools throughout Northern California.

I am an excellent reading instructor, and can teach almost any student to become a proficient reader. I have taught numerous children how to read or improve, from phonics through reading comprehension. I have extensive experience teaching reading and language arts to students with dyslexia or learning disabilities. I can help students with learning writing from phonetic spelling to persuasive essays.

I love teaching math as much as I do teaching reading! I know how to re-teach missing skills, break problems into manageable parts, and show easy ways to add, subtract, multiply or divide without memorization. I have successfully taught Re-grouping, Fractions, Decimals, Percents, Long Division, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Word Problems. My students love math, and excel in it.

In regards to Special Needs students, I daily teach students with ADHD, learning disabilities, language processing difficulties, emotionally disturbance, and children on the Autism Spectrum. Most students find me patient, sensitive, caring, and fun! I help all students experience success and build their self-confidence as learners. Many a child has turned around their self-esteem as a result of mastering previously challenging skills.

Tutoring Approach:

I teach because I love children, and thoroughly enjoy helping them be ever more successful in school. My students' grades improve, and their test scores improve; frequently dramatically so. I have great rapport with kids, and motivate them to try their best and work hard. I get the most out of children, as I can tell when they are getting fatigued or frustrated, and switch my approach or the activity. I give them tons of encouragement and recognition; we celebrate success with each other and with parents. I thoroughly believe a child can achieve because I have seen child after child break through. I have helped students who were getting D's and F's get A's, and raised test scores from Below Basic to Proficient or Advanced. This happens because we're in it together, and the journey is fun!

Tutoring sessions are customized to the needs of the child/wishes of the parent. I informally assess all students, and can administer standardized academic tests if desired. I can assist with homework of any kind, and always come prepared to teach needed skills. I tailor lessons to the level that students are challenged but successful, and focus on areas that need development. I have access to the best curriculum I have found through years of trial and experience. Learning games are frequently employed for skill practice. I am always on the lookout to improve my methods and broaden my repertoire of teaching strategies. I try to motivate my students to do extra practice beyond the tutoring session or their Homework. I care passionately about the success of each child and have faith in their ability to learn. I come to work excited each day.

I love parents nearly as much as children. I always provide tips and materials for parents to work with their child if they're inclined, or take away the Homework Hassles that sometimes come with parenting.

I encourage you in your desire to help your child be happier and more successful. If you give me a try, I think you will be very pleased!

Testimonials

"Highly Recommended"

- Evan, American Canyon, CA on 6/2/14
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Education

Immaculate Heart College
Sonoma State University multiple subject credential program
Graduate Coursework

Education

Immaculate Heart College

Sonoma State University multiple subject credential program (Graduate Coursework)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

$40/hr. Vallejo & Benicia.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Vallejo, CA 94591

Robyn’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Prealgebra
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Test Preparation:
CBEST
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar

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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