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Sara V.

Colorado Springs, CO

$50/hr

The Language, Literacy and Math Lady

The Language, Literacy and Math Lady

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Education should be exciting, fun and rewarding as students pursue understanding and mastery of what they are learning. Sometimes that natural enjoyment of discovery is harder to find. I like to help students rediscover what makes learning something new a delight. Internal motivation is the best helper towards success. Helping students break tasks down into the right size pieces, finding strategies that are easy to use, and coaching them through their step by step building of skills and knowledge are some of the many tools I utilize. This is true from kindergarten through graduate school.

I currently teach at UCCS, in an Intensive English Program for students preparing for their graduate or undergraduate studies in the Office of International affairs, and with the College of Education for courses related to linguistically diverse learners and multicultural learners.

I have a rich background in history, literature, language development and mathematics. I bring over 20 years of teaching experience across a variety of venues, including ESL, literacy, GED, adult literacy, elementary, junior high, and high school. I am professionally certified with the State of Colorado in English, Social Studies, and Linguistically Diverse Education, Kindergarten through 12th grade.

My goal as a teacher is to bring understanding of the material, and confidence to the student in his or her own abilities to learn and succeed in life.

I love the great outdoors, hiking and photography. I have a son in college, a daughter in high school, and I am a Mormon.

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra
English:
Bible Studies,
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Spanish, TOEFL
History:
American History, Criminal Justice,
Social Studies,
World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Dyslexia,
Phonics
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Reading, Spanish, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Criminal Justice,
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Bible Studies

I am a Mormon, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I enjoy daily scripture reading and in receiving guidance from scripture. The living word has much to offer each of us, if we but take the time to study it carefully and frequently.

I am not an expert in scripture by any means, yet I bring my heart and light to what I read and would enjoy sharing that with others studying scripture.

Criminal Justice

I worked for 6 years as a paralegal for a large corporate law firm in Chicago. I shepardized federal District Court cases for Shepards for 6 months prior to their merger with LexisNexis. I was married to an attorney for 11 years. I recently tutored a student who holds a law degree in Libya and who is pursuing a criminal justice graduate degree in Colorado. It has been an enlightening process, working collaboratively to help her with the English and the specifics of the American government and court systems. She has received A's for her work and has a much greater confidence in her ability to continue in her studies despite her challenges of language. We have worked on materials related to discrimination and police stopping suspects with due cause, with failure to act on the part of law enforcement officers in circumstance that might involve prejudice, with judicial conduct and recusal, and evidentiary procedures related to past convictions being overturned in light of new technologies.

Dyslexia

I am licensed for K-12 Linguistically Diverse Education, of which literacy challenges are a part. Dyslexia may be addressed through a systematic approach to word attack skills and fluency are the most useful in that they build up, or strengthen, the cerebral connections between the brain areas associated with reading and decoding. It is not a visual challenge, but a challenge in mental coordination to process written language.

My experience and training supporting dyslexia include: Lindamood Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing, LETRS, and Language! Each addresses the mental processes connected to increasing processing speed of reading and comprehending, as well as using systematic approaches to reduce the cognitive load of the process, allowing more mental resources for decoding and comprehension. I have taught language learners over 20 years, with 11 years experience in public schools.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have taught for 3 years in elementary schools at all grade levels, co-teaching in classrooms and in small group support work. I have spent considerable classroom time in grades K, 1, 2, and 3, 6, yet have worked intensively with student literacy groups in grades 4 and 5.

I am certified K-12 for linguistically diverse education.

Phonics

I have over 20 years teaching English as a second language, and 11 years teaching within a school district. I have worked in literacy support in the 5 dimensions of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. All of these components are interrelated and phonics should be taught with other skills that help in word attack, fluent reading and in vocabulary awareness.

My preferred method of teaching phonics is to support it with phonemic awareness and fluency activities, since it is a skill that is closely related to these other skills. For instance: 21 vowel sounds are coded with predictable patterns of spelling and with practice, those sounds are more easily visually recognized within words a student knows by sound and meaning.

Social Studies

I had extensive course work in college and graduate school in these subject areas, and am certified/licensed as a secondary school social studies teacher in the State of Colorado.

Study Skills

I have been a teacher for 21 years. Teaching study skills as well as exercising them has been a daily routine. Finding the right strategies and skills for each individual is a joy when the process bears fruit.

Writing

I teach writing for all levels, from beginning in primary, elementary, secondary through graduate school.

I work with on all aspects of writing: from shaping ideas, organizing presentation of rhetorical arguments, clarifying wording, helping writers to find their own voice in expression, targeting the task assigned, to shaping sentences, essays, or theses.

I enjoy watching writing take shape, thinking of revisions that can make a piece or writing stronger and more effective, proofreading and editing for mechanical and grammatical correctness, and reading a polished, well worked piece of writing.

I think of writing as an essential way of communicating that has a different voice, a different way to communicate than speech. The process of working with others while they discover their own talent for writing is beautiful.

University of Chicago
English
University of Chicago
Master's
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Other

Education

University of Chicago (English)

University of Chicago (Master's)

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (Other)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

Sara will travel within 25 miles of Colorado Springs, CO 80909.


About Sara

Education should be exciting, fun and rewarding as students pursue understanding and mastery of what they are learning. Sometimes that natural enjoyment of discovery is harder to find. I like to help students rediscover what makes learning something new a delight. Internal motivation is the best helper towards success. Helping students break tasks down into the right size pieces, finding strategies that are easy to use, and coaching them through their step by step building of skills and knowledge are some of the many tools I utilize. This is true from kindergarten through graduate school.

I currently teach at UCCS, in an Intensive English Program for students preparing for their graduate or undergraduate studies in the Office of International affairs, and with the College of Education for courses related to linguistically diverse learners and multicultural learners.

I have a rich background in history, literature, language development and mathematics. I bring over 20 years of teaching experience across a variety of venues, including ESL, literacy, GED, adult literacy, elementary, junior high, and high school. I am professionally certified with the State of Colorado in English, Social Studies, and Linguistically Diverse Education, Kindergarten through 12th grade.

My goal as a teacher is to bring understanding of the material, and confidence to the student in his or her own abilities to learn and succeed in life.

I love the great outdoors, hiking and photography. I have a son in college, a daughter in high school, and I am a Mormon.

Education

University of Chicago
English
University of Chicago
Master's
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Other

Education

University of Chicago (English)

University of Chicago (Master's)

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (Other)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
8 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Colorado Springs, CO 80909

Sara’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra
English:
Bible Studies,
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Spanish, TOEFL
History:
American History, Criminal Justice,
Social Studies,
World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Dyslexia,
Phonics
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Reading, Spanish, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Criminal Justice,
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.


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