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Catherine L.

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Sandy Hook, CT (06482)

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COMPUTER LESSONS: My computer lessons are designed to teach you the skills you need in this digital world! Your needs can be as simple as learning how to better utilize email or complex like learning a major software program.

I have 35 years of successful teaching experience. As a teacher I was IT leader for the district, responsible for training both students and teachers on a variety of software as well as, integrating technology in lessons. I was a 3 time recipient of the Celebration of Excellence Award from the state of CT. I am also a Certified Google Teacher, trained in NYC at Google.

I understand how apprehensive some people might be when it comes to learning new technologies. This digital world is ever changing. Besides my computer skills, one of my strengths is patience! I will never make you feel stupid or incapable of learning. My personal tutoring experience includes home-schooled children all the way to Senior Citizens! You are never too old to learn something new!

I have taught MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Google Docs, Spreadsheets, Forms, Presentations, Sites, Apps, Picasa, Adobe, Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator, OpenOffice Writer, Impress, Draw, Networking, Desktop Publishing, Word Processing basics, Facebook and much much more! I work on both the PC and Mac platforms.

MUSIC LESSONS: My life as a musician has encompassed personal performing as well as public school teaching. I started playing piano at age 8. I was spotlighted on a local television show, accompanied groups at school and community musicals. I majored in music at Western CT State University and received both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Music Education. 28 of my 35 years in teaching included music - band chorus and general music.

I have continued my passion for music as organist - music director for a local church. I have also combined my two passions in teaching various computer programs for music educators!

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Adobe Flash

I have run a summer "camp" for youth teaching Flash, from the basic motion effects, to the more complicated action scripts. In addition, I worked with the students at school, helping them to create Flash movies for the school's website.

Adobe Illustrator

I have a Computer Education degree from Fairfield University and have actively taught computer programs since 1997. In addition, I have been editor for many publications - Connecticut's "Celebration in Excellence", National Pastoral Musicians convention booklet, Trumbull High School's Yearbook to name a few.

I was IT leader for the Trumbull Public Schools for 12 years. In that role I have both created graphics and logos in Illustrator as well as taught students how to use Illustrator.

Illustrator is a graphic program used to create designs for printed publications.

Adobe InDesign

I have used InDesign since it was PageMaker. I have used InDesign to create a variety of publications - yearbooks, conference books, church bulletins and other publications that were ultimately sent to a printer.

In addition, I have taught others how to use InDesign and prepare documents for publication.

Adobe Photoshop

I have used and taught Photoshop for more than 20 years. As a graphics editor for the State's "Celebration of Excellence" booklet, I used photoshop to correct many of the photos posted in the book. As yearbook advisor, I taught students to use Photoshop to create effects and graphics for the award winning Trumbull HS Yearbook.

Desktop Publishing

I have been active in Desktop Publishing producing documents for major organizations. For several years, I was the creator for the "Celebration of Excellence" book for the State Dept of Education in Connecticut (this program is no longer active). I created the convention booklet for NPM (Nation Pastoral Musicians) for the 2006 convention. I assisted the High school where I taught in producing their award winning yearbook. I have used PageMaker and now InDesign. I have taught both teachers and students not only how to use the program, but the accepted practices in desktop publishing.


Dreamweaver is the industry standard for creating WYSIWYG websites. I have created many websites using Dreamweaver. The latest version uses AJAX, CSS, Spry Widgets and more. Websites need to keep current with the WW3 standards and compliances. I am able to create and edit in both the design and code views, adding Javascripts, forms and more. I have been using Dreamweaver since its inception, switching from GoLive.

General Computer

I have been using both Mac and PC computers since the 1980's.

As IT Leader for the Trumbull Public Schools, I taught computers to both youth and adults for about 14 years. Adults especially can be apprehensive learning new technology. I have run workshops for adults from computer basics to software applications.

The two main platforms for today's computers is Mac and PC. Each offers an operating system rich in utilities that can assist the user in performing every day tasks.

I can help people understand their operating system as well as select the appropriate software to accomplish necessary tasks.

General Music

I continued my music studies at Western CT State University where I earned my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Education.

I taught music in the Trumbull Public Schools as choir, general music and band director for Madison Middle School. As general music teacher I won the state's "Celebration of Excellence" award for creative and innovative teaching.


HTML - Hypertext Markup Language - is the underlying language used for websites. There are rules that are governed by the World Wide Web consortium. Today's HTML pages also make use of Cascading Style Sheets - CSS.

I have been teaching HTML since the late 1990's, addressing web browser issues, ADA compliance and graphic creation.


I have been working on Mac computers since they first came out. I have the added advantage of having taught on both the Mac & PC, so I understand the similarities and differences.

Microsoft Access

I have taught and used databases for over 15 years. Access is a relational database, linking tables enabling the user to create useful queries. I have used Access and other database programs - MS Works, FileMaker and others to maintain records and inventory.

I am current with the latest versions of Microsoft 2010 version of Access,and can assist you in setting up tables, formatting data and creating queries.

Microsoft Excel

I was IT leader for the Trumbull Public Schools for 14 years. In that position, I created numerous spreadsheets for a variety functions - Work Orders, Time Sheets, Grade Books and more. In addition, I worked with both teachers and students teaching how to create charts, formulas, conditional formatting and more.

Excel, one part of the MS Office suite, is a spreadsheet application. The main function for spreadsheets is to perform mathematical formulas. Excel is a powerful spreadsheet that can simplify tasks involving math. From home budgets, time sheets to teacher grade books, formulas can be created and formatted to automate tasks.

In addition, Excel can be used as a simple database and create pivot tables and charts.

Microsoft Outlook

As part of my IT leader duties in the public schools, I was responsible for running workshops for teachers on how to use Outlook. Managing contacts, organizing emails, creating poles, recovering deleted items, sharing calendars and more.

Microsoft PowerPoint

PowerPoint or PowerPointless? How can this visual program enhance your presentation? PowerPoint can add sounds and animation - but should you?

This is one of the overused, misused program on the market. I can help you understand the features of PowerPoint, create and use master slides, plus learn good PowerPoint techniques to enhance not hurt your presentation!

Microsoft Publisher

Microsoft Publisher is part of the Office suite that many people use to publish newsletters, brochures and flyers.

I have been teaching Publisher to youth and adults for over 12 years. I can teach students how to use Publisher for school projects, create flyers, brochures, banners and much more!

Microsoft Windows

I have taught Information Processing on windows based computers for over 14 years. I started with Windows 95 and have progressed through the updates to Windows 7. I taught students about windows, minimize, maximize, screen shots, creating folders, saving documents, document extensions and much more.

Microsoft Word

Word processing is not the same as typing on a typewriter. If you are still using 2 spaces after punctuation, using all caps, or underlining important items, then you need to learn about Word Processing!

Microsoft Word is a word processing program. The newer versions have set defaults that can cause frustration. In addition, Word has advanced features that can customized for personal use - auto correct, macros.

Inserting graphics can be frustration in Word. Learn about inline and independent graphics as well as text wrapping, resizing and cropping.

Information and charts can be embedded in Word, and linked for live updating.

I can teach you the basics of word processing, as well as the features of MS Word to make your print document look the way you need it to!

Networking (Computer)

I have a CAS degree in Computer Education from Fairfield University. I was IT leader for the Trumbull Public Schools for 14 years. In that role, I assisted the technology department with the extensive networking of the computers for the district.In addition, I taught students about networking - what it means and how the computers and hardware were connected to a server.

At home I have created both a wired and wireless network and have taught others how to set these up in their own homes.

Networking computers involves connecting hardware (computer, printer, scanner etc.) so that they can share resources. Home networking involves using a router - either wired or wireless - to connect these shared resources.

Routers, if wireless, should be set up with security encryption.


I have studied piano since I was 8 years old, performing on local television, church and being the pianist for various musicals.

I taught music in the Trumbull Public Schools as choir, general music and band director for Madison Middle School.

Since 1976 I have also been organist and/or choir director for several local churches. At present I am the music director at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Ridgefield, CT.

Web Design

I am an active web designer. I have been designing websites since 1998. In addition, I have taught website design since 2003, working with both students and adults.

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western ct state university (Music Education)

western ct state university (Master's)

Fairfield University Fairfield, CT (Master's)

Great Tutor for Dreamweaver Catherine explains everything in a very simple and easy way to understand. She is very responsive on quick email questions and always on time for our sessions. If there is something she doesn't know, she is very upfront about it and tries to find the answer and follow-up on an email. We have used a sharing program and it has been very easy to use. Overall Catherine is an excellent tutor. ...

— Kelso from Naples, FL on 4/30/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $55.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

My rate is for a one on one tutoring lesson. If you are interested in a group presentation the fee $75. Presentations require more preparation - handouts, visuals etc.

Travel policy

Catherine will travel within 20 miles of Sandy Hook, CT 06482.

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