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Selah L.

K-12; Special Educator; Reading Specialist; Math Wiz

Washington, DC (20011)

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Greetings. My name is Selah, and I am a certified educator in the DC metropolitan area. I have taught pre-K, adult learners, and all levels in between. Teaching in a variety of settings (including public and charter schools; homeschool co-ops; and detention centers) has taught me how to be flexible and responsive to the specific needs of my students. As a special educator, I recognize the importance of relationship building- students must feel comfortable and trust their tutor for ultimate success.

I currently teach developmental reading Prince George's Community College, as language arts and reading are my specialty. From phonetics to verbal test prep, I can assist you or your child to make exponential growth in their reading and writing abilities. In addition, I have taught mathematics to elementary, high school, and college students. Working one-on-one, or in small groups, I have found that students are able to let down their guard and release their fears about mathematics- and that is half the battle! Being organized, prepared, congenial, and perceptive are my strengths that make me the ideal tutor for you or your child.

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Selah’s subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Latin, TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Aspergers, Autism, Dyslexia, Phonics, Special Needs
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, COOP/HSPT, GED, GRE, Praxis, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Latin, Proofreading

ADD/ADHD

I am a special educator (K-12) in DC and Maryland. I have extensive experience with ADD and ADHD- I worked at a youth detention center, where 80 percent of the population was identified with a special learning need; and 60% were identified as ADD or ADHD. In the public schools, I taught a self-contained special needs class; most of the students were identified as having an emotional (and/or behavioral) disorder and ADHD. I use research-based strategies in my tutoring, yet I have found consistency and organization are key for these learners, as they are easily distracted. Routines give these students structure, which gives them the foundation to be an independent learner.

Algebra 1

I have taught Algebra I to high school students with special needs. In addition, I recently taught a GED math class, which includes Algebra and basic Geometry.

Dyslexia

I am a certified special educator, and I received my teaching instruction and Masters in the Art of Teaching from George Washington University. In addition, I am a Wilson trained reading instructor; this program is specifically geared towards students with dyslexia to re-train the brain to identify sound-symbol relationship patterns. I am familiar with most reading programs for dyslexia, covering both phonetics and comprehension. It is my goal for students to gain comfortability in the areas in which they struggle the most; thus, it is my duty, as the educator, to find the best possible means to ensure the students' success.

Elementary (K-6th)

I am currently a certified K-12 educator in the DC area. I have taught and tutored elementary age students in both small and large groups. This includes in homeschool, public school, and after-school settings. My speciality is in reading and language arts, and I believe it is important to set the foundation for young people to be successful as teenagers and eventually, adults. Thus, I also teach study, organizational, and life skills to learners in grades kindergarten through sixth.

Elementary Math

I have over five years' experience teaching math to elementary school students, particularly in after-school tutorial settings. I also provide math instruction to homeschool students. I recognize that young learners need visual and tactile aids to strengthen their understanding of mathematical concepts, all of which I have (base 10 blocks; Unifix cubes for basic arithmetic, etc.). Most importantly, I love to create and play math games to make the learning both fun and meaningful.

English

I am a Language Arts instructor and have been teaching language arts and reading for over seven years. I currently hold a Masters in the Art of Teaching from GWU, and my program focused on literacy for students with learning difficulties. I am highly qualified as an English instructor and greatly enjoy teaching young people how to find meaning in the text. Lastly, I have created and implemented curriculum for early childhood through adult learners.

Phonics

My qualification for phonetic instruction is based from the training I received at George Washington University's "Literacy Cooperative" program, as well as through the Wilson Reading program (trained instructor). I have been teaching phonetics instruction for the past seven years; this is my speciality! I taught both elementary and high school students in the area of phonetics. I strongly emphasis phonetics with my students, as it is the foundation of being an independent reader. In addition, I create my own activities, worksheets, decodable readers, and manipulatives- so let's get ready to learn!

Praxis

To receive my teaching credentials, I took both the Praxis I and two Praxis II subject tests. Thus, I have direct experience with studying for and taking the Praxis exam. In addition, I have provided test prep instruction to learners in a variety of settings, including high schools, community college, and a detention center. I recognize that many people experience test anxiety, and it is my goal to provide key points and tips to the student to ensure they approach the test with a clear and focused mind.

Reading

I am a certified special educator and reading/language arts instructor. I received my Masters in the Art of Teaching (M.A.T.) from George Washington University, as a cohort member of the Literacy Cooperative Program. I also am a trained Wilson Reading instructor, so I am able to provide phonetic-based reading remediation for learners of all ages. I also teach reading comprehension at Prince George's Community College, so I am able to work with adults as well. Lastly, my special education background provides me experience and first-hand knowledge of the various reading assessments, which are used to pinpoint specific reading/cognitive difficulties.

Special Needs

I have been a certified special educator (K-12, non-categorical) for the past five years. I began teaching students identified as having emotional and behavior disorders and attention-deficit disorder. After graduating from George Washington University with a master's in Special Education, I taught in DC Public schools and a charter school for students with special learning needs. My philosophy is that all students have strengths and weakness; as an educator, it is my role to determine how to best meet the needs of the learner (regardless of their educational background).

Study Skills

As a special education teacher and a community college instructor, I have had extensive experience providing instruction in study skills. I recognize that many students have the intellectual capability and the motivation and desire, but are often overwhelmed by today's academic demands and rigor. I show students specific and direct techniques for successfully taking tests, taking notes, reading critically, and most importantly, managing their time.

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Education

College of William and Mary (Government)

George Washington University (Master's)

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Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

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Selah will travel within 10 miles of Washington, DC 20011.

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