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Kimberly C.

Improve Performance and Confidence on Tests and in School

West Palm Beach, FL (33401)

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Why choose me to tutor your child?

Not all students learn the same way. I know this because I have been teaching for over seven years and because I was not a typical learner. Children benefit from being taught in their own learning style (i.e. visual, musical, kinesthetic). This is sometimes difficult to accomplish in a classroom setting. Tutors are a great way to ensure that your child has a more specific learning plan that addresses their style of learning and their educational needs. I will work with your child to design this learning plan and help them understand their own learning style.

What qualifications do I have?

I am a Florida certified teacher who currently teaches 6th grade science at a Title I school. I am certified to teach Elementary Education K-6th grade, Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum 5-9th grade, and Social Science 6-12th grade. I have taught Kindergarten and 5th - 8th grade. I have home schooled, substituted, tutored adults to read and have completed my ESOL Endorsement requirements. I am also an adjunct professor in the film department of my local college. My current Marzano evaluation included two fours (the highest ranking you can achieve).

How do my students do on standardized tests like the FCAT and other performance-based assessments?

The FCAT, and other tests like it, are not only about measuring what a student has learned; they are about critical-thinking. Unfortunately, many teachers/schools do not make critical thinking a part of their daily activities. During tutoring, I teach students to deconstruct the FCAT and break down each question using critical thinking strategies. My students' results include an average of a 4.1 on FCAT Writes and significantly outscoring both the state and the district on 6th Grade Math FCATs. In addition, many of my students have moved from a 1 or 2 to a 3 or 4 on the 5th grade Science FCAT. I also help students to overcome test anxiety and lack of confidence by helping to identify issues that they can address through the use of specific strategies.

What if your child hates the subject matter?

I can't think of a subject that is not fascinating in the appropriate context. Students often do not make the connections to their life or the real-world that will help them to appreciate the knowledge they are gaining. This is addressed by my teaching style which includes using real-world issues, places, etc to teach fundamental subjects such as reading, math, science, and writing. I believe critical thinking and problem-solving are the key to engaging students in their own learning. When knowledge is useful people appreciate it and seek it out. If I want a puppy I have to learn to care for it. If I want to play a video game I have to read the directions. Tutoring is the ideal environment to allow students to use project-based learning to increase their skill in a particular subject. If a student is struggling with fractions but loves to skateboard, allow them to mathematically assemble a skateboard or ramp while providing support/guidance with the math concepts throughout the process. Suddenly, "useless" knowledge becomes useful.

Any final thoughts?

I am a unique teacher who sees your child as a whole person that has so much to contribute, not only to their own learning, but to the world. Our educational system is designed for the "average" student, but we all know that each child is an individual and has individual needs. You are trying to provide your child the opportunity to learn in a way that helps them to succeed. Together we can be the best resource for your child to thrive in an academic setting, but also to enjoy learning the skills that will ensure they have the future they envision.

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Kimberly’s subjects

English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History, European History, Geography, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Special Needs:
Homeschool:
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar

Elementary (K-6th)

I am a currently certified by the state of Florida to teach Elementary Education K-6th grade. I also teach 6th grade science at a Middle School. In addition, I have taught 5th grade science and 6th grade math in the past.

Elementary Science

I am a 6th grade science teacher who taught 5th grade science last year. I am certified in Elementary Education K-6 and Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum 5-9. Many of my students have improved their performance on the 5th grade science FCAT due to strategies I have taught them to prepare for the test.

Film

I have a Master's degree in Documentary Filmmaking from the University of Florida. I have also been teaching film courses as an adjunct professor for over five years at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach County. I also have real-world experience editing films.

Phonics

I was a kindergarten teacher for two and a half years. My students consistently did well with reading, many well-above a first-grade level. I also have tutored adult students by using a combination of phonics and whole language techniques. In addition, I taught both of my children to read while homeschooling them.

Reading

I taught Kindergarten reading, and many of my students ended the year above a 1st grade reading level. I have administered Running Reading Records for 5th graders and tutored adults who were learning to read for the first time. I am certified in Elementary Education K-6th grade and Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum 6-9th grade.

Religion

I have a degree in Anthropology with a focus on Cultural Anthropology. I have studied many religions including major world religions as well as indigenous spiritual beliefs. I have knowledge of Buddhist, Baha'i, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Catholic, Vodoo, Native American, and many other spiritual world views.

Social Studies

I have an undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma in Anthropology and Women's Studies. I am also certified to teach Social Science 6-12th grade in the state of Florida. In addition, I have taught World History, World Cultures, and Florida Choice and Challenge in Florida schools.

Study Skills

I am a certified teacher in the state of Florida. Teaching study skills is a basic component of working with our students on a daily basis. I have taught these skills to students of all ages. I help students design graphic organizers such as mind maps, games, and other strategies depending on their specific learning style. As a result, they feel more confident when taking tests.

Video Production

I have a Master's degree in Documentary Filmmaking from the University of Florida. I have also been teaching film courses as an adjunct professor for over five years at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach County. I also have real-world experience editing films.

Vocabulary

Teaching vocabulary is a critical component of science, math, and social studies. I have used various methods to help students master vocabulary. One method that works well with many students is an illustrated vocabulary that they create. I also use new vocabulary while I teach and point it out to the students. We then discuss what it might mean using context clues and similar words that they can use for comparison.

Writing

I am certified in Elementary Education K-6th grade and Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum 5-9th grade. I have taught writing and helped prepare students for FCAT Writes. My students averaged a 4.1 on FCAT Writes.

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Education

University of Oklahoma (Anthropology)

University of Florida (Master's)

Exceptionally Patient and Displayed Professionalism and Care Kimberly was amazing and helped my child accomplish his academic goals. She was accommodating and very efficient in her teaching. She was always friendly, kind, helpful and very dependable; my child feels very comfortable and is always looking forward to his tutoring sessions with this tutor. ...

— Leah from West Palm Beach, FL on 4/28/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

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Travel policy

Kimberly will travel within 10 miles of West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

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