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Linda L.

Certified teacher offers English, reading, writing, math, and music!

Atlanta, GA (30329)

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Hi!

I'm an experienced educator, editor, and performing artist, and I can help you meet your goals for yourself and/or your student. Whether you're looking for academic support, editorial assistance and writing coaching, or musical development, I will do whatever it takes to prepare you to succeed.

I graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and English writing. I'm certified in K-12 English and K-12 Music and have taught both subjects both in traditional schools as well as through extra-curricular programs. Because I have worked at a Reading and Learning Clinic and a university Academic Resource Center I have developed many skills to help students with learning differences. I believe that everyone can learn and that people's learning styles can become strengths.

As a tutor, I do more than teach or coach. I listen and observe; these perceptive skills help me understand what my students understand so that we can fill learning gaps efficiently and effectively. Although I specialize in English Language Arts (reading, writing, literature, grammar, etc.), I have almost a decade of extensive tutoring experience in multiple subjects, including math through Algebra II. I always incorporate organization and study skills into my tutoring sessions so that students gain the ability to succeed independently as we progress. Typically I have tutored K-12 students, mostly middle and high school, but I have also helped younger students and college students improve their grades and their understanding. High school seniors and college students can expect sessions that will prepare them for college-level writing, whether it is for college applications or thesis dissertations. Higher-education students looking to improve their writing can read more about my editorial coaching below.

As an editor and writing coach, I help graduate students and academic professionals prepare papers for publication, proposals for grants, and presentations for international conferences. I have revised manuscripts that appear in major publications such as Science, and I have helped prepare grant applications that were awarded millions of dollars in funding. Whether you simply need a second set of eyes to make sure your writing is polished and perfect or whether you need more substantial guidance for revision, I will give your work my scrupulous attention. Writers who are English language learners or who speak multiple languages fluently have found my work particularly helpful, and every writer I have worked with has commented that my coaching improved their overall writing skills, not just the paper we worked on.

As a classically trained musician with a flair for musical theatre and jazz, I aim to prepare music students for the discipline required by artistry. Before earing my bachelor's degree in music, I also earned a certificate of artistry in musical theatre. I began studying voice fifteen years ago, and I sing professionally for weddings, funerals, church services, private parties, and festivals. In addition to teaching middle school music and chorus, I have worked outside the school system. Since 2005, I have led musical theatre workshops through southeastern Louisiana reaching over 5,000 students through Enriching Arts, a program that partners with summer camps and schools. Since I am new to Atlanta, I'm expanding Enriching Arts to include private studio lessons in voice, beginning piano, music theory, and songwriting and composition. Voice students can expect to receive classical training. I believe that classical training prepares singers to sing any style (including pop) with techniques that protect their vocal health and expand their range and strength. Beginning piano students can expect to learn appropriate repertoire, practice habits, sight-reading, improvisations and performance skills. All music students can expect to learn how to read music (including jazz/pop lead sheet notation), ear training, and the basics of music theory and history.

Regardless of whether you hire me as a tutor, an editor, or a music instructor, you can also expect the following policies and practices:
- respect and acceptance for all individuals and all learning styles;
- open and frequent communication;
- patient and efficient pacing of tutoring sessions or lessons - we will make the most of every minute;
- innovative interventions that make learning memorable and fun;
- individualized learning plans that meet students where they are, challenge them to grow, and celebrate progress.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like more information about my offerings. I'm passionate about my subjects and about helping others, and I am happy to tailor a program to suit your needs. I can't wait to meet you!

Sincerely,

Linda L.

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Linda’s subjects

Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Ballroom Dancing, Salsa Dancing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, GED, GRE, ISEE, Praxis, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Piano, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Phonics
Business:
Art:
Ballroom Dancing, Composition (Music), Salsa Dancing, Theatre
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Music:
Composition (Music), Ear Training, General Music, Music History, Music Theory, Piano, Salsa Dancing, Sight Singing, Songwriting, Voice (Music)
History:
Music History
Language:
ESL/ESOL, TOEFL
Math:
Algebra 1, Prealgebra
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing

Ear Training

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Loyola University New Orleans where I received extensive ear training. Before college, I studied ear training in private music lessons beginning at age 10. I tutored my peers in ear training as an undergraduate, and as a certified K-12 music teacher for two years, I've included ear training in each of my lessons for my middle school students.

Elementary (K-6th)

At the elementary level, my primary goals are to introduce students to the foundations and habits that will spark a life-long love of learning.

I have two years of classroom teaching experience with students in the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Although I mainly taught reading, writing, grammar, literature, social studies or history, music and languages, my school's open format gave me experience with science and math as well, and I frequently tutored students afterschool in all subjects. In addition to working as a certified school teacher, I also have eight years of experience teaching
summer workshops to pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades, all the way up through high school students.

I find ways to engage young children and adolescents in learning by developing a rapport with them, keeping our interactions positive, and imbuing hard work with a sense of play. My lessons encourage creative and critical thinking from the outset, building a strong foundation and excellent thinking habits for years to come. I love when students have that eureka moment with a new topic, and I enjoy being the one to help them make new discoveries.

Elementary Math

Success in high school and college math begins with Elementary Math! Those upper level classes build on skills and ways of thinking about math that are introduced in pre-algebra. Sometimes students are resistant to math because they feel insecure about their basic skills or because they don't like feeling lost when they don't know how to solve a problem. Students who are accustomed to "easy" success in other subjects might feel nervous about working beyond what they perceive to be their "natural talents."

In grade school, I was a book worm who learned to love math and succeed in it thanks to some very special teachers. My math tutoring sessions focus on strengthen basic skills and filling gaps so that students can really understand what they're doing and why. I use manipulatives and visuals and scenarios tailored to the individual student. Your student and I will develop problem solving strategies to increase competence and confidence.

General Music

As a certified K-12 music teacher, I've thoroughly enjoyed teaching general music and providing many students with a firm foundation in music history, theory, and practice. My music background includes a bachelor's degree from Loyola University New Orleans, and over a decade of training as a classical vocalist.

Piano

When I earned a Bachelor's degree in music from Loyola University New Orleans, my primary instrument was voice, but I also took 4 semesters of piano. Before college, I had taken three years of piano lessons. As a middle school music teacher, I have taught piano lessons individually, mostly with my eighth grade students, but I am comfortable teaching younger beginners and adult beginners as well.

Prealgebra

High school and college math classes build on skills and ways of thinking about math that are introduced in pre-algebra. Sometimes students are resistant to math because they feel insecure about their basic skills or because they don't like feeling lost when they don't know how to solve a problem. Students who are accustomed to "easy" success in other subjects might feel nervous about working beyond what they perceive to be their "natural talents."

In grade school, I was a book worm who learned to love math and succeed in it thanks to some very special teachers. My math tutoring sessions focus on strengthen basic skills and filling gaps so that students can really understand what they're doing and why. I use manipulatives and visuals and scenarios tailored to the individual student. Your student and I will develop problem solving strategies to increase competence and confidence.

Public Speaking

As a child, I was shy and soft spoken. "Speak up" was a constant refrain from teachers and other adults. Today, I regularly speak in front of large groups, whether I'm teaching a class full of children, presenting awards to non-profit volunteers, giving conference presentations, or emceeing at a festival in front of thousands of attendees. I didn't gain confidence overnight. I took speech classes in high school and joined the debate team and the drama club. I studied diction. And I practiced. And practiced. With preparation and coaching, anyone can become comfortable with public speaking. I can help.

Voice (Music)

As an undergraduate I earned a scholarship to study Voice, eventually earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music. In the fall, I begin a Master of Music program at Georgia State. I have experience teaching individual voice lessons as well as leading choir and musical theatre groups, and I have performed professionally for nearly a decade. I believe that with proper technique, singers can sing in any style. Proper technique is essential for proper vocal health, and using breath support and consciously-shaped vowels can help singers produce stronger more beautiful tones. In addition to getting the mechanics right, my students and I also explore artistic interpretation, using dynamics, phrasing, and physical expression to tell stories through song.

Students who study voice with me can expect to learn classical repertoire appropriate for their voice types, including art songs and literature in other languages. Students may also study musical theatre songs, church music, and/or jazz or pop pieces, depending on their interests, their voice types, and their progress. When we work together, we will use every minute, and we'll have fun in the process.

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Education

Loyola University, New Orleans (English and Music)

Cornell University (Graduate Coursework)

Emory University (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Travel policy

Linda will travel within 1 miles of Atlanta, GA 30329.

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