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Kathryn L.

Cedar Rapids, IA

$45/hr

Tax Attorney Turned English as Second Language Professional

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Tax Attorney Turned English as Second Language Professional

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I was a volunteer English as a Second Language (ESL) tutor for several years, and I loved every minute of it! I decided to change careers, and I am currently working on a M.A. in ESL through Arizona State University. I work part-time with a non-profit organization that provides ESL tutoring for adults. I have taught ESL in-person and online (Skype). I have tutored adults one-on-one and in small group settings, too.

I earned a B.S. in Business Administration (accounting major, political science minor) from Valparaiso University and a J.D. from the University of Missouri (with a certificate in taxation). I have approximately 8 years of experience in individual, pass-through, and corporate taxation. In my former role, I was very active in the recruiting of interns and new hires. I have witnessed far too many examples of bad resumes, awkward networking and terrible interviews!

My love of tutoring began when I was in high school. I gave up my study hall to help others with their difficulties in mathematics and algebra. I enjoy working with people who are seeking to improve themselves and/or their skills. I love empowering people to overcome obstacle or attempt a new challenge!

Testimonials

"Good tutor"

- CLAUDIO, Iowa City, IA on 9/18/14
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
Test Preparation:
Career Development,
GED, TOEFL

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Accounting

I earned a B.S.B.A. from Valparaiso University where I studied Accounting. In 2003, I was named the V.U. College of Business Administration Outstanding Student in Accounting. I graduated summa cum laude, went to law school, and I worked in public accounting for approximately 8 years. I am comfortable tutoring in general accounting courses and anything tax accounting-related. I graduated long before IFRS, and I never worked in audit.

Career Development

While working for an accounting firm, I was responsible for the recruitment of interns and new hires. I attended career fairs/networking events, evaluated resumes, and conducted a countless number of interviews. I have also served as a mentor to students at my alma mater, the University of Missouri School of Law, on matters related to resume writing, interviewing skills/techniques, etc. I have participated as an interviewer for the University of Iowa's mock interviewing program for students. I have great personal experience to offer students looking to get a leg up during the on-campus interviewing process!

Elementary (K-6th)

I have been tutoring students since I was in high school because I truly enjoy helping others develop skills or an understanding of a subject. I volunteered in an after school program for at-risk youth for several years with kids in grades K-8. We worked primarily on reading and math in this program. I presently tutor two students in elementary school who need additional help in reading/language and math. I am presently working on a master's degree in ESL through Arizona State University. I earned an A in my "ESL for Children" course.

Elementary Math

I have loved math since I was a child, and I even gave up my study hall in high school to tutor other students that were struggling in math. I previously volunteered in an after school program for at-risk youth for several years with kids in grades K-8. My approach to tutoring is to help children see that (1) math is full of patterns (the logic behind it) and (2)it is a great deal of fun to apply it to everyday questions/problems.

ESL/ESOL

I have been an ESL tutor for 4+ years, and I am presently working on a master's degree in ESL through Arizona State University. I have taught immigrants, refugees, and individuals that are on short-term work assignments in the U.S. Over the years, I have worked with people from 35 countries from nearly all continents. I love customizing lessons so that they are more applicable to the daily lives of my students. For example, I have conducted lessons in grocery stores in order to help students gain confidence in interacting with employees and finding the goods they need/want.

Grammar

I am keenly aware of grammar issues that give people the most trouble, and I am happy to assist anyone looking for some additional guidance.

Law

I am a 2006 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law. I passed the bar in the state of Missouri. While I worked in the field of tax law, I am able to be conversational in many other areas of law.

Proofreading

I have spent a great deal of time editing and proofreading my students' work. Aside from grammar, I have helped my students be clear and consistent in their written communications. I have a great eye for detail.

Public Speaking

I am the veteran of many public speaking classes and courses. I have routinely spoken in front of large groups for trainings and seminars. My topic was generally taxation-related, so I know how to keep an audience engaged and awake! I have been an ESL tutor for several years, and I have worked with non-native English speakers to develop their public speaking skills. I think confidence is a crucial component, and I have the ability to help build others' confidence in themselves.

Reading

Reading is such an essential skill, and without it, school can be so frustrating to children. I have volunteered in an after school program for at-risk youth for several years with kids in grades K-8 where I helped children of different ages and abilities learn to read. I am presently tutoring two students in elementary school who need additional help in reading/language and math. I am also working on a master's degree in ESL through Arizona State University. I earned an A in my "ESL for Children" course where there was a strong emphasis on reading acquisition skills.

Tax Preparation

I have prepared and reviewed thousands of federal, state and local tax returns while employed by accounting firms. I studied both accounting and tax law, and I worked in the tax field for approximately 8 years. I left my job in January 2014, so my knowledge is fresh and relevant. I have prepared and/or reviewed federal Forms 990, 1040, 1041, 1065, 1120, and 1120S (and corresponding state returns). I also have experience preparing international tax forms. In one of my positions, I developed training for interns and new hires and I routinely taught other on-going training for experienced professionals. I maintain an active law license with the state of Missouri, and I am an attorney in good standing.

TOEFL

I have worked with college and graduate students that want to improve their English skills. Over the years, I have worked with people from 35 countries from nearly all continents.

Vocabulary

I have worked with both children and adults to help them expand their vocabulary. I like using pictures, videos, or other media to help my students learn the meaning of various words and phrases.

Writing

I have been an ESL tutor for 4+ years, and I am presently working on a master's degree in ESL through Arizona State University. I have spent a great deal of time editing and proofreading students' work. In addition, I spent a great deal of time writing technical memos in my former career. Aside from grammar, I have helped my students be clear and consistent in their written communications. I have a great eye for detail.

valparaiso university
Accounting
University of Missouri
J.D.
Arizona State University
Enrolled

Education

valparaiso university (Accounting)

University of Missouri (J.D.)

Arizona State University (Enrolled)

Good tutor — Very knowledgeable and dedicated to helping you learn. Patient and very friendly. I have learned English within my expectation. ...

— CLAUDIO, Iowa City, IA on 9/18/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Kathryn will travel within 35 miles of Cedar Rapids, IA 52405.


About Kathryn

I was a volunteer English as a Second Language (ESL) tutor for several years, and I loved every minute of it! I decided to change careers, and I am currently working on a M.A. in ESL through Arizona State University. I work part-time with a non-profit organization that provides ESL tutoring for adults. I have taught ESL in-person and online (Skype). I have tutored adults one-on-one and in small group settings, too.

I earned a B.S. in Business Administration (accounting major, political science minor) from Valparaiso University and a J.D. from the University of Missouri (with a certificate in taxation). I have approximately 8 years of experience in individual, pass-through, and corporate taxation. In my former role, I was very active in the recruiting of interns and new hires. I have witnessed far too many examples of bad resumes, awkward networking and terrible interviews!

My love of tutoring began when I was in high school. I gave up my study hall to help others with their difficulties in mathematics and algebra. I enjoy working with people who are seeking to improve themselves and/or their skills. I love empowering people to overcome obstacle or attempt a new challenge!

Testimonials

"Good tutor"

- CLAUDIO, Iowa City, IA on 9/18/14
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Education

valparaiso university
Accounting
University of Missouri
J.D.
Arizona State University
Enrolled

Education

valparaiso university (Accounting)

University of Missouri (J.D.)

Arizona State University (Enrolled)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 35 miles of Cedar Rapids, IA 52405

Kathryn’s Subjects

Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
Test Preparation:
Career Development,
GED, TOEFL

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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