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Anne R.

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West Des Moines, IA (50265)

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Hajime-mashite! Nice to meet you! My name is Anne and I have my IA K-12 music license, as well as my IN Professional Educator license. I'm currently working to add an ESL endorsement to my standard IA teaching license. Although music is my area of endorsement, I have been doing substitute teaching in many areas -- in particular, for middle school math teachers, and also for lower elementary school (K, 1, 2, 3, 4th grade) classrooms. Math is definitely an area I love - nearly as much as music! When it comes to "getting" math, a student needs to have a teacher/tutor who will encourage them to understand the basic principles. If a math student (or a music theory student) is getting "stuck", it's generally due to the student's having never received a clear explanation of some "foundation" (i.e., "basic") step. That's it!

I'd love to help you or your student get a clear understanding of the "basics" - in math, music or music theory, Japanese, English, ESL, or another of my "favorite" subjects! Please drop me an e-mail ASAP so we can discuss the possibilities!

I began teaching in junior high, while helping some of my classmates understand English and math concepts. In college fellow music theory students were beating a path to my room, leaving notes for me with my roommates – asking when we could meet so that I could help them untangle the basics of music theory. One of my favorite-ever moments is getting to see that A-ha! look on the face of my students! That's the best!

I have worked nearly five years overseas in Japan teaching English as a Second Other Language (TESOL), and have also studied intensive Japanese at EASLI (East Asian Summer Language Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington), as well as at Indiana University, South Bend. I have over 20 credits of Japanese language courses (including 3 hours of Asian History), but have not yet pursued adding a Japanese Language teaching endorsement to my license, preferring to teaching individual students or small groups to large classroom settings. My experience also includes working a year and a half at Subaru-Isuzu Automotive as a Japanese Technical Translator/Interpreter, so in addition to a liberal arts education, a background in teaching English overseas, I have also worked in the States as a bridge between our Western culture and Japanese culture, an amazing experience!

Perhaps you or a colleague will be making a trip to Japan, whether for business or pleasure. I have also assisted Americans traveling to Japan (survival Japanese, as well as basic Japanese customs/culture) to feel better prepared for their trip. Please contact me through WyzAnt to find out how I might be able to assist you or others you know who will be traveling to Japan, and who would appreciate some advance workshops in language, culture, or both!

Teaching shouldn't be all drill-drill-drill! No, teaching is having someone who gets the subject, and who comes alongside another person so that they can get it, too! I enjoy using a variety of methods in my teaching, and have recently completed a graduate education course in Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles. So many teachers and textbooks are geared primarily toward students who are Verbal-Linguistic learners. But what about those students whose strength is in what they see? Or what about those students who excel in reflecting on what they've just learned? Those kinds of learners represent just a few of the multiple intelligences among many, and I'm eager to see how I can come alongside you or your child in your learning, while incorporating your strongest intelligences and learning styles!

My undergraduate degree is in piano with a minor in English. My graduate degree is in Church Music (area: Composition). My hobbies include writing sacred music, gardening, nature photography, volunteering, travelling, visiting with seniors, cooking, and speaking Japanese! I have two furry friends who are helping me learn Siamese, but English is still my first language!

If you have an interest in music theory, math, Japanese, ESL, or in some aspect of English, or perhaps if you would be interested in learning more about the Bible for personal enjoyment, I'd love to come alongside you there, too!

I hope you will consider me when you select a tutor, whether for yourself or for your child. Let's see how together we can leap over old hurdles, giving you the joy of success and clear understanding!

Cancellation Policy

Lesson cancellations LESS THAN 24 hours before a regularly scheduled lesson, and "no-shows" (students not in attendance at a regularly scheduled lesson) will be billed at 50% the hourly rate.

I only cancel due to severe weather (i. e., icy road conditions, heavy snow, etc.), or by pre-arranged agreement. If a student cannot make the tutoring session agreed upon, a 24-hour notice is required, or the cancellation fee (50%) will be charged, unless there are extenuating circumstances. Once a tutoring session has been set up (whether on a weekly basis, or another set time), you/your student are expected to be at the session, regardless of the local school calendar.

There have been several occasions when students have not shown up, and with no explanation or request to be absent, and with no 24-hour notice. I take each tutoring session seriously, and I invest quality time to prepare for each tutoring session; I expect the same of each of my students.

Change Request Policy

It is certainly understandable that students and their families have unexpected plans that come up from time to time. Here is my change request policy:

If a change request is received 72 hours or greater (72 hours +) IN ADVANCE of the stated absence, a make-up lesson time will be scheduled.

If a change request is received LESS THAN 72 hours in advance, students will be billed at 50% the hourly rate for the missed hours of lesson time.

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Anne’s subjects

Bible Studies, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Test Preparation:
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, General Computer, Grammar, Japanese, Proofreading

Bible Studies

Are you interested in studying the Bible?

I do have 25+ hours of college credit in "Bible" -- not simply in other "related" areas (i. e., "Biblical archaeology", "Biblical apologetics", "Biblical counseling", etc.), but actually *in* the Bible. That is in addition to literally hundreds of hours of individual study of the Bible (yet study that was not for any "college course").

In addition to college-level courses specifically *in* the Bible, my education also includes a year and a half of New Testament Greek (a subject that is not *specifically* "Biblical Studies", but a language that is highly significant in the understanding of the Biblical New Testament).

I have personally visited many of sites in the Middle East that are the locations of historic Biblical events. My experience includes winning first place in Biblical knowledge among hundreds of secondary students in the Midwest as one member of a two-person team

I would love to come alongside you as you study the Bible!

Elementary (K-6th)

In addition to holding a current Professional Educator's License, my recent experience includes teaching elementary students over 1600 hours in the last year and a half. I serve as a guest teacher in dozens of public elementary schools throughout the greater Des Moines, Iowa area, covering every subject that the regular classroom teachers cover: Reading, Writing, Grammar/Punctuation, Spelling (aka: "Language Arts"), Math, Social Studies/Geography, Science, and in some schools, Penmanship ("handwriting").


"English"! The word brings to mind many things: a subject in school! A language -- spoken and written -- that millions of people around the world want to learn! And, for some people, the "how-to" of putting together the mechanics of the English language in coherent sentences and well-constructed paragraphs. Still others think of English literature, and the great writers who were born in England.

English is my first language, and I would love to help you or your student to improve their use of the English language or their understanding of English literature. I minored in English, and, as a native speaker and a licensed teacher, work to encourage students every day in their use of the English language. How may I help *you*? Please let me know!


I have taught ESL in Japan for nearly five years. My students were K-12 school-aged, as well as college students, men and women in business, families planning to travel to English-speaking countries, and housewives interested in expanding their horizons beyond "textbook-only" English.

When I taught ESL in Asia, my ESL students studied in a variety of settings: At several different private English conversation schools, in the classrooms of some public corporations offering English as a special benefit to their employees, in a 10-week summer ESL program, in a private "cram school" ("juku", in Japanese), and at several different immersion-type ESL Christian summer camps. I have also served as a private tutor for individual students seeking to make rapid progress prior to a business move to an English-speaking country.

I would love to help you speak "beautiful English"!

General Computer

Learn to access the Internet, send/receive e-mail, and to search (or "research") the Internet for information, whether you are interested in learning a craft, discovering your family history and geneaology, or you are trying to repair something at home or work! Find everything from recipes to travel information, restaurant reviews to discounts! Learn to be wise on the Internet, while also learning to use anti-virus software to keep your computer safe! I look forward to working with you or a family member as you navigate your computer!

Music Theory

Music Theory: the very word once frightened me! It sounded so "difficult"! So..."theoretical"!

But truth be told, Music Theory is highly *practical*. Having a good grasp of Music Theory (musical intervals, key signatures, scales, and part-writing to name a few) is like having high-quality chocolate chips in the cupboard, ready to go into a fresh batch of chocolate-chip cookie dough!

With excellent Music Theory skills, a musician becomes a better sight-reader, a better ensemble-player/singer, and a better performer. Music Theory alone will not a "chocolate chip cookie" make (you will still need the "sugar", "flour", "butter", and "eggs" of note-reading and general recognition of intonation to turn out a batch of music "warm out of the oven"), but it will add great "zing" and "flavor" to your understanding of music, and to your own musicianship (should you be a musician)!

I'd love to work with you to move from seeing black spots on a page, to reading music well -- and, if you're so inclined -- to begin *writing* music, too!


I minored in English in college, as well as taking graduate courses in linguistics - which included phonics. As an elementary student, I studied phonics myself, and know how valuable the learning of sounds is to students struggling to learn to read.


Pre-Algebra is the perfect opportunity to learn about variables and expressions, powers/exponents, decimals, factoring, fractions,and a great introduction to writing algebraic expressions and equations!

I confess to having loved Math all of my life! It would be wonderful to have the chance to come alongside you or your child in Pre-Algebra, whether you are reviewing the basics, or you or your student need a clearer understanding in order to progress to Algebra I.

Study Skills

Study skills include the "regular things" like taking notes and listening in class. But did you know? There are some study skills that many students never utilize!

A key area that is overlooked when students are struggling to improve is a student's learning style(s). Many teachers/tutors have studied "Methods and Materials", but how many have actually taken the time and thought to better prepare to assist their students by taking a course specific to learning styles?

Having struggled at some subjects myself when I was in school, I have learned to find my own "best learning style" for a subject. Once I know that, it is like finding the "key" that "unlocks" my understanding. I would love to help you or your student, by assisting you/your student to find your best learning style, and then to develop **study skills** that best fit YOU/your student - not just a "one-size-fits-all" plan!

I work to design a plan that takes into account the strengths of you/your student, develop study skills that are a "best fit" for you/your student, and together we work to improve your success in learning.

Of course, not all students are identical! So of course, not all students will understand a subject in the same way, or gather information in class in the same way. Thanks to my own experience developing study skills for myself, and for my various students, and to an excellent graduate education class in learning styles and multiple intelligences, I am pleased to be able to come alongside you/your student to improve your understanding in class!

I look forward to the opportunity to assist you or your student to "soak up" as much learning as possible through the use of practical study skills!


I have taught ESL in Japan for nearly five years. My students were K-12, as well as college students, men and women in business, families planning to travel to English-speaking countries, and housewives and retirees interested in expanding their horizons beyond "textbook-only" English.

When I taught ESL in Asia, my ESL students studied in a variety of settings: At several different private English conversation schools, in the classrooms of some public corporations offering English as a special benefit to their employees, in a 10-week summer ESL program, in a private "cram school" ("juku", in Japanese), and at several different immersion-type ESL Christian summer camps. I have also served as a private tutor for individual students seeking to make rapid progress prior to a business move to an English-speaking country.

ESL (English as a Second Language) is quite similar to TOEFL (Teaching of English as a Foreign Language). Whether you are interested in ESL study, or in TOEFL study, I would be glad to work with you to improve your English language skills.

I would love to help you speak "beautiful English"!


Writing: what a powerful tool! A skilled writer can change public opinion, warm hearts, educate readers, and bring laughter into a room filled with silence -- and that is just the start!

Whatever your purpose in writing -- whether to persuade, to inform, or to entertain -- I welcome the opportunity to come alongside you! I will not *do* the work for you, but I will gladly **coach** you through the process, from start to finish, from rough draft to proofreading and polishing your final paper.

Together we will check not only the "nuts and bolts" (grammar, punctuation, spelling), but we will also work on organization, reference citations, and "flow".

"A thing of beauty is a joy forever...", wrote John Keats. A well-written paper is, therefore, a thing of joy; write on!

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Bob Jones University (Piano Performance)

Concordia International University (Master's)

University of Saint Thomas (Graduate Coursework)

Sincere interest in the student — I could not have been more pleased with the tutoring my daughter received from Anne. Anne is a caring educator who strives to know her students in order to make lessons relevant and interesting for them. Anne is dependable, creative, thoughtful, flexible and provides excellent, detailed feedback for each lesson. My daughter wasn't thrilled with the idea of seeing a tutor over the summer, but she ...

— Eleena, Urbandale, IA on 8/6/12

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

1 student *beyond* WDM/DSM, up to 20-mile radius; $80/Hr: Gp of 2 *in* WDM/DSM; $100/Hr: Gp of 2 *beyond* WDM/DSM, up to 20-mile radius. Gp of 3 or more: Please contact to negotiate special rate!

Travel policy

Anne will travel within 10 miles of West Des Moines, IA 50265.

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