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I have an affinity and a passion for teaching and learning. I see myself as a lifelong learner, and want to share my skills and knowledge with others while continuing to grow and learn from those with whom I work. The most rewarding aspect of tutoring is the progression that students make in setting and reaching goals and realizing their potential. I have experience tutoring both one-on-one and in small groups with diverse people and ages ranging from 7 years to 65 years. My professional skills of organization and clear communication set me apart as a reliable academic mentor. I am currently a middle school Language Arts teacher (grades 6-8). I have over three years of experience tutoring one-on-one with adults in basic reading, writing, and ESL. I independently taught beginner's French to a small group of adult professionals in Chicago (2010-2011) with self-determined curriculum and engaging interactives such as using manipulatives, resumes, and television and internet ads. I have been meeting regularly with an individual adult student in French (2012-2013). I lived in France for one year (2009-2010) teaching English language to French elementary students in three public schools. While in France, I also tutored adults one-on-one in American English language with a private contracting company. While an undergraduate, I tutored with adolescents in high school AVID programs in areas of English literature, writing, history, and French. Despite my experiences, I always learn something from new clients and seek professional development opportunities whenever possible. I have a Master of Education from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Arts in English and French from Texas A&M University.
Although not a native speaker, I studied French in higher education and have a B.A. in French Language from Texas A&M University. I lived in Grenoble, France in 2008 as a student where I improved my language skills. I lived in Besancon, France from 2009 to 2010 teaching English in three elementary schools. Throughout my college studies and my experiences studying and living abroad, I perfected my language skills and engaged with the French culture. I have had direct experience instructing a small-group of American professionals here in downtown Chicago as an independent tutor. With the group, we used innovative and fun ways of learning the language. In addition to grammar, reading, and conversation I incorporated commercials, catch phrases, and even French resumes into my lesson plans. More than anything, I have a passion for the French language and culture, and always look forward to sharing the joy of learning French with new students!
Texas A&M (English, French)
DePaul University (MEd)
Writing tutor we recommend — Kelly B has had several 90-minute writing sessions with my 12 year-old son. She has been punctual, organized and prepared for each session. She immediately had a good rapport with my son: commanding his respect, maintaining his interest, and gaining his friendship. My son noted that Kelly's teaching style is just like that of his favorite and one of the most well-respected teachers at his school. ...
Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00
Cancellation: 2 hours notice required
Group and/or family tutoring available upon request; rate subject to change
Kelly will travel within 10 miles of Chicago, IL 60614.
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