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Karen B.

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Chicago, IL (60619)

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I am an experienced Illinois certified teacher, willing to provide tutoring services in Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science and Career counseling to children 10 years old and up, Middle school aged children, high school students and adults. I am willing to conduct tutoring services in person and online. Not only am I a certified language teacher (French, Introductory Spanish), I am certified in English as a Second Language from Western Governors University and Online Teaching from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. I have a science minor and have taught Middle School life, earth and physical science, as well as high school Chemistry.

Most recently, I have taught Language Arts and Science for a local elementary charter school, as well as technology skills, cryptography (the science of secret messages) and social studies (global education). I have won three grants from the Chicago Foundation for Education in Global Education and in Science.

Earlier in my career, I spent 10 years at the college level administering and implementing a College Bound program at Robert Morris College (now Robert Morris University). Not only did I test, place and assist students in basic skills remediation, but I personally taught Study Skills and Computer Assisted Learning in the new Personal Computer environment. I took this early exposure to Computer Technology, Introductory Word Processing, Database building and Desktop Publishing Skills to the adult community at Dawson Skills Center and the Center for Inner City Studies of Northeastern University.

I believe that my experience working with all types of people, including adults in Canada, Colombia, Venezuela, Ghana and Brazil, has prepared me for tutoring children, youth and adults from diverse backgrounds in person or online. I use technology as a tool and know how to develop specific skills through a complete assessment, frequent feedback and reward system unique to each student.

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Karen’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Career Development, ESL/ESOL, French, Grammar, Microsoft Word, Spanish
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, Career Development, TOEFL
Biology, Elementary (K-6th), ESL/ESOL, French, Reading, Spanish, Study Skills, Writing
Special Needs:
Career Development, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
ESL/ESOL, French, Spanish, TOEFL
ACT Science, Biology, Physical Science, Psychology, Zoology
Desktop Publishing, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Word
ACT Math
ACT English, ACT Reading, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing

Career Development

During my tenure at Robert Morris College 1983-1993, I worked in my off terms as a job placement counselor. Some of my responsibilities included providing workshops for students in their final weeks of graduation on career exploration, job hunting, interview skills, resume writing and business attire preparation. In addition to working at Robert Morris College, I provided similar services to young adults enrolled in the Workforce Investment Program at The Charles Hayes Family Investment Center, Inc.

Desktop Publishing

Desktop Publishing is one of my strongest skills in the Computer Technology field. I call myself an Edutech. I have taught many unity residents from 1997 to 2004, a variety of computer technology skills including Desktop Publishing. During this time period I have been under contract with City Colleges of Chicago, Dawson Skills Technical Center to teach high school students Desktop Publishing. In addition, I have worked with Northeastern University, Centers for Inner City Studies to provide introductory technology skills, including Desktop Publishing to staff of the neighborhood community organizations.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a Masters of Arts of Teaching from Northwestern University. In my early teaching days, I taught middle school Science for five years in Evanston Illinois. Most recently 2006-2013, I have taught Science and Language Arts for a Charter School in the West Englewood Community of Chicago. In addition to teaching for the institution, I have been in charge of the after-school program that includes tutoring, homework help, sciences, sports activities and cultural activities such dance and music.

Microsoft Publisher

Microsoft Publisher is the main component of Desktop publishing that I currently use to make flyers, newsletters, business cards, basic website pages and other components of Desktop Publishing. As described in the section on Desktop Publishing, I have more than 15 years using this Microsoft Application and training youth and adults in both College and Community Settings.


Understanding phonics is a key element in unlocking the mystery of how to pronounce words, particularly in the English Language. Although, the trend has been away from phonics, teachers are going back to using phonics in what is now called, Corrective Reading. For more than 20 years, I have used phonics both formally in the classroom and informally when organizing reading groups in the After-school program.

Study Skills

From 1984 to 1994 I was the Coordinator of the College Bound program for Robert Morris College (now Robert Morris University) in downtown Chicago. My specialty was teaching Study Skills to College Bound students, although I taught all subjects including reading, writing and math. Between 1988 and 2000, I reviewed the manuscripts for new editions of How to Study in College by Walter Pauk.

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Very Patient and Personable Karen just started tutoring my daughter who is in 5th grade. She came and met us and administered an assessment test to see where my daughters strengths are and where she needs help. As Karen explained she is not there to help with homework but to make sure my daughter is where she needs to be by the end of 5th grade. I like that approach. I'm looking forward to see how this goes. She is a lovely ...

— Sian from Chicago, IL on 8/22/14);

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Karen will travel within 10 miles of Chicago, IL 60619.

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