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Nancy W.

Chicago, IL

$60/hr

Nancy W. Elementary school teacher, tutor and piano teacher

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Nancy W. Elementary school teacher, tutor and piano teacher

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I am an experienced teacher with a master's degree in elementary education. Over the past nine years I have tutored students in math, reading, writing, spelling, handwriting and test prep and have taught piano lessons, too. After teaching for 35 years, I recently retired from a private elementary school in the Hyde Park/Kenwood neighborhood in Chicago. I have taught students from preschool level through 8th grade and have loved tutoring children of all ages. Over the years, I have taught students with all kinds of minds and learning styles and have discovered how important it is to get to know my students and how they learn the best. I have recently participated in Lucy Caulkin's Reading and Writing Project summer trainings at Teacher's College in NYC and have been very excited about the new methods I've learned for teaching reading, writing and spelling. I have also recently studied with Cathy Fosnot in "Math in the City" trainings, discovering new ways to teach math using hands-on, project-based learning. I love helping children tackle the subjects with which they struggle; helping them build their confidence and become more courageous learners.

I also teach piano lessons to beginning students. I start children as young as four years old, but also take older beginning students all the way up to adults. With young children I use the Suzuki piano book series. My long term goal is to help my students develop a love for music and the ability to play from musical notation, chord notation and by ear; eventually moving on to transcribing music that they've heard, improvising on the blues and even composing their own music.

I teach at my home in the North Kenwood area, or I can come to you if you are not too far away.

I usually do hourly tutoring sessions. Piano lessons range from a half hour for younger students; to forty-five minutes or an hour for older or more advanced students.

I can provide references if desired.

Math:
Prealgebra
English:
Reading
Music:
Piano
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling
Special Needs:
Phonics
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
Piano,
Prealgebra, Reading
Test Preparation:
ISEE,
SSAT

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Elementary (K-6th)

I have a masters degree in Elementary education from the University of Chicago. I have been a classroom teacher at The Ancona School, a private school, in Chicago for the past 32 years.

I have taught all levels of children -preschool through 8th grade.

Elementary Math

I have taught math to students from kindergarten through 9th grade as a classroom teacher and as a tutor. I have received extensive teacher training in math in the "Mathematics...Their Way of Thinking" series, the new "Math in the City" curriculum, and many others. I love teaching math and use lots of hands-on manipulatives and experience-based methods.

ISEE

I have been an elementary classroom teacher for 35 years. Over the past 9 years I have tutored many middle school students in reading, writing and math afterschool. I have gathered materials to support students in studying for the SSAT and the ISEE exams, including Kaplan and Selective Prep study guides. I have tutored a half dozen 8th graders and helped prepare them for the ISEE, SSAT as well as CPS's test for high school entrance.

Phonics

I have a masters degree in Elementary education from the University of Chicago where I studied with reading scholar Rebecca Barr. I have taught reading, spelling, phonics and writing to children from 1st through 4th grade for the past 35 years. Over the past 7 years I have gone to Lucy Caulkin's Reading and Writing Project trainings at Teacher's College in NYC. I also did an online training course and learned how to use the Words Their Way spelling/phonics program.

Piano

I learned how to play piano, trumpet and French horn as a child. I studied French horn with a horn player from the Cincinnati Symphony and played in the Cincinnati Youth Symphony and the University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra. I also played in brass quintets and a horn octet. As an adult I have studied piano with various teachers around Chicago. I have accompanied a young women's chorus and children's choruses at my school.

For three years I directed rehearsals for musicals at my school with children ages 9 to 14. I was a "Suzuki mom" for 9 years, participating in my daughter's piano lessons where I learned a lot about the Suzuki method from two different teachers. I have taught piano lessons for the past 6 years to children from age 4 to 15. Last summer I took three graduate choral courses at Vandercook College of Music in Chicago and this fall I put together a keyboard and choral program at my school.

Reading

In college I studied with reading specialist, Rebecca Barr at the University of Chicago. In recent years, I have spent 3 summers attending Lucy Caulkin's Reading and Writing Project trainings at Teachers College in NYC. I have also recently taken online training in "Words Their Way" - a spelling and phonics program. During my many years of classroom teaching I have taught reading and writing to 1st through 4th graders and have worked with students with all kinds of needs. I have also tutored students from 1st through 9th grade in reading and writing.

University of Chicago
Human Behavior
University of Chicago
Master's

Education

University of Chicago (Human Behavior)

University of Chicago (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Nancy will travel within 8 miles of Chicago, IL 60653.


About Nancy

I am an experienced teacher with a master's degree in elementary education. Over the past nine years I have tutored students in math, reading, writing, spelling, handwriting and test prep and have taught piano lessons, too. After teaching for 35 years, I recently retired from a private elementary school in the Hyde Park/Kenwood neighborhood in Chicago. I have taught students from preschool level through 8th grade and have loved tutoring children of all ages. Over the years, I have taught students with all kinds of minds and learning styles and have discovered how important it is to get to know my students and how they learn the best. I have recently participated in Lucy Caulkin's Reading and Writing Project summer trainings at Teacher's College in NYC and have been very excited about the new methods I've learned for teaching reading, writing and spelling. I have also recently studied with Cathy Fosnot in "Math in the City" trainings, discovering new ways to teach math using hands-on, project-based learning. I love helping children tackle the subjects with which they struggle; helping them build their confidence and become more courageous learners.

I also teach piano lessons to beginning students. I start children as young as four years old, but also take older beginning students all the way up to adults. With young children I use the Suzuki piano book series. My long term goal is to help my students develop a love for music and the ability to play from musical notation, chord notation and by ear; eventually moving on to transcribing music that they've heard, improvising on the blues and even composing their own music.

I teach at my home in the North Kenwood area, or I can come to you if you are not too far away.

I usually do hourly tutoring sessions. Piano lessons range from a half hour for younger students; to forty-five minutes or an hour for older or more advanced students.

I can provide references if desired.

Education

University of Chicago
Human Behavior
University of Chicago
Master's

Education

University of Chicago (Human Behavior)

University of Chicago (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 8 miles of Chicago, IL 60653

Nancy’s Subjects

Math:
Prealgebra
English:
Reading
Music:
Piano
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling
Special Needs:
Phonics
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
Piano,
Prealgebra, Reading
Test Preparation:
ISEE,
SSAT

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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