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Lauren S.

Chicago, IL

$40/hr

Certified Teacher w/ Elementary Education Master's from Northwestern

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Certified Teacher w/ Elementary Education Master's from Northwestern

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I am currently pursuing a PhD in child development and passionate about helping children improve their confidence in all subjects through hands-on learning and individualized instruction. I have a record of success: for the past three years, 95% of my kindergarten students have made over one year's growth in reading. My innovative classroom science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) centers received national recognition from teachers and STEM professionals, and I speak at conferences to inspire other educators. I am a Golden Apple Award and Presidential Award in Math and Science nominee. I am also an active member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).


Logistics:
I can travel to a location of your choice or host sessions in my home. Many clients drop their children off when they go to workout, shop, or meet a friend for coffee.

I am also available to take your child on excursions to museums and other educational spaces.


Philosophy:
Relationships are at the heart of all good teaching. I take each child's unique learning style and interests into account to design lessons that offer just the right amount of challenge. I help children build confidence by establishing routines and incrementally increasing the rigor. I teach and assess for true understanding, rather than memorization. Higher-level questioning, hands-on exploration, creativity, discussion, making mistakes, enjoying challenges, and having fun are all a part of the learning process. I also work closely with parents and caregivers to keep them informed and suggest enriching learning activities.


Experience:
In my current position, I draw on my wealth of education experience to collaborate with principals and teachers in Chicago Public Schools to improve teaching and learning. I previously taught kindergarten at a private school in Chicago (2008-2014). I tutored students in preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade in small groups and one-on-one with Superior Chicago Tutoring (2010-2014). I taught summer school for grades Pk-3 (2010-2013). In addition, I independently provide childcare and educational enrichment for over a dozen families and build lasting relationships (since 1998).


Training:
I am currently pursing a PhD in Child Development at Erikson Institute, and working with Erikson Institute's New Schools Project. I earned my Master's degree in elementary education from Northwestern University in 2011. I served as an associate facilitator with Erikson Institute's Early Math Collaborative, deepening my ability to make mathematics meaningful for young learners while also educating other teachers (2012-2014). I participated in Erikson Institute's "Early Childhood Specialist" community of learners to improve my teaching skills through online modules, in-person training sessions, reflection, action research, and discussion (2013-2014). My reading and writing instruction has been greatly enhanced over a three year Early Literacy training program during which I successfully implemented Daily 5, CAFE, Words Their Way, Heggerty Phonemic Awareness, and 6+1 Traits of Writing. I have also attended professional development at University of Chicago, Jane Addams Hull House, Chicago Botanical Gardens, The Museum of Science and Industry, and more.


Fun Facts:
Baby sloths are my favorite animal. I studied abroad in Morocco and England, and traveled extensively throughout Europe. After completing my undergraduate degree at DePaul University, I spent two years living in an old rectory with seven other teachers. During college, I was a nanny for a delightful, dinosaur-obsessed girl; we went on walks looking for bugs to collect and puppies to pet. My favorite books include Pete the Cat, The Paper Bag Princess, The Land of Many Colors, Flower Garden, and Swimmy. My husband is a chemical engineer and we were married at Garfield Park Conservatory. I enjoy Chicago Architecture Foundation tours and exploring all that this pretty city has to offer.

Special Needs:
Phonics
Corporate Training:
Grammar

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Elementary (K-6th)

I hold a master's of science in elementary education from Northwestern University. I hold a State of Illinois Standard Elementary Teaching Certificate. I am endorsed for kindergarten-grade 9. I have been employed as a full-time kindergarten teacher at a private school in Chicago since 2008. I have been employed as a part-time PK-3 tutor and summer school instructor since 2010.

Elementary Math

While pursuing my master's degree at Northwestern University, I authored an action research thesis about making my school's math curriculum more developmentally appropriate. Student test scores improved along with creativity, cooperation, and problem-solving. For the past two years, I have been an associate facilitator for the Erikson Institute Early Math Collaborative. I have been trained in the "big ideas" that build the foundation mathematical reasoning and help teach other teachers effective learning strategies. I believe in teaching for understanding rather than memorization and incorporate real world situations and literacy into my lessons. My innovative STEM Centers have received national attention, and I present at conferences to inspire other teachers. I have been nominated for the Presidential Award in Math and Science teaching. Finally, as someone who struggled with math as a child, I understand the common challenges and methods for overcoming them and empowering learners.

Elementary Science

As the result of research, I created innovative science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) centers in my kindergarten classroom. After a news report covered my unique curriculum, I gained national attention from teachers and scientists. Chicago's mayor even visited my classroom! It also resulted in conference invitations, and I now lead teacher training sessions on STEM in early childhood. I am passionate about getting young children, especially girls, hooked on these subjects from a young age so they do not feel intimidated when they get older. I have also attended classes at Garfield Park Conservatory and Chicago Botanical Garden to enhance my science teaching skills.

General Music

I am a former band geek. I learned to play Saxophone in middle school and was my high school State Championship winning band's Low Woodwinds Section Leader. I taught private saxophone lessons to students for three years. In college, I was a DJ for Radio DePaul. I enjoy attending concerts and making mix CDs.

Grammar

I have a bachelor of arts in English from DePaul University. Language arts was always my favorite subject as a child.

Handwriting

As an experienced early childhood educator, I know that adequate fine motor skills development leads to neat handwriting. I help students gain muscle strength and coordination through fun activities involving clay, Legos, beads, finger painting and more instead of relying solely on tedious tracing worksheets.

Phonics

For the past 3 years, 95% of my students have made greater than one years growth in reading according to AIMsWeb Test results. I am trained and experienced with Daily 5, Words Their Way, and Heggerty Phonic Awareness. I successfully completed three years of professional development and in-classroom coaching with Accelerate Institute's Early Literacy Training.

Reading

I teach reading through a balanced approach inspired by the Daily 5 and CAFE curriculum. Children need a mix of listening to authentic literature read aloud, plus books at their individual level that they can read independently. We also focus on mastering sight words, practice sounding out consonant-vowel-consonant words by creating fun flipbooks, and building comprehension skills through high-level questioning and discussion.

Saxophone

I am a former band geek. I learned to play Saxophone in middle school and was my high school State Championship winning band's Low Woodwinds Section Leader. I earned all A's in my band classes. I taught private saxophone lessons to students for three years.

Spelling

Learning to spell correctly requires understanding common word patterns and exceptions. I use the Words Their Way curriculum with word sorts and games to teach spelling in a way that is fun and does not rely purely on memorization.

Study Skills

Early learners need to develop confidence and independence to progress in their learning. Organization, a strategic curriculum, and positive incentives assist in the learning process. I use individualized materials with just the right amount of challenge to help students improve step-by-step. I work closely with parents to help teach them ways to aid their child's learning during every day activities. Families also receive check-lists and calendars.

Vocabulary

I love words! The best way to build vocabulary is to be a voracious reader! I encourage my students to write down "spicy words" as they read: this can include new words they need to define, or words that they simply find fun to say. We keep word collections in journals.

DePaul University
English
Northwestern University
MEd
Erikson Institute/Loyola University
PhD

Education

DePaul University (English)

Northwestern University (MEd)

Erikson Institute/Loyola University (PhD)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Lauren will travel within 5 miles of Chicago, IL 60647.


About Lauren

I am currently pursuing a PhD in child development and passionate about helping children improve their confidence in all subjects through hands-on learning and individualized instruction. I have a record of success: for the past three years, 95% of my kindergarten students have made over one year's growth in reading. My innovative classroom science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) centers received national recognition from teachers and STEM professionals, and I speak at conferences to inspire other educators. I am a Golden Apple Award and Presidential Award in Math and Science nominee. I am also an active member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).


Logistics:
I can travel to a location of your choice or host sessions in my home. Many clients drop their children off when they go to workout, shop, or meet a friend for coffee.

I am also available to take your child on excursions to museums and other educational spaces.


Philosophy:
Relationships are at the heart of all good teaching. I take each child's unique learning style and interests into account to design lessons that offer just the right amount of challenge. I help children build confidence by establishing routines and incrementally increasing the rigor. I teach and assess for true understanding, rather than memorization. Higher-level questioning, hands-on exploration, creativity, discussion, making mistakes, enjoying challenges, and having fun are all a part of the learning process. I also work closely with parents and caregivers to keep them informed and suggest enriching learning activities.


Experience:
In my current position, I draw on my wealth of education experience to collaborate with principals and teachers in Chicago Public Schools to improve teaching and learning. I previously taught kindergarten at a private school in Chicago (2008-2014). I tutored students in preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade in small groups and one-on-one with Superior Chicago Tutoring (2010-2014). I taught summer school for grades Pk-3 (2010-2013). In addition, I independently provide childcare and educational enrichment for over a dozen families and build lasting relationships (since 1998).


Training:
I am currently pursing a PhD in Child Development at Erikson Institute, and working with Erikson Institute's New Schools Project. I earned my Master's degree in elementary education from Northwestern University in 2011. I served as an associate facilitator with Erikson Institute's Early Math Collaborative, deepening my ability to make mathematics meaningful for young learners while also educating other teachers (2012-2014). I participated in Erikson Institute's "Early Childhood Specialist" community of learners to improve my teaching skills through online modules, in-person training sessions, reflection, action research, and discussion (2013-2014). My reading and writing instruction has been greatly enhanced over a three year Early Literacy training program during which I successfully implemented Daily 5, CAFE, Words Their Way, Heggerty Phonemic Awareness, and 6+1 Traits of Writing. I have also attended professional development at University of Chicago, Jane Addams Hull House, Chicago Botanical Gardens, The Museum of Science and Industry, and more.


Fun Facts:
Baby sloths are my favorite animal. I studied abroad in Morocco and England, and traveled extensively throughout Europe. After completing my undergraduate degree at DePaul University, I spent two years living in an old rectory with seven other teachers. During college, I was a nanny for a delightful, dinosaur-obsessed girl; we went on walks looking for bugs to collect and puppies to pet. My favorite books include Pete the Cat, The Paper Bag Princess, The Land of Many Colors, Flower Garden, and Swimmy. My husband is a chemical engineer and we were married at Garfield Park Conservatory. I enjoy Chicago Architecture Foundation tours and exploring all that this pretty city has to offer.

Education

DePaul University
English
Northwestern University
MEd
Erikson Institute/Loyola University
PhD

Education

DePaul University (English)

Northwestern University (MEd)

Erikson Institute/Loyola University (PhD)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Chicago, IL 60647

Lauren’s Subjects

Special Needs:
Phonics
Corporate Training:
Grammar

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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