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Karen B.

Harwood Heights, IL

$25/hr

IL Certified in good standing, experienced Public and Catholic Schools

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IL Certified in good standing, experienced Public and Catholic Schools

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My qualifications and experience teaching as an Illinois certified teacher, K-9, with added Illinois endorsements on my Certificate to teach in Special Education, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Computers -- all currently in good status -- enable me to conscientiously meet your requirements for a high-energy Tutor, with strong communication talents, student management skills, and hard work to achieve curriculum objectives. I am a retired Chicago Public School teacher in good standing, with pension, benefits, and union membership. I create learning worksheets and lessons by using many resources, from libraries to the Internet.

I specialize in:

1) Memberships in teacher organizations that enhance my resources with educational materials,
2) Educational research,
3) Membership in Chicago Public and Suburban libraries, as well as Internet public library e-book membership, Amazon I-pad library/discount/free/purchase book membership, and free Gutenberg book resource for printed books and e-books,
4) Fellow teacher communications, and
5) Internet and seminar meetings.

I take pride in my students' progress enhanced by my teaching methods:

1) Differentiated instruction (individualized instruction designed for the learning modes of each student)
2) Game-like practice with learning and memorizing, and
3) Creative lessons to effectively teach the curriculum, including fundamental reading with specialized reading and math skills.

Keeping these methods in mind, I design many of my own learning materials to meet the needs of my students, and also carefully select lessons from specific reading teaching sets and prepared worksheets that are appropriate to the student’s best styles of learning.

I have tutored with WyzAnt in major elementary, high school and college subjects, also in public speaking and piano, credentialed additionally by passing WyzAnt tutor tests and meeting WyzAnt college teaching credits and teaching experience requirements. I have been a WyzAnt tutor since 2010, after retiring from teaching with the Chicago Public Schools. I reapplied successfully for teacher placement with the Catholic Schools after my retirement. Initially, following graduation with my B.A. from Dominican University, I taught in the Catholic Schools: (1) 5th grade during the second semester, and (2) Title I Reading in the primary grades after grad school. Following a 15-year successful paralegal career, I wanted to return to teaching, having at the same time devoted 9 years of volunteer Saturday morning religion/behavioral education teaching in Humboldt Park. After Dominican University graduation, I earned 30 graduate hours in Special Education. I served the Chicago Public Schools as: an elementary computer teacher; a special education self-contained primary elementary teacher; and most recently a regularly appointed high school inclusion special education teacher.

Additionally, I have had 12 years of classical piano training from the best teachers. I am interested in the opportunity of teaching piano. I have also sung with excellent major choirs, including 1st soprano with the Niles Concert Choir for 8 years, after 12 years singing 2nd soprano with Sweet Adelines. I am talented and trained to teach voice lessons.

I work hard to prepare worthwhile lessons in academics and music. My students know that I am contributing work, while keeping their interest and success in mind. I hope that you will give me the privilege of presenting my lessons to help your student learn.

Math:
Algebra 1, Prealgebra
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
General Computer,
Microsoft Word
Language:
TOEFL
Music:
General Music,
Music Theory, Piano,
Voice (Music)
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Elementary (K-6th),
English, Piano,
Prealgebra,
Reading,
SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
General Computer,
Grammar, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ADD/ADHD

I am a Certified Illinois K to 9 teacher, endorsed as a Learning Behavioral Specialist I, entitled to teach special education in the full range of mental and emotional challenges to students, ages K to 21 years. I have taught special education elementary classes, including ADD/ADHD students in self-contained special education class and special education computer classes.

I have also taught special education high school students, including ADD/ADHD. I served as inclusion or departmental special education teacher in Algebra I, Algebra II, Earth/Space Science, Environmental Science, Freshman English, Senior English, and Social Studies -- in which classes ADD/ADHD, LD, BD, and ED/BD students were studying. For inclusion classes, the special education students studied along with regular students.

Aspergers

I am a retired Chicago Public School teacher, working this weekend at home on renewing my teacher certificate with its LBS-1 unlimited endorsement to teach special education to students ages K to 21, within an "unlimited" range of mental challenges. My experience has been primarily in teaching special education, elementary and high school. I have been assured by the Illinois State Board of Education that my WyzAnt tutoring hours satisfy all the requirements I need to report completing in order to renew my certificate. Please reconsider my original following summary. Thank you. Karen B.

I am a Certified Illinois K to 9 teacher, endorsed as a Learning Behavioral Specialist I, entitled to teach special education in the full range of mental and emotional challenges to students, ages K to 21 years. I have taught:

- Special education elementary classes, including ADD/ADHD students in self-contained special education class and special education computer classes with students with many challenges including: ADD/ADHD, LD, BD, TMH, EMH, autism, petit mal epilepsy, multiple sclerosis; and

- Special education high school students, including ADD/ADHD, Aspergers Syndrome, LD, and ED/BD students. For high school, specifically, I served as inclusion or departmental special education teacher in Algebra I, Algebra II, Earth/Space Science, Environmental Science, Freshman English, Senior English, and Social Studies -- in which classes ADD/ADHD, LD, BD, and ED/BD students were studying. For inclusion classes, the special education students studied along with regular students. Additionally, I taught a Senior student, challenged with Asperger's Syndrome, with volunteered private piano lessons, when I was an inclusion special high school teacher.

Autism

I am a retired Chicago Public School teacher, working this weekend at home on renewing my teacher certificate with its LBS-1 unlimited endorsement to teach special education to students ages K to 21, within an "unlimited" range of mental challenges. My experience has been primarily in teaching special education, elementary and high school. I have been assured by the Illinois State Board of Education that my WyzAnt tutoring hours satisfy all the requirements I need to report completing in order to renew my certificate. Please reconsider my original following summary. Thank you. Karen B.

I am a Certified Illinois K to 9 teacher, endorsed as a Learning Behavioral Specialist I, entitled to teach special education in the full range of mental and emotional challenges to students, ages K to 21 years. I have taught:

- Special education elementary classes, including ADD/ADHD students in self-contained special education class and special education computer classes with students with many challenges including: ADD/ADHD, LD, BD, TMH, EMH, autism, petit mal epilepsy, multiple sclerosis; and

- Special education high school students, including ADD/ADHD, Aspergers Syndrome, LD, and ED/BD students. For high school, specifically, I served as inclusion or departmental special education teacher in Algebra I, Algebra II, Earth/Space Science, Environmental Science, Freshman English, Senior English, and Social Studies -- in which classes ADD/ADHD, LD, BD, and ED/BD students were studying. For inclusion classes, the special education students studied along with regular students. Additionally, I taught a Senior student, challenged with Asperger's Syndrome, with volunteered private piano lessons, when I was an inclusion special high school teacher.

Dyslexia


I am a retired Chicago Public School teacher, working this weekend at home on renewing my teacher certificate with its LBS-1 unlimited endorsement to teach special education to students ages K to 21, within an "unlimited" range of mental challenges. My experience has been primarily in teaching special education, elementary and high school. I have been assured by the Illinois State Board of Education that my WyzAnt tutoring hours satisfy all the requirements I need to report completing in order to renew my certificate. Please reconsider my original following summary. Thank you. Karen B.

I am a Certified Illinois K to 9 teacher, r endorsed as a Learning Behavioral Specialist I, entitled to teach special education in the full range of mental and emotional challenges to students, ages K to 21 years. I have taught:

- Special education elementary classes, including ADD/ADHD students in self-contained special education class and special education computer classes with students with many challenges including: ADD/ADHD, LD, BD, TMH, EMH, autism, petit mal epilepsy, multiple sclerosis; and

- Special education high school students, including ADD/ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome, LD, and ED/BD students. For high school, specifically, I served as inclusion or departmental special education teacher in Algebra I, Algebra II, Earth/Space Science, Environmental Science, Freshman English, Senior English, and Social Studies -- in which classes ADD/ADHD, LD, BD, and ED/BD students were studying. For inclusion classes, the special education students studied along with regular students. Additionally, I taught a Senior student, challenged with Asperger's Syndrome, with volunteered private piano lessons, when I was an inclusion special high school teacher.

Elementary (K-6th)

My ability to effectively tutor students in basic K to 6th Grade subjects is based on education, teacher training, and successful experience. My education includes a B.A. in English, with Illinois Teacher Certification, Grades K to 9, with endorsements to teach departmental Language Arts, Social Studies, and Computer. I have completed 30 graduate hours in the field of Special Education, entitling me to an unlimited and permanent Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS-1) endorsement. With my LBS-1 unlimited endorsement, I am qualified to teach Illinois students who have any type of learning challenge, from Learning Disabilities to Trainable Mentally Challenges, from ADHD to Autism.

My teaching experience includes regular elementary and Title I classrooms, departmental computer (from pre-school to 8th grade classes), special education elementary self-contained classrooms, after-school tutoring to a group of special education students with Learning Disabilities, special education high school departmental History, and special education high school inclusion in the regular high school classroom for: Algebra I, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Environmental Science, Earth Space Science, English I, and English IV.

Elementary Math

I am an experienced, certified Illinois K to 9 teacher, with a Learning Behavioral Specialist I endorsement, entitling me to teach special education students, ages K to 21, in unlimited specialties of mental challenges. I have taught regular and special education math in elementary school. Additionally, I have taught special education high school inclusion (within the regular classroom) Algebra I and Algebra II/Trigonometry with the Chicago Public Schools.

Math has been one of my most significant tutoring achievements with WyzAnt. I tutored a WyzAnt 6th grader from August, 2010 to May, 2011 in Math. Her mother informed me in beginning lessons that her daughter was behind in Math. The family had been advised to find a Math tutor for her. By Springtime, after regular tutoring, she was praised by the departmental Math teacher to her mother at conference as having become one of the best Math students in her 6th grade class. Our lessons in Spring went from remedial work to gifted, accelerated study in Math.

General Computer

I have talents to offer in the teaching of General Computer which are unique. In addition to my B.A. and teacher education, I completed the work for an Associate Degree in Data Processing with High Honors, attaining straight A's in all my Computer courses. I have successfully taught computer education from pre-school to 8th grade. I am prepared to teach computer software programs, including MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, and to thoughtfully supervise Internet study. I can additionally teach students how to use the computer as an effective method of formal writing. I teach Writing and Grammar, with the enhancements of the use of graphic tools to create articles and books, written and illustrated by the student.

My ability to effectively tutor students in basic K to 6th Grade subjects is based on education, teacher training, and successful experience. My education includes a B.A. in English, with Illinois Teacher Certification, Grades K to 9, with endorsements to teach departmental Language Arts, Social Studies, and Computer. I have completed 30 graduate hours in the field of Special Education, entitling me to an unlimited and permanent Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS-1) endorsement. With my LBS-1 unlimited endorsement, I am qualified to teach Illinois students who have any type of learning challenge, from Learning Disabilities to Trainable Mentally Challenges, from ADHD to Autism.

My teaching experience includes regular elementary and Title I classrooms, departmental computer (from pre-school to 8th grade classes), special education elementary self-contained classrooms, after-school tutoring to a group of special education students with Learning Disabilities, special education high school departmental History, and special education high school inclusion in the regular high school classroom for: Algebra I, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Environmental Science, Earth Space Science, English I, and English IV.

General Music

My qualifications and experience will enable me to meet your requirements for a talented, patient, creative and successful music teacher. I have strong communication talents, talent in playing piano and singing, as well as knowledge of theory, how it effects playing, how to learn theory memorably, and how to write pleasing music. I am an interested, talented piano musician and teacher. I am continuing my performance training with organ lessons at the Music Institute of Chicago. I am scheduled in January, 2011 to participate in a teacher piano methods workshop at the Music Institute of Chicago. I have 12 years of piano lessons, and skill in playing piano with trained, skillful grace and appropriate technique. In elementary school, I studied piano by private lessons with Curtis method teachers. In high school, I took private lessons at my high school and performed in solo and duet for all-school performances. My singing training consisted of challenging elementary and high school choirs, followed by 12 years singing Lead, 2nd soprano with Sweet Adelines, with an emphasis on harmony, and 8 years singing 1st soprano with the Niles Concert Choir.

When I volunteered in Humboldt Park for teaching religion/behavior training classes, I also taught singing as part of the regular day. At that time I directed many groups of about 10 students each in singing, and directed as many as 200 students in singing, while directing the Christmas pageant itself. I directed special education classes in singing at Christmas shows in public and private school, while teaching special education. A list follows with a note of my music participation, while teaching special education high school inclusion:

- Participated and helped with the Teacher/Student off-stage choir for the annual school musical.
- Played piano, introducing the Teacher/Student Talent Show, with a medley of Mozart and Chopin.
- Volunteered to teach piano all year to a Senior with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Phonics

Being an experienced K to 9 and Special Education Teacher, elementary and high school, I am convinced of the importance of phonics in the teaching of Reading. I have a library of learning materials and worksheets to effectively help students learn the important system of phonics. In this age of mass media, a teacher needs to be a performer and an artist in taking what may be a boring detail and making it into a fascinating adventure. Solving the mystery of Phonics makes a world of words from a world of sounds. I am talented in making the study of Phonics an endeavor which students learn to enjoy and treasure, the world of Reading. I believe that phonics is aided by and helps in the effective learning of the most common sight words for each grade level. I have sight word lists ready to teach for each grade level.

My ability to effectively tutor students is based on education, teacher training, and successful experience. My education includes a B.A. in English, with Illinois Teacher Certification, Grades K to 9, with endorsements to teach departmental Language Arts, Social Studies, and Computer. I have completed 30 graduate hours in the field of Special Education, entitling me to an unlimited and permanent Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS-1) endorsement. With my LBS-1 unlimited endorsement, I am qualified to teach Illinois students who have any type of learning challenge, from Learning Disabilities to Trainable Mentally Challenges, from ADHD to Autism.

My teaching experience includes regular elementary and Title I classrooms, departmental computer (from pre-school to 8th grade classes), special education elementary self-contained classrooms, after-school tutoring to a group of special education students with Learning Disabilities, special education high school departmental History, and special education high school inclusion in the regular high school classroom for: Algebra I, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Environmental Science, Earth Space Science, English I, and English IV.

Piano

My qualifications and experience will enable me to meet your requirements for a talented, patient, creative and successful piano teacher. I am an interested, talented piano musician and teacher. I have strong communication talents, talent in playing piano and singing, as well as knowledge of theory, how it effects playing, how to learn theory memorably, and how to write pleasing music. I have 12 years of piano lessons, and skill in playing piano with trained, skillful grace and appropriate technique. In elementary school, I studied piano by private lessons with Curtis method teachers. In high school, I took private lessons at my high school and performed in solo and duet for all-school performances. My singing training consisted of challenging elementary and high school choirs, followed by 12 years singing Lead -- 2nd soprano -- with Sweet Adelines, with an emphasis on harmony, and 8 years singing 1st soprano with the Niles Concert Choir.

When I volunteered in Humboldt Park for teaching religion/behavior training classes, I also taught singing as part of the regular day. At that time I directed many groups of about 10 students each in singing, and directed as many as 200 students in singing, while directing the Christmas pageant itself. I directed special education classes in singing at Christmas shows in public and private school, while teaching special education. A list follows with a note of my music participation, while teaching special education high school inclusion: I played piano, introducing the Teacher/Student Talent Show, with a medley of Mozart and Chopin. I also volunteered to teach piano all year to a Senior with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Prealgebra

I am an experienced, certified Illinois K to 9 teacher, with a Learning Behavioral Specialist I endorsement, entitling me to teach special education students, ages K to 21, in unlimited specialties of mental challenges. I have taught regular and special education math in elementary school. Additionally, I have taught special education high school inclusion (within the regular classroom) Algebra I and Algebra II/Trigonometry with the Chicago Public Schools.

Prealgebra has been one of my most significant tutoring achievements with WyzAnt. I tutored a WyzAnt 6th grader from August, 2010 to May, 2011 in Prealgebra. Her Mother informed me in beginning lessons that her daughter was behind in Math. The family had been advised to find a Math tutor for her. By Springtime, after regular tutoring, she was praised by the departmental Math teacher to her Mother at conference as having become one of the best Math students in her 6th grade class. Our lessons in Spring went from remedial work to gifted, accelerated study in Math.

Public Speaking

I am a graduate of the Gabriel Richard Leadership Course, which teaches Public Speaking, similar to the program offered by the Dale Carnegie group. I have participated enthusiastically in classes that helped me to improve my communication abilities, so important in today's society. I would help students to more confidently present challenging reports and their own thoughtful speeches through practice.

My ability to effectively tutor students is based on education, teacher training, and successful experience. My education includes a B.A. in English, with Illinois Teacher Certification, Grades K to 9, with endorsements to teach departmental Language Arts, Social Studies, and Computer. I have completed 30 graduate hours in the field of Special Education, entitling me to an unlimited and permanent Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS-1) endorsement. With my LBS-1 unlimited endorsement, I am qualified to teach Illinois students who have any type of learning challenge, from Learning Disabilities to Trainable Mentally Challenges, from ADHD to Autism.

My teaching experience includes regular elementary and Title I classrooms, departmental computer (from pre-school to 8th grade classes), special education elementary self-contained classrooms, after-school tutoring to a group of special education students with Learning Disabilities, special education high school departmental History, and special education high school inclusion in the regular high school classroom for: Algebra I, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Environmental Science, Earth Space Science, English I, and English IV.

Reading

I am an experienced, certified Illinois K to 9 teacher, with a Learning Behavioral Specialist I endorsement, entitling me to teach special education students, ages K to 21, in unlimited specialties of mental challenges. I have taught regular and special education reading in elementary school, taught Title I remedial reading class, tutored after-school reading to a special education class of elementary students, and tutored reading with WyzAnt. Additionally, I have taught special education high school inclusion (within the regular classroom) Freshman and Senior English with the Chicago Public Schools.

Reading has been especially interesting to teach with my Orton Gillingham materials from Phonics Tutor. The lessons, many presented on my laptop, are engrossing to study, fun, and very successful. They emphasize phonics, vocabulary, spelling, dictation, and whole word learning, producing significant improvement in reading with step by step progression in difficulty. I have a library of teacher materials for teaching reading, including fluency. I also have access to valuable Internet reading lessons with collections of elementary and high school guides, for reading highly approved books at grade level and evaluating understanding.

Special Needs

My ability to effectively tutor special education students is based on education, teacher training, and successful experience. My education includes a B.A. in English, with current Illinois Teacher Certification in good standing, for Grades K to 9, accompanied by endorsements to teach departmental Language Arts, Social Studies, and Computers and to teach Special Education, Grades K to 9.

My teaching experience includes regular elementary and Title I classrooms, departmental computer (from preschool to 8th grade classes), special education elementary self-contained classrooms, after-school tutoring to a group of eight special education students with Learning Disabilities, special education high school departmental History, and special education high school inclusion in the regular high school classroom for: Algebra I, Algebra II/Trigonometry, Environmental Science, Earth Space Science, English I, and English IV.

Study Skills

I believe that I am especially effective in teaching study skills because I have been taught by excellent teachers who enabled me to excel in school grades and standardized examinations. As a result of my high performance on the SAT and my academic record, I won a
4-Year Illinois State Scholarship, an "all tuition paid" scholarship to any Illinois college or university of my choice. Please review my following summary of my education and teaching experience as a summary of my ability to study. I have wonderful guides for the student to learn how to study in an organized and memorable way. The more one learns a skill, the easier and more enjoyable it is to practice.

My ability to effectively tutor is based on education, teacher training, and successful experience. My education includes a B.A. in English, with Illinois Teacher Certification, Grades K to 9, with endorsements to teach departmental Language Arts, Social Studies, and Computer. I have completed 30 graduate hours in the field of Special Education, entitling me to an unlimited and permanent Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS-1) endorsement. With my LBS-1 unlimited endorsement, I am qualified to teach Illinois students who have any type of learning challenge, from Learning Disabilities to Trainable Mentally Challenges, from ADHD to Autism.

My teaching experience includes regular elementary and Title I classrooms, departmental computer (from pre-school to 8th grade classes), special education elementary self-contained classrooms, after-school tutoring to a group of special education students with Learning Disabilities, special education high school departmental History, and special education high school inclusion in the regular high school classroom for: Algebra I, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Environmental Science, Earth Space Science, English I, and English IV.

Voice (Music)

I have been gifted with the ability to sing with talent and grace. My individual singing lessons began in a home filled with music. They were continued in years of singing in choirs, from grammar school to adulthood, under the direction of skilled musicians. I have sung with Sweet Adelines barbershop chorus, followed by eight years singing first soprano with the Niles Concert Choir.

When I volunteered in Humboldt Park for teaching religion/behavior training classes, I also taught singing as part of the regular day. At that time I directed many groups of about 10 students each in singing, and directed as many as 200 students in singing, while directing the Christmas pageant itself. I directed special education classes in singing at Christmas shows in public and private school, while teaching special education. A list follows with a note of my music participation, while teaching special education high school inclusion:

- Participated and helped with the Teacher/Student off-stage choir for the annual school musical.
- Played piano, introducing the Teacher/Student Talent Show, with a medley of Mozart and Chopin.
- Volunteered to teach piano all year to a Senior with Asperger’s Syndrome.

My music qualifications and experience will enable me to provide a talented, patient, creative and successful voice teacher. I have strong communication talents, talent in playing piano, as well as knowledge of theory, how it effects playing, how to learn theory memorably, and how to write pleasing music. I have 12 years of piano lessons, and skill in playing piano with trained, skillful grace and appropriate technique. In elementary school, I studied piano by private lessons with Curtis method teachers. In high school, I took private lessons at my high school and performed in solo and duet for all-school performances. I am an interested, talented piano musician and teacher. I am continuing my performance training with organ lessons at the Music Institute of Chicago. I am scheduled in January, 2011 to participate in a teacher piano methods workshop at the Music Institute of Chicago.

Dominican University
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Grad School
Graduate Coursework
Chicago City Colleges and Roosevelt University
Other

Education

Dominican University

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Grad School (Graduate Coursework)

Chicago City Colleges and Roosevelt University (Other)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $25.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Discounts for two or more hours of lessons per family and for groups of students.

Travel policy

Karen will travel within 7 miles of Harwood Heights, IL 60706.


About Karen

My qualifications and experience teaching as an Illinois certified teacher, K-9, with added Illinois endorsements on my Certificate to teach in Special Education, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Computers -- all currently in good status -- enable me to conscientiously meet your requirements for a high-energy Tutor, with strong communication talents, student management skills, and hard work to achieve curriculum objectives. I am a retired Chicago Public School teacher in good standing, with pension, benefits, and union membership. I create learning worksheets and lessons by using many resources, from libraries to the Internet.

I specialize in:

1) Memberships in teacher organizations that enhance my resources with educational materials,
2) Educational research,
3) Membership in Chicago Public and Suburban libraries, as well as Internet public library e-book membership, Amazon I-pad library/discount/free/purchase book membership, and free Gutenberg book resource for printed books and e-books,
4) Fellow teacher communications, and
5) Internet and seminar meetings.

I take pride in my students' progress enhanced by my teaching methods:

1) Differentiated instruction (individualized instruction designed for the learning modes of each student)
2) Game-like practice with learning and memorizing, and
3) Creative lessons to effectively teach the curriculum, including fundamental reading with specialized reading and math skills.

Keeping these methods in mind, I design many of my own learning materials to meet the needs of my students, and also carefully select lessons from specific reading teaching sets and prepared worksheets that are appropriate to the student’s best styles of learning.

I have tutored with WyzAnt in major elementary, high school and college subjects, also in public speaking and piano, credentialed additionally by passing WyzAnt tutor tests and meeting WyzAnt college teaching credits and teaching experience requirements. I have been a WyzAnt tutor since 2010, after retiring from teaching with the Chicago Public Schools. I reapplied successfully for teacher placement with the Catholic Schools after my retirement. Initially, following graduation with my B.A. from Dominican University, I taught in the Catholic Schools: (1) 5th grade during the second semester, and (2) Title I Reading in the primary grades after grad school. Following a 15-year successful paralegal career, I wanted to return to teaching, having at the same time devoted 9 years of volunteer Saturday morning religion/behavioral education teaching in Humboldt Park. After Dominican University graduation, I earned 30 graduate hours in Special Education. I served the Chicago Public Schools as: an elementary computer teacher; a special education self-contained primary elementary teacher; and most recently a regularly appointed high school inclusion special education teacher.

Additionally, I have had 12 years of classical piano training from the best teachers. I am interested in the opportunity of teaching piano. I have also sung with excellent major choirs, including 1st soprano with the Niles Concert Choir for 8 years, after 12 years singing 2nd soprano with Sweet Adelines. I am talented and trained to teach voice lessons.

I work hard to prepare worthwhile lessons in academics and music. My students know that I am contributing work, while keeping their interest and success in mind. I hope that you will give me the privilege of presenting my lessons to help your student learn.

Education

Dominican University
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Grad School
Graduate Coursework
Chicago City Colleges and Roosevelt University
Other

Education

Dominican University

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Grad School (Graduate Coursework)

Chicago City Colleges and Roosevelt University (Other)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
6 hours notice required

Discounts for two or more hours of lessons per family and for groups of students.

Travel Radius
Travels within 7 miles of Harwood Heights, IL 60706

Karen’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Prealgebra
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
General Computer,
Microsoft Word
Language:
TOEFL
Music:
General Music,
Music Theory, Piano,
Voice (Music)
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Elementary (K-6th),
English, Piano,
Prealgebra,
Reading,
SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
General Computer,
Grammar, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking

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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