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Katherine F.

Lockport, IL

$40/hr

Creative and Knowledgeable Elementary School Tutor

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Creative and Knowledgeable Elementary School Tutor

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Hi My name is Kathie F., and I am excited to have the opportunity to be your tutor. I have a bachelor's degree from Illinois State University in Elementary Education (1997), and also a masters degree in Educational Administration from Governors State University (2003). I have taught 5th grade for 10 years in the New Lenox School District 122 (1998-2008), and have loved every day. I am currently taking a few years off from working full time, as I have three young children that I am staying home to take care of. My oldest is 10, and is in fourth grade, so I am seeing school through the eyes of a parent, which is a new perspective that I believe will make me a better teacher when I return full time.

I have tutored independently during all 10 of my teaching years. My tutoring experience ranges from group tutoring, study skills instruction, and one on one tutoring. I have always enjoyed the opportunity to tutor to reinforce skills, improve achievement, or extend the learning experience beyond the classroom. Along with being a classroom teacher, I was also very involved in the school though sponsoring student activities, coaching, Team Leader responsibilities as a staff member, member of the School Improvement Team, District Improvement Team, various curriculum committees, and recipient of the districts "Those who Make a Difference" award.

As a teacher, I am interested in making connections with my students. One of the best compliments I would receive was "Mrs. F, you always make it easy to learn what we're doing". I would differentiate lessons to meet the needs of many students, and understand that all students learn differently. There is no cookie cutter way to teach, and actually, through differentiation, I was able to be creative in my lessons and to meet students needs. In my teaching career, I have been lucky enough to team teach resource classes, which included students in special education and also Gifted and Talented Math and Language Arts classes.

I value each student as an individual and am excited each year to see what abilities a student will have to offer. I have found that over the years, it is not just what I teach to my students that makes a difference, it's what they teach to me as well. I think the best thing a teacher can do is help to provide the tools for all children to discover and value their own abilities, and watch them prosper. My favorite moments as a teacher have been those "light bulb" moments, when you can see that a connection has been made, and a child is excited about what they have accomplished.

I am very proud to be a teacher, and I do my best to make learning relevant, and fun. I welcome the opportunity to work with you as a tutor.

English:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
Reading, Study Skills
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.

Elementary (K-6th)

As a fifth grade teacher for ten years, I have had an opportunity to teach many subjects. Earlier in my teaching career, I taught all subjects, which included: spelling, vocabulary, reading, writing, grammar, math, science, social studies, health, study skills, and character development. More recently, the school district I worked for departmentalized and I exclusively taught Language Arts (reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, spelling) and Social Studies. I have worked with every grade level, from 1-8 in some capacity, whether as a classroom teacher, tutor, substitute teacher, or buddy class. My key age group would obviously be grades 4-6, as I taught 5th grade, but am comfortable and confident to tutor grades 1-6.

As a teacher, I have taught gifted instruction for 6+ years, either in Math or Language Arts. I have also acquired gifted education certification. I was a team teacher for 4 years, as well. This opportunity allowed me to work with our special education teacher, and learn various strategies to adapt instruction to meet the needs of diverse student abilities in math. I have been trained as a writing specialist through our district, and have been on numerous curriculum committees. Most recently I have privately tutored students in math and Language Arts, with a focus on phonics, word attack skills, and syllabication. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have concerning my experience and credentials.

Illinois State University
Elementary Education
Governors State University
Master's

Education

Illinois State University (Elementary Education)

Governors State University (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Katherine will travel within 14 miles of Lockport, IL 60441.


About Katherine

Hi My name is Kathie F., and I am excited to have the opportunity to be your tutor. I have a bachelor's degree from Illinois State University in Elementary Education (1997), and also a masters degree in Educational Administration from Governors State University (2003). I have taught 5th grade for 10 years in the New Lenox School District 122 (1998-2008), and have loved every day. I am currently taking a few years off from working full time, as I have three young children that I am staying home to take care of. My oldest is 10, and is in fourth grade, so I am seeing school through the eyes of a parent, which is a new perspective that I believe will make me a better teacher when I return full time.

I have tutored independently during all 10 of my teaching years. My tutoring experience ranges from group tutoring, study skills instruction, and one on one tutoring. I have always enjoyed the opportunity to tutor to reinforce skills, improve achievement, or extend the learning experience beyond the classroom. Along with being a classroom teacher, I was also very involved in the school though sponsoring student activities, coaching, Team Leader responsibilities as a staff member, member of the School Improvement Team, District Improvement Team, various curriculum committees, and recipient of the districts "Those who Make a Difference" award.

As a teacher, I am interested in making connections with my students. One of the best compliments I would receive was "Mrs. F, you always make it easy to learn what we're doing". I would differentiate lessons to meet the needs of many students, and understand that all students learn differently. There is no cookie cutter way to teach, and actually, through differentiation, I was able to be creative in my lessons and to meet students needs. In my teaching career, I have been lucky enough to team teach resource classes, which included students in special education and also Gifted and Talented Math and Language Arts classes.

I value each student as an individual and am excited each year to see what abilities a student will have to offer. I have found that over the years, it is not just what I teach to my students that makes a difference, it's what they teach to me as well. I think the best thing a teacher can do is help to provide the tools for all children to discover and value their own abilities, and watch them prosper. My favorite moments as a teacher have been those "light bulb" moments, when you can see that a connection has been made, and a child is excited about what they have accomplished.

I am very proud to be a teacher, and I do my best to make learning relevant, and fun. I welcome the opportunity to work with you as a tutor.

Education

Illinois State University
Elementary Education
Governors State University
Master's

Education

Illinois State University (Elementary Education)

Governors State University (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 14 miles of Lockport, IL 60441

Katherine’s Subjects

English:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
Reading, Study Skills
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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