I love tutoring because it allows me to individualize instruction and use the most innovative methods to get excellent results, improving a student's confidence, knowledge, and self-esteem. At my day job, I teach elementary ESL
(K-5) as a specialist, but I've taught 3rd, 4th, and 6th grades as a classroom teacher and graduate school as an adjunct instructor. I've tutored students of all ages for the last 18 years, including elementary, middle and high school students, college students, and graduate students. I have actually been tutoring since I was an undergrad in the mid-1990s, and I never really stopped.
I am a National Board Certified Teacher with a Master's Degree in curriculum and instruction as well as endorsements in language
arts, social studies
, and ESL. Also, this spring I am finishing up my LBS1 endorsement to become a licensed special education teacher. I have been teaching for 14 years, and I pride myself on finding ways to reach every student. I enjoy working with students of all ages, and just because I teach elementary school does not mean that I only work with younger students. In fact, more than half of my tutoring experience has been with high school and college students.
I tutor all subject areas up to middle school and any of the humanities after that. My specialty is in teaching reading
, and test prep at all levels. I've done a lot of professional writing and editing
, and one of my specialties with students is increasing writing fluency and structure through repeated practice and guidance. I have been trained in a number of highly successful interventions that can help increase reading fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary
I have an easygoing personality and get along well with all different kinds of students. I value diversity and have worked with students of many different cultures and linguistic backgrounds. I use hands-on teaching methods wherever possible, and I always have more than one way to teach a particular lesson or concept.