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Virginia B.

Struggling Reader and Writer Tutor

Chelmsford, MA (01824)

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For the past thirty years I have been a schoolteacher. My career has included substitute teaching, teaching first, second, third and sixth grades, tutoring, and also being a preschool teacher. These assignments have been in Lawrence, Lowell, and Chelmsford, MA.

Throughout my life I have enjoyed being in the classroom, whether as a student or teacher. Two recent classes have been beneficial- The Skillful Teacher and The Reading First Program. The material from these classes was readily available for use in the classroom and included the latest studies on what motivated students to learn. I am always impressed by the latest instructional studies and literature.

My colleagues over the years have influenced me by helping each child to find his/her optimum learning style- even in the midst of learning difficulties.

I have worked with teachers who have attended Lesley College. Their teaching abilities have impressed me. I especially enjoy watching teachers give extra help to struggling students, such as in the Title One Program. My own experience with tutoring children after school or over the summer has helped me to see how each child is different and needs different learning tools to help with their studies. Tutoring is one assignment I enjoy very much.

I would like to take some time to write- my family of origin has some great stories since my mom was the youngest of thirteen children and both my parents were Italian immigrants. My parents found it hard in school because their parents spoke Italian.

I feel my particular skills include the teaching of language arts, proofreading, and patience when dealing with children. The Lesley courses and practicum in Moderate Needs have helped me achieve a dream I have had all my life- to be a teacher in Special Needs.

My tutoring style is that of a guide. My job is to help students gain confidence and ability through my example and models.

Students learn best, in my opinion, through a variety of teaching tools- one example that comes to mind in using different editions of the same same book to show how different authors interpret the same story.

I am a big fan of Howard Gardner; his idea that children(and adults) have different learning styles is important. Mr. Gardner recently added NATURE Intelligence to his other list of intelligences. This is important since we need to take part and understand our natural world.

I have recently been a permanent substitute in a kindergarten classroom. These K students needed help with social situations so the school I was in created a special classroom for them.

At Saint Margaret School in Lowell I had the opportunity to teach full time and also tutor reading after school. I had also created a summer school with my colleague to aid those students with reading and writing.

Lately I have taken 3 MTEL exams concerning reading, communication, writing and general curriculum. I passed all three exams and have helped friends with the test preparation. I have volunteered as a church school teacher in Chelmsford, MA where I lived for 15 years. This was for grades PreK-high school.

All in all, I have much experience helping students succeed. My specialty is the struggling reader and writer.

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Virginia’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Test Preparation:
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
History:
Language:
English:

ACT English

I have much experience teaching the English language arts. With a degree in English and a Master of Education degree I have helped many students with standardizes tests. There are many hints one can use when taking these tests.

I have a good command of the English language.

ACT Reading

I have much experience and training in helping students with the reading portion of standardized tests.
This experience includes tutoring for the SAT, ACT, SSAT, MTELS, and other tests.
Through the years I have accumulated material that has proven useful when studying for the vocabulary, reading comprehension, fluency, and all portions of these exams.
Also, I have taken many courses such as Reading First and The Skillful Teacher.
My Language Arts and teaching background have provided me with the tools necessary for successful Reading tutoring sessions.

ADD/ADHD

I have a Master of Education Degree and a current license to teach moderate needs.
I have taught many children with ADD/ADHD and have attended special needs core meetings and lectures on the subject.
Also, I have an English undergraduate degree that can help with the struggling readers.

Aspergers

I have recently received a Master's degree from Lesley University in Education. GPA 3.91. My practicum was in a Special Needs classroom and also in inclusion classrooms.

I have a license to teach Moderate Needs.

I have taught for many years in both public and private schools.

Also I have much tutoring experience with struggling readers and special needs students.

I also have a degree in English.

Autism

I have a license to teach moderate needs from Lesley University and a Master of Education degree.
During my years of teaching and tutoring, I have encountered students on the spectrum.
I know that these students need visual strategies and repeated prompts, along with positive reinforcement, in order to succeed.

Dyslexia

I have a license to teach moderate needs from Pre-K- 8 and a Master of Education from Lesley University.
I have taught and tutored many children with dyslexia.
These students need definite repeated phonics drills and a lot of positive reinforcement, among many other strategies.
Visual aids such as webs are also needed.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have an undergraduate degree in elementary ed/English. University of Lowell.

I also have a Master of Education degree from Lesley University. GPA 3.91.

I have a Moderate needs license to teach Special Ed from Lesley University.

I have taught in both public and private schools at the elementary level for many years.

I have also taught preschool for many years.

I have volunteered at church school PreK-8 for many years.

Tutoring at summer school and after school was one of my duties.

English

I have an English undergraduate degree and a Master of Education degree.
I have a good command of the English Language and its rules.
For many years I have taught the language arts, both as a teacher and a tutor.

ESL/ESOL

I have a Master of Education degree from Lesley University- received in 2009. GPA 3.91.

I have a license to teach Moderate Special Needs from Lesley University- received in 2009.

I have an undergraduate degree from the University of Lowell in English/Elementary ed. Dean's list

I have been teaching for 30 years in both private and public schools, and have worked with English Language Learners in that time.

I have much tutoring experience.

I have passed 3 MTEL teaching exams concerning the Language Arts and general curriculum.

I have volunteered as a church school teacher for 15 years.

Phonics

I have a Master of Education Degree from Lesley University.-2009 -GPA 3.91

At Lesley, I have taken many courses that deal with the struggling reader.

Also, I have an undergraduate degree in Elem.ed/English.

I have taught for many years in both public and private schools.

Tutoring has been one of my specialties.

Also, I have passed 3 MTEL teacher exams that deal with the language arts.

I have taken many courses such as Reading First programs.

I believe in giving students a solid foundation in phonic rules such as syllabication, long and short vowels. diphthongs, and the like.

Proofreading

I have proofread many term papers and elementary grade homework assignments for grammar, punctuation, and sentence style mistakes.

I have an English degree and a Master of Education degree.

Tutoring in this area is what I do best!

Reading

I have an English college degree as well as a Master of Education Degree.
I have much experience teaching and tutoring, and helping struggling readers.
I have passed 3 MTEL exams concerning the language arts on the first try.
I can make reading fun!

SAT Reading

I have much experience with the SSAT and the SAT Reading portion- can give helpful hints about the essay- I have passed 3 MTELS regarding literacy on the first try.

SAT Writing

I have an English undergraduate degree and a Master of Education degree.
Many years tutoring and teaching are in my experience.
I also passed 3 MTELS regarding literacy on the first try.
Editing, punctuation, and creative writing skills are my strengths.

Social Studies

I am qualified to teach social studies because of my Master of Education degree and undergraduate teaching degree.

At Lesley University and at the University of Lowell, I have taken various courses concerning the teaching of social studies. These classes have helped me to develop lesson plans that highlight specific vocabulary, research strategies, and comprehension skills. Whether teaching in the classroom or as a tutor, my teaching philosophy is to provide a gradual release of student responsibility. Recent social studies projects have included a detailed study of World Wars and also a Native American project. As a tutor for these projects, I have prompted students to use authentic literature of varied genre.


Special Needs

I have a Master of Education degree and a license to teach Moderate Needs from Lesley University. I have many years experience teaching and tutoring children with special needs.

Study Skills

I have helped many students in both private and public schools with their study skills.
Recently I have acquired a Master of Education degree from Lesley University. As a student I learned many skills that can help students learn.

I also have tutored many students.

I have 2 daughters of my own who are in college. One is receiving her Master's degree. I have helped them study for SAT exams and the like.

I also have an undergraduate degree in English and elem. ed.

I have a license to teach Moderate Needs from Lesley University.

I have learned a lot about study skills myself because I recently passed 3 MTEL teacher exams.

TOEFL

I can help with the TOEFL exam because of many years experience in the teaching field.

My undergraduate degree in English, Master's Degree in Education and License to teach Moderate Needs are experience. I bring to my tutoring sessions.

I have helped many ELL students with idioms and other parts of the English language.

Writing

I have an English Degree as well as a Master of Education degree.
For many years I have helped students with writing assignments, including punctuation, grammar and essay writing.
Proofreading is a common theme in my tutoring assignments.

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Education

University of Lowell (EnglishElem Ed)

Lesley University School of Education (Master's)

Great tutor! Ginny has done a great job helping my son with his college essay. She has a lot of positive energy and is very patient with him. He has enjoyed working with her. She's awesome! ...

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Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

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Virginia will travel within 5 miles of Chelmsford, MA 01824.

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