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Kimberly R.

Needham, MA

$65/hr

Reading, English, Writing, Proofreading, Grammar

Background check passed as of 9/10/12
Usually responds in about 2 days

Reading, English, Writing, Proofreading, Grammar

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I offer tutoring to pre-kindergarten through adults with dyslexia and other reading problems. I am trained and certified in a variety of reading programs. My passion has always been helping those who struggle especially in reading to succeed. While I have experience tutoring students as young as kindergarten and as advanced as college level in a vast array of content areas, my preferences include:
Grammar - elementary school through college level
- experience with ELL students
Writing - printing and cursive writing
- paragraph and essay writing
- research and proofreading
Reading - critical reading strategies
- research/finding important facts
- reading Strategies:
phonics, vocabulary,fluency, connections, etc.
Test taking strategies
Organization strategies

I am a Massachusetts certified English teacher grades 8 - 12. I have many years of experience in a variety of tutoring venues. In Georgia,I tutored and trained other tutors to improve the scores and understanding of students in elementary, middle, and high schools that were not making state standards. I have worked with students in Massachusetts with learning and medical disabilities as well as those who struggle with energy conservation.

Testimonials

"Terrific Reading/Writing Tutor"

- Carolyn, Needham, MA on 12/29/11

"Outstanding!"

- Michelle, Norfolk, MA on 5/4/11
English:
English,
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ADD/ADHD

I have worked in special education as a teaching assistant and tutor for several years now.
I have had training through the Needham Special Education department professional development in
the areas of work remediation and refocusing individuals and whole classes as needed with students
of varied behavioral and learning challenges including ADD and ADHD.

Dyslexia

Since 2003, I have studied and taught reading to students of varying ages. I have worked recently in first and second grade primarily tutoring one student in all curriculum as well as reading with small groups and individuals who were struggling. I have worked with the following reading methods: Orton Gillingham, Wilson, Wilson's FUNdations, Project Read, and many others. Wilson's FUNdations is the most geared to your son's age, and Orton Gillingham is most flexible.

In 2003, I took a one year course with Massachusetts General Hospital, Reading Disabilities Unit in Orton Gillingham. The focus of this class was teaching struggling readers (specifically dyslexic students) how to read. As part of this course, I tutored at the Masonic Learning Center in Newtonville working with a total of three dyslexic students varying from elementary school through middle school.

In 2006, I graduated from Simmons College with a Masters in Language and Literacy. This degree provided me the opportunity to learn more reading techniques for teaching phonemes (the actual sounds that make words), phonetics (matching the letters, sounds, and rules to make the words), vocabulary building (aids speed of reading and comprehension), fluency (speed and delivery of words to make comprehension possible), and comprehension (the ultimate goal of reading).

I am also a multisensory teacher who leads students to discover a need and love of reading and learning. My experience in Special Education has taught me to be adaptive and creative with instruction, and to help all students access the necessary materials their way.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have been tutoring, substitute teaching and assisting in elementary school classrooms and middle school classrooms for some time. Over the last two years, I worked as a tutor and teaching assistant for a student with medical challenges. This assignment allowed me to be in school working with the class as a whole when she was well. It also required me to be able to create and adapt lessons according to the Massachusetts Curriculum Guidelines in order to keep this student on task with her peers while she was receiving her lessons at her home or in the hospital.

While living in Georgia for 2 years, I was the Program Coordinator for a tutoring company that went into school k-12 who had not made state standards. My job was testing kids, creating learning plans for them, and hire, train, and coach tutors to help these kids meet state standards.

Through my various experiences in the education world, I have learned to read and create valuable, personalized lessons in accordance with state mandates at all grade levels.

English

In 2003, I attained my Massachusetts English Teaching license. My focus is in the areas reading struggles, comprehension, improving sentence structure and grammar.

I believe strongly in step-by-step building to mastery as well as multisensory instruction whenever possible.

Phonics

I am certified in Orton Gillingham, a phonics based reading program, by the Massachusetts General Hospital Reading Disabilities Unit. While taking this one year class, I also tutored under the direction and supervision of Newtonville Masonic Learning Center. During this time I worked one to one with 3 students ranging from third grade through eighth grade.

My Master's degree is in Language and Literacy from Simmons College. While there I was trained in Wilson, Project Read, and several other reading programs. This degree and state testing that I have completed qualify me to add Reading Specialist to my teaching certification pending one year of teaching under my English certification.

I believe heavily in direct, one to one, multi-sensory teaching of reading through phonics based reading. My passion for teaching reading is influenced my personal struggle in reading which did not end until I was an adult. For this reason I tutor all ages in reading with the knowledge that it is never to early or too late to learn to read.

Public Speaking

As a certified English teacher for grades 8-12, public speaking is part of the required yearly goals.
Through my experiences both as a teacher and a drama director, I have taught public speaking skills for many years.

Additionally, I have experience tutoring English Language Learners who have had the need to improve their
abilities in public speaking. This requires not only the typical volume, articulation, etc of the native English
speakers public speaking lessons, but also requires lessons in vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar.

Reading

Since 2003, I have studied and taught reading to students of varying ages. I have worked recently in first and second grade primarily tutoring one student in all curriculum as well as reading with small groups and individuals who were struggling. I have worked with the following reading methods: Orton Gillingham, Wilson, Wilson's FUNdations, Project Read, and many others. Wilson's FUNdations is the most geared to your son's age, and Orton Gillingham is most flexible.

In 2003, I took a one year course with Massachusetts General Hospital, Reading Disabilities Unit in Orton Gillingham. The focus of this class was teaching struggling readers (specifically dyslexic students) how to read. As part of this course, I tutored at the Masonic Learning Center in Newtonville working with a total of three dyslexic students varying from elementary school through middle school.

In 2006, I graduated from Simmons College with a Masters in Language and Literacy. This degree provided me the opportunity to learn more reading techniques for teaching phonemes (the actual sounds that make words), phonetics (matching the letters, sounds, and rules to make the words), vocabulary building (aids speed of reading and comprehension), fluency (speed and delivery of words to make comprehension possible), and comprehension (the ultimate goal of reading).

I am also a multisensory teacher who leads students to discover a need and love of reading and learning. My experience in Special Education has taught me to be adaptive and creative with instruction, and to help all students access the necessary materials their way.

Special Needs

For several years now, I have worked in special education. My focus has been students with focus issues, ADHD, memory loss, high functioning autism, non verbal learning disabilities, and other learning disabilities. I have also worked with students returning to school after a sustained absence, and students who required an alternative learning environment (examples - libraries, homes, hospitals, and a camp). I am a Massachusetts certified teacher.

Study Skills

For several years, I have worked as a tutor and as a paraprofessional. During that time, I have utilized organization and study skills to keep students on track. I have a full range of organizational strategies which often help general study skills after all you cannot study what you cannot find.

Work in special education has taught me many more study skills than I had learned in preparations to become a teacher. Index cards, research methods, various note taking skills, and mental mapping are only a few of the strategies in my bag of study skill tricks.

Writing

In 2003, I became a certified English teacher in the state of Massachusetts. My focus has always been finding alternative ways to bring curriculum to the student rather than forcing the curriculum on a student who may not be ready for it.

In the area of writing, I teach how to brainstorm, create and utilize graphic organizers that are appropriate for MCAS and SAT writings, creation of thesis statements, and how to stay focused while providing smooth transitions. Additionally, I have a focus on grammar, punctuation, varied sentence structure, and improved vocabulary.

Kimberly’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Kimberly. View all of Kimberly’s resources

Most of my tutoring is in the capacity of reading instruction. My clients include those who have used WyzAnt to find a tutor, schools that either have students with great reading challenges, students referred by schools I have previously worked for, high school seniors with limited options for graduation, and clients who find me by word of mouth. I have worked in the education field since... read more

I am constantly getting new technology. I admit I am something of a junky to this never stagnant box of electrical impulse. My student's love that I keep up with as much technology as I can. How can you use technology in tutoring? I am so glad you asked... Students love to use chalk board and white board apps to do that work that does not need to be kept in a permanent file. I am looking... read more

A few years ago, I tutored a young girl with drastic medical challenges. I was hired as her classroom teaching assistant and home or hospital tutor. At times her health was such an issue that we were not able to meet in person. My task was to keep her at or above grade level. Her parents preferred above grade level not to push her too hard but so she wouldn't lose ground while in the hospital... read more

Framingham State College
English HS Ed
Simmons College
Master's

Education

Framingham State College (English HS Ed)

Simmons College (Master's)

Terrific Reading/Writing Tutor — As my 9 year old daughter says, "Kimberly R is very kind, patient and helpful." Kimberly R. is most creative and perceptive- keying in on what specifically motivates and interests my daughter. As a result, we're seeing great improvements in reading and writing skills and my daughter does not feel as though she is "working" to develop these areas. Kimberly is a seasoned reading and writing tutor ...

— Carolyn, Needham, MA on 12/29/11

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $65.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Kimberly will travel within 10 miles of Needham, MA 02492.


About Kimberly

I offer tutoring to pre-kindergarten through adults with dyslexia and other reading problems. I am trained and certified in a variety of reading programs. My passion has always been helping those who struggle especially in reading to succeed. While I have experience tutoring students as young as kindergarten and as advanced as college level in a vast array of content areas, my preferences include:
Grammar - elementary school through college level
- experience with ELL students
Writing - printing and cursive writing
- paragraph and essay writing
- research and proofreading
Reading - critical reading strategies
- research/finding important facts
- reading Strategies:
phonics, vocabulary,fluency, connections, etc.
Test taking strategies
Organization strategies

I am a Massachusetts certified English teacher grades 8 - 12. I have many years of experience in a variety of tutoring venues. In Georgia,I tutored and trained other tutors to improve the scores and understanding of students in elementary, middle, and high schools that were not making state standards. I have worked with students in Massachusetts with learning and medical disabilities as well as those who struggle with energy conservation.

Testimonials

"Terrific Reading/Writing Tutor"

- Carolyn, Needham, MA on 12/29/11

"Outstanding!"

- Michelle, Norfolk, MA on 5/4/11
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Education

Framingham State College
English HS Ed
Simmons College
Master's

Education

Framingham State College (English HS Ed)

Simmons College (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Needham, MA 02492

Kimberly’s Subjects

English:
English,
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Corporate Training:
Grammar, 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.


Kimberly’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Kimberly. View all of Kimberly’s resources

Most of my tutoring is in the capacity of reading instruction. My clients include those who have used WyzAnt to find a tutor, schools that either have students with great reading challenges, students referred by schools I have previously worked for, high school seniors with limited options for graduation, and clients who find me by word of mouth. I have worked in the education field since... read more

I am constantly getting new technology. I admit I am something of a junky to this never stagnant box of electrical impulse. My student's love that I keep up with as much technology as I can. How can you use technology in tutoring? I am so glad you asked... Students love to use chalk board and white board apps to do that work that does not need to be kept in a permanent file. I am looking... read more

A few years ago, I tutored a young girl with drastic medical challenges. I was hired as her classroom teaching assistant and home or hospital tutor. At times her health was such an issue that we were not able to meet in person. My task was to keep her at or above grade level. Her parents preferred above grade level not to push her too hard but so she wouldn't lose ground while in the hospital... read more


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