I am a certified English teacher for grades 5-12, and I am also certified as a reading specialist (K-12) and as an ESL teacher (5-12). I have several years of experience at the middle school level, and I also spent one year teaching ESL at the university level in China. I enjoy the opportunity to work with students one-to-one so that I can tailor my instruction to the student's specific needs. My goal as a teacher and a tutor is to build students' confidence in their own abilities and to help them feel successful in school.
I work with students to identify their areas of strength and areas for growth, and I use a variety of teaching methods to help students achieve these goals (auditory, visual, movement-oriented approaches, etc.). I am equipped to help students build their phonics, vocabulary, and reading comprehension skills at all levels. Writing is another passion of mine, and I use the 6 Traits writing model to help students of all ages improve the depth and clarity of their writing.
Languages are another interest of mine--I have a minor in French language and literature and lived in France for a semester in college, and I also have a background in Latin. I have a basic understanding of Mandarin Chinese as well.
As unlikely as it sounds, I love the challenge of standardized tests (800s on all portions of the SAT and on the GRE) and have worked with Chinese students preparing for these tests. I am available to tutor for these exams as well, with a focus on test-taking strategies.
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