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LeighAnne D.

Springfield, MA

$50/hr

Highly Effective Tutor Specializing in Math & Test Prep

Background check passed as of 12/30/13
Usually responds in about 4 hours

Highly Effective Tutor Specializing in Math & Test Prep

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I am a public school teacher licensed in Elementary Education and Special Education Moderate Disabilities K-8, who holds a Specialty license in Elementary Mathematics. I currently teach mathematics full-time and have previously worked as both a literacy teacher and general classroom teacher for all subjects. In addition to teaching for 10 years, I've tutored students professionally for 7 years in grades 1-12. My tutoring experience includes all subject areas: reading, writing, math, science, and study skills for grades K-12, including MCAS prep, SAT prep, and GED prep.

My tutoring services include homework support, re-teaching, study skills, individualized lesson plans, and suggestions for at-home strategies. I use many of my own class-room materials and believe in a multi-sensory approach that allows students to explore a concept in depth using manipulatives, discussion, and practice. I use lots of visuals when teaching and encourage students to connect their learning to real life experiences. In graduate school, I completed research projects that analyzed best teaching practices and looked specifically at how students learn.

I look forward to working with your families!

Testimonials

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Sangeetha, East Windsor, CT on 1/24/14

"Super tutor!!"

- Daren, Suffield, CT on 5/5/14

"Great tutor"

- Liz, Westfield, MA on 3/11/14

"LeighAnne clearly is familiar with today's common core curriculum"

- Adam, Enfield, CT on 12/11/13

"Great tutor!"

- Sarah, Chicopee, MA on 9/15/13

"Good explanation & patience!"

- Gracelyn, Longmeadow, MA on 9/11/13

"Great tutor"

- Lee, Chicopee, MA on 7/27/13

"Very pleasant, enthusiastic, and professional."

- Linda, Somers, CT on 7/9/13
Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus, Differential Equations, Discrete Math, Geometry,
Linear Algebra,
Logic, Prealgebra,
SAT Math
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Aspergers, Autism,
Phonics,
Special Needs
Business:
GRE
Test Preparation:
ASVAB,
College Counseling,
GRE,
LSAT, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
SSAT
Corporate Training:
College Counseling,
Grammar,
Proofreading

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.

ADD/ADHD

I have a Masters degree in Special Education, with a license in SPED.

Algebra 1

I am licensed to teach through 8th grade and have tutored through grade 12 in Algebra 1, 2, and Geometry.

Algebra 2

I hold a math specialty license and have tutored high school students in Algebra 2 for five years through an NCLB tutoring position. When teaching Algebra, I encourage students to list out all of their steps until the sequence becomes concrete. I also use a hands on instructional method to make the steps more concrete.

ASVAB

I am a licensed math teacher who has taught and tutored math through Trigonometry. Algebra is one of my best (and favorite) subjects, so I can offer step by step tutoring to help you master this topic for your ASVAB exam.

Autism

I have worked with several autistic students during my years in education and also with children in my girl scout troop. I have learned that a structured routine— using visuals to teach and clear, direct language— are important strategies. I have taken a course that addressed needs of children with autism, and we explored both the need to be aware of environmental distractions and the significance of connecting with children based on interest level.

College Counseling

For the past 3 months I have been privately working with students on their CSS profiles (Common App). During this time, I have helped students revise their entrance essays, research scholarship opportunities, and prepare for entrance exams. I have previously accompanied students on college tours, including helping them to prepare a list of relevant questions to ask on their visit. As an academic teacher and parent of a current high school senior, I have both an educational and parental perspective to help you child and you through this task.

Elementary (K-6th)

I hold a teaching license in Elementary Education.

Elementary Math

I hold a specialty license in Elementary Math 1-6. I am a district coordinator and currently teach math intervention.

Elementary Science

Teacher of summer S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) courses with elementary, mathematics, and special education licenses is available to tutor. I studied science as an undergraduate and frequently assist with teaching science at my elementary school.

English

Undergraduate degree in English. Graduate Degree in Education. Recent tutoring experience includes tutoring students through grade 12 in reading comprehension and writing, including support with college entrance essays and studying for AP English exams. Vocabulary building, grammar and syntax practice, and development of figurative language understanding are other areas I have tutored.

Geometry

I have tutored several high school students in geometry and use geometric solids during my instruction. Some activities I do when tutoring include creating perspective drawings and using on-line architectural programs for developing lines and angles. My current job is as a math coordinator.

Grammar

Bachelor of Arts in English. Experience tutoring students grades k-12, including composition & grammar/syntax.

GRE

I have experience tutoring students in all subjects and specialize in study skills and general test taking strategies. I am a licensed math teacher, so am able to strongly support students who need help on the math sections of the SAT, MCAS, GED, GRE, & ASVAB. I am also able to assist with writing and comprehension.

Handwriting

As a former Montessori teacher, I have taught handwriting as part of a regular school curriculum. Lessons include work with regular script, D'nelian, and traditional penmanship.

I generally follow explicit teaching of letter writing with: anti-clockwise letters, stick letters, clockwise letters,diagonal letters, hook links, etc. However, I can also follow Handwriting without Tears if that program is familiar to the children.

Linear Algebra

Algebra is my favorite subject! I have a specialty license in Mathematics and have taught/tutored math for 10 years.

Literature

My major for my undergraduate degree was English. I have completed author courses on Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Shakespeare, and Emily Dickinson as well as Children's Literature courses. I have tutored students through AP level English including comprehension, comparison, and writing about literary texts. During work with literature, I concentrate on vocabulary development, figurative language, and text to text connections. Many of the conversations I have with my students focus around how the literature makes them feel and what aspects of society are reflected in the particular work.

Phonics

I am licensed in Elementary & Special Ed, and I taught Kindergarten Literacy for 2 years.

Prealgebra

I have tutored many middle school students in mathematics, including prealgebra. Because part of my current job has been to work on math curriculum, I have access to many math databases and am familiar with the new math standards.

Proofreading

As a former English major, I am well accustomed to proof reading, revising, and re-reading everything from paragraphs to thesis's. My experience includes both face to face and on-line editing support, looking carefully at sentence structure, grammar, and syntax.

Reading

Bachelor of Arts in English, Masters in Education/Special Education. Experience with general reading strategies (phonics, blends, chunking) and reading comprehension. Focus on text to text, text to self, and text to world connections. Tutored students grades k-11 in reading comprehension.

SAT Math

District Math Coordinator with experience tutoring math through grade 12, including SAT prep. Service includes use of College Board practice tests.

SAT Reading

I have tutored 5 students, including my own son, with preparation for the SAT reading subtest- my son scored 710. Using College Board's question of the day and SAT prep book, I have successfully supported students with vocabulary development by mastering prefixes and suffixes. Additionally, I provide in depth lessons on grammar and syntax.

SAT Writing

I have tutored high school students with SAT prep for the last 3 years. I teach my students strong paragraph development within a 5 paragraph essay and on writing a persuasive essay in preparation for SAT. I focus on revision and editing and have students correct my own writing so that they can identify which revisions are stronger and which parts are incorrect.

Special Needs

I have a License in Special Education Moderate Disabilities. I am currently an intervention teacher.

Spelling

I am a former literacy teacher experienced with phonics, word families, and visual spelling activities. My students have been most successful learning spelling patterns when physically building words with letters and filling words into boxes that help them visually remember a word's "shape". When helping older students to edit their work for spelling, I encourage them to read their work out loud and use backward editing.

Study Skills

I have tutored for SAT & MCAS. I teach executive functioning, organizational skills, and study skills to students.

Vocabulary

Undergraduate degree in English. Have completed research projects on best practices for vocabulary building. Experience includes tutoring students grades 3-12 in vocabulary using context clues. For high school students, we work on the "top 100 words every high school student should know."

Writing

Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. Undergraduate work included author studies and compositional writing. Have tutored students grades 3-12 in writing from basic paragraph structure to full essay development including students in advanced placement classes.

LeighAnne’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 LeighAnne. View all of LeighAnne’s resources

Step 1: Put the whole number over 1 to turn it into a fraction.    (ex. 5 will become 5/1). Step 2: Multiply across. Top number by top number (numerator) and bottom number by bottom number (denominator). Step 3: Simplify your answer by dividing BOTH numerator and denominator...

Do your children hate practicing their multiplication facts? If they are like my own children, practicing math facts is "just another chore," boring, or a waste of time to them!  Since I personally don't like to do anything boring, I've gotten creative with how I teach multiplication to my students at school an how I practice with my own children at home.  The transformation... read more

Hi Chris,   Here are the steps I recommend you use to solve this problem:   Change all the terms to either fractions OR decimals or  percents. I personally like percents because they are "easier" for me to understand.        ...

UConn
English
Westfield State University
MEd
Our Lady of the Elms College
Enrolled

Education

UConn (English )

Westfield State University (MEd)

Our Lady of the Elms College (Enrolled)

Excellent Tutor! — LeighAnne is an excellent tutor. She is really helping my kids on the subjects they are struggling with. She is very flexible on timing and is always punctual. My son and daughter are really enjoying her classes. I, too, recommend choosing her for a tutor! ...

— Sangeetha, East Windsor, CT on 1/24/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Session fees include individualized lessons, suggestions for at home strategies, and follow-up activities.

Travel policy

LeighAnne will travel within 12 miles of Springfield, MA 01108.


About LeighAnne

I am a public school teacher licensed in Elementary Education and Special Education Moderate Disabilities K-8, who holds a Specialty license in Elementary Mathematics. I currently teach mathematics full-time and have previously worked as both a literacy teacher and general classroom teacher for all subjects. In addition to teaching for 10 years, I've tutored students professionally for 7 years in grades 1-12. My tutoring experience includes all subject areas: reading, writing, math, science, and study skills for grades K-12, including MCAS prep, SAT prep, and GED prep.

My tutoring services include homework support, re-teaching, study skills, individualized lesson plans, and suggestions for at-home strategies. I use many of my own class-room materials and believe in a multi-sensory approach that allows students to explore a concept in depth using manipulatives, discussion, and practice. I use lots of visuals when teaching and encourage students to connect their learning to real life experiences. In graduate school, I completed research projects that analyzed best teaching practices and looked specifically at how students learn.

I look forward to working with your families!

Testimonials

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Sangeetha, East Windsor, CT on 1/24/14

"Super tutor!!"

- Daren, Suffield, CT on 5/5/14

"Great tutor"

- Liz, Westfield, MA on 3/11/14

"LeighAnne clearly is familiar with today's common core curriculum"

- Adam, Enfield, CT on 12/11/13

"Great tutor!"

- Sarah, Chicopee, MA on 9/15/13

"Good explanation & patience!"

- Gracelyn, Longmeadow, MA on 9/11/13

"Great tutor"

- Lee, Chicopee, MA on 7/27/13

"Very pleasant, enthusiastic, and professional."

- Linda, Somers, CT on 7/9/13
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Education

UConn
English
Westfield State University
MEd
Our Lady of the Elms College
Enrolled

Education

UConn (English )

Westfield State University (MEd)

Our Lady of the Elms College (Enrolled)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Session fees include individualized lessons, suggestions for at home strategies, and follow-up activities.

Travel Radius
Travels within 12 miles of Springfield, MA 01108

LeighAnne’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus, Differential Equations, Discrete Math, Geometry,
Linear Algebra,
Logic, Prealgebra,
SAT Math
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Aspergers, Autism,
Phonics,
Special Needs
Business:
GRE
Test Preparation:
ASVAB,
College Counseling,
GRE,
LSAT, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
SSAT
Corporate Training:
College Counseling,
Grammar,
Proofreading

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.


LeighAnne’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 LeighAnne. View all of LeighAnne’s resources

Step 1: Put the whole number over 1 to turn it into a fraction.    (ex. 5 will become 5/1). Step 2: Multiply across. Top number by top number (numerator) and bottom number by bottom number (denominator). Step 3: Simplify your answer by dividing BOTH numerator and denominator...

Do your children hate practicing their multiplication facts? If they are like my own children, practicing math facts is "just another chore," boring, or a waste of time to them!  Since I personally don't like to do anything boring, I've gotten creative with how I teach multiplication to my students at school an how I practice with my own children at home.  The transformation... read more

Hi Chris,   Here are the steps I recommend you use to solve this problem:   Change all the terms to either fractions OR decimals or  percents. I personally like percents because they are "easier" for me to understand.        ...


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