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Elizabeth R.

Creative and Versatile Music and Language Tutor

Gaithersburg, MD (20884)

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Hi! My name is Elizabeth, but everyone calls me Cara. I have over ten years of experience teaching English, writing, grammar, Spanish, and music in the classroom and one-on-one. As an educator versed in the practices of Positive Youth Development, I believe that only a small part of my job is to impart information; the greater part of my work is to equip students with the tools and skills to approach the challenges of school and daily life with confidence and success. I collaborate with my diverse students to create individualized pathways of understanding that help them reach their own conclusions, visualize realistic applications, celebrate their own creative voices, and truly internalize subjects through relevant experiential learning. My mantra is simple: “Expectations become outcomes.” By maintaining high standards, holding students accountable for their work, and approaching them with kindness, understanding, and flexibility, I elicit hard work and academic success.

I graduated with degrees in Latin American Studies and Vocal Performance from Johns Hopkins University and Peabody Conservatory as part of their prestigious double degree program. While I was in college, I worked summers at St. Alban's summer programs, first as an assistant teacher in their skills development programs, and then as a lead teacher in Spanish. Right after college, I started working as an English teacher with a local learning center with a very diverse clientele whose native languages included English, Spanish, Farsi and Korean, just to name a few. For more than five years I tutored Students one-on-one in vocabulary, reading comprehension, essay writing, and homework. I led classes in SAT preparation, vocabulary, essay writing, and grammar. A co-worker and I developed visual organizers, worksheets, and tracking forms that are still in use at the company today. I've recently completed four and a half years in a bilingual nonprofit that works with Latino youth and their families. At this organization, I facilitated after-school programs, developed curriculum, edited reports and website content, and wrote proposals. This diverse array of challenges was very rewarding and challenged me to expand my view of teaching and my understanding of working with youth.

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Elizabeth’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th), English, Reading, SAT Reading, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Music:
Music Theory, Voice (Music)
English:
English, Grammar, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing

English

With years of experience writing and teaching, I specialize in conveying this difficult subject to young people. Throughout my college career, I spent summers as a teacher's aide in study stills classes at St. Alban's summer programs. Upon graduation, I took a job at a tutoring agency that targeted foreign youth who struggled with English. We worked in weekly sessions on building vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing skills. I saw these students improve in skill and confidence as many who struggled to write a single sentence when they began gained the ability to produce weekly multi-paragraph essays. I also prepared students within the organization and on my own for the SAT and for their college applications.
My experience working with at-risk youth has prepared me to get the most out of a variety of students. As a curriculum developer, I gained skills that are easily applicable to the one-on-one experience of tutoring : setting objectives, preparing thoroughly, checking for understanding, finding applications, etc. Finally, my experience in development for a small nonprofit built my critical eye and editing skills. I gained a reputation for having an "eagle eye" for punctuation and grammar.
I take pride in helping youth overcome their anxiety about reading and writing in English and gain the skills and confidence they need to succeed in school.

Grammar

With years of experience writing and teaching, I specialize in conveying this difficult subject to young people. Just after graduation, I took a job at a tutoring agency that targeted foreign youth who struggled with English. We worked in weekly sessions on building vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing skills, including grammar. Working with all ages of children, I developed the vocabulary to convey difficult grammatical concepts to young people while maintaining their interest. I saw my students improve in skill and confidence as many who struggled to write a single sentence when they began gained the ability to produce weekly multi-paragraph essays.
My experience working with at-risk youth has prepared me to get the most out of a variety of students. As a curriculum developer, I gained skills that are easily applicable to the one-on-one experience of tutoring: setting objectives, preparing thoroughly, checking for understanding, applying lessons, etc. My experience in development for a small nonprofit built my critical eye and editing skills. I gained a reputation for having an "eagle eye" for punctuation and grammar.
I take pride in helping youth overcome their anxiety about reading and writing in English and gain the skills they need to succeed in school, test successfully, enter higher education, and above all else communicate confidently in a number of settings.

Voice (Music)

I've loved singing my whole life. I started to study voice privately when I was 13, and I entered the Washington Opera's programs for young singers -- the summer camp for kids and the opera institute -- the same year. Throughout high school I continued to sing at church and in school, but I also sang in Gilbert and Sullivan productions by the Victorian Lyric Opera Company and the Washington Savoyards.
As part of Johns Hopkins University's prestigious double degree program, I was able to continue my voice studies at Peabody Conservatory while simultaneously pursuing my Latin American Studies degree. I was fortunate to study and coach with such greats as Marianna Bushing, Phyllis Bryn Julson, John Shirley Quirk, Roger Brynyate, and Ernest Ligon. My performances at Peabody included solos with chorus, opera roles (Papagena and 2nd Lady in the Magic Flute, Jessie in Mahagonny Songspiel, Mrs. Noah in Hotel Eden, etc.) and solo recitals. After Graduating, I won first place in the the Friday Morning Music Club's Sue Goetz Ross Memorial Vocal competition, and flew to Italy to perform in opera and concerts of songs and arias through the Amalfi Coast Music Festival.
Now I am pusruing a full-time career in music. On weekends I cantor and lead the soprano section of the choir of the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Baltimore. I continue to autition and compete, and I have won the continuing education category of NATS twice. I have appeared several times with the World Bank Chorale, and as a solost with Coral Cantigas, I premiered the official Spanish-language version of the Star-Spangled banner. I continue my vocal study with Liz Daniels.
Since graduation, I have been accepting private voice students of all ages and abilities. I have placed students in professional choruses and solo opportunities. Many of my school-aged students have won awards through their schools and school systems. My philosophy of teaching voice is the same as for other subjects - approach a student from their context, and proceed with humor and enthusiasm. I believe that the basics of technique that I have honed for classical singing apply to all genres. I am eager to help students find as much joy in music-making as I have always enjoyed.

Writing

With years of experience writing and teaching, I specialize in conveying this difficult subject to young people. Throughout my college career, I spent summers as a teacher's aide in study stills classes at St. Alban's summer programs. Upon graduation, I took a job at a tutoring agency that targeted foreign youth who struggled with English. I saw these students improve in skill and confidence as many who struggled to write a single sentence when they began gained the ability to produce weekly multi-paragraph essays. I also prepared students within the organization and on my own for the SAT and for their college applications.
My experience working with at-risk youth has prepared me to get the most out of a variety of students. As a curriculum developer, I gained skills that are easily applicable to the one-on-one experience of tutoring : setting objectives, preparing thoroughly, checking for understanding, finding applications, etc. Finally, my experience in development for a small nonprofit built my critical eye and editing skills.
I take pride in helping youth overcome their anxiety about writing and gain the skills and confidence they need to succeed in school.

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Education

Johns Hopkins University (LatAmerStds Voice)

Effective and engaging Our lesson was on Friday evening, when my daughter came home from a piano class, tired, and not looking forward to having a class. Elizabeth prepared a very engaging lesson, bringing materials that helped my daughter understand how to write essays, and going over them. She created a plan for the essays, and went over the ideas to cover with my daughter. My daughter enjoyed the class, and is lookin ...

— Dana from Rockville, MD on 11/2/13);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

$60 for in-studio lessons $70 for in-home lessons

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Elizabeth will travel within 15 miles of Gaithersburg, MD 20877.

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