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Katherine S.

Ann Arbor, MI

$50/hr

Tutor for children, teens, and adults

Background check passed as of 1/20/14
Usually responds in about 5 hours

Tutor for children, teens, and adults

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Looking for a tutor with lots of experience and plenty of patience? I'm comfortable tutoring children, teens, and adults in many subjects. I worked as an elementary school teacher for 10 years in public and private schools, and am the mother of 3 grown children -- so nothing scares me! I've also taught English as a Second Language (ESL) to children and adults, the TOEFL preparation course, ACT/SAT preparation, and adults taking the GED exam. My specialty is reading, writing, elementary math, ESL, and ACT/SAT preparation. I have a Master's in Education, and am a student-centered teacher (i.e., I don't lecture!), with an informal, friendly style. I believe the best way to remember what we've learned is when we're having fun, so I always bring interactive and educational games and activities with me to my lessons. My first meeting with prospective students and their families is always free -- to see what the student's strengths and challenges are, to make sure we have shared goals for the lessons, and to find out if we're a good match.

Testimonials

"Great Tutor! "

- Kejie, Ann Arbor, MI on 7/8/12

"Experienced tutor focused on result"

- Maxim, Ann Arbor, MI on 12/4/14

"Very talented, knowledgeble, caring tutor"

- Sean, Ann Arbor, MI on 8/3/14

"Wonderful Tutor!"

- Griselda, Ann Arbor, MI on 5/26/14

"Very patient with my frustrated writer!"

- Kathy, Ann Arbor, MI on 4/2/14

"Enjoying conversation!"

- Makoto, Ann Arbor, MI on 11/7/13

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Lucy, Milford, NJ on 9/16/13

"Very good!"

- Myriam, Ypsilanti, MI on 8/21/13

"Great tutor wish I had known her before this summer!!!"

- Surraya, Ann Arbor, MI on 7/31/13

"Wonderful Tutor"

- Rosemary, Ann Arbor, MI on 7/31/13

"Very patient"

- Eden, Ann Arbor, MI on 1/29/13

"Great tutor!"

- Usha, Ann Arbor, MI on 8/28/12

"Great problem solver"

- Carrie, Dexter, MI on 8/9/12

"Fantastic Tutor!"

- Lynn, Ann Arbor, MI on 5/11/12

"Excellent Tutor! "

- Samantha, Ann Arbor, MI on 1/25/12

"Great Tutor"

- Asha, Novi, MI on 11/26/10

"Act prep"

- Lynn, South Lyon, MI on 3/10/10
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Psychology
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Speech, TOEFL
History:
American History, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Social Studies, World History
Art:
Art History,
Theatre
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Aspergers, Autism, Dyslexia,
Phonics,
Special Needs
Business:
Career Development, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL,
Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Career Development, GED, PSAT, SAT Writing, TEAS,
TOEFL
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking
Corporate Training:
Career Development, ESL/ESOL,
General Computer, Grammar, Microsoft Word, 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.

Art History

I was a "docent" (Latin for teacher) at an art museum in Washington, DC for several years. In preparing for this volunteer position, all the docents were trained for a full year in art history by the director of the museum, which was an amazing experience! I've also taken many art history classes in university, and visited many, many art museums around the world. I am passionate about art and love learning and sharing my passion.

Dyslexia

As a long-time teacher, I know that we all have learning differences -- but that dyslexia presents students with even more challenges. I'm a member of the International Dyslexia Association, have taken many seminars and attended conferences on dyslexia and other learning "disabilities," and have taught and privately tutored many students with a variety of learning challenges. In all cases, I've been able to make my students feel more confident and increased their reading, writing, and math skills. Nothing can substitute for a patient and supportive approach to students who are already feeling insecure.

Elementary (K-6th)

I've been an elementary teacher since 2002, working in a variety of private and public school settings. My last full-time assignment was at a private, parent co-op school in Plymouth as 1 of 3 teachers in a multi-age classroom for 1st-4th grade students.

The school specialized in individualized teaching (our teacher to student ratio was approximately 1 teacher to 6 students!), so I'm used to working one-on-one with students of all abilities and ages.

In addition, I've also been a "regular" 1st grade teacher, and have taught a variety of resource classes to students from kindergarten through 8th grade, including Spanish, computer skills, and library.

ESL/ESOL

I've been lucky to have taught ESL to students from the age of 4 through 40 years old, teaching everything from the alphabet to advanced grammar. My experience with young children includes working as an ESL teacher for elementary-aged students at the University of Michigan Northwood Community Center's English Language Program.

The intensive program is offered in the summer to prepare students to attend Ann Arbor public schools, and focuses on "survival" skills for beginning English language learners to more advanced reading and writing skills for intermediate students.

In addition, I've traveled extensively, and have learned (and tried to learn!) several languages, so I'm very familiar with the challenges of learning a foreign language. My students have come from China, Japan, India, Germany, Mexico, Italy, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Pakistan.

Phonics

As an elementary teacher, I've taught phonics to both native speakers of English as well as non-native English speakers. I've also taught English as a Second Language for many years (to both children and adults), which emphasizes the learning of phonics. As a student of several other languages, I know how difficult our language is, and especially how challenging phonics is to learn!

Public Speaking

I have taught many students to feel more confident in public speaking situations. As a Theater major in college, and as a professional teacher and trainer, I have lots of experience helping students learn the essential tricks and tips to make them feel more comfortable in a difficult situation. I know I can help you!

TEAS

As a long-time teacher of all areas of English reading and writing, and as a trained SAT and ACT preparation teacher, I have helped many, many students prepare for a variety of standardized tests. Students have told me how much my tutoring has benefited them from basic study skills and test-taking tips, to specific grammar, reading comprehension, and writing sections.

Connecticut College
English and Theater
University of Michigan
Master's

Education

Connecticut College (English and Theater)

University of Michigan (Master's)

Great Tutor! — My daughter has worked with Katherine for more than a year now. We contacted Katherine for her experience with ESL students and degree in English. I am very happy to say that she is certainly the right choice. We found that she is very helpful in preparing my daughter for college-entrance standardized tests (SAT&ACT), especially the Reading and Writing sections. Katherine is trained by Princeton ...

— Kejie, Ann Arbor, MI on 7/8/12

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

The first meeting with prospective student is always free!

Travel policy

Katherine will travel within 10 miles of Ann Arbor, MI 48103.


About Katherine

Looking for a tutor with lots of experience and plenty of patience? I'm comfortable tutoring children, teens, and adults in many subjects. I worked as an elementary school teacher for 10 years in public and private schools, and am the mother of 3 grown children -- so nothing scares me! I've also taught English as a Second Language (ESL) to children and adults, the TOEFL preparation course, ACT/SAT preparation, and adults taking the GED exam. My specialty is reading, writing, elementary math, ESL, and ACT/SAT preparation. I have a Master's in Education, and am a student-centered teacher (i.e., I don't lecture!), with an informal, friendly style. I believe the best way to remember what we've learned is when we're having fun, so I always bring interactive and educational games and activities with me to my lessons. My first meeting with prospective students and their families is always free -- to see what the student's strengths and challenges are, to make sure we have shared goals for the lessons, and to find out if we're a good match.

Testimonials

"Great Tutor! "

- Kejie, Ann Arbor, MI on 7/8/12

"Experienced tutor focused on result"

- Maxim, Ann Arbor, MI on 12/4/14

"Very talented, knowledgeble, caring tutor"

- Sean, Ann Arbor, MI on 8/3/14

"Wonderful Tutor!"

- Griselda, Ann Arbor, MI on 5/26/14

"Very patient with my frustrated writer!"

- Kathy, Ann Arbor, MI on 4/2/14

"Enjoying conversation!"

- Makoto, Ann Arbor, MI on 11/7/13

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Lucy, Milford, NJ on 9/16/13

"Very good!"

- Myriam, Ypsilanti, MI on 8/21/13

"Great tutor wish I had known her before this summer!!!"

- Surraya, Ann Arbor, MI on 7/31/13

"Wonderful Tutor"

- Rosemary, Ann Arbor, MI on 7/31/13

"Very patient"

- Eden, Ann Arbor, MI on 1/29/13

"Great tutor!"

- Usha, Ann Arbor, MI on 8/28/12

"Great problem solver"

- Carrie, Dexter, MI on 8/9/12

"Fantastic Tutor!"

- Lynn, Ann Arbor, MI on 5/11/12

"Excellent Tutor! "

- Samantha, Ann Arbor, MI on 1/25/12

"Great Tutor"

- Asha, Novi, MI on 11/26/10

"Act prep"

- Lynn, South Lyon, MI on 3/10/10
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Education

Connecticut College
English and Theater
University of Michigan
Master's

Education

Connecticut College (English and Theater)

University of Michigan (Master's)


Tutor Policies

The first meeting with prospective student is always free!

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Katherine’s Subjects

English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Psychology
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Speech, TOEFL
History:
American History, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Social Studies, World History
Art:
Art History,
Theatre
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Aspergers, Autism, Dyslexia,
Phonics,
Special Needs
Business:
Career Development, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL,
Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Career Development, GED, PSAT, SAT Writing, TEAS,
TOEFL
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking
Corporate Training:
Career Development, ESL/ESOL,
General Computer, Grammar, Microsoft Word, 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.


Background Check Status for Katherine S.

Katherine S. passed a background check on 1/20/14. The check was ordered by Katherine through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

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