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Sue H.

Master Special Needs Tutor in All K-8 Subjects

Great Falls, MT (59405)

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Sue has been an educator for over 25 years. She has taught in classrooms, resource rooms, private tutoring settings, and consulted with teachers and home school parents. Sue is able to draw out the best in students and specializes in children who have learning issues due to dyslexia, learning disabilities, auditory processing issues, and emotional needs. Sue is gifted at teaching students to read, spell, write, and use effective study and test-taking skills. Every student can learn. Sue will help you figure out HOW your student learns best. Sue is able to administer achievement batteries, and encourages parents to share full ed/psych evaluations in order to better program. No two students are alike, so every student receives an individualized program and progress monitoring based on curriculum-based assessments, currently called RTI, response to intervention.

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Sue’s subjects

ACT Math, Algebra 1, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Logic, SAT Math
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
ACT Science, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Philosophy, Physical Science, Sociology, Zoology
Desktop Publishing, General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Web Design
American History, Classics, Geography, Music History, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Flute, General Music, Music History, Music Theory, Piano
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Aspergers, Autism, Dyslexia, Phonics, Special Needs
Career Development, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Algebra 1, Biology, Chemistry, Elementary (K-6th), English, Geometry, Piano, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, Career Development, GED, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Career Development, General Computer, Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Web Design


I have a masters degree in Special Ed from the University of Minnesota, specializing in Learning Disabilities. I mainly have worked with students with all forms of dyslexia and central auditory processing disorder since 1988. I have training in Orton-Gillingham phonics programs, including the Wilson Reading System and have developed many of my own materials.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a BA from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN in Elementary Education and Speech Communication. M.Ed. from the University of Minnesota in Special Education with focus on Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, Gifted Education, and Emotional/Behavioral Disorders. I have additional coursework and training in Brain-based Learning and Central Auditory Processing Disorder and direct instruction strategies for dyslexia. I have 10 years of classroom experience in age 3 preschool through grade 8, and 10 years of tutoring experience with students from preschool through adult, including consulting with parents and classroom teachers. My teaching certificate has lapsed; however, I continue to be involved in education as a home educator, children's ministry director at church, consultant for homeschool parents, and retailer of educational materials. I have 26 years of experience teaching in a variety of settings.


I have training and experience in numerous phonics programs and teaching strategies, including the Orton-Gillingham. I have taught many students to read and spell with direct instruction of phonics. I often use the Wilson Reading System, the Sonday System, and phonics materials that I have developed in teaching students with severe dyslexia (with reading assessment scores at the .01 percentile rank). Usually multisensory, systematic instruction in phonics is the most effective approach in teaching students with dyslexia and other reading disabilities to read and spell.

Public Speaking

I have a BA from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN with double majors in Elementary Education and Speech/Communication. I have coached and judged students in speech competitions and currently am a 4-H club leader, working with kids on public speaking skill in various categories, such as cowboy poetry, demonstrations, prepared speeches, commercials, and job interviewing skills.

Special Needs

I have a M.Ed. in Special Education from the University of Minnesota with focus on Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, and Gifted Education. My advisor and professor, Stan Deno, was one of the originators of Curriculum-based Measurement, so over my years as an educator, I have both used curriculum-based assessments with students and conducted teacher in-service training sessions on the procedures of CBM in various subject areas. I have additional coursework and training in Brain-based Learning, Orton-Gillingham Phonics, University of Kansas Writing Strategies, and Cognitive Behavior Training for social skills and conflict management by Lauren Braswell, a psychology researcher in this area. My private tutoring and consulting practice of 10 years in Minneapolis, Minnesota primarily involved students with special needs. Since moving to Montana, I have been homeschooling my own children, one who has auditory processing issues and one with dyslexia. I continue to consult with parents who are homeschooling children with special learning needs.

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Bethel College (St. Paul, MN) (Elem Ed and Speech Communication)

University of MN-Twin Cities (MEd)

Hamline University, Minneapolis, MN (Graduate Coursework)

Great tutor! Sue is a great tutor and very patient. She is well educated and equipped to help children in developing the skills required to reach their full potential. ...

— Cole from Vaughn, MT on 6/4/11);

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Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

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Sue will travel within 30 miles of Great Falls, MT 59405.

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