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Ellen M.

Education/Learning Difference Specialist/Study Skills Expert

Asheville, NC (28801)

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All students, from elementary to post secondary, can realize their potential and reach their goals, given the right tools and strategies. This concept is the basis of my work with students- discovering their strengths and interests to motivate and support their learning. Developing study strategies and activities that teach AND reinforce their studies and mastery of a particular concept.

However, I cannot make this happen without a partner who is hopefully, motivated! Motivated or not so invested, I can help you get there! I can make learning less difficult and more fun and enjoyable. My diverse educational background and experience has allowed me to work with a variety of students, from urban and suburban settings, different cultures and backgrounds, with all types of educational issues and demands. Equally important is my understanding of elementary and secondary curriculum and expectations, including differentiated learning and using technology to enhance learning.

My expertise in regular education, Pre-K through post-secondary, along with specific learning differences,including Asperger's and ADHD,reading and written language issues, make me a great asset and tutor for you or your child! I employ strategies and techniques that are research based and differentiated, tailored to your child, or your own style and approach to a particular subject. There's more than one road or avenue that can, ultimately, help you reach your goal as a better and more confident student and learner.

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Ellen’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Career Development, ESL/ESOL, Microsoft Word, Proofreading
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading, Career Development, ISEE, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL
Algebra 1, Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Aspergers, Autism, Dyslexia, Phonics, Special Needs
Career Development, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Phonics, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
American History, Government & Politics, Social Studies, World History
Microsoft Word
Algebra 1, Differential Equations, Prealgebra
ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary


Dyslexia is a reading disorder that interferes with a student's ability to properly decode sound/symbols properly when reading to form meaningful words. It also impacts spelling (encoding),or sound discrimination. If can also impact numbers and simple math.
As a learning specialist, I utilize a multi- modal approach and I am trained and certified in an Orton-Gillingham program to remediate significant reading issues.

Elementary (K-6th)

My undergraduate degree is in elementary education, k-6th. When entering K, students are expected to know their letters, colors, and are taught social skills and beginning reading skills and concepts. Students, within each primary grade, are taught reading, arithmetic and basic writing skills in a variety of ways, through experience-based activities and different modalities, which also include science and social studies, art and music.
Children progress at different rates, and curriculum is based on prior learning from lower grades. By the upper grades in elementary education, students learn to work together on project-based activities and learn more independent thinking and are expected to do more on their own, with somewhat less teacher direct assistance. Students are encouraged to read for pleasure as well as for information from text, and to learn basic math facts and word problems based on different situations.


Reading with fluency and understanding impacts everything we do throughout school and in everyday life. Many students try and hide their difficulties and frustrations so that their peers are not aware. Reading skills and strategies have to be taught properly and learned through practice, and depends on many factors. Some students are more phonetic and others initially are better at memorizing word families! However, words must be taught for their meaning through context clues and more specifically in other ways. Students benefit as preschoolers by being read to by their parents and within programs they may attend. Later on, kids learn through class discussions and the teaching of specific concepts and contextual clues, among other specific reading strategies ( main idea, supporting details, ...)
Often students need more intense programs to remediate dyslexia or fluency

Special Needs

As a learning specialist for over forty years I have had experience working with students with a variety of learning differences and significant disabilities. My Master's and post-Master's courses, conferences and workshops have kept me abreast of the latest information in the field of autism, including Asperger's and behavioral disorders. My success working in both regular classroom and severely handicapped classes previously and more recently as a substitute, as well as working with students make me adept at helping and supporting many kinds of students reach their potential.

Study Skills

Developing good study skills makes learning, comprehending and retaining new information so much easier for all students at any age level! Strategies should be based on a particular student's intact learning style and particular subject matter. For instance, learning to take notes from listening during a lecture is different from taking notes while reading literature or from understanding when reading from a textbook. Using notes to study by figuring out to highlight important information is another skill and important to making connections to previously learned information. I use research based strategies such as SQ3R, the Frenauld method, and oth methods that incorporate all learning modalities: visual, auditory and kinesthetic tactile to facilitate understanding and improve grades.

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George Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University (Elementary Ed.)

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FIU (FLORIDA INT'L UNIVERSITY), Miami, FL (Graduate Coursework)

Awesome tutor! Ellen has provided a great deal of help to my dyslexic daughter. She is very patient and has provided assistance not only in reading, but math as well. My daughter's self confidence has improved since she has started her sessions with Ellen. Ellen understands children struggling, really listened to our concerns and is always easy to reach. We are very pleased with our experience. ...

— Kara from Asheville, NC on 5/4/13);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Hourly rate may be reduced depending on how many sessions per week client requests; the above is also applicable for multiple hour lessons; group rates are dependent on # of students and subject.

Travel policy

Ellen will travel within 35 miles of Asheville, NC 28803.

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