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Katherine Y.

Elkins, NH

$35/hr

Top-notch English, Grammar, Math, and Test Preparation

Background check passed as of 11/21/14
Usually responds in about 6 hours

Top-notch English, Grammar, Math, and Test Preparation

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I have a B.A. cum laude from Duke University and credits toward an M.A. earned at Oxford University through Middlebury's Breadloaf School of English. For nine years, I was an administrator and editor at the Harvard Institute for International Development. I've taught both privately and in schools. My strengths are English and writing (National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist) math and algebra, and organ and voice (professional singer and organist). I also teach physical science and art at a private high school cooperative. I love to see the progress that comes with one-on-one help, encouragement, and practice. My students find me kind and energetic - we enjoy each other. I have been tutoring in English, art, math, voice, piano, and Latin privately for several years, and I am homeschooling my own children (ages 3-16) using a classical curriculum.

Testimonials

"Such a blessing to our family!!"

- Toni, Sherman, TX on 6/2/13

"Quite pleased"

- Brad, Melissa, TX on 3/23/14
Katherine replied on 3/23/2014

Thank you so much, Brad. Your daughter is a stellar person in every way and it is so rewarding getting to work with her!

"Great lesson"

- Jean, Whitesboro, TX on 10/3/12

"Katherine was wonderful!"

- Stephanie, Denton, TX on 6/25/12

"Best tutor in Sherman"

- Sami-Kim, Sherman, TX on 5/31/12
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, English,
Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
Latin
Music:
Piano
Art:
Drawing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Grammar, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th),
English,
Geometry, Piano,
Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, GED, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Latin, 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.

ACT English

Proficiency in English comes from immersion in language - excellent language. The more well-written and articulate words you read, the more your English will improve. This process can be accelerated, though, by learning Latin/Greek roots and extra vocabulary, by strengthening grammar skills, and by reading, thinking about, and writing about literature. Through a combined program of reading, writing practice, grammar, and vocabulary, I help my students beef up their English skills quickly and thoroughly.

Drawing

Drawing is possible and delightful for everyone! For the past few years I have been teaching drawing and watercolor to grades 2-9. I have found that all students can learn some basic principles of drawing which will help them to take joy and satisfaction in their art. Creativity is only part of it. Having an understanding of basic shapes, ways of seeing what's really there, perspective, shading, rendering three-dimensional objects on two-dimensional paper, and many other aspects of drawing will help every student to draw beautifully and to see scenes in a new way. In my drawing classes I introduce shapes and enjoyable pictures which are easy for students to learn and which painlessly teach specific concepts. For instance, we begin by drawing steps, cubes, cylinders, cones, and flag shapes and then progress on to shading, perspective, and more complex skills. We experiment with seeing differently through "negative space" drawings, "gesture" drawings, and different media such as chalk, pastel, and charcoal. The kids are always delighted to show their friends and families the drawings they have learned, often far more advanced than they thought they could do at first.
I have taught watercolor classes at Michael's craft store in Dallas, and have taught drawing and watercolor at the Sherman Enrichment Classes and other homeschool coops for several years. I am primarily self taught, through the careful study of fine artists' books, but have taken courses at Duke University and at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. My watercolors and prints are sold in gift shops in Dallas and Boston and can be seen on request or on the web.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have over 20 years of experience in education, through teaching in public and private elementary schools, private tutoring, and homeschooling my 6 children using a Classical curriculum.

English

In teaching English, I use a combined program tailored to each student's needs. The most important thing a students can do to increase their skill in English is to read well-written and articulate books - books which are slightly above their present level and which introduce them to interesting sentence structure and rich vocabulary. Along with assigned reading I give vocabulary, grammar, and writing practice. This can be specific if the student is preparing for a standardized test like the ACT or SAT.

Piano

I am Organist at St. Stephen's Church in Sherman TX, and I studied organ at Duke University with Fenner Douglass and Peter Williams, graduating in 1987. I also taught music at St. Joan of Arc Catholic School in Delafield, WI 1999 to 2001. I have given recitals at the Harvard Divinity School Chapel and Duke University Chapel. My piano study was at the Pittsfield Community Music School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. I work with my students on developing their sightreading skills, interpretation, scales and dexterity, and learning good practice methods.

Writing

Proficiency in writing comes from immersion in language - excellent language. The more well-written and articulate words you read, the more your writing will improve. This process can be accelerated, though, by learning Latin/Greek roots and extra vocabulary, by strengthening grammar skills, and by reading, thinking about, and writing about literature. Through a combined program of reading, writing practice, grammar, and vocabulary, I help my students beef up their English skills quickly and thoroughly.

Katherine’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 Katherine. View all of Katherine’s resources

Today I was so proud of one of my students who doesn't usually get excited about writing. Last week I gave him a section from Tolstoy to read, thinking the extraordinarily vivid writing would startle him and draw him in. After we had read it aloud together he said to me, "Usually when I read something, I can't see it - but when I read this, I could see everything happening! It was amazing... read more

Duke University
Literature and Music
Middlebury College
Graduate Coursework

Education

Duke University (Literature and Music)

Middlebury College (Graduate Coursework)

Such a blessing to our family!! — Mrs. Y. has been an answer to prayer for our family! My niece was struggling with middle school math, so we came to Wyzant to find support for her in that area, but we got so much more. Mrs. Y. has been loving, kind, professional, and knowledgeable the entire five months we've been with her. She often goes above and beyond, contacting my niece's classroom teachers for updates and emailing me detai ...

— Toni, Sherman, TX on 6/2/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Travel policy

Katherine will travel within 40 miles of Elkins, NH 03233.


About Katherine

I have a B.A. cum laude from Duke University and credits toward an M.A. earned at Oxford University through Middlebury's Breadloaf School of English. For nine years, I was an administrator and editor at the Harvard Institute for International Development. I've taught both privately and in schools. My strengths are English and writing (National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist) math and algebra, and organ and voice (professional singer and organist). I also teach physical science and art at a private high school cooperative. I love to see the progress that comes with one-on-one help, encouragement, and practice. My students find me kind and energetic - we enjoy each other. I have been tutoring in English, art, math, voice, piano, and Latin privately for several years, and I am homeschooling my own children (ages 3-16) using a classical curriculum.

Testimonials

"Such a blessing to our family!!"

- Toni, Sherman, TX on 6/2/13

"Quite pleased"

- Brad, Melissa, TX on 3/23/14
Katherine replied on 3/23/2014

Thank you so much, Brad. Your daughter is a stellar person in every way and it is so rewarding getting to work with her!

"Great lesson"

- Jean, Whitesboro, TX on 10/3/12

"Katherine was wonderful!"

- Stephanie, Denton, TX on 6/25/12

"Best tutor in Sherman"

- Sami-Kim, Sherman, TX on 5/31/12
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Education

Duke University
Literature and Music
Middlebury College
Graduate Coursework

Education

Duke University (Literature and Music)

Middlebury College (Graduate Coursework)


Tutor Policies

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Elkins, NH 03233

Katherine’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, English,
Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
Latin
Music:
Piano
Art:
Drawing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Grammar, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th),
English,
Geometry, Piano,
Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, GED, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Latin, 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.


Katherine’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 Katherine. View all of Katherine’s resources

Today I was so proud of one of my students who doesn't usually get excited about writing. Last week I gave him a section from Tolstoy to read, thinking the extraordinarily vivid writing would startle him and draw him in. After we had read it aloud together he said to me, "Usually when I read something, I can't see it - but when I read this, I could see everything happening! It was amazing... read more


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