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Diane S.

Certified Literacy Teacher, proficient also in Italian and Spanish

Basking Ridge, NJ (07920)

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I am a NJ Certified Elementary Education Teacher and a Certified Reading Teacher. I have been tutoring for many years in all subjects, all grade levels, and all age levels. I am proficient in Italian and Spanish as well and have taught ESL to both children and adults. I have even taught adults Italian and Spanish for both their professional and recreational needs. I have worked in the Literacy Center at Caldwell College specializing in Literacy where I received my Master Degree in Literacy Instruction. I am also certified in the Orton-Gillingham training.

I am very patient and work very well with my students. I form a rapport with the parents and if needed have also communicated with my students' teachers. I believe that all students can learn, some just need a little extra help and guidance. I provide my students with learning strategies to implement their needs to achieve their goals.
Self-esteem is paramount when working with school age students.

I welcome the opportunity to assist and guide students to meet their educational achievements.

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Diane’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Criminal Justice, Grammar, Italian, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Spanish
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading, Praxis
Elementary (K-6th), Reading, Spanish, Study Skills, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
American History, Classics, Criminal Justice, European History, Government & Politics, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Italian, Spanish
ACT Reading, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing


Each and everyday I work with students who are ADD/ADHD classified. I am a Reading Specialist and approximately half of my student population are classified as such. I have a simple approach to their specific learning abilities. I use strategies that are tailored to their needs and I ensure a safe and respectable learning environment. Each student is expected to perform according to the district and state standards. My students go beyond the criteria and set new goals and achievements for themselves. It is very important to maintain discipline at all times and to realize when their time during our sessions has been met. Implementing goals, setting rules, achieving potential are all part of our learning process.


My name is Diane S. and I am a Reading Specialist in Passaic, NJ. I have a Master's in Literacy Instruction and I perform Reading Intervention in my district everyday. I am certified in the Orton-Gillingham program which originated to help students with Dyslexia. Now, the program helps English Language Learners, children with special needs, learning problems, and those students who fall in the lower 20th percentile. The program has too many components to list, however, it deals with audio, visual, and kinesthetic learning. Phonemes and Graphemes are the primary focus. All students benefit from this program and it can be readily modified to fit the specific needs of the students.

Elementary (K-6th)

I am a current teacher and possess a NJ teaching certificate for K-12 and a Reading Teacher certificate for K-12. I am a Literacy Coach working with both teachers and students for Reading and Writing strategies including Comprehension and Writing Workshop following all the Common Core Standards of the State of NJ. I possess a Masters in Literacy Instruction. I teach whole group classroom instruction as well as small group and one on one. I model lessons for teachers so they can implement these techniques into their own lesson plans.


As a Reading Teacher, I am most familiar with phonics and teaching students how to read. From K-12 I am certified to teach the necessary strategies necessary to build fluency skills that will lead to comprehension. I have worked privately with students and at the Literacy Center for my college. I am currently implementing teaching strategies to my students in my district as well as modeling these strategies to the teachers as they are always looking for many ways to teach phonics especially in Guided Reading.


I have taken the Elementary Teacher Praxis and the Reading Teacher Praxis and have passed both exams on the first try. Each time I formed a study group with my fellow classmates and afterwards I tutored many others who were studying for the same tests. I work with each student and offer many strategies for taking the exam and also many hours of subject preparation in order to meet the qualifications and answer the questions posed on the exam. Currently, I am tutoring two students who will be taking the Elementary Teacher Praxis exam shortly.

Public Speaking

As a Pre-Law student Public Speaking was an actual subject that needed to be taken. Also, I have had many opportunities in both my student life and career to have to give speeches and workshops to various groups, parents, academics, professors, and private corporations. I have had the opportunity to design PowerPoint presentations and instruct others in the art of public speaking. Speaking in front of a mirror is just one small lesson and omitting the word "um" as a filler is a must. Even my students are being taught the fine art of public speaking when they give their once a week oral presentations.


I have taught Religion for most of my adult life. I have taught students from the age of 4 to senior citizens in study groups. I have taken many different religious courses over the years in many different denominations. I treat each view with respect and appreciation. Religion as history or as a belief, I have taught, studied, and shared.

Social Studies

As a Political Science major I have studied many Social Studies courses. As a teacher I incorporate Reading and Writing into Social Studies lessons each day as an interdisciplinary lesson. From studying local governments and communities to national subjects and worldwide topics, I am most comfortable with Social Studies and its importance in the classroom and beyond.

Special Needs

As a Reading Specialist I work with all students including those with Special Needs. These include ADD/ADHD, Dyslexic students, learning disabled (many different reasons such as motor and cognitive impairment)those who have IEPs and those awaiting classification. I have worked with students who had emotional learning disorders, mood disorders, etc. Besides being trained in the Orton-Gillingham method, I work closely with these students, usually one on one and small group instruction to implement their instruction. Differentiated instruction is always taken further when working with these students.

I set goals according to their specific needs and their learning pace. We accomplish goals to meet with the state and district requirements and we take further steps to achieve our own personal academic goals as well. I ensure a safe and respectable learning environment providing encouragement and managing discipline during our educational journey. All children can learn, some at different levels. It is important to recognize each student's needs and set goals to further their own accomplishments.

Study Skills

The art of Study Skills has been one of my strong points from the time I was in elementary school. From simple notetaking to study strategies, I have created and maintained an evolutionary process. In my private tutoring, I begin with the simplest of strategies to study for a test. With my school students, Study Skills takes place each day, instructing both the students and planning with the teachers. It is a fine art, has many techniques that are specifically designed to fit the student and the subject. These are skills that follow the student to their level of education and can be adjusted to their learning needs.

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Caldwell College

Caldwell College (Master's)

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Standard Hourly Fee: $65.00

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Diane will travel within 30 miles of Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.

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