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Donna S.

Bayport, NY

$65/hr

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Hello! For many years, I gave speech and language therapy to preschool and elementary children. When it was time to go back to get my master's degree, I decided that I wanted to do something different. So, I thought, "What about reading"? I graduated from the Literacy Program at Dowling College in Oakdale, New York. Since then I have helped students in many different capacities with their reading and writing challenges. I worked as a substitute reading teacher in the elementary schools, and I gave private tutoring to children at their homes and local libraries. It has been very rewarding and enriching to me: to see children who had limited access to books and no desire to read, to children who want to read and begin to see reading as something interesting and fun to participate in.

For the past two years, I have been teaching Reading and Elementary Education courses in the state of Virginia. I have taught in public, as well as private schools, as a Substitute Teacher, and a Tutor. I am so happy to be back in New York again to resume my teaching career.

I believe that reading involves a "transaction" between the reader and the text. To help students make the necessary connections, I have used the true story of "Brave Norman" and my own dog Hildy. Both dogs have disabilities; Norman is blind and Hildy has a crooked mouth. I use a graphic organizer to show the students the similarities and differences of both animals. The students enjoy hearing about both stories and can make the necessary connections to their own lives and are able to bring comprehension and awareness to the reading process. During the writing process, I usually have the students write something that has made an "impact" on their thinking about the text that was presented. Are the stories sad or funny? Do you know an animal with a disability? What would you have done to help these animals? Have you ever gone to an animal shelter to adopt an animal? After hearing about these stories, would you go or not go to an animal shelter? Why? If we tutor together I'll tell you more about Norman and Hildy; both stories are amazing and heart-warming!

Remember, reading should be fun. So, begin by reading books that you like. If the book is too hard, then it probably is. Leave it and just get another book. There are so many books out there to read. Get one that's just right for YOU! And have FUN!





English:
Grammar, Literature, Reading, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Study Skills
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Phonics
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th), Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar

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.

ADD/ADHD

As a speech therapist, I have worked with children who had ADD/ADHD. I developed goals and objectives in the lessons to accommodate each student and his/her particular needs.

Long Island University
speech
Dowling College, Oakdale L.I.N.Y.
MEd

Education

Long Island University (speech)

Dowling College, Oakdale L.I.N.Y. (MEd)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $65.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Donna will travel within 15 miles of Bayport, NY 11705.


About Donna

Hello! For many years, I gave speech and language therapy to preschool and elementary children. When it was time to go back to get my master's degree, I decided that I wanted to do something different. So, I thought, "What about reading"? I graduated from the Literacy Program at Dowling College in Oakdale, New York. Since then I have helped students in many different capacities with their reading and writing challenges. I worked as a substitute reading teacher in the elementary schools, and I gave private tutoring to children at their homes and local libraries. It has been very rewarding and enriching to me: to see children who had limited access to books and no desire to read, to children who want to read and begin to see reading as something interesting and fun to participate in.

For the past two years, I have been teaching Reading and Elementary Education courses in the state of Virginia. I have taught in public, as well as private schools, as a Substitute Teacher, and a Tutor. I am so happy to be back in New York again to resume my teaching career.

I believe that reading involves a "transaction" between the reader and the text. To help students make the necessary connections, I have used the true story of "Brave Norman" and my own dog Hildy. Both dogs have disabilities; Norman is blind and Hildy has a crooked mouth. I use a graphic organizer to show the students the similarities and differences of both animals. The students enjoy hearing about both stories and can make the necessary connections to their own lives and are able to bring comprehension and awareness to the reading process. During the writing process, I usually have the students write something that has made an "impact" on their thinking about the text that was presented. Are the stories sad or funny? Do you know an animal with a disability? What would you have done to help these animals? Have you ever gone to an animal shelter to adopt an animal? After hearing about these stories, would you go or not go to an animal shelter? Why? If we tutor together I'll tell you more about Norman and Hildy; both stories are amazing and heart-warming!

Remember, reading should be fun. So, begin by reading books that you like. If the book is too hard, then it probably is. Leave it and just get another book. There are so many books out there to read. Get one that's just right for YOU! And have FUN!






Education

Long Island University
speech
Dowling College, Oakdale L.I.N.Y.
MEd

Education

Long Island University (speech)

Dowling College, Oakdale L.I.N.Y. (MEd)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Bayport, NY 11705

Donna’s Subjects

English:
Grammar, Literature, Reading, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Study Skills
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Phonics
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th), Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar

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.


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