Teaching is what I love to do. To see one of my students have a "light bulb moment" is the greatest thing about this career. I am a certified elementary educator in grades K-6 and was an elementary teacher (grades 2-3) for five years in the public school system. Originally, I started tutoring part-time one-on-one as a second job after school to help pay the bills. Turns out, I fell in love with it. I loved it so much that I wanted to make it my full-time career.
After-school tutoring: I have been able to successfully create, grow and maintain my own full-time tutoring business since moving to the NW Austin/Cedar Park area in May of 2012. Primarily I have worked with elementary and middle school students ages 7-13 in mostly reading and math; however, I have tutored students from age 4 up to age 18 in reading, math (pre-algebra, algebra I & II, and geometry), writing, handwriting, grammar, vocabulary, phonics, science, social studies, study skills & social skills.
Learning disabilities and special needs: I have worked with many students with various needs & abilities such as gifted & talented, dyslexia, autism, Aspergers, ADD, ADHD and English language learners. As a classroom teacher I would always have many students in my class with various needs and I would design my curricula and methods of teaching to meet all of those needs during lessons. With one-on-one tutoring, I can structure my lessons to fit each student and the way that they learn best.
Homeschooling: With so many standardized tests, and the pressure that comes with them, many parents have asked me for help with homeschooling their children. Because I have switched to tutoring full-time, I have the flexibility and availability to accommodate children in a homeschool program. I have worked with several homeschool students who need additional help for various reasons. I have worked with several different homeschool curricula, and offered support through supplemental activities, additional explanation of skills and have even helped parents who are new to homeschooling select appropriate materials for their children's learning needs. I am available to either come to your home for regular lessons, or some people find my home office/classroom a refreshing change of scenery. You can find pictures of my "mini-classroom" in my profile pictures. All of my students find it to be a great learning environment.
English Learning: In the past few years I have worked with several adults looking to improve their English speaking, listening and writing skills. In that time I have built a solid collection of materials to help those English learners improve their grammar, understanding of expressions, pronunciation, and general conversational English. I love helping people feel more confident about using the English language in their everyday life.
My methods are simple, yet proven effective. I begin with an assessment of where the student is in a given subject area, then build up from there. I have found that most struggling students simply need to "fill the gaps" in order to create a more solid foundation for learning.
While schools do their best to educate our children, there are often times when students need more. Tutoring can be an excellent solution because one-on-one help allows the tutor and student to focus on specific areas of need. Additionally, tutoring can be a great resource for students who are trying to get ahead in specific subject areas. That is why I love tutoring. It gives me the flexibility to tailor my teaching to help fit the needs of my students.
Additionally, I know some American Sign Language (my grandparents were deaf, so I have been using it since I was a child) and some Spanish. I am very organized and professional, but also I have fun with my students and get to know them as well. I bring games and try to break up tutoring sessions with various activities, especially for the little ones. Since I have been teaching and tutoring I have acquired a variety of materials such as books, workbooks, manipulatives, etc. to use with my students. I do have several references, which are available upon request.
Thank you for reading my profile. I hope to work with you soon!
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