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Nazareth College of New York, Rochester
Harvard University (Graduate Coursework)
I have 30+ years teaching experience in secondary schools and have trained teachers at four major universities: Emory, Brandeis, Boston University, and the University of Pennsylvania. I now tutor in Latin, English, world history, and writing and study skills; I edit books, newsletters, and blogs, and I translate from Latin for the Austin Chancery. I am, first and foremost, a grammarian. I feel strongly that, for many students, organization is the key to success.
I always meet with the student and, if applicable, parent(s) first, at no charge, to assess strengths, weaknesses, preferred style of learning. I have worked with many adults, usually teaching writing, but I have worked with a few older foreign students who needed help with pronunciation and oral communication. Let's meet to assess your needs and determine compatibility.
Unfortunately, I drive in a very limited area and never at night. Students usually come to me here in Cedar Park. I have 30+ years teaching experience in secondary schools and have trained teachers at four major universities: Emory, Brandeis, Boston University, and the University of Pennsylvania. I now tutor in Latin, English, world Read more
$40 rate for new students only.
We enlisted Dorothy S. to help with my middle schooler's Latin instruction. She is much more than just a tutor; she goes beyond simply teaching the material. If questions come up, she either finds the answer in her extensive library, or sends an e-mail soon after the lesson. For many topics, Dorothy added even more depth by providing background information on Roman politics, culture, religion, etc. I really appreciated the fact that Ms. S shows the parallel between English and Latin grammatical structure. My daughter looked forward to her lessons each week, and was very motivated to complete her assignments.
We came to Dorothy because our 7th grader needed help with Latin. Thanks to Dorothy he has made a lot of progress. Not only does Dorothy teach him this challenging language, she also brings the Roman culture, mythology, and background stories to life in her tutoring. One of the more surprising results was the fact that Dorothy’s Latin tutoring actually helped our son improve his English grammar skills.
We are pleased that Dorothy is firm and demands a real effort from our son, while always being positive and patient during her teaching sessions. She is always very enthusiastic when the different parts of Latin are coming together for our son. He has often expressed his gratitude to us for finding Dorothy. She has been a tremendous help to him and we strongly recommend her.
Ms. Dorothy is an excellent tutor. She engages the student immediately and is very patient with each child. She will work on a personal level with each parent in order to understand the student better and to make sure that the student is on track. My student loves to be tutored by Ms. Dorothy.
Dorothy is a very knowledgeable and very loving teacher. She also has a very strong work ethic. Working with her is the the best thing ever!
Dorothy is definitely a top notch tutor with exceptional tutoring skills. Within a month, my son has made tremendous progress with Dorothy's help. Thanks a lot.
Dorothy is awesome. She is extremely knowledgeable, patient and professional. She is helpful and strives for the best of her students and goes above and beyond our expectations. My student is very happy with her tutoring and always looking forward to her lessons. I am recommending her to anybody that needs help with English or world history.
Dorothy is so much more than a tutor, she provides a personal classroom experience. My 8th grade son is responding so well to her because of her incredible knowledge of Latin combined with her grandmotherly warmth. She is organized, patient, and makes him want to honor her by working hard at the lessons she has layed out for him.
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I am a Harvard-trained classicist. I taught for over 30 years, mostly in secondary school, and trained teachers at four major universities. Subjects taught include Latin, English, history (ancient, medieval, and renaissance), etymology, study skills, and research paper writing.
Editing for individuals and firms in a variety of subjects, including educational theory, law, philosophy, engineering, poetry. I am a contributing editor for an online women's magazine, edit a business newsletter, and have helped with numerous college essays and applications. Here are some of my publications:
Edited Lichen Kisses by Georgia Santa Maria, 2012.
Translation of Latin documents for Austin Diocesan Chancery.
On-going editing of all publications and news releases from Smarter Solutions.
Edited Vols. II & III of Implementing Six Sigma,
Forrest W. Breyfogle, III, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2008.
Edited Lean Six Sigma in Sickness and in Health, by Forrest Breyfogle and Arvind Salvekar, Smarter Solutions, 2004.
Helped with editing second edition of Implementing Six Sigma,
Forrest W. Breyfogle, III, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2003.
Edited Wisdom on the Green, by Forrest W. Breyfogle, III,
David Enck, Phil Flories, Tom Pearson, Smarter Solutions, 2001.
Consultant on Outcast, a CD Rom action game, April, 1998.
Prepared text of Rome and Carthage at Peace, by Robert
E.A. Palmer, Franz Steiner Verlag Stuttgart, 1997.
Compiled indices for the following:
Conceptualizing Religion, by Benson Saler, E.J. Brill, 1993;
Now the News, by Edward Bliss, Jr., Columbia University Press,
The Sacred Polis, by Stephen Scully, Cornell University Press,
Roman Civilization, Vols. I & II, by Lewis and Reinhold,
Columbia University Press, 1990.
I feel that improvement in study skills is largely a matter of time management, organization, and concentration. I try to understand first the unique intelligence and learning style of the student and then help him to develop effective habits both in and out of class: creating a good study environment, developing study techniques, taking notes, preparing for tests... I will also work with parents, if they wish, to help them help their child: helping with homework, working with teachers, maintaining balance in parenting, and preparing for college and the future. See below for an excerpt from my resume. The private school at which I taught for twenty years emphasized individual development. I worked with numbers of students on study skills, developing individual programs for each student. I also worked with small groups to improve comprehension and to prepare for tests.
1969-June, 1989 Brimmer and May School,Chestnut Hill, MA
Taught many courses including Latin, English, Etymology,
Introduction to Language, Ancient History, Medieval History,
Renaissance History, Women in Society, the Enlightenment,
British History, research paper writing, and study skills.
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