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Paula O.

Mckinney, TX

$40/hr

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Background check passed as of 9/18/13
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While working in the school district as an interpreter for the deaf and hard of hearing, I put myself through school to obtain my degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (PreK- 8). During my time with the district, I worked with many deaf and hard of hearing students after school in order for them to pass TAKS and later the STARR test in the area of math. The majority of my students were able to pass with commended.

I have been blessed to work with some amazing students. I have worked with 2nd graders in reading. One of these students has dyslexia and was a challenge; however, it was a challenge I rose to meet head on. The student was able to improve their reading level from Kindergarten to 1st in a one year period of working with them.

I also was able to work with a 10th grader in Algebra I. This student has ADHD, which caused me to use a variety of techniques to help the student remain focused during our sessions. The student started with a 36% in the class and managed to finish the year with an 82%.

I was blessed enough to meet an adult, who was hard of hearing needing to learn English as a second language. I was able to use techniques learned during my student teaching in order to help the student learn sounds, combination of sounds and rules for spelling, which ultimately helped the student communicate better in English.

I love the opportunity to work with others and help them see material in a different light. My ultimate goal is to make what they are learning in the classroom translates into the real world, so they have a better chance of retaining the material.

Testimonials

"Great Start"

- Hossien, Frisco, TX on 10/18/13

"Great tutor!"

- Leo, Frisco, TX on 10/1/13
English:
English, Reading,
Writing
Language:
Sign Language
Special Needs:
Hard Of Hearing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

I have been blessed to work with a student who had a low 30 in their Algebra class. After working with this student and providing strategies, the students grade by the end of the year was in the low 80's. The student was able to use my techniques and strategies to help them be successful. I believe I can pass this knowledge on to other students on their path of learning.

Elementary (K-6th)

I currently hold a teaching certification, generalist EC - 6. I also worked from 2003 to 2012 in a school district working with students in grades K- 5th.

Elementary Math

Most kids struggle with math. Teaching kids to use a variety of strategies, mnemonics, etc., can allow them to be successful. I have worked in a school district for approximately 8 years and was fortunate enough to help students with their math skills.

I believe my understanding of the learning objectives for elementary math will assist me is helping students achieve these goals.

Elementary Science

Science can be lots of fun. Science is all around us and teaching students to see, discuss and explore science can inspire them to be better students. Teaching kids to use a variety of strategies, mnemonics, etc., can allow them to be successful.

I have worked in a school district for approximately 8 years and was fortunate to help students with their science skills. I believe my understanding of the learning objectives for elementary science will assist me is helping students achieve these goals.

General Computer

I have been working with computers for over 30 years. I believe I have a great understanding of computers. I was a computer based training programmer and desktop application developer; therefore, I have a good understanding of how applications work. I would love the opportunity to share my knowledge with a student needing assistance mastering the the computer.

Hard Of Hearing

I am a certified interpreter for the deaf and hard of hearing. I worked in a school district from 2003 to 2012 as an interpreter.

Microsoft Excel

While working with a major mortgage company, I was given the opportunity to test Microsoft Excel. During this time, our computers would shutdown randomly. This would cause me to lose valuable material and I would have to start again. This experience allowed me to learn the program.

Over a period of 11 years, I was the technical trainer on Excel. Co-workers would contact me when they hit a wall. I believe my experience would be valuable to anyone needing assistance with learning this product.

Microsoft PowerPoint

While working for a major mortgage company, I was responsible for training employees how to use PowerPoint accurately and to create beautiful useful presentations. I was also responsible for making a variety of presentations using this program.

PowerPoint is a wonderful tool for creating presentations, note pages, outlines, etc. I believe with my knowledge and expertise, I can help anyone create a wonderful PowerPoint presentation.

Microsoft Publisher

As a technical writer for a major mortgage company, I created 15 trainee and trainer manuals in Publisher. Using this application daily for approximately 8 years, I believe I am more than qualified to assist someone in learning this program.

Microsoft Windows

When I started working for a major mortgage company in 1992, when Microsoft came out with their product, our company was one of the first to accept the product across the board. I was on the team to test and learn the product. I have used Microsoft products since then and am confident in my abilities in helping someone learn the product.

Microsoft Word

I have used Microsoft Word since the product was originally created. I love this product and believe I can help anyone create beautiful documents. I have been responsible for creating correspondences, reports and other documents.

Prealgebra

I believe I have a strong foundation for completing math. I believe working with students and offering them a clear strategy for completing each problem. Focusing vocabulary helps students to determine exactly what the question is asking in the word problem. I believe I can assist students in achieving their learning goals.

Reading

As an interpreter for the deaf and hard of hearing, I understand the English language and its complexities. I believe reading is important and can assist students to be active learners. As students, read I encourage them to ask themselves questions. Who is the story about? What are they doing? What do you think will happen next? This causes the student to be an active participant in reading and helps them with their comprehension.

I was blessed to work with two 2nd graders in this area. They came to me reading at a kindergarten level and at the end of the year, they were reading at a 1st grade level. The strategies I use help students to sound out words and become better readers.

Sign Language

I am a certified interpreter for the deaf and hard of hearing. During my first year of employment with a school district, I studied for the certification test. At the end of a year, I took the test and passed the first time. I have been dedicated to facilitating communication between deaf and hard of hearing clients and hearing clients.

Writing

I have recently graduated with my Master's in Creative Writing. The biggest challenge students have with writing is the blank page before them. Helping students use outlines, webs, or prompts allows them to begin creating. Once students have a start, then we work on revising to ensure the writing supports the main idea. Once they have revised, then we work on editing.

In this process we are looking for capitalization, punctuation and spelling. I believe this gives students an opportunity to gain confidence and find pleasure in writing.

Paula’s Resources

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When I think back to my education and the teachers who impacted my life, I am reminded of three teachers.   First was my 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Gerheart.  She was amazing.  She was patient and loving.  No matter how silly or difficult I could be she still loved me.    Second, was Mrs. Wren my humanities teacher.  She was strict, had high expectations... read more

Many young students struggle with the concepts of money, especially coins.  They struggle because the size of a dime is smaller in diameter than a penny and a nickel, but is worth more.  They struggle because counting by 10's then 5's can get confusing.   One way I help students to identify coins value is by creating a chart.  The chart lists the value of each coin... read more

I often hear students tell me they can't do math or it too hard!  This is exactly the kind of challenge I love.  I love show students how math surrounds us and bring a new way for them to see math.   My favorite place to work on math is when our family is grocery shopping.  I love it when they have buy 10 cans for a $1.00.  This is a great division problem. ... read more

Western Governor's University
Education
Full Sail University
Master's

Education

Western Governor's University (Education)

Full Sail University (Master's)

Great Start — Although is only about 3 sessions so far and is too early to determine level of success but I can say we have had a great start, Paula has shown that she is in control and very much capable to make a big improvement in my child’s educational growth. We are very fortunate to have her and helping our child to reach her goals. Thank you Paula. ...

— Hossien, Frisco, TX on 10/18/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

Paula will travel within 15 miles of Mckinney, TX 75070.


About Paula

While working in the school district as an interpreter for the deaf and hard of hearing, I put myself through school to obtain my degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (PreK- 8). During my time with the district, I worked with many deaf and hard of hearing students after school in order for them to pass TAKS and later the STARR test in the area of math. The majority of my students were able to pass with commended.

I have been blessed to work with some amazing students. I have worked with 2nd graders in reading. One of these students has dyslexia and was a challenge; however, it was a challenge I rose to meet head on. The student was able to improve their reading level from Kindergarten to 1st in a one year period of working with them.

I also was able to work with a 10th grader in Algebra I. This student has ADHD, which caused me to use a variety of techniques to help the student remain focused during our sessions. The student started with a 36% in the class and managed to finish the year with an 82%.

I was blessed enough to meet an adult, who was hard of hearing needing to learn English as a second language. I was able to use techniques learned during my student teaching in order to help the student learn sounds, combination of sounds and rules for spelling, which ultimately helped the student communicate better in English.

I love the opportunity to work with others and help them see material in a different light. My ultimate goal is to make what they are learning in the classroom translates into the real world, so they have a better chance of retaining the material.

Testimonials

"Great Start"

- Hossien, Frisco, TX on 10/18/13

"Great tutor!"

- Leo, Frisco, TX on 10/1/13
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Education

Western Governor's University
Education
Full Sail University
Master's

Education

Western Governor's University (Education)

Full Sail University (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
1 hour notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Mckinney, TX 75070

Paula’s Subjects

English:
English, Reading,
Writing
Language:
Sign Language
Special Needs:
Hard Of Hearing

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.


Paula’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 Paula. View all of Paula’s resources

When I think back to my education and the teachers who impacted my life, I am reminded of three teachers.   First was my 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Gerheart.  She was amazing.  She was patient and loving.  No matter how silly or difficult I could be she still loved me.    Second, was Mrs. Wren my humanities teacher.  She was strict, had high expectations... read more

Many young students struggle with the concepts of money, especially coins.  They struggle because the size of a dime is smaller in diameter than a penny and a nickel, but is worth more.  They struggle because counting by 10's then 5's can get confusing.   One way I help students to identify coins value is by creating a chart.  The chart lists the value of each coin... read more

I often hear students tell me they can't do math or it too hard!  This is exactly the kind of challenge I love.  I love show students how math surrounds us and bring a new way for them to see math.   My favorite place to work on math is when our family is grocery shopping.  I love it when they have buy 10 cans for a $1.00.  This is a great division problem. ... read more


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