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Susan C.

English and Social Studies Tutor Specializing in At-Risk Teens

Spring, TX (77379)

Travel radius
15 miles
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For the last 20 years, I have been employed in public schools, teaching language arts and social studies classes to primarily at-risk populations throughout the Houston area. Currently I work in a public school system at the alternative high school campus. I understand that many students do not learn in traditional ways, and I enjoy finding ways to communicate with and reach students who have never really felt successful in school before.

I am truly committed to the idea that every child can learn, and I believe that the key to reaching children is through developing a healthy, trusting relationship with them. They must feel free to ask questions without fear of judgement or ridicule, and they must believe that the instructor is working with them and wants their success.

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Susan’s subjects

ACT English

I am well versed in the requirements and expectations of the standardized tests needed to get in to college. In one school district, I specifically taught an ACT/SAT prep class and routinely helped students raise their scores. I can help with skills and strategies for the test.

ACT Reading

I am well versed in the requirements and expectations of the standardized tests needed to get in to college. In one school district, I specifically taught an ACT/SAT prep class and routinely helped students raise their scores. I can assist you with skills and strategies for passing the test.

ADD/ADHD

I have worked with highly at risk students for many years, and I am currently working in a public school alternative setting serving many children who have learning disabilities. I often tutor students in one on one situations that need help with managing distractions and coping with frustrations in a large class setting. I have attended numerous workshops that are geared specifically to help students with learning disabilities, the most notable being the "nurturing heart" training.

American History

I hold a BA in History from the University of Houston, and I have always had a deep love for our nation's history. Currently I teach American literature, and to do so effectively, I must be knowledgeable about American history and how the literature connects to our country's struggles and successes.

English

I have been teaching high school English for over 20 years in the state of Texas. I am well versed in the requirements and expectations of the standardized tests needed to get in to college. I have been working with students who struggle in traditional learning environments for many years, and I will work diligently with students from all learning backgrounds to feel successful.

ESL/ESOL

In 2008 I became a certified ESL/ESOL teacher for the state of Texas, and I have taken many courses in methods and strategies for reaching second language learners. In addition, I have taught several high school level ELL reading classes. I do not speak Spanish, but I can work with intermediate level speakers.

Grammar

I have a deep passion for language and word use, and I find grammar to be fun and exciting. I pride myself on using techniques to teach students about grammar that are not typically found in classrooms.

Literature

As an English teacher and life long reader, I have a true passion for great literature. I'm familiar with all of the "classics" that are traditionally taught in public schools, but I also pride myself on staying current with modern young adult fiction as well. Recently, I helped write a grant to bring even more modern fiction to students in my school, and I love sharing my enthusiasm for reading with others.

Praxis

I have been a certified teacher in Texas for the last 21 years. I have taken and passed all of the following tests: secondary ELA, secondary history, journalism, ESL, and administration. While I have not specifically taken a Praxis test, I am well versed in taking standardized tests that measure teaching skills and abilities.

Proofreading

As a former yearbook advisor and advanced journalism teacher, I had to learn to hone my proofreading skills. Even the most minor errors are glaringly obvious when printed and bound in a high school annual, so it was imperative that I learn to be meticulous when editing and proofreading documents. I have learned several methods over the years to help others do the same.

Public Speaking

As a Texas certified English teacher, I am often responsible for instructing my students in how to speak in public. Part of the English TEKS include a section on public speaking, and I include specific lesson in presentations to my students each term. While I've not specifically taught a communications class, I feel my background in English and journalism has prepared me to assist others.

Reading

For the past seven years, I have taught a high school reading class in an alternative public school setting. I use several lessons to get students to learn to understand the importance of reading, find ways that they already read successfully, and then learn to connect it to their writing. I also understand the importance of helping students find a love for reading and employ many selections for various genres, even graphic novels.

SAT Reading

I am well versed in the requirements and expectations of the standardized tests needed to get in to college. For several years, I taught an ACT/SAT prep class that focused on the reading and writing components of the exams. I can assist you with skills and strategies that will help you improve your scores on the test.

SAT Writing

In addition to teaching an SAT/ACT prep class for many years, I have also worked extensively with students on improving their writing skills. I can assist with clarity, coherence, voice development, vocabulary development and organization.

Social Studies

I have held a secondary history certification in Texas for 21 years. My bachelor's degree is in History from the University of Houston. In addition, I have taught middle school US history and Texas history.

Study Skills

As a teacher at an alternative campus, I work with students every day who have not learned or mastered basic study skills. I realize that it's not enough to just say to a child, "you must manage your time better," but you have to teach them how. My lessons are always designed to include basic study skills and strategies.

TAKS

As a public school teacher for the last 21 years, I am well versed in the expectation of the standardized tests required by Texas. I have been teaching a TAKS tested course (English III) for the last decade, and before that I taught courses tested for TAAS. Currently, I am teaching English I and III, so I am preparing my students for the STAAR/EOC tests as well. The passing rate for my students on TAKS has consistently been over 90% and often is higher.

TOEFL

Many students come to the United States in order to get a better education and life for their families. As a native speaker and professional English teacher, I can assist my students with overcoming the challenge of the TOEFL test by incorporating ELL strategies and techniques. I will work with students on reading comprehension, writing, grammar and speaking if needed.

Vocabulary

A well developed vocabulary is often what gives people an extra boost to be successful in school and in the work place. I will work with you to improve your understanding of roots, prefixes and suffixes so that you can decode and internalize words that are new to you. In addition, I will use various strategies to help you learn the words beyond the standard "memorize the definition."

Writing

Learning to write clearly and concisely is one of the most basic skills a person needs to be successful in school and in the work place. I can assist my students with work place/technical writing, academic writing (like research papers, etc.) or even creative writing. I will use a variety of techniques and prompts to ensure that my students leave me writing better than when they started working with me.

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Education

University of Houston (History)

M.Ed Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas (MEd)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Susan will travel within 15 miles of Spring, TX 77379.

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