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Kristen S.

Bristow, VA

$50/hr

Teacher - Geometry, Writing, Special Education (ADHD, Autism), ESOL

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Teacher - Geometry, Writing, Special Education (ADHD, Autism), ESOL

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My teaching style is cooperative and participatory whether they are adults, teenagers or younger children. I assume my students are self-motivated to learn, improve and have fun! I use traditional classroom methods as well as visual and auditory re-enforcement, real life examples and the occasional field trip. I teach all levels of students and specifically instruct Geometry, Writing, and Science - Physical, Life, Earth Sciences. Most of my students are ESOL as well so we incorporate learning English as part of the main subject.

I am a U.S. Citizen born in State of Virginia, but have lived all over the country and traveled worldwide. I am a mother of two daughters that have been educated in the PWC school district. In addition, I have a child on an IEP for a learning disability. I have been a Girl Scout Leader and volunteer for over 5 years. Also, I volunteer as a CASA or Court Appointed Special Advocate for Abused and Neglected Children (thus I have been background checked by court system).

I am located in the Northern Virginia - Manassas region.

My undergraduate degree is from Penn State. My first Master's Degree is from Hawaii Pacific University. I am working on a 2nd master's degree/PhD at Regent University in Special Education (Learning Disabilities, Autism, Emotional Disabilities). I am also certified to teach ESOL students.

Please contact me and let me know how I can help you improve your knowledge and skills.

Testimonials

"The best decision of our children's education!"

- Linda, Stafford, VA on 7/23/14

"Very Good Tutor!"

- Kim, Nokesville, VA on 11/18/13

"Excellent Tutor"

- Lanny, Bristow, VA on 11/6/13

"Outstanding Tutor!!"

- Kandi, Bristow, VA on 10/22/13

"One outstanding tutor!"

- Glen, Dumfries, VA on 7/1/13

"Very happy!"

- Karola, Bristow, VA on 6/15/13

"Very knowledgeable, confident and organized."

- Kirstin, Clifton, VA on 2/6/13

"Organized and creative."

- D., Warrenton, VA on 12/6/12
Math:
Geometry
English:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL,
Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Special Needs
Homeschool:
ESL/ESOL,
Geometry,
Writing
Test Preparation:
TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL

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

I am a Special Education Teacher for 7th and 8th graders (yet have taught 9th to 12th grades as well). I work in a self contained classroom including Austic as well as Aspergers students. My classes include all types of Learning Disabled students (ADHD, ADD, Vision Processing, Cognative Processing) as well as Emotionally Disturbed students. I hold a Provisional Special Education License from Commonwealth of Virginia as well as Master's Degree work in Special Education.

American History

I currently co-teach American History. My original degree is Political Science. Basically...I LOVE this stuff! The Virgina SOL standard questions require students to extrapolate information before being able to answer the question in front of them. Hence some students need help with re-enforcement of information from class as well as test taking hints to do well on class assessments AND the SOL. And it is my job to fill in those blanks!

ESL/ESOL

TESOL/TESL/TEFL/ESL Certification - Oxford Seminars, May 2011

Geography

Geography is much easier to understand when you have traveled the world. As a avid traveler world wide I can help bring this subject alive for you. That way you can make real world associations with what you are learning in class and then translate them onto your assessments.

Geometry

I have been teaching Geometry with in a self contained classroom for students 9 to 12 grade. Specifically teaching to the Virginia curriculum with objective of passing the VA SOL. The key to geometry is reading comprehension, vocabulary and APPLYING that vocabulary to the problems presented. The applied knowledge is usually the hardest for most young students grasp.

Government & Politics

As a Political Science major I studied all ares of the social sciences. Government, politics and civics studies make up some of the areas of the political science. If you are a middle school or high school student in Virgina then you are required to pass classroom assessments and the SOL. Those tests need you to extrapolate information prior to choosing a final answer. I can help ensure you know the background information as well as the question information. If you are a college student I can help you fill in the blanks where the professor might not have been absolutely clear. Plus assist with correctly writing answers how college professors want to see them in those little blue books.

Social Studies

I have an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a minor in National Security issues. This adds a social studies, government and history (7-12) content endorsement to my teaching license.

Special Needs

I am Special Education teacher in Northern Virginia. I have taught high school and am set to teach middle school (8th grade) this fall. I specifically deal with learning disabled students. To help them discover how they learn and to teach them HOW to learn for themselves. I understand accommodation however not exception. LD students need to know "normal" and not have everything excused for them. I am able to give special attention to those with vision processing issues such as my daughter.

TOEFL

The TOEFL iBT test measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level. And it evaluates how well you combine your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks.

It was developed to address the problem on ensuring English language proficiency for non-native speakers wishing to study at American universities. It has become an admission requirement for non-native English speakers at many English-speaking colleges and universities. Additionally, institutions such as government agencies, licensing bodies, businesses, or scholarship programs may require this test. A TOEFL score is valid for two years and then will no longer be officially reported since a candidate's language proficiency could have significantly changed since the date of the test. Colleges and universities usually consider only the most recent TOEFL score.

Writing

As a double liberal arts major (BA and MA), the one thing I have learned to do well is to write. As a business professional for over 20 years the ability to put words together has served me very well within the military, the government, companies and now in schools. My ESOL students benefit from my vast writing experience including academic papers, business white papers and editorial responses. I am very detail oriented and specific when it comes to writing instruction. How can I help you?

Kristen’s Resources

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Back to school time!  It is exciting for us teachers and as much as the kiddos complain...they are ready to go back to school as well.  Here are a few things to keep in mind: - do not buy everything BEFORE school starts.  It is amazing what we find we need within the first few weeks and even going on 2nd semester. - In January send your student to school with contributions... read more

Regardless of the test you are about to take...SOL, EOY, Final Exam, SAT...whatever...it is NOT about knowledge. Being successful on the test is about applying excellent test taking skills THEN it is about knowledge. Here are a few reminders: #1 - READ THE QUESTION.  Word for word...and then read it again. #2 - You are never done.  Re-read question when you think you have finished... read more

Here are some things we often get confused when writing: Its vs. It's Your vs. You're While they sound alike they have very different purposes!! Its > These are personal possessive pronouns Yours > It's > These are contractions, shortened combinations of a personal pronoun & a verb You're > The verb in use with the contractions is are (is, has, are)... read more

Penn State University
Political Science
Hawaii Pacific University
Master's
Oxford - TEFOL, TESL, TESOL, ESOL Certification
Other

Education

Penn State University (Political Science)

Hawaii Pacific University (Master's)

Oxford - TEFOL, TESL, TESOL, ESOL Certification (Other)

The best decision of our children's education! — My daughter struggles with ADHD; a complicating issue when it comes to schoolwork and organizing. Nonetheless, after this school year, my daughter is heading into the 8th grade having gone from failing grades in Math, English, and Science to achieving an above average report card with a couple of A's, several B's, and only a couple of C's. We are thrilled as parents to see how well she has benefit ...

— Linda, Stafford, VA on 7/23/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Kristen will travel within 20 miles of Bristow, VA 20136.


About Kristen

My teaching style is cooperative and participatory whether they are adults, teenagers or younger children. I assume my students are self-motivated to learn, improve and have fun! I use traditional classroom methods as well as visual and auditory re-enforcement, real life examples and the occasional field trip. I teach all levels of students and specifically instruct Geometry, Writing, and Science - Physical, Life, Earth Sciences. Most of my students are ESOL as well so we incorporate learning English as part of the main subject.

I am a U.S. Citizen born in State of Virginia, but have lived all over the country and traveled worldwide. I am a mother of two daughters that have been educated in the PWC school district. In addition, I have a child on an IEP for a learning disability. I have been a Girl Scout Leader and volunteer for over 5 years. Also, I volunteer as a CASA or Court Appointed Special Advocate for Abused and Neglected Children (thus I have been background checked by court system).

I am located in the Northern Virginia - Manassas region.

My undergraduate degree is from Penn State. My first Master's Degree is from Hawaii Pacific University. I am working on a 2nd master's degree/PhD at Regent University in Special Education (Learning Disabilities, Autism, Emotional Disabilities). I am also certified to teach ESOL students.

Please contact me and let me know how I can help you improve your knowledge and skills.

Testimonials

"The best decision of our children's education!"

- Linda, Stafford, VA on 7/23/14

"Very Good Tutor!"

- Kim, Nokesville, VA on 11/18/13

"Excellent Tutor"

- Lanny, Bristow, VA on 11/6/13

"Outstanding Tutor!!"

- Kandi, Bristow, VA on 10/22/13

"One outstanding tutor!"

- Glen, Dumfries, VA on 7/1/13

"Very happy!"

- Karola, Bristow, VA on 6/15/13

"Very knowledgeable, confident and organized."

- Kirstin, Clifton, VA on 2/6/13

"Organized and creative."

- D., Warrenton, VA on 12/6/12
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Education

Penn State University
Political Science
Hawaii Pacific University
Master's
Oxford - TEFOL, TESL, TESOL, ESOL Certification
Other

Education

Penn State University (Political Science)

Hawaii Pacific University (Master's)

Oxford - TEFOL, TESL, TESOL, ESOL Certification (Other)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Bristow, VA 20136

Kristen’s Subjects

Math:
Geometry
English:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL,
Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Special Needs
Homeschool:
ESL/ESOL,
Geometry,
Writing
Test Preparation:
TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL

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.


Kristen’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 Kristen. View all of Kristen’s resources

Back to school time!  It is exciting for us teachers and as much as the kiddos complain...they are ready to go back to school as well.  Here are a few things to keep in mind: - do not buy everything BEFORE school starts.  It is amazing what we find we need within the first few weeks and even going on 2nd semester. - In January send your student to school with contributions... read more

Regardless of the test you are about to take...SOL, EOY, Final Exam, SAT...whatever...it is NOT about knowledge. Being successful on the test is about applying excellent test taking skills THEN it is about knowledge. Here are a few reminders: #1 - READ THE QUESTION.  Word for word...and then read it again. #2 - You are never done.  Re-read question when you think you have finished... read more

Here are some things we often get confused when writing: Its vs. It's Your vs. You're While they sound alike they have very different purposes!! Its > These are personal possessive pronouns Yours > It's > These are contractions, shortened combinations of a personal pronoun & a verb You're > The verb in use with the contractions is are (is, has, are)... read more


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