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Vanessa J.

Hopewell, VA

$45/hr

K-6 Subjects, especially Reading & Language Arts

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K-6 Subjects, especially Reading & Language Arts

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I have a master's in reading development and spent 10 years in the public classroom, two in private, two with the Department of Defense as an Education Specialist with Training and Doctrine Command, Ft. Lee, and the last 11 as a home educator. My two sons are now grown and I want to share my love of learning and reading with others.

I believe learning is best achieved by matching the learning to the learning process that best fits him or her, while being given opportunities to learn using other ways than just the primary channel. For example, if a student is excellent at building and dreaming and figuring out math, but does not like to write or read, then the primary channel of learning should first be in that student's strengths and comfort zone. However, the world will demand the well-rounded student to also work in areas of weakness. So, along with the building and designing may come the drafting notes and summaries, as well as opportunities to share the work through PowerPoint presentations, Skype charts, composing a learning song, or writing interactive "white papers". This learning approach does not have to be complex, just multi-dimensional.

My goal is to give my students the opportunity to be "Renaissance Learners" - those individuals who can think on a variety of levels, and are willing to be multi-faceted in their approaches to problem solving. Using a learner's strengths as a foundation, then incorporating planned successes in the less than comfortable areas, gives the student the chance to build a network of skills that will serve him well throughout his lifetime. Sometimes it takes more time to build the success structure, but I believe it is important that the student's internal learning structure should be comprehensive and strong.

As a final piece of housekeeping, once we have established a secure and vetted tutoring relationship, I am more than happy to come to your home. However, being that I have decades of teaching materials in my own home, I am also willing to have you and your student come to my home, and if you choose that route, I am also willing to provide my services at a discount so as to offset the gas you might need to expend.

Testimonials

"Awesome tutor."

- Malinda, Fort Lee, VA on 1/29/13

"Outstanding Tutor"

- Stephanie, Cameron, NC on 4/20/12
English:
Bible Studies,
English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Test Preparation:
GED
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading

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.

Bible Studies

As an active elderess in my church, one of my responsibilities is teaching, as well as guiding the children's programming.

The best way to understand the Bible's timeless truths is to set aside preconceived notions and study the intent of the writers, ferret out the meaning of the words used based on their times and understandings, and be willing to search and dig in concordances and Greek/Latin definitions. We cannot bring our modern definitions into the study without realizing that meanings change (for example, "mischievous" in the KJV mean evil, devious, etc., but today means much less...sort of a trickster and the way young children can be; that is a huge difference and totally changes the various places in Proverbs that encourages the wise to avoid mischievous persons!)

Learn some of the history and archaeology of the various books (Nimrod, a mighty man~think tyrant, chieftain, "strong man"; Nebuchadnezzar ~a king of phenomenal political strength; Assyria~bloodthirsty, world conquerors; Esther~a Jewess who managed to stand against the destruction of her entire people while trusting in God and deftly handling a political situation fraught with destruction and death for herself; the famines of Ruth's times, etc.). Understanding the play of history and politics and the workings of the ancient peoples impacts the amazing window we have via the Old Testament writings, and should influence our choices and behaviors to day.

Learning how the 66 books work together, how the OT is the foundation of the NT, how the things of God are eternal, but man is brought through the ages to understand His eternal plan of salvation and eventual return to the perfect relationship we had originally before expulsion from the Garden, is the goal of an overview study of the Holy Scriptures.

Learning how to apply the truths of the Bible to finances, daily choices, family life, business enterprises, civic life, and every other facet of one's behavior and personality is the fair game of any Bible study, and the information and guidance is more than available to any honest student of Biblical thematic studies, if that student is willing to be diligent and apply the principles laid out in the Bible.

Understanding that there are many applications, but only one interpretation (and the Bible itself defines itself...) is the beginning of honest Biblical study. Studying the Scriptures shows that mankind, is, was, and always be pretty much the same...just our technology changes. The Scriptures show us how to work on our choices, our thinking, our character, and how to bring out of ourselves the best we can be, with God's help and guidance via His Word. Learning to sift the information and apply to one's situation is a great joy and provides tremendous internal freedom once one understands the principles of Christian life...and that is a lifetime study!

Elementary (K-6th)

K-6th studies lay the foundation for learning and developing skills to underpin the rest of one's academic and learning/working careers. I have experience in both public and private classrooms, and 15 years as a home educator, taking my sons from birth to college.
I have 10 years in the elementary classroom, several teaching 5th grade self-contained, several teaching a homeroom while being responsible for 5th to 8th grade English,several as support/main teacher for a home education cooperative, and one as a daycare support staff member (during my college years). I spent 2 years as a Reading Specialist, working with remediation for students in the 6th through 9th grades.
I especially enjoy seeing the light in a child's eyes when he or she finally "get" the vowel sound, that first realization of how to solve for a variable in a simple equation, or what it means to share with another person the excitement of that new science fact.

English

I have a Bachelor's in English and Education and a Master's in Reading. I also have 10 years experience teaching in the classroom, with two of those years in private schools as a reading teacher. I am a successful home educator as well, having taught my own sons from kindergarten through high school. Both are now college educated.

Phonics

I have a Master's of Education in Developmental Reading. Phonics is the foundation for both decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling). Understanding how sounds and word parts work is essential to both areas.

Reading

I have a Master's degree in Education/Developmental Reading from Virginia State University. I have taught in private and public schools as a reading teacher, as well as having several years of experience as a public school classroom teacher in various settings ~ a small rural farming community In Kansas, a larger county school in Prince George County, VA, and a city school in Petersburg, VA. Further, I home educated my children from birth through high school, both of whom are now college students or graduates. My lifelong love of words and reading will help a student see, hear, and understand the structure and beauty of the English language.

Study Skills

Skills needed for study depend upon the student's learning styles and the subject. Two of the easiest "formulas" are PQRST (Preview, Question, Read, Summarize/Study, Test) and SQ3R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review). Other skills include outlining, mind mapping, branch and stick note taking, developing ordered flash cards, mnemonics, and various visualization skills for memory hooks. I have access to a variety of techniques which would be tailored to the individual student's course and learning interest.

Vanessa’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 Vanessa. View all of Vanessa’s resources

This is how I have successfully explained and taught students to use the PQRST study technique... Preview, Question, Read, Study/Summarize, Test. The student should work through a chapter or study section of a text book such as a Science or Social Studies using the five steps of PQRST. Preview~ look at every picture, chart, map, and all headlines and caption reading each out loud and seeing... read more

Elementary skills include: 1.)a strong basic math understanding (order of operations, the basic arithmetic skills, some pre-algebra~i.e., working with one or sometimes two variables in simple equations, percentages, ratios, etc.) 2.)a strong understanding of the basics of both decoding and encoding (i.e., reading and spelling, with an emphasis on phonics), vocabulary development (with... read more

National College of Education (now National-Lewis University)
English SocialScienc
Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA
MEd
UVA
Graduate Coursework

Education

National College of Education (now National-Lewis University) (English SocialScienc)

Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA (MEd)

UVA (Graduate Coursework)

Awesome tutor. — Ms. Vanessa has been very patient in her plan with Tyler. She is showing him new and innovative ways to discover his hidden potential. Her teaching method has also allowed me the parent to reinforce the new techniques rather than "the old fashioned way" of just memorizing. This is new to Tyler but I feel that her methods are breaking down barriers that were put up by him because he just was not ...

— Malinda, Fort Lee, VA on 1/29/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Vanessa will travel within 15 miles of Hopewell, VA 23860.


About Vanessa

I have a master's in reading development and spent 10 years in the public classroom, two in private, two with the Department of Defense as an Education Specialist with Training and Doctrine Command, Ft. Lee, and the last 11 as a home educator. My two sons are now grown and I want to share my love of learning and reading with others.

I believe learning is best achieved by matching the learning to the learning process that best fits him or her, while being given opportunities to learn using other ways than just the primary channel. For example, if a student is excellent at building and dreaming and figuring out math, but does not like to write or read, then the primary channel of learning should first be in that student's strengths and comfort zone. However, the world will demand the well-rounded student to also work in areas of weakness. So, along with the building and designing may come the drafting notes and summaries, as well as opportunities to share the work through PowerPoint presentations, Skype charts, composing a learning song, or writing interactive "white papers". This learning approach does not have to be complex, just multi-dimensional.

My goal is to give my students the opportunity to be "Renaissance Learners" - those individuals who can think on a variety of levels, and are willing to be multi-faceted in their approaches to problem solving. Using a learner's strengths as a foundation, then incorporating planned successes in the less than comfortable areas, gives the student the chance to build a network of skills that will serve him well throughout his lifetime. Sometimes it takes more time to build the success structure, but I believe it is important that the student's internal learning structure should be comprehensive and strong.

As a final piece of housekeeping, once we have established a secure and vetted tutoring relationship, I am more than happy to come to your home. However, being that I have decades of teaching materials in my own home, I am also willing to have you and your student come to my home, and if you choose that route, I am also willing to provide my services at a discount so as to offset the gas you might need to expend.

Testimonials

"Awesome tutor."

- Malinda, Fort Lee, VA on 1/29/13

"Outstanding Tutor"

- Stephanie, Cameron, NC on 4/20/12
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Education

National College of Education (now National-Lewis University)
English SocialScienc
Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA
MEd
UVA
Graduate Coursework

Education

National College of Education (now National-Lewis University) (English SocialScienc)

Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA (MEd)

UVA (Graduate Coursework)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Hopewell, VA 23860

Vanessa’s Subjects

English:
Bible Studies,
English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Test Preparation:
GED
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading

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.


Vanessa’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 Vanessa. View all of Vanessa’s resources

This is how I have successfully explained and taught students to use the PQRST study technique... Preview, Question, Read, Study/Summarize, Test. The student should work through a chapter or study section of a text book such as a Science or Social Studies using the five steps of PQRST. Preview~ look at every picture, chart, map, and all headlines and caption reading each out loud and seeing... read more

Elementary skills include: 1.)a strong basic math understanding (order of operations, the basic arithmetic skills, some pre-algebra~i.e., working with one or sometimes two variables in simple equations, percentages, ratios, etc.) 2.)a strong understanding of the basics of both decoding and encoding (i.e., reading and spelling, with an emphasis on phonics), vocabulary development (with... read more


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