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Alyssa F.

Elementary Tutor

Richmond, VA (23228)

Travel radius
20 miles
Hourly fee
$35.00
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I am a certified teacher (preschool - 4th grade) with over 20 years experience working with students in various settings, such as public and private school and day care. I have experience working as a tutor, as well, both privately and in a school system. In one school, I helped students in reading and math. Some of them improved their grades by at least two letter grades. I've taught students who had no interest in reading and no concept of how to read and turned them into truly curious learners. I had one student who couldn't read and didn't know her entire alphabet when we started, but eventually was reading Harry Potter! I've also had experience working with special needs students as well (ADD/ADHD, LD, dyslexic, ESL, ED, ODD, Developmentally Delayed, and so on). I have many different ways of teaching material to students who are having difficulty, from games to new learning strategies to mnemonic devices. I'm very patient with my students and understand that change doesn't happen overnight, but it does happen! I've also been playing saxophone for nearly 40 years, am experienced at taking high quality photographs, and am mostly fluent in Spanish. Please contact me if you're seeking a true quality educator with excellent references for your PreK-6th grade student! Thank you!

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Alyssa’s subjects

ADD/ADHD

Many of the students I've tutored and taught in public and private schools have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. I can tutor your child in elementary school subjects and get them to focus when they are with me.

Chess

I have been playing chess for many years and can teach beginning chess.

Dyslexia

I have previous tutoring experience with at least one dyslexic child. Others were suspected of having it, as well. I can help your child work through their dyslexia for all elementary school subjects.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a VA Collegiate Professional Teaching Certificate (preschool - 4th). I have taught and tutored children for over 20 years, from preschool through 5th grade. I've taught children in public school, private school, and child care. I have worked with students one-on-one, in small groups, and as a class.

Elementary Math

I am a certified elementary school teacher. I've previously worked as a PRIME (Primary Reading Instruction and Math Education) Teacher in a public school (in addition to being a regular classroom teacher) and have helped many students improve their math grades.

Elementary Science

In addition to being a certified elementary teacher, science has always been my favorite subject. I'm very knowledgeable in the area and can help any elementary student with science.

ESL/ESOL

I speak Spanish and have tutored ESL children (Spanish-speaking and other ESL students) in a public school system. I have also worked with ESL children in child care.

Grammar

I am a certified elementary school teacher, pre-K - 4. I've worked in public and private schools as a regular classroom teacher and a tutor (grades pre-K - 5 for all). I taught grammar to my students and tutees, among other things.

Phonics

I have tutored and taught many students (preschool - 5th) in reading for over 20 years using phonics. Even adults use phonics to read, but do so at a much more rapid pace than early learners. Adults also use phonics to decode unfamiliar words. I teach students letter sounds, dipthongs, and so forth. I teach them to break the unfamiliar word up into parts they know. I teach students to read by putting together the sounds they've learned - slowly, at first, then more rapidly. This is how most school systems teaching reading, as well.

Proofreading

I have experience editing/proofreading documents and reports. As I teacher and tutor, I have had to proofread reports and other writings of my students.

Reading

I have many years teaching reading to students in grades pre-K - 5. I've worked as a reading tutor and a regular classroom teacher with students with reading abilities anywhere from 2 -3 grade levels below their actual grade level to 2 to 3 grade levels above their actual grade level.

Religion

I have studied and can teach about Judaism.

Saxophone

I have been playing saxophone for nearly 40 years. I have taught others to play, as well. I model how to play a piece, as well as explaining the notes, their duration, keeping time, and diacritical marks.

SOL

I have worked as an elementary school teacher for grades K-5 and specifically have worked as an SOL Remedial teacher for the upper elementary grades.

Spanish

I am fluent in Spanish, but only comfortable in teaching beginning Spanish.

Special Needs

As a teacher and tutor, I have worked with students who have many different learning abilities/disabilities. I've tutored and taught many students with ADD/ADHD, including one who was dyslexic, as well. I helped her go from being unable to read to reading slightly above grade level. I've also tutored students diagnosed with a general learning disability, who were emotionally disturbed, and who had Asperger's. I've helped many students improve their grades in school and helped some to pass the SOL's at the elementary level.

Spelling

I've been teaching/working with elementary-aged children for over 20 years. I've had experience helping kids remember how to spell words using phonics and simple rules of spelling (such as "i before e except after c" and so on).

Study Skills

Having taught in school systems (both public and private) and having worked as a tutor previously, I have many years of experience helping elementary students study, organize their notes/material, and prepare for an exam.

Theatre

I have a couple of years of acting experience and can teach acting basics. I'm also a certified elementary teacher who has worked with students on oral reports and delivery. I have worked with children in an after-school program with dramatic-related games and activities, as well.

Vocabulary

While working as a tutor and a regular classroom teacher, I have taught vocabulary to students form grades preK - 5.

Writing

I'm a certified elementary teacher who loves to write in her spare time. I've helped many students learn to be better writers and have helped make writing more interesting.

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Education

Randolph-Macon College (Psychology)

VCU - Elementary Education (Teaching Certificate) (Other)

Right on from the first session! Alyssa was right on target from the first session. She had a great "report" for us shortly thereafter with details of what our daughter did well and struggled with which confirmed what her teacher has shared with us as well. This made us feel more confident that Alyssa was the right tutor and that she would "get right to" what mattered to help us improve. Very anxious for the next sessions. ...

— Chrishawn from Glen Allen, VA on 11/19/12);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

The $35 an hour is for a 20 mile radius. I am willing to travel up to 30 miles one way, but rates for 21 - 30 miles distance would be an extra $10/hour.

Travel policy

Alyssa will travel within 20 miles of Richmond, VA 23228.

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