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Leigh P.

Experienced teacher, professor, tutor - all levels K-college

East Dorset, VT (05253)

Travel radius
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Hourly fee
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Holding three master's degrees in Education, Art History, and Writing and Literature, I have been teaching for over twenty years. As the owner/director of a private elementary school, I wrote curriculum for a humanities based, writing intensive, experiential learning program serving students from K -7. The school offered community, creative thinking, the chance to experiment and question, and the opportunity for students to grow and develop as individuals. As a teacher in the school, my classroom focus was creative writing, English literature, world history, and art history. Students in my classes grew in confidence as learners, writers and researchers. Today they are lawyers, doctors, writers, and life long learners.

I have tutored extensively in English, writing, history, elementary school subjects and test preparation. Many of my students who were unable to work within the structure of a formal classroom have gone on to be successful in college and adult life in careers such as teaching and film making.

As a college professor in several universities (including Harvard Extension School) I have taught Art History, writing and English. I have worked with first-generation college students, traditional college students, and professionals returning to college for the sheer joy of enhancing their lives.

Each student I have worked with over the years has touched my life, as I feel I have touched their lives. A group of my former students decided to have a reunion last year to celebrate the happy years that they spent in my school. Each of them expressed gratitude for how I had impacted their lives.

I believe that all students are learners with the ability to become their best possible selves. I see each student as an individual who has a special learning style that can be understood and developed in order to enhance their true potential.

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Leigh’s subjects

English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
History:
American History, Archaeology, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th), English, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT
Corporate Training:
Grammar

ADD/ADHD

I worked at Manchester Tutorial Center for five years teaching children with ADD/ADHD. Also worked for two years for Windham Supervisory Union teaching Special Needs children. I have four Special Needs courses from Tufts University in addition to an MA in Education.

Archaeology

With a degree in Art History, I have studied archaeology of all the ancient western cultures - Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Additionally I have worked as an archaeologist's assistant in two separate digs: one in the Anasazi ruins of the American southwest and the other in an Indian/Viking site on the coast of Maine. I taught Egyptology at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Art History

I hold a BA in art history from Tufts University and an MA in art history from Harvard University. I have taught art history at the elementary and high school levels as well as at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Harvard University Extension School. I have also conducted art history tours in Boston and Europe. My specialty is Italian Renaissance Art.

Aspergers

I worked with Aspergers children and adults through a tutorial center in Vermont. Also worked with Aspergers children one on one through a local supervisory union. I have four courses in special needs in addition to MA in Education.

Drawing

As an art history major in college I spent part of my time in studio drawing and painting classes. I taught drawing at the elementary and high school levels including still life and drawing from a live model. I have also taken drawing courses at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum School, and Cambridge Center for Adult Education.

Dyslexia

I worked with dyslexic children at Landmark School in Beverly, MA. I have two courses in Learning Disabilities. I taught dyslexic children through the Manchester Tutorial Center.

Elementary (K-6th)

I was the owner of a private elementary school grades K - 7. I taught all subjects in all grade levels and wrote the curriculum for the school. The school was a creative, problem solving, experiential learning program that was writing intensive and focused on the humanities and the arts.

I have also tutored at all elementary school levels. I hold a master's degree in Education from Tufts University and I am certified K - 12 in Massachusetts.

English

I have a BA in English Literature from Tufts University. I have studied literature from Homer to modern. I have taught ancient Greek playwrights, Dante and the Renaissance writers, Shakespeare and the English Renaissance, 19th Century Literature, and 20th Century Literature. I have taught English at the elementary, high school and college levels. I am a published writer and have taught creative writing across the age spectrum. Many of my students won national and local writing contests and some are now writers themselves. I am extremely well read and am able to convey a passion for words and literature.

Painting

I have taught painting classes at the elementary and high school levels based upon a respect for the painters of the past and and understanding of their work. I have conducted still life drawing workshops and life drawing workshops. I have conducted classes painting 'en plein air' and in the studio. I have taught students the difference between painting "the nature" of things (as Aristotle explained) and painting from "an idea" (as Plato explained). I have studio background painting at the Museum School in Boston, at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, at Southern Vermont Art Center, and at Cambridge Center for Adult Education. I also hold undergraduate and graduate degrees in Fine Arts.

Reading

As a reading tutor for a local tutorial center, I have taught non-readers, struggling readers, and adults to read comfortably and with a feeling of success. Many of my students are now enthusiastic readers.

Social Studies

With a degree in Education, I have taught social studies courses in all levels from K -12. I have written curriculum for social studies courses that incorporate history, sociology, economics, politics and cultures. I taught fifth and sixth grade social studies for twenty years.

Special Needs

In earning an MA in education, I took four special needs courses. I have taught at a learning disability school, tutored special needs children for five years, worked one on one for a supervisory union designing and implementing a curriculum for a special needs fifth grader, and worked with dyslexic, Aspergers, ADHD, and emotional problem students.

Study Skills

I worked for several years at the Tutorial Center of Manchester, Vermont, teaching study skills to high school and elementary students who were having difficulties in the public schools in the area. I also acted as a tutor to the Stratton Mountain Snowboard Team, teaching study skills in addition to their high school curriculum.

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Education

Tufts University

Masters in Teaching, Tufts University, Boston, MA (Master's)

Harvard University Extension School (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 5 hours notice required

Travel policy

Leigh will travel within 40 miles of East Dorset, VT 05253.

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