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Ellen F.

Peoria, AZ


Passionate & Patient English Tutor Specializing in Reading Skills

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— Robert, Phoenix, AZ on 10/12/16

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Molloy College
English, History


Molloy College (English, History)

About Ellen

I love language and history. Therefore, I pursued my BA in English/History & Theology at a small, intimate college on Long Island. While a student at this college and for a year after graduating Magna Cum Laude, I had a wonderful opportunity to work with a diverse population of students writing papers as well as helping them prepare oral presentations.

Then too, working at Molloy College I worked with a wide range of the Hispanic population in the evening helping them become proficient in English. I never just "spouted" rules of grammar since for every "rule" I could give, I could cite the inconsistencies to that rule. I worked with them using recorders to enable them to hear proper pronunciation, rather than just looking at the written word.

After re-locating to South Florida I worked as an associate director as well as a tutor for all age groups at Score At The Top. In the capacity of an Associate Director, I worked with school administrators as well as parents helping to determine tutors best suited to work with students either one-on-one or in small groups if preparing for specialized or standardized Florida tests.

I have my BA in English and History with a minor in Theology and would love to work with students of all backgrounds, crossing a broad swathe of disciplines, if you are in college. With writing, whether you or in elementary, middle, high or college, I can offer you a winning formula of "cats rats and bats" and assure you, you will be able to write on any subject.
I love language and history. Therefore, I pursued my BA in English/History & Theology at a small, intimate college on Long Island. While a student at this college and for a Read more

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Travels within 20 miles of Peoria, AZ 85383
Background Check: Passed

"5 star tutor"

- Robert, Phoenix, AZ on 10/12/16
Ellen replied on 10/13/2016

Robert, thank you for your warm, wonderful, and kind words. It is a pleasure working with your daughter and she works hard at our sessions.

"Writing/Language Arts Tutor"

- Marla, Surprise, AZ on 7/31/16

"Great to work with such a fabulous Tutor!"

- Lyn, Deland, FL on 4/4/16
Ellen replied on 4/5/2016

Thank you so much for your awesome review Lyn. I enjoyed working with both you and Carrie. I do so look forward to keeping in touch (already see you and Carrie on FB) and should Carrie ever need my assistance in the future, please don't hesitate to reach out. I am so blessed to have both of you in my life.

"Thesis proofreading and editing"

- Carla, Peoria, AZ on 1/9/16
Ellen replied on 1/11/2016

Carla, thank you so much for your kind words. You are an amazing woman and it was a pleasure working with you. Your paper held my interest from start to finish and it was not an arduous task to edit for purposes of revision. I wish you only the best in all your endeavors.

"Ellen is very knowledgeable and helpful, and willing to go that extra mile to ensure you understand what it is that she is teaching you"

- Michele, Sebring, FL on 7/7/15
Ellen replied on 7/9/2015

Thank you for your review Michele. Although you are on the east coast and I am on the west coast, miles did not factor into our exchange of knowledge and a particular skills set needed for medical coding. I look forward to working with you in the future.


- Priscilla, Sun City, AZ on 6/9/15
Ellen replied on 6/11/2015

Thank you Priscilla. Your kind words are so much appreciated. I totally enjoy working with your son and he's one amazing young man. He's like a sponge soaking up as much as he can and remembering everything he learns! And your daughter, although we haven't started working together, is just as eager to learn. I feel honored to be accepted as a member of the family. Even the dogs greet me enthusiastically!

"Patient with my crazy 5 yr old son!"

- Heidi, Glendale, AZ on 6/1/15
Ellen replied on 6/2/2015

Heidi, thank you so much for your kind words! I truly love working with your son and he's bright and very smart. I look forward to working with him some time in the future as he grows in his knowledge.

"Patient, understanding, and easy going personality"

- Brandie, Springfield, OR on 5/24/15
Ellen replied on 5/25/2015

Good morning, Brandie.
Thank you so much for your kind words. I always appreciate feedback from my students and you shall occupy a special place in my heart and thoughts. If I can ever help you again with any coding assignments, please don't hesitate to reach out to me. We're only a call away from each other. And of course, I would appreciate your recommending me to others who may need help. God's blessings always to you and your beautiful family.

"A pleasure to work with"

- Tami, Plano, TX on 5/19/15
Ellen replied on 5/25/2015

Good morning, Tami.
Thank you for your kind review of our time online. You are truly a remarkable person and I know you will be successful in life because you aspire to new heights. I sincerely hope to hear from you from time to time to hear how classes are going and I certainly want to know when you graduate. I may not be at that event physically but I'll be there in spirit and will be cheering you on. Thank you again for your wonderful review!

"Great tutor!"

- Glynis, Phoenix, AZ on 3/18/15

"Great tutor"

- Chanell, Glendale, AZ on 9/8/14

"Fantastic EM Coding Tutor"

- Susan, Surprise, AZ on 6/7/14

"Very Patient and Creative"

- Jennifer, Scottsdale, AZ on 3/21/14

"Wonderful Teacher!"

- Maria, Paradise Valley, AZ on 3/4/14

"Highly recommend - Ellen is passionate, positive, organized and very knowledgeable."

- Jennifer, Scottsdale, AZ on 2/27/14

"Kind, encouraging, and patient."

- Cheree, Scottsdale, AZ on 2/24/14

"Great tutor!"

- Alice, Phoenix, AZ on 2/22/14

"Highly recommend"

- Stacey, Phoenix, AZ on 1/10/14

"Great tutor!!!"

- Razan, Phoenix, AZ on 9/10/13
Medical Coding,
Test Preparation:
GED, Medical Coding,
SAT Reading
Special Needs:
Aspergers, Autism, Dyslexia, Phonics

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I work with students being home schooled and many are diagnosed as having ADD and AD/HD. I appreciate the need to introduce training skills and incorporate visual and audio techniques. I use LIPS and Orton-Gillingham. I also work with course materials parents may choose to provide Parents are pleased with the steady progress of their youngsters but more importantly, students gain confidence in using their new - found skills.

American History

As a student in college, I minored in history, was inducted into national history honor society and competed in a history writing competition where I placed second. I also tutored students on campus.


I was a Front Office Instructor for 3 different post-secondary schools where I taught medical terminology, and Anatomy.

Bible Studies

As a student at Molloy College, I minored in theology. In my junior year I applied as a member of the theology honor society. I presented a paper on Julian of Norwich and was inducted into the honor society. Additionally, as a member of Calvary Chapel in Lake Worth, Florida, I taught Sunday school classes in Bible studies for two+ years.
This year as a member of Calvary Chapel in Surprise, Arizona, I am a volunteer with the Good News Club through CEF and will be spreading the gospel to school age children.

Elementary (K-6th)

As an Associate Director of a tutoring facility, I tutored students (elementary grades and home schooling) in Language Arts, Social Studies and General science. I also served as liaison between elementary schools, parents and students. Currently I am tutoring 8-year-old twin in Language Arts, handwriting, and Phonics; and a sixth-grader in English.

Elementary Science

I work with many students who attend elementary school and we work on subjects such as reading, reading comprehension, science, math, spelling, penmanship, etc. and both my students and their parents are pleased with their progress and improvement in school subjects. We work hard but we ALWAYS have fun!


As an English major in College, I tutored students honing their written and oral skills.
I feel comfortable working with your child and can assist him/her with grammar, spelling, reading (comprehension included) and writing.


I worked with students from the Foreign Language Dept at Molloy College and helped students with their reading, writing, and oral skills.

European History

In college I minored in history, mentored other students challenged by their history courses, placed second in the Harry S. Truman History Essay Contest and am a member of the international History Honor Society.


While an Associate Director at a Florida tutoring center, I worked with students enrolled in the public school system, private schools and students being home schooled. I engaged them in their study of geography with good results.


I worked with a diverse student population while attending college and taught classes in English grammar and writing for a community college as well as vocational trade schools.


I tutored elementary school children in penmanship/handwriting.

Some parents chose home-schooling and used materials provided through K12. I used one of their publications (beginner through advanced) entitled "Handwriting Without Tears."

I was responsible for proper sitting posture, practicing in the air, then putting pencil or pen to specially lined paper.

I feel very comfortable in preparing youngsters to progress from printing to script.


As a tutor for WyzAnt for almost three years, I have parents of children being home schooled reach out to me because of my expertise in English and History. Home schooled youngsters are excellent students but may need TLC if they have difficulty grasping certain concepts and I provide extra time and encouragement to help them work through some rough patches. I work with students who use online programs as well as using curriculum chosen by parents. I use many different, unique models with which to teach such as LIPS, Orton-Gillingham methods. I truly enjoy working with home schoolers.


While an Associate Director at Score At the Top, I helped students prepare for the AP Literature course. I also worked with students and provided guidance with writing any essays or papers for this course.

Medical Coding

While living in Florida, I was a medical billing and coding instructor at Florida Career College, Keiser Career College and Everest Institute. I am also a certified biller and coder with NCICS. I have also been a coder and biller for a variety of medical practices.

Microsoft Excel

Travelled throughout the country for 3+ years as an independent trainer for AT&T training ad, sales, and account execs on MicroSoft Office--Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Also certified by Microsoft.

Microsoft PowerPoint

For 3 plus years I travelled around the country for AT&T training employees in Word, Excel & PowerPoint.

Microsoft Windows

While an independent contractor/instructor for AT&T, traveled across the United States training ad execs, account execs, and sales execs MicroSoft Suite. The suite was over a three-day period and the first day focused on Windows. I was tested by AT&T before I could actually train AT&T employees.
Additionally, I trained clients in Windows--from Beginner Level through Advanced at Gateway Country Stores.

Microsoft Word

I traveled throughout the United States as an independent trainer for AT&T teaching Word, Excel and PowerPoint for close to two years. My "students" gave me rave reviews and my "classes" were always filled to capacity.


As an Associate Director of a tutoring facility, I tutored students (elementary grades and
home-schooling) in phonics using public school texts and Spectrum and Harcourt Brace for students being home-schooled. I also served as a liaison between schools, teachers and students. Currently I am tutoring 8-year-old twins in phonics. They are home-schooled and we use Spectrum texts.


I worked for 3 years at Random House. I started in the Contracts department and began doing proofreading of manuscripts after taking a Proofreading course in the evenings at NYU.

Public Speaking

As as teacher for many Florida Vocational Schools, I was required to stand before my classes and speak (not read notes) on my front office subject matter. Too, I taught an English class with public speaking at Florida Career.
Additionally, I traveled around the country for AT&T training ad execs, account execs and sales execs in Microsoft--Windows, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Likewise, I did the same training on the same subject matter for Gateway Country Stores.


While in Florida, I was an Associate Director for a tutoring center, Score At the Top. Worked with elementary school students, especially those in need of reading and writing skills.


I minored in Theology at Molloy College. I tutored students in Theology at this college. I was a member of the Theology Society, and submitted a paper and presented it on Julian of Norwich.

Social Studies

While a student in college, as a History minor, I tutored other students preparing to work with elementary and intermediate school students in social studies. Additionally, I assisted them in preparing for teacher certification exams that enabled them to receive their licenses as school teachers. As a tutor, I have tutored home schooled students in Social Studies and they have done very well.


While a student at Molloy College I worked with students from the Foreign Language Dept. We would first use a tape recorder to hear what speech patterns needed to be addressed. Then we would work from textbooks. I read a section; they read a section. They would work on various exercises with me during the week until everyone was satisfied with the results!


I work with elementary school children on spelling sheets they receive in class in each week. We review the words so they are well prepared for their spelling test on Friday. I also help them by showing them word patterns to make learning the words easier.


I work with children in elementary school through college into adulthood who struggle with vocabulary skills which in turn impedes their writing. I approach learning vocabulary words by including various word games as well as helping them research prefixes, suffixes and root words which which enables them to dissect unfamiliar words and easily identify their meanings.

World History

I minored in history in college and am a member of the international history society. Additionally, I have tutored students in elementary school as well as on a high school and college level.

Molloy College
English, History


Molloy College (English, History)

5 star tutor — Ellen is a wonderfully caring person who has outstanding patience with her students. I would highly recomend her for your child's educational needs. ...

— Robert, Phoenix, AZ on 10/12/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $70.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

The first visit, if under half an hour, is free to determine if this is a good match.

Travel policy

Ellen will travel within 20 miles of Peoria, AZ 85383.