Laurel T.

Queen Creek, AZ


Effective, patient tutor skilled in reading, math, grammar and writing

In-person lessons
1000+ Hours
5.0 average from 551 ratings
Would Highly Recommend Laurel For Results
— Tony, Chandler Heights, AZ on 3/5/15


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Arizona State University


Arizona State University (psychology)

About Laurel

Over 12 years experience of one-on-one teaching & tutoring. I am familiar with and have utilized many curricula. My research and hands on experience with different learning styles has spanned 10+ years. My philosophy is that a student must be excited about what they are learning in order to succeed. Traditional teaching methods utilized in the classroom do not work for every child, and it is my responsibility as an educator to find what works for EVERY student.

My passion for teaching was ignited when I decided to forsake a career away from home and homeschool my two children. I planned to homeschool them through 6th grade, but we were having such success I have continued through middle and high school.

My own students have consistently scored in the top national percentile of the Stanford 10 Norm-Referenced Test, and have scored in the 8-9 national stanine. We have reached this success, not by preparing for standardized tests, but by absorbing the skills and concepts necessary to be successful learners.

I graduated in the top of my high school class and attended Arizona State University. At that time, I did not know teaching would be my calling. I have learned in teaching that there is something out there that works for every student. Those students only need to be given the opportunity to find what lights the fire within them.

I am highly skilled in writing, reading and phonics. I love to teach spelling and grammar, and know how to make it clear and easy. I write children's books, and have had poetry and articles published online.

I also teach basic math through Pre Algebra.
Over 12 years experience of one-on-one teaching & tutoring. I am familiar with and have utilized many curricula. My research and hands on experience with different learning styles has spanned 10+ years. My philosophy is that a student must be excited about what they are learning in order to succeed. Traditional teaching methods utilized in the Read more

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Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Queen Creek, AZ 85143
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Would Highly Recommend Laurel For Results"

- Tony, Chandler Heights, AZ on 3/5/15

"Captures my son's attention!!!"

- Cindy, Gilbert, AZ on 7/29/15

"Laurel is incredibly patient and knowledgeable and has really helped my son catch up in school!"

- Kelle, Chandler Heights, AZ on 6/17/15

"Patient and professional teacher"

- Renee, Gilbert, AZ on 6/11/15

"Sshe is amazing and patient, great tactics"

- Marilyn, Chandler Heights, AZ on 6/9/15

"Wonderful Tutor"

- Tina, Chandler Heights, AZ on 4/29/15

"Grateful I found her."

- Kim, Chandler Heights, AZ on 1/15/15

"Highly recommend"

- Karli, Gilbert, AZ on 5/11/14
Laurel replied on 5/12/2014

The girls are so smart and so well behaved, it would be nearly impossible for them not succeed. I love our sessions, and am so excited to see them learn that they are capable of great things. I can't wait to see how they progress over the summer. Thank you for trusting me to work with your darling daughters!

"Laurel is a great tutor and my daughter loves going to see her"

- Denise, Queen Creek, AZ on 5/10/14
Laurel replied on 5/12/2014

Your daughter makes my job very easy! I love to see kids come out of their shell and realize their potential! I can't wait to continue to watch her grow and gain the confidence she is so worthy of.

"Amazing tutor!"

- Kelly, Queen Creek, AZ on 2/26/14

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Amber, Chandler Heights, AZ on 1/26/14

"Fantastic Tutor!"

- Jody, Mesa, AZ on 1/17/14

"Great Tutor"

- Greg, Queen Creek, AZ on 1/16/14
Biology, Elementary Science,
Physical Science
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Elementary (K-6th)

I have homeschooled my own children through middle school and am currently homeschooling a high school student. I have privately taught and tutored students for 10 years in elementary education. I specialize in phonics and reading, but also have tutored students in basic math through Pre-Algebra, elementary science, test prep, language skills, and writing.

Elementary Math

Privately tutoring in the East Valley has allowed me to become very familiar with the different schools' math curriculum.

I have worked with nearly every public and charter school math program, and incorporate my own resources to help supplement student's needs.

Elementary Science

I have taught complete science courses during my years of teaching and tutoring. My experience includes Earth Science, General Science, Physical Science, and Biology. I participated in a science co-op for over 3 years, and conducted many hands on experiments.


Years of teaching grammar has helped me discover tips and tricks that are sure to help any student.

I know how to make grammar apply to real life situations, so that it makes sense.


I completed two years of extensive research on phonics programs. I have privately taught students for 10 years utilizing a method that provides quick results and does not focus on rote memorization, which hurts reading skills in the long run. My students have all excelled in reading, grammar and spelling, which I incorporate into my phonics program. I teach phonics through games and use materials that the students find engaging and fun.


I have taught complete pre-algebra courses for over two years. I am familiar with and utilize curriculum that works for each different learning style. My patience with students as they learn these math concepts allows them to gain confidence and achieve success.


I have helped many students become better and more confident readers. I do not overwhelm with rules and rote memorization.

I prefer to teach the art of language and understand that every child progresses at their own pace. Forcing too much too soon can impair a child's reading. I know how to find the balance and work at a pace suited to each student's needs.

Study Skills

Years of working with all different learning styles has prepared me in the art of study skills.

Studying is about discipline, and anyone can learn to study well with the right tools and techniques.

I can help by finding what will work best for each student. I make sure each student is accountable for the work they put into studying.


I have had some poetry published along with online articles. I ran a personal letter writing business for several years and for fun I write children's picture books and young adult novels. I plan on pursuing publication in the near future.

Arizona State University


Arizona State University (psychology)

Would Highly Recommend Laurel For Results

I am one that normally doesn't write reviews. With that being said we have found ourselves a caring and gentle person who takes her job to heart. It's hard to find someone that not only tutors kids to get results, but also cares for the kids as if they were her own children. This is someone that will listen to what you are asking for and respond with results and confidence that your child might no

— Tony, Chandler Heights, AZ on 3/5/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Laurel will travel within 10 miles of Queen Creek, AZ 85143.