Valerie B.

Tucson, AZ


An Adventure In Learning

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About Valerie

Teaching – the art of making things clear – has been an integral part of my life. I am an information junkie, lifelong learner, and outstanding explainer. A former journalist and home educator, I’ve spent more than three decades sharing complex subjects with learners/readers of all ages and abilities.

Raising and home-schooling five very different children (the youngest three are in college now) has exposed me to students of diverse strengths and learning styles. Collaborating with another home educator, I also edited and illustrated science workbooks for elementary and middle grade students. My work as a writer and researcher has granted me a broad knowledge base and the ability to impart strong study skills. Most importantly, I teach students how to think – how to sort through and apply the concepts they learn – and how to move beyond the limits of rote memorization.

I am a product of the journalism school at the University of Georgia, where I also worked as a tutor in the athletic department. My strongest subject is (of course) language arts; but over the years, I’ve also taught mathematics, science, history, and visual arts. As an editor, I’m an expert writing coach, but I bring wide assortment of work/life experience: runner, herbalist, graphic artist, grants consultant. Currently, I’m completing requirements for second degree in fine arts at Georgia Perimeter College.

My subjects include: Language Arts & Reading/Writing for all grade levels, Proofreading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, and Vocabulary.

Learning doesn't have to be hard or boring! Contact me for an adventure in education.
Teaching – the art of making things clear – has been an integral part of my life. I am an information junkie, lifelong learner, and outstanding explainer. A former journalist and home educator, I’ve spent more than three decades sharing complex subjects with learners/readers of all ages and abilities.

Raising and home-schooling five
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Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Tucson, AZ 85719
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Algebra 1,
Elementary Math,
Graphic Design, Painting
Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Desktop Publishing, Graphic Design, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

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.

Algebra 1

I cannot claim to be a math expert; basically, I'm a writer and artist who has overcome her fear of numbers. Thanks to excellent teachers, I mastered algebra and geometry, and was able to move on to trigonometry and AP calculus. I was able to score well on the SAT and AP exams, fulfilling my math requirements at University of Georgia. More recently for a second degree, I took additional math classes at Georgia Perimeter College.

Since I'm not a "natural" mathematician, I'm especially adept at teaching math to the numerically challenged. I tend to understand why a student doesn't "get" a certain concept - long ago, I might have had the same problem myself. I allow math students to ask questions, even questions they might think seem stupid. How else can student learn? I'm uniquely qualified to understand and correct your student's math misconceptions!


Currently I'm completing requirements for a degree in fine arts at Georgia Perimeter College. My coursework has included classes in drawing, painting, photography, and the principles of two-dimensional design. I'm proficient in graphite and charcoal drawing, pen and ink, pastels, and color pencil. I've also taken additional classes for certification in botanical drawing.

Elementary (K-6th)

As an educator, student, and parent, I’ve observed and experienced the limitations of “one-size-fits-most” classroom instruction. My approach to teaching has been fluid and eclectic, as I’ve often dealt with students who hate school almost as much as they love learning. Children are naturally curious, and tutoring allows me to tailor subject matter to their learning styles, interests and strengths. In individualized instruction, it is easier to fill any knowledge gaps and reinforce the concepts learned during class.

My experience in elementary education – much like my approach to teaching – is a bit unconventional. I was a journalism major and scholarship student at the University of Georgia, where I also worked as an English tutor. I home-schooled my own five children (three are now in college) in their elementary years, and also edited and illustrated K-6 science workbooks. When my children were enrolled in public schools, I tutored K-5 for seven years at a local school.

In after-school reading, math, and science programs, I've taught many students in all academic subjects, and conducted children's seminars in art, cooking, gardening, and herbal medicine. I've always related well to children: I'm able to convey even complex concepts in terms that they readily understand. I've found my cartoon illustrations and penchant for creating silly songs to be highly effective teaching tools. I believe in building a strong knowledge base, but I've rarely seen any good reason to separate facts from fun.

Elementary Math

I recently aced my required math course, quantitative skills and reasoning, at Georgia Perimeter College. It was taught by an excellent instructor determined to demystify formulas and figures and help even those not numerically inclined to conquer math. I have a similar approach to math tutoring: my emphasis on practical application teaches students the logic and reasoning behind the numbers. Fundamental math drills are important - especially in early elementary years - but illustrations and hands-on activities keep things approachable and fun.


- Former English tutor for University of Georgia athletic department.
- Former newspaper journalist and grant writer, able to relate even complex subjects in a readily understandable manner.
- Home-schooled my own five children (youngest three are enrolled in college) during their elementary and middle school years.


My most vital qualification for the teaching of literature is my deep and abiding passion for the written word. During my undergraduate years at the University of Georgia, I worked as an English tutor in the athletic department. I home-schooled my five children and instilled in them a love of books that has followed them into adulthood. I believe in computer literacy and extensive digital libraries, but works on paper still have a place of prominence in my home.

As a former journalist, essayist, and grant writer, I am well-versed in the nuances of language and the analysis and criticism of literary works. My current reading list includes modern novels, historical accounts of the Great Depression years, and heavily annotated versions of classical texts. A voracious bookworm, I'm able to deconstruct literary works and relate their themes and concepts to young readers. I find it highly gratifying to introduce the YouTube generation to the beauty and wisdom of "ancient" writings.


I am one class away from a degree in fine arts from Georgia Perimeter College. I've taken advanced classes in both drawing and painting, and exhibited my work in student shows and online galleries. Working in oil, acrylic, and watercolor. I'm experienced in portraiture, landscape painting and botanical illustration. I also taught a painting class for senior citizens at the Atlanta Science Festival.

SAT Reading

- Scored 740 on SAT reading, and 100 on WyzAnt's qualifying exam.
- Former newspaper reporter and editor. Also have worked as a grant writer.
- Home-schooled my five children (all avid readers and excellent writers).

Study Skills

I am a product of the journalism school at the University of Georgia, where I also worked as a tutor in the athletic department. I've been tutoring students of all ages in academic subjects for more than ten years. True learning goes beyond reciting facts for the latest test; a real education provides a student with a foundation for life. Study skills, often undervalued, are essential to this foundation: they're the cement that prevents the collapse of your knowledge base.

When learning new information, students often need help "organizing their thoughts". They need to incorporate new facts and skills with what they already know. With my extensive background in writing and research, I give students the implements they need to assemble a study "tool kit".

I also help students discover their strengths and weaknesses so they can fine-tune their study strategies. Sometimes practice drills or flash cards are the answer. Oftentimes a dialog on subject matter clarifies things. Techniques can be as varied as individual learning styles: mnemonic devices work best for some, notes and outlines for others. In teaching study skills, I help my students develop a framework for lifelong learning.

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $25.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Valerie will travel within 30 miles of Tucson, AZ 85719.