Over 100 tutoring hours

Jessica S.

Vail, AZ

$35/hour

Teacher seeks to create life-long learners

Background check passed as of 12/4/14
5.0 average from 49 ratings
Excellent! Would recommend to anyone.
— Dylan, Tucson, AZ on 1/12/14

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James Madison University
SpEd, CSD

Education

James Madison University (SpEd, CSD)

About Jessica

I am currently available on Tuesday mornings for in-home sessions and 1-2:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (no, not Wednesday) for ONLINE TUTORING ONLY.

I maintain Friday afternoon availability from 1-5pm for make-up sessions or emergency (short-notice) help. (While you're welcome to check for mid-week cancellations, they are fairly rare.)

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I became interested in working with students with special needs when I was in high school; a summer spent volunteering at Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk, VA convinced me that this was my calling. Ever since, I've spent as much time as possible learning about the variety of different ways that disabilities can affect both life and learning.

In college, I took every teaching practica that came my way - pre-K pre-literacy development, middle school math, GED tutoring for adults. I graduated from James Madison University (Virginia) in 2008 with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Special Education, K-12 (concentration in Learning Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, and Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities), with over 400 hours of teaching experience before graduation. I taught Special Education in Rockingham County, VA before moving to Arizona.

I believe in taking a very personalized approach to learning and tailoring lessons to each student, rather than taking a "one size fits all" approach. (Teachers call this "differentiated instruction.") I also make efforts to help students connect information between different subjects ("cross-categorical instruction"); this helps students gain an appreciation of part-to-whole concepts on a global level.

I believe that education is not only imperative in creating balanced and fair societies, it's also a basic human right. Every student should have the tools they need to learn new skills. With plenty of education and expertise, I have learned how to use the tools that create life-long learners; THAT is the skill that will serve you or your children for the rest of their lives.

Finding a good fit between student and tutor is important. I believe that it is so important that I always offer our first session, a consultation, at no charge. This first session gives us both a chance to get to know each other, and it gives me the opportunity to evaluate where a student's strengths and weaknesses are. . We will set goals for your child and develop a plan for how to achieve that goal. This allows us to progress more quickly to addressing weaknesses and building them up appropriately.
I am currently available on Tuesday mornings for in-home sessions and 1-2:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (no, not Wednesday) for ONLINE TUTORING ONLY.

I maintain Friday afternoon availability from 1-5pm for make-up sessions or emergency (short-notice) help. (While you're welcome to check for mid-week cancellations, they are
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Policies
Cancellation
3 hours notice required

Group rate: $10/off per student per hour, up to 5 students (max) in a group setting.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Vail, AZ 85641
Background Check: Passed

"Excellent! Would recommend to anyone."

- Dylan, Tucson, AZ on 1/12/14
Jessica replied on 1/28/2014

Thank you for the feedback, Dylan! Congratulations on passing your test with honors! I know you worked really hard to achieve that. Good luck in Utah!

Science:
Biology
English:
English, Grammar,
Proofreading,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Writing
Test Preparation:
GED,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Computer:
Desktop Publishing
History:
Geography, Government & Politics, World History

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.

ADD/ADHD

I hold a B.S. in special education and have about five years of experience working with students with ADD/ADHD, ranging from 5-55 years old.

Aspergers

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and have about three years of experience working with students on the Autism Spectrum (including Asperger's), ranging from 5-19 years old.

Autism

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and have about three years of experience working with students on the Autism Spectrum (including Asperger's), ranging from 5-19 years old.

Biology

I am familiar with concepts and subject matter taught in standard, honors, and AP Biology. This includes (but is not limited to): genetics, Mendelian patterns of inheritance, influences of LaMarck, Darwin, and Linnaeus on biological classification and the theories of Natural Selection and Evolution, anatomy, basic neuroscience, energy cycles, food chains/webs, etc.

Desktop Publishing

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and have taught students of all ages how to create MS Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, basic web sites, upload/insert photos from a camera (or other device, such as a PC, email file, etc), link to online videos, etc.

Dyslexia

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and have about five years of experience working with students with language and communication disorders, including Dyslexia.

Elementary (K-6th)

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and have taught students grades K-5 in Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Prior to receiving my degree, I had completed 400+ hours of supervised school practica (students' ages 3-15).

Elementary Math

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and have taught students of all ages how study and learn more efficiently for their style of learning. I have also worked as a study skills tutor in college, teaching student-athletes how to study more efficiently and re-teaching subject material when necessary.

GED

I have been working with adults preparing for the GED exam since 2007. My training as a Special Education teacher has prepared me to teach this subject matter with a high level of attention for each students' individual needs.

Grammar

I am familiar with the rules of English grammar, and can explain the differences between a subject and predicate, different parts of speech, simple vs complex sentences, conjugation of verbs, etc.

Hard Of Hearing

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and Communication Sciences and Disorders and have about five years of experience working with students with language and communication disorders, including hearing deficiencies.

Phonics

Special Education teachers have the unique position of occasionally serving as a student's primary teacher in specific subjects. My very first year of teaching, I had the privilege of working with a group of students in Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades as their primary Language Arts teacher. I am familiar with teaching reading using phonics, which starts by teaching letter sounds, word families, and blending sounds together.

Prealgebra

Order of Operations? Understanding equations? Ratio, proportion, and probability? If you're stumped by any of these, I can help clear up the mystery! My Bachelor of Science degree in teaching, in addition to approximately 150 hours (quick, which numerical expression technique did I use there?) of practical experience teaching math qualifies me to teach or re-teach pre-algebra.

Proofreading

What does ^ mean in terms of editing an essay? What about the phrase, "structure needs work?" Perhaps you've seen a vague, "what?" written alongside a paragraph; these are all areas in which I can help you decipher proofreading shorthand, as well as teaching you how to fix the errors and prevent them from re-occurring.

Special Needs

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and have about five years of experience working with students with language and communication disorders, learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disabilities, and intellectual disabilities.

Spelling

I hold a B.S. in Special Education (K-12) and have taught students of all ages how study and learn more efficiently for their style of learning. For some students, phonics is a more efficient way to conquer consistent spelling errors. For others, little tips and tricks make it easier to remember when "i" comes before "e," and when it does not.

Study Skills

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and have taught students of all ages how study and learn more efficiently for their style of learning. I have also worked as a study skills tutor in college, teaching student-athletes how to study more efficiently and re-teaching subject material when necessary.

James Madison University
SpEd, CSD

Education

James Madison University (SpEd, CSD)

Excellent! Would recommend to anyone. — I'm extremely happy with the choice I made. Mrs. H. was always professional, prompt and prepared. We covered many years of math in 4 weeks, at a pace tailored to me. She listened to my needs, answered questions, came with handouts, and was available for me to call or email anytime. For those reasons, I couldn't be happier. Being one on one accelerated my learning, and I can't imagine a teacher wor ...

— Dylan, Tucson, AZ on 1/12/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Group rate: $10/off per student per hour, up to 5 students (max) in a group setting.

Travel policy

Jessica will travel within 10 miles of Vail, AZ 85641.