Carole L.

Aptos, CA


CA Credentialed Teacher (Retired) Experienced Professional Tutor

In-person lessons
100+ Hours
Background check passed as of 12/31/11
4.8 average from 54 ratings
Very friendly and patient tutor
— Jenifer, Santa Cruz, CA on 5/2/17


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UC Santa Barbara
UC Santa Cruz 2nd BA
JFK University


UC Santa Barbara

UC Santa Cruz 2nd BA (Other)

JFK University (Other)

About Carole

I hold a California Professional Clear Teaching Credential (Retired), am Bilingual in Spanish and have more than 15 years' experience teaching and tutoring. Most of my classroom experience has been "self-contained"; that is to say, I taught my students in all subject areas: reading, writing, math, social studies, science, PE, etc. I emphasize developmentally-appropriate activities, with learning embedded in enjoyment and discovery for young children. It is also my experience that students of all ages learn more authentically and more fully retain what they have learned when multiple modalities of instruction are employed. For instance, 'hands-on' practice and not just 'pen and pencil' or memorization is supported by much brain research to enhance learning.

I offer experience with students with Special Needs, especially in the areas of Aspergers, on the Autism Spectrum and ADHD. I have participated in Early Literacy Training and employed such methods extensively with young children and English Learners. I am experienced at implementing Reading Specialist curriculum to support struggling 3rd - 5th grade students. For adult learners, I can offer professional support with conversational and workplace Spanish, ESL, test preparation and review of grammar skills.

As of June 2012, I am also a Certified Positive Discipline Parenting Educator. Steeped in Adlerian Psychology, this parenting method emphasizes "connection before correction," mutual respect and parenting that is Both 'kind And firm'. I'm happy to consult with parents who may want to learn more about Positive Discipline and ways in which it may help their family. Furthermore, I incorporate Positive Discipline with social skills for students on the Autism Spectrum. Thank you.
I hold a California Professional Clear Teaching Credential (Retired), am Bilingual in Spanish and have more than 15 years' experience teaching and tutoring. Most of my classroom experience has been "self-contained"; that is to say, I taught my students in all subject areas: reading, writing, math, social studies, science, PE, etc. I emphasize Read more

24 hours notice required

I am open to discussing special pricing for multiple hour lessons (i.e., a 'package' of 5+ lessons, etc.). Group rates vary depending on the size and subject matter. Thank you.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Aptos, CA 95003
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Very friendly and patient tutor"

- Jenifer, Santa Cruz, CA on 5/2/17

"Thoughtful and patient tutor"

- Julius, Watsonville, CA on 4/27/16

"Knowledgeable and Patient"

- Mary, Aptos, CA on 4/27/16

"Great general tutor (especially Spanish and English)"

- Bryan, San Jose, CA on 5/14/14

"Great tutor! We just needed her every day!"

- Doris, Gilroy, CA on 3/12/12
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, GED
Elementary Science, Psychology, Sociology
English, ESL/ESOL,
Literature, Proofreading,
Public Speaking,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
GED, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Microsoft Word
American History,
Geography, Government & Politics, Religion, Social Studies,
World History, Writing
Special Needs:
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD),
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Phonics,
Special Needs,
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary, Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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I have completed Graduate level coursework in Special Education and have more than 15 years' experience with providing accommodations to Students with Special Needs in general education classrooms. I hold a CA Professional Clear Teaching Credential. Many years of continuing attendance at professional development workshops and trainings focused upon special education. I am also an experienced, effective parent advocate for special education services, including ADHD support

American History

My major for my first Bachelor's Degree was American History. I was an honors student and President of History Undergraduate Association. Sub-specialities include: American Cultural History, African-American History, American Political History, American Environmental History and American Religious/Intellectual History.

During more than 12 years' of self-contained classroom teaching, I enlivened many History and Social Studies' lessons with interactive activities from my many years of History study.

Thank you.


I completed an informal Minor in Anthropology as part of work for a second Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies. My many courses included a focus on Third World agricultural development, Mesoamerican Agroecology and cultural and economic development. Honors'-level work in all courses.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

I hold a CA Professional Clear Teaching Credential, the coursework for which included graduate training in Special Education. During the past 15+ years, I have participated in many professional development workshops focused upon Special Education. Additionally, I have conducted an extensive review of professional literature, consulted with Physicians, Therapists and remain current with the literature through self-directed online studies of Autism. Finally, I am an effective, experienced Parent Advocate for Special Education services, including support and accommodations for Autism.

Elementary (K-6th)

I hold a California Professional Clear Teaching Credential and have 12+ years' experience teaching in self-contained (taught all subjects) K-6th Grade classrooms; Bilingual Spanish; I've also attended many intensive (40+ hour) trainings in early literacy, second language acquisition; 'family math,' etc. At the elementary level, I focus greatly upon "parents as first teachers," and develop home-school partnerships.


I taught ESL (ELD English Language Development) for more than 12 years as a self-contained (all subjects) Bilingual classroom Teacher. Learning English was incorporated into all other subjects (math, science, social studies) as well as during a separate instructional time dedicated to phonemic awareness, phonics, grammar, etc.

Recently, I assisted an adult student who is learning English with reading and writing, all focused upon the United States Citizenship Examination. She passed on the first try!

I hold a California Professional Clear Teaching Credential.


I am a firm believer in rescuing good grammar from becoming a "lost art." When one speaks and writes well, one distinguishes oneself as a literate, well-mannered person and rises above the sad, boorish cultural norm of "dumbing down."

I often believe that people whose first language is other than English have a distinct advantage when studying grammar. The "Romance" languages with which I am acquainted employ much more sophisticated grammar and vocabulary than is often heard in daily use by North American speakers.

I'd be pleased to assist anyone desiring to communicate with improved and proper grammar. Thank you.

Microsoft Word

Brand-new beginner? Have no fear! I'll teach you how to "open" Microsoft Word, create a simple document, learn about formatting, fonts, all kinds of fun features!

Advanced beginners and beyond - I'll help you learn how to create flyers, multi-column documents, tables, etc.

Learn how to create professional looking documents - from homework to presentations.

I look forward to helping you. Thank you.


As part of my Graduate work for my California Professional Clear Teaching Credential, I completed coursework in teaching reading and writing, including phonemic awareness and phonics. Additionally, I have attended many (100+ hours) Professional Development/continuing education training in early literacy and reading.


As a former Litigation Legal Secretary, my proofreading and grammar skills are excellent. I proofread and corrected many documents that were to be filed with the Court; errors were simply not tolerated in the large San Francisco firm where I worked.

Additionally, all of my adult employment and graduate school studies have required me to synthesize and/or interpret complex source material and produce highly sophisticated essays and reports, etc.

My proofreading and suggestions greatly enhanced several Grant applications and assisted organizations in successfully receiving the desired funding.

For many years I have informally 'proofread' newspapers, etc.; I "just see" errors in spelling and syntax, etc.

I look forward to assisting you with any of your writing tasks, including proofreading.

Thank you.

Public Speaking

I have been actively engaged in public speaking since my early years as a Girl Scout! Beginning in my youth has meant I've never had "stage fright". Additionally, I participated in the Speech & Debate Team during High School.My college coursework included public speaking, and I spoke to wide audiences as a Student Volunteer Program Co-Chairperson. I have "lectored" at Church, which involves almost memorizing and reading with great emphasis Scripture passages for a given week. Finally, as a California Professional Credentialed Classroom Teacher with 15+ years' experience, I engaged in public speaking on a daily basis ~ and one must be 'engaging' to sustain and generate interest in one's subject matter to 20-30 students all day long.


There is almost nothing that surpasses the joy of reading! I love to help people, little children through adults, grow as readers. I say "grow as readers," not "learn to read" because we are all readers ~ just at different levels.

Your preschooler who recognizes the "logo" or symbol for a favorite store or restaurant IS already reading. And the journey continues...

I have considerable training in teaching students to "decode" sounds, phonics, develop fluency and build skills for comprehension. These are the "building blocks."

Then comes the joy of reading widely and deeply. I'd be honored to help guide your journey or that of your child into the wonderful world of reading.

Social Studies

I've taught Social Studies in self-contained elementary school classrooms for more than 12 years. Additionally, I was a History major for my first Bachelor's Degree. Many of my other university-level courses fit under the "umbrella" of Social Studies. For instance, I excelled in numerous courses in Anthropology, Sociology, Political Economy and Agroecology.

I hold a California Professional Clear Teaching Credential and have more than 15 years' teaching experience.

Thank you.


Primary Grades Spanish: For several years, I taught Bilingual (Spanish) Kindergarten and First Grade. With young children, especially, I always emphasize creativity, active participation, music and movement. This kind of teaching engages children and is also supported by the latest brain research and I really love it, too!

Upper Elementary through High School Spanish: There is more emphasis on grammar, formal conversation, learning to read shorter text, write sentences and paragraphs and ultimately literature. There are still opportunities for engaging lessons as solely rote learning rarely leads to deep understanding or the desire to pursue learning throughout one's life.

Workplace/Introductory Spanish: I can offer instruction with vocabulary tailored for different workplace needs, i.e., retail, construction, custodial, some medical/nursing as well. Please contact me to discuss customized instruction.
Thank you.

Special Needs

I have been involved with Persons with Special Needs my entire life, beginning with one of my cousins. Professionally, I have taught Independent Living Skills to Adults with Developmental Disabilities. Additionally, the studies for my California Professional Clear Teaching Credential required Graduate-level coursework in Special Education. I've taken many professional development/continuing education courses in the special education area. Finally, I am an experienced and effective Parent Advocate for Students with Special Needs. Thank you.

Study Skills

I have many years' experience assisting students with study skills, including: setting up systems for success, i.e., organizing binders, color-coding subjects or assignments, etc. Additionally, I can help students with note-taking, effective review and preparation for exams and filing.

I hold a California Professional Clear Teaching Credential, taught for many years and have helped students of all ages. I am Bilingual in Spanish.

I look forward to being of assistance.
Thank you.


Writing has been the source of trouble my entire life, she says, tongue planted firmly in cheek. I was 'caught' writing the names of the States on a chalkboard during Kindergarten. Well, that landed me in First Grade by the middle of the year ~ and I've been writing ever since.

Seriously, I love to write and would love to assist you with your writing ~ everything from, for adults: memos or letters to technical and research papers; for kids: first sentences, paragraphs, comic books and your own books, too!

As a long-time Teacher, I have considerable training in teaching the mechanics of writing and am a quite strict grammarian (that is to say, I believe that what one wishes to say, say it well).

What would you like to write today? Please contact me and I'd be honored and pleased to accompany you on your journey growing as a writer.

p.s. The most important preparation for writing is to read, read, read! What are you reading today?

Thank you

UC Santa Barbara
UC Santa Cruz 2nd BA
JFK University


UC Santa Barbara

UC Santa Cruz 2nd BA (Other)

JFK University (Other)

Very friendly and patient tutor

Carole gave English class to my mother over a course of 2 months. My mother is a native Chinese Mandarin speaker and spoke very little English when they started the lessons, therefore it was a challenge for both them to get to understand each other. At the beginning, I discussed a few ideas with Carole on how she could help improve my mother's English, especially speaking and listening skills. Car

— Jenifer, Santa Cruz, CA on 5/2/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

I am open to discussing special pricing for multiple hour lessons (i.e., a 'package' of 5+ lessons, etc.). Group rates vary depending on the size and subject matter. Thank you.

Travel policy

Carole will travel within 15 miles of Aptos, CA 95003.