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Shirley M.

Glendora, CA


Patient and Kind with 20 years of ESL Experience

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 6/17/15
5.0 average from 161 ratings
Awesome Tutor
— Maria, Glendora, CA on 9/13/13

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90 units
U. of Maryland Extension


90 units

U. of Maryland Extension (Other)

About Shirley

Hello students and family members,

I'm excited that you want to improve your English skills. This choice could be the single most important decision you will ever make for your future. I taught classroom ESL for 20 years, and loved the excitement and enthusiasm of my students. Prior to retiring in June of last year, I taught for fifteen years at the Cal Poly Pomona English Language Institute. I have also tutored many students over the years. I am interested in doing on-line tutoring or local one-on-one tutoring for students looking primarily to improve their skills in writing, and along with that goes growing a larger vocabulary. I have tutored many students attending college who needed assistance with a particular assignment or on preparation for tests. We can begin with as many or as few sessions as you would like, so please do not feel you must commit to a long-term period. I hope you will contact me soon so we can get started toward new doors opening for you in the world of English.

Hello students and family members,

I'm excited that you want to improve your English skills. This choice could be the single most important decision you will ever make for your future. I taught classroom ESL for 20 years, and
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Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Glendora, CA 91741
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Awesome Tutor"

- Maria, Glendora, CA on 9/13/13
Shirley replied on 9/13/2013

Thank you. Your kind words are very touching. It is exciting to see you so eager to improve skills that can only make life better for you. This world could certainly be well-served to have more people like you in it.

"Knowledgable and experienced tutor"

- Jaime, Monrovia, CA on 10/14/15

"Great tutor"

- Christopher, Walnut, CA on 7/31/15

"Great teacher"

- Soyi, Glendora, CA on 1/30/15

"On Time, Patient, Knowledgeable "

- Jorge, Glendora, CA on 4/24/14
Shirley replied on 4/25/2014

Thank you, Jorge. I can easily say the same things about you!

"Very patient and helpful tutor."

- YAN, Arcadia, CA on 5/24/13


- John, El Monte, CA on 4/30/13

"Very experienced, Very patient,and She is the best"

- Eric, Diamond Bar, CA on 4/28/13

"Very patient and great tutor!"

- Marvie, Covina, CA on 2/14/13

"Very patient and great tutor."

- Johanna, West Covina, CA on 11/20/12

"A very knowledgeable teacher!"

- Huining, San Dimas, CA on 11/16/12

"Very patient! Great tutor!"

- Shao, West Covina, CA on 11/12/12
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL,
Reading, Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading

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Elementary (K-6th)

I spent 3 years as a Teacher Aide in charge of small groups, teaching skills in reading, spelling, and writing to 2nd and 3rd graders. I taught five years in Kindergarten in English reading, writing, and listening comprehension. I kept detailed records on each student in the areas in need of improvement and in progress made during the academic year. I am patient, kind, and able to establish a good rapport with younger children.


During my five-year tenure at Anglo-Continental at Pitzer College, Claremont California, I taught ESL to students from Italy, Australia, Germany, Japan, China, Indonesia, and France. I worked with Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced students in grammar, writing, vocabulary, speaking, and listening skills. During the last 15 years, I have taught at Cal Poly English Language Institute, Pomona, California. I worked with beginning and intermediate students in reading, writing, speaking, grammar, and vocabulary, as well as spelling and idioms elective classes. I received my certification in TESOL March 2011 with high honors. In addition, I have tutored community college students in test-preparation and in essay writing. With an interest in community work, I have been a volunteer Literacy tutor through the Glendora Public Library. I have always received comments from students that I am patient, kind, and clear with English instruction and help.

90 units
U. of Maryland Extension


90 units

U. of Maryland Extension (Other)

Awesome Tutor — Shirley has been a wonderful tutor I regret not doing this sooner she has opened up a window that I thought I didn't have. With her patience and guidance I foresee a better future. Thanks to the internet I was able to find the WyzAnt company and inquire your services. Shirley is giving me my confidence back and I thank her for it. I look forward each week for my lesson. ...

— Maria, Glendora, CA on 9/13/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Shirley will travel within 10 miles of Glendora, CA 91741.

Background Check Status for Shirley M.

Shirley M. passed a background check on 6/17/15. The check was ordered by Shirley through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

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