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Maria M.

Laguna Niguel, CA

$40/hour

Teacher/Tutor - K-6, ESL, and adults

In-person lessons

$40/Hour


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Saddleback College
Associate Teacher's Permit
School of Law and Economic Sciences
MBA
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
MBA

Education

Saddleback College (Associate Teacher's Permit)

School of Law and Economic Sciences (MBA)

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (MBA)

About Maria

I earned a degree in Law and Economic Sciences from the Aristotelean University in Thessaloniki, Greece. I first came to the States on a scholarship as a youth-exchange student and graduated with honors from Onondaga Academy in Syracuse, NY. I served for five years as the National Director in Athens, Greece, of AFS International/Intercultural Programs, a U.S. based non-profit youth-exchange organization that runs in 52 countries. I hold a 30-day Emergency Teacher Permit, CBEST, and a Child Development Associate Teacher Permit, issued by the CA Commission for Teacher Credentialing.
I offer a track record of over 12 years of teaching experience at various culturally-diverse school sites. I taught all subjects for grades K-12 including ESL/ELD for English learners, special education, and adult transition program. Currently, I work as an Independence Facilitator/Tutor for Capistrano Unified School District which gives me access to the most updated educational material and methods of teaching. At the same time I have been also tutoring students one-on-one or in small groups to bridge their learning gap, assist with homework and bolster their language skills. I tutor all subjects for grades K-5, and Language Arts through grade 12. Based on an assessment test, I create individualized lesson plans to meet the student's needs. Language Arts includes reading, comprehension, essay writing, grammar, vocabulary, figurative language, text evidence, conventions of the English language, use of thinking maps and visuals. I have also tutored Math and Language Arts to students of the same school district under the SES, a federally-funded program that provides free tutoring to children of low-income families. Based on lesson plans, worksheets and tests that I prepared, I managed to increase the students' scores by 25-70%. Furthermore, I teach Greek at the OC Lingual Institute. I also tutor two Spanish-speaking businesswomen with the goal to learn business terminology and improve their language skills.
I have received ongoing training from the school districts including but not limited to common-core curriculum, effective methods of teaching, test-taking strategies; CELDT testing for English learners; behavior management; and students with special needs.

I have a passion for teaching and making a difference. I believe in inspirational teaching that is fun, builds up self-confidence, helps to set up goals and bolsters learning skills. If you are looking for an experienced and reliable tutor with a friendly personality, patience, flexibility and diversified work and life experience, I am here for you. Contact me to discuss your individual needs, set up your goals, and schedule yours lessons.
I earned a degree in Law and Economic Sciences from the Aristotelean University in Thessaloniki, Greece. I first came to the States on a scholarship as a youth-exchange student and graduated with honors from Onondaga Academy in Syracuse, NY. I served for five years as the National Director in Athens, Greece, of AFS International/Intercultural Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
In-person lessons
English:
English, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
Common Core,
TOEFL
Language:
Greek,
TOEFL
History:
European History, Social Studies
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Autism, Phonics
Elementary Education:
Common Core,
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Homeschool, Phonics, Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary

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.

Common Core

For the last two years I have been working with schools which have implemented Common Core. The standards are fewer and simplified, but more vigorous.

Elementary (K-6th)

As a substitute teacher, I have taught daily elementary curriculum for more than 12 years at various culturally-diverse school sites for the Palm Springs, Capistrano and Laguna Beach Unified School Districts. I completed several long-term assignments, including special education, for students with learning and other disabilities. In addition, I prepared English learners for CELDT testing. Currently, I am tutoring an elementary and a middle school Chinese students (ESL and homework support). Furthermore, I have been tutoring one-on-one students of low academic performance in Language Arts (grades 1-8) and Math (grades 1-5) under SES, a federally-funded program for low-income families. I have received extensive training on common-core curriculum, test-taking strategies, reading/comprehension, grammar, phonics, and essay writing.

Greek

I am a native Greek with a degree in Law and Economics from a prestigious University in Greece. I have worked for a year as a Greek tutor for adults, all levels, at an Institute in California. Tutoring was based on speaking Greek, supplemented by CD's and a textbook with grammar, vocabulary, stories, etc. to ensure comprehensive learning. For each eight-week term, I prepared the curriculum as well as extra homework assignments and other worksheets.

Study Skills

Study skills primarily involve motivation, organization, and time management. I encourage my students to set up a schedule and start studying first for 10-15 minutes so that they may gradually build up stamina for longer periods. To avoid frustration, I ask them to start with subjects they enjoy and understand best. It is important to take good notes and organize the material. While studying, they should focus, eliminate distractions and take frequent breaks. Students should go to class regularly and participate. Above all, they should have the motivation to set up goals, and with an "I can" attitude work hard to reach them.

Saddleback College
Associate Teacher's Permit
School of Law and Economic Sciences
MBA
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
MBA

Education

Saddleback College (Associate Teacher's Permit)

School of Law and Economic Sciences (MBA)

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (MBA)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Maria will travel within 10 miles of Laguna Niguel, CA 92677.