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Jessie V.

Livermore, CA

$45/hour

ESL, TOEFL, Spanish, Math, English, Specialty in Dyslexic teaching

In-person lessons
4.9 average from 16 ratings
Very patient
— Najib, Tracy, CA on 2/13/14

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montgomery college
Hospitality Finance

Education

montgomery college (Hospitality Finance)

About Jessie

Hi!
Thank you for looking at my profile. While as you read about me & my thought process, you will find me extremely unconventional. My students, "get it" factor comes in quicker the, "ah-ha" moments are more frequent as we enjoy our time together. I show & express the material your child has been exposed to but not necessarily 'learned', in school that day, but in my unique way. Which translates to, YOUR OWN CHILD'S method of learning. You see, there is this one ever so important, very paramount factor in a child's success in learning that text books & school boards unfortunately really cannot cater to. This is called, & individuality. I'm talking about HOW your little one takes in information & processes it into learned lessons for life at their own pace. Working with me gives back to your child what was once so strong; their courage, self-esteem, power, and willingness to learn without fear. This is true in adults as well. Much of this is taken away when we are uncomfortable of too many wrong answers, poor scores on tests, textbooks not making sense, and insecure feelings about ourselves and learning in general.

I feel it is my job to find my student's personality traits, genetics, the individual mental intake strength . When we work together my students in three words receive a, Unique Learning Experience. Catered to personal learning process, goals, and retention. Our children my be a part of what is called a single student body. But they are still individual people, with individual needs, likes, dislikes, along with unique ways of processing information presented at school.

Oh yes, I prefer to be called their, 'S.A.F.E.T.Y' vs. their 'tutor'. A formal Title gives off an instant learned, expected norm of society's behavior. I believe using a friendly word as an acronym leads to the playful curiosity & no norm expectations, placing everyone at ease, "From Hello", if you will. Wouldn't you agree? I don't pretend to be their 'Teacher', they certainly have enough of those in their lives already. And, I'm not a family member, nor a classmate. Nope. I'm none of the aforementioned. I, am their, S.A.F.E.T.Y. (School Assignments Finally Explained To You) you alone. In your way of 'catching on'. Place me in any other category & a student has already accessed me, made their decision, & has sat across from me at their imaginary table. It's, a "society norm", in their world, the way it's supposed to be. Well, not in my world, not on my watch. I wish the place of honor, which is on their side. I want to work shoulder to shoulder, not eye to eye.

I don't 'teach', I 'show', I 'explain', I use materials that are textured, visual, auditory & when appropriate, even tasty! Using our senses with imagination as a reference, lessons are physically & mentally meaningful & retention is adhered. This is why I love my career as a, "Motivational Educator". Our 1st meeting, I call our, "keep it real" session. This is where your child &I begin to build a trust. I listen to what is NOT said, just as much as I hear what is said. You'd be surprised at some points given to me in an unspoken word.

I don't TEST. That's a four letter word its scary! I do, "Check-in's" to "check in" on where we are at. We PRAISE on all the right answers. Make no mention of the wrong answers. (Unless specifically asked). My job is to find another way to present the "un-praised" material, again in a different format so next, "check in" those answers are, "praised".

Ambiance. The ambiance is ever so important to success. A comfortable, relaxing area is perfect! We don't necessarily need to be at the kitchen table. We can lay on the floor, chill on the couch, hang out at the park, eat fries at a fast food place, it makes no difference. I want your child in their personal fun, safe, but most of all subliminally conducive environment; this is where they will be more receptive of that day's lesson. So, there you have me. Well, at least some of me. You can find me on LinkedIn or Google for further information, background & experience on me.

Spanish is second nature to me, which is why I enjoy teaching it. I am first generation American. I've traveled extensively in South America & Mexico. Spanish in my area of expertise at several levels from beginners, children's Kindergarten, through the High School levels using the, Prentice Hall, "Ralidades" Series Levels 1,2 & 3. At adult levels I have beginning, customized industrial commercial, tourist, conversational, and Advanced Spanish levels. Of course, unconventional real time one on one courses. All include interactive skills from computer apps, television programs & advertisement watching and writing, text & workbooks, field trips, phone and Skype conversations, "Check-In's"and finally, SOLO's for your own self assurance that you have taken in what you've put into your classes. I also teach ESL/TOEFL is taught in the same manner.

I do have a special focus on working with dyslexic children & adult with ADD/ADHD. I grew up dyslexic/ADHD myself so I understand first hand how the dyslexic brain works, where the disconnects are & why. I use a mesh method, taking from the Barton along with the Orton-Gillingham systems to relate with my dyslexic students. It just takes time & patience to work well with the dyslexic person, they truly have a beautiful artistic, visual mind indeed!

Due to my extremely tight schedule and at times a wait list, I ask the courtesy of one week advance notice of any change in scheduling, to avoid a full class charge. If you believe have the skills, that fit for you, your child & family, I would enjoy speaking with you. My manner of handing off knowledge, is real life education. Real circumstances. Real ready to use material. Cheers!
Hi!
Thank you for looking at my profile. While as you read about me & my thought process, you will find me extremely unconventional. My students, "get it" factor comes in quicker the, "ah-ha" moments are more frequent as we enjoy our time together. I show & express the material your child has been exposed to but not necessarily 'learned', in
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Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Scheduled classes are planned & prepared a week in advance. Therefore, cancellations are charged at one hour of your class rate.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Livermore, CA 94551
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Very patient"

- Najib, Tracy, CA on 2/13/14

"Very Caring And Supportive Of My Son"

- Garland, Tracy, CA on 10/1/14

"Good tutor."

- B., Livermore, CA on 2/27/14

"Very patient."

- Michelle, Pleasanton, CA on 2/1/14
Math:
Elementary Math
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Public Speaking,
Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Spanish,
TOEFL
Special Needs:
Dyslexia,
Phonics, Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Phonics, Reading, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Dyslexia

I was born with Dyslexia, and struggled with it all through school, college and much of my work career. Where my parents thought I was lazy and not placing my full attention, or just didn't care, I was punished and had many parent/teacher conferences about my performance.

I began working at the age of 18. I lost a few jobs because I made mistakes with overages or shortages on my cash draw that I couldn't explain. One day a manager took interest in me because the mistakes I made were consistent. She asked me several questions, and asked me to read up on it, and to be tested. I tested positive.

After being tested, I learned how to, "RE-learn" what was taught to me in school. This time I got it right! For the first time learning was fun, interesting and I understood it! What I didn't understand at the time was-why-I was comprehending the material so well and so fast. Mostly because I didn't care. I didn't want to look a gift horse in the mouth. I just accepted it, and ran with it.

Years later, I began to study more about Dyslexia, and continue to do so. I understand more now. Today, now in my later years, I see the difference, I live the difference everyday. Because I have two children. Both equally bright and wanting to learn. But they are on two very opposite levels, and are 7 years apart. My eldest is an honor roll student and has been all her school career.
My youngest struggles with spelling, writing, short term memory, organization, sequencing, guesses a lot, tends to "give up" vs. being persistent. His sister never did these things. Without even testing him, I know in my heart I've past on this gene to him.


So I teach him and other children like him differently. I use different types of physically engaging tasks to get the lesson through and keep it in. Because that is one of the symptoms of dyslexia, “short term memory loss”. My goal is to keep the lesson inside. So, I use tactics that become pictures inside their mind, that are meaningful, unforgettable, real life, real situations when I teach.

One of the tools I use when teaching Math, at various levels, is called: "Math U SEE" for language arts, I use more computer games, and interactive real life tools. Such as "Ginger Software" This works within MSWord, Explorer, Outlook, and more. This software I customize to the level of my student. I also use flash cards, shapes to show the parts of speech to assist in making a complete sentence. I use tactical or manipulative materials, to embrace both sides of his brain.

Because as a dyslexic or dysgraphic learner, this teaching method is extremely essential for the success of their instructional education. Their brain works or takes in information and processes it making the student many times frustrated or even angry. Because only one part of their brain is being used, one side, this causes them the inability to see the whole picture, and ultimately, "give up" Dyslexia or Dysgraphia may have a negative impact on an individual's life if not worked once diagnosed. Being diagnosed is the first step, it actually brings relief. It brings much light to so many questions and perhaps low self esteem once felt. This is the point where decisions need to be made. Live life as cards were dealt, or take those cards and call for a re-deal. Change, what is in your hand and capacity to do and do it. As I have with my son -6 years old- I choose to change his cards. I choose to prove to him, that he has ability-to work smarter not harder, to proactively find ways to live and learn. Naturally, he doesn't know or understand he is dyslexic, he just knows that mommy and me time is kinda fun.

I would like nothing more than to help another child understand him/herself, and overcome those barriers. Become stronger in self confidence, build up self esteem, and be proud of their work! Those building blocks begin now. Now, being, the moment you find out about your learning challenge. Now, is never too late. Now, could be the age of 2, 22, 32, or older. Now, is when your window of learning about the challenge you've been born with and you've made the decision to stop being a victim of it, but rather be the victor of it. Dyslexia and dysgraphia have a cure, its within you. You just need to understand it, accept it, and want to learn how to teach yourself basics or go back to basics when new material is presented. Because, being dyslexic or dysgraphic may be a learning challenge, but it won't stop you from achieving your goal(s) once you make your mind up to succeed. I can help you with that.

Marketing

For over 25 years in Sales and Marketing, I have not only seen but lived the change from the Yellow Pages to Social Media and beyond.
Because of the Sales business' I've been in I have had to not only keep up with the times, but be AHEAD of the times!

I have taken mini-courses, live seminars, college classes, Chamber of Commerce trade classes, and local business meets with regard to marketing, and how to more effectively use today's social media to our utmost advantage. Learn who our audience is and what area of purchased time would give us the best ROI in the quickest time frame. Or Is a quick ROI really what we need at a specific point in our physical year? Another Marketing tool to think about..

In the seminars, webinars, leadership classes, Chamber of Commerce Keynote functions focusing on Marketing in person, on flyers, via telephone, displays, display ads, print ads, television or radio ads, social media ads and Podcasting. and so much more, Marketing is an enormous part of our economy and a business' make or break point in many cases. It has to be done, but it must be done with wisdom and at swiss watch timing. Timing is EVERYTHING in business, especially when it comes to marketing.

Currently I run a business, and must market myself. I use many of these skills and method of marketing and Podcasting for informational marketing in my line of work for my clients. Information is power!

I have been a member of many organizations such as the Better Business Bureau, Local Chamber's, Professional Women Chapters.
Here I have had to make presentations, speeches, sales pitches, and run point on several committees with authority, confidence, and maintain an appropriate time frame to keep my audience's attention. Know when to have props, or leave behinds, or visuals to aid in bringing home my point.

I believe these experiences make me fully qualified to assist a student in Marketing.

Public Speaking

For over 25 years in Sales and Marketing, I have not only seen but lived the change from the Yellow Pages to Social Media and beyond.
Because of the Sales business' I've been in I have had to not only keep up with the times, but be AHEAD of the times! I have taken several seminars, webinars, leadership classes, been to several Chamber of Commerce Keynote functions focusing on public speaking both in person and Podcasting. In today's busy world many times business' don't have the available manpower time to schedule a seminar for their employees. Rather they purchase a Podcast of a seminar, or of a topic. I have been both present in creating, writing, editing and featured in Podcasting as well as physical in person Public Speaking. Currently I run a business, and must market myself. I use this method of Podcasting for informational marketing on my line of work for my clients. Information is power!

Have been a member of many organizations such as the Better Business Bureau, Local Chamber's, Professional Women Chapters.
Here I have had to make presentations, speeches, sales pitches, and run point on several committees with authority, confidence, and maintain an appropriate time frame to keep my audience's attention. Know when to have props, or leave behinds, or visuals to aid in bringing home my point.

I believe these experiences make me fully qualified to assist a student in Public Speaking.

Spanish

I am bilingual in both Spanish and English. I tutor ESL as well as TOFEL.

montgomery college
Hospitality Finance

Education

montgomery college (Hospitality Finance)

Very patient — Jessie is a helpful teacher, easy to talk and very patient and accessible. She uses modern technology to make the work more interesting and not boring. ...

— Najib, Tracy, CA on 2/13/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Scheduled classes are planned & prepared a week in advance. Therefore, cancellations are charged at one hour of your class rate.

Travel policy

Jessie will travel within 10 miles of Livermore, CA 94551.