Over 100 tutoring hours

Lisa S.

Los Angeles, CA

$50/hr

If your child reads far below grade level, I can change that.

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Background check passed as of 7/15/11
4.9 Avg. Rating
 
 
71 Ratings
 
 
3hrs Response Time
Everything you could want in a tutor
— Greg, Nashville, TN on 7/14/11

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Smith College
Peabody Vanderbilt
MEd

Education

Smith College

Peabody Vanderbilt (MEd)

About Lisa

If your child is reading below grade level, I can help. I have had tremendous success with students who have been socially promoted up to 10th grade, yet who were reading 4 to 5 years below their current grade level.

Having earned a Master's Degree in Special Education at Vanderbilt as well as being a licensed teacher with experience in schools from the inner-city to the suburbs, working with students in all grades, at all levels of academic achievement, I can safely say one thing: Every child is born with infinite potential and yours is no exception. Just because that potential hasn't been tapped up until now does not mean it's not there, it just means your child needs to be reached in a different way; and that's what I do.

I use intensive, individual, research-based instructional methods tailored to your child's specific strengths and weaknesses. We'll work hard, but we'll have fun because every tutoring session will be geared towards giving your child opportunities to succeed. And that's the secret that nobody will tell you about teaching kids who have difficulties: Success breeds success. It's like building blocks: one right answer is the foundation for another right answer, a higher level of confidence, and a deeper level of understanding, all of which builds into a high level of competence that meets or exceeds grade-level standards and leads to the love of reading and writing that is so important in enriching your child's life.
If your child is reading below grade level, I can help. I have had tremendous success with students who have been socially promoted up to 10th grade, yet who were reading 4 to 5 years below their current grade level.

Having earned a Master's Degree in Special Education at
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90017
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Everything you could want in a tutor"

- Greg, Nashville, TN on 7/14/11

"Excellent instructor "

- Janet, Los Angeles, CA on 6/24/15

"Creative and Enthusiastic Tutor!"

- Cheyenne, Woodland Hills, CA on 7/16/12

"Wonderful Tutor!"

- Mridu, Nashville, TN on 7/15/11

"Just terrific with special needs kids"

- Emma, Nashville, TN on 11/18/10
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
History:
American History, Classics, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics,
Special Needs
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
English,
Reading, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, GED, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Elementary (K-6th)

I have a clear Elementary K-6 Multiple Subjects license from the state of California as well as two other states. I majored in Education and Child Study at Smith, and Special Education at Vanderbilt.

English

My credentials include a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Child Study from Smith College, a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Vanderbilt University, Clear California Specialist Instruction K-12, and Multiple Subject K-6 licenses as well as preliminary licenses in both Tennessee and Massachusetts. I am NCLB Highly Qualified in Elementary K-6, Language Arts K-12, and Reading K-12, and have had extensive experience with students K through adults.

Phonics

My credentials include a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Child Study from Smith College, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Vanderbilt University. I hold Clear California Specialist Instruction K-12, and Level II Multiple Subject K-6 licenses. I am NCLB Highly Qualified in Elementary K-6, Language Arts K-12, and Reading K-12, and have earned both my CLAD and Added Autism Authorization. I have had great success with my students, all of whom read two or more years behind grade level when they began tutoring with me. I am expert at using explicit, direct teaching of phonics to improve both fluency and comprehension. I am also expert at teaching phonemic awareness, not just through what the child can hear, but how it feels and looks when he or she pronounces a particular phoneme. Many children with severe reading difficulties have trouble hearing the difference between the short i and the short e sounds for instance. When I show them the difference in how those sounds look in a mirror and feel in their mouths, they are able to differentiate them, thus improving their decoding skills dramatically. I employ the Fischer Decoding Mastery Test to assess trouble spots, and then design individual lessons to address the remediation of these particular difficulties. Using these methods, I have helped my students move from Curriculum Based Measurement (CBM) baselines of 8 - 10 words read correctly per minute, to 30 -35 words read per minute in just a few (8 - 20), one-hour sessions.

Special Needs

I am a licensed California special education teacher for grades k-12, and a licensed California general education teacher for grades K-6. I have a master's degree in Special Education from Vanderbilt University. Currently I am a special education teacher at a charter elementary school.

Smith College
Peabody Vanderbilt
MEd

Education

Smith College

Peabody Vanderbilt (MEd)

Everything you could want in a tutor — Lisa is everything we could have asked for in a tutor. She is dependable, on time and is always well prepared for my daughter's session. She arrives early and stays past her required time. My daughter has made great strides this summer under Lisa's guidance. I really think that my daughter's reading struggles are close to being over due to the time she has spent with Lisa. ...

— Greg, Nashville, TN on 7/14/11

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Lisa will travel within 5 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90017.

Background Check Status for Lisa S.

Lisa S. passed a background check on 7/15/11. The check was ordered by Lisa through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

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