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Colleen O.

Los Gatos, CA

$75/hour

Reading, K-Prep. Specializing: Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities

Background check passed as of 11/20/14
5.0 average from 26 ratings
Very knowledgeable and patient!
— Albert, Palo Alto, CA on 7/23/16

$75/Hour


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University of Nevada, Reno
Education
San Jose State University
Master's
Ohio State University
Other

Education

University of Nevada, Reno (Education)

San Jose State University (Master's)

Ohio State University (Other)

About Colleen

I hold a master’s degree in teaching, been a certified teacher and have enjoyed working with students for over 30 years. I adore elementary students because they get so excited when they finally understand something they have been struggling over. The children I prepare for Kindergarten begin their education with a sound understanding of the basics and a confidence and enjoyment for learning that brings future success. I identify why students are struggling with reading, then teach strategies that help that student. I believe in working and motivating students through positive behavior. My students enjoy their time with me and develop techniques that help them become independent learners.

The reason I became interested in teaching reading is because my daughter is Dyslexic. I was already a teacher, but witnessed the constant struggle to read. In eighth grade she was reading at a fourth grade level and struggling in many classes. I began homeschooling and continued through her high school years. She is now a senior at a major university with over a 3.5 average. I know I can help your child succeed. Time management and study skills are a weak point for many students. Most middle school children juggle between 2 to 4 hours of homework a night. They tend to waste time due to a lack of organizational skills. I work with your child to develop an individualized system that helps them use their study time efficiently.
I hold a master’s degree in teaching, been a certified teacher and have enjoyed working with students for over 30 years. I adore elementary students because they get so excited when they finally understand something they have been struggling over. The children I prepare for Kindergarten begin their education with a sound understanding of the Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Los Gatos, CA 95030
Background Check: Passed

"Very knowledgeable and patient!"

- Albert, Palo Alto, CA on 7/23/16
English:
ACT Reading, Reading, SAT Reading, Vocabulary
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading, College Counseling, Common Core, SAT Reading
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Common Core, Handwriting, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking, Sewing

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Approved subjects

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Phonics

I have a Master's in Education and have taken college classes in elementary education. I have many continuing education classes specializing in reading strategies. I use a variety of methods including phonics, blends, and backing out of a word to help struggling readers decode. We work on correct pronunciation of syllables.

Study Skills

In addition to my degree in education, I have been teaching study skills to athletes for many years. I also teach organization and time management skills so students can get the most productivity out of the time available for studying. I give specific attention to note taking and teach reading tips so students can acquire a full understanding of the material. I help students prepare for test taking, together we develop a system that works for them to be successful.

University of Nevada, Reno
Education
San Jose State University
Master's
Ohio State University
Other

Education

University of Nevada, Reno (Education)

San Jose State University (Master's)

Ohio State University (Other)

Very knowledgeable and patient!

Our son is over-active and has little patience to sit in one place. He always finds excuse to not sit and learn. After several sessions with Colleen, he is now able to listen and read at a much higher level than before! Thank you so much for your patience and teachings!

— Albert, Palo Alto, CA on 7/23/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $75.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Colleen will travel within 20 miles of Los Gatos, CA 95030.