Francine M.

Northridge, CA


English Tutor specializing in grammar and punctuation

In-person lessons


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About Francine

I have several years' experience as a Business Education teacher. Being that I have taught Business English, which emphasized grammar and punctuation, I feel very confident in helping students improve their writing skills. I have passed Wyzant's SAT Writing test and am ready to review material that may be asked on this exam. If I tutor a student, I will not arrive without a plan as I have 24 interesting PowerPoint presentations on grammar and punctuation. Learning should be fun and therefore if I tutor at the elementary level, I will provide fun handouts. Proofreading is my specialty and I am willing to edit drafts of reports, etc. By keeping current with new learning strategies, I am also welcoming the challenge of tutoring both children and adults with special needs. Check out the Wyzant tests I have passed to know that I can assist in other subjects in addition to my specialty. I have several years' experience as a Business Education teacher. Being that I have taught Business English, which emphasized grammar and punctuation, I feel very confident Read more

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Northridge, CA 91325
In-person lessons
Prealgebra, Statistics
Physiology, Psychology
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
Career Development,
GED, SAT Writing
American History
Special Needs:
Hard Of Hearing, Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Although I do not have a Credential in Special Education, I do have several years' experience with LAUSD in teaching students with special needs. I taught at WVOC which is a LAUSD adult school. Special needs students were mainstreamed into all of our classes and about 20% of my students came from the "adults with disabilities" program. I also had some high school students with special needs. In addition to my work experience, I also have an adult son with Autism so I am very prepared to accept all the challenges that I may face and welcome the chance to try different strategies to help students reach their full potential.


Although I do not have a credential in special ed., I do have an LAUSD teaching credential and have several years of experience working with adults with disabilities at WVOC. Our school had an "adults with disabilities" office and several students were enrolled in my classes throughout the years. I learned strategies for teaching students with Autism, Aspergers, and ADD/ADHD. I feel confident in teaching special needs students and can offer strategies that will instill confidence in these students.

Career Development

I taught at a LAUSD vocational school and on all of my subjects' course outline was a requirement to prepare students for work. I had my students prepare resumes in class and showed videos about job interviewing, dressing for success, etc. In my home I have several books and countless handouts on job searching. My 24 years of teaching experience kept me current with all of the new trends in job searching. I feel my experience will help me guide students in the right direction without making common mistakes.


I am qualified because I have passed the CBEST exam. I passed this exam in order to acquire my LAUSD credential. I have a credential in K-12 + adult (multiple subjects). I stayed current with topics on the CBEST by teaching adults and high school students. I would enjoy a tutoring assignment where I could offer strategies for passing the CBEST exam.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a K-12 multiple subjects credential from LAUSD. Although my experience is with adults and young adults, I did complete a year of student teaching in both a Kindergarten class and a third grade class. I also raised two children and was a school volunteer at an elementary school where I tutored a student in division and multiplication. I feel very qualified to work with elementary school aged children.

Public Speaking

I was a teacher for 24 years and my classes were introduced by lectures. I went from being a shy person to being able to speak comfortably in a classroom of 30+ students. I have attended lectures on how to ease stage fright and feel I can offer many suggestions to feeling comfortable in front of a class. If I am approved, I will bring my client my personal strategies plus handouts written by other professionals.

Special Needs

I have a LAUSD multiple subjects teaching credential for K-12 + adult. Although I do not have a designation for special needs, I do have 24 years of experience in working with students with special needs. I worked at a LAUSD vocational school where we had a department for "Adults with Disabilities." Each term, both adults and high school students with special needs were mainstreamed into my classes. I have attended lectures and have enough experience to feel very confident in working with special needs students.




Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Travel policy

Francine will travel within 15 miles of Northridge, CA 91325.