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Moira W.

Pasadena, CA

$40/hour

Teacher/Therapist, specializing in creative kids

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Scripps College
Languages and Media
USC
Master's

Education

Scripps College (Languages and Media)

USC (Master's)

About Moira

Patient and creative teacher. I love working with students with behavioral or learning challenges. I am bilingual in English/Spanish. My tutoring experience includes: all levels of English, from elementary school basic reading skills through AP English Literature; math from elementary basic skills through pre-calculus; Spanish from elementary level through AP Spanish, study skills, creative writing, and writing the college essay. I have been a high school teacher, elementary school teacher, and I currently work as a child and family therapist.

Formerly, I taught at a school for students with learning challenges, students who with emotional disturbances, and students who were especially creative in non-traditional areas of study, such as the arts or outdoor exploration. Later, as a traditional classroom teacher, I taught first grade and immersion Spanish classes to kids in first through sixth grades. I have also worked as a leader on high school student trips abroad to Peru, Costa Rica, and Guatemala. I have also taught homeschool nature connection and cooking classes.

My tutoring experience includes:

English - Basic reading/phonics skills through high school AP English
Math - Basic mathematics skills through pre-calculus
Spanish - Introductory level (starting age 5)
Spanish/French - high school level
Writing - Writing the college essay, creative writing, journal writing, playwriting for kids.

Creatively, I have worked with a student for over three years on a series of books he is writing. Please contact me if you are interested in a creative, nurturing approach to tutoring your child.
Patient and creative teacher. I love working with students with behavioral or learning challenges. I am bilingual in English/Spanish. My tutoring experience includes: all levels of English, from elementary school basic Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 8 miles of Pasadena, CA 91101
In-person lessons
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Prealgebra, SAT Math
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Spanish
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Spanish

I have been speaking Spanish for 17 years and studying it for 24. As a Spanish teacher of five years, I have lived and travelled in Spain, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Chile, Uruguay, and El Salvador. In the summers, I am an Adventure Travel Leader with a company that takes high school students abroad to live with families and perform community service work.

Writing

It's hard to come up with which kind of writing I like to teach better: essay writing, where kids are figuring out what they think and feel about something they've read? Or creative writing, where they're exploring their imaginations and playing with language skills? Or college essay writing, where kids are examining their own experience and who they think they are? Which is my favorite - I don't think I have one!

Scripps College
Languages and Media
USC
Master's

Education

Scripps College (Languages and Media)

USC (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Moira will travel within 8 miles of Pasadena, CA 91101.