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Dolores Z.

Pollock Pines, CA

$25/hour

I love writing, computers and the arts!

Background check passed as of 12/15/10
4.4 average from 10 ratings

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San Diego State University
Coleman College
Graduate Coursework
California State University Sacramento
Other

Education

San Diego State University

Coleman College (Graduate Coursework)

California State University Sacramento (Other)

About Dolores

I enjoy helping students one-on-one with subjects they are experiencing difficulty with. I have always responded better to teachers who understood my obstacles and so I try to understand where each student is being challenged and break down that obstacle to learning so the student can enjoy the subject instead of dreading it.

My favorite grades to work with are 7th and 8th. I suspect that's because I developed a sense of humor about myself to survive my own middle school years and I appreciate the budding humor of that age group. I have helped people from age six to sixty with writing.

I try to find bridges from a student's interest to the academic challenge they currently face. Finding reading material at a student's reading level that also relates to a hobby they love can help break down walls they may be putting up to avoid fearing the task.

Writing can start out like a conversation instead of an assignment to fill up a page. Learning new vocabulary can develop from observation of one's familiar world. Sometimes even drawing or other art activities can lead to learning to express oneself more sufficiently with words.

Having experience working with students with special needs, I do understand that a major expectation of a tutor or any educator is to help accelerate learning so the student does not fall behind. To begin accelerating a student needs encouragement to get through the sticky parts, and to have expectations discussed (before starting) with the student, parent, tutor, so the educational goal is not a mystery!

People ask me what my favorite job was. Currently, I would say it was the time I tutored at Foothill Indian Education. It was a relaxed and comfortable library setting that included a computer lab and supplies and a space for cultural activities to be done after homework.
We were able to quickly tackle homework, research anything needed for papers and have a craft or other activity to look forward to while being around kind and supportive people.

I hope I can provide a similar experience to any youth or adult, who needs tutoring.
I enjoy helping students one-on-one with subjects they are experiencing difficulty with. I have always responded better to teachers who understood my obstacles and so I try to understand where each student is being challenged and break down that obstacle to learning so the student can enjoy the subject instead of dreading it.

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Policies
Cancellation
8 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Pollock Pines, CA 95726
Background Check: Passed
Math:
ACT Math, Geometry, SAT Math
Science:
ACT Science, Biology, Geology, Psychology
Art:
Drawing,
Painting,
Photography, Theatre
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Photography
Special Needs:
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Reading,
Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking,
Sewing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Cooking

When I was an Independent Living Skills teacher I taught adult students with developmental disabilities how to cook according to their goals and current abilities. I can teach how to follow recipes as well as how to freestyle food preparation to taste (salads, wraps, etc.)

I have been cooking for myself most of my life, to save money.

I have had a job cooking on a grill and preparing sandwiches in the past.

Drawing

I loved to draw growing up and took art all through high school and college. I've used many mediums including pencils, charcoal, conte crayon, pastels, and ink. I took Intermediate drawing and life drawing in college at San Diego State University in the late '80's, where I graduated with a degree in Fine Art, emphasis on Painting and Printmaking. I spent the past four years teaching art in all mediums at a day program for adults with developmental disabilities. I have also taught my friend's granddaughter how to draw a horse recently and would like to do more of that in the future.

Elementary (K-6th)

I taught an Elementary Resource class (2nd through 5th grade)from 2007 to 2008 that included spelling, grammar, reading comprehension and math.

I was also a substitute teacher in grades K-12 off and on from 2002 to about 2009, following lesson plans for a variety of subjects.

I tutored 1st through 12th grade students during the Fall semester of 2007 at Foothill Indian Education in all core subjects.

I held the following California Preliminary credentials until June of 2011. I did not choose to clear them after being laid off from teaching due to district budget cuts:

Education Specialist Instruction Credential (TC3S)
Mild/Moderate Disabilities California 06/01/2011
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (TC2 )
California 06/01/2011
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (TC2 )
Crosscultural, Language & Academic Development Emphasis California 06/21/2011
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (TC2 )
General Subjects

Painting

I have enjoyed art, especially painting, all of my life. I have spent the past four years teaching adults with developmental disabilities how to use and express themselves with acrylic and watercolor paints. I learned about art in child development 1994 when I took an ECE class on Art in Children at Mira Costa College in San Diego. I learned oil painting and watercolor techniques in community college in San Diego in 1985. I earned a B.A. in Fine Art, emphasis on Painting and Printmaking, at San Diego State University in 1989 where I used different mediums with acrylic paint and learned about current events in art.

Reading

I took all the Reading Specialist courses at Sacramento State University needed to obtain my Preliminary Education Specialist Credential.
These courses included reading, practice and understanding of Direct Instruction and widely used programs such as Open Court, SRA, Read Naturally and more.

I have used these programs as a substitute teacher in grades 1st through 8th from 2002 to 2008; in my student teaching classes and as a Resource Teacher at Camino School from 2008 to 2009.

Sewing

I learned to sew at home using a sewing machine at age 11. I started clothing sewing projects in 4H when I was about 15, winning a few ribbons at the El Dorado County Fair.

I took beginning and intermediate sewing classes while attending Ponderosa High School. I worked at House of Fabrics (now Joanne Fabrics) in Escondido and taught some window treatment classes to their customers.

I designed and sewed costumes for actors in a Theater El Dorado production in 1981, and for productions at Mira Costa College in San Diego while I was a student there from 1984 to 1985.

I worked doing alterations at a small home business in Encinitas, California called Sew Unique around 1984.

I've done a variety of small projects for personal clients over the years including costumes for a children's play (the children drew the designs and I sewed them based on the drawings and their measurements), minor alterations of women's and men's clothing, etc.

My most recent project was learning to make tote bags without a pattern at M.O.R.E., my place of employment, where I also teach other employees how to use the different sewing machines in the Creative Arts department.

I can guide a student through all phases of making a garment or other sewing project from a store bought pattern, from choosing the fabric, to pressing and other finishing touches.

Special Needs

I have worked as a Direct Service Professional in a day program for adults for the past four years, teaching art techniques, percussion, and movement.

I also worked as a Resource Specialist at an elementary school in the past.

I have been a substitute teacher in many special needs classes in public schools around the county, at elementary, middle and high schools.

I have used direct instruction methods where the curriculum is very scripted. I also teach in different modes for different learning styles.

Writing

My writing got me through college at San Diego State University as well as Education courses at Sacramento State University. I have written articles for college newspapers as well as creative writing to share at open mike nights in San Diego and Orange County.

I can help you narrow down what you want to say and proofread to avoid redundancy. I hope I can help you find the fun in writing. If you write about things you care about, your writing will be more vibrant.

San Diego State University
Coleman College
Graduate Coursework
California State University Sacramento
Other

Education

San Diego State University

Coleman College (Graduate Coursework)

California State University Sacramento (Other)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $25.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

Dolores will travel within 15 miles of Pollock Pines, CA 95726.