Debbie M.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA


Ms. Phonics! Pre K-3rd Reading Specialist- and math support

In-person lessons
1000+ Hours
Background check passed as of 10/30/15
5.0 average from 587 ratings
Absolutely Brilliant Tutor
— L, Rancho Cucamonga, CA on 7/25/14


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LaVerne University
Graduate Coursework
La Verne University



LaVerne University (Graduate Coursework)

La Verne University (MEd)

About Debbie

Accepting students to apply for my day time spots. Summer means a loss of 15 to 20 words a minute with fluency! Not my students! I see huge gains over the summer. June spots will fill up fast . Contact me soon!

A special learning studio in my home sets my program apart from clustered groups in shopping center programs, or student distractions at the student's house. The use of research based program, time tested materials, positive reinforcers, and manipulatives support my students with their goals.

I teach transitional kindergarten this year, but I have taught all lower grades for multiple years. I have a master's degree in education and a certificate in teaching advanced learners. My specialty is a unique and engaging approach in teaching children to read using stylized markings to reach early learners or struggling learners when others have not been able to help. I teach using simultaneous multi-sensory participation. If we can feel it, see it, hear it... we can remember it! This interactive teaching style has helped me teach many international students and even many three year olds to read! Some of my tutoring students have Individualized Educational Plans in school, and many have focus issues, while others just want to stay ahead of the curve and learn common core standards before they are introduced in school. I really enjoy supporting my students and families as their partner as they are navigating the educational system in pursuit of the best possible education for their child. I often have siblings who come to me, and I offer a family discount to help out. Sometimes students utilize my services for a while, then come in to see me for a "tune up" just to make sure their are no gaps in their growth. I have also consulted with school learning centers and helped hundreds of students move from below grade level to at or above.

To give more specifics, I help students increase fluency levels in reading by targeting goals with them. I support those individual needs by re-teaching and to fill "gaps" using diagnostic tests. I considering their unique learning style while helping them progress. In math, I help students understand concepts and remember how to do them in fun ways. This method gives them the ability to retain the information and be able to do this again later. My expertise is especially helpful to start young children off strong so their academic career is off to a positive start. I believe I help meet the needs of my students by addressing their learning styles including kinesthetic learning, verbal and oral learners. Thinking outside of the box is something I like to do as an educator. I have been told that my skills and my perspective combine to help students kids grow.

I became a teacher, because I love the challenge of helping students to reach their full potential. I have a passion for teaching children with little sayings or physical "helpers" that help children forever remember how to accomplish a certain skill or standard. My students often become wonderful teachers themselves because they can explain phonic patterns and math approaches so that others can learn or comprehend. I always help my students work on critical thinking and the "next" thing as I am working with them. I have trained many teachers in working with children in small groups.

Successful strategies in which I make learning a game have become my "secrets" of the trade. One of my students told me last week that he wanted to come to me each day instead of his other regular class! Teaching is an art and science combined. I have the ability to help your child when school alone is not working, or when that "next step" is not happening for them. Tutoring is a wonderful gift to a child.

I'd be happy not only to help students achieve, but to help parents help their children as well.
Accepting students to apply for my day time spots. Summer means a loss of 15 to 20 words a minute with fluency! Not my students! I see huge gains over the summer. June spots will fill up fast . Contact me soon!

A special learning studio in my home sets my program apart from clustered groups in shopping center programs, or student
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24 hours notice required

Group rate $30 to $35 - two to three students $25 to $30 per hour - more than 3 students

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Absolutely Brilliant Tutor"

- L, Rancho Cucamonga, CA on 7/25/14
Debbie replied on 7/26/2014

Thank you for your detailed response and comments! It has been such a pleasure being part of his journey. He is now reading all the 1st grade sight words from a list easily, and using them when he is reading books or passages. He is using the phonics that he has mastered and remembering to use strategies to try out new words that he hasn't encountered before. I see him enjoying what he is reading, and I have seen him grow in confidence. He has learned to read and is on his way to the next "read to learn" phrase. I have so enjoyed the time with your very special young man.

This is why I tutor and teach. How lucky am I!

"Knowledgeable Tutor"

- Cindy, Rancho Cucamonga, CA on 5/2/17

"The Best"

- Tenny, Fontana, CA on 11/9/16

"very happy"

- Larissa, Fontana, CA on 9/11/16

"Experienced, Patient and Encouraging Tutor"

- Shauna, Corona, CA on 4/2/16
Debbie replied on 4/5/2016

Thanks for your feedback Shauna. I really enjoy spending time teaching your daughter. She is picking up words and already beginning to read simple sentences in a short time. I just love when kids are learning so much and giggling at the same time!

"Excellent, Experienced, and Professional Tutor"

- Joni, Rancho Cucamonga, CA on 1/30/15
Debbie replied on 2/11/2015

Hi Joni,
Thank you for your comments. I really feel things are going to turn around for your son and that positive growth is going to be the fuel to keep that momentum building. He is very intelligent and capable and I know that he likes seeing those 100% papers! Hopefully we can keep goal setting as part of our lessons along with the subject and study support. I will be really excited for him as he sees the results of his hard work when it shows up on his progress reports.

"Great tutor"

- Shabnam, Upland, CA on 2/23/14

"We Simply Love Ms. Debbie"

- Bea, Rancho Cucamonga, CA on 11/23/13
Debbie replied on 11/25/2013

I love working with both of you! It's wonderful to see a parent so understanding of how important a "strong start" is. I don't have a crystal ball, but I do think I can see great things in the future!

"Great tutor for our kid"

- Irma, Rancho Cucamonga, CA on 10/3/13
Debbie replied on 10/6/2013

Thanks for your feedback! It is so important to help a child start off with a strong foundation. It is wonderful to see parents, such as yourself, who understand that this is an important time for children as they become readers.

I am very happy to be part of your daughter's journey, She will continue with a plan to learn her sight word, extend her phonic knowledge (including long vowels) and digraphs. Soon she evolves from someone learning to read- to someone reading to learn. An exciting time!

"Excellent tutor!"

- Marwa, Rancho Cucamonga, CA on 8/28/13

"The best tutor ever!"

- Leslie, Rialto, CA on 8/20/13
Debbie replied on 8/20/2013

Thank you for your kind words. I have really enjoyed seeing your son become a reader. He is well on his way in learning all those first grade sight words and doing a great job blending to read. Starting off strong is so important, and I really feel he is going to have an excellent year!

"Innovative and Inspiring"

- Adria, Rancho Cucamonga, CA on 4/5/13
Debbie replied on 4/5/2013

Thank you so much Adria! I am really looking forward in the creative journey your son and I are undertaking!
We are going to fill in some of those phonic/ spelling gaps, while learning the way he likes to learn.

"Amazing and Very Patient!!"

- Diana, Rancho Cucamonga, CA on 2/1/13

"Makes Learning Fun"

- Shannon, Rancho Cucamonga, CA on 12/23/12
Debbie replied on 4/5/2013

Your son has grown leaps and bounds in his reading skills and with his confidence. Just last lesson he read almost 70 words a minute after practicing a passage with only 1 error. We are seeing goals met with focus, phonics knowledge, sight word mastery, and fluency. He has acquired so many new skills. I love working with him as well and appreciate his enthusiastic nature in our approach together as we create the reader that I know he wants to become. I am looking forward to seeing him grow even more!

"Passionate tutor"

- Keerthi, Fontana, CA on 11/30/12
Debbie replied on 11/30/2012

Thank you for your very kind words. It has been such a pleasure seeing your daughter grow. She loves to learn! I have enjoyed all of our lessons together and I know wonderful things are to come for this special little girl!

"One Month Of Lessons and I Can See A Difference!"

- Pamela, Rancho Cucamonga, CA on 10/15/12
Debbie replied on 11/4/2012

Thank you for your feedback! I can't begin to tell you how proud I am of your son. He gets right to work at giving his very best effort, and his confidence is growing tremendously! He was so proud the other day when he read a passage and passed up that 100 words per minute mark. He is not guessing during reading and using strategies. Soon he will have mastered his high frequency words for the year! I see wonderful things ahead for him and it is a pleasure working with him to help him reach for his full potential!

Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math
Elementary Science
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Reading,
Special Needs:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Phonics,
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Spelling, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have taught Elementary Education for over 14 years and currently am teaching! I love what I do and know how to creatively engage my students to master standards for lasting confidence and success in their academic careers. My students' achievements are demonstrated on their high standardized test scores. More importantly, my students (who are forever my students) are people who enjoy learning!


I have been teaching phonic, reading, and all language skills in my classroom for 14 years. My ESL students are often my highest students! I use lots or visuals in my teaching and I check for understanding during every point in my lessons. I love communicating with my ESL parents and using my Spanish as they are trying to communicate with me as well in their second language!


I have a Masters degree in Education with a reading emphasis. and a specialist certificate for advanced learners.I have taught children to read for over 18 years. I teach the key standards and skills for phonics and sight words which leads to fluent reading success. I have even successfully taught 3 year olds to read sounds, blends, and digraphs, as well as long vowel sounds in order to read. I have worked with students in grades K through 12 grade to improve and gain in their reading fluency. I have worked with tutoring centers to help improve and strengthen their instructional practices. My student outcomes have involved success of growth from intensive to benchmark or challenge levels after a tutoring plan has been administered. Phonics are fun. It really is simple to me, but I have been sharing my formula to many for years. Children "connect" to my stories and stylized markings. They use these to write and learn with. These connections help them learn until the skill is automatic.


I teach reading skills using stylized markings and secret stories that will have my reader learning and laughing. They can recall the story related to the phonic or visualize what is taught. Soon they are applying when reading...and even better reading when other methods just didn't work for them. I fill in the gaps they have and help with sight words. My readers become experts at phonics. I use diagnostics to find out exactly what is missing with a student and add interesting fluency practice. Making learning a game is my specialty. Teaching reading is my passion.

LaVerne University
Graduate Coursework
La Verne University



LaVerne University (Graduate Coursework)

La Verne University (MEd)

Absolutely Brilliant Tutor

Mrs. Debbie M is an absolutely brilliant tutor. Having grown up with a true love for reading, I was met with a sense of failure when I couldn't pass this love for reading on to my son. (He loved to be read to, but he was lacking both the confidence and the interest to learn how to read on his own.) I cannot begin to fully, appropriately express just how grateful I am to have found Debbie, and h

— L, Rancho Cucamonga, CA on 7/25/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $48.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Group rate $30 to $35 - two to three students $25 to $30 per hour - more than 3 students

Travel policy

Debbie will travel within 15 miles of Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701.