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Marsha F.

Reseda, CA

$40/hour

Experienced Credentialed Teacher for both Children and Adults

In-person lessons
200+ Hours
Background check passed as of 12/3/15
4.9 average from 171 ratings
Perfect fit!
— Selena, Encino, CA on 1/8/14

$40/Hour


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Los Angeles Pierce College
Education
California State University, Northridge
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Education

Los Angeles Pierce College (Education)

California State University, Northridge (Other)

About Marsha

Hi! My name is Marsha, and I graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Multiple Subjects Clear Teaching Credential and a major in Child Development. I also have a Cross-cultural Language Acquisition Development Certificate which allows me to teach non-English speaking students (both adults and children). (See blog.)

I got this certificate when I was teaching a modified bilingual classroom for a year. I went to a language school in Costa Rica during my off-track (vacation) time. Learning different customs and cultures is important to me. I feel it makes me a more effective teacher.

Children are our future and opening their minds is always an exciting time. I love the challenge of grabbing the teaching moment and turning it into the "ah ha moment" when the light bulb goes on, and I see your child understand concepts where they weren't available to him/her before.

In over 25 years of teaching, I've been able to impact my students with the love of learning. I teach math, reading, phonics, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, comprehension, English as a Second Language, test taking skills and study skills.

I emphasize such things as written expression, reading comprehension, vocabulary-building, critical thinking, and logic. (Common Core Curriculum.)

Whether we are working on reading, spelling or math, I assign homework to review the subject taught, and keep the student engaged but not overwhelmed.

I am flexible with time. However, I do have a 24-hour cancellation policy. I am comfortable with tutoring both privately or in a group. I also provide an environment conducive to learning.

I look forward to hearing from you to find out how I can best be of service to meet your needs. Everyone can be successful in their studies and feel good about themselves. Let me help you reach those goals!
Hi! My name is Marsha, and I graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Multiple Subjects Clear Teaching Credential and a major in Child Development. I also have a Cross-cultural Language Acquisition Development Certificate which allows me to teach non-English speaking students (both adults and children). (See blog.)
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 12 miles of Reseda, CA 91335
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Perfect fit!"

- Selena, Encino, CA on 1/8/14

"Very patient"

- Janet, Van Nuys, CA on 10/19/17

"Fun Elementary Tutor"

- Erica, Sylmar, CA on 8/1/17
Marsha replied on 8/3/2017

Thank you Erica! I enjoy Alisa too. :)

"Patient and delightful tutor!"

- Viranica, Calabasas, CA on 4/6/17

"Great Lesson!"

- Janna, Sherman Oaks, CA on 3/30/17
Marsha replied on 3/30/2017

Thank you Janna. I look forward to continue working with Paloma next week. She is a joy.

"Marsha was great!"

- Ryan, Reseda, CA on 3/6/17

"good job"

- Jane, Sherman Oaks, CA on 2/28/17
Marsha replied on 3/2/2017

I feel so fortunate to have made such a good impression right after our very first lesson! Good luck to Lena. I know she will do well.

"Professional from capital P !"

- Olesia, Winnetka, CA on 3/3/16

"Very Good with a reluctant student"

- Keiko, Panorama City, CA on 2/4/16

"Knowledgeable, Dedicated, and Patient"

- Erika, Reseda, CA on 9/24/14
Marsha replied on 9/25/2014

Thanks Erika. Keep up the good work!

"Great match for our son"

- Adora, Woodland Hills, CA on 3/14/14
Language:
Reading
History:
Social Studies

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Approved subjects

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ADHD

In my 25 years of teaching, I have experiences working with elementary school age students with ADD/ADHD. I did this in my own classroom. These students had their own I.E.P.'s. Some of the modifications I made in my class were: I gave students more time to complete a test or an assignment. I used the student as a time keeper when playing a game. I presented the material in a different way to the student. I let them use a squeeze toy when they were anxious. I let them stand behind their chair when they were anxious. I let them get a drink of water when they were anxious. I allowed the student to take the test, for example, by answering the questions out loud rather than using a paper and pencil. I used a "buy-in" reward system. Children are our future and opening their minds is always an exciting time. I love the challenge of grabbing the teaching moment and turning it into the "ah ha moment" when the light bulb goes on, and I see your child understand concepts where they weren't available to him/her before.

Elementary (K-6th)

I graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Multiple Subjects Clear Teaching Credential. I believe in a caring, creative, and rigorous approach to tutoring. I work to help my students embrace the whole process of learning: the struggle to master difficult material, the freedom to make mistakes, the joy of discovery, and the pride felt in being successful. I have been teaching for 25+ years.

Elementary Math

If you are looking for a fun and innovative way for your children to learn and master elementary math, you will want to reach out to me. I have a wealth of experience and knowledge and would like to share it with my students. I am aware that each student has their own modality in which they learn, (auditory, visual, and/or kinesthetic) and I can patiently find creative ways to a successful understanding of math concepts which weren't there before.

Some students think they don't like math because they don't understand it. All they really need is a little help. I believe every student can be successful!

Elementary Science

My hope is help those who feel that they "can't do science" because "it's not their thing." I don't believe it's not your thing; you just haven't been helped by me! The best thing about science is...it is a methodical study of nature that forms a hypothesis, prediction and explanation. Children love it because it is "hands-on" and fun!

English

I teach every aspect of English and (ESL): listening skills, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary and proofreading.

I went to Costa Rica during my off-track time to receive my CLAD (Cross-Cultural Language Acquisition Development Certificate) which affords me the opportunity to teach non-English speaking students.

Grammar

As an elementary and ESL teacher, I have been trained to teach reading. This includes English, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, punctuation, and phonics.

My approach to this subject is guided by the Common Core standard of California. For each grade level, the standard states that the student is expected to "Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking." Of course, the specifics vary by grade level.

I utilize the materials from the student's class to advance his/her grammar skills.

Phonics

I am certified by the Los Angeles Unified School District to teach elementary students phonemic and phonological awareness. I teach letters, letter sounds, blending, dolch words (sight words), whole words, spelling, vocabulary and comprehension; all needed for reading and writing.

Proofreading

I myself check my own work just like I tell my students how important it is to proofread theirs.

A whole paper, ad, letter, job application, etc. can be dismissed because of errors that were not caught because one didn't take the time to proofread their work.

Reading

One of the best ways to master reading is to become a "reader." I ask students to read aloud. I then ask questions about what they read, (summarize) to ensure comprehension.

Social Studies

I am a certified teacher and have been teaching social studies for 25 years and am thoroughly excited to impart my knowledge of history to the students. It is like being in a time machine. I do a lot of traveling and bring in pictures and other artifacts from my escapades which makes it more exciting and fun....NOT BORING! It becomes real. A hands-on experience.

Spelling

I have taken phonics classes, which help students with their reading and spelling. Using phonemic awareness (putting letter sounds together) is actual learning rather than "studying" by rote. When you learn the "rules," there isn't anything you can't read just by sounding it out.

Study Skills

In my 25 years of teaching with the Los Angeles Unified School District, I realized many students needed to learn how to study before they actually could. I have many study skills "tricks" up my sleeves. Color coding, highlighting, underscoring, and summarizing are all good tools to use as study skills.

Everyone has their own unique modality for learning and therefore, I don't believe there is only one way to master a concept. I am flexible, however, I am committed to finding an avenue for comprehension before moving on to the next idea.

I am very good at helping students compartmentalize the areas of study they need to improve. By breaking down the larger pieces into smaller pieces into smaller chunks, I can lead a student to succeed.

I also teach skills like reading the questions for logic (common core.) Students learn how to comprehend and remember information for future reference. Learning can be fun!

Vocabulary

I teach vocabulary by definition, antonym, synonym and using the word in a sentence.Depending on the grade level, I have the students draw a picture or look the word up in a dictionary or thesaurus.

Los Angeles Pierce College
Education
California State University, Northridge
Other

Education

Los Angeles Pierce College (Education)

California State University, Northridge (Other)

Perfect fit!

Ms. F seems to be a terrific fit for my 8 year old son. When he finished with his reading/phonics session he had a big smile on his face and could explain what he had learned. He later told me that Ms. F was 'really nice' which is important to him at this young age, but he did a lot of work! I saw confidence in him. Her credentials are impressive, we are looking forward to future success! Upd

— Selena, Encino, CA on 1/8/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Marsha will travel within 12 miles of Reseda, CA 91335.