Petrina R.

Roseville, CA


Back to School and off to a great start!

300+ Hours
5.0 average from 214 ratings
Great tutor
— Joanna, Roseville, CA on 12/8/14


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Sierra College
Liberal Studies
Sacramento State University & National University


Sierra College (Liberal Studies)

Sacramento State University & National University (Other)

About Petrina

It's Back to school and a great start to a great year! Perhaps your child will be attending a new school, learning new subjects or you are wanting to give your child more confidence as the new school year begins. I can focus on Language arts, math and common core projects giving your child space to learn. I can prep for math for the year ahead or work in some areas that were challenging. I have lots of supplies so I can provide all the learning essentials. I would love to have the opportunity to work with your family to assist in keeping your child on the right track, reinforcing specific skills, building confidence and keeping your child an active and attentive learner. Give your child a boost in academics and confidence for the coming year!
I am sure you have seen your child when he/she is learning something new and they look up at you and in an excited way say, "I've got it!" That is why I teach. Those moments happen once for each tiny step that they take, and there isn't anything that can change that moment and their excitement when they get it. Let's keep that going and keep them excited about learning!
I am currently a first grade teacher and have taught multiple grade levels (K, 1, 2, 3, and gifted education 4-6). I currently have my CLAD certificate and have been working with second language children for all 21 years of my career. I have also worked with children with special needs with different ranges of autism and other needs. I have received a certificate in Gifted Education. I have taken over 6 specified courses within the Common Core Curriculum. I also teach strategies on mindful learning, and opportunities to work in their own creative space. Those "I've got it" moments are precious! Then when your child gets stuck or is having a difficult time understanding something, we want to help--we don't want them to struggle. Somehow the evening comes to an end with a child in tears and a parent saying I don't know why you just don't get started and finish up so you can go play. So I am here to help your family make those evenings a little more peaceful. I would love to work with your family and see those happy faces when they finally say, "I've got it!"

Fall to December sessions have begun and there is still time to get your child started to ensure academic success this year. You will also receive a written lesson of what we covered and learned. There will always be a 5 minute review of what we covered from the prior session and new material and an end review of what we covered in current session.

**I will be available between the hours of 4:00PM- 8:00PM. with staggered hours.
**No sessions on Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas.
Times will be in one hour blocks and will take place Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
**Sessions are held at Martha Riley Library in Roseville & Starbucks within surrounding Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Antelope and Sacramento areas***
**Have more than one child- or a friend that would benefit from sessions- You each would receive $10.00 off your first session. ($40 an hour becomes $30 an hour for first session for each of you).
**Last summer I did a reading book group of 3-4 students in a group. If I have enough response, I would be happy to do another book group. Inquire and we may just need another person to make a group! It was great fun! Focus was on: Vocabulary, Reading, Reading comprehension, and writing all in an hour! I purchase the books and then your child keeps the book for a summer memory!
Let's have a great summer!!

No scheduled sessions on Fridays! Thank you!

Thank you for your time and I look forward to working with your family!
Let's help your child blossom and shine!
It's Back to school and a great start to a great year! Perhaps your child will be attending a new school, learning new subjects or you are wanting to give your child more confidence as the new school year begins. I can focus on Language arts, math and common core projects giving your child space to learn. I can prep for math for the year ahead or Read more

6 hours notice required

*New Beginnings this fall! If you refer a friend for fall sessions -then you and your friend receive $10 off your first session! Thank you!

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Roseville, CA 95747
Background Check: Passed

"Great tutor"

- Joanna, Roseville, CA on 12/8/14
Petrina replied on 12/9/2014

Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to work with your daughter and your family. She is a hard worker and really enjoys learning. She is an active learner and loves to play games. Thank you for the comments about the lesson plan write ups. My goal is to provide you with information that we have covered and information that will show academic growth. It is also information that you can share with her teachers also. Thank you so much! It is a pleasure working with your family!

"Great tutor! Very patient and kind with children."

- Wendy, Antelope, CA on 10/28/13
Petrina replied on 10/28/2013

Thank you so much Wendy for allowing me the opportunity to work with your daughter. She is a wonderful little girl who strives to stay focused and do her best in each session. She is a hard worker! It is wonderful to see such a wonderful family actively seeking the best educational experiences for your children.
Thank you again for the wonderful opportunity!

"Excellent Tutor"

- Daniel, Roseville, CA on 2/23/13
Petrina replied on 10/28/2013

Thank you so much for the opportunity to work with your son. He is a very special little boy with a great heart and has a great love for learning. He has grown so much over this past year! So proud of him. Thank you for being active parents in your child's education!

Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math
Grammar, Reading
Special Needs:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Phonics,
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Grammar, Handwriting,
Study Skills

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Elementary (K-6th)

My passion for education has gotten me to where I am today. I first began working as an assistant in Physical Education, where I worked with children from K-6th grade. Within 4 years, I began working in a Kindergarten class as an assistant where we focused on reading centers and themed curriculum. From there, I continued my education and received my Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies, and received my Multiple Subject Clear Teaching Credential. I began working as a 3rd grade teacher in a school with great diversity. I was given the opportunity to work as a combination class teacher teaching 2nd and third grade students for several years. I am currently teaching second grade in a school that has over 51 different languages and is a full inclusion school. Over the last thirteen years, I have had many wonderful opportunities to work with "Reading Specialists," and have received a great deal of training in the area of Reading (including Reading Recovery strategies, small group instruction, reciprocal teaching, and using higher level questioning skills). My strengths as a math teacher include using manipulatives, and applying daily life applications to mathematical standards. I find that continual review of math strengthens a child's understanding of the concepts. Therefore, the children are able to relate math terms to cross curricular subjects ( for example: we use the word quarter in: time, money, fractions, music, etc.) I received my CLAD Certificate which allows me to work with second language learners on a daily basis. In the area of Gifted Education, I have received a certificate from Fresno State University and have taught many gifted education classes within a school setting. I am very familiar with IEP's and working with Autistic and Special Needs children. I truly love watching the "I got it!" moments in education where a child looks at you and says, "I got it!" There isn't anything that can make you feel more successful as a teacher; but most importantly, that the child truly understands the standards being taught and will carry that knowledge with them forever.


As a teacher, handwriting is one of the most important skills you can give a young learner. I have been teaching for 17 years and have taught D'nealian handwriting and cursive along with the standard printing and cursive formats. No matter what grade I teach k,1,2,3,4 we always start the year off learning and practicing handwriting skills. This is a lifelong skill that they need.


Teaching in Kindergarten through third grade phonics is a huge part of learning how sounds are formed, how they are put together to make blending sounds ( in two and three letter blends) and the fundamentals of what a root word is. As the child's language and understanding of language develops they can begin to look at smaller words inside of a big word and use that strategy to read more complex word patterns and words. For example, the word organize can be a difficult word when a child first sees the word, but if a child uses the strategy of "Do I see a word I know inside of the large word?" They can usually identify two small words "or" and "an". They may also be able to identify the "ize" as a silent e at the end makes the vowel say its name. A child feels successful when they can look at a difficult word and break it down and then read it successfully. These are strategies that children can use throughout their lives whenever they come to a difficult word. Teaching children tricks when reading and sounds out words is what makes phonics fun! Phonics can be taught by making words and finding word patterns within a poem. I believe that phonics is a fundamental skill that is vital to teaching a child why certain letters are put together to make words and the success each child has when learning to read. We want every child to love reading and by teaching phonics as a skill to read difficult word patterns it is the stepping stone each child deserves to have while learning language.


*Currently teach first grade.
*Taught 2,and 3rd grade.
*Have my gifted certificate
*Am working towards A common core specialist certificate in Elementary Education
*Have my CLAD certificate.
* have taught 20 years


I believe children learn best by following patterns in spelling. By teaching children blends, vowel patterns, and to chunk longer words creates "learning spelling," as fun! Working with older children or advanced children, it is easy to teach them to locate the base word and move out and look for prefixes or suffixes on words. This can assist in not making the larger spelling words so tough to spell. By using these patterns in learning spelling; I am also indirectly teaching functions of grammar along with defining the word (vocabulary). I feel the more I can overlap a child's learning with words the better speller, reader and writer they will be. The world of spelling becomes less daunting, more successful and the eagerness to learn to spell words becomes exciting!

Study Skills

Study skills are the backbone of success in school and in life. Organization is the first key to success: from making sure you have a backpack, binders,tabbed sections to be placed in binders, paper, and a great pocket for the pencils and pens. Attitude carries you along way in the success of school: Knowing that each day is a new day filled with new learning experiences. Asking your child , "what is one thing new you learned today?" is more specific than just asking what happened in school today. The child's answer that we have all heard, "nothing." So giving a more specific question is going to show your child that you are engaged in their learning. They will more than likely give you a better idea of what they really did learn in school that day. The study area is also important because it teaches your children that they have an important place to work in the house; just like you may have your computer space at home. Designate a certain time to work on school work. If a child has a routine and they know that routine will exist each day; homework will more likely be completed and with less resistance.

We often assume that children understand that there is a format in a Science book, Social Studies book, or a grammar lesson. We may often say, "OK, now read these pages and answer the questions." We assume they know to read the Bold Headings first, think about what those headings mean, and what is something you learned under that heading. Oh! and don't forget those pictures with the little tiny words under them. They are loaded with test question potential. Children need to be given creative ways to learn things (through games, tactile, and movement.) They need to find that learning is an adventure and learning is something everyone does each day no matter how old you are or what grade you are in. Your children need to learn study skills, because in life you have to be an engaged worker, so let's give children these tools now that they will be able to carry with them through all facets of life.

Sierra College
Liberal Studies
Sacramento State University & National University


Sierra College (Liberal Studies)

Sacramento State University & National University (Other)

Great tutor

We have been working with Petrina for about a month now. She is very patient and my daughter loves her tutoring sessions. Petrina makes each session fun while covering the material planned. I really appreciate the lesson plans and the detailed summary of each session.

— Joanna, Roseville, CA on 12/8/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

*New Beginnings this fall! If you refer a friend for fall sessions -then you and your friend receive $10 off your first session! Thank you!

Travel policy

Petrina will travel within 15 miles of Roseville, CA 95747.