Over 200 tutoring hours

Sarah S.

San Jose, CA

$45/hour

Sarah S.--Math, Science, English, Reading

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 12/5/13
5.0 average from 116 ratings
The Best!!
— Gloria, Santa Clara, CA on 3/2/16

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California State University, East Bay
Liberal Studies
California State University, East Bay
Other

Education

California State University, East Bay (Liberal Studies)

California State University, East Bay (Other)

About Sarah

I am interested in tutoring elementary school aged children. I started working as a child care specialist at the age of 12. I have been a Nanny for three years for three girls, and I have taught for over 12 years. With a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, I now know several strategies to help students struggling with concepts in Reading, Math, and Science. I specialize in Math: Pre Algebra, Algebra, English, Grammar, Science and Reading. I taught Kindergarten for five years, fifth grade for four years, second grade for one year, third grade for one year and first grade for one year. I have 12 years of experience lesson planning and devising innovative ideas to teach phonics, grammar, science, and math. Working one on one with a child is a wonderful opportunity to focus and delve deeper into what a child's challenges and strengths are.

I am respectful and patient and recognize the power of clear communication in order to learn. I have been told by the principals that I have an excellent rapport with children. My classroom is known for its calm and quiet atmosphere. I have high expectations, routines, and consistency. I am constantly inventing teaching strategies to surprise and motivate students to participate in the learning process. I help children reach his/her potential while developing a life-long love of learning. There is always room for growth; mistakes are opportunities to learn!

I am flexible with time. With a 24-hour cancellation policy, I do offer make-up classes.

A quiet well-lit place to study is extremely important. I have room at my home, and I am also willing to travel to another location.

I am eager to hear from you and support your child in their educational endeavors.
I am interested in tutoring elementary school aged children. I started working as a child care specialist at the age of 12. I have been a Nanny for three years for three girls, and I have taught for over 12 years. With a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, I now know several strategies to help students struggling with concepts in Read more

Policies
Cancellation
1 hour notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 8 miles of San Jose, CA 95126
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"The Best!!"

- Gloria, Santa Clara, CA on 3/2/16

"Meets child's needs"

- Christa, Campbell, CA on 11/19/15

"Patient and knowledgable tutor"

- Irene, San Jose, CA on 9/30/15

"Awesome Tutor!"

- Lynda, Milpitas, CA on 3/30/14
Sarah replied on 3/31/2014

Thank you, Lynda, for your very kind words! I enjoy working with your son. He is so motivated to learn. He brings a smile to my face with his witty comments and insightful observations about reading and his high frequency words. He is a pleasure to teach!

Math:
Elementary Math
English:
English, Grammar, Reading
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading
Sports/Recreation:
Yoga

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Elementary (K-6th)

I have a BA in Liberal Studies from Cal State, East Bay. I also have a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, which I earned in 1997 from California State University, East Bay (Formerly known as Cal State Hayward). I have a concentration in early Childhood Studies. I have taught Kindergarten for four years, first grade for one, and fifth grade for three years.

Phonics

I have taught Kindergarten for five years. I worked at a school which used the Carden Method. This is a step by step approach to learning how to read. It starts with the basic concepts of phonics, the sounds that letters make, and it progresses to rules of phonics and finally blends, two letters which say a specific sound. Furthermore, it discusses exceptions to the rule, like many of the sight words. I have a minor in Early Childhood Education. Currently I am tutoring a 4 year old, whom I am teaching to write his name and beginning reading/phonics, and I am tutoring a first grade who is struggling with phonics and learning his sight words.

Yoga

I have been a student of yoga for over 15 years. I started by teaching myself Hatha yoga with Richard Hittleman's book, 28 Day Yoga Plan. Then I learned Iyengar yoga from an experienced (taught yoga for over 10 years) instructor at 101 Fitness gym. Currently I do yoga at home using podcasts, tapes, and from memory. I exercise daily and keep in shape. Yoga is and always will be part of my exercise routine. I have reference books regarding postures to ensure proper form.

California State University, East Bay
Liberal Studies
California State University, East Bay
Other

Education

California State University, East Bay (Liberal Studies)

California State University, East Bay (Other)

The Best!! — Thank you Sarah! My Son has enjoyed every lesson! He's always asking when his next lesson will be! Also, Your lesson updates are the best and give me piece of mind that My sons in great hands! Thank you again! ...

— Gloria, Santa Clara, CA on 3/2/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

Sarah will travel within 8 miles of San Jose, CA 95126.