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Chrys B.

San Luis Obispo, CA


"English, Speech, & Writing taught by a fun drama pro!"

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Background check passed as of 7/17/12
4.9 average from 49 ratings
Excellent teacher
— Ken, Arroyo Grande, CA on 8/21/15

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Cal State, Fullerton
University of La Verne


Cal State, Fullerton

University of La Verne (Other)

About Chrys

I am a credentialed teacher who has taught English, Speech, Writing and Drama at the high school and middle school level. I use an organic approach that zeros in on the strengths and knowledge that the student brings to the table and uses that to build a bridge to what the student wants to learn. I am all about working as quickly or slowly as necessary to get you the results you are looking for.

I enjoy working with both kids and adults. Before becoming a teacher, I had careers in the media and financial industries, which have given me a great, practical business background along with excellent people skills. If you're an adult entering (or re-entering) the job market, I can sharpen those all-important speaking/writing/presentation skills that will give you the edge in these competitive times. Feeling a little insecure about computer literacy? I'm the perfect fun and patient coach to help you become proficient at basic programs like Word, Excel and Power Point that you'll use in most jobs. I've taught computer use to my 85 year old dad and I can teach you!

I am also a life-long theater person. I've directed many, many plays and worked with casts of all ages and ability levels, including kids and adults with learning or reading challenges. I think this is extraordinarily important, and here's why. The skills necessary to succeed as a performer -focus, discipline, goal-setting, creative thinking- are the very same needed to excel at school, work, or most any endeavor worth doing. Knowing how to reach someone and "get a performance out of him," as we say in theater, is really what teaching and learning are all about.

I'm the type of curious person with a quirky sense of humor who is fascinated by all kinds of people and all kinds of academic subjects. To me, learning is fun. Let me help make it fun for you or your child, too!
I am a credentialed teacher who has taught English, Speech, Writing and Drama at the high school and middle school level. I use an organic approach that zeros in on the Read more

3 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Excellent teacher"

- Ken, Arroyo Grande, CA on 8/21/15

"Great Tutor and Great Feedback"

- Michele, San Luis Obispo, CA on 8/9/15

"Impressive tutoring skills"

- Melissa, Los Osos, CA on 2/21/13

"Great tutorship and support"

- Luca, San Luis Obispo, CA on 1/28/13

"Excellent Tutor"

- Nancy, Cambria, CA on 10/18/12
Film, Theatre
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
Proofreading, Public Speaking,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary,
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
GRE, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
General Computer,
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Science,
Phonics, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
GRE, Marketing, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word,
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

Vocabulary, writing, text analysis, comprehension.

ACT Reading

Text analysis, vocabulary, principles of logic, argument, rhetorical speech


Specializing in General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, general test-taking strategies

Elementary (K-6th)

My goal as a tutor for Elementary kids is to use your child's own natural strengths as a learner to bridge the gap into areas of academic weakness he may have.

As a credentialed English teacher as well as a drama coach, I've worked with kids from grade school to high school. As a mom, I've given homework guidance to my own daughter all through school. I was there to help teach her to read when she was 5 and to help her edit the essay that got her into Grad school just recently!

In particular, I am a very strong writing coach who knows how to make the writing process fun. I have a special interest in vocabulary development and in helping kids make the "reading-writing-thinking" connection. Areas of help for your child in English could also include grammar, sentence structure, paragraph development, reading comprehension and isolating major themes in stories.

Areas of social studies help can include understanding and writing about native cultures, California history, American history and the influence of world cultures.

With respect to math, I bring years of customer service experience in the financial industry to the table, where I used practical math on a daily basis. It required me to walk customers through complex financial transactions and explain them in plain English. These are the skills I use to make basic math concepts accessible to young students.

Finally, I can work with your student to improve her general study skills and oral presentation skills.

My approach is to break challenging tasks down into manageable chunks so that kids can have lots of small successes on the way to meeting larger academic goals.

Elementary Science

Physical sciences, earth sciences


Vocabulary development, writing, editing, reading comprehension, grammar, text analysis, speech, rhetorical argument


English idioms, conversational speech, reading comprehension, writing, business English, grammar

General Computer

Nothing fancy. Just the basics of how to get things done on a PC, explained in plain English. Transferring files, backing up data, using browsers and search engines, storing family photos, downloading music, emailing, social networking (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), using common programs such as Word Processing.


Parts of speech, common usage, basic sentence structure


Thematic analysis, character analysis, figurative language

Microsoft Excel

Common formulas, formatting, business usage, home usage

Microsoft Word

Basic word processing, formatting, home usage, academic usage, business usage

Public Speaking

I have been a drama coach and a director of shows in Community Theater for many years. I've worked with casts from grade school to high school as well as adults. I am known as the director who can get a performance out of anyone! Even if you are a beginner, I can help you develop confidence in your speaking and show you how to let your best personality traits shine onstage.

In addition, I had a full career in business before entering the teaching profession. I did sales and customer service in the media and financial industries where I honed my business speaking skills.

Whether you need to sharpen your one-on-one presentation techniques, your negotiating skills, or your ability to write and deliver effective seminars and speeches, we'll focus on some key principles that you can put to work right away to impact your audience.

Young people and adults alike can see real improvement in their ability to speak with authority, deliver information and tell a compelling story.


Focusing on literacy skills: vocabulary expansion, summarizing strategies, finding the theme, finding the conflict in a narrative, remembering supporting details, using creative visualizing and using your five senses to make text more memorable. Students with active personalities can enjoy unique approaches such a role playing to help bring their reading to life. I employ common sense activities (using section headings and pictures to predict what the chapter is about) to reduce reading anxiety and make the content of text books more comprehensible. I match my approach to the student's style of learning as much as possible.

Study Skills

My approach to study skills is to show students how to plan their work and work their plan. Students apply basic planning techniques that are practiced by successful people in education, business and industry. These can be as simple as keeping a daily journal or planner and setting aside 10 minutes a day to review the tasks they've completed as well as what's on deck for the rest of the week. I also teach the Secrets of the "To-Do List" and how to prioritize activities. I teach that time management is a skill that can be learned and perfected, even by folks with a tendency to procrastinate. A few simple organizational skills, such as breaking down large assignments into small, manageable chunks, can make a noticeable difference in a kid's success in school. Most kids (and many adults!) simply don't realize that the extra effort they put into advance preparation yields huge benefits. It is the key to confidence and achievement.


I have a BA in Theater Arts from the prestigious Cal State Fullerton Drama Department. I've produced, performed and directed dozens of shows for Community Theater, schools and churches working with casts of all ages and ability levels. I've coached Middle School and High School drama, where I learned that arts education makes kids stronger all-around students. I am comfortable helping actors fine-tune audition pieces and helping students make more confident oral presentations.


Predicting meanings by context, predicting meanings by roots and affixes, word games, word exploration, reading comprehension


Writing and editing are two of my key strengths as a professional. They are also subjects I love to teach! I am skilled in educational writing, creative writing and business writing. I am comfortable teaching the four main types of writing: expository, persuasive, descriptive and narrative. I teach students how to "pre-write" or organize their thoughts before beginning a first draft, and how to be an effective editor of their own work. I focus on "finding your voice as a writer" and on using the five senses to give the reader a strong feeling of time, place and action. As a veteran business writer and ad copywriter, I can also help adults who need their professional proposals and correspondence to pack the biggest possible punch.
Skills: Research, citing sources, summarizing, organizing of material, writing a clean, clear paragraph.
Creative writing: finding your voice, using your senses.
Business writing: Writing to persuade; getting the message across in the fewest possible words; making a strong, assertive point; editing for impact.

Cal State, Fullerton
University of La Verne


Cal State, Fullerton

University of La Verne (Other)

Excellent teacher — Chrys showed me exactly what I had asked to learn and was able to answer all of my questions. She was able to show me new techniques. Thank You! ...

— Ken, Arroyo Grande, CA on 8/21/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Chrys will travel within 30 miles of San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.