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Polly S.

I Can Help Your Child Learn!

I Can Help Your Child Learn!

$65/hour

  • 119 hours tutoring

  • San Rafael, CA 94903

About Polly


Bio

Hello,

My name is Polly. I am a retired public elementary school teacher. As a Resource Specialist for nearly twenty-two years, I worked with students with learning challenges in grades K through 6. Now I really enjoy tutoring students in the areas of reading and writing skills. I am qualified to work with students with a variety of special needs, including those identified with learning disabilities, autism spectrum, and ADHD.

I believe that reading, writing, and speaking are the...

Hello,

My name is Polly. I am a retired public elementary school teacher. As a Resource Specialist for nearly twenty-two years, I worked with students with learning challenges in grades K through 6. Now I really enjoy tutoring students in the areas of reading and writing skills. I am qualified to work with students with a variety of special needs, including those identified with learning disabilities, autism spectrum, and ADHD.

I believe that reading, writing, and speaking are the most important skills we can acquire, because they are key to learning and to communicating with others. Knowledge of vocabulary and correct writing conventions helps us clearly communicate in verbal and written form, and to comprehend what we read. These skills are vital to our becoming skilled communicators and lifelong learners.

I teach reading with very natural techniques, such as reading aloud to children, shared reading, and shadow reading. This helps students learn to read with expression and to understand punctuation. I also teach phonics skills for decoding and encoding, and help students acquire recognition of sight words and high frequency words.

When tutoring to build reading comprehension skills, I help students to identify the main idea and details, use context clues, ask clarifying questions, make inferences, and draw conclusions. Note taking and using graphic organizers are strategies which I encourage students to use to monitor and evaluate what they are reading.

In my work with children with learning disabilities, I have taught with a phonics approach to reading. Phonics skills help beginning level readers learn to sound out new words and learn word meanings.

To build reading fluency, it is important for students to develop rapid recognition of sight words and high frequency words. We learn to recognize sight words as a whole word, rather than sounding them out phonetically, because they have atypical spellings. High frequency words are common words we have high exposure to. Reading fluency also requires reading with good expression, accuracy, and speed.

I teach students strategies for learning spelling patterns. While knowledge of correct spelling patterns is important for reading and writing, learning to proofread one’s writing before turning in an assignment is the best strategy of all.

I believe that all children can make tremendous academic progress given the tools which work for them. Teaching students learning strategies, study skills, and test taking strategies gives them tools to increase their academic functioning. As an educator, my responsibility is to be inspiring, patient, and kind so that my students gain self-confidence and motivation for learning.

I would love to have the opportunity to tutor your child so they will have increased academic success!

In accordance with Wyzant's policies, please have your payment information on file before we can exchange phone numbers, meet, or begin tutoring. Specific policies that I have are as follows:
1. Clients must give me one hour notice before cancelling a lesson or they will be subject to paying the lesson fee.
2. If I don’t receive notification prior to a client’s being over 15 minutes late, the lesson will be cancelled and the hourly fee will be charged.

I thank you for your interest in my tutoring services, and I look forward to meeting with you and serving your child.


Education

CSU Chico
Psychology, Minor Child Development
CSU San Jose, Multiple Subject/ Specialist Instruction Credentials
Other

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $65
  • Rate details: Clients must provide 1 hour advanced notice to cancel / reschedule without an additional hourly fee. If a client is late, our lesson will still end at the previously agreed upon time.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 5 miles of San Rafael, CA 94903
  • Lesson cancellation: 1 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 5/24/2016

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

Grammar

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I am qualified to tutor/teach students diagnosed with Asperger's and Autism, Dyslexia, Special Needs, and Elementary Level Students through my teaching certificate as a Resource Specialist, and my 22 years experience working full time in that position for a large school district in the Bay Area. Recently I retired, but I have a great deal of experience with helping students improve their academic functioning, study skills and organizational skills. As a Resource Specialist I worked with students with ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities and autism. In my profession I met with families, school district staff, and other professionals and agencies involved with students to create and case manage the implementation of 504 Plans and IEPs. I also hold a certificate of added authorization in autism. I have had additional workshops on ways to accommodate for weakness in executive functioning.
Phonics,

Phonics

I am qualified to teach phonics skills because I have worked as a certificated teacher (resource specialist) at the elementary level for 22 years. I have assisted many students in learning phonics skills. Learning phonics enables students to improve their decoding, reading fluency, and reading comprehension.
Reading,

Reading

I teach reading with very natural techniques such as reading aloud to children, shared reading, and shadow reading. This helps students learn to use expression and to understand punctuation. To build fluency. I also teach phonics skills and help students acquire sight word recognition. When tutoring to build reading comprehension skills I help students to identify the main idea and details, use context clues, ask clarifying questions, make inferences, and draw conclusions. Note taking and graphic organizers are also ways that I encourage students to monitor and evaluate what they are reading.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I am qualified to teach study skills through my teaching certificate as a Resource Specialist, and my 22 years experience working full time in that position for a large school district in the Bay Area. I have a great deal of experience with helping students improve their study skills and organizational skills. I worked with students to improve their skills of filling in assignment sheets, writing down homework assignments, and completing and turning in assignments on time. I have helped students with time management issues and daily schedules. To improve study skills I taught my students note taking strategies, and to determine the key words, main idea, and supporting details in expository reading material. Strategies such as using mnemonics, use of visual timelines, and illustrations worked effectively with many of my students to help them comprehend and internalize material they were studying. Teaching students to summarize in their own words what they have read, seen, heard, or physically done has been an effective study strategy. To help students study narrative text and improve comprehension I of subject matter, I have used guided reading techniques, writing, art, and retelling techniques. Discussion of material read and making important connections between text and self are techniques I have taught students to improve study skills.
Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary

English

Reading,

Reading

I teach reading with very natural techniques such as reading aloud to children, shared reading, and shadow reading. This helps students learn to use expression and to understand punctuation. To build fluency. I also teach phonics skills and help students acquire sight word recognition. When tutoring to build reading comprehension skills I help students to identify the main idea and details, use context clues, ask clarifying questions, make inferences, and draw conclusions. Note taking and graphic organizers are also ways that I encourage students to monitor and evaluate what they are reading.
Writing,

Writing

I am a retired teacher with a current California credential. I have a good grasp of grammar and essay writing, and I am an English-only speaker. For 22 years I taught elementary school as a Resource Specialist, working with students with learning disabilities. Once the writing purpose or genre of writing is identified, I teach students how to begin their writing by using a graphic organizer. Having a visual map of what will be written makes writing a much less daunting task and keeps one's focus on the topic.
Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I am qualified to tutor/teach students diagnosed with Asperger's and Autism, Dyslexia, Special Needs, and Elementary Level Students through my teaching certificate as a Resource Specialist, and my 22 years experience working full time in that position for a large school district in the Bay Area. Recently I retired, but I have a great deal of experience with helping students improve their academic functioning, study skills and organizational skills. As a Resource Specialist I worked with students with ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities and autism. In my profession I met with families, school district staff, and other professionals and agencies involved with students to create and case manage the implementation of 504 Plans and IEPs. I also hold a certificate of added authorization in autism. I have had additional workshops on ways to accommodate for weakness in executive functioning.
Reading,

Reading

I teach reading with very natural techniques such as reading aloud to children, shared reading, and shadow reading. This helps students learn to use expression and to understand punctuation. To build fluency. I also teach phonics skills and help students acquire sight word recognition. When tutoring to build reading comprehension skills I help students to identify the main idea and details, use context clues, ask clarifying questions, make inferences, and draw conclusions. Note taking and graphic organizers are also ways that I encourage students to monitor and evaluate what they are reading.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I am qualified to teach study skills through my teaching certificate as a Resource Specialist, and my 22 years experience working full time in that position for a large school district in the Bay Area. I have a great deal of experience with helping students improve their study skills and organizational skills. I worked with students to improve their skills of filling in assignment sheets, writing down homework assignments, and completing and turning in assignments on time. I have helped students with time management issues and daily schedules. To improve study skills I taught my students note taking strategies, and to determine the key words, main idea, and supporting details in expository reading material. Strategies such as using mnemonics, use of visual timelines, and illustrations worked effectively with many of my students to help them comprehend and internalize material they were studying. Teaching students to summarize in their own words what they have read, seen, heard, or physically done has been an effective study strategy. To help students study narrative text and improve comprehension I of subject matter, I have used guided reading techniques, writing, art, and retelling techniques. Discussion of material read and making important connections between text and self are techniques I have taught students to improve study skills.
Writing,

Writing

I am a retired teacher with a current California credential. I have a good grasp of grammar and essay writing, and I am an English-only speaker. For 22 years I taught elementary school as a Resource Specialist, working with students with learning disabilities. Once the writing purpose or genre of writing is identified, I teach students how to begin their writing by using a graphic organizer. Having a visual map of what will be written makes writing a much less daunting task and keeps one's focus on the topic.
Spelling

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I am qualified to tutor/teach students diagnosed with Asperger's and Autism, Dyslexia, Special Needs, and Elementary Level Students through my teaching certificate as a Resource Specialist, and my 22 years experience working full time in that position for a large school district in the Bay Area. Recently I retired, but I have a great deal of experience with helping students improve their academic functioning, study skills and organizational skills. As a Resource Specialist I worked with students with ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities and autism. In my profession I met with families, school district staff, and other professionals and agencies involved with students to create and case manage the implementation of 504 Plans and IEPs. I also hold a certificate of added authorization in autism. I have had additional workshops on ways to accommodate for weakness in executive functioning.
Reading,

Reading

I teach reading with very natural techniques such as reading aloud to children, shared reading, and shadow reading. This helps students learn to use expression and to understand punctuation. To build fluency. I also teach phonics skills and help students acquire sight word recognition. When tutoring to build reading comprehension skills I help students to identify the main idea and details, use context clues, ask clarifying questions, make inferences, and draw conclusions. Note taking and graphic organizers are also ways that I encourage students to monitor and evaluate what they are reading.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I am qualified to teach study skills through my teaching certificate as a Resource Specialist, and my 22 years experience working full time in that position for a large school district in the Bay Area. I have a great deal of experience with helping students improve their study skills and organizational skills. I worked with students to improve their skills of filling in assignment sheets, writing down homework assignments, and completing and turning in assignments on time. I have helped students with time management issues and daily schedules. To improve study skills I taught my students note taking strategies, and to determine the key words, main idea, and supporting details in expository reading material. Strategies such as using mnemonics, use of visual timelines, and illustrations worked effectively with many of my students to help them comprehend and internalize material they were studying. Teaching students to summarize in their own words what they have read, seen, heard, or physically done has been an effective study strategy. To help students study narrative text and improve comprehension I of subject matter, I have used guided reading techniques, writing, art, and retelling techniques. Discussion of material read and making important connections between text and self are techniques I have taught students to improve study skills.
Writing

Writing

I am a retired teacher with a current California credential. I have a good grasp of grammar and essay writing, and I am an English-only speaker. For 22 years I taught elementary school as a Resource Specialist, working with students with learning disabilities. Once the writing purpose or genre of writing is identified, I teach students how to begin their writing by using a graphic organizer. Having a visual map of what will be written makes writing a much less daunting task and keeps one's focus on the topic.

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills

I am qualified to teach study skills through my teaching certificate as a Resource Specialist, and my 22 years experience working full time in that position for a large school district in the Bay Area. I have a great deal of experience with helping students improve their study skills and organizational skills. I worked with students to improve their skills of filling in assignment sheets, writing down homework assignments, and completing and turning in assignments on time. I have helped students with time management issues and daily schedules. To improve study skills I taught my students note taking strategies, and to determine the key words, main idea, and supporting details in expository reading material. Strategies such as using mnemonics, use of visual timelines, and illustrations worked effectively with many of my students to help them comprehend and internalize material they were studying. Teaching students to summarize in their own words what they have read, seen, heard, or physically done has been an effective study strategy. To help students study narrative text and improve comprehension I of subject matter, I have used guided reading techniques, writing, art, and retelling techniques. Discussion of material read and making important connections between text and self are techniques I have taught students to improve study skills.

Special Needs

ADHD,

ADHD

I am qualified to tutor/teach students diagnosed with ADD/ADHD through my teaching certificate as a Resource Specialist, and my 22 years experience working full time in that position for a large school district in the Bay Area. Recently I retired, but I have a great deal of experience with helping students improve their academic functioning, study skills and organizational skills. As a Resource Specialist I worked with students with ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities and autism. In my profession I met with families, school district staff, and other professionals and agencies involved with students to create and case manage the implementation of 504 Plans and IEPs. I also hold a certificate of added authorization in autism. I have had additional workshops on ways to accommodate for weakness in executive functioning.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD),

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

I am highly qualified to tutor/teach elementary level students through my teaching credentials, my Resource Specialist Certificate, and my Added Authorization Certificate in Autism. In my work as a Resource Specialist I coordinated meetings for families, school district staff, and other professionals and agency personnel to create and case manage the implementation of 504 Plans or IEP's for students with a variety of special needs, including Autism. I attended specialized workshops/trainings on ways to help students on the Autism Spectrum improve use of appropriate and effective communication and executive functioning skills. I also have certification in Gifted And Talented Education. I enjoy working with students on the Autism Spectrum and helping them increase social, communication, study and organizational skills to improve their overall academic functioning.
Dyslexia,

Dyslexia

I am qualified to tutor/teach students diagnosed with Asperger's and Autism, Dyslexia, Special Needs, and Elementary Level Students through my teaching certificate as a Resource Specialist, and my 22 years experience working full time in that position for a large school district in the Bay Area. Recently I retired, but I have a great deal of experience with helping students improve their academic functioning, study skills and organizational skills. As a Resource Specialist I worked with students with ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities and autism. In my profession I met with families, school district staff, and other professionals and agencies involved with students to create and case manage the implementation of 504 Plans and IEPs. I also hold a certificate of added authorization in autism. I have had additional workshops on ways to accommodate for weakness in executive functioning.
Phonics,

Phonics

I am qualified to teach phonics skills because I have worked as a certificated teacher (resource specialist) at the elementary level for 22 years. I have assisted many students in learning phonics skills. Learning phonics enables students to improve their decoding, reading fluency, and reading comprehension.
Special Needs,

Special Needs

I am qualified to tutor/teach Study Skills to a wide variety of students in the General Education and Special Education setting. I am certificated to work with students diagnosed with Asperger's and Autism, Dyslexia, Special Needs, and Elementary Level Students through my teaching certificate as a Resource Specialist, and my 22 years experience working full time in that position for a large school district in the Bay Area. Recently I retired, but I have a great deal of experience with helping students improve their academic functioning, study skills and organizational skills. As a Resource Specialist I worked with students with ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities and autism. In my profession I met with families, school district staff, and other professionals and agencies involved with students to create and case manage the implementation of 504 Plans and IEPs. I also hold a certificate of added authorization in autism. I have had additional workshops on ways to accommodate for weakness in executive functioning.
Study Skills

Study Skills

I am qualified to teach study skills through my teaching certificate as a Resource Specialist, and my 22 years experience working full time in that position for a large school district in the Bay Area. I have a great deal of experience with helping students improve their study skills and organizational skills. I worked with students to improve their skills of filling in assignment sheets, writing down homework assignments, and completing and turning in assignments on time. I have helped students with time management issues and daily schedules. To improve study skills I taught my students note taking strategies, and to determine the key words, main idea, and supporting details in expository reading material. Strategies such as using mnemonics, use of visual timelines, and illustrations worked effectively with many of my students to help them comprehend and internalize material they were studying. Teaching students to summarize in their own words what they have read, seen, heard, or physically done has been an effective study strategy. To help students study narrative text and improve comprehension I of subject matter, I have used guided reading techniques, writing, art, and retelling techniques. Discussion of material read and making important connections between text and self are techniques I have taught students to improve study skills.

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I am qualified to tutor/teach students diagnosed with Asperger's and Autism, Dyslexia, Special Needs, and Elementary Level Students through my teaching certificate as a Resource Specialist, and my 22 years experience working full time in that position for a large school district in the Bay Area. Recently I retired, but I have a great deal of experience with helping students improve their academic functioning, study skills and organizational skills. As a Resource Specialist I worked with students with ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities and autism. In my profession I met with families, school district staff, and other professionals and agencies involved with students to create and case manage the implementation of 504 Plans and IEPs. I also hold a certificate of added authorization in autism. I have had additional workshops on ways to accommodate for weakness in executive functioning.
Reading,

Reading

I teach reading with very natural techniques such as reading aloud to children, shared reading, and shadow reading. This helps students learn to use expression and to understand punctuation. To build fluency. I also teach phonics skills and help students acquire sight word recognition. When tutoring to build reading comprehension skills I help students to identify the main idea and details, use context clues, ask clarifying questions, make inferences, and draw conclusions. Note taking and graphic organizers are also ways that I encourage students to monitor and evaluate what they are reading.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I am qualified to teach study skills through my teaching certificate as a Resource Specialist, and my 22 years experience working full time in that position for a large school district in the Bay Area. I have a great deal of experience with helping students improve their study skills and organizational skills. I worked with students to improve their skills of filling in assignment sheets, writing down homework assignments, and completing and turning in assignments on time. I have helped students with time management issues and daily schedules. To improve study skills I taught my students note taking strategies, and to determine the key words, main idea, and supporting details in expository reading material. Strategies such as using mnemonics, use of visual timelines, and illustrations worked effectively with many of my students to help them comprehend and internalize material they were studying. Teaching students to summarize in their own words what they have read, seen, heard, or physically done has been an effective study strategy. To help students study narrative text and improve comprehension I of subject matter, I have used guided reading techniques, writing, art, and retelling techniques. Discussion of material read and making important connections between text and self are techniques I have taught students to improve study skills.
Writing

Writing

I am a retired teacher with a current California credential. I have a good grasp of grammar and essay writing, and I am an English-only speaker. For 22 years I taught elementary school as a Resource Specialist, working with students with learning disabilities. Once the writing purpose or genre of writing is identified, I teach students how to begin their writing by using a graphic organizer. Having a visual map of what will be written makes writing a much less daunting task and keeps one's focus on the topic.

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Great communicator and very thorough

From our first meeting I knew Polly would be a great fit for our son Basil as a reading tutor. She asked loads of thoughtful questions and was invested in finding tricks and techniques that would work best for him from the start (he's on the spectrum and has significant learning difficulties). Her reports are incredible thorough and I can tell that Basil is responding well to her. She's very patient with him and is clearly committed to his success. Highly recommend!

Julie, 43 lessons with Polly
Tutor responded:

Julie, Thank you so much for this feedback. It means the world to me to have your highly valued comments and your faith in me! I learn so much from Basil when we work together!

Knowledge, kind, and prepared

She is helping my 5th grader work on writing skills. She had a lesson prepared and was able to get a few laughs out him.

SEAN, 3 lessons with Polly
Tutor responded:

Wow! Thank you so much Sean. It is such a pleasure to work with your son.

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