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Polly S.

San Rafael, CA

$65/hour

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50+ Hours
Background check passed as of 5/24/16
4.9 average from 16 ratings
Great communicator and very thorough
— Julie, Novato, CA on 9/19/16

$65/Hour


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

Education

CSU Chico (Psychology, Minor Child Development)

CSU San Jose, Multiple Subject/ Specialist Instruction Credentials (Other)

About Polly

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 kindergarten through sixth grade. Now that I am retired, 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 enable us to communicate with others. Using correct grammar and having a broad vocabulary helps us communicate clearly through speaking and writing, and to comprehend what we read. All of these skills provide us with the opportunity to become 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 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 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 and intermediate level readers learn to sound out new words and to learn word meanings.

Sight words are those which we learn to recognize rather than sound out phonetically, because they have atypical spellings. High frequency words are common words we have high exposure to.

I enjoy helping students learn spelling patterns and strategies. The best thing about spelling is that it can be checked and corrected before an assignment is turned in or before a writing piece is published.

I believe that all children can be successful and make tremendous progress academically. The key is to help them gain confidence in themselves as learners. Teaching students learning strategies can make a huge difference in how they approach their schoolwork and can help them be more successful academically. As an educator it is my responsibility to be inspiring, patient, and kind, so that students can be confident and motivated as they learn.

I would love to have the opportunity to tutor your child so that they will have 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. I will be happy to meet at the nearest library or your residence. My cancellation policy is that I require three hours notice to avoid a one hour fee. Thank you, and I really look forward to working with your student!
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 kindergarten through sixth grade. Now that I am retired, I really enjoy tutoring students in the areas of reading and writing skills. I am qualified to work
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Policies
Cancellation
3 hours notice required

If I am asked by the client to stay and continue working more than 15 minutes beyond our 1 hour session, I will need to assess an extra lesson fee of $65.00.

Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of San Rafael, CA 94903
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Great communicator and very thorough"

- Julie, Novato, CA on 9/19/16
Polly replied on 9/23/2016

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"

- SEAN, San Anselmo, CA on 5/20/16
Polly replied on 5/22/2016

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

English:
Grammar, Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
Reading,
Writing
History:
Writing
Elementary Education:
ADHD,
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

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)

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

Education

CSU Chico (Psychology, Minor Child Development)

CSU San Jose, Multiple Subject/ Specialist Instruction Credentials (Other)

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 pa

— Julie, Novato, CA on 9/19/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

If I am asked by the client to stay and continue working more than 15 minutes beyond our 1 hour session, I will need to assess an extra lesson fee of $65.00.

Travel policy

Polly will travel within 5 miles of San Rafael, CA 94903.