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Pnina L.

Santa Rosa, CA


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Cal. State Northridge
Home Econ, Eng, Educ
Sonoma State University Education Teaching Credential
Sonoma State University, 2 Teaching Credentials


Cal. State Northridge (Home Econ, Eng, Educ)

Sonoma State University Education Teaching Credential (EdD)

Sonoma State University, 2 Teaching Credentials (EdD)

About Pnina

I'm here to support your child's or your growth! Guidance needed? Remedial support in all areas desired? Challenging or confusing academics? Intimidated by assignments, research, or test taking? Scattered binders or paperwork? Let's work together so I can support your educational needs. My first priority is to connect with you and your child, then, and only then can we set up the tools, games, and academics that will work best! I have a large variety of skills and techniques to use, combined with humor, understanding, and empowerment for each student to move ahead at their own pace.

I have two teaching credentials and over 25 years of knowledgeable experience teaching students of all ages (children through adults). Student success involves my positive and upbeat attitude, creative teaching skills, vast knowledge, and a love of working with individuals and small groups. I will come to your home or you can come to mine, to work together, teaching all school curriculum, study skills, test prep, or test taking, SAT or ACT preparation, language development, basic to advanced writing, comprehension, reading, math through pre-algebra, and or homework support.

Whatever your or your or your child's needs may be, we can work together! Please contact me.
I'm here to support your child's or your growth! Guidance needed? Remedial support in all areas desired? Challenging or confusing academics? Intimidated by assignments, research, or test taking? Scattered binders or paperwork? Let's work together so I can support your educational needs. My first priority is to connect with you and your child, Read more

4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Santa Rosa, CA 95407
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Great Tutor"

- Dina, Santa Rosa, CA on 1/17/13

"Wonderful, kind & patient tutor"

- Belinda, Sonoma, CA on 11/6/15

"Great and reliable tutor!"

- Teika, Santa Rosa, CA on 8/23/15

"I've seen huge progress in a short amount of time. "

- Derek, Santa Rosa, CA on 5/22/15

"Great tutor"

- Anita, Santa Rosa, CA on 6/27/14

"Dedicated Teacher "

- ROBRT, Novato, CA on 1/10/14

"Well organized and on topic"

- John, Santa Rosa, CA on 3/11/13

"Excellent Tutor, HIGHLY recommended!!!"

- Eve, Rohnert Park, CA on 11/1/12

"Pnina is very patient and a skilled teacher"

- Connie, Santa Rosa, CA on 5/24/12

"Very patient"

- Denise, Santa Rosa, CA on 4/6/12

"great tutor"

- Debbie, Sebastopol, CA on 3/6/12
Discrete Math, Elementary Math,
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Anatomy, Nutrition, Physical Science, Psychology
Religion, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Special Needs:
Aspergers, Autism, Dyslexia,
Public Speaking
Elementary (K-6th),
Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, CBEST,
PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Needlework, Sewing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Hebrew,
Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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I have teaching experience, working with people who have ADD or ADHD for over 15 years in standard classes, and have taken Special Ed. classes while working toward that credential. Students are best supported with clear and concise organizational forms and formulas, guidelines, and consistent support. I am a creative and up-beat person who is understanding of what their needs are, organized with good communication skills, and can also be assertive when appropriate. I incorporate all of these attributes, as well as having the training and experience to successfully work with your child.


As a California teacher with 2 credentials, I passed the CBEST the first time I took it, and with 'flying colors'. My strategies for teaching students to pass this test include using practice tests (one at a time), correcting it, and focusing on the areas that the person is the weakest. I teach how to outline for the essay and what kinds of details to include in their paragraphs, learning math formulas, clues in grammar, and how to pick out the meaning and details in a passage. I have a positive attitude, and a light sense of humor. Students need constructive feedback, positive reinforcement, creativity, tricks, and an organized way to reach their goal. I guide them through what could be a very daunting process toward success!


I have a BS in Home Economics as well as many wonderful years of experience with all kinds of basic and creative food preparation and cooking! To enjoy and be successful in the kitchen (cooking and understanding nutrition) is important, necessary, and can give you a sense of pride. Once you've mastered basic measurements, ingredient sources, some herbs, spices and recipes, we can experiment with various cuisines. You'll be able to create new favorites for yourself and your entire family.
I'm prepared to begin at the beginning, or continue from where ever you may be right now. You will find me flexible, knowledgeable, interested in your goals, and above all, would love to share my love of food and its possibilities with you!


I have been trained in the following programs: Nanci Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing, Seeing Stars, and the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program [LiPS]. By using these and other programs, and having the flexibility to incorporate my experience and education, I have been very successful in working with those who struggle with Dyslexia. There are also technological advances such as speech to print software and that which will read aloud to you that may be vital for success. It all depends upon what each student's needs are and what works best in each situation. To support each student, I use a combination of creativity, proven programs, training, patience, and above all, acceptance of what each person's strengths and weaknesses are. That is what guides me toward a great working relationship and educational success.

Elementary (K-6th)

Since I've taught students in all grade from 1 through 12 for over 25 years, I am well versed in all areas of: health science, earth science, physical science, the scientific method. Also, taught were: English spelling, grammar, paragraph and essay writing, interpretive creative, informative, business, letter, and research formats. I've taught students how to interpret and memorize information, as well as engaging in the creative integration of ideas with problem solving in real world situations. Math subjects included from the simple to complex, addition, subtraction, word problems, daily problem solving in user friendly situations, multiplication, division, finding the unknowns, mean, median, mode, range, reading and using charts, pre-algebra, etc. I use various modalities to be able to engage and teach all types and ages of children.

Elementary Math

While having many years of practical experience teaching all levels of elementary math, I have also taken specialized classes which have given me valuable techniques. This has and will enable me to help students with memory, developing relationships and meaning, understanding of concepts, categorizing, and the understanding of the flow of math order and techniques. It is so very important for our young students to develop and understand the basics. this will really benefit them with in math in their futures.

Math was always a struggle for me while learning the basics, so now since I've learned various creative ways to teach it, the subject has become fun and a joy. I love seeing children's faces light up as they 'get it' and are really successful! Their self-esteem increases and resistance to school slips away!


I love teaching English, whether it be sound/symbol association, spelling, grammar, sentence structure, writing, interpretation, or? It all comes down to others' and our own expression. I've taught full classes, small groups, and individuals from Kindergarten through college and enjoy every developmental stage. From the most technical to the very creative, students are able to progress at their own pace and experience a great amount of success. Please contact me and let me know what your focus is and we'll dive right in!


While enjoying my work with students, I've taken classes which have taught me techniques to help those who struggle with English as their second language (or English Language Learners). I utilize real life situations and multiple modalities (verbal and written words, drawings, objects, pantomime, and English grammar rules) to transfer meanings to students. As they learn and improve their skills, we have fun with each new challenge. Trust my methods that are calm, interactive, encouraging, and very effective.


I am the Director of Religious School at a local synagogue and teach the 4/5th grade class. While teaching biblical Hebrew, I focus on phonetic deciphering of prayers (and melodies) found in the prayer book, as well as general meaning of those prayers. I also use basic classroom vocabulary, mixed with those from the prayers that the students are learning, while speaking to the students. I use proven fluency and syllabication techniques that are both successful and fun! My goal in teaching Hebrew is to have students become more comfortable with all parts of the Shabbat and festival services, and be challenged and pleased with their progress.


I have a vast knowledge, various techniques, and experience for teaching phonics to all ages. In the past few years I've been trained in (and used): Nanci Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing, Seeing Stars, and the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program [LiPS]. I sometimes combine the best components from these to suit each individual student. Other times, the best course of action is to keep the individual program clean and fresh. I stress the knowledge and use of sound/symbol/tactile awareness, and then introduce more and new information as the student is ready. Moving at the speed that the pupil is prepared for is essential for their long term memory to become established. As this happens, we build upon prior knowledge and continue toward fluent reading and comprehension. Please contact me with any questions that you have and to tell me about your needs.


I have taught math from simple number concepts through Algebra for many years, and incorporate a logical and sequencial approach. While using texts, I also bring real life materials and concepts into the mix as well. I make learning math very accessible and even fun. Students feel rewarded, rejuvenated, and ready for more challenges. I love encouraging my students and supporting them in their goals, be it keeping up with their class, remedial support, learning and growing as fast as they can, studying for the SAT or ACT, or finding techniques that help them learn that they have never experienced before. They are always successful!


I have loved creating and altering clothing for many years (since middle school). From my experiences designing and constructing costumes for high school plays, to teaching students at a youth club, my creativity and patience have proved successful! Both youth and adults have achieved great results. If you have a sewing machine, I'll help you become comfortable with it, learn to use patterns, alter them to fit you, or combine 2 or more to suit your next clothing fantasy. Please contact me!!!

Study Skills

Study skills incorporates many areas including understanding and remembering main points in a paragraph, chapter, book, story, or essay. This may mean highlighting, taking notes, and or discussing orally. Utilizing one of the many outline formats or Cornell Notes helps to organize information and thoughts. Record keeping is very important for students to be able to keep on schedule with all assignments and learn what he or she can do independently, or where they need help. We will find the 'map' technique that fits your child's way of thinking to organize and create writing success.

Learning and practicing various forms of study skills is the basis for a successful education and professional career.


Depending upon the student's age and knowledge, I use a variety of strategies. They include: story starters, mad libs, prompts, brain storming, various organizational diagrams, teaching the structure of writing an introductory paragraph, body paragraphs, and conclusion. If the student has a project that they are needing support with, we will always begin with that, and then re-direct our attention on the more basic paragraph concepts. I teach how to write in all four styles: descriptive, narrative, expository, and persuasive. My philosophy is to begin from wherever the student is at present time. Teaching writing is really an enjoyable task, and I love working with students between grade 2 through adult.

Cal. State Northridge
Home Econ, Eng, Educ
Sonoma State University Education Teaching Credential
Sonoma State University, 2 Teaching Credentials


Cal. State Northridge (Home Econ, Eng, Educ)

Sonoma State University Education Teaching Credential (EdD)

Sonoma State University, 2 Teaching Credentials (EdD)

Great Tutor — We've been working with Pnina since the beginning of the school year and we have seen incredible improvement in our daughter's grades and overall attitude towards school. Each tutoring session is customized based on our daughter's school assignments for the week. Pnina has helped our daughter organize her approach to studying for tests and helped her improve her test taking skills. Pnina has als ...

— Dina, Santa Rosa, CA on 1/17/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Pnina will travel within 10 miles of Santa Rosa, CA 95407.

Background Check Status for Pnina L.

Pnina L. passed a background check on 1/7/15. The check was ordered by Pnina through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

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