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Michele K.

Saratoga, CA


Super Elementary Tutor

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Background check passed as of 9/19/14
5.0 Avg. Rating
424 Ratings
1hr Response Time
Highly recommended
— Sunitha, Saratoga, CA on 10/7/13

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San Jose State University


San Jose State University

About Michele

I enjoy working with young people and believe education is a lifestyle. Each person is unique and has his/her own learning style, along with different strengths and weaknesses, so I would tailor my methods and materials to fit your student's style. I've home schooled two children from kindergarten through high school, culminating in my son being accepted to the UCLA Computer Science program and my other son attending UC Davis. I chose this type of schooling because I wanted to be involved in education and work with children one on one. Also my goal is for children to enjoy learning and not be empty containers to be filled up.

I have been tutoring for more than five years and specialize in the Elementary Grades. My lessons are fun and stimulating to maintain the students' attention.

When I first meet your son or daughter, I would begin with an evaluation to see where they are at; that way I would know where to start teaching him/her and the best way to approach his/her subject(s). I am open and flexible to your ideas and suggestions and to tailoring my teaching around your student's schoolwork. My goal is for your student to succeed and enjoy learning and ultimately not need me.

I vary my methods and provide a variety of materials, from hands-on manipulatives and games to fun books in order to engage your student and keep him/her interested and challenged. My emphasis is on building a solid foundation for your student, so that he/she understands the different concepts upon which higher learning is built.

I have been a member of the Girl Scouts of Northern California for ten years.

I look forward to meeting you and helping your child succeed.
I enjoy working with young people and believe education is a lifestyle. Each person is unique and has his/her own learning style, along with different strengths and weaknesses, so I would tailor my methods and materials to fit your student's style. I've home schooled two children from Read more

24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Saratoga, CA 95070
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Highly recommended"

- Sunitha, Saratoga, CA on 10/7/13

"Excellent writing improvement in my 3rd grader"

- K, Saratoga, CA on 11/14/14

"A very professional and attentive tutor! "

- Nancy, Cupertino, CA on 12/5/13

"Excellent tutor, my daughter is very happy with Michele."

- Wes, Saratoga, CA on 10/28/13

"Great Phonics Tutor for My 3 years-old"

- Jessie, Cupertino, CA on 10/23/13

"Very helpful!"

- Rajan, San Jose, CA on 10/9/13

"Great tutor for our son."

- Erin, San Jose, CA on 6/4/13

"Makes math fun for my daughter"

- Nancy, Los Gatos, CA on 3/19/13

"Very patient and great with my children - reading tutor"

- Leslie, Cupertino, CA on 1/30/13

"Simply Amazing!"

- Sieun, Cupertino, CA on 5/18/12

"Great Tutor !!!"

- Staci, San Jose, CA on 2/2/12

"Very patient, highly recommended"

- Christina, Sunnyvale, CA on 10/18/11

"Excellent tutor, very supportive and patient"

- Anne, Los Gatos, CA on 10/6/11

"Oh what a relief!"

- Allen, Palm Springs, CA on 8/23/11
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
General Computer,
Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Special Needs:
Microsoft Word
Elementary (K-6th),
Reading, Study Skills
Corporate Training:
General Computer,
Grammar, Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

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I have a BS in Graphic Design with a Concentration in Illustration. I have taught children using "Drawing with Children" by Mona Brookes and "Draw Squad" by Mark Kistler.

Every person can be an artist and learn to draw; their eyes and hands just need to be trained. Learning to draw will enhance all other subjects because projects often need artwork. Being able to draw will also boost a child's self confidence and enjoyment.

Elementary (K-6th)

Having home schooled my children from Kindergarten through high school culminating in my son being accepted into UCLA's School of Engineering as a Freshman with a Computer Science major, I feel qualified to teach Elementary Subjects (K-6th).

I taught my children reading, phonics, spelling, math, science, and history. We used hands-on manipulatives, games, and field trips to supplement our math, science, and history textbooks and classroom work. In addition, we read classic literature to coincide with the period of history we were studying.

I was able to tailor my teaching to my children's learning styles to help them in their areas of weakness and expand their areas of strength. I encouraged and directed my children to explore their own areas of interest and also to use their gifts to serve others. I taught them effective ways to use their time and how to set up their environment to be most conducive to learning.

I have been tutoring elementary students daily for the past two years in the areas of Drawing, Math, Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Phonics, and Study Skills.

I look forward to helping your student.

Elementary Math

Going beyond drill and focusing on understanding concepts, I approach math in fun and engaging methods. I use games to build comprehension and speed. I work with each student individually to help them understand in the way that fits their style of learning best.

General Computer

I taught basic computer usage, from how to use the mouse (click and drag) to the keyboard and typing. How to search, create, open and save files, search the web, and create bookmarks was also covered.

Also I demonstrated all the different applications, how to send and receive email, and how to print. Using a computer is considered a necessity these days for word processing, searching for information, and communicating with others. It is vital to have a solid, basic understanding of how to use the computer.


I taught my son to read by using the phonics rules and introducing him to the letters of the alphabet and their corresponding sounds. Then I showed him how to blend the sounds of a consonant, vowel, and consonant together to say a word. We slowly progressed through the word families (i.e., -at, -it) to practice and build his confidence and vocabulary. At the same time we covered the sight words, gradually moving from beginning to intermediate to challenging sight words. We also read simple books so that my son could see that letters are part of words and that words are part of sentences. I used flashcards to introduce all the sounds and variations of sounds (i.e. soft g and hard g) of the vowels, consonants, and consonant combinations. Silent writing and writing by dictation also supported phonics learning by having my son connect the sound of the letter with its written form.

For over two years I have been teaching phonics to students who are struggling readers and helping them to read more smoothly. I reviewed the vowels and consonant sounds and consonant combinations so that the students could decode words more easily. The students practiced breaking words into syllables and sounding out the letter sounds to decode unknown or nonsense words.

Study Skills

Environment affects learning. I taught my children to have a neat study area with all their "tools" ready (pencil, eraser, ruler, etc.). The lighting was not to bright or dark and the table was placed away from distractions. My children would review their homework assignments and log them into a daily planner so that they could keep organized and take responsibility for their work. It was up to them to complete their assignments and let me know so that I could check them. I showed them how to use a calendar to record due dates and plan incremental steps toward completing projects and reports.

For over two years I have been teaching elementary students to budget their time wisely and plan their schedules in order to complete their projects and book reports. I gave them suggestions on posture, lighting, and materials to enhance their study skills.

San Jose State University


San Jose State University

Highly recommended — We are so happy to have found Michele. She has been just amazing. In just a few short months, my kid has shown significant improvement in his writing abilities and math accuracy. He is able to write page long stories with little effort, all thanks to Michele's patient & fun ways that got him interested in creative writing. She sets high expectations and yet is very encouraging and motivating so as ...

— Sunitha, Saratoga, CA on 10/7/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michele will travel within 5 miles of Saratoga, CA 95070.

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