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Carolyn D.

Ventura, CA


I can help you improve (and enjoy) reading, writing, AND math!

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4.4 average from 20 ratings
Very patient and kind tutor!
— Kathleen, Ventura, CA on 11/18/14

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St. Olaf


St. Olaf (English)

CSUDH (Master's)

sdsu (Master's)

About Carolyn

Hello from a Minnesota refugee! As a competitive triathlete, I definitely prefer California, where I've lived since 1980. We can enjoy the ocean all year!

I'm a multi-degreed teacher who graduated with an English-PE degree from St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN), a Special Education Master's degree from Cal State Dominguez Hills, and a Nutrition and Exercise Sciences Master's degree from San Diego State University. I hold current credentials in English, PE, and Special Education.

My teaching experience ranges from junior high to college, and English to adapted PE. I've taught in Ventura, Ojai, and Oxnard, as well as in San Diego. I currently teach with the Ventura Adult Education program and am excitedly promoting my recently-published two-book set, "Brain Injury Rewiring for Survivors: A Lifeline to New Connections" and "Brain Injury Rewiring for Loved Ones..." (Idyll Arbor, 2010).

In addition to working with students of all ages and abilities, I love training for triathlons because with swimming, bicycling, and running, it's never boring! I also board and kayak surf, lift weights, and practice yoga. To balance body-mind-and spirit, I sing with the Gold Coast Community Chorus and usher at many performing arts events.

To engage you in your studies, I use whatever works! If we use all your senses to learn, we find what works best for us as well as what we prefer. Success is based on repeating what works! I'm eager to connect with you-- you CAN be a good student!!
Hello from a Minnesota refugee! As a competitive triathlete, I definitely prefer California, where I've lived since 1980. We can enjoy the ocean all year!

I'm a multi-degreed teacher who graduated with an English-PE degree from St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN), a Special
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12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 12 miles of Ventura, CA 93001
In-person lessons

"Very patient and kind tutor!"

- Kathleen, Ventura, CA on 11/18/14

"Nothing but good things."

- Tim, Ventura, CA on 7/31/13

"Wonderful Tutor"

- Marni, Ventura, CA on 4/18/13
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Elementary Math,
Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math
ACT Science, Biology, Physiology, Psychology
ACT English,
ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English,
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB,
LSAT, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, TEAS
General Computer, Microsoft Word
American History, Government & Politics, Religion
Special Needs:
Phonics, Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Microsoft Word
Bodybuilding, Fitness,

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

I earned a BA in English education from St. Olaf College. As an English teacher, I've helped many students excel in language skills. As an author of two books on recovery from brain injury, I've used these same skills!


As a special education teacher who earned her MA in Learning Handicapped, I'm especially qualified in this area. Additionally, I overcame residuals from a brain injury, including ADD/ADHD, to earn two master's degrees with honors. Because of my personal experience, I can teach you some special skills to enable you to succeed, despite the disability--I promise.


As a former instructor to Navy enlisted personnel, I'm very familiar w/ the ASVAB. As a recent tutor to many who improved their scores after working w/ me, I'm confident I can help you achieve the score you need to enlist at the job classification that you desire.


I taught English and CBEST preparation classes, am a published author, and can tutor in the math necessary to pass this exam, as well as test-taking skills.

Elementary (K-6th)

I am certified to teach special education (K-12) and English (7-12). I've tutored elementary age students in language arts and math, and am skilled at teaching test-taking. Additionally, I love kids of all ages!

Elementary Math

I love math and can teach strategies so that my students feel comfortable and competent, too!
My experience includes teaching and tutoring elementary and middle school math for several years, including algebra and geometry.


As a published author of two books and many articles and columns, I'm especially proficient in writing skills. I also earned a BA in English education and have worked with students of all ages as an English teacher and tutor. My classes are fun, which is why students never skipped them!


As an experienced fitness professional w/ both a BA and an MA in physical education in addition to state teaching credentials, I can help you to pass any tests to qualify you as a fitness trainer.

I've also worked as a fitness trainer and director, as well as a weight training instructor in addition to being a lifelong fitness enthusiast.

My skills as a test-taker will also help you to focus on your goal and succeed.


As a teacher with the High School Diploma/GED Preparation Program w/the Santa Barbara Community College Continuing Education Division, I helped to prepare many students to pass the exams.

I specialize in exam preparation and especially enjoy working with this population, so and am eager to help!


I prepared students for this test during my work at Santa Barbara Community College Adult Program and they all did very well.


I'm credentialed to teach both English and Special Education, took several reading courses, and am experienced in teaching reading, as well.

SAT Reading

With my experience teaching English and tutoring, I can help you to read faster and comprehend better to master this test!
In addition to my BA in English, I earned an MA in special education and one in exercise and nutritional sciences; all of these required a lot of reading!
There are several techniques that I can teach you so that you do well on this test, too!

Special Needs

I am certified in CA to teach special education (K-12) after earning a special education master's degree (with a 3.63 GPA) while teaching full time in LA.

Study Skills

My skills as an experienced teacher and tutor, as well as a successful graduate student, qualify me to teach study skills.

I have helped many students prepare for special tests, such as GED, ASVAB, CBEST, SAT, and others.

Furthermore, after returning to school after a brain injury,I used basic study skills to not only enter graduate school, but earn two MA's w/ honors.

I can help you achieve your goals, too!


Helping to prepare students for various tests is one of my strengths. Using my background as a teacher and tutor, I can help you to improve your test-taking skills to obtain the score you need. My two earned master's degrees are a further testament to my abilities. I hope you ask me to help you to do your best!


As the author of two guidebooks for brain injury recovery, my writing skills (and sense of humor) are evident.

I've also authored numerous columns and articles.

St. Olaf


St. Olaf (English)

CSUDH (Master's)

sdsu (Master's)

Very patient and kind tutor! — Carolyn is a terrific tutor! She has been working with my son who struggles with organizational skills and writing and has been successful in helping him break down his research paper into manageable parts. Carolyn is kind and very patient. She communicates clearly with students and parents and is very professional. I would highly recommend her! ...

— Kathleen, Ventura, CA on 11/18/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Carolyn will travel within 12 miles of Ventura, CA 93001.