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Jonathan G.

Ventura, CA

$45/hour

Individualized Tutoring for Every Individual

In-person lessons
5.0 average from 3 ratings
He was very patient and encouraging.
— Tammy, Carpinteria, CA on 5/7/13

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California State University, Fullerton
Liberal Studies

Education

California State University, Fullerton (Liberal Studies)

About Jonathan

I have over ten years experience working with children in special education and general education through the eight grade. I went through both a multiple subject and mild to moderate education specialist credential programs and taught as a special educator for five years. In that time, I have worked with over 200 students to help with their academics and assessed more than 100 students as part of a multidisciplinary team. I know how to determine your child's ability levels and how to move them up to grade level and beyond in reading, vocabulary, spelling, writing, and mathematics.

I will work with your child's school based curriculum or provide my own resources and materials to developed individualized lessons to help your child's skills. I do not believe in watering down nor providing any excuses for not learning! I will work with your child to determine what small changes in the way the teaching needs to be done so they can get it!

Is your child acting out at home or school? Acting out is a sign that they are missing something at school and are frustrated. When you find this out, you can help your child learn and grown! I have specialized training to help understand why children misbehave so we can find out how to help support them and their successes.
I have over ten years experience working with children in special education and general education through the eight grade. I went through both a multiple subject and mild to moderate education specialist credential programs and taught as a special educator for five years. In that time, I have worked with over 200 students to help with their Read more

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Cancellation
12 hours notice required

Rate above is for directed tutoring. Other services, such as attending IEP meetings, may differ in cost.

Travel Radius
Travels within 28 miles of Ventura, CA 93003
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"He was very patient and encouraging."

- Tammy, Carpinteria, CA on 5/7/13
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary Math, Logic, Prealgebra
Science:
Psychology
Art:
Art History
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
CBEST, SAT Writing
Computer:
Macintosh
Language:
Speech
History:
Geography, Government & Politics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary

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.

ADD/ADHD

I have worked with students with attentional difficulties for over five years and found that these students are just as smart and capable as their peers, but just need a few changes to be successful! I break tasks up into smaller pieces so that they can be done quickly and not any one thing seems like to big a burden. Moving quickly through lots of little things makes them all manageable. With older students, I have developed clear, concise lists to break down multistep math problems and writing.

Aspergers

I have experience working with individuals with Aspergers and have several friends that have been identified with it. There are no two individuals that have the same issues that Aspergers may bring about, but I have worked with students to develop more social cues, increasing reading comprehension by targeting specific concepts one at a time, and developing frame sentences to increase their writing abilities. Critical to the success of any one is to play of their strengths and interests! Building off what a child with Aspergers knows and loves will help them branch out and learn / try new things when they know it is related to something that they enjoy.

Autism

I have worked with individuals with on the autism spectrum in general education, in a resource program, and special day class, as well as in their home. Key to helping any child on the spectrum is understanding their behavior and the signs and non verbal cues that they show us but sometimes we miss. When we find these out, developing the supports to help your child grow is easy!

I use a variety of instructional strategies such as direct instruction, DDT, and picture communication strategies in combination with applied behavior analysis to develop successful lessons in all subject areas. My lessons are broken down to step by step instructions to ensure mastery of a concept. I am willing and able to provide behavioral support and / or academic support for all families with autism at any point, including support with Tri Counties Regional Center, your school district, and any other vendors that may be involved with helping your child.

Dyslexia

In my five years of being a special educator, I have worked with numerous students that have been medically diagnosed with Dyslexia and students that have had profound delays in visual processing and visual-perceptual skills. No matter what the label, I have seen great turn around in abilities when I have worked with students with these delays. The key is providing other modalities of learning to help compensate the visual systems. Examples include providing books on tape and manipulative during math activities. The goals are still the same of learning to read and solving math problems, but allowing additional ways to "get" the material!

Elementary (K-6th)

My background is working with special education and general education students and helping them master the core curriculum. I have been doing this for over five years as a teacher, volunteer, and tutor. The goal for any student is to master the curriculum, and as a whole it looks big and scary, even for teachers to find a way to squeeze it all into a tiny school year. I specialize in finding ways to help kids to master it by developing accommodations to the curriculum to make it easier to understand and master. Accommodations are not ways to cheat nor are designed to skip over lessons. They are changes in the way the lesson is taught to make it easier to grasp.

For mathematics, this could be something as simple manipulatives to learn to count to learn how to compute operations. I have been trained on "On Cloud 9," a Linda Mood-Bell program to help students master mathematics.

Reading comprehension strategies include using visual vocabulary cards to learn the meaning of new words (or even multiple meaning words), graphic organizers for comprehension, and picture based note taking.

I have a wide variety of standards based curriculum as well as my own teacher designed supplementals and skill based worksheets to help any student master what they are currently working on and move on to the next level!

Phonics

I have worked with students for over five years in helping them learn to read. Phonics is helping students learn letter / sound correspondence and then transferring that knowledge to sounding out and blending words together and then learning to spell. I have worked with over 100 students as a teacher and I am quick to notice what they have mastered and what areas need to be taught. I am happy to assess what grade level your child is reading at and determine what specific needs he or she has.

Phonics isn't for everyone, though. I have worked with students who have a hard time learning to blend words together or sound out words but have mastered of all their letter names and sounds. In this cases like this, I have worked hard to come up with sight word based programs to help students learn to read.

Special Needs

I have worked with students with special needs since 1999, in all settings: at their home, in their community, general education, resource programs, and special day classes. I have been a special education teacher for five years and I enjoy not only helping all students achieve academic success, but advocating for their rights and needs. I have worked with students across all 13 qualifications for special education as well as those students who may be falling behind in their general education classes. No matter the child, I know that they need the caring and high levels of support before they can begin to feel good about learning and making progress. I will help to show your child that they have mastery of what they know and slowly build off of that for any subject so that they may start to feel confident about themselves and feel like they can learn.

As a tutor and teacher, I look for the appropriate accommodations that children need to master the curriculum. Accommodations are not giving out the answers, but things that just make sense. An example would be a book on tape for a student that is visually impaired, has dyslexia, or poor visual processing abilities. I do not believe in avoiding difficult concepts nor watering down the curriculum. I do believe in finding ways to help everyone find access to the curriculum.

As a home tutor, I have helped families with children with special needs with academic tutoring as well as behavioral support systems. I am trained in applied behavior analysis and nonviolent crisis intervention, which focuses on how to talk to people when they get upset. I help families understand their child(ren)'s behavior to get an understanding of what their needs are to help the parents develop a routine and system to encourage children to be polite and follow through with homework, chores, and other activities.

Study Skills

I have worked with students from the upper grades on to increase their organization and help with study skills. The transition from elementary school to middle school is usually a scary one for students, and they are all mostly worried about dressing out for P.E. But what about going from one teacher to six or more? Helping students maintain a system to tack all of their assignments and notes makes it easier to work with their teachers and show mastery on tests and assignments! I can work with any student to create an organized binder and backpack so they are ready for anything that the day may bring.

I have also helped students with general study habits, including teaching how to outline textbooks and nonfiction, using graphic organizers to track novels' characters and plots, and developing writing strategies to help with longer essays.

California State University, Fullerton
Liberal Studies

Education

California State University, Fullerton (Liberal Studies)

He was very patient and encouraging. — I asked for help for my 13 year old boy who was struggling to complete a school project. Jonathan really took the time to understand my sons needs. Also, to help me to understand my sons needs. My son learned so much in just one time with Jonathan. He could have charged me a lot more. ...

— Tammy, Carpinteria, CA on 5/7/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Rate above is for directed tutoring. Other services, such as attending IEP meetings, may differ in cost.

Travel policy

Jonathan will travel within 28 miles of Ventura, CA 93003.