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Dana B.

Vista, CA


CA Credentialed Teacher - Seeing the Light of Success in Your Child

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— Laura, San Marcos, CA on 1/18/14

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San Diego State University
Liberal Studies with Spanish Emphasis
California State University, San Marcos
Concordia University


San Diego State University (Liberal Studies with Spanish Emphasis)

California State University, San Marcos (Other)

Concordia University (Master's)

About Dana

Hello, did you know that your child has everything needed within to have success in any subject area? Your child is much smarter than you think. He/she is much smarter than he/she thinks, too.

Through the use of individualized attention, appropriate leveled materials, hands-on activities, and an accepting and highly trained tutor, your child will go far above the expectations you have right now.

I tutor students by taking difficult subject matter, then I bring it down to a level they can understand. For 18 years, teaching preschool through high school has taught me to use this technique with every student, especially those that struggle.

I currently hold a Clear California Teaching Credential, a bachelor's degree in multiple studies, and a master's degree in education, so I am highly qualified to instruct your child with exceptional results. In addition, I have earned a BCLAD Credential which means: Bilingual Cross-Cultural Language Academic Development. I can tutor students in Spanish from middle school through college levels 1-4. It also permits me to be an excellent ESL/ESOL instructor. I have tutored children and adults in different languages learn to speak, read, and write in English.

I too, am certified in applied behavioral therapy used for autistic children. This certification allows me to work closely with autistic and behaviorally challenged students on the autism spectrum. My experience includes students in preschool through upper elementary.

My goal is to find that light of success that lies within each and every student. They all have it within, it just needs to be lit.

With warm regards,
Dana B.
Hello, did you know that your child has everything needed within to have success in any subject area? Your child is much smarter than you think. He/she is much smarter than he/she thinks, too.

Through the use of individualized attention, appropriate leveled materials, hands-on activities, and an accepting and highly trained tutor, your
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If you have two children or more and I see them back to back, or within the same hour, the price may increase or decrease depending on the situation. Thanks so much. :)

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Travels within 25 miles of Vista, CA 92084
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In-person lessons

"We love our math tutor!"

- Laura, San Marcos, CA on 1/18/14

"Knowledgeable and patient"

- Kristen, Carlsbad, CA on 4/1/16

"Excellent tutor!"

- Erinn, Valley Center, CA on 1/11/16

"Creative and thoughtful tutor!"

- Leslie, Oceanside, CA on 7/27/15

"Wonderful with Kids!"

- Sandi, San Marcos, CA on 8/21/14


- Eric, Oceanside, CA on 3/13/14

"Best Tutor Ever!"

- Drew, Fallbrook, CA on 2/28/14

"Thank you!"

- Ramon, Oceanside, CA on 1/30/14

"Very kind"

- Suann, Escondido, CA on 1/21/14

"Great tutor!!"

- Seiji, San Diego, CA on 1/18/14

"Awesome tutor - makes learning fun."

- Rosalie, Temecula, CA on 1/18/14

"Dana started out good and then left us high and dry!"

- Asia, Poway, CA on 9/12/13
Dana replied on 12/27/2013

I'd like to mention that I stopped seeing Asia because the drive was too far and for that time period I had decided not to tutor Spanish which is what Asia needed assistance in. I gave Asia a two week notice, by email, which I thought was sufficient time to find another tutor.

Her mother then left a demeaning, angry, unprofessional message on my home and cell phone which I chose not to respond to because from past experience I have learned not to involve myself with people that cannot control their anger. So I made the choice not to respond to the mother and let the two week notice stand.

"She is doing a fine job."

- M. Catherine, Oceanside, CA on 8/28/13

"Fantastic tutor"

- Sheila, San Diego, CA on 8/3/13
Algebra 1, Elementary Math,
SAT Math
Composition (Music), Drums, Guitar, Music History, Music Production, Music Theory, Piano, Salsa Dancing, Songwriting, Violin, Voice (Music)
Art History, Art Theory , Ballroom Dancing, Composition (Music), Drawing, Film, Painting, Photography, Salsa Dancing, Theatre, Video Production
Bible Studies, English,
Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
Career Development, Common Core, GED, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, STAAR
Computer Programming, Desktop Publishing, Dreamweaver, General Computer, Macintosh, Mathematica, MATLAB, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Networking (Computer), Photography, QuickBooks, Revit, UNIX, Video Production, Visual Basic, Web Design
American History, Criminal Justice, Geography, Music History, Political Science, Religion, Social Studies
Special Needs:
Dyslexia, Phonics,
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Common Core, Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar,
Study Skills,
Career Development, Economics, Finance, Law, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking, QuickBooks
Ballroom Dancing, Baseball, Basketball, Chess, Fitness, Golf, Martial Arts, Needlework, Poker, Salsa Dancing, Sewing, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, Tango, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, Yoga

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During my 16 years of teaching, I have encountered many students each year with ADD or ADHD. One year I had six of 20 students with the disorder.

My tolerance and patience level with the children with ADD/ADHD is extremely high as I learn what worked for each individual. Varied strategies worked differently with individual students.

There had been many years that I worked with ADD/ADHD children where I had complete success with their learning goals; when the following years, teachers filed paperwork to send them to specialized schools for behavior problems or had them put into special day classes. You can imagine the deep seeded sadness and disbelief I felt when I had had such success with them in my classroom.


The last three years of my teaching gave me the experience of working with students with special needs. Each year I worked with and taught a minimum of three Asperger students. Asperger's is an Autism Spectrum Disorder and the students I taught were very high functioning. In fact, instead of coming to me from a Special Day Class, they had been placed in a regular education classroom and transferred to my class for direct instruction at a level more comprehensible to them.


I have been an Autistic Tutor through Butterfly Effects for the past year. I have had training and experience in Applied Behavioral Therapy, Child Abuse and Developmental Delays, Hippa Training Course, Strategies of ABA, Data Collecting, Aggressive Behavior, Strategies for an Effective Session, Behavioral Implementer Course, Respite Provider Course, Behavior Instructor Basics Certification. For each of these courses there were exams with 10 - 15 questions that I passed without err.

Each course also gave me the tools to work successfully with autisic children from the ages of three to twelve. I work with them on building self-esteem, language, appropriate behavior for different situations, phonics, math, reading, writing, and the components of each.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have been an elementary school teacher for 16 years at a magnet school for Math, Science, and Technology. I have successfully taught each grade level concluding that I love and do well with each and all age groups as I can easily relate to all children. I even have experience at the preschool level instructing youngsters ages 4 and 5 with their sounds and eventually how to read and write.

Elementary Math

I use manipulatives and hands on materials to teach, instruct, and facilitate all elementary math subjects. Through these activities, your child will not only learn how to do a problem, but they will learn the reason or concept of the problem which will lead to a deeper knowledge of the task.
I teach addition of single and multiple numbers with carry over, subtraction of single and multiple numbers with borrowing, multiplication facts, division, fractions, decimals, converting fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions, measurement, geometry, shapes and figures, and the concepts of pre-algebra.


I love teaching the English language. I concentrate on speaking, listening, grammar, spelling, writing, enunciation, proper usage, reading, reading comprehension, and fluency. I also work on developing phonemic awareness and articulation.


I will cover English conversation, reading comprehension, vocabulary development, grammar and proper usage and writing skills.


Grammar lessons differ at each grade level and my expertise ranges from preschool to sixth grade. By developing good grammar skills at young ages, students can then go on to learn a second and third language with half the effort. I have always loved the grammar portion of our language and the little rules that stand behind our word choice and usage. It is quite simple to teach when you know the tricks, which I share with each of my students. :)


I'm extremely qualified to teach handwriting because I taught third grade for seven years where handwriting was taught explicitly: one capital letter then its lowercase letter, next a capital letter with a lowercase, and finally three letter words followed by short sentences.

The most important thing was to make sure that the letters were formed correctly. I would check each student write each letter to make sure they did this.

I also taught first grade where I instructed the same procedure with the printed letters and words. Once again, it does matter how the letters are formed and how the pencil is held.


I love phonics! I remember my first year in my teaching credential program that prophesied 'phonics' no longer worked. Well, to the contrary, I had one instructor that taught us 'phonics' anyway because she said that it was the ONLY reading program that did work and that many children in the 'Whole Language' years would grow up with reading difficulties.

I believed in this teacher and began my own research into phonics. I learned that as a child, the end of the Baby Boomers, we were also not taught to read using phonics. That's why what she taught us was so foreign to me.

When I worked as a teacher's aid and pulled out small groups away from the class, I taught them phonics. By mid-year she received an award for having the most fluent readers than the other teachers in the grade level. I believe it was due to the phonics instruction.

To make a long story short, phonics did return with full force and test scores began to rise. Children learned to read with less difficulty and loved sharing their books with family and friends. It was a new era that has not ended. I don't think it ever will.

Throughout my 16 year of teaching, I have used phonics. It is the only strategy for teaching reading that I know truly works. As the saying goes, "If it works, don't fix it."


I review multiplication and division facts, fractions, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions. Factoring fractions to lowest terms. finding least common multiple and least common denominator, finding and putting points on an XY grid, finding values for x in addition, subtraction problems. I also instruct converting fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions.


I love to read! In fact, teaching it is a true passion of mine. From preschool to fifth grade, I have made it one of my goals to learn as many ways to instruct it as possible in order to reach the many learning styles in my classes. The joy of reading is a learned skill, one that is acquired through the awesome techniques and strategies that I have mastered throughout my professional career. I'd be honored to share these with you and your child.


I have been teaching Spanish for the past 18 years and tutoring it for the past two.

Much of my experience has been teaching Spanish to children in bilingual classes when I taught them math, reading, writing, and science in Spanish. During that time I also taught Spanish to the English speakers where we learned to speak, take notes, and sing in the Spanish.

I also created and implemented Spanish curriculum that I taught to English speakers from grades 6-9 including grammar, reading, writing, math, and conversation at a magnet school for Math, Science, and Technology. At the end of each semester they gave presentations in Spanish and had to answer questions that I gave them; all in Spanish.

The past two years for WyzAnt, I have tutored students in Spanish from grades K to College.
I also teach the accent so those that learn it will sound just like a native speaker. I truly love the Spanish language and sharing it with others.

Special Needs

During my last years of teaching, I taught a 4/5 Intensive Intervention class where I instructed 5-8 children directly from a special day class because my administrator understood my gift of working with those with special needs. One mother even came in and thanked me for helping her son enjoy and do better in school. He was a special needs student whose IEP indicated that he be put in a regular education classroom for only 1/4 of the day. Well, he, as well as six others with special needs came to my class that year. They all had IEP's. Two had fetal alcohol syndrome, two were mentally challenged, and two had Asperger's. Each left feeling good about the person they were and better yet, the person they had become in my class.

I have also had one year of Autism training and I administered to children on the higher end of the Autistic Spectrum. For that year, I had the wonderful opportunity of sharing knowledge with preschoolers to those in middle school.

I now know I can make a real difference in the lives of those with special needs: intellectually, mentally, and emotionally. There is so much more to a child than we ever realize. I believe I realized this with my very special kids.

Study Skills

I have always believed in the old saying of 'work before pleasure.' In order for a child to do well in school and have good study habits, there must be a scheduled routine, comparable to the child's physical, emotional, mental, and intellectual needs.

Establishing a daily, or weekly routine with your child is the best bet. I just bought a white board calendar that hangs on our wall where everyone can see: homework time. Whether it's after school, before school, after sports, after dinner, etc. the time must be as consistent as possible.

To expect a child to sit down and complete all of their homework at one time may be a set up for failure. Make sure the child has a snack and drink. The younger the child, say first or second grade, have them work no more than a half hour then a ten minute break followed by another half hour.

The same goes for older children except the time spent doing the homework increases. For example, allow forty minutes for third graders followed by a ten minute break and fifty minutes for fourth and fifth graders followed by a ten minute break.

If you'd like more information of how to utilize more study skills for your child, please contact me. We could have a couple of sessions where I show you first hand how to implement new ideas even for the most difficult of children. Remember, CONSISTENCY is the KEY to CHANGE!! Good luck!!!


Isn't it amazing how the written word is more than just a five paragraph essay or a story about a given topic?
We are in a new era where writing has become a form of self-expression and communication. I tutor my students on communicating about what they see, feel, or think about a picture, song, movie or text, then have them transfer it into their own words. I do this even for beginning writers. From my own experience, spelling counts!! Allow me the opportunity to demonstrate how I can open the door for your child to love to express himself/herself through the written word. You'll see amazing results in a relatively short amount of time. :)

San Diego State University
Liberal Studies with Spanish Emphasis
California State University, San Marcos
Concordia University


San Diego State University (Liberal Studies with Spanish Emphasis)

California State University, San Marcos (Other)

Concordia University (Master's)

We love our math tutor! — Dana has been tutoring our third grader in math twice a week for the last two months. We are very pleased with her techniques and have seen a huge improvement in our daughter's math confidence and ability to problem solve. Right away Dana recognized that our daughter is a kinetic learner and adapted her teaching techniques accordingly. Dana always shows up to each lesson with something new and ...

— Laura, San Marcos, CA on 1/18/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $48.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

If you have two children or more and I see them back to back, or within the same hour, the price may increase or decrease depending on the situation. Thanks so much. :)

Travel policy

Dana will travel within 25 miles of Vista, CA 92084.