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Dana B.

Vista, CA

$45/hr

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

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We love our math tutor!
— 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
Other
Concordia University
Master's

Education

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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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 Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Vista, CA 92084
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"We love our math tutor!"

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

"Creative and thoughtful tutor!"

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

"Wonderful with Kids!"

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

"Wonderful"

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

"Best Tutor Ever!"

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

"Thank you!"

- Ramon, Oceanside, CA on 1/29/14

"Very kind"

- Suann, Escondido, CA on 1/20/14

"Great tutor!!"

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

"Awesome tutor - makes learning fun."

- Rosalie, Temecula, CA on 1/17/14

"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 8/27/13

"Fantastic tutor"

- Sheila, San Diego, CA on 8/3/13
Math:
Algebra 1, Prealgebra
English:
Bible Studies, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading, Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar,
Phonics,
Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Autism,
Dyslexia, Phonics,
Special Needs
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading, Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ADD/ADHD

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.

Autism

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 technology, science, and math. I have 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 3-4-5 year olds 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.

English

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.

ESL/ESOL

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

Grammar

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. :)

Phonics

I love phonics! I enjoy sharing it more! Phonics is the secret in learning to read successfully. It gives children the hints and clues they need to fill in the gaps of what they may have missed in first grade. I taught first grade for four years and I know exactly what your child needs to be a successful reader!

Prealgebra

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.

Reading

Writing, Grammar, Study Skills, Literature Studies, Reading Comprehension, Spelling, Algebra Functions, Geometry, Multiplication/Division of Exponents, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, of Fractions, Ordinal Numbers, X/Y axis, Positive/Negative Integers, etc.

Spanish

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 RSP because my administration 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 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 mildly retarded, and two of them had Asperges Disease.

I also have had one year of Autism training and I dealt with severe cases of severe Autistic children..

I know I can make a real difference in the lives of those with special needs. I feel I am highly qualified for this position.

Study Skills

In college, I was an AVID Tutor for High School Students. I learned multiple ways to be more successful in school just by changing a few habits at school and home. I'd love to share them with you!

Writing

I also instruct grammar skills, sentence structure, poetry, language skills, enunciation, reading comprehension.

San Diego State University
Liberal Studies with Spanish Emphasis
California State University, San Marcos
Other
Concordia University
Master's

Education

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 fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

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.

Background Check Status for Dana B.

Dana B. passed a background check on 7/4/14. The check was ordered by Dana through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

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