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Karen A.

West Hollywood, CA

$85/hour

Literacy learning specialist with 30 years teaching experience.

In-person lessons

$85/Hour


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RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
Master's
Deakin University (Australia)
Other

Education

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia (Master's)

Deakin University (Australia) (Other)

About Karen

I am a co-recipient of the 2014 United Nations Best Teaching Practices Award. My students say when I teach them 'they feel understood'. I take the time to emotionally connect with my pupils and to set small achievable learning goals that build their self-esteem. I prioritize student success and holistic development. I appreciate the importance of the senses in learning. I am compassionate and kind hearted.

I also understand the perspective of parents. Over the last 30 years I've heard comments such as, ' I feel like I don't know how to help my child', ' I'm overwhelmed', ' I don't know what to do next', and 'I fear I'm not doing enough to support my child'. Having completed my Master of Wellness in 2014, I understand the importance of addressing parental fears, along with your child's needs. As well as working to empower students through their accomplishments, I will commit to offering parents a free 15 minute debrief after each tutoring session. Taking action is the first step to helping your child.

For some children learning to read is not an easy process. Children experiencing difficulty require explicit instruction. I hold a Bachelor of Education specializing in early literacy. I assess student's decoding, phonics and word recognition skills; along with their reading pace and accuracy. Using ongoing, measurable assessments enables me to analyze your child's specific reading needs so that I can teach (and reteach) the required skills. I also monitor motivation and confidence and provide support if needed.

I have 30 years teaching experience. The last eight years of my career have been spent teaching students with ADD/ADHD, mild dyslexia and phonics challenges. I am experienced with the PAF program which is an adaptation of the Orton Gillingham methodology, I teach using the multiple modalities of learning. I incorporate movement if necessary and I integrate mindfulness into my sessions. I am very experienced with the program Jolly Phonics program.

I teach spelling using auditory, visual and tactile strategies in predictable lesson formats. I am also experienced with other programs such as Every Day Spelling and Words Their Way.

By looking for a tutor, you've already taken the first step towards moving your child forward in the direction of more personal success, less frustration and improved skills. I hope you will contact me so that I can assist you and your child on this journey.
I am a co-recipient of the 2014 United Nations Best Teaching Practices Award. My students say when I teach them 'they feel understood'. I take the time to emotionally connect with my pupils and to set small achievable learning goals that build their self-esteem. I prioritize student success and holistic development. I appreciate the importance of Read more

Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required

60 minute sessions - $85 includes a debrief with the parents for 15 minutes after the lesson 90 minutes - $115 includes 20 minute debrief with parents after the session 35 minutes - $60

Travel Radius
Travels within 8 miles of West Hollywood, CA 90069
In-person lessons
English:
Reading
Special Needs:
ADHD,
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Phonics,
Reading, Spelling

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ADHD

As an experienced, certified K-6 teacher, I have 8 years experience working with ADD / ADHD students. I'm currently employed as a Learning Specialist for students with ADD / ADHD and dyslexia. I write IEP's ( individual learning plans) for these pupils based on their needs and deal with the Dept. Of Education to get them services. I teach to their strengths.

Elementary (K-6th)

I graduated from Christ College Australian Catholic University with Diploma of Teaching in 1986, and I graduated from Deakin University with Bachelor of Education 1994. I graduated from RMIT with a Masters of Wellness 2014. I have thirty years K - 6 teaching experience and I'm currently employed as a teacher.

Phonics

As a K-6 teacher for 20 years, I have taught children phonics for decades both as a homeroom teacher and as a literacy specialist. I use the Orton Gillingham and Jolly Phonics Programs to teach phonics. My Bachelor of Education majors in early literacy and reading intervention, phonics, spelling and writing.

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
Master's
Deakin University (Australia)
Other

Education

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia (Master's)

Deakin University (Australia) (Other)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $85.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

60 minute sessions - $85 includes a debrief with the parents for 15 minutes after the lesson 90 minutes - $115 includes 20 minute debrief with parents after the session 35 minutes - $60

Travel policy

Karen will travel within 8 miles of West Hollywood, CA 90069.