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Toni S.

Woodland Hills, CA

$40/hour

Experienced tutor specializing in Biological Sciences and English

200+ Hours
Background check passed as of 4/18/13
4.7 average from 84 ratings
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— Ericka, Winnetka, CA on 3/6/17

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Barnard
Zoology
Hunter
Master's
New York University (NYU), Real Estate Institute
Graduate Coursework

Education

Barnard (Zoology)

Hunter (Master's)

New York University (NYU), Real Estate Institute (Graduate Coursework)

About Toni

Hello,

My name is Toni S. and I am a former teacher with over 25 years experience. I am available to tutor a variety of subjects - Biology including AP Biology, Physiology, introductory high school Chemistry, general science, all grade levels of English, particularly reading comprehension, and elementary and middle school math.

I graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University in New York City where I earned my BA with a major in Zoology and a minor in English. I also earned a Masters in science teaching from Hunter College, City University of New York and was licensed to teach Biology, Chemistry and general science. I worked at several private schools and for the longest period, over 20 years, at Riverdale Country School, a prep school in the Bronx where I taught high school Biology and Chemistry including honors Biology courses and some middle school general science. I helped to plan curriculum there and served for a period as acting Science Department head.

I began tutoring when I moved to California five years ago and have worked one on one with a variety of students in a range of subjects including Biology and AP Biology, introductory Chemistry, reading comprehension and elementary and middle school math. I also worked in the LAUSD, No Child Left Behind, "Learning with Laptops" program teaching math and english to students from 5th to 9th grade and in the Los Angeles Public Library adult literacy program.

In addition to my particular interest, Biology, I am an avid reader and have particularly enjoyed helping students with their reading comprehension. When I work with students in any subject my goal is for them to enjoy what they are doing as well as to understand the material. The aim is not just to teach memorization or prepping for tests. I try to work with each student in a style that suits his or her individual needs.

I would love to help you and look forward to hearing from you.
Hello,

My name is Toni S. and I am a former teacher with over 25 years experience. I am available to tutor a variety of subjects - Biology including AP Biology, Physiology, introductory high school Chemistry, general science, all grade levels of English, particularly reading comprehension, and elementary and middle school math.
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

$40 for one student - each additional student $32 (20% discount per additional student)

Travel Radius
Travels within 8 miles of Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Background Check: Passed

"Patient tutor"

- Ericka, Winnetka, CA on 3/6/17

"Wonderful Review Lesson!"

- Debbi, West Hills, CA on 11/2/15

"TONI is kind and considerably a patient tutor."

- Nathan, North Hollywood, CA on 8/27/15

"Toni is a great tutor"

- Vesela, West Hills, CA on 5/21/15

"Very patient and flexible"

- Beverly, Woodland Hills, CA on 5/11/15

"Great Tutor"

- Veena, Calabasas, CA on 3/13/15

"Very Helpful"

- Jackie, West Hills, CA on 5/24/14
Science:
Biology,
Chemistry,
Physical Science, Physiology, Zoology
English:
ACT Reading, English,
Grammar, Literature, Reading,
SAT Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading, SAT Reading
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Biology

I was licensed in New York State to teach Biology, Chemistry and General Science. I graduated Barnard College with a BA in Zoology and Hunter College, City University of New York with an MA in science teaching. At the time I graduated from Barnard there was no single department of Biology, rather there were separate departments of Zoology and Botany. So, although my major was only in one branch of Biology my background expanded from there to other aspects of the science over the course of a 25+ year career. I am knowledgeable and comfortable teaching any course material in the Biological sciences including introductory courses, AP courses and Physiology.

Chemistry

I graduated Barnard College, Columbia University with a BA in Zoology. As I was a pre-med at the time I took three years of Chemistry toward that major. I also have a Masters degree in science teaching from Hunter College, CUNY. I taught for over 25 years in New York City prep schools including Riverdale Country School . At Riverdale I also helped plan science curriculum and served temporarily as Science department head.

Elementary Math

I tutored Math and English in the LAUSD "Learning with Laptops" program where I worked with students in grades 5 through 9 and have also tutored several students one on one in these subjects.

I was a licensed teacher in New York and worked for many years teaching Biology and Chemistry at several prep schools. I moved to California in 2011 and have been tutoring privately since then.

English

I have a B.A. from Barnard College, where I majored in science but also minored in English, and an M.A. in education. I was a licensed teacher in New York for many years and then a real estate broker. In both of these capacities I used my English skills extensively.

I have been tutoring since moving to Los Angeles about four years ago and have gained experience working with students of various ages to help them improve their reading comprehension and writing skills. This experience has included working with adults in an adult literacy program run by the Los Angeles public library.

I am an avid reader and reading has always been one of my favorite leisure time activities and my main source of learning.

Phonics

I have no formal training in phonics but am currently tutoring a first grade student in reading. She did not read English when she arrived in her class mid year because she came from overseas. While fluent in spoken English she had only read in a different alphabet. I have been using phonics with her quite successfully. I also am very well read, speak well, write well, and have a very strong vocabulary; all skills which I think involve an understanding of phonics.

Prealgebra

I graduated Barnard College, Columbia University where I majored in Zoology and minored in English. I also have a Masters degree in science education. My math background was sufficient to do this.

I have worked as a tutor in an LAUSD program called "Learning with Laptops" where I taught English and math to students in grades 5 through 8, which includes prealgebra, and I have tutored math privately to several students in this age group.

Reading

I graduated with a BA from Barnard College where I was a Zoology major who also minored in English and Hunter College with a Master's degree in education. I taught for many years in New York City and have been tutoring since moving to Woodland Hills four years ago.

My experience tutoring English, particularly reading comprehension, includes work for the LAUSD "Learning with Laptops" program where I worked with elementary and middle school children on Math and English. I tutor adults in reading and English conversation as a volunteer in the adult literacy program run by the Los Angeles Public Library and have worked privately with several elementary school children who needed help with reading comprehension.

Study Skills

My qualifications include my own success earning a BA from a top college, Barnard, Columbia University; and an MA from Hunter Collge, CUNY while also teaching, running a household and raising two children. Study skills were involved along with organizational skill. Teaching for over 25 years also involved helping my students organize their work.

Zoology

Biology at the time I did my undergraduate work was divided into separate departments of Zoology and Botany, it was not taught as a single major as it is now. My major for my undergraduate BA at Barnard College, therefore, was Zoology.

I earned an MA in teaching Science from Hunter College and was licensed in New York State to teach Biology, Chemistry, and General Science. I then taught these subjects for over 25 years. Most of this experience was teaching Biology, both introductory and AP courses, and these courses included Zoology.

Barnard
Zoology
Hunter
Master's
New York University (NYU), Real Estate Institute
Graduate Coursework

Education

Barnard (Zoology)

Hunter (Master's)

New York University (NYU), Real Estate Institute (Graduate Coursework)

Patient tutor

My daughter feels comfortable asking questions, she's usually uncomfortable with asking with other tutors. Toni provides clear explanations. She is helping increase my daughter's confidence with AP Bio.

— Ericka, Winnetka, CA on 3/6/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

$40 for one student - each additional student $32 (20% discount per additional student)

Travel policy

Toni will travel within 8 miles of Woodland Hills, CA 91367.