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Toni S.

Woodland Hills, CA

$40/hr

Experienced tutor specializing in Biological Sciences and English

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Background check passed as of 4/18/13
4.8 Avg. Rating
 
 
38 Ratings
 
 
4hrs Response Time
Toni is a great tutor
— Vesela, West Hills, CA on 5/21/15

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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, general science, all grade levels of English, particularly reading comprehension, grammar and writing 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 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 three years ago and have worked one on one with a variety of students in a range of subjects including Biology and AP Biology, middle school math and both middle and high school English language arts. I also worked in the LAUSD, No Child Left Behind, "Learning with Laptops" program teaching students from 5th to 9th grade math and English 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, Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Group rates. Two students, each $30 per hour. Three to five students, $25 each per hour.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Background Check: Passed

"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
Math:
Prealgebra
English:
ACT Reading, English,
Grammar, Literature, Reading, SAT Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Biology,
Chemistry, Physical Science, Physiology, Zoology
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Homeschool:
Biology,
Chemistry, English,
Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading, SAT Reading
Corporate Training:
Grammar

Approved subjects are in bold.

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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.

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.

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)

Toni is a great tutor — We are very satisfied with the way Toni has been helping our granddaughter improve in her reading and writing skills. She is patient and understanding. We recommend her highly for all your English language needs. ...

— Vesela, West Hills, CA on 5/21/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Group rates. Two students, each $30 per hour. Three to five students, $25 each per hour.

Travel policy

Toni will travel within 15 miles of Woodland Hills, CA 91367.

Background Check Status for Toni S.

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