Trinity University (Public School Music)
University of Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut (MEd)
San Diego State University, San Diego, California (Other)
I am retired from teaching, but I love to teach, so I am looking for motivated students who want to learn or improve their English skills or who are having difficulty with basic reading and math skills. I taught: Kindergarten, first and second grade, both regular English classes and bilingual English/Spanish classes; Learning Handicapped students ages 6-10 in full day classes; Reading Comprehension at a Community College, for students who weren't ready for college; and adults in a Literacy program.
I look forward to discussing whether or not we are a match and can work together toward your goals. I am retired from teaching, but I love to teach, so I am looking for motivated students who want to learn or improve their English skills or who are having difficulty with basic reading and Read more
This rate includes travel time within 20 miles of Yucca Valley. Longer distances may require a higher rate to compensate for the cost of driving.
Phyllis has started tutoring our two youngest grandsons (5 in January & just 6). We like the way the two boys have responded to Phyllis which is good for the learning environment. The teaching experiences that Phyllis has demonstrated in all of the interactions she has with the boys and how she has immediately improved their skills. Both boys are eager to do their “homework” and are proud to show Phyllis and the whole family what they are learning. We highly recommend Phyllis for all ages and stages!
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I taught kindergarten, pre-first, and first grades in Hartford Public Schools, Hartford, CT, including both traditional and American Montessori systems, for 7 years.
I taught bilingual English/Spanish grades 1 & 2 and special education/learning handicapped classes for children ages 6-9, in National School District, National City, CA, for 6 years.
I was a reading and math tutor for children in preschool and kindergarten, Joshua Tree, CA, in 2012. (Both children are now doing well in school.)
Education: Bachelor of Music, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX 1958; Master of Education, Elementary Education, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT 1967; Special Education Credential, Learning Handicapped, San Diego State University 1979; Bilingual Certificate of Competency, Spanish 1980.
I was raised in a home where good English was used and I had an excellent English education in school. I also have studied Latin, Spanish, French, and Italian, which have all contributed to my understanding of how English works. I love to teach and have taught reading and English from Kindergarten through Community College, in both regular and special education classes.
On 8/28/79, I received a Certificate of Competence in Spanish, from the State of California.
For several years, I taught students in bilingual, English/Spanish classes, in grades one and two, in elementary schools in National School District, National City, California.
On 4/25/92, I received a certificate of completion for training with Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc. (LVA), in San Diego, CA, for Basic Reading and English as a Second Language. Since that time I have tutored second language speakers in San Diego (Japanese, Portuguese, French, and Italian) and with the Literacy Program in Yucca Valley, California, where I worked both with English speakers and Spanish speakers.
I have enjoyed tutoring students of any age, especially those who were very motivated to learn English, to improve their skills in school, to communicate better with everyone, and to improve their job prospects.
Students who are dedicated to learning vocabulary and expressions, and to practice pronunciation, will improve rapidly and we will have fun together in the process.
The literacy programs provided workbooks and materials, but I added my own activities as they became appropriate. We will work from whatever materials the student needs to be able to read, from school books and homework to advertising and signs to menus and food labels, etc.
Understanding basic phonetic rules gives readers information for trying to sound out words they don't know. These rules apply to the different pronunciations of vowels, depending on whether they are alone or in combination with various consonants.
Many of the pronunciations for individual words are similar to other words and can be learned in word "families". There are also some different pronunciations of consonants, depending on where they are placed in a word. The more ways you know to try sounding out letters and letter combinations, the more likely you are to figure it out. Reading English gradually becomes easier and more fun.
I have done proofreading/editing for flyers, college exams, instructional materials, letters, business reports, organizational procedures, resumes, and books. I have a keen eye and enjoy getting materials into an easily read format, without errors that distract from the presentation or that slow the comprehension process.
I have taught beginning reading skills to regular classroom students in grades kindergarten, 1 and 2, as well as for learning handicapped/delayed students ages 5-10. I also taught reading comprehension at a community college for students whose reading levels were not ready for college work.
I studied Spanish in classes, on my own, and while traveling in Mexico. I also taught a public school program in English and Spanish. Though I speak Spanish easily, my level remains about medium, since I've had little opportunity to use it regularly for quite a while. On the other hand, I'm an excellent teacher and can work with anyone using either your materials or mine. If you think you might be interested, our first session would be no charge, to determine what you need and if I'm the right person to provide it. Best Wishes, Miss Phyllis Ellen
I received my Certification, Specialist, Learning Handicapped, from San Diego State University in 1980 and a Bilingual Certificate of Competency, Spanish, also from San Diego State University in 1979. I taught Learning Handicapped, full-day class for National School District, National City, California, from fall 1982 to spring 1987, mainly in English, but in Spanish when needed.
I worked with children ages 7-9 in these classes. Instruction for children with learning disabilities requires finding alternative teaching methods to suit the learning styles and abilities of the children, to develop listening skills, information retention, spoken and written expressive skills, basic mathematics comprehension, and self-esteem. All students were mainstreamed as soon, and as much, as possible, with the hope that as they gradually moved up to grade level skills, they would no longer need full-day placement.