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Kristen M.

Colorado Springs, CO

$60/hour

A+ Teacher Available For Tutoring

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Background check passed as of 11/6/12
5.0 average from 51 ratings
Very patient, understanding and always encouraging.
— Diane, San Diego, CA on 2/8/13

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University of San Diego
Nova Southeastern University
MEd

Education

University of San Diego

Nova Southeastern University (MEd)

About Kristen

I am a National Board Certified Teacher (English/Early Adolescence) with a Masters in English Education. The University of San Diego is where I attended college, majoring in Philosophy, English, and Paralegal Studies. Three years of being a paralegal taught me the importance of deadlines and the necessity of organization. After obtaining my Masters, I taught middle school in Florida for ten years at Coral Springs Middle School. I was the language arts department chair for six years and a team leader for four. I also was one of five teachers who developed a curriculum map for 60,000 middle school students. To this day, I still keep in touch with my former students and colleagues.

It is my belief that each student can excel. Communication with the parent or guardian is crucial when tutoring. I consider the parent or guardian's expectations and strive to meet said goals. Consistency, reliability, knowledge, and a friendly demeanor make me an effective educator. The ability to develop a unique rapport with each student makes me a successful tutor. Teaching students effective learning strategies helps them thrive in the academic arena. I am willing to tutor all subjects. SAT Writing is my favorite subject. I look forward to working with all kinds of students, from elementary to college level. My hourly rate can be adjusted given the subject area and grade level. Please contact me with any questions you may have.
I am a National Board Certified Teacher (English/Early Adolescence) with a Masters in English Education. The University of San Diego is where I attended college, majoring in Philosophy, English, and Paralegal Studies. Three Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required

Two hour sessions now only $100. 1.5 hour sessions only $80. Please contact me as my rate does change depending on each situation.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Colorado Springs, CO 80919
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Very patient, understanding and always encouraging."

- Diane, San Diego, CA on 2/8/13

"Excellent Tutor, Responsive, Upbeat"

- Clive, San Diego, CA on 3/5/13

"Hits the ground running"

- Ray, San Diego, CA on 1/6/13

"Great tutor ever!"

- Christy, San Diego, CA on 12/9/12

"Very kind and Patient"

- Emily, San Diego, CA on 11/18/12

"Amazing and well organized tutor"

- James, San Diego, CA on 11/12/12

"Ideal Tutor! No need to look further."

- Heather, La Mesa, CA on 11/4/12
Math:
Logic
Science:
Anatomy, Astronomy, Biology, Nutrition, Physiology, Psychology
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading,
SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, CBEST, CLAST, PSAT, SAT Writing
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Greek
History:
American History,
Geography, Government & Politics, Social Studies,
World History
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Autism,
Dyslexia,
Phonics, Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ADD/ADHD

I have ADHD, so this enables me to know what issues the learner may be struggling with. I have also taught middle school for ten years accommodating those with this disorder. I have developed learning strategies that work well for students with ADD or ADHD.

American History

I spent ten years as part of a middle school interdisciplinary team wherein I worked closely with the history teacher creating lessons and units for our students. Furthermore, I took American History as one of my college classes at The University of San Diego.

Autism

As a middle school teacher, I have taught many autistic children who were in mainstream classrooms. I feel comfortable working with students with autism. I understand there are varying degrees across the spectrum. I find these students to be true gems, often in love with specific animals or objects, and fascinated with various topics. Therefore, I develop high interest lessons to appeal to autistic students.

Dyslexia

With ten years of classroom experience, I am familiar with the needs of dyslexic students. Presently, I tutor two students who are dyslexic. I am also an educational advocate;I serve as a professional who strives to procure IEP testing for all students who may be suffering from a learning disability. I act as the liaison between parents/children and the schools.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have been tutoring students who are in elementary school for over ten years. I am also familiar with the reading process, the mathematics skills, the spelling skills, the social challenges, and the curriculum for elementary age students. Many of my clients are in elementary school. Please see me testimonials regarding my performance with my seven-year-old client. Additionally, I worked with the America Reads program mentoring and tutoring elementary age students.

Logic

I majored in Philosophy at the University of San Diego. Logic is a key component when forming cogent arguments. Logic, while it is classified as a math subject, is really a way of thinking. It is a rational system that forces the reader to analyze information. For example, Bachelors are unmarried men is the classic logic example. It is also a necessary skill if you are thinking about going into the legal field. I worked as a paralegal for three years before I became a teacher. Logic can be exciting!

Reading

Although I did not have time to complete the five courses necessary for a reading endorsement, I did complete two reading endorsement courses at FSU earning an A+ in both. Furthermore, I was the language arts department chair for five years, a position responsible for making sure my teachers could teach students how to read effectively. Teaching struggling readers how to form a relationship with text and make the page come alive is something I relish doing.

Social Studies

Social studies is one of my favorite classes to teach. Throughout my ten years of teaching middle school, I often partnered with the social studies teacher to collaborate and build lessons together. I feel that I am qualified to tutor social studies.

Study Skills

As a middle school teacher for ten years, I have helped thousands of students develop study skills, assisting them with test-taking strategies and through the use of graphic organizers to easily record and review information in a concise format. Learning study skills is imperative in order to become a life-long learner.

University of San Diego
Nova Southeastern University
MEd

Education

University of San Diego

Nova Southeastern University (MEd)

Very patient, understanding and always encouraging. — Kristen is a joy to have as a tutor. She is always on time, positive, enthusiastic, encouraging and so kind. My child looks forward to her coming and wants to do well for her. He also likes to do the homework she provides and thinks it's fun. I would recommend Kristen to anyone who may need a tutor for extra help or to just continue with educating their child so he or she can be the best at who th ...

— Diane, San Diego, CA on 2/8/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Two hour sessions now only $100. 1.5 hour sessions only $80. Please contact me as my rate does change depending on each situation.

Travel policy

Kristen will travel within 15 miles of Colorado Springs, CO 80919.