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Stella S.

Colorado Springs, CO

$50/hour

K-12 Tutor, Specializing in Special Needs Learning (Particularly K-6)

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 2/12/17

$50/Hour


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College of St. Benedict
English
Regis University School for Professional Studies
Master's
Ball State University
Graduate Coursework

Education

College of St. Benedict (English)

Regis University School for Professional Studies (Master's)

Ball State University (Graduate Coursework)

About Stella

I have a love and thirst for learning, as well as helping others. My background revolves around education and educators. My experience includes subbing, both short-term and long-term, teaching Speech at the College Level and being a Para-Professional. I hold a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in English as well as Master's degree in Gifted and Diverse Learners.

I am also a home-school Mom of six children and I use a Cottage Program through a local school. I have both personal and professional experience with Special Needs children from mild to moderate with an array of disabilities. Working with children on the Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder spectrum is very important to me. Working with SPED children is something I greatly enjoy and especially treasure their success. I have also tutored in the past and I do prefer working with students one-on-one, helping the student get the to the fundamentals of their challenges. I use a variety of material for tutoring and teaching students (including my own children), because no two children learn the same way!

I believe in teaching moments, encouragement, constructive criticism and parent involvement. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to helping other students achieve success while being able to stay home and teach my own children as well.
I have a love and thirst for learning, as well as helping others. My background revolves around education and educators. My experience includes subbing, both short-term and long-term, teaching Speech at the College Level and being a Para-Professional. I hold a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in English as well as Master's degree in Gifted and Diverse Read more

Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required

$50/hour. $25/half-hour. Group rate can be negotiated and is considered to be 3 or more students. A negotiated fee can be discussed for low-income/needs-based situations.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Colorado Springs, CO 80923
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
English:
English, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Special Needs:
Phonics,
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Phonics

I have a Bachelor's degree in English, and over the course of the last three years I was introduced and using the Spalding, "Writing Road to Reading" method for teaching phonemic awareness, reading and writing. The Homeschool Program uses this method and while I am not certified in this (though I have thought of pursuing it), I have been teaching my two oldest children to read using the method. I now have a just graduated second grader reading at a fourth grade reading level and a soon to be kindergartner who is learning to read simple sentences. I as well as other parents and teachers swear by this method of phonics. I haven't seen anything that produces such results. As a para I also learned and used the Susan Barton Method which employs a certain level of phonics.

Public Speaking

I was once in a graduate program in Indiana and was thinking of pursuing a career in public speaking/journalism. I did work-study and taught Public Speaking/Speech to freshman. The events of 9/11 changed my plans, but I had very positive feedback from the students I taught. I have also done a great deal of performing in front of audiences of various kinds since I was very young, participating in National History Day twice performing as a character each time. I was a successful substitute teacher and understand the fundamentals of preparation for a successful speech.

Special Needs

My interest in helping students with special needs stems from my own personal experience with my brother who is a high-functioning autistic. As an adult I started subbing for SPED classes and soon was getting requests, which led me to become a para-professional. I then decided to pursue a graduate degree in special education and am finally nearing the end of that degree. My five year old son also has a sensory processing disorder as well as a speech delay and since I homeschool, I come with the background of a teacher as well as a parent of a special needs child. Finally, I have also partnered with another parent and SPED teacher, starting a support group for homeschool parents of special needs children.

Study Skills

In high school and college (for my BA) I was in ROTC. I did very well in both and this is where I really learned the truth about studying. Through college I often helped others learn how to manage their time and break up their daunting English assignments into sections, thereby making studying a lot less stressful. While teaching speech, I taught students how to break down the assignments into manageable pieces, how to check and re-check their work. In my previous tutoring experiences, part of what I did was help students study for a test, or write a paper.

College of St. Benedict
English
Regis University School for Professional Studies
Master's
Ball State University
Graduate Coursework

Education

College of St. Benedict (English)

Regis University School for Professional Studies (Master's)

Ball State University (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

$50/hour. $25/half-hour. Group rate can be negotiated and is considered to be 3 or more students. A negotiated fee can be discussed for low-income/needs-based situations.

Travel policy

Stella will travel within 15 miles of Colorado Springs, CO 80923.