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Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX (English and History)
Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX (MEd)
I have taught English and reading in Texas public schools at every grade level, twelfth grade down through kindergarten, beginning in 1971. I have a B.A. in English and history with a minor in education and an M.Ed. in reading with a minor in curriculum. I became a Reading Specialist when I realized that many high school students were struggling due to lack of reading skills which affected their success in many areas. I have also worked with many students individually and assisted a number of home schooling families. Every student has a unique set of abilities and challenges. Since not everyone learns the same way, I see the key to academic success in determining each person's most effective methods of learning.
I have taught English and reading in Texas public schools at every grade level, twelfth grade down through kindergarten, beginning in 1971. I have a B.A. in English
By way of background, I am a law professor and I know how important it is to understand the fundamentals of a particular subject. I attempted to tutor my daughter in English but quickly realized how much I had forgotten.
We hired Kathleen to help prepare my daughter for her freshman year English course. We knew our daughter needed to increase her fundamental understanding of grammar and, hopefully, get ahead in her studies.
I interviewed three tutors and Kathleen easily stood out as what we were looking for.
She is kind, professional and an excellent teacher. My thirteen year old daughter gave me the "thumbs up" under the table when we were interviewing Kathleen so I knew my daughter would be a receptive student.
Kathleen has taken the time to prepare a lesson plan for the dozen or so tutoring lessons before school begins. She has reviewed the course description for my daughter's freshman English class with an eye towards covering as much of the material as possible. In short, Kathleen has put a lot of thought in how to best teach my daughter and, according to my daughter, has been doing a fantastic job in tutoring her. As a dad, I am delighted to see my daughter have more confidence in knowing she is better prepared for the challenges ahead.
On a personal note, Kathleen is a good person of character. At the beginning of one tutoring session she learned that earlier that same day my daughter had to help put a horse down. Kathleen went "off the clock" and took the time to talk with my upset daughter about the experience.
Hire this tutor without hesitation.
Kathleen has been a great tutor for my son! I would highly recommend her. She is patient and kind and is always looking to improve our son's reading and math skills. I would recommend Kathleen to any and all kids. My son is in Elementary school, but Kathleen seems able to work with all levels of children, teens and adults. She is a pleasure!
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I have taught reading, writing and computer skills in public elementary schools since 1986, tutored math students, and mentored elementary teachers. Early literacy and remediation in reading are of particular concern to me. I taught home school for my grandchildren and friends' children for eight years and assisted with a variety of subjects in other home schools ever since. I also taught social studies online beginning at third grade. Establishing a sound academic foundation promotes further success in later years and fosters a lifetime of learning.
I am certified as a Reading Specialist and have worked in this field for 25 years. Phonics is a critical element of decoding unfamiliar words whether for new or experienced readers. Differing approaches to this skill have been developed in numerous programs, but the key is to help the struggling reader truly understand what he or she is reading, not merely to acquire the ability to sound out the words. The content of the text must be integrated into the process or the sounding out is meaningless to him or her. Young readers can be overwhelmed by the number of phonics rules that some programs require to be memorized, but most can be grouped into a few manageable concepts. When those are mastered, reading generally becomes a joy rather than a chore.
Every person has a unique set of strengths and weaknesses, but struggling students usually focus more on their weaknesses. Learning some strategies for studying can help them to organize and recall the concepts they are studying much more effectively. Learning how one learns best is a skill that will reap benefits for a lifetime. I have worked with hundreds of students individually to develop their study skills.