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Michelle M.

Brooklyn, CT

$40/hour

Experienced Teacher (all subjects K-6) and Published Children's Author

In-person lessons
400+ Hours
5.0 average from 216 ratings
So very grateful for her !
— Jeanna, Sterling, CT on 7/10/15

$40/Hour


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Bryant University

Education

Bryant University

About Michelle

If you are looking for a K-6 grade tutor, I would love the opportunity to work with your child! I am a former middle school teacher who taught at a private school in Massachusetts before beginning my career as a published children's author. I also home schooled all three of my children from first grade through high school. In addition, I earned a bachelor's degree from Bryant University, and graduated from a two year Bible college program. I have also taken numerous CE courses at ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International). Although I have taught all elementary and middle school subjects, math and grammar are my passion! My extra-curricular activities have included serving as the Math Olympics Coach for students in third through eighth grade (in which my school earned 1st place each year I coached), as well as writing and directing numerous plays for my middle school students to perform. I have also tutored several children after school and through the summer months in a variety of grade levels and subjects, especially math and reading.

I like to incorporate a variety of teaching techniques, which include hands-on, as well as traditional teaching methods, with an emphasis on having fun while learning! As a middle school teacher, I noticed that many of my students found math to be very intimidating. I made it my goal to make math exciting and more appealing so that my students would leave middle school feeling more comfortable, and hence, more confident in their math skills. I felt that if this attitude could be instilled in students at the elementary school level, they would embrace math with a greater eagerness and desire to learn. This is what inspired me to write my first educational children's book, Mikey and the Mysterious Door, which teaches a math concept in the form of a rhyming story to help make math more enjoyable and less intimidating to elementary school children. I use this same approach in all subjects that I teach. The more children believe that learning is fun and exciting, the less difficulty and the more confidence they will have in doing so. I have a proven track record, and I have been told by dozens of students (and their parents) that I was their favorite teacher! My former middle school students who have now graduated college still keep in touch with me today because of the impact I have had in their life as their teacher. I am happy to supply references!
If you are looking for a K-6 grade tutor, I would love the opportunity to work with your child! I am a former middle school teacher who taught at a private school in Massachusetts before beginning my career as a published children's author. I also home schooled all three of my children from first grade through high school. In addition, I earned a Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 35 miles of Brooklyn, CT 06234
In-person lessons

"So very grateful for her !"

- Jeanna, Sterling, CT on 7/10/15

"Amazing tutor"

- Bonnie, Putnam, CT on 12/10/16

"Patient, creative and effective tutor"

- Holly, Harrisville, RI on 3/7/16

"Kind, caring, knowledgeable, and innovated teacher."

- Carmelle, Putnam, CT on 2/13/16

"Very professional"

- Christie, Willimantic, CT on 4/28/15
Special Needs:
Phonics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Elementary (K-6th)

I taught 7th and 8th grade at Dayspring Christian Academy (DCA) before beginning my career as a published children's author. I also coached the school's Math Olympics team (grades 3-8) in which DCA earned first place every year that I coached. In addition, I have tutored many students after school, as well as throughout the summer months in a variety of grade levels and subjects (especially math and reading) with successful results. I also home schooled all three of my children (1st grade through high school).

I like to incorporate a combination of teaching techniques, including hands-on activities and traditional teaching methods, with an emphasis on having fun while learning. I have been told by dozens of students and their parents that I was their favorite teacher. As a result, although it is a decade later, many of them still keep in touch with me today because of the impact I have had in their life as their teacher. I am happy to supply references.

Elementary Math

I taught middle school math (to seventh and eighth graders) at Dayspring Christian Academy (DCA) in Massachusetts. I was also responsible for developing and grading the mathematics portion of the entrance exam at DCA.

In addition, I was the Math Olympics coach for students in 3rd through 8th grade, which included both computation and problem solving categories. DCA took first place overall every year that I was the coach. In addition, we had more individual 1st through 6th place ribbons and medals than any other school that competed.

I have also tutored math to students in 1st through 8th grade, as well as homeschooled all three of my children covering every elementary school grade level through to high school math.

Elementary Science

Although as a middle school teacher, I was not hired as a science teacher, but I did substitute teach the 5th and 7th grade science classes during a teacher's two-month maternity leave, as well as assist at both the school's and the MA state science fairs. In addition, I taught science as a home school teacher to all three of my children from first grade through high school, and two of my children earned the gold medal and blue ribbon at the MA state science fair when they were in middle school.

Grammar

I taught 7th and 8th grade language arts at Dayspring Christian Academy in Massachusetts. During that time, I wrote and graded the grammar portion of the middle school entrance exam. In addition, I am a published children's author.

Phonics

Just this past school year alone, I have tutored numerous WyzAnt students in phonics. This includes a pre-schooler, Jeremiah (son of Christie); a home schooled kindergartener, Isaac (son of Holly); a first-grader, Shomarie (son of Elfareato); and a dyslexic fifth-grader, Ryan (son of Jeanna), should you want to check my student connections. All of which, have given me numerous 5-star ratings and NOTHING LESS for the work I have done with their children this summer and this past school year.

In addition, I have taught phonics to other private clients outside of the WyzAnt community, as well as my own daughter (whom I have home schooled from first-grade through high school). Teaching phonics is actually one of my specialties (along with math). My philosophy is that if you give students a strong phonics foundation, they can read virtually any word they encounter, whether they have seen the word or not (as apposed to teaching more of a sight-word reading program, in which a child can only read the words he/she has been exposed to or has memorized).

To give you an idea of my success rate, I home schooled my daughter from the time she was five years old to present. I gave her such a strong phonetic foundation that she was able to read fourth-grade books as a first-grader. In addition, her second grade spelling list consisted of words such as "miscellaneous" rather than much shorter, easier words as found in other second-grade programs. By third grade, she was able to read words like "physiological" and "psychology." She is not a genius; she simply had such an incredible phonics foundation through this program I teach.

As a result of my own child's success, I have gladly accepted numerous pre-k through first grade tutoring clients who have requested help with this subject. After working with these students this past school year and throughout the summer, all are reading above their grade-level, and their parents couldn't be more pleased. In fact, last week the home school mom (whose son I have been teaching phonics to since the end of the school year and throughout the summer) told me that she could not purchase a complete curriculum for his grade level (in all subjects) because his phonics/reading is too advanced now for the grade he will be entering!

Please keep in mind that when she came to me several months ago, she told me that she had been trying to get her son to read for two entire school years to no avail. He could not even read a single three-letter word when I met him. By my second session teaching him phonics, he could read and spell over a dozen three-letter words. Now that I have been teaching him phonics one-hour per week for the past five months, he is now reading three- and four-syllable words with some very difficult "special sounds" such as "ough" as in the word "thoroughly." I could quote you many other similar success stories in regard to my other students.

I have spent hundreds of hours putting together numerous hands-on phonics activities since most phonics programs are geared primarily towards traditional learners. Because not all children are traditional learners, these hands-on games and activities reinforce the lesson, keep the child engaged for longer periods of time, and reach those children with other learning styles.

Prealgebra

I taught pre-algebra to 7th and 8th grade students at Dayspring Christian Academy. I was also the Math Olympics coach for 3rd through 8th grade students at the same school. In addition, I tutored numerous pre-algebra and algebra students during my teaching career. In addition, after I left my teaching position to homeschool my own children (grades 1st through high school), included teaching pre-algebra to all three of my children.

Reading

As a middle school teacher at Dayspring Christian Academy, I taught language arts, which included reading/literature. I was also in charge of the school's summer reading program. In addition, I tutored numerous elementary school children in reading, and I home schooled all three of my children from 1st grade through to high school. Reading was a major part of our home school curriculum.

Spelling

As a middle school teacher at Dayspring Christian Academy in Massachusetts, I taught spelling as part of a comprehensive language arts program. I also home schooled all three of my children in which spelling was one of the subjects I included in the curriculum I taught.

Vocabulary

As a middle school teacher at a Christian school in Massachusetts, I taught a comprehensive language art program, which included vocabulary, along with spelling, grammar, literature, reading, and writing. I also home schooled all three of my children, and I have always included vocabulary as a subject on its own. I have numerous vocabulary programs that I have purchased and used over the years with my own children, as well as my students.

Bryant University

Education

Bryant University

So very grateful for her !

My son has a specified learning disability. As his parents we out source summer learning instead of opting for summer school. We are so grateful we have found Michelle. She is kind, patient and knowledgeable. Most of all she has already taught my son how to do some common core math that he struggled with all last school year, and it only took a quick 20 minute review for him to "get it". He was so

— Jeanna, Sterling, CT on 7/10/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michelle will travel within 35 miles of Brooklyn, CT 06234.