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Penny H.

Lebanon, CT

$60/hour

Penny H. All elementary areas, MS Reading, Language Arts, Math

200+ Hours
Background check passed as of 6/17/15
5.0 average from 121 ratings
We love Ms. Penny
— Jamie, Norwich, CT on 11/14/16

$60/Hour


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University of Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
Special ed early ch
Univ of Connecticut
MEd
Univ of Hartford
EdD

Education

University of Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut (Special ed early ch)

Univ of Connecticut (MEd)

Univ of Hartford (EdD)

About Penny

I am a recently retired educator with 35 years of experience working at all educational levels. My most recent position was as a high school principal. Prior to becoming an administrator, I worked at the elementary, early childhood, and middle school levels teaching special needs children. I also worked in general education classrooms as a co-teacher delivering curriculum in line with the common core. My specialty is educating children who have been challenged by traditional classroom settings. I am a compassionate individual with a love of learning and I bring this love to the classroom and the tutoring session. Children are not all the same and therefore do not benefit from a "one size fits all" approach to learning. I am very good at understanding the individual needs of all types of children and look forward to working with new students.

My tutoring subjects include reading, language arts and math at the elementary level through grade 5. I am also skilled at teaching grades 6-8 in reading, language arts and math through pre-algebra. I typically teach through a discovery method, providing multiple opportunities for students to learn the concepts and practice them. I am familiar with the current initiatives which the state of Connecticut has introduced during the past few years. This includes teaching for the Common Core and also test preparation for the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

I prefer to tutor in the student's home or in a neutral location such as the public library. If I am in the home, there would need to be an adult present in the home during the tutoring session. My cancellation policy is 24 hours notice required. With 24 hours notice, a session would be able to be re-scheduled. Specifics can be worked out once we agree upon a time, frequency, and location.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. Please contact me for additional information and to arrange a time to meet.
I am a recently retired educator with 35 years of experience working at all educational levels. My most recent position was as a high school principal. Prior to becoming an administrator, I worked at the elementary, early childhood, and middle school levels teaching special needs children. I also worked in general education classrooms as a Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Lebanon, CT 06249
Background Check: Passed

"We love Ms. Penny"

- Jamie, Norwich, CT on 11/14/16

"Miss Penny Rocks"

- Courtney, Broad Brook, CT on 2/19/16

"Braydon likes working with Penny and she is patient with him, which is wonderful!"

- Jill, Sylvester, GA on 7/10/15

"Great Tutor!!!!"

- Allyson, East Haddam, CT on 6/4/15
English:
Grammar, Reading,
Vocabulary
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling,
Vocabulary

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 worked for over 25 years with students who experience the effects of ADD/ADHD. I allow students the opportunity to move around during my lessons embracing the philosophy that if the child is using all of their energy concentrating on sitting still, then they have nothing left to concentrate on learning. Most ADD/ADHD students are very bright and can learn in the right environment.

Dyslexia

Dyslexia is one of the invisible disabilities which often goes undetected. I have worked with many young students over the years that have not been able to explain why they are not learning to read. As a CT certified special education teacher, my experience has taught me that patience and understanding will go a long way to encourage these students to trust in their intuition and enable them to learn. I have also received specialized training in methods which specifically address the dyslexic child. I look forward to sharing those methods with new students.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have over 25 years of teaching experience in elementary and middle schools. I have worked with a variety of students in both the regular and special needs classrooms.

Elementary Math

I have taught math to students in grades K-8 in both a general education classroom and a resource room for special education students. I use a hands-on approach where ever possible in order to help students understand the concepts in a concrete way.

Phonics

Phonics is only one way of teaching beginning reading, writing, and spelling skills. I use phonics as a systematic method to help students learn to decode words. I have received specialized training in several phonics methods such as "Let's Read", Orton-Guillingham, and others. I have more than 25 years working with students in the classrooms of Connecticut.

Prealgebra

I have worked with students in middle school in the public schools of CT. I am CT certified and have achieved the designation of "Highly Qualified Teacher" according to CT standards. I specifically taught reading and math at both the elementary and middle school levels. I would welcome the opportunity to work with your student.

Reading

Reading was my first love of teaching. Seeing students light up when they realize they are actually reading the printed word gives me the greatest satisfaction. I have taught reading in the public schools for more than 25 years. I use a variety of teaching methods including phonics, sight word, and configuration approaches. Teaching words in context helps students to understand what they are reading. I also use techniques such as visualization to help students "see" the words on the page. I maintain my CT teaching certification.

Special Needs

There is a place in my heart for children who experience significant difficulties with learning. As a CT certified special education teacher with over 25 years of experience, I personally know the struggles these children face. I have successfully worked with students with learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, behavioral challenges, and ADD/ADHD in the public school setting at the elementary, middle and high school levels. I look forward to working with your child.

Spelling

Spelling is becoming an art form. Since many schools are using computers to assist students with their writing, children often use text shorthand when writing. I encourage students to think about their audience when writing and teach them standard English spelling. I have experience working with a variety of students in this area during my tutoring sessions and also in classrooms.

University of Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
Special ed early ch
Univ of Connecticut
MEd
Univ of Hartford
EdD

Education

University of Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut (Special ed early ch)

Univ of Connecticut (MEd)

Univ of Hartford (EdD)

We love Ms. Penny

Ms. Penny jumped right in, she understood what we needed help with and began right away. My kids love her! That to me is number one. She gave homework as I requested. Its so great we found her! And for anyone looking for an amazing tutor... hire Ms. Penny. You will be impressed!! Update: We live 90 miles away from Ms. Penny, it took me 5 months to convince my wife and kids that was to far to dri

— Jamie, Norwich, CT on 11/14/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Penny will travel within 20 miles of Lebanon, CT 06249.