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Tara G.

New Fairfield, CT


International Teacher of History, Geography, Social Studies + ESL

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 3/18/14
Caring, organized, prepared.
— Lize, Waccabuc, NY on 5/17/15

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Middlesex University, UK
Institute of Education,University of London, UK
Lehman (CUNY)


Middlesex University, UK

Institute of Education,University of London, UK (Master's)

Lehman (CUNY) (Enrolled)

About Tara

To Whom It May Concern,

I have 20+ years of teaching experience. I have spent most of my teaching years with students aged eleven to nineteen. I have had a focus on history, geography, and religious studies, all subjects which are part of the Social Studies curriculum.

I think my experience and dedication to teaching make me a strong candidate for to tutor your child. Being a teacher is something that I am very passionate about, and I always prepare lessons thoroughly so that all students have access to the learning experience. I consider myself to be a firm, but fair teacher, and have also been told this by both former students and colleagues.

I am also in the process of attaining my Advanced Certificate in Social Studies so that I can continue to improve my teaching skills, and obtain my New York State certification. I shall then be following this with a unit on Special Needs within Social Studies to improve the skills that I already have with working with students with special educational needs. Whilst doing this I have taught and tutored High School Regents: Global History, U.S. History, and Middle School History, Geography, Religious Studies, ELA. I also taught Social Studies to ELL students (Levels 1-4).

I enjoy being able to create lessons that fit into the curriculum, while peaking students’ curiosity, encouraging them to take responsibility for their learning, and helping them to develop inquiring minds. I am a team player, and like to work with teachers to create the best learning experiences for students. This in turn helps them to succeed with the standardized testing required by New York.

I was asked to come into my last school in England to help pull it out of failing, and potentially closing, status. The government body known as OfSted was considering recommending closure for the school. My team not only managed to prevent closure but elevated it’s rating to "Good" in its last inspection. This is the second highest possible rating that can be achieved by a public school in England.

I relocated from England 7 years ago and love working with students.

In addition, I have a great deal of experience of working with at-risk students in the inner-city setting, and in rural settings too, and would appreciate the opportunity to contribute to any student's continued success.; I can promise that meeting with me will not be a waste of your time.

I will make myself available, at your convenience.

Yours sincerely,

To Whom It May Concern,

I have 20+ years of teaching experience. I have spent most of my teaching years with students aged eleven to nineteen. I have had a focus on history, geography, and religious studies, all
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8 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of New Fairfield, CT 06812
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Caring, organized, prepared."

- Lize, Waccabuc, NY on 5/17/15
Physical Science
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
GED, Regents,
SAT Reading, TOEFL
Microsoft Word
American History,
Geography, Religion,
Social Studies,
World History
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Microsoft Word, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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American History

I taught some American History when teaching in England.

I also took several classes at Lehman College with regards to American History - Civil Rights Movement, Government, The History of American Foreign Relations, and US History 1945-Present.
I also took classes on Teaching American History and Government, as well as Teaching History and Geography.

I have tutored students to prepare them for their Regents exams, and also to aid them if they have been having trouble within the subject area (Yonkers Schools).


I have taught English Language Learners (ELL) Levels 1-4 at schools in New York City, Yonkers, and in England.
The students I have taught have come to me with levels ranging from no spoken English being able to converse comfortably and write short stories. I have also worked with students to get them to the point where they are able to write papers discussing curriculum content whilst incorporating subject specific terminology and vocabulary. I have worked with students from areas such like India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Middle Eastern countries, central and South American countries, and Africa.


I am Montessori trained and am therefore certified to teach phonics to students aged 2 1/2 to 7 years old. I have also used phonics when working with both mainstream and students with special educational needs in subject specific classes as they have needed to be able to grasp the spellings of vocabulary.
I use phonics when working with EAL students (English as an Additional Language).
By breaking words down phonetically I have often been able to help hearing impaired students access the curriculum too.

Public Speaking

I have taught for over 20 years, and most of my class sizes have been 30+ students. I've had to hold the attention of all students, maintain control, and get them to be in a position to be able to participate. This I have done by varying my volume, vocabulary, and vernacular.
I have had to hold assemblies in front of 2,000 students plus school staff. I have also had to hold encourage debating within lesson time; often by modeling what had to be done first. I've given presentations in front of the parents and carers of students.
Finally, the most challenging has been to teach a lesson to an unknown class, on a topic of the interviewing school's choice, in front of governors, department heads, and principal, in an interview for a position as a classroom teacher!


I have tutored students in the Yonkers Schools Districts for their Regents exams whilst at their school.
I have tutored students in Yonkers Schools District during Summer School so that they can retake their Regents.
I have been a teacher for 20+ years and have prepared students for national exams in many subject areas.


I studied many religions when I was completing my BA at college. We looked at contemporary moral issues, key texts and beliefs, and rites of passage.
I then went on to teach religious studies to students aged 11-19 in the English school system, and have also used that experience to teach students Grade 6-Grade 12, with a focus on helping those prepare for Regents exams.

Social Studies

I passed my CST exams to gain my NY State Teaching Certification.
I have taught for over 20 years and covered subject areas of Geography, world and U.S. History, and Religious Studies.
I have had many one-to-one sessions with students to help them to pass national and Regents exams.

Study Skills

I have helped many students to organize a study areas that will help them, and encourage them, to study. Whilst working with a student in Yonkers, NY, creating her own study area, with appropriate equipment, gave her the confidence to sit herself down in the evenings and begin her homework. She would then send me a copy of what she had done so that we could go over it. Some students like to be able to check in with you via email about the work the have completed so far, and this helps them to feel that they have to meet a target, and then have their work completed verified and monitored thus keep them on track. One way we did this was by introducing "Google docs" so not only did they learn a new skill, but I could amend, or make suggestions on how to improve their work.
I have helped students in schools in both the U.K., and New York State find the best way for them to study, whether it be by constant testing, creating flash cards, making mind maps.
Many of my students have benefited by having a work schedule set up for them that includes breaks. This stops them from feeling too overwhelmed by the work that they need to complete.

Middlesex University, UK
Institute of Education,University of London, UK
Lehman (CUNY)


Middlesex University, UK

Institute of Education,University of London, UK (Master's)

Lehman (CUNY) (Enrolled)

Caring, organized, prepared. — We met with Tara for a AP US History review for my 16 year old daughter. Tara is a wonderful, patient and caring teacher. She went out of her way to assist my daughter with various books and material. She was organized, a positive motivator and inspired my daughter with ideas and strategies on how to approach and prepare for the test. Tara made the lesson fun, gave her extra homework to focus on ...

— Lize, Waccabuc, NY on 5/17/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

Tara will travel within 20 miles of New Fairfield, CT 06812.