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Lucia L.

Simsbury, CT


Reading Specialist

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Background check passed as of 9/11/13
5.0 average from 173 ratings
Very patient with my daughter
— Deb, West Hartford, CT on 7/1/15

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Vassar College, BA
Columbia Teacher's College


Vassar College, BA

Columbia Teacher's College (Master's)

About Lucia

I have my Master of Arts in Reading and Learning Disabilities from Columbia University, Teachers College. I have taught at a number of schools for dyslexic students and apply a variety of multisensory Orton-Gillingham based programs including The Wilson Reading System when working with students struggling in phonics and spelling. I am sensitive to the needs of students struggling in school and enjoy helping the students with whom I work gain the confidence and skills they need to achieve academic success. If your student is having difficulty with any area of reading, spelling or written expression I will work with you to create a direct individualized instructional program designed to improve his or her English language skills.

Areas of instruction include:
* Students with dyslexia
* Students who need help with writing skills and grammar
* Students needing help with study skills, test taking and organizational strategies
* Students who need help learning and applying reading comprehension strategies
* Students unable to decode accurately
* Students with spelling difficulties
* Students unsuccessful with other reading programs who may still have 'gaps' in their decoding and spelling
I have my Master of Arts in Reading and Learning Disabilities from Columbia University, Teachers College. I have taught at a number of schools for dyslexic students and apply a variety of multisensory Orton-Gillingham based programs including The Read more

24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Simsbury, CT 06070
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Very patient with my daughter"

- Deb, West Hartford, CT on 7/1/15

"Great tutor ,wonderful with my daughter ! "

- Bettina, Farmington, CT on 2/20/15

"Great tutor"

- Wendy, Goshen, CT on 1/28/15

"Lucia is a true teaching gem!!!"

- Christine, Avon, CT on 8/27/13

"Great Tutor"

- Kenneth, Bristol, CT on 1/2/13
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Reading,
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Phonics,
Spelling, Study Skills
Special Needs:
Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL,
Study Skills,
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading
Corporate Training:

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I have worked with many students diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. I try to involve each student as thoroughly as possible in the learning process, paying particular attention to the emotions of the student with whom I am working. By providing a structured and predictable learning environment I help my students to achieve greater success when learning.
For students with ADD or ADHD I also break down large tasks and pieces of information into more manageable sections so that they do not become overwhelmed. By breaking tasks down, students are able to achieve greater confidence and alleviate frustration. Similarly, I find frequent feedback and positive reinforcement to be important tools when working with students with ADD.
For older students I apply a number of learning tools such as a daily/monthly schedule and long-range assignment planning as well as a weekly time chart. I also teach them about the varying learning modalities and ways to set clear and realistic goals and exclude distractions.


I am trained in a number of multisensory Orton-Gillingham based programs including the Wilson Reading System. I have been tutoring dyslexic students for over ten years.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have been teaching students in kindergarten through sixth grade for many years and have my MA in Reading from Columbia University, Teachers College.


I have been teaching all aspects of the English language for many years and have had experience working with students of all ages including adults. As an ESL teacher, I can help students achieve greater English-language mastery by working on their spoken and written English language skills. My areas of instruction for ESL students include English grammar concepts, vocabulary, note-taking, study skills and test-taking as well as all aspects of written language including sentence and paragraph structure.


When teaching phonics, I use programs such as the Wilson Reading System, a direct, individualized multisensory program emphasizing decoding and encoding. Orton-Gillingham based programs such as the Wilson Reading System utilize direct, systematic, phonics based instruction. I teach students directly and systematically how to fluently and accurately read and spell. Students learn phoneme segmentation and syllable segmentation. They work with controlled text so that the words presented to the student for reading and spelling will contain only elements of word structure that have been directly taught.


When working with struggling readers I use direct, individualized multisensory language techniques including the Orton-Gillingham based Wilson Reading System. This program teaches students how to encode (spell) as they learn to decode.
For students having difficulty with reading comprehension I teach a number of reading comprehension strategies enabling students to construct meaning from text. Using these methods I help students achieve independent and strategic reading skills.

Study Skills

I have been teaching study skills for over twenty years to students in elementary school through college. When providing study skills instruction I focus on specific study skills techniques such as SQ3R (Survey, Question,Read, Recite, Review). I also teach specific note-taking strategies such as two column note-taking and outlining as well as organizational skills, strategies and homework implementation. Another important study skill area on which I enjoy focusing is test-taking and test preparation. I generally provide students with a five day test preparation plan and give them tips and information about the different test forms such as essay tests versus short answer or multiple choice tests. Depending upon the needs of the student I also like to focus on improving reading speed and comprehension.

Vassar College, BA
Columbia Teacher's College


Vassar College, BA

Columbia Teacher's College (Master's)

Very patient with my daughter — Lucia explained where my daughter was with the Wilson program and helped me understand the program. I really appreciated that she took the time to explain the methodology to me. ...

— Deb, West Hartford, CT on 7/1/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $85.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Lucia will travel within 10 miles of Simsbury, CT 06070.

Background Check Status for Lucia L.

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