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Jacquelyn V.

Trumbull, CT

$45/hour

English Teacher, CT Cert., UCLA Summa Cum Laude

20+ Hours
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UCLA
Southern Connecticut State University
Master's

Education

UCLA

Southern Connecticut State University (Master's)

About Jacquelyn

Parents and Students,

Allow me to introduce myself and describe my qualifications as an English Language Arts tutor.

I am a full-time English Language Arts teacher for Grades 7-8 in New Haven. I am certified by Connecticut to teach Language Arts in Grades 7-12. I am a graduate candidate for an M.S. in English at SCSU. Additionally, my formal education includes holding a
B.A. in English from UCLA, with which I earned UCLA's highest honors, Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

I have taken 35 courses in Literature and writing/rhetoric during my undergraduate and graduate training. I earned A's in all but one (in which I earned a B) of those 35 courses.

I work very well with students who wish to improve their writing and reading skills, whether it be for their courses in Grades 7-12 or for preparation for the new SBAC or the SAT.

My career before I entered graduate school to become a Secondary Education teacher was also working with writers. I was in development as a story editor in a number of different major motion picture studios in Los Angeles.

On a personal note: I am the mother of two teens and I care for our pet Boston Terrier. We just finished the rigorous college application process for one of my teens, who is a senior, which resulted in his beginning his studies this fall in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern Californa. My family enjoys spending time together in activities including going to concerts, theater, sailing and hiking. My personal interests include training for and competing in triathlons. I completed my first triathlon last September, and I am hooked!

At the core of this introduction is the fact that I am passionate about teaching and working with students in Grades 6 and above in Language Arts because I love the language arts and truly enjoy the students. Effective tutoring is second nature given these traits.

I wish you the best in your pursuits in education.
Parents and Students,

Allow me to introduce myself and describe my qualifications as an English Language Arts tutor.

I am a full-time English Language Arts teacher for Grades 7-8 in New Haven. I am certified by Connecticut to teach Language Arts in Grades 7-12. I am a graduate candidate for an M.S. in English at SCSU.
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Trumbull, CT 06611
Background Check: Passed
Test Preparation:
ASVAB, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Language:
Reading,
Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Reading
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Vocabulary,
Writing
Business:
Writing

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.

English

As an English major at UCLA, I was on the Dean's List every semester--not only for my overall work, but more importantly for my achievement in the my major. My success was due to the passion I had (and still have) for the English language in all of its complexity. I am currently working on my Master's degree in English at Southern Connecticut State University. The content of the coursework for this degree is an even deeper exploration of our language. Achieving the master's level degree requires that the candidate develop a comprehensive understanding of the "why's" of the facts and rules of English as well as the ability to effectively apply this understanding. This level of proficiency qualifies me to teach all aspects of English Language Arts.

Grammar

One of the things I love the most about English grammar is that it is alive. I use it at home for everything from speaking on the phone to writing an email. I will stop and check myself if I have even the slightest doubt about my own grammar. For better or for worse, my children are the recipients of brief discussions on grammar as they are required to write more for school and are more frequently required to speak Standard English. But the reason I get the sense that grammar has a life of its own is that it does change over time. It adapts to the human environment. Therefore, I am forever a student of grammar; and the best teacher is always a student first.

Literature

Literature is the very thing that lead me to becoming an English teacher. As so many English majors in college, my introduction to literature in high school had an effect on me as nothing else had up until then or since. Literature moved me to understand that there is such a thing as the human condition, that we all have a range of experiences and feelings about those experiences. Literature did for me what I believe it is intended to do, which is to forge my real and everlasting connection to everything and everyone. Literature fascinates and comforts. Its value is endless.

Proofreading

Proofreading is a good assessment of students' English Language Arts skills in grammar, reading, vocabulary and writing. As with all skills, students will become proficient with knowledge and practice. I am particularly adept at proofreading and revising instruction, as I have more than sufficient content knowledge, and I truly enjoy this work.

Reading

As a result of my believing that reading is of primary importance in a person's life, I have become well-versed in reading education. Becoming a certified teacher in Secondary Language Arts in Connecticut required that I complete a number of semesters of reading education as well as training in the classroom to teach reading strategies. My commitment to teaching students to increase reading proficiency is based on my belief that being able to read well creates opportunity in all facets of an individual's life. Tutoring students who are either struggling in reading or who want to hone their reading skills is something that I find tremendously rewarding.

SAT Reading

SAT Reading has been a standard on this college-board test from its inception. This is because reading comprehension is essential to the development of analytical thought--which is required to succeed in college. As a tutor and/or classroom teacher preparing students for the Language Arts portions of the SAT, I practice the sports coach method. Coaches know that practice is required for an athlete to attain various skills. This is also true of reading, writing--and test taking. Instruction. Practice. Practice. Observation. Correction. Instruction. Practice, practice, practice. I have total confidence in students' ability to achieve the score they want to achieve on the SAT if they are coached and they practice. And, just as the athlete will achieve athletic articulation and muscle memory with practice, so will reading and writing students increase their literacy, which in turn increases their analytical skills.

SAT Writing

The writing portion of the SAT, the short, timed essay, was The College Board's solution to the fact that answering multiple choice questions would not demonstrate students' ability to quickly organize and express their thoughts about an idea. The best way that a student can become proficient at writing a short, timed essay is to practice. By the time students take the SAT, most will have written numerous formal essays in school. The SAT writing portion draws on students' formal essay-writing skills, but SAT writing differs in that it is also an exercise in precision on demand: precision in thinking, in organization, in language skills and in timing. This takes practice. As an SAT tutor, I provide the tools with which a student can successfully plan and execute a short, timed essay as well as the necessary timed practice and assessment.

Vocabulary

When students learn vocabulary, they grow in their ability to use language: speaking, reading and writing. The more a student reads, the more vocabulary the student will acquire. The better a student writes, the more precise their use of language must be and therefore they will increase their vocabulary. Listening to people speak and speaking is an encounter with language that requires multiple, vital layers of knowledge, vocabulary being one of those layers. As a language arts teacher, I would always prefer to teach vocabulary in context, as research and experience shows that this is the most effective method. Still, teaching vocabulary in discrete lessons as part of the Language Arts curriculum has benefits as students approach their college entrance examinations. Overall, I hold that vocabulary is vital to effective communication.

Writing

The National Committee on Writing (2004) conducted a study among 150 of the largest American corporations on the importance of writing in the work place. "Eighty percent or more of the companies in the service and finance, insurance and real estate sectors, the corporations with the greatest employment-growth potential, asses writing during hiring." Half of all companies take writing into account when making promotion decisions. These findings are compelling evidence that writing is key to success in the work place. As a Language Arts teacher, I believe that employers assess writing skills because they want to know the extent to which the individuals working on their teams can think critically. They want to know that employees can analyze each challenge and synthesize information to formulate solutions.

Developing writing skills is developing a template to use for communicating complex and meaningful questions and answers. The teacher's job is to educate students on the tools they will use to establish a logical methodology for the effective use of language, also known as literacy. A literate population is necessary for the ongoing success of our communities--now more than ever as technology replaces menial jobs and unskilled jobs are being outsourced. Our society has evolved into a place where higher-order thinking is essential for survival. Writing skills are directly correlated to thinking skills. Literacy education has never been more important.

UCLA
Southern Connecticut State University
Master's

Education

UCLA

Southern Connecticut State University (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Jacquelyn will travel within 20 miles of Trumbull, CT 06611.