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Christina B.

Experienced, Positive, and Effective Tutor with an M.Ed.

Experienced, Positive, and Effective Tutor with an M.Ed.

$80/hour

  • 12 hours tutoring

  • Takoma Washington, DC 20012

About Christina


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Hi, I’m Christina, an elementary school tutor in the Washington, DC area. I enjoy developing and applying strategies to help students overcome academic hurdles. Few things motivate me like seeing the "Aha!" moments students experience as they develop their academic capabilities.

I am a trained teacher with a Master of Education and experience teaching in sixth grade, first grade, and kindergarten classrooms. I also have six years of tutoring experience with students at every elementary...

Hi, I’m Christina, an elementary school tutor in the Washington, DC area. I enjoy developing and applying strategies to help students overcome academic hurdles. Few things motivate me like seeing the "Aha!" moments students experience as they develop their academic capabilities.

I am a trained teacher with a Master of Education and experience teaching in sixth grade, first grade, and kindergarten classrooms. I also have six years of tutoring experience with students at every elementary school grade level. My professional development has included trainings in math and science, reading, and learning styles and cognition through such programs as the Exploratorium Summer Institute for Teachers, Lindamood Bell, and All Kinds of Minds.

After several years of working with children, I have valuable perspective on learning and child development. This background informs my approach to tutoring; I believe in balanced lessons that stay within children’s attention spans and include a variety of activity types. My goal is always to help children become more confident and independent learners, often by providing coaching on organization and study skills. I also believe that demonstrating empathy and helping to ease frustration support the learning process.

In consultation with parents, I tailor my approach to best meet children’s learning needs; each student receives a lesson that has been created especially for him or her. While homework help is part of what I can provide, I like to dig deeper into what students need to become more independent and successful in the long term. When focusing on math skills, I work with children on a broad spectrum of issues ranging from memorizing math facts, to gaining comfort with algorithms, to developing strategies for approaching word problems. For students who have had longer-term challenges with math, our lessons together will include activities to strengthen number sense and reasoning ability so that future math work may begin to feel more comfortable.

I understand that becoming a successful reader requires many cognitive processes to work together simultaneously. With a holistic focus on phonological awareness, morphological awareness, increasing vocabulary, and developing sight word recognition, I can help readers to become more fluent. I have also trained in traditional strategies for improving reading comprehension, such as keeping graphic organizers, as well as visualization-based strategies for comprehension, such as the Lindamood Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing program.

Teaching writing is a passion of mine. My training as an educator was in the writer’s workshop approach, and I borrow from that methodology in my tutoring. Through short and long exercises, I work to build up students’ writing endurance. I focus most of my instructional time on how writing is a way to organize thought. With graphic organizers, re-reading, and reflection, I teach students to present ideas clearly. My goal is to provide students with tools that they can continue to use after our tutoring sessions conclude.

Please get in touch if you would like to know more about my approach to tutoring or my background. Tutoring appointments can be for one-time meetings, short-term arrangements, or ongoing lessons. I currently have the greatest number of available appointments on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. I offer flexible scheduling on early dismissal days and for students attending schools that permit tutoring during the academic day. While my general availability is on my Wyzant profile, I may have other appointment times free.


Education

Skidmore College
Business
The George Washington University
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $80
  • Rate details: For lessons greater than one hour, additional hours are $70. I tutor pairs for close-in-age siblings and neighbors for whom the same lesson is appropriate. For these lessons my rate is $150/hr.
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 2/12/2019

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

Grammar

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have worked as a sixth grade homeroom teacher, and I have been an apprentice teacher in grades six, one, and kindergarten. For the past six years, I have tutored students in all elementary grades. My professional development includes Lindamood Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing, Lindamood Bell Seeing Stars, the Exploratorium Summer Institute for Teachers, and All Kinds of Minds.
Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

I have taught first and sixth grade math. I have tutored students in kindergarten through the sixth grades.
Handwriting,

Handwriting

As a former homeroom teacher, I have taught handwriting using the Handwriting Without Tears program. I have also employed this curriculum with my tutoring clients. I am also experienced in teaching writing composition both to classes and in one-on-one instruction. I teach a variety of different exercises in order to engage students' attention and build endurance for writing over time. I also like to incorporate writing games as a reward and as a way to increase writing speed.
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary

English

Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Writing

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have worked as a sixth grade homeroom teacher, and I have been an apprentice teacher in grades six, one, and kindergarten. For the past six years, I have tutored students in all elementary grades. My professional development includes Lindamood Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing, Lindamood Bell Seeing Stars, the Exploratorium Summer Institute for Teachers, and All Kinds of Minds.
Handwriting,

Handwriting

As a former homeroom teacher, I have taught handwriting using the Handwriting Without Tears program. I have also employed this curriculum with my tutoring clients. I am also experienced in teaching writing composition both to classes and in one-on-one instruction. I teach a variety of different exercises in order to engage students' attention and build endurance for writing over time. I also like to incorporate writing games as a reward and as a way to increase writing speed.
Prealgebra, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Writing

Math

Prealgebra

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have worked as a sixth grade homeroom teacher, and I have been an apprentice teacher in grades six, one, and kindergarten. For the past six years, I have tutored students in all elementary grades. My professional development includes Lindamood Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing, Lindamood Bell Seeing Stars, the Exploratorium Summer Institute for Teachers, and All Kinds of Minds.
Prealgebra, Reading, Study Skills, Writing

Other

Study Skills

Special Needs

ADHD,

ADHD

I am very interested in ADHD as it is one of the most common concerns raised by the families with whom I work. I have completed the All Kinds of Minds Schools Attuned program, which trains educators on learning differences and removing barriers to learning. As well, I have sought out professional development training in multisensory reading instruction methods and hands-on, concrete means of teaching mathematical concepts. Additionally, my graduate coursework in education included special education training. I also seek out resources on ADHD to further my own learning, such as streaming videos of the Lab School lecture series and Dr. Edward Hallowell’s book Driven to Distraction.
Phonics, Study Skills

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have worked as a sixth grade homeroom teacher, and I have been an apprentice teacher in grades six, one, and kindergarten. For the past six years, I have tutored students in all elementary grades. My professional development includes Lindamood Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing, Lindamood Bell Seeing Stars, the Exploratorium Summer Institute for Teachers, and All Kinds of Minds.
Reading, Study Skills, Writing

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Detailed & Knowledgeable

This was our first session with Christina. She provided feedback and suggestions for my daughter. Lesson plans are provided in advance of each session and notes after each sessions.

YASHIEKA, 11 lessons with Christina
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$80/hour

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$80/hour

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