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Deborah D.

Clearwater, FL

$50/hour

Problem Solving Specialist --- Graduate School 4.0/4.0

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 6/10/14
5.0 average from 109 ratings
First session: Knowledgeable and Positive Tutor
— Rob, Seminole, FL on 5/22/16

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New Jersey City University - formerly J. C. State College
Elemen. Ed--English
Yes - B.A. in 1989
Other
National-Louis Univ graduated in 2004
Master's

Education

New Jersey City University - formerly J. C. State College (Elemen. Ed--English)

Yes - B.A. in 1989 (Other)

National-Louis Univ graduated in 2004 (Master's)

About Deborah

I am a caring and encouraging teacher with a humanistic approach to education. I have a strong background in Reading, Language Arts, Special Education, and problem solving. I have successfully taught diverse populations of age, aptitudes, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds. I am dedicated to creating a positive learning experience, in which, learning is enjoyable. I believe that the development of self-confidence is the foundation for academic success, and it is the teacher's role to foster the self-confidence in the student. I am a lifelong learner, as well as, a teacher, and I impart the philosophy that education is a lifelong experience. It is my goal that the student develops a love for learning, as well as, learns the skill being taught. I have had many rewarding experiences in my many years of teaching and tutoring. I have taught pre-K through 12, as well as, Special Education, and ESL to adults. I am a caring and encouraging teacher with a humanistic approach to education. I have a strong background in Reading, Language Arts, Special Education, and problem solving. I have successfully taught diverse populations of age, Read more

Policies
Cancellation
8 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Clearwater, FL 33764
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"First session: Knowledgeable and Positive Tutor"

- Rob, Seminole, FL on 5/22/16

"Skills"

- Aye, San Francisco, CA on 12/5/15

"Great tutor"

- Justin, Clearwater, FL on 10/1/13

"Great tutor."

- Midge, Largo, FL on 5/6/13

"Very kind and patient"

- Laura, San Antonio, FL on 11/30/12
Math:
Elementary Math, SAT Math
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
IELTS,
Literature, Proofreading,
Public Speaking, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, College Counseling, IELTS,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
IELTS,
TOEFL
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Aspergers, Autism,
Dyslexia,
Phonics,
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Grammar,
Handwriting,
Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Accounting, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ADD/ADHD

I have a B.A. in Elementary Education and a M.A. in Human Development. I graduated with a perfect 4.0. I have many years of experience teaching Special Education, specifically, students with ADD/ADHD.
I utilize various strategies to compensate for the student's inability to concentrate and follow directions. I focus on the student's strengths and interests. I gauge progress incrementally, so that the student feels successful, and he wants to set goals and achieve greater success.

Autism

I have successfully taught children and adults diagnosed with Autism. I have taught in ESE Schools, and I have worked with students of varying functional levels. I have read and researched extensively on this subject while I was teaching students with Autism.

Dyslexia

I have ample experience teaching dyslexic children and adults in two public school systems since 1988. I feel that it is my responsibility as an educator to discover the core issues which prevent progress. I utilize specific methods and strategies to address the visual challenges of the new reader, which increase fluency and ultimately comprehension.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have New Jersey State Certification in both Elementary Education and Early Childhood. I did my senior student teaching in the 4th Grade, in which, I was given the highest grades by my supervisor. I have experience teaching in both Elementary and Middle Schools in all academic subjects.

English

I have a B.A. in English, and I have ample experience teaching ESL to adults from many nations. This is one of my areas of expertise. I really enjoy teaching English, and I believe it is a necessity to share the nuances of the language and the American culture with my students. I have found that English students appreciate the stories about American culture that relate to them.

In my personal life, I have written and had published several books and poetry, some of which, were awarded and recorded.

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL/ESOL students to read, write, speak, and listen in English through private tutoring for numerous years. It is one of my most enjoyable tutoring positions. I am very proficient in the English language. I have a BA in English.
I utilize numerous teaching materials to address the needs and deficiencies of each particular student. Some students are dominant visual learners; others are dominant auditory learners, so, I adapt my teaching methods accordingly. I have found that relating to the student on an individual basis and employing the use of the student's personal interests, engenders greater comprehension, enjoyment, and consequently, proficiency, in the English language.

Grammar

Having attended private Elementary Schools, which focused on Language Arts, I learned the importance of good grammar in my early years. I utilize very effective resources for grammar in my tutoring assignments, and I take pride in teaching a subject, which I thoroughly enjoy, value, and understand.

Handwriting

I tutor early childhood and elementary age children, so I have the opportunity to teach handwriting on a regular basis, as part of the curriculum for Early Childhood and Elementary Education. I have all of the little stories and mnemonics to help children remember letters and numbers. My elementary school teachers expected near perfection in handwriting, so I learned cursive writing and print quite well, and I can make it fun and enjoyable. I have experience teaching handwriting, cursive and print, in the classroom and to my students whom I tutor privately.

IELTS

I have a B.A. in English, and I am very proficient in teaching the skills required to pass the IELTS. English, ESL, and Language Arts are areas of my expertise and subjects which I am very passionate about. I absolutely love language, and I hope to demystify some of the challenges of the student who is taking the IELTS. I have experience teaching the IELTS exam with an excellent success rate.

Phonics

I have been teaching Reading through phonics prior to 1989 when I was studying to become an educator. Phonics is the foundation for new readers. It is an effective tool to teach Spelling as well as Writing. I love teaching Reading with phonics. Students love phonics, too. Students readily understand the relationship between each letter and sound and ultimately sounding and blending to read a word. It is absolutely beautiful and wonderful to see a non-reader become a fluent reader. I don't believe there is one person that I cannot teach Reading through phonics!

Proofreading

I routinely proofread, whenever I read or write something, and I naturally encourage my students to do the same, when I tutor them.

Reading

Reading is one of my areas of expertise. I have taught Reading in Public Schools and private tutoring to children and adults in New Jersey and Florida. I have certification in New Jersey in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.

Special Needs

I have had extensive experience and great success teaching Special Education students.

This is one of my areas of expertise. I believe I have a special gift and rapport with children that others might find challenging or difficult. I have taught a diverse population of students, such as, ADHD, Neurologically Impaired, Severely Emotionally Disturbed, Dyslexic, Gifted and Talented, etc.. I have a Master's Degree from National-Louis University in Human Development. I graduated with a perfect 4.0.

Spelling

I can make spelling easy and enjoyable, while removing much of its mystery. In my tutoring sessions, I have used spelling instruction as a means of teaching and reinforcing numerous skills, and my efforts have been quite successful.

Study Skills

I have successfully taught diverse populations of age, aptitudes, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds. I learned good study skills as an Elementary School child, and I incorporate the use of study skills in my teaching methods. I help my students to develop a positive attitude towards learning through positive reinforcement and to discover what study methods are the best fit for their learning styles.

TOEFL

I am a native English speaker, and I have a BA in English. TOEFL, as well as, ESL, are my areas of expertise. I have been privately tutoring ESL students for numerous years. I have also taught English in the Public School system.

I love language, and I will make the TOEFL experience fun, interesting, and conducive to your success.

New Jersey City University - formerly J. C. State College
Elemen. Ed--English
Yes - B.A. in 1989
Other
National-Louis Univ graduated in 2004
Master's

Education

New Jersey City University - formerly J. C. State College (Elemen. Ed--English)

Yes - B.A. in 1989 (Other)

National-Louis Univ graduated in 2004 (Master's)

First session: Knowledgeable and Positive Tutor — This is a review of the first session with Deborah. Deborah took the time to explain specific strategies that she was going to use in the future with my daughter. She is an active listener, and she gave us extra time, time needed for Deborah to understand the big picture. She gave us extra time, time I needed to understand the methods Deborah would use with my daughter. The communication at the fi ...

— Rob, Seminole, FL on 5/22/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

Deborah will travel within 25 miles of Clearwater, FL 33764.