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Sara S.

Clearwater, FL

$45/hour

Experience + Expertise + Patience = Measurable Learning

Background check passed as of 9/30/16
4.9 average from 38 ratings
Patience
— Melody, Largo, FL on 9/10/16

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Presbyterian College
Bachelor of Arts, English
National-Louis University
MEd
National-Louis University
Other

Education

Presbyterian College (Bachelor of Arts, English)

National-Louis University (MEd)

National-Louis University (Other)

About Sara

As a seasoned educator, I know that the recipe for successful one-on-one learning simple. It has only a few ingredients: your (or your child's) desire to learn, my sixteen years of experience as a classroom teacher and tutor, my expertise in a wide variety of subjects, and my genuine patience as I adapt to the needs and strengths of each individual learner. When you bake all those ingredients together over the course one or more hours of tutoring, the result is a more confident, skilled, and knowledgeable learner who has achieved or made measurable progress towards his or her goals. The positive, friendly and collegial relationship you will have with your tutor (me) is just the sweet icing on the cake!

My name is Sara and I am a professional educator certified by the Florida Department of Education. I have sixteen successful years of experience working with students from many backgrounds in a variety of educational settings, both in the U.S. and internationally: pre-K through grade 12, adult education, public and private schools, International Baccalaureate schools, individual/small group tutoring, and test preparation courses. I have expertise in a number of areas, but I specialize in many aspects of English and Spanish language instruction: reading and note-taking skills, listening skills, vocabulary, grammar, speech, writing and proof-reading, pronunciation and accent reduction, translation, and interpretation.

I hold two graduate degrees in education: a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Bilingual/ESL Education, and an Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership. My undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Arts in English, with concentrations in Religion and Chinese Studies. I also have extensive training from Hillsborough County Public Schools in their English and Reading curricula, ESOL, and Reading instruction. Moreover, although I am a native speaker of English, I understand the process of language acquisition firsthand from my own experiences studying abroad and learning Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Italian.

My passions are learning and teaching, and as both a student and as a teacher I have witnessed the rapid, efficient growth in skills that can come from from tutoring. Give me an hour of your time, and I believe you will not be disappointed! I look forward to hearing from you!
As a seasoned educator, I know that the recipe for successful one-on-one learning simple. It has only a few ingredients: your (or your child's) desire to learn, my sixteen years of experience as a classroom teacher and tutor, my expertise in a wide variety of subjects, and my genuine patience as I adapt to the needs and strengths of each Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Clearwater, FL 33755
Background Check: Passed

"Patience"

- Melody, Largo, FL on 9/10/16

"Excellent tutor. Very knowledgeable and patient."

- Edwin, Largo, FL on 10/11/16

"Knowledgeable and helpful"

- Ana, Clearwater, FL on 10/7/16
Music:
Salsa Dancing
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading,
Bible Studies,
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
IELTS,
Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, TOEFL,
Vocabulary,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading,
Common Core,
GED, IELTS,
PSAT, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
IELTS,
Spanish,
TOEFL
History:
American History, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Political Science,
Social Studies,
World History
Special Needs:
Phonics,
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Common Core,
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar,
Homeschool,
Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Salsa Dancing

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.

ACT Reading

I have 11 years' successful experience as a high school and middle school Reading teacher, and I have taught ACT test preparation courses. I have a Reading Endorsement and 6-12 English teaching certification from the Florida Department of Education.

Bible Studies

As part of my undergraduate degree at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina, I completed 12 hours of course work in Bible Studies and religion. Concurrently, as a member of Celtic Cross, a leadership program designed to develop young lay and ordained Christian leaders within the PC(USA) denomination, I participated in comprehensive Biblical and theological book studies. As an adult, I have served my church as a lay scripture reader in worship.

Common Core

I completed over 30 hours of professional in-service training from Hillsborough County Public Schools and the Florida Department of Education on the Common Core Standards, the Common Core Language Arts Standards, and the subsequently created Common Core-based Florida Standards. I also have an account with CPalms.org, the website for Florida Educators to understand and use the Florida Standards in our own teaching.

Elementary Math

I am certified by the Florida Dept. of Education to teach Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum, which includes math in grades 5-9.

English

I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. I also hold a Florida Professional Educator Certification in English (grades 6-12) with a Reading Endorsement and have over fifteen years' experience teaching English language arts.

ESL/ESOL

I hold a Master of Education degree specializing in Secondary Bilingual/ESL Education, in addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. I also hold a Florida Professional Educator's Certification in ESOL (K-12) and English (grades 6-12). Additionally, I have over 16 years' of experience teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) (including adults) in the US, Japan, China, and Ecuador.

Grammar

I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, for which I successfully completed six semester hours of study in Advanced Grammar and the History of the English Language. I also hold a Florida Professional Educator Certification in English (grades 6-12) and have over fifteen years' experience teaching English to native and nonnative speakers.

Homeschool

I hold a Master of Education in Interdisciplinary Studies in Curriculum and Instruction, with a specialization in Bilingual/ESL Education. As part of my coursework, I learned about the philosophy and structure of curriculum, as well as how to create curriculum, units of study, and lesson plans for any discipline based on the needs of individual students. As a tutor, I have worked with students on subjects ranging from English, Spanish, Math, Social Studies, and Science.

IELTS

In addition to a Master of Education with a specialization in Bilingual/ESL education, I have over sixteen years' experience teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in the U.S., Japan, and Ecuador. As part of my work, I have prepared students for standardized English proficiency tests such as IELTS, TOEFL, and TOEIC.

Phonics

To add the Reading Endorsement to my Florida Professional Educator Certificate, I completed 300 hours of teacher training in Reading instruction. This training included extensive study of phonemic awareness and phonics, as they comprise two of the five key areas of Reading instruction and serve as the first two building blocks of word recognition. I applied my knowledge of phonics as a twelve-year veteran teacher of remedial Reading courses, including five years as a Scholastic Read 180 teacher.

Political Science

As part of my bachelor's degree, I completed 9 hours of study in political science. I have also volunteered with voter-registration campaigns and with local election campaigns.

Public Speaking

I hold an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from National-Louis University in Tampa, Florida. As part of the EDL program, I was required to complete an on-the-job internship as a leader among the faculty in my school. I made numerous presentations to my fellow faculty members, to ESOL teachers from my district, and to my fellow school leaders-in-training. In many of these presentations I was given feedback and suggestions for improvement. Additionally, as a high school English teacher, I teach, evaluate, and teach students to self-evaluate their own oral presentations, including individual speeches and group dramatic presentations.

Reading

I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, for which I successfully completed three semester hours of study of Reading Instruction and thirty hours of study of English literature, language, and literary analysis. I also hold a Florida Professional Educator Certification in English (grades 6-12) with a Reading Endorsement and have eleven years' experience teaching Reading courses in Hillsborough County Public Schools.

Salsa Dancing

I studied salsa dance and related latin dances such as cha-cha and bachata for over 8 years in the Tampa area, in Xela, Guatemala, and in Quito, Ecuador. In Tampa, I studied with Salsa Caliente, Diamond Dancers International, and Jae Phillips Salsa studios. With each studio, I performed choreography as a member of a student performance team. We performed at the Tampa and Orlando Salsa Congresses as well as at local salsa social events. Additionally, I am a licensed Zumba fitness instructor, which is based on latin rhythms such as salsa, cumbia, merengue, and raggaeton.

SAT Reading

I successfully taught high school and middle school English and reading for 11 years, including courses specifically focused on preparing students for standardized tests. I have also tutored college students and other teachers to prepare them for standardized tests.

Social Studies

For 3 years, I taught Geography as the Humanities component of the International Baccalaureate (IB) World School Curriculum at Williams IB Middle School in Tampa. I am certified by the Florida Department of Education to teach Middle Years' Integrated Curriculum, which includes all core subjects in grades 5-9.

Spanish

I hold a Florida Professional Educator's Certification to teach Spanish in grades k-12, and I have used Spanish as a language of instruction in my sixteen years' of teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

Special Needs

I completed twenty hours of training in exceptional and special education (ESE) to renew my Florida Professional Educator Certificate. As a public school teacher, I was also legally required to know and comply with the accommodations required by the IEPs (individual education plans) and 504s (medical plans) of my students. Additionally, I was asked to contribute my observations and suggestions to the creation and annual reviews of such plans. As a result, I successfully provided appropriate learning accommodations to students with special needs during each of my twelve years as an employee of Hillsborough County Public Schools.

Study Skills

I completed 300 hours of teacher training in reading instruction to add the Reading Endorsement to my Professional Educator's Certification issued by the Florida Department of Education. This training included extensive study of strategies for teaching reading comprehension, as it is one of the five key areas of Reading instruction. Also, as a member of the AVID site team at my school, I attended a weeklong AVID training on note-taking, study, and reading skills and used them with my students. As a teacher of remedial and advanced Reading curricula, I taught students how to read, note-take, and organize their learning.

Theatre

As part of my undergraduate English degree, I completed 9 hours of coursework in Shakespearean theater, 20th century American plays, and theater and film appreciation. Also, I was a performer in the Peformance Preparatory community theater troupe in Tampa, where I performed in musical theater productions such as Annie and Alice and Wonderland.

TOEFL

I have over 16 years' successful experience as an ESL, EFL, and ESOL teacher, and I have successfully prepared students for standardized tests such as the TOEFL.

Vocabulary

I hold a Master of Education specializing in Secondary Bilingual/ESL Education, in addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. I also hold a Florida Professional Educator Certification in English (grades 6-12) with a Reading Endorsement and have over fifteen years' experience teaching English language arts.

Writing

I taught middle school English Language Arts and Reading classes in Hillsborough County for over four years, high school English for over seven years, and I hold masters' and specialist degrees in Education and a bachelor's degree in English.

Presbyterian College
Bachelor of Arts, English
National-Louis University
MEd
National-Louis University
Other

Education

Presbyterian College (Bachelor of Arts, English)

National-Louis University (MEd)

National-Louis University (Other)

Patience

Thank you so much the time you spend with James. Also for paying special attention to his specific learning needs, offering tips for in class learning for his teachers.

— Melody, Largo, FL on 9/10/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Sara will travel within 5 miles of Clearwater, FL 33755.