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Sara S.

Experience + Expertise + Patience = Measurable Learning

Experience + Expertise + Patience = Measurable Learning

$50/hour

  • 396 hours tutoring

  • Clearwater, FL 33759

About Sara


Bio

As a seasoned educator, I know that the recipe for successful one-on-one learning is 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,...

As a seasoned educator, I know that the recipe for successful one-on-one learning is 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!


Education

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

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $50
  • Rate details: $35 an hour for online tutoring
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 0 miles of Clearwater, FL 33759
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 9/30/2016

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Salsa Dancing,

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.
Theater

Theater

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.

Business

Public Speaking

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.

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

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,

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.
Public Speaking,

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.
Spanish,

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).
Proofreading

Elementary Education

Common Core,

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,

Elementary Math

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

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,

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.
Phonics,

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.
Reading,

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.
Spelling,

Spelling

I have seventeen years of experience as an English teacher to students of many ages in both public and private schools in the U.S. and internationally. During my twelve years with Hillsborough County Public Schools, I specialized in Reading and ESOL instruction. I hold two graduate degrees in Education and a bachelor's degree in English.
Study Skills,

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.
Vocabulary,

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.
Elementary Science

English

ACT English,

ACT English

I have 11 years' successful experience as a high school and middle school English and ESOL teacher, where I specialized in teaching English grammar and writing and taught ACT test preparation. I have grades 6-12 English teaching certification from the Florida Department of Education and a bachelor's degree in English.
ACT Reading,

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.
English,

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,

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,

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.
IELTS,

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.
Literature,

Literature

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.
Public Speaking,

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,

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.
SAT Reading,

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.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

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

Spelling

I have seventeen years of experience as an English teacher to students of many ages in both public and private schools in the U.S. and internationally. During my twelve years with Hillsborough County Public Schools, I specialized in Reading and ESOL instruction. I hold two graduate degrees in Education and a bachelor's degree in English.
TOEFL,

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,

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,

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.
Proofreading

History

Bible Studies,

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.
Geography,

Geography

I taught middle school geography for three years in Hillsborough County Public Schools and completed Humanities training for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme.
Political Science,

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.
Social Studies,

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.
American History, European History, Government & Politics

Homeschool

English,

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,

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.
Reading,

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.
SAT Reading,

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.
Spanish,

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).
Spelling,

Spelling

I have seventeen years of experience as an English teacher to students of many ages in both public and private schools in the U.S. and internationally. During my twelve years with Hillsborough County Public Schools, I specialized in Reading and ESOL instruction. I hold two graduate degrees in Education and a bachelor's degree in English.
Study Skills,

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.
Writing

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.

Language

ESL/ESOL,

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.
IELTS,

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.
Spanish,

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).
TOEFL

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.

Most Popular

English,

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,

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.
Reading,

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.
Spanish,

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).
Study Skills,

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.
Writing

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.

Music

Salsa Dancing

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.

Other

Bible Studies,

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.
College Counseling,

College Counseling

As a high school English teacher, I played an important role in preparing my students for college and helping them with the admissions process. I wrote recommendation letters; advised them on graduation, scholarship, and college entrance requirements; and supported the school academic counselors with school-wide efforts to prepare students for college. Additionally, I was a member of the school AVID team, which is a national program that works to prepare students whose parents have not gone to college to be the first ones in their families to go. Currently, through a different program, I do online college success tutoring for freshmen college students and provide written feedback on their college essays.
ESL/ESOL,

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.
Geography,

Geography

I taught middle school geography for three years in Hillsborough County Public Schools and completed Humanities training for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme.
Salsa Dancing,

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.
Study Skills,

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.
Government & Politics

Special Needs

ADHD,

ADHD

As a public school teacher in Florida, I was required to complete 20 hours of training in exceptional and special education (ESE) to renew my professional teaching license. This training included workshops on meeting the needs of students with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. I was also legally required to know and comply with the accommodations required by 504s (medical plans) of my students, which have included students with ADHD. Accommodations for such students include differentiated learning processes, learning materials, time needed to complete tasks, freedom of movement within the learning environment, time-outs/breaks, and methods of assessment. I have worked with parents directly to coordinate a plan that best meets their child's needs. Additionally, I have extensive experience with and understanding of the needs of adult learners with ADHD.
Phonics,

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.
Special Needs,

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

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.

Sports/Recreation

Salsa Dancing

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.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

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.
GED,

GED

I have 11 years' successful experience as a high school and middle school Reading teacher, and as a private tutor, I have helped students to pass the RLA portion of the GED. I have a Reading Endorsement and 6-12 English teaching certification from the Florida Department of Education.
Reading,

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.
Spanish,

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).
Study Skills,

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.
Writing

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.

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

I have 11 years' successful experience as a high school and middle school English and ESOL teacher, where I specialized in teaching English grammar and writing and taught ACT test preparation. I have grades 6-12 English teaching certification from the Florida Department of Education and a bachelor's degree in English.
ACT Reading,

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.
College Counseling,

College Counseling

As a high school English teacher, I played an important role in preparing my students for college and helping them with the admissions process. I wrote recommendation letters; advised them on graduation, scholarship, and college entrance requirements; and supported the school academic counselors with school-wide efforts to prepare students for college. Additionally, I was a member of the school AVID team, which is a national program that works to prepare students whose parents have not gone to college to be the first ones in their families to go. Currently, through a different program, I do online college success tutoring for freshmen college students and provide written feedback on their college essays.
Common Core,

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.
GED,

GED

I have 11 years' successful experience as a high school and middle school Reading teacher, and as a private tutor, I have helped students to pass the RLA portion of the GED. I have a Reading Endorsement and 6-12 English teaching certification from the Florida Department of Education.
IELTS,

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.
SAT Reading,

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.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

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

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.
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Excellent tutor. Very knowledgeable and patient.

As always, prompt and very patient. Always comes well prepared for her students. Provides homework,books and test for students. Great choose for a Spanish tutor.

Edwin, 17 lessons with Sara

Knowledgeable and helpful

Sara is extremely fluent in grammar and helped me study for my MMC2121 Writing Fundamentals grammar exam. She explained some of the more difficult grammar rules with ease while also helping me the basics I had forgotten. I will be using her services again.

Ana, 2 lessons with Sara

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, 6 lessons with Sara
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$50/hour

Sara S.

$50/hour

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Response time: 2 hours