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Central Connecticut Sate University (Biology)
University of Central Florida, College of Education (Master's)
Hello students! My name is Katie and I cannot wait to learn with you! I have my bachelor's in biology and my masters of arts in teaching.
I currently teach 8th grade science at a Polk County middle school. I am able to tutor almost any subject, and have excelled at the GRE, SAT, ACT, and PSAT.
I am originally from Connecticut but love living in Florida. I love to travel and have been to five continents, from the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to a hospital in Vietnam, and from Macchu Picchu and the Amazon rainforest to ancient Greek ruins.
I am available for tutoring most evenings, and also have some availability on the weekends. I primarily tutor out of two locations, Books a Million in Davenport, and Starbucks at Cagans Crossing in Clermont, and have the least limited availability with these two locations. Please feel free to contact me and explain your child's needs as well as your availability, and I will get back to you within 24 hours. I have no problem offering group discounts, and give discounts with referrals as well. Hello students! My name is Katie and I cannot wait to learn with you! I have my bachelor's in biology and my masters of arts in teaching.
I currently teach 8th grade science at a Polk County middle school. I am able to
If you would like a group lesson, I will adjust the rate based on the number of students with consideration on the subject. I also will give discounts for multiple children, or referrals.
I was in search of an Algebra 1 tutor for my son for the next month to prepare him to re-take the Algebra 1 EOC. I narrowed my search by reviewing the credentials, experience, and subject knowledge of the tutors and whom would be the best match for my son. Kathryn was the perfect match and fit the criteria I was looking for. My son has had about 8 sessions with her and every time, he continued to make good progress and felt more confident. Kathryn was very patient, helpful, thorough, and if he didn't understand, she would continue to review until he got it. Kathryn also has a good sense of humor, so tutoring was FUN too!! Thank you for all your support and hours of dedication to my son.
We worked on problems like decimals, fractions, & percentages I really didn't think I was gonna understand everything as well as i did
Our son used Kathryn to help improve his SAT score. She worked with him for approximately 3 months (once per week), and he had an 80 point increase on the Verbal portion of the SAT! He also had a slight increase in Math. She will now be working with him for the next two months solely on the Math portion in hopes of higher scores. We are very pleased with her abilities and would highly recommend her services! Thanks Kathryn!
My daughter easily understands the material presented in front of her when Kathryn is explaining them. She was struggling in Algebra 2 and basically gave up on her ability to do well. In the last couple of lessons I have seen my daughters confidence rise and actually explained how to do the equations to me after meeting with her tutor. Kathryn connects with the student on their level of learning and thinking which is A+ in my book!
Kathryn is very dedicated to teaching. She makes the subject matter relevant and interesting to keep my teenager's attention. She also knows the material thoroughly and explains it with enthusiasm!
My daughter has been struggling all year in her algebra 2 class. After only a few sessions with Katie, her confidence is soaring and so are her scores. She loves that Katie takes the time to show her multiple ways to work problems, checking for understanding at each step. She is always patient and fun. My daughter says the hour flies by! We would highly recommend her!
Very easy going Tutor. My daughter looks forward to her hour. She learns more in one hour with Katie than she does all week in Algebra 2.
Kathryn is a tremendous tutor and has helped my 17 year old son prepare for ACT and SAT. She is very patient and easy to work with.
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