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University of West Florida (Early Childhood, Elem Ed)
Florida State University (Master's)
National Board of Professional Teachers, Early Childhood (Other)
Does your child struggle in school? If so, I would love to work with him/her! I am a retired teacher, having taught 30 years in a public school in Bay County and 2 additional years in Georgia, mostly kindergarten, first, and second grades. I have also tutored for over 10 years with students in grades pre-k through 4th grade. I especially enjoy the challenge of finding the best ways to help students who struggle. I'm good at thinking outside the box and I use a lot of games and competition in my lessons because most students learn best when they are having fun. I can help remediate, maintain and strengthen skills learned during the year as well as help prepare students for the next year. I can also provide activities for you to do with your child in between the tutoring sessions if desired.
Does your child struggle in school? If so, I would love to work with him/her! I am a retired teacher, having taught 30 years in a public school in Bay County and 2 additional years in Georgia, mostly kindergarten, first, and second grades. I have also tutored for over 10 years
We were concerned when we saw our very bright and once confident 1st grader struggling with math concepts and starting to lose confidence in herself. We knew we needed outside help and were so thankful to have found Linda!
She creates learning games that meet the student's specific needs and sends them home to reinforce until your next session. Our first grader knew that Linda taught 2nd grade and told me she wants Ms. Linda to be her teacher next year. When I told her that we were not in her school zone, she replied "That should be against the law!"
Ms. Linda won her heart with her fun and inspiring approach to learning. And, in the process, she also helped me to see new and exciting ways to help with homework! She was an answer to a prayer for us!
Met with Linda and set up twice weekly sessions for my son. She was over 1 hour late for the first session and only stayed 50 minutes. The morning of the second session she messaged me to request I meet her somewhere other than my home due to the conditions of my road and her realizing she has conflicting commitments. I live on a 1/4 mile long clay road, it has some bumps but my Camry gets up and down it just fine. Lack of professionalism on her part has me flabbergasted.
I am sorry she feels this way. I had told her ahead of time I would be a little late. I wasn't expecting to take a very long dirt road with huge holes almost the size of my car and ruts the entire length to delay me further. Once I got to her house, I found out about the shorter clay road and we laughed about the one I had taken. She said that road was so bad neither she nor her husband would go down it. I had also told her in our first meeting, which I didn't charge her for, that because of her son's activity level, my sessions would probably be 45-50 minutes long instead of an hour, and she would only be charged for the length of time I was there. She was OK with that. The morning of the second session, it had been raining hard with more rain forecasted about the time I was to drive out to her house and I was afraid to drive down the clay road which had some deep holes, thick sand/clay areas (which would now be mud), and a stretch where one side of the road was higher than the other. My small Honda had gotten stuck on a similar road not too long ago. When she told me she couldn't meet me elsewhere, I sent her ideas and a web site that she could use to work with him in my absence since she had told me she worked with him everyday. As for the conflicting commitment, if she had told me how she felt, I would have done the tutoring and been fine about getting to the health class late. I'm flabbergasted that she would write a review like this and title it like she did without talking to me first. I had no idea she felt like this.
Linda has been working with my son twice weekly for 3 weeks now, and we are thrilled! She has the perfect amount of patience combined with firm and consistent teaching methods. Linda's passion for teaching is obvious, and we consider ourselves very fortunate to have her!
I admire Linda's tutoring and the fact that she is very knowledgeable working with children. Linda has identified several problems that my daughter was having with her reading and has focused the attention on those areas. My daughter's progression is being noticed at school and we are very happy!
Our son is making leaps and bounds since he started working with Linda! His confidence and phonetics are seamless! She is is so patient with with our son. She always arrives on time and gives good positive feedback. We are so thankful for her time and wisdom and will be referring Linda to any families with similar issues. She is family!!
We contacted Linda to help our kindergartner catch up to the other students in her class and we've seen such an improvement in her knowledge and her confidence. Linda went out of her way to contact our daughter's teacher to get a better idea of the areas that were a struggle and she is so patient. But the most glowing review is that our daughter loves when Ms. Linda comes over!
Linda is very gifted with working with children and her first priority is to connect and find what learning style fits for each child. My daughter has great difficulty with certain math concepts and Linda's presentation of material is excellent, clear, easy to understand, and fun for the child to learn. Linda is familiar with understanding and finding the right solution to master the learning challenges and also make learning truly fun for all types of learning disabilities and different learning styles. I highly recommend Linda as a tutor for your child especially if he/she may have some type of learning disability or you are at the end of the road where nothing works-Linda will have an answer.
My daughter really likes working with Linda! She has started from the basics to build on and is very patient when working with my daughter. She gives good suggestions.
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I have taught kindergarten and first graders to read for 25 years. I have taught inclusion with special needs children, including dyslexia. I know a variety of methods to teach reading and am good at assessing individual strengths and weaknesses of young readers.
In the 25+ years I've taught in public schools, I have taught all subjects for kindergarten, first, and second grades. I have worked with third and fourth graders in math and reading. I am certified by Florida to teach - thus I can tutor - in all subjects for students from kindergarten through fifth grade: reading, math, science, writing, and social studies. I look forward to working with your student.
Having taught kindergarten and first grade for so many years, I am very familiar with teaching phonics. I have found that the best way to teach phonics skills is through drill and games/competitions. Phonics skills include blending, segmenting, individual sounds, multi-letter sounds, and word families.