Kara M.

Saint Augustine, FL


Ph.D. National Board Teacher Available for multiple subjects

In-person lessons
2250+ Hours
Background check passed as of 10/4/13
4.9 average from 494 ratings
Absolutely the best
— Tish, Saint Augustine, FL on 11/13/14


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UNC Chapel Hill
UNC Chapel Hill


UNC Chapel Hill

Peabody/Vanderbilt (MEd)

UNC Chapel Hill (PhD)

About Kara

I believe that I can best help students by first learning what they already know through pretesting. I then design and implement an individual program that builds on those skills to master the additional skills wanted or required by the student. I believe in supporting, encouraging, and reinforcing students for success including progress toward their goals not yet reached. I have worked since 1969 as an educator at both public schools and colleges with preschool through graduate level students.

In addition to teaching I have a law degree and have successfully worked with students in preparation for college on the SAT and ACT and on the LSAT. I have also successfully worked with remediation and prep for the FCAT; as a Hospital/Homebound teacher (both after and during school), I have worked with students from preschool through 12th grade on all basic core subjects and in study skills, and art.

I have degrees that include ESE and National Board Certification which have given me strengths in being able to individualize and challenge students at multiple levels from remedial to gifted. I am flexible about where and when I meet with students. I have some flexibility in my hourly rate. My students like me; I have a fun approach to learning, and I have knowledge tidbits/"tricks" that makes subjects easier to remember and master. I enjoy working with and seeing students explore new concepts and master them. I encourage questioning and independent thinking and teach students how to support their thoughts with knowledge.
I believe that I can best help students by first learning what they already know through pretesting. I then design and implement an individual program that builds on those skills to master the additional skills wanted or required by the student. I believe in supporting, encouraging, and reinforcing students for success including progress toward Read more

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Saint Augustine, FL 32084
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Absolutely the best"

- Tish, Saint Augustine, FL on 11/13/14

"Honest and knowledgeable tutor"

- Rebecca, Saint Augustine, FL on 3/5/17

"Patient and flexible"

- Margalo, Saint Augustine, FL on 10/26/16

"Very Knowledgeable. Has the experience to back up the work you need to do."

- Sallyann, Saint Augustine, FL on 9/14/15

"She is knowlegeable and patient"

- Lucero, Saint Augustine, FL on 8/30/15

"Experienced, Dedicated and Insightful"

- ROBERT, Daytona Beach, FL on 7/8/15

"Knowledgeable and Helpful"

- Iman, Saint Augustine, FL on 11/10/14

"Great, Tough, and Spirited"

- Heather, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL on 6/7/14

"Excellent tutor."

- Carol, Saint Augustine, FL on 11/18/13

"Wonderful Tutor!!"

- Karen, Saint Augustine, FL on 9/21/13

"Great motivator!"

- Mandy, Jacksonville, FL on 9/6/13


- Amanie, Elkton, FL on 9/1/13

"Wonderful Tutor"

- Tonie, Saint Augustine, FL on 4/24/13

"Great Tutor"

- Kajal, Saint Augustine, FL on 3/29/13

"Awesome tutor."

- Lindsay, Jacksonville, FL on 1/31/13

"No-nonsense Approach"

- Andi, Saint Augustine, FL on 9/10/12

"Great and Practical"

- Sophie, Saint Augustine, FL on 8/28/12

"Wonderful tutor!"

- Amanda, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL on 1/21/12
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary Math,
Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math
Anthropology, Archaeology
Art History, Art Theory, Drawing,
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, Bar Exam,
GED, GRE, LSAT, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
American History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Criminal Justice,
European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Social Studies,
World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Spelling, Study Skills,
GRE, Law

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.


I have a Ph.D. in working with special needs students .I have over 30 years experience both teaching students and teaching teachers at the Masters level. When I began, these students were one of the EH labels, then they were called hyperactive.The label has change...I have successfully worked with students pre-k through 12th. The most recent school in St Johns as a teacher, I worked with 11 ADHD students. The students all had successes.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

I have a Ph.D. in special education and my masters' focus and internship was at Vanderbilt Hospital/Peabody working with Autistic and Asperger students in 1969 when the field was just being recognized. I have worked with the two groups ever since and currently work with an Asperger high school student in my classroom. I am also working with autistic students through my responsibilities as a board member of the County Special Olympics Program. I have also taught graduate level students how to work with students who have these learning differences.

Bar Exam

I am an Attorney in Florida (retired) and passed the Florida Bar first try. The Florida Bar is ranked 3rd in the nation for difficulty (after California and New York). I have taught law through local colleges and to Law Enforcement since 1989. I have also taught law to educators and written laws that were implemented in 3 states concerning the mentally ill, abused children, and education of the disabled.

Criminal Justice

I am a retired lawyer in Florida and have taught criminal justice to law enforcement, educators, and citizens through local and state colleges since 1989. Course have included: Abuse, Constitutional, Criminal Statutes, Juvenile, street law, report writing, testifying (and preparation), and Domestic violence classes.


I have an art and teaching BA from the University of North Carolina. I taught my fist art class at age 12 as an adjunct with the Children's Museum in Jacksonville Florida. My students were 6 and 7 year old. Most recently I taught drawing and black and white photography to a home bound (cancer) high school senior last year. I have an active Florida teacher's certificate in art and have taught art and other subjects since 1969.


I have a Ph.D. in exceptional education with special experience (over 30 years) and graduate level classes in dyslexia. In addition, I have taught other teachers at the graduate level how to modify materials and work with the dyslexic student both within the regular classroom setting and in pull-out or separate class settings. I am familiar with legal accommodations available and have a knowledge of materials available for at home assistance.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have taught elementary level subjects since 1969. In addition to upper grades, I have taught and or tutored Title I, ESE, and hospital homebound (HHB) students in all subjects at the elementary level. Recently that has included teaching a K-second grader Asperger's student, a gifted cancer student who was in 3rd grade, a fifth grader who had leg surgery, an LD third grader with school phobia, and two fourth graders who had medical stability problems. I also have tutored a gifted 5th grader, another gifted 3rd grader, an ESE 2nd grader, and 2 Kindergarten students in reading.

Elementary Math

Have taught math for over 30 years to struggling students.


I have worked as a College Adjunct professor with several colleges since 1980. These experiences have included working with students on English assignments and supervising Master's papers preparations and defenses.


I have an ESOl endorsement on my active Florida teaching certificate for all 300 hours. I have taught ESOL students, and have successfully taught all five Florida courses to other teachers.


I have an active Florida teaching certificate in art. My BA is in art/education from UNC-CH. My first experience teaching art was at age 12 when I taught drawing and painting to a group of 6 and 7 year old through the Jackosnville Children's Museum. Last year I successfully taught the history of painting and introduction to painting to a homebound senior in high school. I am also an active artist.


I have taught phonics and other basic reading skills since 1969 to ESE students and students who are homebound (HHB) due to illnesses. Last year I completed a 3rd year of work with a 2d grade (HHB) student who tested at the end of the year in upper 4th grade reading. When I began work with this student he was a K student who did not know his alphabet. This year I have tutored 3 Title I students in phonics who post-test scores demonstrated mastery of the subject at grade level or above.


I have over 40 years experience teaching reading and have an endorsement in reading from Florida.

SAT Reading

I have taught reading for over 30 years and have a reading endorsement on my Florida certificate. In addition, I have taught SAT prep for over 20 years. I am familiar with the changes in the SAT as of this year.

Social Studies

I have taught since 1969. I have a Ph.D. in Education and since 2001 have taught 6-12th grade and 2-5 grades including all Social Studies areas (World and American History, Civic, Governments, Geography, Economics, as examples). I have also taught these subjects to ESE and hospital/homebound students k-12. So that I am able to modify the work to meet the needs of individual students.

Special Needs

I have a Ph. D. and 30 plus years in teaching special education grades prek through high school. In addition, I have taught college and graduate level course to teachers in ESE. This year I have worked with middle and high school students in math, language arts, social studies, and science. Last year one of my students was a 3.5 year old deaf student. I am National Board Certified in ESE and have been since 2001. I recently renewed that certification through 2021. I also have an active Florida teaching certificate that includes certification in EH, LD, MR.

Study Skills

As an ESE certified teacher, I have successfully taught study skills to students grades k through high school seniors. This year that has included intensive courses focused in the use of reading skills and note taking to middle and high school students with low academic performance. I have taught this both as a formal separate course and as a component of language arts, science, and social studies.

UNC Chapel Hill
UNC Chapel Hill


UNC Chapel Hill

Peabody/Vanderbilt (MEd)

UNC Chapel Hill (PhD)

Absolutely the best

Ms. Kara is exactly what every parent is looking for. In addition to her abundant academic knowledge, she presents her students with real world/practical tips to facilitate their success. Ms. Kara is absolutely thorough in her initial assessment of her students to include review of any IEP or 504 accommodations, so that she can best meet their academic needs. If you're looking for a tutor with a w

— Tish, Saint Augustine, FL on 11/13/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Travel policy

Kara will travel within 40 miles of Saint Augustine, FL 32084.