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Ellen K.

Saint Petersburg, FL

$55/hour

Effective English Tutor and Writing Coach

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University of South Florida
Humanities
University of South Florida St. Pete - Journalism
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of South Florida (Humanities)

University of South Florida St. Pete - Journalism (Graduate Coursework)

About Ellen

Since 1996 I have been a freelance writer, copy editor, developmental editor and independent writing coach (rhetorical and expository essay writing -- 4th grade thru college age) and am certified by PCS in Title I Reading (reading fluency and comprehension, K-12).

Title 1 is individual and small group instruction for struggling students in both phonics and whole language using the most current techniques in the remediation of reading based on a federal standards.

Prior to that I taught 8th grade social studies, which in Florida is American History.

I take a holistic approach to working with students.

My belief is that the student's educational outcome is greatly improved when they "buy in" to the tutoring experience. Because of this, I spend a good deal of time discussing goals and outcomes and expressing to the student my belief that they will improve if they apply themselves -- after assessments which includes the student's individual learning style we discuss areas for improvement and do some goal setting. At this point, with school age students, I conference with both the student and parent or sometimes the parent alone if I deem that that is appropriate.

Together the student and I create a personal learning plan, which includes organizational and study skills. My approach includes plenty of encouragement and mentoring -- each of my students leaves our sessions with the confidence and knowledge that they can succeed.
Since 1996 I have been a freelance writer, copy editor, developmental editor and independent writing coach (rhetorical and expository essay writing -- 4th grade thru college age) and am certified by PCS in Title I Reading (reading fluency and comprehension, K-12).

Title 1 is individual and small group instruction for struggling students
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Sibling discounts apply, also pricing is available for additional time in 1/2 hour increments.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
In-person lessons
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL, TOEFL
History:
American History, Geography, Social Studies
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling, Vocabulary

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.

Phonics

Title 1 Reading Specialist: Certified through Title 1 and Pinellas County Schools Largo, FL.

One on one (tutoring) and small group instruction in remedial reading (phonemic awareness, phonics and whole language/site words) with the objective of increasing fluency and comprehension. And the on-going monitoring of academic achievement for 23 students with varying exceptionalities.

School wide SEA Team representative included the training of other Title 1 teachers at my school in innovations and current trends in teaching To Title 1/Federal Standards in remedial reading.

Prior experience in the classroom includes; 8th Grade Social Studies and Substitute Teacher.

Reading

I was certified through Title 1 and Pinellas County Schools in 2004 as a reading specialist. Title 1 is an intensive reading program for struggling students that relies heavily on evaluation to pin point difficulties in fluency and comprehension.

Additionally, I was the SEA Team trainer at my el, bring the best of Title 1 practices, which are based on federal standards and highest and best practices in the remediation of reading, to my school and training other teachers in Title 1 techniques.

Remember, kids learn to read until grade 3 -- after grade 3 they read to learn. Missing this critical milestone can be catastrophic.

Social Studies

I taught eighth grade social studies and Riviera Middle School in St. Pete, FL

University of South Florida
Humanities
University of South Florida St. Pete - Journalism
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of South Florida (Humanities)

University of South Florida St. Pete - Journalism (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $55.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Sibling discounts apply, also pricing is available for additional time in 1/2 hour increments.

Travel policy

Ellen will travel within 10 miles of Saint Petersburg, FL 33701.