Norma P.

Tampa, FL


A teacher inspired to reach for higher levels of achievement

500+ Hours
Background check passed as of 6/17/16
5.0 average from 172 ratings
Dedicated teacher.
— Alya, Tampa, FL on 1/23/13


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Univ of Phoenix


Univ of Phoenix (MBA)

About Norma

I am trustworthy and honest, ethical and discreet, detailed-oriented and resourceful, creative and able to mold single or multiple tasks effectively, a teacher inspired to reach for higher levels of achievements and committed for superior service to my students and their families. I am a Hillsborough County Public School Tutor and teacher with a clear fingerprinted background check.

I have had fifteen-plus years experience teaching English to students of other languages (ESOL) as well as English and other subjects in Hillsborough County Public Schools from Kindergarten to High School. Multiple successes and high scoring grades were accomplished in these student's academic work here in Florida and those returning to their native countries. Today, April 21, 2013, all my piano students made Honors in Written Theory, Aural Theory and Performance in the Florida State Music Teachers Student Day held here in the Tampa Bay area.
I am trustworthy and honest, ethical and discreet, detailed-oriented and resourceful, creative and able to mold single or multiple tasks effectively, a teacher inspired to reach for higher levels of achievements and committed for superior service to my students and their families. I am a Hillsborough County Public School Tutor and teacher with a Read more

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Adjustments in pay rates for distances beyond 25 miles will be required.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Tampa, FL 33613
Background Check: Passed

"Dedicated teacher."

- Alya, Tampa, FL on 1/23/13

"Very patient and organized"

- Latasha, Tampa, FL on 12/1/15

"Wonderful tutor!"

- Samantha, New Port Richey, FL on 10/8/15

"Amazing! 1st lesson and already know the turnout will be successful!"

- Tammy, Tampa, FL on 7/19/15

"Great tutor!"

- Xiaoteng, Tampa, FL on 4/1/15

"Excellent Piano Teacher!"

- Tara, Tampa, FL on 11/14/14

"Great tutor and good motivator!"

- Yoganand, Tampa, FL on 10/30/14

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Marilee, Wesley Chapel, FL on 12/23/13

"Norma is a gem."

- Jason, Tampa, FL on 7/17/13

"Great tutor!!"

- LEONOR, Tampa, FL on 4/11/13
ACT Math, Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, SAT Math
ACT Science, Elementary Science
Ear Training, General Music,
Music History, Music Theory, Sight Singing, Voice (Music)
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing,
TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing,
Reading, TOEFL, Writing
Music History, Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Phonics,
Reading, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary, Writing
Public Speaking,

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.

Elementary (K-6th)

As a qualified permanent substitute teacher and tutor for the Hillsborough County Public Schools I have been teaching K-12th grades for many years, which has given me the necessary tools to provide the highest possible learning goals. My assignment this 2011-2012 school year to teach in the elementary grades has enhanced my ability to reach and assist students to learn at a faster pace and to apply those learned concepts in English, in mathematics, in science, while developing a strong critical thought process. Skill-building and modeling is essential in reaching for the highest learning goals. As a tutor, it is my responsibility to help a student understand and apply their knowledge of any given subject to a strong workable knowledge.


I'm have been a qualified Hillsborough County Public School permanent substitute and tutor for grades K-12 for many years (including teaching ESOL for two and a half years at the same high school); and tutoring ESOL students attending middle, high school and college in Florida for fifteen years. My experience has given me a Cultural sensitivity and insight for teaching English lessons as outlined:

(1) writing process and ability, (2) pronunciation skills, (3) speaking and listening skills, (4) reading fluency and vocabulary development, (5) understanding Idioms, expressions, phrasal verbs and slang, (6) textual analysis, (7) critical thinking, library research and documentation techniques, (8) practice in composition, essays and sentence variety and styles, (9) comprehension reading, and (10) and understanding job applications and government laws and regulations.

General Music

Having taken general music at the University of Florida and being a member of the National Music Teachers Association, Florida State Music Teachers Association and Mid-State Musical Association, I have 47 years of teaching experience that I can share with my students. My studies included all aspects of music such as: composing, terminologies, history, composers, various types, styles and, periods of music, musical terms, sight reading, musical thought, keyboard inventions, history of music (Biblical, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century, Jazz, Folk, to name a few), notations, sounds, influences on music, written and aural theory, voicings, instruments, symbols used, dynamics, repertoire, performance, and how each instrument brings together the aspect of beautiful music whether playing solos to being in a group or groups such as in a band or symphony orchestra. I teach my students the exciting aspects of music from my knowledge and experience that makes me qualified to teach general music.


I'm a permanent substitute teacher and tutor in the Hillsborough County Public School system where I've taught phonics in the K-6th grade. This experience has given me the understanding and knowledge to teach reading and writing by developing learners' phonemic awareness: that is, the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate English phonemics. In teaching the correspondence between these sounds and the spelling represented along with the blending of sound-spelling patterns, my students tested at the top of their class and as a result, were above their grades levels in the FCAT, FAIR, and STAFFORD testings. It is important a student knows the difference in alphabetic principles, vowel phonic patterns and consonant phonic patterns; and to handle sight words and high frequency words within phonics to become better readers.

Public Speaking

Having completed the Dale Carnegie Course, having performed musically in Piano, Voice and Organ on stage, at state meetings, church events, etc. and having been guest speaker many times throughout the state has qualified me in my ability to teach public speaking. Public speaking is very similar as the following given details. Two important aspects of public speaking are (1) speaking in a convincing, confident and concise style; and (2) identifying then applying effective public speaking skills. The five steps involved are: (1) create information to support a compelling speech, (2) keeping the audience focused on what you are saying, (3) engaging the audience in interactive questioning,(4) rehearsing and presenting personal sharpened speaking skills, and (5) being aware of audience needs while assessing and shaping sentences with powerful words and phrases. Lastly, the impact body languages give, engaging the entire audience with effective eye contact, using correct gestures to the verbal message, making first and last impressions permanent, and overcoming nervousness provide the skills for public speaking.

SAT Writing

SAT writing is basically the same as my writing qualifications. I have successfully written a book published by Dorrance Publishing Company, along with other unpublished stories almost ready for market, a number of published and unpublished poems, with writing consisting of many styles such as: letters, articles, reports, novels, prose, and poems. My writing experience is based on selective attention, a description on emotions and a point I want to convey by incorporating verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and nouns to build an emotional state that reflects my experience and knowledge of the subject I intend to convey to the world. In the writing process there are five steps to follow and they are: (1) PREWRITING indicates you are thinking about a topic to write about, using brainstorming ideas about the subject, researching unknown areas about the subject and listing the places where you can research, then doing your research. (2) DRAFTING means you put the information researched into writing your words, thoughts, and ideas into sentences and paragraphs even if they aren’t perfect as yet. Re-reading your written words and having a friend to read what you have written with both of you judging the work to see if it says what you mean, and getting suggestions from your reading friend. (3) REVISING means after reading your written words, you decide if there are other better ways to express your thoughts. You think about how others may read your words and what they might say about them and proceed to rewriting or rearranging your words or sentences, taking out parts that are unnecessary and adding parts that make your sentences more readable and easier to understand and re-reading your words to make sure they flow smoothly. (4) PROOFREADING makes your writing correct by being sure all sentences are complete along with the spelling, capitalization and punctuation correctly done; and then having your friend or someone else check your work so that you can rewrite it correctly and neatly. (5) PUBLISHING means your finished writing is either printed by a known publisher or by self-publishing, then sharing your finished writing by reading it to a group, sending a copy to a friend or relative, and/or putting your writing on display. Finally, congratulate yourself for having completed a written work well done.

Study Skills

In getting organized for study skills, one must make a list of what is expected for any project, then make a priority order list of the first and most important task to be completed by using the step by step study plan. Using this plan, each student will develop better communication skills, become better achievers,accomplish higher results in life no matter what age and improve in all areas of school activities. The student using this study plan will be able to demonstrate a 70% improvement in the first few lessons. The planned focus will be on time management, reading skills, strategies for success, homework timers, critical and creative thinking,how to study guides, and listening and paraphrasing skills. No more procrastination about homework as with a new outlook and study skills, schoolwork and homework will be completed by new goals for achievement.
I have been a qualified substitute teacher and tutor for Hillsborough County Public Schools for grades K-12 for many years and have fifteen years of assisting foreign exchange students in their studies as well as, a professional music teacher for over 30 years. I have gained insight in expressing my study habits to all those many students. During my own disciplined years as a college student, I learned tools that I can share with others such as: preview in looking at a topic or musical piece, analyzing the topic; dissecting the important parts, researching facts, questioning areas of non-understanding and summarizing what needs to be done or eliminated. I learned early on to develop better listening skills thus enabling a greater thought process while organizing a datebook to keep track of important dates of tests, do written work, practice time, performance dates, and other dates that helped me succeed in my endeavors. I scheduled break time to give more energy. I have experienced the successful study habits in my own life and know how to pass these vital tools on to any student. I have seen it work very well during my years as a teacher.

Voice (Music)

My voice training began in the 1940’s where I trained, entered and performed in a contest where I won the position of being an opera understudy in New York City. Having sung various styles of songs and performing throughout my life, I continued my training at both the University of South Florida and the University of Florida where, I performed on stage as a soloist and in various choirs. Although I am capable of singing opera and other styles of music, my favorite singing role is to sing gospel solos in my church where I sometimes accompany myself on the piano while singing. I have continued to participate in all church choir activities and performances. I am a member of the National Music Teachers Association, the Florida State Music Association and the Mid-State Music Association where I am qualified as a voice instructor. In all three professional associations, my students have a many opportunities to perform in various performances. All my students in voice receive training by learning vocal technique, music theory, ear training, expression and tone production, memorization, music appreciation, music history, and performance. I teach my students the exciting aspects of vocal music from my years of knowledge, experience, and training that qualifies me to teach voice lessons.

Univ of Phoenix


Univ of Phoenix (MBA)

Dedicated teacher.

It is with a great pleasure that I write this review for Mrs. Norma P. I can honestly say that Mrs. P. is a highly dedicated and experienced teacher. She was able to make our daughter promptly improve her score with her great sense of motivation in addition to her patience and close interaction. She knows very well how to arouse interest within children and make learning fun and effective. She has

— Alya, Tampa, FL on 1/23/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 10 hours notice required

Adjustments in pay rates for distances beyond 25 miles will be required.

Travel policy

Norma will travel within 20 miles of Tampa, FL 33613.