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Elisa C.

Atlanta, GA

$50/hour

Independent Education Consultant & World Languages Specialist

600+ Hours
Background check passed as of 12/21/14
4.9 average from 74 ratings
She helped my daughter SOOO much!
— Chelsea, Atlanta, GA on 5/23/17

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Universita' di Modena e Reggio Emilia
Biological Sciences, Neurobiology
University of Georgia College of Education
Other

Education

Universita' di Modena e Reggio Emilia (Biological Sciences, Neurobiology)

University of Georgia College of Education (Other)

About Elisa

I am certified in ALL sciences, Math, ESOL, Italian (also working on Spanish accreditation), and trained in AP Environmental Science and the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum. I have been tutoring independently since 1997 and loved it so much that I eventually left my research path to focus on teaching instead. After completing my graduate coursework at UGA in 2011, I started teaching for a local school district and, when the opportunity arose, I transitioned to the role of Math and Science interventionist and to consulting independently, providing individualized support and guidance to students and their families in the Atlanta metro area (and even beyond, through the modern marvel of web conferencing!). I have accepted both private and institutional assignments and I pride myself with the repeat requests I receive to conduct standardised testing remediation and preparation classes, coaching for the entrance tests required by various professional programs (UG, Graduate), ESOL proficiency, and more. My forte is the ability to identify my students strength and weaknesses and then draw from their everyday life experiences to help them visualize the concepts on which they struggle. No subject is too complex to be explained with a few old time resources, tools, or memories. And no example is too trivial if it serves its purpose...Helping my student experience understanding and be as successful in their studies! HOW DO I STRUCTURE MY SESSIONS? The short version is that I "sort of teach", you should think of me as a cross between a coach, a tutor, and an educational therapist (there is such a thing and I'm actually preparing to return to grad school to complete the work I will need to become one.). In a perfect world, when I start working with new students, I observe, ask lots (and lots) of questions, try and figure out what is working, what isn't and why, brainstorm with them on the information I have gathered, then offer a few alternatives (some pretty crazy/out of the box but usually/hopefully fun ones!) that we can try together to find ways to overcome the obstacles at hand. My next step is to model those strategies for them, practice them together to make sure they will help in our circumstances, then-little by little-shift to overseeing them as they work independently. Our work together follows an arch. There is a beginning: when we meet and flesh out the students circumstances and needs). A climb: when we work together to overcome those. And there is an end: when we part ways and I leave them with a set of tools they can now apply to various settings, subjects, situations. HOW DO I DETERMINE MY RATES? My hourly rate is determined starting from the posted rate and adjusting up or down based on the individual arrangement made with each client RE duration and location of our meetings: RATES for lessons held at a. My location in Vinings: $50/hr b. Off site ITP location: $60/hr. b. Off site OTP location <45m/each way: $70/hr c. Off site OTP location >45m/each way: $70hr AND 2hr min. The visit can be split b/w 2 or more consecutive students (regardless to whether they are related) and/or be a semiprivate or small group (example homeschooling groups). d. Semiprivate & small group: base rate (see above) + $10/each student. In this case, students may decide to "go Dutch" and submit separate payments for their individual portion or designate one payer that THEY will reimburse. As you can see, the best way for my students to be able to control costs but still receive each and every one of the benefits of my help is for us to hold our lessons at my location (or on line using WyZant's platform!). This is because any time I have to travel off-site, I have to build the costs for the use of my vehicle and the travel time to and back to you... In other words: by coming to me, you only pay for the face-to-face time while, if we have to meet off site (3rd party or at your location), we are going to have to "split those costs" resulting on a higher rate for you. DO YOU REQUIRE A CANCELLATION NOTICE? I do require a 24HR CANCELLATION NOTICE in order not to charge the student the CANCELLATION/NO SHOW FEE (=1Hr @student's current rate). On a case by case basis, I may waive this fee (#Snowmageddon, #BridgeCollapse anyone?) OR in case of repeat late cancellations and/or no shows assess the full charge (actual scheduled time). While I do not take any pleasure in doing this (I love what I do!), the 24hrs notice allows me to release that time to my other students and often rebook it (about 1/2 of my students do not come to me via WyzAnt but are direct referrals by previous/current students, local schools and teachers, and former colleagues). When a lesson is cancelled later than that, I am not only unable to tutor the student who cancelled but also any one else whom would have gladly filled the time slot (yes, I love my work with each and every one of my students but my time is as valuable as yours and I expect (strong verb...I know!) for it to be respected and and of course I deserve to be compensated for my work. Phew! We are done with the uncomfortable stuff! I love everything science, math, literacy, and multicultural! In my spare time, I enjoy goofing out with my son and our science "experiments" (one time we were snowed in and had a ball building volcanoes and DNA models, on Halloween, we made elephant toothpaste and had our front step inundated by pumpkin puke!). I am willing to meet anywhere in Buckhead, Midtown, Fulton, Gwinnett, Dekalb, and Cobb County for the right assignments. I look forward to getting you excited about learning! Hang with me and you will have a good time! I am certified in ALL sciences, Math, ESOL, Italian (also working on Spanish accreditation), and trained in AP Environmental Science and the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum. I have been tutoring independently since 1997 and loved it so much that I eventually left my research path to focus on teaching instead. After completing my graduate Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required

PLEASE NOTE - 24HR NOTICE REQUIRED TO AVOID ASSESSMENT OF CANCELLATION FEE (=1HR) I may waive fee on a case by case basis or assess full charge (actual scheduled time) for repeat cancellations.

Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Atlanta, GA 30339
Background Check: Passed

"She helped my daughter SOOO much!"

- Chelsea, Atlanta, GA on 5/23/17
Elisa replied on 6/1/2017

Dear Chelsea:
I am just seeing this and I am moved by your kind words... But I need to recognise your daughter's hard work, too: without her relentless commitment to practice, revisit, learn from her mistakes, it wouldn't have matter how important "my kids" success is it me or what I am willing to try to help them reach their potential! She is the true embodyment of the kind of student whom all teachers dream to serve!
Good job Mommy!

"Very Knowledgeable"

- Nereida, Smyrna, GA on 5/24/17
Elisa replied on 6/1/2017

Dear Nereida:
I am just seeing this and I am so very grateful for your kind words... It's been so much fun to work with him (he is such a good sport for bearing with my launching into the kitchen for yet another "practical demo" of a concept of phenomenon!) and I am looking forward to continue to be part of "his team". Your family's commitment to help your child be the best learner he can be are what teachers treasure!
Good job team!

"Knowledgeable and patient"

- Cecilia, Atlanta, GA on 3/26/17
Elisa replied on 3/30/2017

Dear Cecilia:
Thank you very much for your kind words. It has been a pleasure to be "on the team" and I look forward to continuing our journey together.
Hugs!

"Smart and Curious Tutor"

- Heather, New York, NY on 1/9/17
Elisa replied on 1/11/2017

I am flattered, thank you!
I had a really good time helping you with your italian "project", it was hardly a lesson... More like a enlightened conversation about the content at hand with someone who is clearly very knowledgeable about the language, culture, and history of my country. A pleasure all around!

"YES!!"

- Jo Ann, Atlanta, GA on 12/1/16
Elisa replied on 12/15/2016

Thank you for your kind and generous words, I am touched! ... And a bit saddened to know we have completed our journey together but I know that this is for the best because your sweet child is ready to return to traditional school when the new semester begins.
I have enjoyed every bit of the time we spent together and I am honoured to have been a part of your child's "village", please keep in touch and let me know how the transition is going.

"Very knowledgeable and enjoy"

- Carmen, Duluth, GA on 4/25/16
Elisa replied on 5/3/2016

Dear Carmen:
thank you for taking the time to post your review of our meetings. It is truly a joy to help you in your journey to learn Italian! You are so very lucky to have had the opportunity to learn the dialect of your family's hometown, that's part of your heritage! Be proud of it!
I look forward to our time together and I am confident you will do really well,

Ci vediamo presto!

"Great tutor, very knowledgeable."

- John, Atlanta, GA on 1/8/14
Elisa replied on 1/16/2014

John:
This is so kind of you! I have enjoyed working with you as well and look forward to continuing with this adventure! As I told you, learning a new language is very much a journey and, as such, should be savoured one step at the time!
See you at our next meeting!
Salutos,

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Common Core, Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
GED,
Geometry, GRE, Linear Algebra, Microsoft Excel, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics
Science:
ACT Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Botany, Chemistry,
Ecology, Elementary Science,
Genetics,
Microbiology, Nursing, Organic Chemistry, Physical Science,
Physics, PSAT, Zoology
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, IELTS, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, College Counseling, Common Core, GED,
GRE, IELTS, PSAT, Regents, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, STAAR, TAKS, TEAS,
TOEFL, USCIS
Computer:
General Computer, Macintosh, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
IELTS, Italian,
Latin, Reading, Spanish,
TOEFL, USCIS, Writing
History:
American History, Classics, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Political Science, Religion, Social Studies, World History, Writing
Special Needs:
ADHD,
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Common Core, Dyslexia,
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science,
Hard Of Hearing, Reading, Special Needs,
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
ADHD,
Common Core, Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science,
Grammar, Handwriting,
Homeschool, Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
ESL/ESOL,
GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Writing

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.

ADHD

I am a teacher certified in three areas of the SpEd Education field (general curriculum, math, and science). I am one year into a master of science in education (special education with focus on Science and reading instruction) and have done extensive training, reading, and applications on executive function (the cognitive skill/function that is impaired in people with ADD/ADHD). I also have twenty years of successfully teaching students of all abilities.

Algebra 1

I have taught and tutored both the traditional and common core MS and HS math sequence (GPS and GSE) and I thoroughly enjoy helping my students discover, rediscover, and grow their understanding and enjoyment of all things mathematics whether I am supporting the little guys (or the-not-so-little ones) as they are beginning their mathematical journey or taking it further with Pre-Algebra, Algebra I and II, or Geometry.

Chemistry

I am certified to teach all levels of Chemistry, I have been tutoring it from On-Level to AP Chem using various curricula (traditional, lab based, inquiry, and POGIL) and I have several years of experience working in a water chemistry lab.

Dyslexia

I have been teaching and tutoring students for almost 20 years and, in order to better support the students who have been coming to me with Dyslexia and other learning differences, I have completed additional graduate level training in Exceptional Education, Language Acquisition, Developmental Psychology, as well as English, Math & Science Methods for vulnerable populations (Exeptional, ELL, At-Risk). In addition to this, I am trained in the handwriting curriculum "Handwriting w/o Tears", I taught myself the Orton-Gilligham Method for reading instruction of students with dyslexia, I regularly attend professional development workshops and classes in literacy instruction (both content and skill specific) lessons, I am currently enrolled in UGA's COE Graduate Program in Reading/Dyslexia.
My experience and training have afforded me the unique ability to be able to provide my students with not only the content knowledge but also the tools necessary to identify and address their strengths, weaknesses, and needs so that they can face the growing academic demands placed on them with the confidence they need to be successful.

Elementary (K-6th)

I completed graduate work in Teaching Methods, Exceptional Learners, Educational Technologies, Applied Linguistics, Language Acquisition, and Multicultural Education, I am trained in the literacy and numeralcy curriculum Learning Without Tears (formerly Handwriting Without Tears) and in the mathematics curriculum Everyday Mathematics. In addition to this, I am certified to teach my content areas (Math and Science) to the general education students, English learners (sheltered, push in, pull out models), and exceptional students (general curriculum, science P-12, math P-9 co-taught, small group, self contained special education to students experiencing learning differences to gifted and talented students).

Elementary Math

I am certified in MG Math [4-9], SpEd Math P-12, and General Curriculum [P-12] and I have taught and tutored both the traditional and common core MS and HS math sequence (GPS and GSE). I thoroughly enjoy helping my students discover, rediscover, and grow their understanding and enjoyment of all things mathematics whether I am supporting the little guys (and the not-so-little ones) as they are beginning their mathematical journey or taking it further with Pre-Algebra, Algebra I and II, or Geometry.

Elementary Science

I routinely collaborate with the science teachers at my son's elementary school and over time I have taken on several substitution assignment for them. In addition to this, I have been a volunteer with their education programs at the GA aquarium since 2006 and I'm very familiar with the GA science curriculum at the elementary level as well as with aligned enrichment activities that go with it.

ESL/ESOL

Trained and certified in second language acquisition and English as a Second Language/ESOL.

GED

I have extensive experience teaching/training adults from all walks of life. My training and certification in ESOL and Special Education General Curriculum/Science/Math allow me to think out of the box, meet my students where THEY are, and draw from a large variety of teaching strategies that I have seen helping all students regardless to their abilities or background.

Genetics

The combination of the content knowledge I acquired during my studies as a neurobiologist and my graduate work in Math & Science Education, Exceptional Education, and language acquisition have afforded me the unique ability to be able to provide my students with their classes AND the tools necessary to identify and address their strengths, weaknesses, and needs so that they can face the academic demands with the content knowledge AND confidence they need to be successful.
The following is the coursework I completed that is relevant to tutoring Genetcs students: Genetics, Molecular Biology, Histology, Cytology, Microbiology, Bacteriology, Anatomy w lab, Physiology, Embryology, Ecology, Experimental Biology Lab 1 and 2. In addition to these, I also completed Gen & Inorg Chem w lab, Organic Chemist with Lab, Biochemistry, Physical Chemistry, Physics 1 & 2 w lab, and math up to Calculus 2.

Handwriting

I have been teaching and tutoring students in Handwriting development since 2008: I have been teaching and tutoring for almost 20 years and, since 2008 (when I completed my training in the Handwriting without tears curriculum, chaired my son's school handwriting program, and trained our parents volunteers) teaching handwriting has been one my passions and successful endeavours. In addition to conducting handwriting lessons, I completed additional graduate work in Exceptional Education and language acquisition (and I am currently enrolled in UGA's COE Graduate Program in Reading/Dyslexia .
My experience and training have afforded me the unique ability to be able to provide my students with not only the content knowledge but also the tools necessary to identify and address their strengths, weaknesses, and needs so that they can face the growing academic demands placed on them with the confidence they need to be successful.

Italian

ACTFL OPI Superior;
ACTFL WPT Superior;
I am an experienced instructor in various fields (leisure, academic, professional-technical/medical/legal).
I am classically educated in Italy.
My first language: Italian.
I am trilingual: Italian/Spanish/English.

Physical Science

GA Certification in broad Field Science 6-12
Repeat consulting assignments with CCSD as pull out/push in/individual/small group remediation tutor in Physical Science (also all sciences AND math).

Spanish

ACTFL accredited through OPI and WPT
Current GA certification to teach FL & ESOL
Almost 20 years of experience teaching foreign languages both in traditional and non traditional settings.

Special Needs

I completed graduate work in Teaching Methods, Exceptional Learners, Educational Technologies, Applied Linguistics, Language Acquisition, and Multicultural Education, I am trained in the literacy and numeralcy curriculum Learning Without Tears (formerly Handwriting Without Tears), and I am certified to teach special education general curriculum, science P-12, math P-9.

Study Skills

I completed graduate work in Teaching Methods, Exeptional Learners, Educational Technologies, Applied Linguistics, Language Acquisition, and Multicultural Education, I am trained in the literacy and numeralcy curriculum Learning Without Tears (formerly Handwriting Without Tears) and in the mathematics curriculum Everyday Mathematics. In addition to this, I am certified to teach my content areas in the general education, English learners (sheltered, push in, pull out models), exceptional students (general curriculum, science P-12, math P-9 co-taught, small group, self contained special education to students experiencing learning differences to gifted and talented students).

While I have been tutoring through WyzAnt since 2013, I have 20 years of experience with students from a variety of backgrounds and competencies and I over this time I have found that the most important component in a tutoring relationship is to determine whether my students have acquired sufficient/successful study skills to benefit from our time together and, if that's not the case, help them identify the strategies that will most help them study/learn the content on hand as well as transfer to their future applications.

TEAS

As a neurobiologist by training and a teacher for passion, I returned to university to complete additional graduate work in Science, Math, ESOL, exceptional students education: this combination has afforded me not only the foundational knowledge to successfully prepare my students for the nursing (and other Health Care Professions) entrance exams but has also provided me with the tools necessary to identify and address their strengths, weaknesses, and needs so that they can face this professional milestone with the content AND confidence they need to be successful.
The following is the coursework I completed that is relevant to the scope of the TEAS Exam: Citology, Histology, Gen & Inorganic Chem 1 & 2 w lab, Organic Chem 1 & 2 w lab, Biochemistry, Physical Chemistry, Anatomy w lab, Physiology, Embriology, Microbiology, Bacteriology, Mathematics up to Calculus 2, Physics 1 & 2, Molecular Biology, Human Genetics, Experimental Biology Lab 1 and 2.

Zoology

The combination of the content knowledge I acquired during my studies as a neurobiologist and my graduate work in Math & Science Education, Exceptional Education, and language acquisition have afforded me the unique ability to be able to provide my students with not only the content knowledge but also the tools necessary to identify and address their strengths, weaknesses, and needs so that they can face the academic demands with the content knowledge AND the confidence they need to be successful.

The following is the coursework I completed that is relevant to tutoring Zoology students: Zoology, Animal Anatomy w lab, Animal Physiology w lab, Embryology, Ecology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Histology, Cytology, Microbiology, Bacteriology, Experimental Biology Lab 1 and 2. In addition to these, I also completed Gen & Inorg Chem w lab, Organic Chemistry with Lab, Biochemistry, Physical Chemistry, Physics 1 & 2 w lab, and math up to Calculus 2.

Universita' di Modena e Reggio Emilia
Biological Sciences, Neurobiology
University of Georgia College of Education
Other

Education

Universita' di Modena e Reggio Emilia (Biological Sciences, Neurobiology)

University of Georgia College of Education (Other)

She helped my daughter SOOO much!

Elisa has been tutoring my 10th grade daughter in honors Chemistry for several months now. When we hired Elisa, my daughter was utterly confused by Chemistry and making a low C in the class...she was hanging on by a thread, studying fervently but not making any head way. With Elisa's help, she is making A in Chemistry! She feels confident and has a firm grasp on the material. Elisa comes to our h

— Chelsea, Atlanta, GA on 5/23/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

PLEASE NOTE - 24HR NOTICE REQUIRED TO AVOID ASSESSMENT OF CANCELLATION FEE (=1HR) I may waive fee on a case by case basis or assess full charge (actual scheduled time) for repeat cancellations.

Travel policy

Elisa will travel within 25 miles of Atlanta, GA 30339.