Independent Education Consultant & World Languages Specialist
Independent Education Consultant & World Languages Specialist
I am certified in ALL sciences, Math, ESOL, Italian, Spanish, and Special Education with a focus on my fields, as well as trained in AP Environmental Science, Handwriting Without Tears curriculum, and Wilson Reading System. 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 am certified in ALL sciences, Math, ESOL, Italian, Spanish, and Special Education with a focus on my fields, as well as trained in AP Environmental Science, Handwriting Without Tears curriculum, and Wilson Reading System. 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:
a. for lessons held at my location in Vinings $50/hr.
b. $60/hr when I have to travel to a location ITP AND up to 30m travel each way. c. $70/hr to a location OTP and/or up to 45m travel each way.
d. 2 hr minimum required for locations that entail over 45m of travelling time. 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!
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 house 1-2 a week, depending on whats going on that week. She's flexible and great to have in the our home. Always pleasant and respectful. It's obvious that my daughter's success is important to her. We are so thankful to have her as a resource and part of our team!Chelsea, 18 lessons with ElisaTutor responded:
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!
Elisa has been wonderful with my son. She is able to break complex concepts in physics and chemistry to basic language my son could understand. He has excelled having her as his tutor in middle school.Nereida, 35 lessons with ElisaTutor responded:
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
Elisa has been working with our 14 year old son with PreAlgebra. She is very organized and patient with him and very thorough. She is entertaining and nice to speak with and keeps us parents up to date with progress. We enjoy her very much.Cecilia, 6 lessons with ElisaTutor responded:
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
She gave me a wonderful reference sheet to aid me in my task. We covered language and history, making the information more tangible. Great job. Highly recommend.Heather, 1 lesson with ElisaTutor responded:
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!
Elisa has been tutoring environmental science and world geography for the last three months. I have found her to be very detailed and organized in every area of study. I believe that preparation and follow up are two very crucial components of a daily success in a student's success. Also, she is available with just a text or an email away. There have been so many times that questions or problems arise and Elisa is always available for guidance. Sometimes during a science project, the outside world seems to come alive in the way it is presented. Other teachers or tutors usually are so matter of fact that things can get boring. I don't suspect there are many tutors who care as much.Jo Ann, 57 lessons with ElisaTutor responded:
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
The first lessons, Elisa took the time as a discovery period to truly understand at what level to start the course as I am Italian. Unfortunately, I am very fluent in my dialect but want to be able to speak proper Italian.Carmen, 2 lessons with ElisaTutor responded:
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.
I have been looking for a tutor for about a month, Elisa found me, sounded fantastic and came over same day, to my house! She's very sweet and knows 3 languages and 2 dead ones (Greek and Latin). She has a repertoire of A to Z but analyzed my needs and started with A and a little B, perfect for my speed. I'm excited to work with her and I know, with her help I'll be having passable Spanish conversations in no time.John, 3 lessons with ElisaTutor responded:
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,