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Nancy S.

Canton, GA


Ph.D. Reading, Elementary Certification-all subjects, ACT/SAT

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5.0 average from 35 ratings
Very smart and patient.
— Barbara, Dothan, AL on 2/3/13

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Samford University-Birmingham, AL
English and speech
Univ. So. AL
Auburn University


Samford University-Birmingham, AL (English and speech)

Univ. So. AL (MEd)

Auburn University (PhD)

About Nancy

I am a certified teacher with over 23 years experience in public education----elementary, middle, high school, and college level English Composition, literature, public speaking and reading. I have a Ph.D. in reading from Auburn University, a Masters of Education in reading (M.Ed.) from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, and additional graduate courses in English and speech-communications.

I have taught elementary reading (3rd grade through college level)and English (7th-college level), as well as middle and high school English, reading, and speech. On the college level, I have taught college level English, speech (communications), and reading. An area of special interest is helping struggling readers and writers at all levels. In fact, my dissertation for my Ph.D. focused on the effects of combining the teaching of reading comprehension and critical thinking strategies on students' writing. I also have a great deal of experience teaching study skills.

If you need a tutor to help in preparing for a special test, the GRE, or any standardized test, I have lots of experience that can help you. Since I am also certified in teaching speech and have directed several speech contests, I can tutor in public speech, too.

You will find me to be kind, considerate, and positive in my teaching approach. I take you from where you are to where you want to go whatever your area of need -- reading, test preparation, English, or speech.
I am a certified teacher with over 23 years experience in public education----elementary, middle, high school, and college level English Composition, literature, Read more

6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Canton, GA 30114
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Very smart and patient."

- Barbara, Dothan, AL on 2/3/13

"Super-star tutor!"

- Yatarrie, Clayhatchee, AL on 10/31/13
Nancy replied on 11/1/2013

Wow! Yatarrie, you are so kind to say such nice things. Your words have made my day! Thank you! But you know, you are a "Super-Star" student. Your family and I are so proud of what you are doing. Thank you again for your kind words.

"Great tutor."

- Krishna, Dothan, AL on 5/7/13
Nancy replied on 5/7/2013

Thank you!

Elementary Math
ACT English,
ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, ASVAB,
GRE, Regents, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT
American History, Government & Politics, Social Studies,
World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Grammar, Reading,
Study Skills,

Approved subjects are in bold.

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ACT English

In reviewing and studying for the ACT English, I provide the materials and supplies. I guide the student through the critical thinking strategies necessary for passing this test. One part of the review includes a grammar review, and part of the review includes a review of writing strategies. In addition, study skills and reading comprehension are essential for improving test scores in English and/or reading. I focus on teaching research-based strategies that have a proven success rate for students.


In obtaining a Ph.D. from Auburn University in Curriculum and Teaching of Reading, several of my courses covered test-taking skills. The ASVAB is one that tests students on their ability to process new information (as well as testing several other areas). My courses at Auburn University covered test taking strategies, study skills, reading comprehension, and vocabulary, as well as several other areas. These strategies are all essential for competency on the ASVAB.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have taught all subjects in K-6 for a total of 6 years. The school systems were Fort Benning Children's Schools, Fort Rucker Elementary School, and Knollwood School in Mobile, AL. In addition to acquiring a Georgia Elementary Certificate before teaching in these schools, I also have a M.Ed. in Reading K-12 and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teaching of Reading. I am certified with WyzAnt to teach Elementary Reading and Math.


The GED includes math, reading comprehension, and English/writing skills. In teaching English and reading on the college level for several years, I became quite competent at teaching students the simplest way to use strategies to improve their reading and writing and English skills. For years before that, I taught all subjects in grades, 4 and 6th, as well as 8th grade Civics and math. In preparing for the GRE exam, which I passed before entering the Ph.D. program at Auburn University, I had to brush up on my math skills. Therefore, I have recently studied and prepared for test taking in math as well as other subjects.


I have a PhD in curriculum and teaching of reading. My doctoral work at Auburn University focused on the teaching of phonics as part of a comprehensive reading program. I also have a MEd in reading. Both degrees include grades K-12. In addition, I have taught for over 23 years. Several of those years were in elementary grades, and I taught phonics as part of that experience.

Social Studies

Social Studies for elementary and middle school students involves considerable reading of the information. A good social studies teacher or tutor must familiarize students with the pattern used in each textbook chapter. I teach students to use strategies in reading the chapters--finding main ideas (usually first sentence in each paragraph), understanding bold headings, and chapter summaries. Student learn how to preview a textbook chapter (2-3 minutes) and then read the chapter with better understanding because they know what to look for. These strategies enable students to read the chapter once and then review once/week.

Study Skills

I am a certified teacher with over 23 years experience in public education----elementary, middle, high school, and college levels. Study skills lessons should focus on teaching the student to read a textbook and know how to look for main ideas, major supporting details, and minor supporting details. Since most textbooks follow similar patterns, these lessons can apply to several subjects. Study skills also encompasses the study of vocabulary in context lessons; that is, students learn to determine the meaning of an unknown word (in a textbook chapter) by learning to use context clues. Again, most textbooks place these context clues in or around the unfamiliar word. Learning to use context clues as well as find main ideas and supporting details within a chapter help the student make the most of his/her study time. In addition, techniques such as SQ3R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review) help students preview a chapter and focus on the most important information in the chapter. The SQ3R technique (and other similar techniques) help students retain valuable information as they study.

Samford University-Birmingham, AL
English and speech
Univ. So. AL
Auburn University


Samford University-Birmingham, AL (English and speech)

Univ. So. AL (MEd)

Auburn University (PhD)

Very smart and patient. — Nancy is a very smart tutor and has been able to help in every area I have needed. Very kind and patient. Excellent tutor! ...

— Barbara, Dothan, AL on 2/3/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Nancy will travel within 20 miles of Canton, GA 30114.