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Diane D.

Decatur, GA

$50/hour

Caring Elementary Special Ed. Tutor

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 8/20/15
4.9 average from 68 ratings
Knowledgeable and Patient is True#
— Racquel, Atlanta, GA on 9/1/16

$50/Hour


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University of Redlands
Spanish
University of West Georgia
MEd
University of West Georgia
Other

Education

University of Redlands (Spanish)

University of West Georgia (MEd)

University of West Georgia (Other)

About Diane

I am a recently retired special education teacher who tutors students needing help in one subject to all subjects. I have worked with students with learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, epilepsy, diabetes, spina bifida, Asperger's Syndrome, autism, retardation, and a number of other less common impairments. I have experience with grades Pre-K through fifth grade in all types of school settings and in private homes. Until I moved here, I also tutored children Pre-K through 8th grade.

My favorite teaching setting is one-on-one because I can really get to know and care for the child. Through personalized lessons, teaching to the child's best learning intelligences and interests, I can take the child from his present level to his highest potential. I address difficult subjects and repeat skills in various ways to be sure that the child attains mastery of a skill. Competency in new skills helps the child's self-esteem and shows him that he really is able to learn.

I taught an autistic boy to read, who had previously refused to try reading, through his interest in dinosaurs. I have received many letters from parents thanking me for the accomplishments of their children. I am an outstanding teacher because of my vast experience and my genuine liking of my students, regardless of their level when I start tutoring them.

Please review my profile to learn about my background. If you think I could be of help to your student, please contact me to discuss your child.
I am a recently retired special education teacher who tutors students needing help in one subject to all subjects. I have worked with students with learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, epilepsy, diabetes, spina bifida, Asperger's Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Decatur, GA 30033
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Knowledgeable and Patient is True#"

- Racquel, Atlanta, GA on 9/1/16

"Great With Kids"

- Nicole, Atlanta, GA on 9/1/16

"Knowledgeable & patient"

- Cristina, Atlanta, GA on 9/4/15
English:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Test Preparation:
Common Core
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Aspergers,
Autism, Dyslexia, Phonics, Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Common Core, Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting,
Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
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.

ADD/ADHD

ADD/ADHD was part of my Learning Disabilities coursework for my M.Ed. I have taught a number of students in Pre-K-5 with ADD or ADHD. Some of the methods I have employed include small hand squeeze items to use during instructions and reading time, being allowed to stand up during seat work, using a large ball to balance on instead of a chair, frequent breaks, walking accompanied by an adult, and time in the motor/sensory room.

Aspergers

Asperger's Syndrome was one of the topics studied in my classes in Emotional/Behavior Disorders while working for my Ed.S degree. These students are fascinating to work with (and I have worked with several) because they take everything very literally and have no social skills. It is necessary to explain even the simplest social action, but they can be taught social behavior by studying, just as they learn their academic subjects.

Elementary (K-6th)

As a Special Education teacher, I am certified in the general curriculum Pre-K through 12th grade. I am also certified in language arts, math, science and social studies Pre-K through 8th grade. I have taught all of these subjects in elementary school, in various settings: self-contained, resource, co-taught inclusion, and in the community and private homes. I have tutored privately with elementary students in math, reading, writing, study skills and social skills.

Handwriting

As a special education teacher, I was trained in the handwriting program "Handwriting Without Tears". I taught this for several years in elementary school to both special needs and general education students. This program teachers letters by grouping them according to the type of lines needed to form the letter, such as vertical and horizontal lines, and circles and half circles. I use this program in tutoring because it starts with the easiest letters to form so that the child experiences success at the beginning.

Special Needs

I have an M.Ed. in Learning Disabilities and an Ed.S. in Special Education. I am a retired special education teacher who has taught all grades and all subjects, Pre-K through fifth grade. I have worked with children with learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, mental impairments, Autism and Aspergers Syndrome, epilepsy, Spina Bifida, and other disorders. I accept a child at whatever his level, and work to increase his accomplishments to his highest level of achievement.

Study Skills

I have my M.Ed. in learning disabilities and my Ed.S. in Special Education. Attending, learning to organize and to follow directions were skills covered in my education classes. As a Special Education teacher in grades Pre-K through 5th grade, I have taught study skills to both special education and regular education students. In tutoring, I use the program "How to Become a SuperStar Student" because it covers everything from how types of intelligence affect learning styles, through classroom behaviors, to organizing and managing time at home. As a student progresses through elementary school and beyond, it is important to teach the student to take increasing responsibility for his assignments, and not need to rely on parents to keep him on track.

University of Redlands
Spanish
University of West Georgia
MEd
University of West Georgia
Other

Education

University of Redlands (Spanish)

University of West Georgia (MEd)

University of West Georgia (Other)

Knowledgeable and Patient is True# — In just one lesson, she was able to comfort my daughter and to let her know that she is not alone. Very patient with an amazing ability to connect with children. ...

— Racquel, Atlanta, GA on 9/1/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Diane will travel within 5 miles of Decatur, GA 30033.