DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois (Master's)
I am a certified elementary teacher who worked with first graders for Chicago Public Schools for four years before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom. I have a master's degree in elementary education from DePaul University. Before obtaining a full time teaching position, I was a substitute teacher for the Chicago Public Schools and have experience working with children as young as preschool, to eighth grade. I even taught Spanish to preschoolers. I have experience in Everyday Math, Foss Curriculum, Math and Reading Extended Response, Harcourt, McGraw Hill, and Lucy Caulkins Writers Workshop. While in college as an undergraduate student, I was a tutor for Chicago Public Schools for two years.
I love working with children, and I miss teaching! I will happily tutor your child in any area he or she needs! I have many, many resources, books, and fun activities to make learning fun and exciting for your child. I am most comfortable tutoring children ages 4 to 10, but will consider older grades as well.
I am happy to meet you at your home, or at a quiet place like a library for tutoring sessions. I usually take a few sessions to assess the student's needs/strengths/weaknesses through a combination of formal and informal methods. I love to have contact via email with the classroom teacher whenever possible. This helps me understand what a child is learning at school, and she or he may be able to provide me with helpful insight into how I can improve skills. After I see where the child needs support, I base my lessons around those skills he or she is lacking. Every child is different- so I develop my lessons to fit their needs and learning style. I am a certified elementary teacher who worked with first graders for Chicago Public Schools for four years before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom. I have a master's degree in elementary education from DePaul University. Before obtaining a full time teaching position, I was a substitute teacher for the Chicago Public Schools and have experience
I offer a discounted rate for families with two or more children. Also, in order to avoid a $40 cancellation fee, please notify me within 12 hours of a scheduled lesson if you wish to cancel.
After reviewing my daughter's report card and STAR reading score, Rebecca spent their first session evaluating her word recognition skills, She came prepared with a ton of materials, and she made my daughter feel comfortable and confident. Reading is something my daughter has always struggled with, but she left that session with a giant smile on her face, and said she couldn't wait for her next lesson.
Rebecca has tutored our granddaughter for about 8 months and the progress has been amazing! When we started, our 4-year old was just starting to recognize letters / sounds and she could not even draw a circle. Within 8 months, Rebecca has taught her how to write all the letters of the alphabet and how to read short books. She is now managing her motor skills and developing higher level reasoning. She is completely ready for kindergarten.
We are impressed and astonished at the achievements that have transpired -- it was beyond our expectations!
Rebecca is patient, professional, and extremely intelligent. We would recommend her to anyone who would like to see their child's learning progress rapidly.
Rebecca is doing such a wonderful job with our son. She is very patient and he is not only improving his reading skills but his confidence is growing as well.
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I have a current teaching certificate (Type 03) which allows me to teach K-8th grade.
As an experienced first grade teacher, I have great knowledge of phonics. I understand how to teach children phonemic awareness, concepts of print, and reading comprehension. Knowing phonics, along with these other main components of reading, is key in becoming a fluent reader. In first grade there is a lot of emphasis on phonics, and since I have taught first grade for four years, I am highly qualified to tutor in this area.
Throughout my teaching career I have helped students learn and memorize their spelling words. More importantly, I have experience in invented spelling. This is crucial when young children are learning how to sound out words. The transition from invented spelling to correct spelling is an important bridge for a child to make.
I have taught first graders and third graders study skills during my teaching career. I have had to explain how to prepare for tests to young children who have not yet been exposed to them. I also have experience in ISAT prep through my student teaching experience with third graders.