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Jessica R.

Chicago, IL


Certified Reading Specialist- Tutoring All Subjects

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Background check passed as of 6/16/11

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University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Elementary Eucation
State University of New York at Potsdam


University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Elementary Eucation)

State University of New York at Potsdam (MEd)

About Jessica

I am currently working as a certified Reading Specialist in a Chicago charter school. In this position, I work with at risk students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. My reading interventions are tailored to meet the diverse needs of my students. In addition to working on reading and writing, I also work with many English as a Second Language students. Over the past two years, I have helped numerous immigrant students to develop their language skills so that they can be successful in both conversational and academic English.

In 2009, I graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Elementary Education. While at the University of Illinois I student taught kindergarten and fifth grade. Following graduation I was hired as a third grade teacher. I taught third grade for two years. Many of my students were bilingual, with their native language being Spanish. Many of my classroom activities focused on English as a Second Language development, which meant that I focused a lot on reading comprehension, phonics, and vocabulary. During both of my years as a classroom teacher I taught an inclusive special education classroom. This means that I had students with special needs in my classroom. The special education resource teacher and I worked together to differentiate lessons to meet the needs of these students. I also had a group of advanced gifted students who I adapted lessons to meet their needs as well. Since working as an elementary school teacher, I have received my Masters as a Literacy Specialist. Last school year, I worked as a Literacy Specialist intern and this fall I will begin a position as the Lead Literacy Specialist at a Chicago area charter school.

I believe that learning should be fun, hands on, and meet the needs of the individual students. In my experience as a teacher I have learned that students retain more knowledge when they feel that they can relate to the topic and are active while learning. My lessons are designed not only to meet the students' academic needs, but their learning style as well.

I am available to tutor all elementary level subjects (kindergarten through 6th grade) and some middle school or high school level subjects. I will tutor students who need extra support to meet grade level standards or students who are above grade level and are looking for a challenge. Tutoring may focus on reading comprehension, vocabulary development, phonics, math concepts and problem solving, writing/grammar, content areas (Social Studies, Science), or additional tutoring opportunities can be determined.
I am currently working as a certified Reading Specialist in a Chicago charter school. In this position, I work with at risk students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. My reading interventions are tailored to meet Read more

3 hours notice required

Hourly Rate is negotiable.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Chicago, IL 60613
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Reading,
TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Common Core,
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Special Needs:
Special Needs
Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL,
Study Skills,
Test Preparation:
ASVAB, Common Core,
Corporate Training:

Approved subjects are in bold.

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As a Reading interventionist at the elementary level I work with many students who experience difficulties with ADD/ADHD. I have a large bank of resources and strategies that can be used to support students with these difficulties to be successful with their school work. I am qualified to not only support students with their studies, but also help them to become more independent and learn how to accomplish more without their ADD/ADHD inhibiting their learning.

Common Core

As a certified reading specialist in an elementary school I am using Common Core standards on a daily basis. I guide my reading interventions based on what Common Core standards my students have not achieved yet. I then create interventions that meet the specific needs of my students.


As a reading interventionist in an elementary/middle school, I work with many students who struggle with dyslexia. My understanding of the disability and the components of reading the English language make me qualified to work with students with Dyslexia. I have a large amount of resources and strategies available that will help students with Dyslexia to learn to read with ease.

Elementary (K-6th)

In 2009, I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois in Urbana. While at the University of Illinois, I student taught in Kindergarten and fifth grade. Following graduation, I worked as a third grade teacher for two years. I taught all elementary subject areas to a class that included students with IEPs, students who needed ESL services, and students in the gifted program. I am now a certified Reading Specialist and ESL teacher. I currently work with at risk readers to improve their fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary. I analyze student data to determine specific needs and create differentiated lessons according to their strengths and weaknesses.


For the past two years. I have worked as a reading interventionist and ESL teacher in a school consisting of primarily bilingual students. All of my lessons are adapted to meet the language needs of my students. For example, vocabulary development is always a focus. Visual aides are frequently used along with relating subjects to students prior knowledge. I do have an ESL certification and have also done plenty of adult tutoring as well. I previously worked with a woman from Columbia to help her achieve her goals to speak English and earn her citizenship.


As a K-8 academic interventionist I spend quite a bit of time helping students to improve their handwriting skills. I am trained in many different methods for improving handwriting, including using a lot of hands on materials that will build fine motor skills and improve handwriting.


As a K-8 Reading Specialist, I spend a lot of time working with students on phonics skills. Some students learn to read using whole word decoding strategies, but many struggling readers need more intense instruction on how to break apart words. As a certified reading specialist, I am trained on numerous methods of improving reading fluency through the use of phonics interventions.


For the past two years, I have been working as the lead reading specialist at a charter school in Chicago. In this role, I work with students who have been identified as having reading difficulties. It is my responsibility to determine what is making reading difficult for students, coming up with an action plan, and implementing reading interventions to improve their reading abilities. Many of my students are also second language learners, so I am also working on improving their vocabulary and understanding of the English language.

Study Skills

As the elementary school teacher, I deal with many students who have not developed study skills. One of my goals as a teacher is to help students become successful and independent learners. I have worked with many students to develop schedules, organizational practices, etc to become more independent with their study skills.

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Elementary Eucation
State University of New York at Potsdam


University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Elementary Eucation)

State University of New York at Potsdam (MEd)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $65.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Hourly Rate is negotiable.

Travel policy

Jessica will travel within 10 miles of Chicago, IL 60613.

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