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Paulla F.

English as a 2nd Language, Reading, Writing, Language Arts overall!

English as a 2nd Language, Reading, Writing, Language Arts overall!

$25/hour

  • 227 hours tutoring

  • Edison Park Chicago, IL 60631


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Bio

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I'm earnest when I state that I have ALWAYS wanted to teach. As a child I'd line up my stuffed animals on the floor and "teach" them letters and numbers. In high school, I'd help my fellow students. Though I intended to pursue teaching certification after high school, life circumstances did not allow me to do so. Instead, I entered the working world in 1989 and started building up "real-world" experience.

After 24 years, I...

Salutations and thank you for taking a moment to read my bio!

I'm earnest when I state that I have ALWAYS wanted to teach. As a child I'd line up my stuffed animals on the floor and "teach" them letters and numbers. In high school, I'd help my fellow students. Though I intended to pursue teaching certification after high school, life circumstances did not allow me to do so. Instead, I entered the working world in 1989 and started building up "real-world" experience.

After 24 years, I decided it was time to finally obtain my college degree in the profession I love the most. In 2013, I received a BS in Elementary Education from University of Phoenix!

I've applied for my teaching certificate and do wish to have a full-time position teaching within the next 1-2 years. All required education testing was done here in Illinois (Content Knowledge, Elementary Testing, Aptitude-grades K-9). My student teaching was done at a school near Midway Airport in Chicago.

In addition to my tutoring, I now have 27 years of professional work experience. I am an expert with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. I also have exposure to SharePoint, the AS400 system, Salesforce, Pivotal, Shelf Logic, Photoshop, Paintshop Pro, and the Adobe Suite.

My approach to teaching: Allow my students to direct the lesson. I'm guide and mentor. I don't care for lecturing as I find it boring. I prefer active lessons with my students and I taking part together.

I'm often asked where I'm available to teach. Here is a list:
Arlington Heights
Buffalo Grove
Mt Prospect
Des Plaines
Park Ridge
Glenview
Skokie
Morton Grove
Niles
Norwood Park
Gladstone Park
Jefferson Park
Edison Park
Forest Glen
Harwood Heights
Norridge

I have passed the WyzAnt subject tests in 16 subjects including English, ESL/ELL, and Elementary Math.

In the past I've volunteered time for a friend who has his own business and also fronts a band. I've done website design (using Adobe Dreamweaver CS6), business cards, posters, and more.

I'm an avid reader. I try and read every single night. On average, I read over 200 books a year!

On my downtime, I love to play games. Computer games are a favorite (think Angry Birds, or Hidden Object Puzzles, various types of Solitaire, and Match-3), but I also love the Nintendo DS (LOVE the Professor Layton series!), board games (Trivial Pursuit & Clue are top faves), card games (Uno), and word puzzles!


Education

University of Phoenix Online
Elementary Education

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $25
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 5 miles of Chicago, IL 60631
  • Lesson cancellation: 4 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 12/18/2013

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Computer

General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

In my 3+ years with Wyzant, the majority of my tutoring has been Language Arts based. I am currently qualified in 16 subjects, 12 of which are Language Arts based. My degree is in Elementary Education, with a focus on Language Arts. I did my student teaching at Lee Elementary in Chicago - a primarily Hispanic ESL/ELL school. I was in charge of a First Grade class with 34 students - all of whom were ESL/ELL to some degree.
General Computer, Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

In May of 2008 I received my AA in Elementary Education from University of Phoenix. I continued with their program and in June of this year I received my BS in Elementary Education. In order to complete my Bachelor's degree, I was required to do 12 weeks of Student Teaching. During these 12 weeks, as well as all during my college studies, I had to create lesson plans, work with learning groups, plan tests, review local state, and national information - all pertaining to students in the classroom. This is why I believe I am qualified for this subject. Thank you.
Phonics,

Phonics

My student teaching (2/4/13 - 5/3/13) was done at Lee Elementary near Midway Airport in Chicago. Lee is 95% Hispanic and I student taught First Grade - ESL/ELL. Because my educational focus has been on English & Literature, I focused a lot of my personal efforts in the class on this. Each day in class we would have groups. My task was to sit with different groups of students every day and help them understand sounds, letters, and how these came together to form words. I used multiple tools off the internet as well as the Phonics worksheets that my cooperating teacher would give me.
Reading,

Reading

Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. Emphasis on English & Literature Focus on ESL/ELL
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I completed 12 weeks of student teaching from 2/4/2013 - 5/3/2013 to qualify for my BS in Elementary Education which I received in June 2013. For my student teaching I had to create a teacher portfolio. My portfolio detailed various study methods that I planned to use and did use with the students in my class. Now tutoring with WyzAnt, I continue to share study skills with my students. Some of these examples include: grouping (taking a large subject and breaking it down into smaller groups or like sub-subjects to make it easier to study), mnemonics for remembering lists, game play/songs to recall a story or certain point, flash cards, and writing and re-writing.
Elementary Math, Grammar, Vocabulary

English

English,

English

Attended Andrews University - Berrien Springs, MI 9/1985 - 1/1988 Major: English, Minor: Communications, Focus: Teaching Graduated University of Phoenix AA in Elementary Education Focus: English & Literature May 2010 Graduated University of Phoenix BS in Elementary Education Focus: English, Literature, ESL/ELL June 2013
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

In my 3+ years with Wyzant, the majority of my tutoring has been Language Arts based. I am currently qualified in 16 subjects, 12 of which are Language Arts based. My degree is in Elementary Education, with a focus on Language Arts. I did my student teaching at Lee Elementary in Chicago - a primarily Hispanic ESL/ELL school. I was in charge of a First Grade class with 34 students - all of whom were ESL/ELL to some degree.
Reading,

Reading

Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. Emphasis on English & Literature Focus on ESL/ELL
Writing,

Writing

I started working full-time professionally in 1989. Since then I have held only 3 jobs. In each of these jobs my primary focus has been customer service. In each of these jobs, I have also had to do a great deal of writing. Business letters, promotions, requests, emails and so forth. In addition to writing professionally, I also do so personally. I submitted a poem to Poetry.com that won a contest (the prize being an iPod Nano!).
ACT English, ACT Reading, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Vocabulary

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

In May of 2008 I received my AA in Elementary Education from University of Phoenix. I continued with their program and in June of this year I received my BS in Elementary Education. In order to complete my Bachelor's degree, I was required to do 12 weeks of Student Teaching. During these 12 weeks, as well as all during my college studies, I had to create lesson plans, work with learning groups, plan tests, review local state, and national information - all pertaining to students in the classroom. This is why I believe I am qualified for this subject. Thank you.
English,

English

Attended Andrews University - Berrien Springs, MI 9/1985 - 1/1988 Major: English, Minor: Communications, Focus: Teaching Graduated University of Phoenix AA in Elementary Education Focus: English & Literature May 2010 Graduated University of Phoenix BS in Elementary Education Focus: English, Literature, ESL/ELL June 2013
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

In my 3+ years with Wyzant, the majority of my tutoring has been Language Arts based. I am currently qualified in 16 subjects, 12 of which are Language Arts based. My degree is in Elementary Education, with a focus on Language Arts. I did my student teaching at Lee Elementary in Chicago - a primarily Hispanic ESL/ELL school. I was in charge of a First Grade class with 34 students - all of whom were ESL/ELL to some degree.
Reading,

Reading

Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. Emphasis on English & Literature Focus on ESL/ELL
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I completed 12 weeks of student teaching from 2/4/2013 - 5/3/2013 to qualify for my BS in Elementary Education which I received in June 2013. For my student teaching I had to create a teacher portfolio. My portfolio detailed various study methods that I planned to use and did use with the students in my class. Now tutoring with WyzAnt, I continue to share study skills with my students. Some of these examples include: grouping (taking a large subject and breaking it down into smaller groups or like sub-subjects to make it easier to study), mnemonics for remembering lists, game play/songs to recall a story or certain point, flash cards, and writing and re-writing.
Writing

Writing

I started working full-time professionally in 1989. Since then I have held only 3 jobs. In each of these jobs my primary focus has been customer service. In each of these jobs, I have also had to do a great deal of writing. Business letters, promotions, requests, emails and so forth. In addition to writing professionally, I also do so personally. I submitted a poem to Poetry.com that won a contest (the prize being an iPod Nano!).

Language

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

In my 3+ years with Wyzant, the majority of my tutoring has been Language Arts based. I am currently qualified in 16 subjects, 12 of which are Language Arts based. My degree is in Elementary Education, with a focus on Language Arts. I did my student teaching at Lee Elementary in Chicago - a primarily Hispanic ESL/ELL school. I was in charge of a First Grade class with 34 students - all of whom were ESL/ELL to some degree.

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

In May of 2008 I received my AA in Elementary Education from University of Phoenix. I continued with their program and in June of this year I received my BS in Elementary Education. In order to complete my Bachelor's degree, I was required to do 12 weeks of Student Teaching. During these 12 weeks, as well as all during my college studies, I had to create lesson plans, work with learning groups, plan tests, review local state, and national information - all pertaining to students in the classroom. This is why I believe I am qualified for this subject. Thank you.
English,

English

Attended Andrews University - Berrien Springs, MI 9/1985 - 1/1988 Major: English, Minor: Communications, Focus: Teaching Graduated University of Phoenix AA in Elementary Education Focus: English & Literature May 2010 Graduated University of Phoenix BS in Elementary Education Focus: English, Literature, ESL/ELL June 2013
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

In my 3+ years with Wyzant, the majority of my tutoring has been Language Arts based. I am currently qualified in 16 subjects, 12 of which are Language Arts based. My degree is in Elementary Education, with a focus on Language Arts. I did my student teaching at Lee Elementary in Chicago - a primarily Hispanic ESL/ELL school. I was in charge of a First Grade class with 34 students - all of whom were ESL/ELL to some degree.
Reading,

Reading

Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. Emphasis on English & Literature Focus on ESL/ELL
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I completed 12 weeks of student teaching from 2/4/2013 - 5/3/2013 to qualify for my BS in Elementary Education which I received in June 2013. For my student teaching I had to create a teacher portfolio. My portfolio detailed various study methods that I planned to use and did use with the students in my class. Now tutoring with WyzAnt, I continue to share study skills with my students. Some of these examples include: grouping (taking a large subject and breaking it down into smaller groups or like sub-subjects to make it easier to study), mnemonics for remembering lists, game play/songs to recall a story or certain point, flash cards, and writing and re-writing.
Writing

Writing

I started working full-time professionally in 1989. Since then I have held only 3 jobs. In each of these jobs my primary focus has been customer service. In each of these jobs, I have also had to do a great deal of writing. Business letters, promotions, requests, emails and so forth. In addition to writing professionally, I also do so personally. I submitted a poem to Poetry.com that won a contest (the prize being an iPod Nano!).

Other

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

In my 3+ years with Wyzant, the majority of my tutoring has been Language Arts based. I am currently qualified in 16 subjects, 12 of which are Language Arts based. My degree is in Elementary Education, with a focus on Language Arts. I did my student teaching at Lee Elementary in Chicago - a primarily Hispanic ESL/ELL school. I was in charge of a First Grade class with 34 students - all of whom were ESL/ELL to some degree.
Study Skills

Study Skills

I completed 12 weeks of student teaching from 2/4/2013 - 5/3/2013 to qualify for my BS in Elementary Education which I received in June 2013. For my student teaching I had to create a teacher portfolio. My portfolio detailed various study methods that I planned to use and did use with the students in my class. Now tutoring with WyzAnt, I continue to share study skills with my students. Some of these examples include: grouping (taking a large subject and breaking it down into smaller groups or like sub-subjects to make it easier to study), mnemonics for remembering lists, game play/songs to recall a story or certain point, flash cards, and writing and re-writing.

Special Needs

Phonics,

Phonics

My student teaching (2/4/13 - 5/3/13) was done at Lee Elementary near Midway Airport in Chicago. Lee is 95% Hispanic and I student taught First Grade - ESL/ELL. Because my educational focus has been on English & Literature, I focused a lot of my personal efforts in the class on this. Each day in class we would have groups. My task was to sit with different groups of students every day and help them understand sounds, letters, and how these came together to form words. I used multiple tools off the internet as well as the Phonics worksheets that my cooperating teacher would give me.
Study Skills

Study Skills

I completed 12 weeks of student teaching from 2/4/2013 - 5/3/2013 to qualify for my BS in Elementary Education which I received in June 2013. For my student teaching I had to create a teacher portfolio. My portfolio detailed various study methods that I planned to use and did use with the students in my class. Now tutoring with WyzAnt, I continue to share study skills with my students. Some of these examples include: grouping (taking a large subject and breaking it down into smaller groups or like sub-subjects to make it easier to study), mnemonics for remembering lists, game play/songs to recall a story or certain point, flash cards, and writing and re-writing.

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

In May of 2008 I received my AA in Elementary Education from University of Phoenix. I continued with their program and in June of this year I received my BS in Elementary Education. In order to complete my Bachelor's degree, I was required to do 12 weeks of Student Teaching. During these 12 weeks, as well as all during my college studies, I had to create lesson plans, work with learning groups, plan tests, review local state, and national information - all pertaining to students in the classroom. This is why I believe I am qualified for this subject. Thank you.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

In my 3+ years with Wyzant, the majority of my tutoring has been Language Arts based. I am currently qualified in 16 subjects, 12 of which are Language Arts based. My degree is in Elementary Education, with a focus on Language Arts. I did my student teaching at Lee Elementary in Chicago - a primarily Hispanic ESL/ELL school. I was in charge of a First Grade class with 34 students - all of whom were ESL/ELL to some degree.
Reading,

Reading

Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. Emphasis on English & Literature Focus on ESL/ELL
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I completed 12 weeks of student teaching from 2/4/2013 - 5/3/2013 to qualify for my BS in Elementary Education which I received in June 2013. For my student teaching I had to create a teacher portfolio. My portfolio detailed various study methods that I planned to use and did use with the students in my class. Now tutoring with WyzAnt, I continue to share study skills with my students. Some of these examples include: grouping (taking a large subject and breaking it down into smaller groups or like sub-subjects to make it easier to study), mnemonics for remembering lists, game play/songs to recall a story or certain point, flash cards, and writing and re-writing.
Writing

Writing

I started working full-time professionally in 1989. Since then I have held only 3 jobs. In each of these jobs my primary focus has been customer service. In each of these jobs, I have also had to do a great deal of writing. Business letters, promotions, requests, emails and so forth. In addition to writing professionally, I also do so personally. I submitted a poem to Poetry.com that won a contest (the prize being an iPod Nano!).

Test Preparation

ACT English, ACT Reading

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Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews

Paulla Was Great!

She set up a new laptop computer for my 75 year old mother who requires much patience and understanding for her learning ability. I highly recommend her service!

Sean, 1 lesson with Paulla

Tutor who loves tutoring

English is my second language and Paulla really helped me to get into it. Our lessons lasted six months and unfortunately we have to terminate our learning because I'm relocating to another state. All lessons were very flexible and customized: we never got stuck with some predefined plan, but instead Paulla was always ready to explain me everything that is not obvious in English and we were free to deviate from the general line and spend time on exploring something interesting - some particular language features or some facts from the American culture or history or whatever else.

Nikolay, 20 lessons with Paulla

Great Tutor

English is my second language. Paulla is an excellent, smart and very supportive tutor. She is very good at explaining grammar and spelling. If you are looking for a tutor who can help you with your English skills, I definitely recommend Paulla!!

Olga, 9 lessons with Paulla
Tutor responded:

Thanks Olga! I know it's tough to be in school, have a family and home life, do your studies, and try to learn English too. You're doing great and I promise to give you my best attention!

Great English tutor

Paulla pays a lot of attention to my mistakes in ACT English practice exams or just in general. After our meetings I felt more sure of myself than I was before. Much THANKS to her. I'm sure Paulla's help will give you the best result on the ACT exam!! Thank you, Paulla!

Julian, 8 lessons with Paulla
Tutor responded:

Don't sell yourself short Julian. You're very smart and a great student!

Very patient!

I have a daughter who can be sometimes shy to strangers but Paulla was able to reach my daughter and my daughter actually enjoys Paulla's visits. She is extremely patient and knowledgeable with her understanding math. Paulla is reaching my daughter and helping her to understand math where others have failed. Thanks Paulla!!

Marlene, 5 lessons with Paulla
Tutor responded:

I'm delighted to be of help and I love working with your daughter. She's very kind and polite. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity!

Very Patient

I'm glad Paulla is on board to help my daughter with her Math. My daughter was diagnosed with PDD (Pervasive Developmental Delay)as well as anxiety. She is a very normal-bright girl, just took a little longer in hitting certain "Milestones." Paulla is very patient with her, and my daughter likes her a lot. It's great to have Paulla as part of her support team. Thanks.

Wanda, 66 lessons with Paulla
Tutor responded:

Your daughter is very kind, respectful, and quite artistically talented! I enjoy working with her. My goal is to combine her love of art/drawing with Math to help her learn! Wanda is a fantastic "hands on" mom scholastically speaking when it comes to her daughter's needs. She's great at providing detail and direction for what her daughter needs help with.

Incredible Teacher

She is a wonderful Teacher. Every time she surprises me. She always brings new learning materials. I am so lucky. Thank God I found her. Thank you.

F. Leyla, 19 lessons with Paulla
Tutor responded:

Leyla is a great student. Willing to learn, giving her all, and open. I believe that teachers should forever be students themselves. I also believe if a teacher's mind is open, he or she can learn from his or her students. I certainly have already learned from Leyla!

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