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Paulla F.

Chicago, IL


Recent teaching graduate, but not recent to knowledge!

Background check passed as of 12/18/13
5.0 average from 102 ratings
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— Nikolay, Chicago, IL on 5/12/15

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University of Phoenix Online
Elementary Education


University of Phoenix Online (Elementary Education)

About Paulla

Welcome and Well Met!

As a child, I'd line up my stuffed animals on the floor and "teach" them letters and numbers. I graduated high school in 1985, going to college straight after. Unfortunately, I couldn't finish my program. I was 40 when I started college again. In 2013, at 45, I completed my BS in Elementary Education from University of Phoenix!

I will have my IL teaching certification by early 2015. My goal is to find a full time teaching position for 2015. 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.

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

In addition to my teaching, I have 25 years of professional work experience. I am an expert with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. I also have exposure to SharePoint, the AS400 system, Sales Force, Pivotal, and the Adobe Suite.

I volunteer time for a friend who has his own business and also fronts a band. I do website design (using Adobe Dreamweaver CS6), business cards, posters, and more.

In my down time I love to read. Sci-Fi and Detective stories are my favorite genres. I'm currently reading Young Adult Fiction to keep up with the likes, trends, etc. of my students.

I also love to play games. Candy Crush, Angry Birds, the Professor Layton series, FreeCell, Crosswords, Clue, Trival Pursuit... You name it!
Welcome and Well Met!

As a child, I'd line up my stuffed animals on the floor and "teach" them letters and numbers. I graduated high school in 1985, going to college straight after. Unfortunately, I couldn't finish my program. I was 40 when I started college again. In 2013, at 45, I completed my BS in
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Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Chicago, IL 60630
Background Check: Passed

"Tutor who loves tutoring"

- Nikolay, Chicago, IL on 5/12/15

"Great Tutor"

- Olga, Bloomingdale, IL on 10/26/14
Paulla replied on 10/26/2014

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"

- Julian, Northbrook, IL on 3/30/14
Paulla replied on 3/30/2014

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

"Very patient!"

- Marlene, Chicago, IL on 2/17/14
Paulla replied on 2/17/2014

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"

- Wanda, Park Ridge, IL on 1/9/14
Paulla replied on 1/10/2014

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"

- F. Leyla, Harwood Heights, IL on 12/15/13
Paulla replied on 12/17/2013

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!

Elementary Math
ACT English, English,
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Grammar, Phonics,
Study Skills,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

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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.


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


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.


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

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.


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!).

University of Phoenix Online
Elementary Education


University of Phoenix Online (Elementary Education)

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 t ...

— Nikolay, Chicago, IL on 5/12/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $25.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Paulla will travel within 5 miles of Chicago, IL 60630.