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Karen B.

Chicago, IL

$35/hour

Reading, Writing, Math and Science Tutoring in person and online.

200+ Hours
Background check passed as of 8/25/14
4.7 average from 46 ratings
Very happy
— Kristen, Chicago, IL on 2/23/16

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Fisk University, Nashville, TN
French, Spanish, Science
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Master's
Northwestern and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Master's

Education

Fisk University, Nashville, TN (French, Spanish, Science)

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (Master's)

Northwestern and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Master's)

About Karen

I am an experienced Illinois certified teacher, willing to provide tutoring services in Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science and Career counseling to children 6 years old and up, Middle school aged children, high school students and adults. I am willing to conduct tutoring services in person and online. Not only am I a certified language teacher (French, Introductory Spanish), I am certified in English as a Second Language from Western Governors University and Online Teaching from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. I have a science minor and have taught Middle School life, earth and physical science, as well as high school Chemistry.

Most recently, I have taught Language Arts and Science for a local elementary charter school, as well as technology skills, cryptography (the science of secret messages) and social studies (global education). I have won three grants from the Chicago Foundation for Education in Global Education and in Science.

Earlier in my career, I spent 10 years at the college level administering and implementing a College Bound program at Robert Morris College (now Robert Morris University). Not only did I test, place and assist students in basic skills remediation, but I personally taught Study Skills and Computer Assisted Learning in the new Personal Computer environment. I took this early exposure to Computer Technology, Introductory Word Processing, Database building and Desktop Publishing Skills to the adult community at Dawson Skills Center and the Center for Inner City Studies of Northeastern University.

I believe that my experience working with all types of people, including adults in Canada, Colombia, Venezuela, Ghana and Brazil, has prepared me for tutoring children, youth and adults from diverse backgrounds in person or online. I use technology as a tool and know how to develop specific skills through a complete assessment, frequent feedback and reward system unique to each student.
I am an experienced Illinois certified teacher, willing to provide tutoring services in Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science and Career counseling to children 6 years old and up, Middle school aged children, high school students and adults. I am willing to conduct tutoring services in person and online. Not only am I a certified language teacher Read more

Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required

I am willing to negotiate the published rate depending upon the frequency and longevity of assignment, as well as number of tutees, both adults and children.

Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Chicago, IL 60619
Background Check: Passed

"Very happy"

- Kristen, Chicago, IL on 2/23/16

"Knowledgeable, kind and patient"

- Kenneth, Chicago, IL on 12/7/15

"Skilled instructor"

- Latrese, Chicago, IL on 7/23/15

"Great Tutor"

- Stephanie, Chicago, IL on 3/9/15

"Very Patient and Personable"

- Sian, Chicago, IL on 8/22/14
Math:
ACT Math, Common Core,
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math
Science:
ACT Science, Elementary Science, Psychology, Zoology
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, Career Development,
Common Core,
TOEFL
Computer:
Desktop Publishing,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher,
Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL, French, Reading, Spanish, TOEFL, Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Common Core,
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Phonics,
Reading, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Common Core,
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
Career Development,
ESL/ESOL, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Writing

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.

Career Development

During my tenure at Robert Morris College 1983-1993, I worked in my off terms as a job placement counselor. Some of my responsibilities included providing workshops for students in their final weeks of graduation on career exploration, job hunting, interview skills, resume writing and business attire preparation. In addition to working at Robert Morris College, I provided similar services to young adults enrolled in the Workforce Investment Program at The Charles Hayes Family Investment Center, Inc.

Common Core

I believe I am highly qualified to tutor the Common Core Subjects at the Elementary Level. I have been a teacher for more than 30 years including elementary, high school and college levels. Most recently, I have set up specialized tutoring at my elementary school for students to improve their testing scores on the NWEA MAP testing and the PARCC testing.

In Elementary School I am an expert in teaching the intermediate grades, 3rd, 4th & 5th grades in math, reading, social studies and science. In addition, I set up Science enrichment classes for the intermediate grades, six and seventh grades. On the weekends, I prepared practice sessions so that students would score well on the NWEA Map tests and the ISAT test.

During the advent of the PARCC test this past two years, replacing the ISAT, I have prepared six and seventh graders for the math and reading portions. My specialty is helping the students integrate the math, reading and science concepts and explain why they chose certain answers,while giving them options for their explanations. In addition to paper and pencil work, I use several online platforms reinforce student learning.

Desktop Publishing

Desktop Publishing is one of my strongest skills in the Computer Technology field. I call myself an Edutech. I have taught many community residents (1997 to 2005), a variety of computer technology skills including Desktop Publishing. During this time period I have been under contract with City Colleges of Chicago, Dawson Skills Technical Center to teach high school students Desktop Publishing. In addition, I have worked with Northeastern University, Centers for Inner City Studies to provide introductory technology skills, including Desktop Publishing to staff of the neighborhood community organizations. Currently, I teach elementary and high school students how to produce blogs,Power Points and design one page websites and create art work using the computer.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a Masters of Arts of Teaching from Northwestern University. In my early teaching days, I taught middle school Science for five years in Evanston Illinois. Most recently 2006-2013, I have taught Science and Language Arts for a Charter School in the West Englewood Community of Chicago. In addition to teaching for the institution, I have been in charge of the after-school program that includes tutoring, homework help, sciences, sports activities and cultural activities such dance and music.

Microsoft Publisher

Microsoft Publisher is the main component of Desktop publishing that I currently use to make flyers, newsletters, business cards, basic website pages and other components of Desktop Publishing. As described in the section on Desktop Publishing, I have more than 15 years using this Microsoft Application and training youth and adults in both College and Community Settings.

Phonics

Understanding phonics is a key element in unlocking the mystery of how to pronounce words, particularly in the English Language. Although, the trend has been away from phonics, teachers are going back to using phonics in what is now called, Corrective Reading. For more than 20 years, I have used phonics both formally in the classroom and informally when organizing reading groups in the After-school program.

Study Skills

From 1984 to 1994 I was the Coordinator of the College Bound program for Robert Morris College (now Robert Morris University) in downtown Chicago. My specialty was teaching Study Skills to College-Bound students, although I taught all subjects including reading, writing and math. Between 1988 and 2000, I reviewed the manuscripts for new editions of How to Study in College by Walter Pauk. Currently, I specialize in using technology to aid in studying reading, writing, math, social studies and science skills Kindergarten through Eigth grade. I also assist high school students and adults study for Standardized tests in most basic subjects.

Fisk University, Nashville, TN
French, Spanish, Science
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Master's
Northwestern and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Master's

Education

Fisk University, Nashville, TN (French, Spanish, Science)

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (Master's)

Northwestern and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Master's)

Very happy

My daughter was doing poorly in mathematics and within two weeks of beginning her tutoring with Ms. Karen, she began bringing home papers graded B+ and up.

— Kristen, Chicago, IL on 2/23/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

I am willing to negotiate the published rate depending upon the frequency and longevity of assignment, as well as number of tutees, both adults and children.

Travel policy

Karen will travel within 5 miles of Chicago, IL 60619.