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Ann W.

Chicago, IL

$50/hour

Experienced reading specialist for elementary school-aged student

In-person lessons
20+ Hours
Background check passed as of 5/14/14

$50/Hour


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St. Mary's College
Elementary Education
Northeastern Illinois University
Master's

Education

St. Mary's College (Elementary Education)

Northeastern Illinois University (Master's)

About Ann

With 15 years’ experience as a reading specialist in the Evanston/Skokie school district and a Master’s degree in Reading instruction from Northeastern Illinois University, I can help struggling readers get back on track before they fall too far behind.

I’m trained and certified in the highly regarded Reading Recovery program, designed specifically to help emergent readers (kindergarten and first grade) bridge the gap from oral to written language. I use the Developmental Reading Inventory to precisely benchmark your child’s reading level and drive the instruction accordingly.

I believe in teaching reading comprehension through writing, which not only solidifies understanding, it is a skill that is widely used in the new Common Core State Standards. I have experience with students at all different language levels, second-language students, as well as students with IEPs.
With 15 years’ experience as a reading specialist in the Evanston/Skokie school district and a Master’s degree in Reading instruction from Northeastern Illinois University, I can help struggling readers get back on track before they fall too far behind.

I’m trained and certified in the highly regarded Reading Recovery program, designed
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Policies
Cancellation
1 hour notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Chicago, IL 60660
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
English:
Reading,
Vocabulary
Language:
Reading
Special Needs:
Dyslexia,
Elementary (K-6th),
Phonics,
Reading,
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Handwriting, Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Dyslexia

In my 15 years as a Reading Specialist, I have worked with many children with Dyslexia. I have taught them quick and efficient word recognition, how to efficiently recognize spelling patterns and how to comprehend both fiction and nonfiction.

My experience and expertise has meant accelerated growth for many of my students with Dyslexia.

Elementary (K-6th)

I obtained my Elementary Education degree in 1988, and have been working in the field every since. To obtain a teaching certificate, I had to teach, under the supervision of a cooperating teacher, in each of the areas of an elementary curriculum. This includes math, reading, science, social studies, English (grammar and vocabulary). Thus, I am highly qualified to tutor students in the field of Elementary Education.

Phonics

I am a certified Reading Specialist, which required several courses in how students decode and encode words. My wo years of experience teaching students, ranging from grades kindergarten through 5th grade, has included daily phonics instruction. I have also completed two Wilson Reading System workshops on teaching phonics and word-attack skills to students who struggle in this area. In my tutoring, I use a wide range of materials to teach phonics from experts, including Gay Su Pinnell, Eileen Fountas and the aforementioned Wilson Reading System. My practice of teaching phonics both systematically and within the context of reading, enables me to have created a powerful and effective method in teaching phonics.

Reading

My experience as a Reading Specialist in Evanston for 15 years:

Comprehension focus
• Met daily with struggling 3rd through 5th graders at the transitional reading level to build deep comprehension through reading and writing.
• Helped students understand how authors wrote, including knowledge of text conventions, story structure, and organizational techniques.
• Provided sustained instruction that focused on the deeper analysis of a particular literary element, such as author's style or text features.

Guided Reading Plus
• Met daily in small groups with 1st and 2nd graders reading below grade-level.
• Promoted self-monitoring and self-correcting strategies, fluency, strategies for deeper comprehension, and vocabulary development in reading.
• Used writing as a tool to support deep comprehension.

Kindergarten Literacy Groups
• Worked daily with low-achieving kindergarten students in the areas of letter knowledge and formation, phonemic awareness, word structural analysis, spelling patterns, word solving actions, sight word vocabulary, comprehension, and concepts of print.

St. Mary's College
Elementary Education
Northeastern Illinois University
Master's

Education

St. Mary's College (Elementary Education)

Northeastern Illinois University (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

Ann will travel within 5 miles of Chicago, IL 60660.