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Heather S.

Crystal Lake, IL

$40/hour

Creative teacher unlocks learning for all ages.

Background check passed as of 10/6/15
5.0 average from 3 ratings
So far so good
— Melissa, Mchenry, IL on 11/11/16

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University of Memphis
Elementary Education
University of Memphis
Master's
Columbia International University, Columbia, SC
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of Memphis (Elementary Education)

University of Memphis (Master's)

Columbia International University, Columbia, SC (Graduate Coursework)

About Heather

I am an experienced tutor and mother. I enjoy teaching all ages but private tutoring excites me because I enjoy getting to the aha! moment with students. I am a teacher-directed, student-led tutor with high standards. I come prepared to stay on task but I'm sensitive to student progress. My illustrations and explanations are clear, vivid, and creative. Each concept is explained a minimum of three times with students gradually participating in the explanation. When a student can teach the concept, mastery is near!

Outside of the classroom, I have many interests. I am married with two children. I enjoy campfires and gooey S'mores. Spending a day relaxing on the beach brings our family together for carefree connection. I thrive on routine and have created systems within my home to keep organized. Healthy home-cooked meals are a part of everyday life: homegrown salads, homemade bread, and home-style cooking.

I enjoy chemistry and have studied it many times. I have mastered balancing equations and writing chemical formulas. I have been able to simplify the explanation of the atomic structure (which leads into discussion of the periodic table) so that a 4th grader can understand it.

I have taught multi-grade language arts at both elementary, middle, and high school levels. When my students master seven simple writing methods, their English grades and test scores improve. I specialize in biblical and American literature. I can teach basic Latin and Greek roots to help unlock mysterious vocabulary words. My love for grammar is only surpassed by my love for words. I currently write and teach Bible studies. I have taught hermeneutics and homiletic speaking. My experience in public speaking includes adults, children, and teens. I can share my secrets of audience engagement.

I have been working as a reading group assistant and creative writing parent coach at our elementary school for the past 5 years. I have worked well with both boys and girls. My questions improve student writing and my patient instruction draws out struggling readers.

I have taught phonics in the classroom and have taught my own children to read. They entered kindergarten reading at a 3rd grade level. I have 7 undergraduate hours in literacy education.

I enjoy connecting history, literature and geography and exploring how geography affects culture. The literature of a time period reflects what was happening historically. I have been teaching religion for 15+ years in the church setting.

I actually graduated with two high school diplomas. My first one was the standard college prep diploma and my second one was in piano. To receive this diploma, I had to have extensive training in the various periods of music and study major composers from each. I studied for 12 years, with 8 years under a Julliard graduate. I entered the Concerto competition. I have taught piano for 4 years. In the past, I have played at weddings and church services. I am currently involved in teaching piano and playing regularly for the extra-curricular chorus at the elementary school.

Feeling stuck in your education can be so overwhelming. A tutor is a patient friend who can guide you from frustration to independence and confidence. With everything I teach, I find something to learn, and I share that with you. I encourage you to try me out for six weeks to see if we are a good fit.
I am an experienced tutor and mother. I enjoy teaching all ages but private tutoring excites me because I enjoy getting to the aha! moment with students. I am a teacher-directed, student-led tutor with high standards. I come prepared to stay on task but I'm sensitive to student progress. My illustrations and explanations are clear, vivid, and Read more

Policies
Cancellation
36 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Crystal Lake, IL 60012
Background Check: Passed

"So far so good"

- Melissa, Mchenry, IL on 11/11/16
Math:
Algebra 1,
Elementary Math, Prealgebra
English:
Bible Studies,
English,
Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
History:
American History, Geography, Music History,
Religion
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

I have actively tutored math for many years. My hands on approach to algebra helps students understand how to isolate variables and solve the problem.

Bible Studies

I have 30 hours toward a Master's of Divinity degree. My coursework includes Old and New Testament Survey, Acts, Romans, World Missions, and Hermeneutics. I am the Director of Women's Ministries at the Evangelical Free Church of Crystal Lake. I have over 120 women enrolled in midweek Bible studies. I train my students to ask questions and formulate interpretations that are biblically sound and culturally relevant. I mentor women in practical theology on a regular basis.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a BSEd in Elementary Education grades 1-8. I have a concentration in middle school grades. I have work experience in early childhood education. I have taught my children how to read and work with recovering readers in my children's classrooms.

English

I taught junior high and high school English for one year; then we moved. I have had over five years of private tutoring experience. One of my recent clients immediately was able to use and apply the five paragraph essay model. This client received a very high score on this assignment.

Music History

To receive my second high school diploma in music, I had to master and memorize ten different piano pieces from the different musical eras including Baroque, Romantic, Modern, and Contemporary. I was required to be able to identify major works from major composers. I still have all the resources needed to expose a student to these essential concepts.

Music Theory

I studied under a Julliard trained private instructor from 1979-1989. Under her leadership, I received a second high school diploma in music. I have taught piano since 2002. Part of learning the music is understanding notes, symbols, and how it is all put together. Understanding the theory unlocks the music.

Phonics

I have a degree in Elementary Education. I have spent countless hours working with lower readers in the school setting. I have taught my own children to read using "100 easy lessons" and Leap Frog materials to help them read quickly.

Religion

I have been on staff at 3 churches and have taught religious education and church history to different age groups. I have attended seminary. I have memorized extensive sections of the Holy Bible.

Writing

I am currently working with AP level students as well as elementary and middle school students. I have taught various levels of high school English and I enjoy working one on one with students. I have been trained in the Oxford method for teaching writing to all grade levels.

University of Memphis
Elementary Education
University of Memphis
Master's
Columbia International University, Columbia, SC
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of Memphis (Elementary Education)

University of Memphis (Master's)

Columbia International University, Columbia, SC (Graduate Coursework)

So far so good — My son had his first session with Heather this afternoon. He said she was nice and helped him a lot. Thanks Heather! ...

— Melissa, Mchenry, IL on 11/11/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

Travel policy

Heather will travel within 15 miles of Crystal Lake, IL 60012.