Bridgewater State College(now BS University) (B.S. in Biological Sciences)
Bridgewater State College: MAT in Physics/Chem (Master's)
Indiana University,Carthage College, National Lewis (Graduate Coursework)
I made the decision to become a teacher when I was six years old. I was born and raised in Massachusetts and am so very thankful to every teacher who ever walked into my life. As a young girl, I always looked upon Science as a challenging area of study, though at the time most Science teachers were males. Well, I did realize my goal to become a Science teacher... and that was almost 40 years ago! I certainly have my High School AP Biology teacher to thank for inspiring me during my senior year of high school, and so the journey began. For 39 years, I happily shared my life and skills with wonderful students teaching high school Biology, Chemistry, Physics.
No longer am I six years old... but I am 62 years young and retired for 2 years after a rewarding career as a classroom teacher. My entire life has been devoted to teaching students from grade 7-12 how neat Science is, because we live, eat, and breathe science every day of our lives. My goal was simple... to help my students to realize their true abilities in a learning environment where beliefs that they "were not capable of doing or were not good at Science" were not an option. Rather, students were challenged to focus on the positive, that "today I may not be able to know or do a specific Science task... but tomorrow I will do better". With a willingness to learn, I believe that there are no limits as to what students are able to accomplish. After all, the word "Chemistry" truly communicates that "Chem Is Try".
I really enjoy one-on-one tutoring as it allow for me to foster positive student relationships and contribute to a student's success, one student at a time. I would be happy to meet and tutor you in your own home, as we work together to make learning Science a more positive experience for you! I made the decision to become a teacher when I was six years old. I was born and raised in Massachusetts and am so very thankful to every teacher who ever walked into my life. As a young girl, I always looked upon Science as a challenging area of study, though at the time most Science teachers were males. Well, I did realize my goal to become a
Sharon tutored me in preparation for a final exam in college Chemistry. I wish I had found her sooner! Sharon is knowledgeable, patient, and great at making abstract concepts relatable and comprehensible. In addition, she is incredibly warm and encouraging -- making me feel that she is invested in my success and that we are in this together. We plowed through an enormous amount of information together, and through that process, she remained energetic and positive. I am so happy to have met her, and I am extremely grateful for her instruction and dedication!
First off, Sharon was willing and able to meet with us on short notice to help my daughter with some Chemistry concepts she was struggling with. She came on time and was extremely prepared. Sharon went above and beyond the quiz material thinking my daughter may need to know some things soon. For the quiz, my daughter felt much more confident and performed really well, but she felt over prepared with all the info Sharon gave her. The icing on the cake is that a few days later, a lengthy test was given and it turns out everything Sharon taught was on that test. My daughter finished before most of the class and she felt great afterwards. Sharon's wisdom and years of experience are extremely valuable! She broke down the material in a way that was easy to understand and therefore easy to apply. Sharon was a wonderful tutor and I would highly recommend her!
Sharon was punctual, friendly, & prepared! It is clear that she has had many successful years of teaching Chemistry. She started in the areas of difficulty and gave many real world associations to clarify concepts. We will definitely use her again!
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It is a privilege to work with such a nice family.
Sharon has been a treamendous help to my son understanding both chemistry and algebra trig. She takes her time and does not put a time restraint on the session.
A very knowledgable tutor who gives 120% to her students. Mrs. P is very accessible and always willing to work with the issues at hand. Simply one of the best!
I absolutely love Sharon! She is not only a wonderful tutor but her warm embrace creates a great learning environment. I would recommend her to anyone without hesitation.
Sharon is an excellent tutor. After just one lesson my daughter was more confident and learned more form Sharon than she has probably learned the entire semester!
I am a tutoring coordinator for a non-profit that works with community college students. Sharon worked with one of my students on her upper level science classes. She was great! Not only did she have a comprehensive grasp of the subject matter (even more so than the professor teaching the course), but she was able to convey this information to my student effectively with limited time each week. Sharon prepared my student to not only excel in her current course, but laid the groundwork for her to succeed in more difficult courses moving forward.
My daughter has had 2 sessions with Sharon on ACT prep and specifically with math and science sections. My daughter feels like she is helping her a lot. She explains things well and makes sure my daughter understands.
Organization skills. She kept my son involved and on task during the organizing process for various subjects and their binders, folders, and notebooks. She also helped him with tips and daily/weekly practices to keep his backpack organized.
Sharon P tutored my high school senior in her AP Chemistry class. Sharon discussed my daughter's needs before her first tutoring session and came well-prepared. She has a great deal of knowledge and wanted to do her best to assist my daughter and help her be successful in this difficult class.
Great tutor! Sharon P. is a very skilled teacher and communicates extremely well. She has worked with my son for 4 months in ACT prepping as well as HS Biology and I have seen a very positive impact in my son's progress in school. I have used quite a few tutors over the years but not one as dedicated and caring as Sharon. Highly recommend her to kids of all ages.
I taught for Excel Edge, a company that trained teachers in Illinois and Indiana in the ACT Prep strategies for about 8 years. then our public high school asked me to help design an ACT Prep program. Several teachers in my building then began instructing ACT Prep once a week and continue to do so. I am presently working with junior students who requested specific teachers to help them after school to review ACT strategies and complete practice activities in, order for these students to improve their composite score. I continue to use ACT strategies each and every day in my teaching so to help students read more closely and take time to practice specific skills while testing. I also instructed my two grown children how to take and capitalize on achieving high scores while being timed. Additionally, I have also had experience with the SAT training both as a student, teacher,and as a parent.
I have just retired from teaching Science after 39 years as a classroom instructor at the secondary level in public education, including having instructed GED courses for parents and students who decided to return to school to earn their high school diploma, as well as having instructed students with IEP's and state mandated accommodations to help these students meet with success in the science (lab-based) classroom.
The majority of these students who required accommodations were diagnosed as ADD, ADHD, and/or Autistic (Asperger's Syndrome, mild autism, severe autism with emotional issues). Each teacher in my school in Illinois (where I am licensed) is required each year to complete coursework and testing on educational modules on Special Education. I learned ADD/ADHD strategies for instructors, prompts for and behaviors to observe and watch for that are exhibited by autistic students at specific ends of the spectrum. I attended staffings, read and logged in all communications with team leaders.
My students with special needs have been very successful in the classroom as a result of these
professional growth activities, state requirements and positive working relationships with my special education colleagues, and help from special education aides who have been assigned to travel with specific students as they learn and work with others in my classroom.
I have spent 40+ wonderful years teaching, tutoring, and mentoring Science students at the secondary level. Though I am degreed and certified in Biological Sciences (BS), Chemistry and Physics (MAT), my favorite subject to teach is Chemistry. I believe that all students can learn and do Chemistry by helping them to focus on the everyday examples of Chemistry in the world around them. Then the lightbulbs go on! Over my career, I was honored to receive the Sigma Xi award for Teaching Excellence in the Chemistry classroom, the Flinn Chemistry Lab Safety Award, and Chemical Industries Council finalist for Excellence in Teaching Chemistry.