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Sharon P.

Grayslake, IL

$65/hour

Science/Math Tutor committed to your success!

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200+ Hours
4.9 average from 65 ratings
Great 1:1 instruction!
— Gloria, Buffalo Grove, IL on 10/4/17

$65/Hour


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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

Education

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)

About Sharon

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 Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Grayslake, IL 60030
In-person lessons

"Great 1:1 instruction!"

- Gloria, Buffalo Grove, IL on 10/4/17
Sharon replied on 10/7/2017

Gloria,
Many thanks for the very nice Wyzant review!
It is a privilege to work with such a nice family.

"Very knowledgeable and really cares"

- Cheryl, Mundelein, IL on 1/20/17

"Outstanding! A very organized, knowledgable and patient tutor."

- Susan, Kenosha, WI on 10/8/16

"Sharon the great!"

- Brooke, Waukegan, IL on 7/14/16

"Wonderful tutor!"

- Corinne, Zion, IL on 12/11/15

"Outstanding tutor, very dedicated to her students"

- OMD, Chicago, IL on 10/1/15

"Very good tutor"

- Kathy, Crystal Lake, IL on 8/28/15

"Very knowledgeable"

- Karen, Crystal Lake, IL on 8/25/15

"Very Organized!"

- Jeanne, Crystal Lake, IL on 12/17/14

"Highly Recommended!"

- Gerard, Lake Forest, IL on 12/17/14
Math:
GED, Prealgebra, SAT Math
Science:
ACT Science,
Biology, Chemistry,
Ecology, Physical Science, Physics, PSAT
English:
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Science,
GED, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Special Needs:
ADHD
Elementary Education:
ADHD

Approved subjects are in bold.

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ACT Science

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.

ADHD

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.

Chemistry

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.

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

Education

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)

Great 1:1 instruction!

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!

— Gloria, Buffalo Grove, IL on 10/4/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Sharon will travel within 20 miles of Grayslake, IL 60030.