PhD. Reading/spelling/writing (certified Barton Reading)
PhD. Reading/spelling/writing (certified Barton Reading)
I am an educator with 20+ years of experience and specialize in tutoring students in language arts, including reading, writing, and spelling, as well as in elementary math. I have training as a literacy intervention specialist and am a certified Barton Reading and Spelling tutor; Barton is one of the most popular Orton-Gillingham methods of teaching reading and spelling. Additionally, I also teach elementary math and writing to both children and adults. In the recent past, I also taught Adult...
I am an educator with 20+ years of experience and specialize in tutoring students in language arts, including reading, writing, and spelling, as well as in elementary math. I have training as a literacy intervention specialist and am a certified Barton Reading and Spelling tutor; Barton is one of the most popular Orton-Gillingham methods of teaching reading and spelling. Additionally, I also teach elementary math and writing to both children and adults. In the recent past, I also taught Adult Education courses at a community college; my expertise is in working with adult students who struggle with reading and math foundations. I love working one-on-one with students and and have seen exciting progress in students with whom I have worked.
Early in my career, I got my Ph.D. in psychology and taught psychology at the college level. I soon realized that although I enjoy teaching psychology, even more, I enjoy teaching students the skills that allow them to become excellent students and communicators: writing, research, and if needed, reading and spelling. During my decade of being a full-time college professor, I also regularly taught an inter-disciplinary writing course to first-year college students, and this further fed my love of helping students become proficient writers and communicators.
When my children were young, 15+ years ago, I left college teaching to homeschool my children. Being able to work one on one with my students, and teaching to meet their individual needs, was very satisfying to me. Those years of homeschooling allowed me to unleash the creativity in teaching which is so natural when working with small groups of students or with individual students. As homeschoolers often do, we participated in numerous co-ops with other homeschooling families, and I did a lot of teaching in those co-ops as well. Along the way, I had a lot of fun helping my students learn to read, write and spell, as well as understand and solve math problems, and got invaluable experience working with students who respond best to individualized instruction.
Now my children are all in public school or college, and so I am again able to teach others. In the past five years, I have become trained in two different Orton-Gillingham methods of teaching reading and spelling and am now certified to teach Barton Reading and Spelling. For struggling readers and spellers, I also do some limited assessments to help determine where students need to focus their reading and spelling intervention. Additionally, I am also trained to teach writing using Institute for Excellence in Writing curricula. Even though I consider myself primarily a language arts instructor and coach, I have more recently found elementary math tutoring to also be very enjoyable.
Since students' learning styles and ways of learning vary a great deal, many different approaches and tools can be useful. When teaching reading and spelling, I find that using techniques which incorporate visual, auditory and sensory/hands-on learning work best for many learners. Struggling readers and spellers, including those who are dyslexic, need very specific and detailed instruction, and I am trained to teach reading and spelling to such students using multi-sensory techniques. Whenever possible, I also like to use games as a learning tool. When teaching writing, I start out having students work with models of writing rather than start from scratch since getting started is often the hardest aspect of writing. There are many oral tasks which use the same cognitive skills as writing, but are frequently more enjoyable for students than writing, so I freely utilize such learning tools too. I prefer hands-on math and games, but will also use written work once the student understands a concept. Please tab to the "Subject" tab on this website for more detail about my approach to each of the subjects I am qualified to teach.
My goal as a tutor is to meet students where they are in their learning and to help them get to where they want or need to be. Often this means I have to find or create new tools to meet individual needs that don't respond to the tools I already have in my toolbox. Frequently, this means that I help the student find relevance within their own experience for the skills they are working on; one of the most frustrating things for struggling students is to be required to learn skills that seem irrelevant. I love helping such students find relevance within their own world of experiences. Meeting my students where they are in their skill-building, finding the tools that work best for them, and helping them discover the relevance these learning tasks have for their own lives is my greatest delight as a tutor. This is when the "light bulbs" go on and learning becomes enjoyable!
Wonderful! Sheryl is very kind, patient and adaptable. We are so happy to have found her.
Sheryl has a great deal of knowledge in multiple areas. We needed someone to be able to come in and work with our twins in some LA skills and she is doing just that. My kids love her and are already beginning to progress in their studies.Brandon, 6 lessons with Dr. Sheryl
Stop looking and hire Sheryl!
My son started tutoring with Sheryl in 3rd grade and has continued as her student for over a year and a half. Previously we had a very capable Wilson tutor (he was at level 8), but I was always curious about the Barton method, so we switched. I'm so glad we did! Sheryl quickly realized that my son was still having trouble discerning basic sounds ("m" vs. "n" and "d" vs. "b"). She suggested we start with the LiPS program. Although I completely agreed with her assessment, it was a little disheartening to think we had to start at the beginning. But what a difference it made!!! He is now in level 4 of Barton and continues to make consistent progress in reading, writing, and spelling. As parents of dyslexic and/or struggling students, we need not only highly effective tutors but those who are empathetic too. Sheryl oozes empathy and patience. She is flexible when it comes to rescheduling due to illness and vacations. During summer break we were able to increase tutoring appointments from twice a week to three times. She will even work around extracurricular activities that are so important to our kiddos. If you're new to online tutoring and worry it might be missing those features that keep your child engaged, rest assured Sheryl will keep your child interested with fun learning games, tiles and activities. My son usually tutors an hour after returning from school. Somehow Sheryl is able to take my tired, burnt out kid who sometimes is in a bad mood, and turn him around so that he is smiling and cooperative. She is a gem and I know you will love her as much as we do!Deena, 1 lesson with Dr. Sheryl
I am so happy she does LiPS
It is hard to find a tutor that does the LiPS program. After she did the initial screening, it confirmed that my child does not hear many of the foundational sounds. I feel like this program will set him up for success. Dr. Sheryl is very patient and connects well with my son.Joanne, 10 lessons with Dr. Sheryl
Knowledgeable, enthusiastic and patient tutor
I was looking for a tutor to work with on my English speaking. Sheryl asked me what I needed and what I considered as a priority. She is very attentive and asks you regulary if the exercise that she offers are useful or not, so we can go a step farther if wanted. We started with phonics exercises to improve my pronounciation. Sheryl also gave me some grammar and vocabulary exercices to work on on my own and was open to answering my questions. I can't wait for the next lesson.Mathilde, 4 lessons with Dr. Sheryl
Dedicated, professional skilled, engaging and gifted tutor.
Sheryl has been working with my son for a couple of weeks on planning and organization. I don't think I can think of enough positive things to say. She puts so much time and thought into everything she does. My son feels very comfortable with her and while the long term goals may take time we are already seeing progress. I enthusiastically recommend Sheryl. By the way , she is tutoring online which I was initially a bit skeptical of but she is a pro at this.Antoinette, 28 lessons with Dr. Sheryl
Two enthusiastic thumbs up!
Sheryl is a very insightful tutor who is looking for ways to make the sessions enjoyable while teaching the student!Nathan , 102 lessons with Dr. Sheryl
Knowledgeable and Extraordinary
Sheryl did a phenomenal job from begging to end. For the kind of work I was doing I needed someone who would be flexible enough to work with my limitations, but also understanding of my need to identify the weaknesses in my thesis and provide appropriate feedback. She not only accomplished this flawlessly but she went beyond the agreement we had initially and worked with me on her vacation when I needed her last minute. Sheryl works with integrity which is very rare these days. If there is something I would take away from my experience with Sheryl is that she was a very professional, skilled, passionate Angel. I highly recommend her to anyone who needs help editing, writing, proofreading, and assessing large papers like my thesis.Desyre, 14 lessons with Dr. Sheryl
Very positive, patient and upbeat
My 15 year old son has been doing online tutoring with Sheryl since Nov. 2015. We are working on phonics using the Barton reading program. He has ADHD and was recently diagnosed with dyslexia. His physician recommended he have phonics training. I was not able to find anyone locally with training in the Barton program so decided to give online tutoring a try. This has worked surprisingly well. He has face to face contact with Sheryl throughout the session and using the computer helps to keep him engaged throughout the session. Sheryl is extremely patient and provides lots of positive feedback. A 9th grader with dyslexia and ADHD can be (and is) challenging to work with. Sheryl does an outstanding job of keeping him engaged and on-task. She has been very helpful outside of our sessions, providing me (mom) lots of advice and feedback . I would highly recommend her!KB, 76 lessons with Dr. Sheryl
Knowledgeable and Wonderful Tutor.
Sheryl has a great deal of knowledge in tutoring multiple grade kids based on their requirements. She worked with my 8th grade son since Aug., 2015. My son’s writing skill was poor before he worked with Sheryl. I could not imagine that on-line tutoring given by Sheryl could be this effective! My son has benefited greatly and has shown great improvement in his writing, especially he showed great improvement in writing more complicated and grammatically correct sentences. He needs lots of writing in his current English subject. I can fell he really benefits from working with Sheryl. Sheryl takes each tutoring seriously; she puts lots of time and effort in preparing each lesson. She picked up very useful resources as tutoring material. I sometimes listened to her tutoring, it is wonderful! I felt even I can benefit from her tutoring. I am very glad that I picked up her as my son’s tutor! I strongly recommend her as a tutor.Holly, 7 lessons with Dr. Sheryl
Wonderful and Patient Tutor
Working with Sheryl over the computer has not only kept the interest of my daughter as it is a different way of learning, but she has benefited greatly and continues to show improvement. We love having her as our daughter's tutor!Brianne, 42 lessons with Dr. Sheryl