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Susan H.

Orland Park, IL


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— Jophia, Oak Forest, IL on 11/22/12

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Northern Ill. University
Lewis University


Northern Ill. University

Lewis University (Master's)

About Susan

I have extensive teaching experience including eight years of elementary classroom teaching. Also, my experience includes seven years of teaching English as a Second Language to adults, three years of teaching English Language Learners in an elementary district, and tutoring both adults and children in reading, language arts, math grades 1-4, and English as a Second Language.

I do a thorough assessment of each learner to develop individualized goals and plans for each student. With proper identification of skills that need work, I am able to employ specific reading strategies and best practices. Differentiation and scaffolding are integral parts of the tutoring. Throughout the process, there is ongoing progress monitoring. Thus, the student is able to grow in ability as well as self confidence in as short a period of time as possible. Of course, positive reinforcement is extensively used. Also, communication with the parent of the student is important in the process.

I am very passionate about my profession and have had many success stories. References are available.
I have extensive teaching experience including eight years of elementary classroom teaching. Also, my experience includes seven years of teaching English as a Second Language to adults, three years of teaching English Language Read more

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Travels within 15 miles of Orland Park, IL 60467
In-person lessons

"Good Tutor"

- Jophia, Oak Forest, IL on 11/22/12
Susan replied on 11/23/2012

Thank you, Jophia for the very positive comments. I am mystified, then, as to why you decided to stop tutoring. I was looking forward to continuing to help you. You are a very good candidate to pass the TOEFL with some extra practice in Speaking and Writing. Good luck to you; let me know what happens. I hope that you and your family enjoyed a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Elementary Math
Art History, Drawing
Test Preparation:
Social Studies
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Grammar,
Study Skills, Vocabulary

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Elementary (K-6th)

I received a B.S. in elementary education from Northern Ill. University. I have a current 03 teaching certificate. I am highly qualified K-8, English, Reading and Language Arts. I also have an ESL approval on my teaching certificate and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.

I have taught fourth grade for eight years, as well as ELL grades K-5 for 2 1/2 years. I have tutored both elementary and adult students in reading, math grades 1-4, and English as a Second Language.


I have a strong background in English. I have extensive experience teaching language arts to elementary students. Also, I have taught English as a Second Language to both elementary and adult students.


I have the ESL approval, which is 18 graduate credit hours, on my elementary 03 certificate. This approval consists of coursework in ESL teaching methods, assessment, linguistics, culture, theory and practice. I have knowledge of polite Spanish.

I taught ELLs in an elementary district for 2 1/2 years in a TPI program grades K-5 at several different schools. During this time, I communicated with parents of my ELL students through conferencing and phone calls. With our ELL team, I put together and conducted workshops for the parents of ELLs as well as teachers and administrators in our district to explain the theory of ESL and how it worked. In addition, I administered the WIDA tests for placement of our ELL students. Of course, conferencing with the ELLs' classroom teacher(s) was always paramount.
Prior to that, I taught ADULT ESL for 7 years both in the classroom and workplace at all levels, including TOEFL test prep.
I have also tutored ESL students, both children and adults.


I have extensive experience teaching language arts at the elementary level. I have also taught English as a Second Language to elementary and adult students. In addition, I have tutored grammar successfully to both children and adults.

I employ best practices and use creative techniques. Some of these include games, phonics interventions such as Fundations, and technology.


I possess a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, plus a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction. I am highly qualified in English, Reading and Language Arts. Phonics is an integral part of teaching reading, which is my strong suit. There are many ways that phonics can be made interesting to the student: through computerized games and activities, visual aids, and rewards.
I am familiar with the Wilson Reading Program and have had much success teaching/tutoring students in this program, particularly "Fundations."
My students have shown much progress in their knowledge of phonics and language arts as evidenced through gains in standardized test scores.


I have taken several courses in my teacher training on teaching reading. I have also kept abreast of the latest developments in teaching reading, such as differentiation and scaffolding. I am familiar with RTI and Wilson Reading, among other new advances in teaching reading.

Social Studies

I taught social studies as part of an elementary curriculum for over 10 years. Also, I taught an adult ESL class called "The American Dream" which consisted of teaching American consumerism and economics. I have also tutored elementary students in social studies. I find that many students have trouble in this interesting area because the textbook is above their reading level. If we read it together and discuss, it becomes more understandable. Also, many other creative techniques can be employed to make this subject unforgettable! For instance: time lines, pictures, role playing, games to review vocabulary, etc. It can be a fascinating subject.


I have always excelled at spelling. I love teaching language arts. I feel that spelling should be taught in context. It is fun to play games to teach spelling. Also, showing students how words are related to each other helps them to spell (e.g.,"animal" and "animation").


I have taught TOEFL prep. I feel that my students made much progress through using the TOEFL prep manual with my guidance. It is so important to not only learn how to SPEAK English, but how to Listen, Read, and Write English. This is the backbone of any good ESL program. The TOEFL is an excellent tool to improve all four aspects of the English language for the student.


Vocabulary is part of Language Arts, which is my strong suit. Vocabulary should be learned in context. Before reading a selection, a student should be familiar with the new vocabulary words. Then, games and/or worksheets can be used to reinforce the new vocabulary words.


My strong suit is teaching language arts, of which writing is a part. I have taught writing from the very basics (kindergarten) through advanced (essays, research papers).

Writing is an extension of speech. Technology can be used to help the student listen to his/her own speech. When the student can speak in complete sentences correctly, then he/she can be encouraged to write it down. At the primary elementary level, the language experience approach is used, in which the teacher records the student's speech.

At an advanced level, the student must be taught organizational strategies to write essays, etc. I have helped adults to learn how to write essays to pass the Compass and TOEFL exams.

Northern Ill. University
Lewis University


Northern Ill. University

Lewis University (Master's)

Good Tutor — She is a very good teacher, very patient and sincere, good tutor for ESL students. She looks forward to meeting students needs. It is easy to reach her by phone. ...

— Jophia, Oak Forest, IL on 11/22/12

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Susan will travel within 15 miles of Orland Park, IL 60467.