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Deborah P.

Skokie, IL

$75/hour

Experienced Licensed Teacher: Italian Language; English Writing Skills

4.9 average from 661 ratings
Excellent teacher
— John, Barrington, IL on 9/22/15

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The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado--Bachelor of Arts
Foreign Languages
National-Louis University, Chicago, Illinois--Master of Arts in Teaching
MEd

Education

The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado--Bachelor of Arts (Foreign Languages)

National-Louis University, Chicago, Illinois--Master of Arts in Teaching (MEd)

About Deborah

I lived in Italy for twenty-five years, and am completely fluent in Italian. I have taught Italian language and culture in two public school districts as well as privately for fifteen years. I currently teach Italian in a public middle school on weekday mornings, but am available for tutoring in the afternoon, evening, and over the weekend.

I am a licensed teacher in Illinois and possess a Master of Arts in Teaching. In addition to teaching Italian, I tutor middle school, high school, and college students needing help with their writing skills (including composition, grammar, syntax, vocabulary enrichment, and spelling, as well as writing essays, reports, short stories, prose, and poems.) I help high school students write their personal essays for their college applications.

I also offer online lessons. I find that online teaching works amazingly well, and is extremely convenient for people with busy schedules.

I love foreign languages, reading and writing. My goal is to help all of my students reach their maximum potential in an engaging, fun, and relaxed atmosphere.
I lived in Italy for twenty-five years, and am completely fluent in Italian. I have taught Italian language and culture in two public school districts as well as privately for fifteen years. I currently teach Italian in a public Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Skokie, IL 60077
Background Check: Passed

"Excellent teacher"

- John, Barrington, IL on 9/22/15

"Excellent tutor!"

- Robin, New York, NY on 9/6/15

"Very patient"

- John, Chicago, IL on 8/28/15

"Just what I needed!"

- Karl, Evanston, IL on 8/18/15

"She Rocks!"

- Terrie, Skokie, IL on 12/15/14

"Great tutor!"

- Cailin, Park Ridge, IL on 11/17/14

"Above and beyond"

- Michelle, Chicago, IL on 10/26/14

"Fantastic tutor"

- Arla, Chicago, IL on 10/23/14

"Great Tutor"

- Gloria, Chicago, IL on 9/11/14

"Great tutor. Cannot say enough good things!"

- CJ, Schaumburg, IL on 5/28/14

"Beyond my wildest expectations!"

- Mihaela, Buffalo Grove, IL on 5/7/14

"Wonderful and flexible tutor"

- Andrew, Chicago, IL on 5/4/14

"As always, Deborah points me in the right direction!"

- Maryclaire, Glencoe, IL on 4/10/14

"Lovely ESL Tutor, Teaches with Excellence"

- GABRIELA, Walpole, MA on 4/9/14

"Thank you."

- Luis, Northbrook, IL on 4/7/14

"Excellent choice for an ESL tutor"

- Ron, Chicago, IL on 2/23/14

"Amazing tutor who designs lessons around you!"

- Valerie, Oak Park, IL on 1/28/14

"Excellent!"

- William, Walpole, MA on 1/14/14

"Most accommodating and able tutor!"

- Joann, Glen Ellyn, IL on 12/8/13

"Great tutor if you are planning a trip to Italy."

- Kevin, Chicago, IL on 11/20/13

"She is terrific!! Great Tutor!!"

- Elvio, Willowbrook, IL on 7/4/13

"Great Tutor!"

- Brandi, Evanston, IL on 6/8/13

"She makes it so easy!"

- Denise, Lincolnwood, IL on 4/22/13

"Learning is a positive experience with Deborah"

- Carla, Evanston, IL on 4/17/13

"Very polite, very patient, very instructive"

- Monica, Skokie, IL on 4/13/13

"Great tutor!"

- Javier, Skokie, IL on 2/19/13

"Highly recommended!"

- Pilar, Evanston, IL on 1/15/13

"Great tutor very flexible and very patient!"

- Hannah, Chicago, IL on 9/17/12

"Reliability and expertise"

- Simone, Evanston, IL on 9/2/12

"Great tutor, very responsive"

- Karen, Glenview, IL on 3/19/12

"Great tutor who meets your needs"

- Christina, Chicago, IL on 10/17/11

"Great tutor"

- Daniel, Des Plaines, IL on 8/18/11
English:
ACT English, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
French, Italian,
Spanish, TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

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Elementary (K-6th)

I have Illinois type 03 teacher certification, which means that I am licensed to teach grades kindergarten through eighth. I have a Master of Arts in Teaching from National-Louis University. Therefore, I am highly qualified to tutor kindergarten through sixth grade, since I have been trained to teach elementary school students in all of the five content areas (reading, language arts, social studies, math, and science).

English

I love grammar and spelling, and I spend much of my spare time playing online competitive Scrabble and reading an eclectic assortment of books. Nothing pleases me more than teaching English to both native and non-native speakers, and watching them make progress in leaps and bounds.

Since grammar and spelling are often left by the wayside in our schools, I am more than happy to fill in the gaps for my students. I have taught English as a Second Language and English as a Foreign Language for a number of years. I do feel that English as a First Language is underrated. No subject is more important. Without knowing how to express oneself in proper English, how can anybody succeed in life? Excellent language arts skills are fundamental for all content areas, as well as for every profession under the sun.

ESL/ESOL

I taught English to Italian students for nine years while living in Italy. My students varied in age. I taught English as a Foreign Language to groups of elementary and middle school students. I also taught high school and college students, and adults. Some of my adult students were professionals (doctors, lawyers and engineers.) My other adult students were from all walks of life. I have been teaching English to English Language Learners of all ages in the Chicago metro area for a number of years, and to students from a wide variety of countries and demographics.

Italian

I have taught Italian for 15 years, to students of all ages. I teach grammar, conversation, writing, culture, and Italian for travel. I tailor my lessons to each student, according to his or her specific needs.

Having lived in Italy for twenty-five years, and having taught the Italian language in two public school districts for eight years and on a private basis as well, I feel that I have a great deal to offer students of all ages and at all ability levels.

Writing

It gives me great pleasure to transmit a love of writing to my students. I enjoy crafting short stories, essays, memoirs and poems. Once my students have learned the basics of proper grammar, syntax, spelling and composition, they realize what a wonderful creative outlet writing can be, in addition to being an absolute necessity for school and in the current highly-competitive job market. I teach students at all levels (elementary, middle, high school and college.)

I am also specialized in helping students write their personal essays for their college applications.

The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado--Bachelor of Arts
Foreign Languages
National-Louis University, Chicago, Illinois--Master of Arts in Teaching
MEd

Education

The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado--Bachelor of Arts (Foreign Languages)

National-Louis University, Chicago, Illinois--Master of Arts in Teaching (MEd)

Excellent teacher — I could not have selected a better tutor to learn Italian than with Debbie. The books and videos are very helpful, but in my opinion it is essential to have an experienced teacher like Debbie, who can coordinate and guide you in your speech, understanding and appreciation of this beautiful language. She also has lived in Italy for over 20 years and these life experiences enhance every lesson you h ...

— John, Barrington, IL on 9/22/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $75.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Deborah will travel within 10 miles of Skokie, IL 60077.