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Nicole D.

Mishawaka, IN

$35/hour

Licensed K-8 Teacher Specializing in Science, Literacy, & Math

In-person lessons

$35/Hour


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About Nicole

I have been a licensed elementary and middle school teacher for 8 years, and I have had the chance to work with hundreds of diverse students. I am now staying at home with my own children, but look forward to spending some time tutoring one-on-one or small group sessions. My previous experience includes teaching in a self-contained elementary classroom (all subjects) and teaching middle school science. I was led to become a teacher because of my lifelong love of reading, investigating, and learning, and also because of my desire to work with young people. I am passionate about helping students grow in self-confidence, develop real-world skills, knowledge, and wisdom, and use their gifts to made a difference in their world.

My methods and strategies will differ depending on the individual students' needs, strengths, and subject matter being taught. In general, I attempt to use the students' interests and passions in order to motivate them and challenge them to reach their next targeted level of success. I will use my knowledge of children's and young adult literature to choose appropriate and interesting reading material if necessary. I seek to use hands-on activities and manipulatives when possible, in particular for math and science, though some "paper-and-pencil" practice is sometimes helpful as well. I focus on helping students learn to succeed in the classroom, but also beyond the classroom by developing lifelong skills. I will provide periodic progress assessments and information for parents. I will communicate with your child's teacher as well if you grant me permission to do so and if he/she can spare a few moments. I have experience working with students with ADD/ADHD in particular and use various strategies to help students maximize the positive things about having ADHD while simultaneously coping with the difficult aspects. I can work on executive functioning skills and organizational habits with clients as well.

I prefer to meet in a location that will provide clients with a comfortable and safe place to focus and study, such as the public library or a coffee shop. In some circumstances, I have tutored out of my home or traveled to a client's home. Parents are always welcome to observe tutoring sessions.
I have been a licensed elementary and middle school teacher for 8 years, and I have had the chance to work with hundreds of diverse students. I am now staying at home with my own children, but look forward to spending some time tutoring one-on-one or small group sessions. My previous experience includes teaching in a self-contained elementary Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 8 miles of Mishawaka, IN 46544
In-person lessons
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, Probability, Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Genetics,
Geology, Physical Science, Physics
English:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Dyslexia,
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting,
Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ADD/ADHD

As an elementary and middle school educator I taught many students who had ADD or ADHD. I worked with those students to help them develop awareness of how their ADD may affect how they learn and to focus on the strengths of that as well as the challenges. I have undergraduate and graduate level coursework in which I learned how to effectively teach students with these challenges, and have attended conferences for educators as well specifically related to ADD, ADHD, and executive functioning.

Dyslexia

I received my teaching degree from Michigan State University. At MSU I took courses that taught me how to teach students with various needs and challenges, including students with dyslexia. Because MSU has an integrated model for special education, in every teaching course I took I had to consider how to teach students with unique needs. In my years of teaching, I have taught hundreds of kids, and that includes students with dyslexia. I worked to make accommodations, interventions, and modifications that would help them master material and be successful. On a personal note, dyslexia runs in my family, so I have seen the challenges kids (and adults) with dyslexia face.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a current Indiana State Teaching License for grades K-8. I have 8 years of teaching experience in Indiana schools; 3 years teaching 6th grade self contained, 4 years teaching 6-8th grade middle school science, and 1 year as a teacher consultant and mentor. I received my education degree from Michigan State University.

Genetics

I am a licensed middle school science teacher who has taught genetics units to middle schoolers for four years. I have college coursework in genetics.

Handwriting

In my years of teaching, I explicitly taught handwriting for four years to fifth and sixth graders. I was also the moderator and teacher of a calligraphy club, where we worked on handwriting in general and artistic writing.

Phonics

I studied elementary education in college and have an elementary teaching license. My degree and undergraduate experience included teaching phonics and phonemic awareness.

Study Skills

I have taught study skills to upper elementary and middle school students for seven years. I have included note-taking, developing meta-cognition, self-assessments, mnemonic devices, outlining, identifying important/key information from supporting details, and other skills in my lessons on developing study strategies. I taught in an inclusive classroom and taught these skills to students with special needs as well.

Michigan State University
Education
Michigan State University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Michigan State University (Education)

Michigan State University (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Nicole will travel within 8 miles of Mishawaka, IN 46544.