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Debbee B.

Lexington, KY

$50/hour

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William Woods University/Maryville University
French Elem. Educ.
University of Cincinnati
Master's

Education

William Woods University/Maryville University (French Elem. Educ.)

University of Cincinnati (Master's)

About Debbee

Individualize...Personalize...Aggrandize...YOUR RESULTS

"You" are the center of my work. My hour with you is "your time" to be actively engaged in order to achieve your goal (your parents' goal.)

I have taught everything from Elementary through 12th grade High School and (adjunct) University level at Kentucky State. I have three degrees (MA, French; BS, Elementary Education; and BA, French.) And, I have loved every level as my favorite at the time. I was on the Dean's List for Elementary Education at Maryville University, St. Louis. I was the first Foreign Exchange student from William Woods University, Fulton, MO, chosen by the (then) College President, in a competition. His reason he gave was that "Debbee is a survivor." Notice that he did not say I was the most intellectual in the competition?

I love what I do, so I pour individual ideas into it. I led several international trips to France, Southern France, and the Spanish-French Caribbean, and personally wrote the entire itineraries. I use some Business French in my preparations, since I have worked for two French companies, Aerospatiale, Toulouse, France and GE/SNECMA in their 30+ year aircraft manufacturing contract.

In tutoring I use the 3 R's: reading, writing, and role play, often in the target language. As we enjoy what we do, we become really good at it.

As a native to Cincinnati, currently living in KY, I am happy to come to Cincinnati to tutor for $50./hour to compensate for gas. Otherwise, we could do lessons using the virtual whiteboard, video chat, and desktop sharing provided by WyzAnt for $40./hour.

Donnez-moi un coup de fil, s'il vous plait. (Please give me a call.)

Debbee
Individualize...Personalize...Aggrandize...YOUR RESULTS

"You" are the center of my work. My hour with you is "your time" to be actively engaged in order to achieve your goal (your parents' goal.)

I have taught everything from Elementary through 12th grade High School and (adjunct) University level at Kentucky State. I have
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Policies
Cancellation
8 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Lexington, KY 40507
In-person lessons
English:
ACT Reading, English,
Grammar,
Proofreading,
Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading
Language:
French,
Spanish,
Speech
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar,
Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Elementary (K-6th)

I hold a BS in Elementary Education from Maryville College, 1976. I was on the Dean's List as I pursued this degree. Thereafter, I taught fifth grade one year, and first grade two years. Additionally, I have taught Elementary French, grades 4-6 at a private school. My tutoring style is proactive, learning by application rather than rote. I am known as highly individualized and creative.

English

At William Woods University, Fulton, I was an English Minor, and participated in Advanced Placement classes. In fact, I tutored for the Administration in both English/French throughout my college years. As a Senior, after my Junior year as a Foreign Exchange in Grenoble, France, I participated with a team selected by the Administration writing/directing a play which was performed for visiting Alumnae, Spring, 1969. In English, I have strength in grammar, spelling, phonics, vocabulary and creative writing. Most of all, I really find joy in working one-to-one with students!

French

I was a Foreign Exchange student at l'Universite de Grenoble, France. Thereafter, I worked for two French companies: Aerospatiale, Toulouse and GE (Aircraft Engine Group, Cincinnati) in a 30+ year manufacturing relationship with SNECMA. I have been a Technical Investigations Administrator, also charged with French translation duties for engineering and avionics systems. I have taught French in elementary, middle school, high school and (adjunct) University levels. Many of my Advanced Placement students scored so well on the A/P exam, they received a college credit in advance of admission!

Grammar

Traditional grammar structure is the foundation of everything built upon it. My Pastor's wife taught us for clear understanding and usage; yes, we diagrammed sentences, too! What followed was grammatical wisdom.

Synthetic adaptations from manufacturing or business; dialectical buzzwords from music or local gangs; even oversights in common ads are easy to spot in written or oral form when a person knows his/her native grammar.

Phonics

Phonics was an integral component of the Elementary Education degree I received in 1976 (Dean's List) from Maryville College. I used Phonics in my student teaching as well as in my First Grade class (two years' experience.)
Using charts, fingers, and rhymes, the students and I sound out consonant blends, rhyming sounds, and alliteration, which the learner is (over a period of time) able to shift into a one-word grouping. Then comes the "Ah-ha" experience! He/she understands the word meaning he has just phonetically decoded!!

Proofreading

I have been proofreading poetry, term papers and essays for myself and others all of my life! A key in the process is "consciousness of your audience." Implicit to the process is a sure understanding of the grammar and modern application of the language you are employing. The old saying, "It's not so much what you say, but how you say it," hold true. This requires both preparation and proofreading, the warp and woof of the piece.

Reading

My Reading approach is three-pronged. First, I create a Phonics based sounding out program. We consider everything for example, what the letter says (the single sound it makes;) what consonant blends say (what they sound like.) We progress by role play using songs, rhymes, games geared for vocabulary. This is "applied knowledge" of Reading as we progress up Maslow's hierarchy of development. The third prong is Knowledge Extension, and requires us to interact with the environment (nature, inanimate objects, or other living beings, pet or human. This gives us understanding of what we are doing. The concepts are reinforced by doing activities.

Spanish

!Hola! I have studied Spanish at the University of Kentucky and William Woods University. Currently, I enjoy speaking Spanish with those who work on my organic vegetable farm, Honeysuckle Farm.

¬°Felicidad es la vida!

Writing

First, I would like to give credit to my elementary grammar/composition teacher, she laid a strong, correct foundation in English. Recreationally I wrote poetry and composition throughout my youth.

As a student at William Woods, I team-wrote a play about the school which was performed for the alumnae. When I taught fifth grade I rewrote a narrative poem in dramatic form. The students performed it as a puppet show for parents. As a middle school teacher I wrote a play, "Piggy Court," (the pig was our mascot) which was presented to the community. Lastly, as a high school teacher/tour guide, each foreign trip we took was created personally by me.

In summation, I believe composition in any form is a vehicle used to extend and amplify our environment and social network. It causes us to think from diverse perspectives!

William Woods University/Maryville University
French Elem. Educ.
University of Cincinnati
Master's

Education

William Woods University/Maryville University (French Elem. Educ.)

University of Cincinnati (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

Debbee will travel within 40 miles of Lexington, KY 40507.