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Rebekah N.

Wilmore, KY

$30/hour

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Background check passed as of 2/19/14
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Cornell University
B.A.
San Francisco State University (SFSU)
Graduate Coursework

Education

Cornell University (B.A.)

San Francisco State University (SFSU) (Graduate Coursework)

About Rebekah

I have 16 years teaching experience, which indicates how much I enjoy it! My specialties are anything reading/language arts-related for grades K-8, but I enjoy tutoring most subjects. I also speak, read, and write Spanish fluently, and have several years experience teaching it. If you've always wanted to learn Spanish, but never retain what is taught in the classroom, you should give me a try - I use an innovative methodology called TPRS, which is fun, efficient, and effective.

I am especially interested in finding a small group of people who want to learn Spanish together (perhaps for an upcoming mission trip or vacation). I am willing to negotiate a special rate to make it work for your group.

How well am I qualified to teach? Well... I've taught in public schools, private schools, and homeschool coops. I've taught in 3 states and in Costa Rica. I've taught in classrooms and under tin roof shelters during tropical rainstorms. I've taught 1, 2, and even 3 grades at a time. I successfully taught a Spanish class for ages 10 - adult. I taught Spanish and English to an Indian child who spoke only Hindi at home and had just one year of schooling - in Arabic. I worked with a variety of children with special needs. In short, my experience is very broad and my determination is strong. If you want to succeed and are willing to work at it, I will move the mountain to help you succeed.

What does it mean for you to be successful? It's more than just passing the test (although that's quite important, too!) My goal is not just to help you score well on tests and assignments, but also to become a more efficient, effective learner. We live in a fast-paced world, and wisely we look for ways to make the most of our time. I will help ensure that you get the most out of your learning and study time.
I have 16 years teaching experience, which indicates how much I enjoy it! My specialties are anything reading/language arts-related for grades K-8, but I enjoy tutoring most subjects. I also speak, read, and write Spanish fluently, and have several years experience teaching it. If you've always wanted to learn Spanish, but never retain what is Read more

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Group rates: 2 students: $20/hour; 3 students: $15/hour; 4 students: $12/hour If you have a group larger than 4, contact me about special pricing based on location, duration, and subject!

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Travels within 18 miles of Wilmore, KY 40390
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"Great Tutor"

- Michael, Lexington, KY on 1/20/15

"Amazing patience!"

- Madeline, Wilmore, KY on 4/17/14

"Great experience!!"

- Leigh, Danville, KY on 2/21/14

"Very Creative"

- David, Wilmore, KY on 5/17/13

"The Best Spanish Teacher"

- Karen, Versailles, KY on 8/29/12
Math:
Elementary Math,
Prealgebra
Science:
Biology
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, ASVAB,
GED,
GRE, Praxis,
SAT Reading
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish
History:
American History, Geography
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science,
Grammar,
Phonics, Reading,
Spelling,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
GRE

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.

ACT English

My ACT scores were high enough that New Mexico State University offered me almost sophomore standing as an entering freshman! I chose Cornell University over New Mexico State University, and that turned out to be a good choice. I'd like to help you and your family have more choices in where you attend college, as well.

ASVAB

I took the ASVAB years ago, and according to the recruiter, my scores qualified me to be "anything except a truck driver or a cook." What a blow to my culinary ambitions! As with so many other employers, it is also true with the military: "you never get a second chance to make a good impression!" Why not make sure your first impression is incredible? I'll work with you not only on covering the basic skills tested on the ASVAB, but also on test-taking strategies, so that you'll make the most of this opportunity.

Elementary (K-6th)

I was certified by the State of California to teach multiple subjects, grades K-8, in self-contained classrooms. My preparation for this certification included 2 years teaching for the U.S. Peace Corps in Costa Rica, where I taught math, English, Spanish, and social studies to children and adults in 3 different communities. Upon returning to the U.S. I enrolled in a graduate education program at San Francisco State University, where I completed 34 credits, including reading methods, U.S. Constitution, special education, health education, educational technology, and other graduate level education courses. I passed the CBEST and the Praxis II multiple subjects exam to certify my core knowledge of reading, language arts, math, health, physical education, science, and social studies. This qualified me for a 5-year teaching credential in the State of California. I also received my BCLAD (bilingual cross-cultural language and academic development) certification, which required passing 6 exams and certified me as qualified to teach English language learners. I did not submit the paperwork to renew my credential when it expired in 2001 because I was getting married, moving out of state, and wanted to leave the public school teaching field. However, I have continued to keep my skills sharp, first as a reading specialist at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland, and then over the years as a Spanish teacher in home-school coops, and currently as a Classical Conversations tutor, where I teach math, history, geography, Latin, science, art, music, and Bible to a class of 9 children each week. Why not let my 17 years of experience work for you?

Elementary Math

As a former elementary school teacher and current mom of elementary aged children, I know what math needs to be taught, AND I know how to teach it. The drawback to a classroom is that a teacher may not be able to customize instruction to your child's needs, or simply may not have adequate time to figure out how your child learns best. I will work to find the instructional method that works for your child, and get her on the road to success in math.

Elementary Science

The core of any elementary science program should be an introduction to the scientific method. This we accomplish, whenever possible, by active learning: experimentation! Textbooks are useful things, and they have their place, but doing and experiencing are the ways to cement knowledge into your child's brain. Let me put my resources to work for you and your family, and help your child discover the joy of science.

English

Currently I direct the Challenge B program for Classical Conversations in Jessamine County. This program uses the Circe Institute's "Lost Tools of Writing" curriculum, a rigorous and thorough grounding in the art and science of writing. We also include discussions of quality literature (one book per three weeks).

ESL/ESOL

My experience in ESL/ESOL began with 2 years teaching English as a foreign language (speaking, reading, writing, and listening) to youth through adults in Costa Rica. Since returning to the U.S. I have been involved intermittently on a volunteer basis with different ESL/ESOL initiatives, most recently helping teach a class at my church, and working with the ESL class for international spouses at Asbury Theological Seminary.

GED

Congratulations on your decision to work toward your GED! It's a tough exam - tougher than some high school graduation requirements - but I can help you achieve your goal. I currently tutor a GED student privately, so I'm familiar with the structure of the exam as well as the content. Remember that the GED changes in January of 2014 - trigonometry is being added to the test - so why not give your best effort now, and get your GED in 2013?

Geography

In just about 1.5 hours each week, I've taught my elementary age children the following this year: all US states and capitals, U.S. rivers, mountain ranges, significant peaks, deserts, tribal areas, terrains, pioneer trails, Great Lakes, and much more. Geography can be fun and even easy when you are singing, drawing, and playing with it! It's a beautiful thing, to know your world - I can help show it to you.

Grammar

Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, get your adverbs here! When I was a kid, we all learned our grammar in the classroom, but School House Rock videos on Saturday morning made us remember it! My study of Spanish further cemented my grammar skills, and I currently teach grammar on a weekly basis as a Classical Conversations tutor. I think grammar can be fun, and I'd like to make it fun for you, too.

Praxis

I was a California certified teacher for grades k-3 from 1996 - 2000. In order to get certification, I had to pass the CBEST (similar to the PRAXIS I) and then to get my certification cleared I had to pass the MSAT (multiple skills assessment test) which consisted of 2 hours of multiple choice and 3 hours of constructed response essays in the areas of math, reading, social studies, p.e., history, language arts, etc. These were the precursors, I believe, to the PRAXIS exam used currently. In addition, I have already successfully tutored people through Wyzant for the PRAXIS exam.

Reading

Whether you are a very young student just learning to read, or an older student who needs to boost your skills to be successful in high school or college, I have the experience to help you. I've worked with both children and young adults to improve reading and comprehension skills.

For younger students, my goal is to make each child believe in himself as a successful reader. Once a child sees him/herself as a reader, progress in lessons speeds up dramatically. My approach draws from solid phonics instruction and whole language techniques, customized to how your child learns best.

For older students, we can work on reading within the context of your other coursework. I will work with you on topics like identifying the main idea, details, paraphrasing, summarizing, drawing inferences and conclusions - in short, all those skills you will need to be successful in every other subject in school.

Spanish

I started my formal study of Spanish in high school and college, but my fluency came through 2 years of living in a small village in Costa Rica, where I taught Spanish language arts as well as English as a Foreign Language. Returning to the U.S., I worked for 4 years as a certified bilingual teacher in California. After moving to Maryland, I began teaching Spanish in home school cooperatives, and it was during this time that I discovered a wonderful methodology called TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) developed by Blaine Ray. If you were that person who sat in your foreign language class all year and got OK grades but still couldn't speak the language, TPRS is the methodology you HAVE to try! It's very interactive, very participatory, and I can tailor it to your needs. If you have trouble with a Spanish class, I can incorporate your class material in my lessons. If you want to learn Spanish for a particular purpose (to communicate with employees, or to prepare for a mission trip, for instance) I can prepare lessons that target your needs. Discounts offered for multiple students or families.

Spelling

In May of 1983 I was meeting President Jimmy Carter in the Rose Garden at the White House...as a participant in the National Scripps-Howard spelling bee. I happen to be an excellent speller. I see it once, and most of the time, it sticks. That's not true for most people, and I know it. A really good speller knows about prefixes, suffixes, roots, phonics, spelling patterns, and exceptions. A good speller understands how to efficiently learn new words (it's not only by copying them 20 times each, although that sometimes works!) I can help you to become a better speller - and that means you'll be a better student, a better writer, a better communicator, and a happier person.

Study Skills

From 2001 - 2003, I worked as a Reading Specialist at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, MD. My courses were essentially remedial reading courses for students entering community college at a 5th - 9th grade reading level. I often worked with students in the areas of time management, appropriate use of a dictionary, note taking, and summarizing. Each of my students was also required to take a learning styles inventory and, with assistance as necessary, develop a list of learning strategies that fit their learning style.

Writing

As an undergraduate and later as a graduate student, I wrote dozens of papers on topics ranging from analysis of educational research to 2nd century Sri Lankan meditations. My command of English grammar and spelling is excellent, and my studies in Spanish and Nepali give me an edge when working with English language learners.
In addition to considerable practice writing papers and essays, I also have editing experience in both academic and professional settings. I edited graduate level papers for my husband for 4 years, and prior to that, I performed editorial reviews of work plans and project reports for TetraTech Environmental Management firm in San Francisco.
Finally, as an alumnus of the Telluride Association, an educational non-profit based in Ithaca, NY, I gained valuable experience reading and evaluating hundreds of essays written by talented high school juniors seeking admission into the select Telluride Association Summer Programs.
Whether you seek assistance with writing, editing, organizing, or just strengthening what you've already written, I have the depth and breadth of experience to help you.

Cornell University
B.A.
San Francisco State University (SFSU)
Graduate Coursework

Education

Cornell University (B.A.)

San Francisco State University (SFSU) (Graduate Coursework)

Great Tutor

She is very knowledgeable in mathematics which is what I needed help in. I would recommend her for anyone needing assistance in math.

— Michael, Lexington, KY on 1/20/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Group rates: 2 students: $20/hour; 3 students: $15/hour; 4 students: $12/hour If you have a group larger than 4, contact me about special pricing based on location, duration, and subject!

Travel policy

Rebekah will travel within 18 miles of Wilmore, KY 40390.