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LeeAnn A.

New Orleans, LA

$49/hour

Tulane Graduate, Teach For America Alum, and LA certified teacher

Background check passed as of 10/23/15
4.9 average from 41 ratings
Awesome Lesson!
— Emily, New Orleans, LA on 8/2/16

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Tulane University
Neuroscience,Spanish
Tulane University School of Medicine
Master's

Education

Tulane University (Neuroscience,Spanish)

Tulane University School of Medicine (Master's)

About LeeAnn

MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:
As a Teacher For America Greater New Orleans alum, I’ve discovered that a student’s mindset and preparation are what divides a classroom into those that go through the motions of a straight A lesson, and those whose unrelenting drive will achieve great success. As a certified Louisiana teacher, I have a profound background in teaching students of all different learning styles and abilities, English as a Second Language students, and students with learning difficulties. I am a firm believer that you cannot expect a student to be exceptional by memorizing facts or equations. While that may help short term for a quiz, a solely memorization study technique prohibits in depth thinking and will absolutely hinder a student's success later on when they are expected to have a strong foundation in the material. Being able to critically think and develop an intuition for a subject makes the difference in college admission exams, as well as paves the way for success.

My philosophy of learning is also driven by my degrees in neuroscience, Spanish, and pre-medicine concentration at Tulane University. While simply re-hashing out key points of a lesson to a confused student makes for short-term decent test scores, that does not guarantee greater levels of understanding. Committing a lesson to long-term memory takes rehearsal and practice. Short term memory can accommodate 5-7 pieces of information at a time. After that, the information is either lost or rehearsed. Exposure to the material before class followed by subsequent studying can elevate a student’s application to be competitive in college admissions, as well as the next generation in the American work-force. In the words of a fellow teacher, "It's no longer the memorize-and-spit-back model of learning. Teaching to the Common Core standards [increased in depth knowledge and driven by high order levels of cognition] is going to give us a whole nation of better thinkers. But it requires making a shift."

METHODS:
I understand how each teacher has a separate teaching style, and sets their own learning objectives. As a tutor, it is imperative to be in contact with the student's teacher so that I can gain insight into what exactly the expected outcomes of a lesson are and what foundation of knowledge a student needs to build on to achieve these outcomes. As mentioned earlier, I believe the key to successful learning is preparation and practice. It is my goal that a student comes to class having already been introduced to the topic, and thereby can take full advantage of the lesson to build on that pre-exposure to learning objectives instead of struggling to keep up or confusion. Already, that makes two times the student is practicing for one lesson. Subsequently, reviewing the topic and homework will continue to drill objectives into long term memory. Using student products to determine next steps for instruction and enrichment is also essential to my tutoring method. I like to challenge students into viewing a subject from different perspectives in order to problem solve and gently push them outside of their comfort zone of thinking.

QUALIFICATIONS:
I am a certified Louisiana teacher in 6-12 grade mathematics and biology, and have several years of experience in a high stakes classroom. My degrees include a B.S. from Tulane University in Neuroscience and Spanish, with a pre-medical concentration. I am currently a graduate student at Tulane University's School of Medicine in a one year Master's of Pharmacology program. I have years of lab research, internships at the Children's Hospital, and clinical experience. I am very organized and focused, in undergrad I held positions such as Tidal Wave Homecoming Chair, Coordinator of a pre-orientation program called the "NOLA experience," ambassador of the University, co-founder of Timmy Global Health Tulane Chapter, and summer orientation leader.

AWARDS/RECOGNITION:
As a teacher, I held several positions and received awards including School Improvement Board member, National Honor Society Admissions Board member, one of two "Teacher Leaders" that represented my school at conferences, ACT preparation program coordinator, and student credit recovery administrator.

I have been recognized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a literacy design collaborative (LDC) module I wrote on Stem Cells, and received an invitation to the ECET2 conference sponsored by the Foundation (Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching). The new CEO, Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann, of the Gates Foundation selected my classroom from nationwide candidates to observe the impact LDC has on student learning and preparation for college.

SERVICES OFFERED:
I offer tutoring services in mathematics (middle and high school including calculus), sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, etc), and ACT Preparation. I'm also experienced in teaching reading strategies for classroom or standardized testing that use a passage and M/C question response. I also offer tutoring for the Praxis exams, the MCAT (verbal reasoning, biological sciences, sociology, psychology, biochemistry), and AP exams.

POLICIES:
I will have a prompt response to emails and I am available with short term notice, open communication with parents on how to help their student in between tutoring sessions, and I offer tutoring mainly at the various New Orleans Public Libraries, but can also make arrangements to meet the student if a different location is more convenient.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, personalized action plan of how I plan to assist a specific student's learning goals and needs, feedback, and to schedule lessons. My success as a tutor is the same as your student's successes in the classroom as it is a driven and challenging partnership to put your student in the best position with the most opportunities. I look forward to working with you and helping to go above and beyond your goals!
MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:
As a Teacher For America Greater New Orleans alum, I’ve discovered that a student’s mindset and preparation are what divides a classroom into those that go through the motions of a straight A lesson, and those whose unrelenting drive will achieve great
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of New Orleans, LA 70112
Background Check: Passed

"Awesome Lesson!"

- Emily, New Orleans, LA on 8/2/16

"Knowledgable and patient"

- Maggie, New Orleans, LA on 7/2/16

"Great tutor"

- Danielle, New Orleans, LA on 12/7/15
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Biology, Chemistry, Genetics,
Microbiology, Pharmacology,
Psychology
English:
ACT Reading
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ACT Reading, ACT Science, GRE, Praxis
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia
Business:
GRE

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT Math

I am praxis-certified to teach middle and high school math in Louisiana, and taught in a high school the past two years. I created an ACT prep program for my school and led school-wide professional development in test taking strategies.

Genetics

Genetics has remained my favorite field of biology since my first course in undergrad. More recently, I've focused into gene therapy and written a Student Learning Module on genetics and Stem Cells.

Pharmacology

I just graduated in May from Tulane University with a Master's Degree in Pharmacology. I took classes at the medical school level and am well educated in the mechanisms behind drug pharmacokinetics (absorption, bioavailability, distribution, metabolism, and excretion) as well as in anatomy and physiology.

Praxis

I'm familiar with the Praxis exams due to having recently taken mine and helping multiple other colleagues pass their own. I have taken/passed the PLT: Grades 7-12 (code: 5624), Biology: Content Knowledge (code: 5235), and Mathematics: Content Knowledge (code: 5061) for which I received the "ETS: Recognition of Excellence" by scoring in the top 15% of the population. I followed a preparation book for all three of them to break up the material and create a study schedule.

Tulane University
Neuroscience,Spanish
Tulane University School of Medicine
Master's

Education

Tulane University (Neuroscience,Spanish)

Tulane University School of Medicine (Master's)

Awesome Lesson!

First lesson was awesome. LeeAnn broke down everything piece by piece in order to make me understand the passages I was reading.

— Emily, New Orleans, LA on 8/2/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $49.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

LeeAnn will travel within 10 miles of New Orleans, LA 70112.