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Wesleyan University (Government)
Seattle University (MEd)
Hello! If you are looking for a tutor with exceptional instructional knowledge and skill, then I could be a good match for you. This is particularly true if the student needing help has struggled academically for reasons related to dyslexia, ADHD, ASD, or another condition that affects his/her learning style.
I started tutoring as a volunteer in college and quickly learned that I love helping students have fun learning and experience the satisfaction of building strong academic skills. Since graduating in 1998, I have made teaching my career. In private and public settings, I have spent the last 17 years having a wonderful time teaching English, Spanish, law & government, study skills, test prep, reading, writing, and math to students ages four to adult. I have especially enjoyed using my skills to help students who have struggled because of learning differences, such as when I taught at and managed an accredited one-on-one school in Washington State that specialized in serving students with dyslexia and other conditions affecting learning.
To help myself keep improving with my teaching skills, I earned a master's in teaching degree in 2007 at Seattle University, where I completed coursework and an internship focused on special education. In 2011, I earned prestigious certification by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards in the area of early/middle childhood literacy: reading/language arts. In 2014, I completed a 45-hour training in the Orton-Gillingham method of instructing reading to students with dyslexia, and I am currently working towards certification in that method.
My training and experience enable me to easily:
* identify where students are with their learning,
* design personalized, effective instructional plans, and
* help students to quickly gain confidence and skills, all the while
* having fun!
If this sounds like what you may be looking for, I would welcome a chance to discuss your goals and how I can help. I am confident that I can serve most students very well, and look forward to hearing from you.
*** Summer is a great time to build skills, especially for students with learning differences who experience fatigue during the school year! For Summer 2015 I will be available to tutor July 7th-August 12th. I have a great deal of flexibility and will offer a lower rate to clients who can be available at particular times and locations. Please contact me for details or just to discuss your/your child's situation. ***
*** I am out of the country with limited Internet access from June 20-July 6th. *** Hello! If you are looking for a tutor with exceptional instructional knowledge and skill, then I could be a good match for you. This is particularly true if the student needing help has struggled academically for reasons related to dyslexia, Read more
A free initial consultation is available to all students. This helps me design the best possible program for each student prior to the first instructional session, to make the most of every paid hour!
Our daughter has had a great experience with Anna and has improved tremendously. Anna is very thoughtful and thorough and has made the sessions enjoyable.
Anna has been working with our daughter for the past two school years and we are so lucky to have met her. Beginning with the first introductory meeting, we were confident she would be an excellent fit. Anna has significant experience working with children with learning style differences and ADHD. Going into 6th grade, our daughter was struggling with math and continuing to lose confidence in her abilities. However, Anna restored her interest, diffused her frustrations, and made a true connection with her. Our daughter learns visually and kinesthetically - and does not thrive in an auditory teaching environment. Anna really gets our daughter - especially how she learns best and handles her tutoring sessions accordingly. I distinctly remember one of the earlier tutoring sessions where Anna taught our daughter a color coding system and various organizational tips to assist her. (including using graph paper to help with alignment of math problems) These helpful tips were taped up on her bedroom wall above her desk and used for future reference. Our daughter is convinced that she has learned all her math content from Anna.
Anna is organized, patient, flexible, and an excellent communicator. She works with the family to establish annual goals, provides feedback after each tutoring session, and takes great pride in the improvement of her students. Not only does Anna help with math homework - but on a few occasions our daughter expressed frustration with her science homework. With my daughter's well-being as priority, Anna instead assisted with science homework.
Other times Anna has motivated and challenged her by working with the SAT prep book - making her feel special and boosting her confidence. The tangible results of Anna's tutoring is reflected in our daughter's continuous improving grades. This year achieving an A- which is a dramatic improvement from prior years.
We are very thankful and appreciative of Anna's support and highly recommend her.
Our son wasn't thrilled about spending time on Saturday's with a Spanish tutor, but he has really enjoyed his lessons with Anna. She really understands how he learns and how where he needs to focus to be prepared for a school change next year. We are very lucky to have her and would highly recommend her.
Anna is a patient encouraging teacher who is excellent at helping students efficiently find the big picture in convoluted essays. She helped me bump up my reading speed so that I could quickly get through any piece of complicated writing while understanding the main points.
Anna is a wonderful tutor. I'm very pleased with the improvement in my daughter's reading and writing. Anna has been thorough, organized, reliable, extremely well informed, prepared for each session, encouraging, responsive, proactive, accommodating and worth every penny. Anna has exceeded my expectations and exceeded my requirements. She is an utter professional. My daughter really likes her and although it's hard work she looks forward to Anna's visits.
Anna is very organized, prepared and with excellent skills for dealing with students and helping them with their struggles. She is a great support to my daughter, helping her to develop much better study habits. We are very happy, great decision.
Anna is a very knowledgeable teacher and loves kids. She is patient, kind, and an expert teacher. I feel so lucky to have found her here on WyzAnt!
When I first looked into tutoring I had no confidence and I loathed even thinking about taking the LSAT. From the beginning Anna made it really clear on our goals and has been so helpful. She is unbelievably patient and has such a love for teaching that she has made this whole process 100% less painful than I thought it would be. She goes above and beyond to make sure that I understand each lesson. Anna has made her self accessible at any hour of the day for homework help. She's also very flexible and easy going when it comes to scheduling lessons. I am so lucky to have her help through this difficult process. I would recommend her to anyone who is looking for a tutor!
I just wanted to add to my review now that I have taken the LSAT. Anna helped me up until the date of test and boosted my confidence. I went in on test day feeling a lot less anxious and ready to tackle the exam head on. All of the tips and guidance she had given me really helped me keep my head on while I was taking the test. Without any hesitation I would recommend Anna to anyone who is looking for assistance with any kind of academic obstacle. She is truly an intelligent and personable tutor and made my experience a very pleasant one!
We're just in week three of our math lessons for our daughter (third grade) with Anna, and we've already seen a marked improvement in our daughter's number sense, ability to make meaning of and appreciate the inter-connectivity between operations such as multiplication and addition. Looking forward to many more sessions with Anna!
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I learned about teaching students with ADD/ADHD from university classes that I took as part of my Master in Teaching program at Seattle University, including Teaching Students with Learning Disorders (Grade: A) and Practicum: Special Education (Grade: A), as well as my student teaching internship in an elementary school Special Education Resource Room (Grade: A). The knowledge I built was confirmed by my passing score on the Education of Exceptional Students PRAXIS test (used to license special educators in Washington State). I have also gained insight into helping students with AD/HD from significant self-study, via numerous articles and such books as Driven to Distraction, Answers to Distraction, and Learning Outside the Lines. Most importantly, I have built understanding of AD/HD and skills in helping students with the condition via working closely with dozens of students with AD/HD -- and their families -- in public and private classroom and tutoring settings over the past 13 years.
I received formal training in dyslexia while earning my graduate teaching degree, in classes such as Teaching Students with Learning Disorders (grade: A), and through my student teaching internship in a special education resource room (grade: A). I built more knowledge about dyslexia and effective interventions through many trainings and conferences on dyslexia that I attended while managing and teaching at an accredited one-on-one school in WA state (Dartmoor School) that specializes in reading disability, and through extensive self-study. In fall of 2014, I added to my knowledge by completing a 45-hour training in the Orton-Gillingham method of teaching students with dyslexia, and I am currently working towards certification in that method. But I have learned the most about the condition and how to manage it from the dozens of families and individuals with dyslexia with whom I have had the pleasure to work closely over the past 15 years. Each child is different, and each child with dyslexia is different, but I am confident that I have the skills and resources to help.
I am a licensed elementary-school teacher in Washington State (K-8) and Massachusetts (1-6). I also hold National Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in the area of English Language Arts: Early/Middle Childhood (K-6). I ran elementary classrooms full-time for five years, and I was a finalist for the Highline School District (WA) Teacher of the Year award for 2008-2009. I have also gained experience in teaching elementary-age children through teaching summer school, running an after-school program, and tutoring dozens of elementary-school students one-on-one in private and public settings.
I first became fluent in Spanish while living in Argentina as a child. I strengthened my skills by taking classes and studying in Spain while in college. Since then, I have deepened my knowledge further through working in jobs where Spanish has been critical to my duties, such as running elementary ELL classes in high-immigrant areas where I communicated with parents in Spanish, wrote Spanish report cards, and interpreted and translated documents for colleagues. As for teaching the language to others, I taught high-school Spanish full-time for two years, and I've tutored Spanish privately for several years. I have a license to teach Spanish in the state of Massachusetts. I have had a great time over the years helping others learn Spanish, and I welcome the opportunity to help new students to build this fun and useful skill.
As you can read in my profile, I have been teaching in a variety of private and public settings for over fifteen years. In that time I've worked with countless students from elementary to college level to help them to become better students. Each student's needs are different, and I create individualized instructional plans for all of my tutoring students. But here is a list of some of the skills I have helped students build on the way to meeting their academic goals:
Time management/discipline/organization/ memory: Using a planner; developing habits of checking and writing down assignments; creating dedicated, well-chosen places for important items; breaking large tasks into steps and estimating and mapping out the timing of these steps; and creating and following effective systems for managing papers.
Making use of resources: Knowing how and when to approach teachers, teachers' aides, tutors, relatives, and friends for what kind of academic assistance; becoming aware of and using helpful apps and websites.
Efficiently absorbing and communicating knowledge: Actively reading and taking notes (applying critical thinking, processing, and organization skills); making genuine use of pre-writing tools like webs and outlines; using color and other visual tools to improve understanding and retention.
Smart studying: Involving multiple senses in memorization work; optimizing the study environment (location, timing, stimulation, etc.); breaking material up and focusing on smaller, more manageable pieces at a time.
All of this is helped by heavy doses of encouragement; by identifying, tracking, and celebrating tangible progress towards goals; and by constant subtle and/or explicit reminders of why the work at hand is, in fact, worth doing (which it invariably is).
I have enjoyed this work a great deal and look forward to applying my experience to help new study skills students!
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