Over 300 tutoring hours

Amy W.

Franklin, MA

$60/hr

Expert Help for Struggling Readers

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Exceeds expectations and anticipates interests
— Jessica, Hopkinton, MA on 7/9/15

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University of Michigan
Special Education
Harvard Graduate School of Education
MEd

Education

University of Michigan (Special Education)

Harvard Graduate School of Education (MEd)

About Amy

I have over twenty years of experience teaching reading and language skills to children. I enjoy one-to-one tutoring because it is ideally suited to provide individual attention and the diagnostic-prescriptive approach for learning disabled students. I develop a tutoring plan specific to their needs, provide instruction with built-in assessment, and continually modify my instructional plans as progress is made or better approaches are found. I find that learning disabled students require explicit instruction, not just exposure or independent practice which is often all they receive in some classroom settings. While I have used a variety of techniques to teach reading, most often I have found that reading disabled students require explicit phonics instruction using a multisensory approach (such as the Wilson Reading System) to help reinforce sound/symbol associations, help applying this knowledge to decoding and spelling, and practice reading both controlled and more natural text. In addition, I like to teach students strategies to make them more independent in order to improve classroom, test-taking, and homework performance. Furthermore, I feel it is important to help the learning disabled student experience success. Success boosts their oftentimes flagging self esteem and enables them to take the risks necessary to learn. Finally, a love of learning and reading is important to foster since learning disabled students often find studying and reading laborious and unpleasant tasks. I try to foster this appreciation through tapping into each student’s interests, using quality children’s literature and real life materials, and building in success. I have over twenty years of experience teaching reading and language skills to children. I enjoy one-to-one tutoring because it is ideally suited to provide individual attention and the diagnostic-prescriptive approach for learning Read more

Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 8 miles of Franklin, MA 02038
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Exceeds expectations and anticipates interests"

- Jessica, Hopkinton, MA on 7/9/15

"We just started working with Amy for my son Ryan-- she has been excellent so far!"

- Bob , Norfolk, MA on 7/30/15

"My Son Actually Looks Forward to Her!"

- Tina, Norfolk, MA on 10/30/14

"A Great Experience!"

- Sarra, Medway, MA on 7/23/14
English:
Reading
Special Needs:
Dyslexia,
Phonics

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Dyslexia

Master's degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education in Reading, Language, and Learning Disabilities. Experience in clinical settings and private practice working with dyslexic students

Elementary (K-6th)

My bachelor's degree in special education included elementary education as part of the coursework and practicums. I student-taught in a 5th grade classroom. My master's degree in reading also included elementary education curriculum. I have experience tutoring many students in reading, math, and writing at the elementary level.

Elementary Math

My undergraduate degree in special education included coursework in teaching elementary math. I have experience teaching and testing math skills for grades K through 9. I have also worked with many learning disabled students who specifically struggled in math.

Phonics

Experienced in multisensory phonics-based reading programs, such as the Wilson Reading System.

Reading

I use a multisensory approach to reading to help students learn to decode along with coaching and practice to improve their fluency. Reading comprehension is always a focus. I have training and materials from the Wilson Reading System.

Spelling

Effective spelling instruction begins with teaching phonemic awareness and how to apply the phonemic code to unknown words. I also teach spelling by word patterns and ways to remember the "tricky" words.

University of Michigan
Special Education
Harvard Graduate School of Education
MEd

Education

University of Michigan (Special Education)

Harvard Graduate School of Education (MEd)

Exceeds expectations and anticipates interests — Amy is always very prepared for each session and is thinking forward to an assignment for the next. Since many of my daughter's struggles are vision related, fatigue can be an issue. She listens to my daughter very carefully and goes out of her way to find materials on topics that interest her, keeping her engaged for the whole lesson. So often, we are surprised by Amy's "perfect" choices. It's a ...

— Jessica, Hopkinton, MA on 7/9/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Amy will travel within 8 miles of Franklin, MA 02038.

Background Check Status for Amy W.

Amy W. passed a background check on 1/7/14. The check was ordered by Amy through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

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