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Elizabeth S.

Leverett, MA

$45/hour

Exceptional Tutor for all levels of Reading, Math and Writing

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$45/Hour


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University of Massachusetts Amherst
environmental educat
UMass Amherst
MEd

Education

University of Massachusetts Amherst (environmental educat)

UMass Amherst (MEd)

About Elizabeth

I have been tutoring for six years after receiving my masters in education. I work as a learning specialist in an elementary school as well as independently and I love my work supporting students to become proud and successful in their work. I have been a preschool educator for over 20 years and returned to school to get my masters in special education because I wanted to work with individuals on their specific needs. I am Certified in the Orton Gillingham Approach to reading and writing. I am a flexible and patient teacher with a keen sensitivity to the many individual needs involved with all aspects of learning. I know that everyone can meet their highest potential, and my main objective is supporting students in meeting their goal. I work in the subjects of reading, writing, and math.
I am a mother of three children, and in my free time you might find me hiking with my dogs, playing by the water, gardening, reading, harvesting firewood, cooking, playing my guitar, saving animals, or hanging out with friends and family.

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I have been tutoring for six years after receiving my masters in education. I work as a learning specialist in an elementary school as well as independently and I love my work supporting students to become proud and successful in their work. I have been a preschool educator for over 20 years and returned to school to get my masters in special Read more

Policies
Cancellation
5 hours notice required

I will consider a sliding scale on my hourly rate if you have financial constraints.

Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Leverett, MA 01054
In-person lessons
English:
Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Special Needs:
Dyslexia,
Phonics,
Special Needs

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.

Dyslexia

I am trained in the Orton Gillingham Approach which deals directly with the struggles and needs of people with dyslexia. Dyslexia can be mild, moderate or severe, but in any case, it is often necessary to address any learning issues that are being affected by it. The Orton Gillingham Approach is a direct and individualized, research based approach to supporting students in reading, writing and spelling. I love it and have found it to turn around the lives of struggling readers, writers and spellers.

Elementary (K-6th)

My masters degree is in special education for K-6th grade. I have been trained in Orton Gillingham approach to reading and writing. This included a year long practicum, and a year of classes to complete the training. I am currently working as a learning specialist, teaching reading and writing, and math to children who are struggling in their classroom. Many students need one on one support to find their learning style that allows them to work independently with success.

Elementary Math

Math can be really fun when we are not afraid to ask lots of questions and explore without feeling that we have to give the right answer. So many people have math phobia and think of themselves as terrible math students. I was one of those when I was in school. Math is actually a creative and fun subject and it becomes really fun when we take away the in class pressure. It is also important to learn the basic skills necessary to function in an adult world. I wouldn't teach math above elementary level, but I love to work with students on elementary math skills who are learning how to understand and master math. I have worked with several different school programs, so I have a wide selection of approaches, depending on the persons learning styles.

Handwriting

I have studied Handwriting Without Tears, as well as the importance of teaching handwriting through the Orton Gillingham approach to reading and writing. Careful handwriting practice can reinforce spelling and writing skills. Organized handwriting supports the organization of ideas on paper. Legible handwriting allows for easier editing and revising. One should always learn to type but should do it right away if handwriting is a burden to the writing process.

Phonics

I am a K-6th special education teacher with a certification in Orton Gillingham approach to teaching reading and writing. Many students are not the very basic steps of how symbols and sounds work together to build words. These are important steps that lay the foundation for strong readers, and once understood by careful instruction, opens the door to successful reading and writing and spelling. No matter how old, if someone is struggling to read, learning how words work will be the best first step.

Reading

Learning to read is not an easy or natural process for everyone. Learning to read is a step by step process of finding out how sounds and symbols (letters and their various sounds) are related. Once this is mastered, their is the exploration of syllables, and patterns within words, and spelling rules. Once this is understood and accuracy and automaticity are gained, then the reading becomes fluent. This is enjoyable and allows for the purpose of reading to happen, which is to gain knowledge and pleasure from reading. I support any age student through all aspects of the reading process, from the very basics, to the ultimate goal of reading to learn, and to have strong comprehension skills.

Study Skills

Seeing the big picture, managing time and deadlines, organizing multiple step assignments, and understanding directions can be challenging. With guidance and support, a student can learn to use specific strategies for organization, time management, and breaking down directions to help understand assignments and get them done well and in on time. I teach students a variety of strategies for time management,organization of materials, prioritizing work, and breaking down assignments. They will discover with me what works best for them, and will be able to master the strategies to become a strong, independent student.

University of Massachusetts Amherst
environmental educat
UMass Amherst
MEd

Education

University of Massachusetts Amherst (environmental educat)

UMass Amherst (MEd)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 5 hours notice required

I will consider a sliding scale on my hourly rate if you have financial constraints.

Travel policy

Elizabeth will travel within 25 miles of Leverett, MA 01054.