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Suzanne S.

Experienced Elementary and Special Education Teacher (K-8)

Experienced Elementary and Special Education Teacher (K-8)

$55/hour

About Suzanne


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I am a retired Massachusetts teacher with lots of elementary teaching (K-8) experience including special education. I retired early because it made sense after 34 years, but I still have the passion and desire to teach and watch kids blossom under my tutelage. I still work part time teaching math in a public school and keep up to date with the new Common Core Standards and best practices in education. I usually tutor in my home, but I sometimes (depending on my schedule) tutor in a nearby...

I am a retired Massachusetts teacher with lots of elementary teaching (K-8) experience including special education. I retired early because it made sense after 34 years, but I still have the passion and desire to teach and watch kids blossom under my tutelage. I still work part time teaching math in a public school and keep up to date with the new Common Core Standards and best practices in education. I usually tutor in my home, but I sometimes (depending on my schedule) tutor in a nearby library as well. Although K-8 literacy (reading and writing skills) is a specialty of mine I really enjoy teaching math and content area subjects as well as study skills. I'm good at what I do and I love it!

Subjects: English/language arts, reading, phonics, elementary/middle school math, study skills and special education specialized instruction.

Availability:

Summer: Most Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 AM to 6:30 pm

School year: Tues Wed Thurs 3:30 PM to 6:30PM


Education

Clark University, Worcester, MA
English
Worcester State University
MEd
Clark University
Graduate Coursework

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Hourly Rate: $55
  • Travel policy: Within 0 miles of Northborough, MA 01532
  • Lesson cancellation: 12 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 11/8/2017

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

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Grammar

Grammar

Grammar has always been part of the broader ELA curriculum and I have taught it separately as well, but always with the application of grammar in everyday writing in mind. Listening, speaking, reading and writing with correct grammar is essential in a good ELA program.

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

Although I am certified K-8 as both a classroom and special education teacher and most of my teaching and tutoring experience has been in all subject areas K-6, the focus of my experience has been on enrichment and remediation for Reading, math and ELA. Currently, I work part-time in the public schools teaching math to 4th and 5th graders. We happen to use the Eureka/EngageNY series, but I am familiar with and have used many other math series and supplements. I specialize in a hands-on approach to deepen conceptual understanding rather than just rote learning.
Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

I have taught math in grades K though 8 (34 years experience) and I am currently teaching math part-time to 4th and 5th graders. I am aware of the state standards and stay current with the best practices in teaching mathematics. I know how to instill confidence in my students by getting them to think like mathematicians.
Elementary Science,

Elementary Science

My educational background includes teaching elementary science (K-5), including modifying science curricula to differentiate instruction and assessment for a diverse student population including students needing specialized instruction and modified assessments.
Grammar,

Grammar

Grammar has always been part of the broader ELA curriculum and I have taught it separately as well, but always with the application of grammar in everyday writing in mind. Listening, speaking, reading and writing with correct grammar is essential in a good ELA program.
Phonics,

Phonics

I am trained in the Wilson Reading System and Project Read with 34 years of experience teaching phonics to elementary students.
Reading,

Reading

Once students have learned to read they read to learn so it is one of the most important skills that they will need to gain information independently. Just reading a lot of books isn't the answer. Students need teacher modeling, explicit instruction, guided practice, and a gradual release into independent reading. It is very important that this explicit instruction continue through the elementary and middle school years. Students need to be able to activate their prior knowledge about a subject, identify main ideas and supporting details, make connections (text to text and text to self), summarize in their own words, pick out facts and opinions, and make inferences. They need to be exposed to many genres and to be able to understand figurative language, enjoy fine nuances, and visualize what they read in order to enhance their comprehension.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Teaching study skills is a specialty of mine. I believe that it is never too early to teach students how to organize their information and how to study for tests. It's one of the most important skills and should be taught early on.
Vocabulary

Vocabulary

Research tells us that we must be more intense and comprehensive in our approach to teaching vocabulary if our students are going to have the vocabulary that they need to succeed at the college level. In order for students' vocabularies to grow at an appropriate pace there must be a systematic, hierarchical approach that transcends all domains and includes rich vocabulary from all the content area subjects. Vocabulary is one of the key components of good reading comprehension and can be taught in many ways.

English

Grammar,

Grammar

Grammar has always been part of the broader ELA curriculum and I have taught it separately as well, but always with the application of grammar in everyday writing in mind. Listening, speaking, reading and writing with correct grammar is essential in a good ELA program.
Literature,

Literature

As an English Literature and Education major, my love for literature can be evidenced in all of my teaching. I have incorporated literature in math, social studies, and science, as well as in all of my guided reading lessons. There is an abundance of rich literature with robust vocabulary out there that enhances all subject areas so I tend to tie in literature with everything that I teach.
Reading,

Reading

Once students have learned to read they read to learn so it is one of the most important skills that they will need to gain information independently. Just reading a lot of books isn't the answer. Students need teacher modeling, explicit instruction, guided practice, and a gradual release into independent reading. It is very important that this explicit instruction continue through the elementary and middle school years. Students need to be able to activate their prior knowledge about a subject, identify main ideas and supporting details, make connections (text to text and text to self), summarize in their own words, pick out facts and opinions, and make inferences. They need to be exposed to many genres and to be able to understand figurative language, enjoy fine nuances, and visualize what they read in order to enhance their comprehension.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

Research tells us that we must be more intense and comprehensive in our approach to teaching vocabulary if our students are going to have the vocabulary that they need to succeed at the college level. In order for students' vocabularies to grow at an appropriate pace there must be a systematic, hierarchical approach that transcends all domains and includes rich vocabulary from all the content area subjects. Vocabulary is one of the key components of good reading comprehension and can be taught in many ways.
Writing

Writing

I have years of experience teaching highly structured process writing including narrative and expository, from outline to draft and revision, to final copy. Once the basic structure is taught and the purpose established, the student can concentrate on refining their writing and making it more interesting. Most of my experience has been with students in grades K through 8, but I have tutored high school students as well.

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

Although I am certified K-8 as both a classroom and special education teacher and most of my teaching and tutoring experience has been in all subject areas K-6, the focus of my experience has been on enrichment and remediation for Reading, math and ELA. Currently, I work part-time in the public schools teaching math to 4th and 5th graders. We happen to use the Eureka/EngageNY series, but I am familiar with and have used many other math series and supplements. I specialize in a hands-on approach to deepen conceptual understanding rather than just rote learning.
Reading,

Reading

Once students have learned to read they read to learn so it is one of the most important skills that they will need to gain information independently. Just reading a lot of books isn't the answer. Students need teacher modeling, explicit instruction, guided practice, and a gradual release into independent reading. It is very important that this explicit instruction continue through the elementary and middle school years. Students need to be able to activate their prior knowledge about a subject, identify main ideas and supporting details, make connections (text to text and text to self), summarize in their own words, pick out facts and opinions, and make inferences. They need to be exposed to many genres and to be able to understand figurative language, enjoy fine nuances, and visualize what they read in order to enhance their comprehension.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Teaching study skills is a specialty of mine. I believe that it is never too early to teach students how to organize their information and how to study for tests. It's one of the most important skills and should be taught early on.
Writing

Writing

I have years of experience teaching highly structured process writing including narrative and expository, from outline to draft and revision, to final copy. Once the basic structure is taught and the purpose established, the student can concentrate on refining their writing and making it more interesting. Most of my experience has been with students in grades K through 8, but I have tutored high school students as well.

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

Although I am certified K-8 as both a classroom and special education teacher and most of my teaching and tutoring experience has been in all subject areas K-6, the focus of my experience has been on enrichment and remediation for Reading, math and ELA. Currently, I work part-time in the public schools teaching math to 4th and 5th graders. We happen to use the Eureka/EngageNY series, but I am familiar with and have used many other math series and supplements. I specialize in a hands-on approach to deepen conceptual understanding rather than just rote learning.
Reading,

Reading

Once students have learned to read they read to learn so it is one of the most important skills that they will need to gain information independently. Just reading a lot of books isn't the answer. Students need teacher modeling, explicit instruction, guided practice, and a gradual release into independent reading. It is very important that this explicit instruction continue through the elementary and middle school years. Students need to be able to activate their prior knowledge about a subject, identify main ideas and supporting details, make connections (text to text and text to self), summarize in their own words, pick out facts and opinions, and make inferences. They need to be exposed to many genres and to be able to understand figurative language, enjoy fine nuances, and visualize what they read in order to enhance their comprehension.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Teaching study skills is a specialty of mine. I believe that it is never too early to teach students how to organize their information and how to study for tests. It's one of the most important skills and should be taught early on.
Writing

Writing

I have years of experience teaching highly structured process writing including narrative and expository, from outline to draft and revision, to final copy. Once the basic structure is taught and the purpose established, the student can concentrate on refining their writing and making it more interesting. Most of my experience has been with students in grades K through 8, but I have tutored high school students as well.

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills

Teaching study skills is a specialty of mine. I believe that it is never too early to teach students how to organize their information and how to study for tests. It's one of the most important skills and should be taught early on.

Special Needs

ADHD,

ADHD

I have extensive experience teaching students with a variety of challenges involved with ADHD. Whether a lack of focus/attention, tendency to hyper focus on one thing, or hyperactivity, I use a variety of strategies to help students acquire the skills and concepts needed to succeed. Tutoring one-on-one or in a small group lends itself well to accomplish this with guided instruction broken down into smaller more manageable units of instruction, organizational strategies, and a gradual release of more and more opportunities for the student to take more responsibility and eventually apply these strategies themselves. Although there are no specific degrees awarded to teach students with ADHD, I have years of experience and training teaching students with ADHD, both individually and in the classroom, and can provide references as to the success I have had teaching them. They are often bright students in need of accommodations in order to achieve despite their challenges and I have been successful in helping them to achieve. The diagnosis itself is quite broad and requires considerable knowledge and experience to deal with individual needs. There can also be co-morbidity with other disabilities that makes it difficult to diagnose, but ADHD must affect all areas of life, not just school, and it must interfere with one's ability to be successful in those areas. People who think it is limited to school are mistaken. I would be more than happy to supply references as to my experience and my successes with individual students.
Dyslexia,

Dyslexia

I have a Master's Degree in Special Education with specific training in Orton-Gillingham, Reading A-Z, Fundations, and the Wilson Reading System as well as study skills that can be applied to all students in every grade level, including college students. I am particularly experienced at teaching writing as a response to reading using organized strategies that are clear and concise and can be applied to all content areas.
Phonics,

Phonics

I am trained in the Wilson Reading System and Project Read with 34 years of experience teaching phonics to elementary students.
Special Needs,

Special Needs

Although a great deal of my teaching experience has been co-teaching with classroom teachers K-5 and working with a wide variety of student learners helping teachers to differentiate instruction, I have also worked for many years providing direct instruction to students who were more challenged and in need of a parallel curriculum. My strengths lie in accurate assessment, proper instruction, and progress monitoring. That is the key to learning.
Study Skills

Study Skills

Teaching study skills is a specialty of mine. I believe that it is never too early to teach students how to organize their information and how to study for tests. It's one of the most important skills and should be taught early on.

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

Although I am certified K-8 as both a classroom and special education teacher and most of my teaching and tutoring experience has been in all subject areas K-6, the focus of my experience has been on enrichment and remediation for Reading, math and ELA. Currently, I work part-time in the public schools teaching math to 4th and 5th graders. We happen to use the Eureka/EngageNY series, but I am familiar with and have used many other math series and supplements. I specialize in a hands-on approach to deepen conceptual understanding rather than just rote learning.
Reading,

Reading

Once students have learned to read they read to learn so it is one of the most important skills that they will need to gain information independently. Just reading a lot of books isn't the answer. Students need teacher modeling, explicit instruction, guided practice, and a gradual release into independent reading. It is very important that this explicit instruction continue through the elementary and middle school years. Students need to be able to activate their prior knowledge about a subject, identify main ideas and supporting details, make connections (text to text and text to self), summarize in their own words, pick out facts and opinions, and make inferences. They need to be exposed to many genres and to be able to understand figurative language, enjoy fine nuances, and visualize what they read in order to enhance their comprehension.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Teaching study skills is a specialty of mine. I believe that it is never too early to teach students how to organize their information and how to study for tests. It's one of the most important skills and should be taught early on.
Writing

Writing

I have years of experience teaching highly structured process writing including narrative and expository, from outline to draft and revision, to final copy. Once the basic structure is taught and the purpose established, the student can concentrate on refining their writing and making it more interesting. Most of my experience has been with students in grades K through 8, but I have tutored high school students as well.

Ratings and Reviews


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Knowledgeable and patient tutor

Suzanne. I can see that you did a great job! She said you were very patient and helped her to understand things she had problems with before and she said she felt comfortable with you. We will be seeing you for some time to come. :)

Douglas, 7 lessons with Suzanne

Thanks for the book recommendation

Thanks for the book recommendation. He also seems to enjoy suspense fictional books and historical fictional books. Any good book recommendation is appreciated.

Ying, 241 lessons with Suzanne

Great tutor

She is patient and an outstanding tenured teacher. It seems there are many folks that want like to tutor that have had very little classroom experience. Suzanne brings many years experience from the classroom where she still teaches and brings that experience to her individually tutored pupils.

George, 14 lessons with Suzanne

Great tutor

My daughter was very frustrated with grade level reading and writing. She saw Suzanne once a week for about 5-6 months and I saw much improved reading and writing, as well and more confidence in her ability to read and write. Suzanne was helpful, patient as well as having a sense of humor. She worked with the classroom teacher and her tutoring was right on track with what they were doing in the classroom. We had a great experience!

Christine, 140 lessons with Suzanne

$55/hour

Suzanne S.

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