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Melinda S.

Pittsfield, MA

$58/hour

Experienced Elementary Tutor

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 4/12/17

$58/Hour


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University of Massachusetts/Amherst
English
Westfield State College
MEd

Education

University of Massachusetts/Amherst (English)

Westfield State College (MEd)

About Melinda

I have a master's degree in education, with a concentration in special needs, earned from Westfield State College in 1992. During my school years, I learned a great deal about the details and demands involved in serving students with a variety of disabling conditions. During that time, I also worked in the Pittsfield Public Schools at all levels, preschool through high school. This variety, both in training and in experience, has prepared me well to tutor children of different levels and with varying needs.

While working on my degree, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Having a disability myself makes me uniquely qualified to understand the challenges of learning, and of feeling understood and accepted, that so many children face.

In addition to working with children, I also assist people to train their dogs. I use treats, toys, and games in a program that relies on positive reinforcement so that the dogs are always happy about learning. A lot of the same scientific principles apply to human learning! I continue to work as a dog trainer, specializing in play-training with children and their pets. I relate well to children and enjoy sharing my knowledge with them in fun and innovative ways.
I have a master's degree in education, with a concentration in special needs, earned from Westfield State College in 1992. During my school years, I learned a great deal about the details and demands involved in serving students with a variety of disabling conditions. During that time, I also worked in the Pittsfield Public Schools at all levels, Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Book two lessons, take $1 off each lesson. Book five lessons, take $2 off each lesson.

Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Pittsfield, MA 01201
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Math:
Elementary Math
Science:
Nutrition
Art:
Photography
English:
Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary
Computer:
Photography
Special Needs:
ADHD,
Dyslexia,
Phonics, Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Sports/Recreation:
Fitness

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.

ADHD

I have a Masters Degree in Education with a concentration in Severe Special Needs. I have worked with students from pre-K through High school with various special needs including Attention Deficit Disorder with and without hyperactivity. In addition, I raised two sons both of who were diagnosed with ADHD while in elementary school. I feel a strong connection and appeal to these students.

Dyslexia

I have a Master's Degree in Education with a concentration in Severe Special Needs. My experience includes working with students from pre-K through High school with various special needs. One educational year was spent teaching students with dyslexia, and other reading disabilities, under the supervision of a Reading Specialist.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a masters degree in Special Education. I have worked in elementary school resource rooms and integrated classrooms assisting children who need extra help in reading, writing, and math. I have also volunteered as a classroom assistant. I am currently tutoring children in grades 1-3.

Fitness

I worked from 2000 to 2007 as an ACE-certified personal trainer at a private athletic club in my community. To become ACE-certified, I worked under supervision, self-studied, and passed the ACE certification test. To remain certified, I took ongoing education classes which were submitted to and approved by ACE (American Council on Exercise).

Special Needs

I have a Masters in Education (M.Ed.) from Westfield State College, earned in 1992. My concentration was in Severe Special Needs. I spent two years teaching as a substitute in the Special Education Department of the Pittsfield Public Schools.

University of Massachusetts/Amherst
English
Westfield State College
MEd

Education

University of Massachusetts/Amherst (English)

Westfield State College (MEd)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $58.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Book two lessons, take $1 off each lesson. Book five lessons, take $2 off each lesson.

Travel policy

Melinda will travel within 25 miles of Pittsfield, MA 01201.