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Lorna R.

Quincy, MA

$40/hour

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Metropolitan College of New York
Business Finance
UMass Boston
MEd
Queens College
Master's

Education

Metropolitan College of New York (Business Finance)

UMass Boston (MEd)

Queens College (Master's)

About Lorna

My philosophy is that the teacher’s primary role is to guide and provide access to information and inspire discovery, rather than simply relying on textbooks to be the primary source of information. Taking from the theory of constructivism, I believe that a child’s own quest for knowledge should be satisfied as they learn to find answers to their questions. In order for students to construct knowledge, they must first be given the opportunity to discover for themselves and practice skills in authentic, experiential situations. It is thus my duty to provide the students with access to hands-on activities and allow them adequate time and space to use materials that reinforce the lessons being studied, hence the opportunity for individual discovery and construction of knowledge to occur.

In my years as an educator in New York and Massachusetts, I have tried to incorporate themes within the textbooks, integrated units, projects, group and individual work, and kinesthetic/tactile learning in order to make children active learners. I’ve also been a risk taker – both developing and presenting curricula that involves the interests of the students and makes learning relevant to life, ultimately tying learning into the world and community. In so doing, I have found that my students were encouraged to become active learners, and responsible members of society.

It is my sincere hope as an educator to continue to help my students to develop a deep love and respect for themselves, others, their environment, and for learning. To accomplish this, I have tried to teach to the needs of each child so that all learners can feel capable and successful. Educators are told often to “differentiate” and “modify”, and have misinterpreted these terms to mean “dumb down” everything to the point that learning new things and discovery is no longer occurring. I’ve seen their frustrations, as I have also been frustrated by constant curricular changes and the use of “buzzwords” to instill fear in the students and the teachers.

I am an outstanding teacher and tutor because I make the concept relevant. Students are usually taught in abstract terms without the ability to make the concept relevant to them. They are expected to consume and expel the knowledge as if from memory. In my teaching approach, I stress understanding the relevancy of the topic and strip the topic to its bare components. I have found this approach to be extremely helpful in developing concrete understanding of a topic and its functions. Further, my students excel on MCAS, ISEE, PSAT, SAT, and ACT exams.

I teach more than mathematics and English/Language Arts. I also help students to understand and develop a love for History, Physics, and Humanities. Although I am primarily known for math, I am incorporate knowledge of all subjects in my teaching.

I am always energetic. I am always happy. But most of all, even while engaged in teaching, I am always looking for ways to make the content understandable to you. The goal is not simply for you to remember and repeat, but for you to understand, and be able to explain your understanding. While I am easygoing, I do hold my students to high standards.

I can meet you where you are in your comprehension of a topic, whether you don't understand it at all, understand it a little, or a lot, you will gain deeper insight with me as your personal teacher. Let's make learning enjoyable, fun, and worthwhile.
My philosophy is that the teacher’s primary role is to guide and provide access to information and inspire discovery, rather than simply relying on textbooks to be the primary source of information. Taking from the theory of constructivism, I believe that a child’s own quest for knowledge should be satisfied as they learn to find answers to their Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Quincy, MA 02170
In-person lessons
English:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Reading,
Vocabulary
Test Preparation:
Common Core
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Common Core,
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Grammar, Phonics, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary

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.

Algebra 1

I have taught Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and Statistics at both the high school and college level. (Quincy College, and Lasell College). I consistently receive outstanding ratings from my students.

Algebra 2

Licensure: Massachusetts DESE ESL Licensure for Grades 5-12 (October, 2010)
Massachusetts Mathematics (August 2012)
MA DESE Special Education 5-12 (May 2013)
SEI Endorsement (Grades 1-6 and 6-12, March 2015)

I have been teaching developmental mathematics through PreCalculus (college) and Statistics at the college level since 2012.

PreCalculus is equivalent to Algebra 2 as they cover many of the same objectives. PreCalculus is considered slightly higher in mathematics level than Algebra 2 at the high
school level.

Common Core

I completed 32 hours of Professional Development in Common Core standards (SY 2014-15) and 48 hours of Professional Development in Common Core standards (SY 2013-14) and lesson preparation through the Boston Public Schools MyLearning Plan Professional Development opportunities.

Elementary (K-6th)

I taught a 5th grade for a full year at a K-8 school. This was during the school year 2012-13, and to 14 English Language Learner students. All of my students passed the MCAS 5th grade math exam. All of my eligible students passed the MCAS English exam , and all of my students increased their English Language skills through the WIDA assessment by more than 2 years.

Elementary Math

Licensure: Massachusetts DESE ESL Licensure for Grades 5-12 (October, 2010)
Massachusetts Mathematics (August 2012)
MA DESE Special Education 5-12 (May 2013)
SEI Endorsement (Grades 1-6 and 6-12, March 2015)

I taught the 5th grade curriculum (all subjects) at the Tobin K-8 school in Boston Public Schools during the school year 2012-13. Further, I have been teaching developmental mathematics through Algebra 2 and Geometry to high school students, as well as Developmental Mathematics, Algebra, PreCalculus and Statistics at the college level since 2012.

English

I have been teaching English/Language Arts at the high school level since September 2004, both in New York and now in Massachusetts.

I have a Masters Degree in Education, and have taught College English 10 and College English 11 to prepare students for the AP English exam at Snowden International High School and TechBoston Academy (6-12th grade Boston Public Pilot School).

I am also licensed in ESL, and am SEI endorsed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

ESL/ESOL

I earned a Master of Education in teaching English Language Learners. I taught ESL/ESOL as a licensed educator by MA Department of Elementary and Supplementary Education.

Prealgebra

Licensure: Massachusetts DESE ESL Licensure for Grades 5-12 (October, 2010)
Massachusetts Mathematics (August 2012)
MA DESE Special Education 5-12 (May 2013)
SEI Endorsement (Grades 1-6 and 6-12, March 2015)

I have been teaching developmental mathematics which includes basic mathematics, Pre-Algebra, and Beginning Algebra at the College level since 2012. I have further prepared students for success and taught College Algebra, PreCalculus and Statistics at the college level since 2012.

At the high school level, I teach Mathematics to grades 6-11th which includes preparation for 6, 6th, 8th grade PARCC exams, as well as the 10th grade MCAS exam.

Reading

I have particular strengths in developing reading comprehension, teaching concepts such as main idea, finding text evidence, and making inferences from a passage. I also teach writing effective compare/contrasts, and descriptive essays.

With respect to Mathematics, I also teach mathematics at the college serving as an adjunct professor at area colleges.

Study Skills

I have been teaching study skills as a "Core" course at the high schools where I work. Students in my course learn time management, how to prioritize tasks, organization (effective use of portfolios, binders, folders, etc.), scheduling study time to maximize understanding, etc. These skills are then transferred to all their areas of study as well as in their personal, enrichment, and extracurricular pursuits.

Metropolitan College of New York
Business Finance
UMass Boston
MEd
Queens College
Master's

Education

Metropolitan College of New York (Business Finance)

UMass Boston (MEd)

Queens College (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Lorna will travel within 30 miles of Quincy, MA 02170.