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Paula J.

Scituate, MA


Dual-certified elem/middle science teacher can tutor all subjects

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 10/25/11
4.9 average from 23 ratings
Great tutor and flexible with her time.
— Tina, Scituate, MA on 2/14/13

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U. of MA, Amherst, MA
U. of RI, Kingston, RI
Bridgewater St. U.


U. of MA, Amherst, MA

U. of RI, Kingston, RI (Master's)

Bridgewater St. U. (Other)

About Paula

I am an enthusiastic, creative professional educator available to tutor in all elementary subjects, including Science, ELA, Math, and Social Studies. I pride myself on innovative and positive teaching techniques, including using hands-on activities, and humor to simplify and reinforce complex concepts for every type of learner.

Highlights of my credentials include:

-I'm a certified elementary educator grades 1 - 6;
-I'm a certified middle science, grades 5 - 8;
-2012 - 2013 I held the position of Middle School Science, Cohasset;
-I've held the summer position of Teacher, Extended School Year program, incoming 6th grade, Cohasset;
-2011 - 2012 I held the position of Education Support Professional for special needs students in 3rd and 5th grades;
-I'm especially skilled in making concepts accessible to all learners through creative planning and teaching, most notably science, math and ELA;
-I'm a parent of two academically successful children (8th and 4rd graders);
-I'm a professional horseback riding instructor with 25+ years teaching experience, including students with physical, emotional and psychological challenges;
-I have substitute teaching experience in grades K - 6;
-I'm proficient at differentiating instruction to meet all students' needs;
-I earned an Elementary Educator certification from Bridgewater State University, 2011 with honors;
-I earned a distinguished rating on Pre-service Performance Assessment;
-I'm a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society;
-I earned a Master's of Marine Affairs from U. of R.I. in 1995;
-I earned a B.S., Animal Science from U. of Mass in 1986;
-I'm an experienced, sensitive, kind and positive teacher ready to assist your family in achieving your academic goals.

I look forward to hearing from you to learn how we can partner to benefit your student.
I am an enthusiastic, creative professional educator available to tutor in all elementary subjects, including Science, ELA, Math, and Read more

24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Scituate, MA 02066
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Great tutor and flexible with her time."

- Tina, Scituate, MA on 2/14/13
Paula replied on 2/14/2013

Thank you, Tina, for your wonderful feedback. It is my privilege to see your hard-working, kind-hearted son blossom into a skilled reader and writer. Congratulations on the improved grades! I look forward to a great rest of the year.

"Paula has the three P's: Professional, Personal, and Proficient."

- Sally, Scituate, MA on 12/5/12
Paula replied on 2/8/2013

Thank you, Sally, for your great feedback. It is a pleasure working with your son, and I'm so pleased by his terrific progress in math this year. Kudos for all the hard work!

"Paula Gets an A++!!"

- Rex, Cohasset, MA on 7/30/12
Paula replied on 7/30/2012

Thank you for your great feedback. Working with your son is my privilege. What a sweet, hard-working boy! I'm so glad to hear the progress I see translating to improved reading fluency. I hope that increased confidence helps him sail through 4th grade!

"Great Tutor - extremely competent."

- Judy, Scituate, MA on 2/27/12
Paula replied on 2/28/2012

Thanks, Judy! Your son is a hard-working student and a pleasure to work with. Congrats, again, to you and he, for winning the Most Improved Student award from Mr. P.!

Elementary Math,
Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math
English, Grammar, Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Math, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Special Needs:
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science,
Grammar, Phonics,
Spelling, Study Skills,

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Elementary (K-6th)

I am a Certified Elementary Educator for Grades 1-6.

Elementary Math

-Licensed Elementary Educator, 1 - 6.
-Licensed Middle Science, 5 - 8.
-Proficient with Great Leaps direct instruction math support program.
-Effective at incentivizing students to build math proficiency, especially to improve mastery and speed with multiplication and division facts.
-Familiar with Everyday Math curriculum.
-Emphasize understanding patterns in mathematics.
-Emphasize problem solving in mathematics.

Elementary Science

As a 6th grade science teacher, I am adept at teaching topics in earth science, physical science, and life science, as well as the nature of science and inquiry. As a dual-certified Elementary and Science 5-8, I effectively work with students from grade 1-8, including assisting with MCAS preparation.


I passed Foundations of Reading MTEL which emphasizes phonics. I have taught phonics in K, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades.


Experienced with direct instruction in reading topics including phonemic awareness, phonics, sight words, increasing reading speed, improving vocabulary, and genre exploration. Experienced with direct instruction in writing topics including grammar, word choice, sentence structure, voice, and organization.

SAT Reading

I have strong verbal and written communication skills with experience as writer, copy editor, and proofreader that translate well to practical application for SAT preparation.

Special Needs

I currently work in a substantially separate learning center housed in a public school. To meet my students' special needs, I have become proficient at differentiating subject areas, addressing social challenges, and creating innovative lesson plans and assessments.

Study Skills

I am experienced at assisting my own children in time management, addressing distractions, finding main ideas, organizing work, pacing work, and project completion. I assisted third graders in the use of agendas and developing study packets for science and math tests.


I'm able to help students organize writing projects, develop effective defensible theses, find their voice in their writing and improve writing through revision and editing.

U. of MA, Amherst, MA
U. of RI, Kingston, RI
Bridgewater St. U.


U. of MA, Amherst, MA

U. of RI, Kingston, RI (Master's)

Bridgewater St. U. (Other)

Great tutor and flexible with her time. — Paula has been great for my son and his reading skills. He had been having a difficult time with reading comprehension and English language arts. His reading and vocabulary have improved and had been getting Cs and Ds in English and now has improved to As and Bs. He now looks forward to meeting with her each week and getting rewards for improving his reading. Thank you Paula. ...

— Tina, Scituate, MA on 2/14/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Paula will travel within 25 miles of Scituate, MA 02066.