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LeighAnne D.

Springfield, MA


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Background check passed as of 12/30/13
4.8 average from 100 ratings
Fantastic tutor!! I would highly recommend LeighAnne!!
— Joseph, Broad Brook, CT on 8/16/15

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Westfield State University
Our Lady of the Elms College
Graduate Coursework


UConn (English)

Westfield State University (MEd)

Our Lady of the Elms College (Graduate Coursework)

About LeighAnne

I am a public school teacher licensed in Elementary Education and Special Education Moderate Disabilities K-8, who holds Specialty licenses in both Elementary and Middle School Mathematics as well as certification in Sheltered English Immersion. I currently teach mathematics full-time along with a creative writing class and have previously worked as both a literacy teacher and general classroom teacher for all subjects. In addition to teaching for 10 years, I've tutored students professionally for 8 years in grades 1-12. My tutoring experience includes all subject areas: reading, writing, math, science, and study skills for grades K-12, including MCAS prep. For the last 3 years I have been offering SAT, ACT, and GED prep, as well as MTEL support for aspiring teachers.

My tutoring services include homework support, re-teaching, study skills, individualized lesson plans, and suggestions for at-home strategies. I use many of my own class-room materials and believe in a multi-sensory approach that allows students to explore a concept in depth using manipulatives, discussion, and practice. I use lots of visuals when teaching and encourage students to connect their learning to real life experiences. In graduate school, I completed research projects that analyzed best teaching practices and looked specifically at how students learn.

Recently, I began assisting students with college counseling, including the application process, essay writing, and scholarship searches. As I began to navigate the college circuit with my own children, I realized that I could share these skills with students so now offer that as one of my tutoring services.

In addition to tutoring in person, I offer on-line tutoring via emails, skype, google hang outs, etc. This allows me to support families who live long distance, need short-term immediate support, and who are looking for a less expensive option for tutoring. My rates for on-line tutoring are signifcantly less than my in-person rates.

I look forward to working with your families!
I am a public school teacher licensed in Elementary Education and Special Education Moderate Disabilities K-8, who holds Specialty licenses in both Elementary and Middle School Mathematics as well as Read more

24 hours notice required

Fee includes individualized instruction and HW. Special small group rates $75 for 3 students. On-line tutoring $30 per session- 55 min face time, 20 min behind the scenes time!

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Springfield, MA 01108
Background Check: Passed

"Fantastic tutor!! I would highly recommend LeighAnne!!"

- Joseph, Broad Brook, CT on 8/16/15

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor"

- James, Shelburne Falls, MA on 11/3/15

"Great tutor!"

- Phil, Agawam, MA on 9/3/15

"A+ Tutor gets A+ results!"

- Raymond, West Springfield, MA on 1/30/15

"Super tutor!!"

- Daren, Suffield, CT on 5/5/14

"Great tutor"

- Liz, Westfield, MA on 3/11/14

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Sangeetha, East Windsor, CT on 1/25/14

"LeighAnne clearly is familiar with today's common core curriculum"

- Adam, Enfield, CT on 12/12/13

"Great tutor!"

- Sarah, Chicopee, MA on 9/16/13

"Good explanation & patience!"

- Gracelyn, Longmeadow, MA on 9/11/13

"Great tutor"

- Lee, Chicopee, MA on 7/28/13

"Very pleasant, enthusiastic, and professional."

- Linda, Somers, CT on 7/10/13
Special Needs:
Aspergers, Phonics,
Special Needs

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I have a Masters degree in Special Education, with a license in SPED.

Algebra 1

I am licensed to teach through 8th grade and have tutored through grade 12 in Algebra 1, 2, and Geometry.

Algebra 2

I hold a math specialty license and have tutored high school students in Algebra 2 for seven years. When teaching Algebra, I encourage students to list out all of their steps until the sequence becomes concrete. I also check for understanding by asking, "What is the goal?," What will you do next?," and "What does that represent?"


I am a licensed math teacher who has taught and tutored math through Trigonometry. Algebra is one of my best (and favorite) subjects, so I can offer step by step tutoring to help you master this topic for your ASVAB exam.

College Counseling

Since 2013, I have been privately working with students on their CSS profiles (Common App). During this time, I have helped students revise their entrance essays, research scholarship opportunities, and prepare for entrance exams. I have previously accompanied students on college tours, including helping them to prepare a list of relevant questions to ask on their visit. As an academic teacher and parent of a current college student and high school senior, I have both an educational and parental perspective to help you child and you through this task.

Elementary (K-6th)

I hold a teaching license in Elementary Education.

Elementary Math

I hold a specialty license in Elementary Math 1-6. I have served as a district coordinator and have taught in an elementary classroom for 5 years and in grade 6-8 classrooms for 2 years.

Elementary Science

Teacher of summer S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) courses with elementary, mathematics, and special education licenses is available to tutor. I studied science as an undergraduate and frequently assist with teaching science at my elementary school.


Undergraduate degree in English. Graduate Degree in Education. Recent tutoring experience includes tutoring students through grade 12 in reading comprehension and writing, including support with college entrance essays and studying for AP English exams. Vocabulary building, grammar and syntax practice, and development of figurative language understanding are other areas I have tutored.


I currently teach middle school math where we start to really lay the foundation for Geometric concepts. I have tutored both middle school and high school students in geometry and often use geometric solids during my instruction. Understanding the properties of shapes is key to understanding geometry- I will help you understand angles, lines, and postulates so you can be successful in this subject!


Bachelor of Arts in English. Experience tutoring students grades k-12, including composition & grammar/syntax.


I have experience tutoring students in all subjects and specialize in study skills and general test taking strategies. I am a licensed math teacher, so am able to strongly support students who need help on the math sections of the SAT, MCAS, GED, GRE, & ASVAB. I am also able to assist with writing and comprehension.


As a former Montessori teacher, I have taught handwriting as part of a regular school curriculum. Lessons include work with regular script, D'nelian, and traditional penmanship.

I generally follow explicit teaching of letter writing with: anti-clockwise letters, stick letters, clockwise letters,diagonal letters, hook links, etc. However, I can also follow Handwriting without Tears if that program is familiar to the children.

Linear Algebra

Algebra is my favorite subject! I have a specialty license in Mathematics and have taught/tutored math for 10 years.


My major for my undergraduate degree was English. I have completed author courses on Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Shakespeare, and Emily Dickinson as well as Children's Literature courses. I have tutored students through AP level English including comprehension, comparison, and writing about literary texts. During work with literature, I concentrate on vocabulary development, figurative language, and text to text connections. Many of the conversations I have with my students focus around how the literature makes them feel and what aspects of society are reflected in the particular work.


I am licensed in Elementary & Special Ed, and I taught Kindergarten Literacy for 2 years.


I currently teach middle school math where Prealgebra is embedded throughout the curriculum. I have also tutored many middle school students in mathematics, including prealgebra. I have access to many math databases and am familiar with the new math standards.


As a former English major, I am well accustomed to proof reading, revising, and re-reading everything from paragraphs to thesis's. My experience includes both face to face and on-line editing support, looking carefully at sentence structure, grammar, and syntax.


Bachelor of Arts in English, Masters in Education/Special Education. Experience with general reading strategies (phonics, blends, chunking) and reading comprehension. Focus on text to text, text to self, and text to world connections. Tutored students grades k-11 in reading comprehension.

SAT Math

Former district Math Coordinator with experience tutoring math through grade 12. I have been specifically tutoring in the area of SAT prep for the last three years and have had very favorable results with my students. I highly recommend use of College Board practice tests.

SAT Reading

I have tutored 8 students, including my own son, with preparation for the SAT reading subtest- my son scored 710. Using College Board's question of the day and SAT prep book, I have successfully supported students with vocabulary development by mastering prefixes and suffixes. Additionally, I provide in depth lessons on grammar and syntax.

SAT Writing

I have tutored high school students with SAT prep for the last 3 years. I teach my students strong paragraph development with varies sentence structure and criteria for writing a persuasive essay in preparation for SAT. I focus on revision and editing and have students correct my own writing so that they can identify which revisions are stronger and which parts are incorrect.

Special Needs

I have a License in Special Education Moderate Disabilities. I am currently an intervention teacher.


I am a former literacy teacher experienced with phonics, word families, and visual spelling activities. My students have been most successful learning spelling patterns when physically building words with letters and filling words into boxes that help them visually remember a word's "shape". When helping older students to edit their work for spelling, I encourage them to read their work out loud and use backward editing.


My background in English and Mathematics makes me a strong tutor for SSAT test prep. Using on-line practice tests, I am able to establish a baseline of student skills and target key areas for intervention. My experience with the quantitative section indicates that many students need support with fractional operations. percents, and algebraic expressions. My tutoring in the verbal section generally revolves around vocabulary and a 5 paragraph essay.

Study Skills

I have tutored for SAT & MCAS. I teach executive functioning, organizational skills, and study skills to students.


Undergraduate degree in English. Have completed research projects on best practices for vocabulary building. Experience includes tutoring students grades 3-12 in vocabulary using context clues. For high school students, we work on the "top 100 words every high school student should know" and use prefix-root-suffix building blocks to determine meanings of complex words.


Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. Undergraduate work included author studies and compositional writing. Have tutored students grades 3-12 in writing from basic paragraph structure to full essay development including students in advanced placement classes.

Westfield State University
Our Lady of the Elms College
Graduate Coursework


UConn (English)

Westfield State University (MEd)

Our Lady of the Elms College (Graduate Coursework)

Fantastic tutor!! I would highly recommend LeighAnne!! — LeighAnne is very helpful and will assist in whatever way she can. I would highly recommend her to any student looking for help in improving their knowledge and study/strategy skills. ...

— Joseph, Broad Brook, CT on 8/16/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Fee includes individualized instruction and HW. Special small group rates $75 for 3 students. On-line tutoring $30 per session- 55 min face time, 20 min behind the scenes time!

Travel policy

LeighAnne will travel within 15 miles of Springfield, MA 01108.