LeighAnne D.

Springfield, MA


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300+ Hours
Background check passed as of 12/30/13
4.9 average from 128 ratings
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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, Special Education Moderate Disabilities K-8, and Elementary and Middle School Mathematics as well as certified in Sheltered English Immersion. I recently completed the qualifications for my high school level licensing. 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 5 years I have been offering SAT, ACT, ASVAB 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, and Wyzant's Online Tutoring Forum. 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 significantly less than my in-person rates.

I look forward to working with your families!
I am a public school teacher licensed in Elementary Education, Special Education Moderate Disabilities K-8, and Elementary and Middle School Mathematics as well as certified in Sheltered English Immersion. I recently completed the qualifications for my high school level licensing. I currently teach mathematics full-time along with a creative Read more

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Fee includes individualized instruction & HW. Group rates $75 for 3 students. On-line tutoring $30 for 75 minutes. Short notice tutoring & summer specials!!

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

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

"Patient and knowledgeable tutor"

- Trecitia, Springfield, MA on 1/29/17

"Terrific Tutor!"

- Terrence, Florence, MA on 8/25/16

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

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"A+ Tutor gets A+ results!"

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

"Super tutor!!"

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"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!"

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"Very pleasant, enthusiastic, and professional."

- Linda, Somers, CT on 7/10/13
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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 12th and currently teach 10th grade math. I have tutored through grade 12 in Algebra 1, 2, and Geometry.

Algebra 2

I hold math specialty licenses for grades 1-6, 5-8, and 8-12. This year I am teaching an Algebra reinforcement class and have tutored high school students in Algebra 2 for ten 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 licensed Special Education Teacher. I served as a 1:1 aide to a student with Aspergers while I was attending grad school and also work at a summer program for students with Asperger's and Autism. I use set routines & rituals, specific clear directions, and social skills practice in my lessons. I am aware of sensory stimulation so am mindful of the volume of both my voice and the activities I am designing.


I am a licensed 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. In addition, I have taught English so am able to support you as you prepare for the Word Knowledge and Paragraph Comprehension sections. I have tutored 2 other students with ASVAB so have developed a series of activities and lesson plans to review for the math knowledge, arithmetic reasoning, word knowledge, vocabulary, general science, and electrical sections of the test.


I have worked with several autistic students during my years in education and also with children in my girl scout troop. This year I am working at summer program specifically for children with Autism.I have learned that a structured routine— using visuals to teach and clear, direct language— are important strategies. I have taken a course that addressed needs of children with autism, and we explored both the need to be aware of environmental distractions and the significance of connecting with children based on interest level.

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.

Common Core

As a licensed teacher and former District Coordinator, I am familiar with all aspects of the common core. I have developed curriculum maps and led Professional Development for teachers to help them transition to the Common Core. I have many resources for parents as well.

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 at the preschool level for 2 years, in an elementary classroom for 5 years and in grade 6-8 classrooms for 3 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 have passed the state teaching exam for English Language Learners and participated in a class for Sheltered English Immersion. For 2 years I worked in a district that was 99% ESOL and learned how to use tiered vocabulary, cognates, and visuals with my instruction. I have tutored students in both written and spoken language acquisition.


Have tutored several students in Math and ELA for GED prep. Have highschool equivalent baseline assessment tests to identify target areas for instruction.


I currently teach High School Geometry and previously taught 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.

Focusing on fine motor skills is a critical component to supporting hand writing development, so I will often include fine motor activities within our lessons.


My son is a non-traditional learner who attends online school. I serve as his Learning Coach, logging his attendance, tracking his assignments, and offering assistance in each subject.

Additionally, I have tutored 2 students who were home-schooled.

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 have been tutoring for 8 years. In the last 5 years, my focus has been college counseling and test prep including SAT, ASVAB, LSAT, GRE, GED, ACCUPLACER.


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


I currently teach high school math and have previous experience with middle school math where Prealgebra is embedded throughout the curriculum. I have also tutored several 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 5 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 5 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 a Special Education Teacher for students in grades 6-9 who receive services in the pull out setting. I provide consultation to general education teachers including inclusion services. I am familiar with writing and implementing IEP's, following accommodations, and recommending strategies to assist struggling learners.


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. Most recently, I have been assisting high school seniors with college admissions essays and college students with essay writing using an online format.

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 & HW. Group rates $75 for 3 students. On-line tutoring $30 for 75 minutes. Short notice tutoring & summer specials!!

Travel policy

LeighAnne will travel within 10 miles of Springfield, MA 01108.