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Kiona L.

Experienced Educator Specializing in Piano, Math, and Languages

Experienced Educator Specializing in Piano, Math, and Languages

$50/hour

  • 14 hours tutoring

  • Abingdon, MD 21009

About Kiona


Bio

I am a multi-cultural, multi-lingual, and multi-talented educator with over 2 decades of teaching experience. I was born in Chicago, IL; lived in Seoul, Korea; Frankfurt, Germany; Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; and Beijing, China. I have acquired 4 degrees, ten languages, and traveled to over 33 countries (all in the northern hemisphere).

My students know me to be personable; I have good rapport. I understand that students have different learning styles, so I try to tailor the learning experience...

I am a multi-cultural, multi-lingual, and multi-talented educator with over 2 decades of teaching experience. I was born in Chicago, IL; lived in Seoul, Korea; Frankfurt, Germany; Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; and Beijing, China. I have acquired 4 degrees, ten languages, and traveled to over 33 countries (all in the northern hemisphere).

My students know me to be personable; I have good rapport. I understand that students have different learning styles, so I try to tailor the learning experience so that the student experiences success. Tutoring allows me to work with a student one-on-one and at a pace that is comfortable for the student.

I've taught Middle School & High School math for over 6 years, 3 of which were full-time at an international school. I took both the SAT and the Korean version of the SAT and did extremely well in the Math sections. (Math is in my blood--part of my Korean background, haha.)

I've lived in Germany for 4 1/2 years. I attended the local Gymnasium--their word for high-level Middleschool & Highschool. I've also lived in Kyrgyzstan--a former Soviet Republic--for 9 years, so I'm fluent in Russian as well. I have TESOL certification through Trinity College, London; I can also teach Korean.

I've pursued a piano performance degree and graduated from a well-known Central Asian conservatory with flying colors. I had held piano recitals, performed with orchestra, have attended international musicians' seminars, had a musical session with Yo Yo Ma, and have taught Conservatory-level students.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Education

Ewha Woman's University in Seoul, Korea
Business Administrat
Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA
Masters
Kyrgyz National Conservatory
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $50
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Abingdon, MD 21009
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am a certified TESOL teacher. I got my certification through Trinity College, London. I have taught ESL for over two decades, notably in China, Korea, and the Kyrgyz Republic.
Korean,

Korean

From an early age, my parents had talked to me in Korean, so I grew up in a bilingual home. I had attended part of elementary school and all of my high school & college years in South Korea when my parents decided to return to their home country. I have then taught Korean on the weekends at a Korean-American church. I have recently tutored a couple of kids in Korean as well.
Russian,

Russian

I had lived in a former Soviet Republic called Kyrgyzstan, which is in Central Asia. Their two official languages are Russian and Kyrgyz. I chose to finish my music degree there and my Russian was so advanced that I could take advanced courses on a Conservatory level in Russian! I was the envy of the local missionaries who were still struggling with mastering Russian even after having lived there for ten years.
German, Grammar

Elementary Education

Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

I have taught Algebra I, II, and Geometry at an international school for three years and have also subbed for the 4th grade teacher in math there as well. Since then I have tutored in those subjects for many years.
Grammar

English

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am a certified TESOL teacher. I got my certification through Trinity College, London. I have taught ESL for over two decades, notably in China, Korea, and the Kyrgyz Republic.
Grammar, TOEFL

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have taught both Algebra I & II at an international school. I've excelled in those areas back in my middle school & high school days as well--surprise, surprise. ;)
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am a certified TESOL teacher. I got my certification through Trinity College, London. I have taught ESL for over two decades, notably in China, Korea, and the Kyrgyz Republic.
Piano,

Piano

I attended the Eschborn School of Music in Eschborn, Germany. I was hand-picked by the director of the school--who was also a music critic for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung--for my talent; I placed in the regional competition for Jugend Musiziert--a well-known music competition in Germany. I graduated from the Seoul Highschool for Music & Art--the most prestigious music school in Korea. I then graduated from the Kyrgyz National Conservatory with a Red Diploma--our equivalent of magna cum laude. While at the conservatory, I had always placed within 3rd at all the piano competitions I had participated in within the Kyrgyz Republic. I have held piano recitals, performed with orchestra, and even had a chance to play with Yo Yo Ma when he was traveling with his Central Asian band.
Algebra 2, Geometry, SAT Math

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am a certified TESOL teacher. I got my certification through Trinity College, London. I have taught ESL for over two decades, notably in China, Korea, and the Kyrgyz Republic.
Korean,

Korean

From an early age, my parents had talked to me in Korean, so I grew up in a bilingual home. I had attended part of elementary school and all of my high school & college years in South Korea when my parents decided to return to their home country. I have then taught Korean on the weekends at a Korean-American church. I have recently tutored a couple of kids in Korean as well.
Russian,

Russian

I had lived in a former Soviet Republic called Kyrgyzstan, which is in Central Asia. Their two official languages are Russian and Kyrgyz. I chose to finish my music degree there and my Russian was so advanced that I could take advanced courses on a Conservatory level in Russian! I was the envy of the local missionaries who were still struggling with mastering Russian even after having lived there for ten years.
German, TOEFL

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have taught both Algebra I & II at an international school. I've excelled in those areas back in my middle school & high school days as well--surprise, surprise. ;)
Algebra 2, Geometry, SAT Math

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have taught both Algebra I & II at an international school. I've excelled in those areas back in my middle school & high school days as well--surprise, surprise. ;)
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am a certified TESOL teacher. I got my certification through Trinity College, London. I have taught ESL for over two decades, notably in China, Korea, and the Kyrgyz Republic.
Piano,

Piano

I attended the Eschborn School of Music in Eschborn, Germany. I was hand-picked by the director of the school--who was also a music critic for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung--for my talent; I placed in the regional competition for Jugend Musiziert--a well-known music competition in Germany. I graduated from the Seoul Highschool for Music & Art--the most prestigious music school in Korea. I then graduated from the Kyrgyz National Conservatory with a Red Diploma--our equivalent of magna cum laude. While at the conservatory, I had always placed within 3rd at all the piano competitions I had participated in within the Kyrgyz Republic. I have held piano recitals, performed with orchestra, and even had a chance to play with Yo Yo Ma when he was traveling with his Central Asian band.
Algebra 2, Geometry

Music

Piano,

Piano

I attended the Eschborn School of Music in Eschborn, Germany. I was hand-picked by the director of the school--who was also a music critic for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung--for my talent; I placed in the regional competition for Jugend Musiziert--a well-known music competition in Germany. I graduated from the Seoul Highschool for Music & Art--the most prestigious music school in Korea. I then graduated from the Kyrgyz National Conservatory with a Red Diploma--our equivalent of magna cum laude. While at the conservatory, I had always placed within 3rd at all the piano competitions I had participated in within the Kyrgyz Republic. I have held piano recitals, performed with orchestra, and even had a chance to play with Yo Yo Ma when he was traveling with his Central Asian band.
Music Theory

Other

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I am a certified TESOL teacher. I got my certification through Trinity College, London. I have taught ESL for over two decades, notably in China, Korea, and the Kyrgyz Republic.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have taught both Algebra I & II at an international school. I've excelled in those areas back in my middle school & high school days as well--surprise, surprise. ;)
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am a certified TESOL teacher. I got my certification through Trinity College, London. I have taught ESL for over two decades, notably in China, Korea, and the Kyrgyz Republic.
Piano,

Piano

I attended the Eschborn School of Music in Eschborn, Germany. I was hand-picked by the director of the school--who was also a music critic for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung--for my talent; I placed in the regional competition for Jugend Musiziert--a well-known music competition in Germany. I graduated from the Seoul Highschool for Music & Art--the most prestigious music school in Korea. I then graduated from the Kyrgyz National Conservatory with a Red Diploma--our equivalent of magna cum laude. While at the conservatory, I had always placed within 3rd at all the piano competitions I had participated in within the Kyrgyz Republic. I have held piano recitals, performed with orchestra, and even had a chance to play with Yo Yo Ma when he was traveling with his Central Asian band.
Russian,

Russian

I had lived in a former Soviet Republic called Kyrgyzstan, which is in Central Asia. Their two official languages are Russian and Kyrgyz. I chose to finish my music degree there and my Russian was so advanced that I could take advanced courses on a Conservatory level in Russian! I was the envy of the local missionaries who were still struggling with mastering Russian even after having lived there for ten years.
Algebra 2, Geometry, German, SAT Math

Test Preparation

SAT Math, TOEFL

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews

Adaptive and gifted pianist/instructor

Kiona taught all three of our young children piano. Kiona quickly assesses skill, interest and attention span, and adapts her teaching to each individual. I am amazed at her talent and their interest! Thank you Kiona!

Heather, 1 lesson with Kiona

First lesson review: Positive demeanor, with lots of enthusiasm

Kiona has a wonderfully positive demeanor, with lots of enthusiasm. I was able to explain what I am hoping to accomplish and why I want to learn Russian, and I felt that that turned that a motivating factor for Kiona too. I felt she was really working with me and trying to keep me going through the tough spots -- and there sure are a lot of those in Russian. I'm quite excited about the next lesson!

Steven, 1 lesson with Kiona

First lesson

My daughter had her first lesson with Kiona today and Mackenzie really liked how patient and understanding she was in explaining everything. As a mom I liked how kind she was and also explained what they worked on.

Joy, 1 lesson with Kiona

Wonderful tutor prob the best one!

She tutored my 8 year old writing and maths. Super nice and very calm and patient with my daughter. Would def recommend.

Sabi, 1 lesson with Kiona
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Kiona L.

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