Certified Math/Science/ELA & Dyslexia Tutor PreK to College
Certified Math/Science/ELA & Dyslexia Tutor PreK to College
I have my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Engineering and worked with the National Labs and General Motors for 15 years before choosing to share my love of math and science with students. I was teaching STEM in the public schools in the 1980's, long before "STE(A)M" became a word. My husband and I were working in Mexico at the GM Mexico Technical Center, so we returned home to Ohio where I received my Masters of Education from THE Ohio State University (yes, we love football). I have...
I have my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Engineering and worked with the National Labs and General Motors for 15 years before choosing to share my love of math and science with students. I was teaching STEM in the public schools in the 1980's, long before "STE(A)M" became a word. My husband and I were working in Mexico at the GM Mexico Technical Center, so we returned home to Ohio where I received my Masters of Education from THE Ohio State University (yes, we love football). I have taught in both public and private schools, and am now a Home Hospital Teacher for Frederick County Public Schools, which means I teach all grades and all subjects!
My personal teaching philosophy is that all students deserve to learn and that you will need to be versed in "21st-century learning skills" to thrive in a marketplace that doesn't yet exist. Being an engineering supervisor taught me how critical it is to understand math and science at a deep level, but also to be able to write with clarity and precision. Creativity, perseverance, working well with others, contributing to a team, while still being able to work independently are equally as important.
I have taught math to all ages from PreK-12, the earliest math through AP Calculus. I have worked with students who struggle and dislike math and those who are highly gifted and love it. My goal is for ALL students to feel competent and confident, enjoy, and more importantly, to understand mathematics at a foundational level so math makes sense!
I have taught Chemistry, Physics, and Physical Science in addition to math and language classes. I am on the faculty at Johns Hopkins University School of Education teaching Chemistry and Physics to teachers in the STEM Instructional Leader Program. I am also updating my book, Number Sense and Number Nonsense: Understanding the Challenges of Learning Math, which I wrote with Dr. Nancy Krasa. In writing and now updating that book, we have read literally thousands of research papers on how the brain learns math, what can go wrong, and what teachers can do in the classroom.
I had the joy of working for 5 years at Marburn Academy, a school for bright students who learn differently, primarily struggling with dyslexia, math challenges, and ADHD. I was trained as an Orton Gillingham tutor for students with dyslexia and have well over 300 hours of supervised one-to-one OG tutoring experience (sequential, multi-sensory, individualized). A fellow of the Academy of Gillingham Practitioners and Educators read my lesson plans and watched my lessons either in person or via tape. I also taught OG lessons in a whole-class setting from the very first sounds to Greek and Latin roots for 5 years. For three summers, I was the Summer Language Program Supervisor responsible for intake testing, approving all student reports, and supervising instruction. As a middle school teacher, I had students join my classroom barely able to read and comprehend and leave with scholarships to engineering schools, drama schools, and ready for college. We stay in touch today and I'm so proud of their hard work.
Tutoring students with dyslexia, who often also struggled with reading fluency and comprehension, written fluency, handwriting, and overall organization involved working with the whole child and the family. While at Marburn Academy, I also taught using Dibels assessments, Learning Without Tears (formerly Handwriting/Keyboarding Without Tears), Wilson, and Lindamood Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing. Marburn Academy developed and honed processes called Writing Small, where students begin writing with manageable chunks using poetry, and our writing fluency program which I can teach parents to implement at home.
As the Maryland Science Olympiad State Director emeritus, coach, Forensics and Crime Busters exam writer, and college mentor, I have the pleasure of working with thousands of teams and college students in Ohio, Maryland, and DC. I live in the Frederick, MD, area, but am available for video tutoring sessions worldwide.
I have two sons, an accountant in DC and the other in Law School at Ohio State who is engaged to one of my former 8th-grade Algebra students! I have a great sense of humor, have extensive experience working with all ages, and want to see you succeed and build confidence. As my students once wrote on my teacher evaluation, "What we love about Mrs. Shunkwiler is that she has kids, so she gets us. What we don't love is she has kids so she gets us." In other words, they weren't coming up with too many antics that I hadn't already seen before! Please contact me to learn more and to schedule your path to understanding.
Very experienced tutor
Sara worked with my daughter to get her caught up on her high school history and physics curriculum. She worked closely with me to get a sense of my daughter’s processing strengths and challenges and scaffolded support accordingly. My dtr found Sara’s guidance very helpful and we will definitely use her services again if needed. Sara was very patient and was able to draw info out of my dtr for her written assignments. We found that she was very productive with my dtr over the two hour sessions to get through a lot of work.Yen, 6 lessons with Sara
A 10 Star Tutor!
Sara is 10 stars! My high school daughter has Dyslexia and Sara patiently worked with her with all her subjects. She knows what is needed to help a dyslexic student succeed. She has the special capability to work with kids to help them to learn. She is fantastic and highly recommend her to you and your student.Amy, 11 lessons with Sara
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