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Gaia W.

Annapolis, MD

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Skidmore College

Education

Skidmore College

About Gaia

I know what it is like to struggle in school! For most of my elementary and middle school years, I needed a tutor to help me cope with my overwhelming schoolwork. Between not understanding the material from the very beginning and subsequently becoming more and more lost, It was all I could do to merely stay afloat! Math and Science were of particular difficulty to me but organizing my thoughts into cohesive writing was no "walk in the park" either. I never would have thought that I would come to college and feel strongly about declaring a major in Elementary Education. That is, however, what I did! The influential tutors and teachers that aided in my academic success left their mark and I found myself wanting to do this for all children, especially the ones who experience difficulty.

I graduated from Skidmore College with a major in Elementary Education and a double minor in Spanish and Psychology. I am certified to teach grades 1-6 and am looking forward to finally getting into the classroom! This summer, I will be moving to Maryland to join the Ballet Theatre of Maryland as a member of the company but would love to find opportunities to continue helping children in need of academic support!

I am qualified to teach elementary level math, science, reading, writing, social studies, Hebrew and Spanish. I am adept at teaching good study skills and habits as well.

I have a great deal of experience with actual children spending an entire semester in a 2nd grade remedial reading classroom and then doing my student teaching field placement in a both a 4th grade public school classroom and a 2nd grade catholic school classroom.

I have tutored before in a one-on-one setting, working with a 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders to improve their reading fluency and comprehension as well as mathematic accuracy. Additionally I tutor older students in study skills and organization.

Being a ballerina, I have a great interest in using movement to enhance the learning experience. I find that students tend to retain information better when they use their bodies during the learning process.

Working with children is my passion and I will always encourage them to take an active role in the tutoring session. It is not school and I will make every effort to make the session enjoyable rather than a frustrating obligation.

I look forward to meeting you and your child!
I know what it is like to struggle in school! For most of my elementary and middle school years, I needed a tutor to help me cope with my overwhelming schoolwork. Between not understanding the material from the very beginning and subsequently becoming more and more lost, It was all I could do to merely stay afloat! Read more

Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Annapolis, MD 21403
In-person lessons
Math:
Algebra 1, Elementary Math
English:
English, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
Spanish
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Elementary (K-6th)

I was an education major at Skidmore College spending four years studying elementary teaching in the classroom. I also participated in a great deal of field work including volunteering in school classrooms, a part-time internship, and 2 student teaching placements. I am now certified to teach grades 1-6 in the state of New York and have student taught in both a 4th and 2nd grade classroom.

Phonics

I studied elementary education at Skidmore College and am certified to teach grades 1-6. We had a very heavy focus on early literacy acquisition and phonics skills. I am able to break down the process of reading for young children by showing them strategies to direct individual words. Students will learn to recognize letters as well as sounds and symbols from me in interactive and creative ways. They will use scaffolding so that they can then read and write with increasingly less guidance.

Study Skills

Up until very recently, I worked as an educational "coach" at a cognitive learning center in Severna Park, MD. One of my tasks when working with students included helping them acquire the appropriate study skills to succeed. most of these students were in middle and high school. We worked on using agendas, planning ahead, learning styles, the best resources to use when studying, and organizing materials for optimal efficiency and productivity.

Skidmore College

Education

Skidmore College

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Gaia will travel within 15 miles of Annapolis, MD 21403.