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Elena A.

Bel Air, MD

$88/hour

English, Public Speaking, Test Prep and Stress Management

Background check passed as of 10/2/13
4.9 average from 90 ratings
Pretty much the best tutor out there!
— Kat, Miami, FL on 4/30/14

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Juniata College
Cultural Analysis
Florida International University
Master's
Meridian University (Petaluma, CA), cont.
Enrolled

Education

Juniata College (Cultural Analysis)

Florida International University (Master's)

Meridian University (Petaluma, CA), cont. (Enrolled)

About Elena

I specialize in the fields of critical and creative writing, editing, research, English and Literature, techniques to improve concentration, memory, and mood, Psychology, study skills, and World Religions. I have taught professionally at the elementary, high school, and university level (including Palmer Trinity School 2011-2013 and Florida International University 2009-2011 & 2014) and over the past 15 years, have tutored students privately in Baltimore, Miami, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Concurrent with my life as a tutor, I've been teaching yoga and meditation for 8 years (E-RYT 200 and RYT 500 certified) and practice alternative medicine.

My intention for every lesson is to enable the student to feel like the experience is personal, relevant, and empowering and to guide her to discovery by training the mind to be open, flexible, and sharp.


Some more background:

As an 8th grader, Johns Hopkins University invited me to take the SAT early for exceptional verbal scores on standardized testing. In high school, I continued to score in the highest PSAT and SAT percentiles in critical reading, writing, and literature. When it was time to apply to graduate school, my GRE verbal and writing scores were again at the top of the field. As an undergraduate at Juniata College, I was on the National Dean's List, Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society, and competed as a NCAA Cross Country and Track and Field Athlete. While a graduate student at Florida International University completing a Master's degree in Religious Studies, I was 'Student of the Year', a student body representative for a private event with the Dalai Lama, and received high honors for my Thesis on Buddhist metaphysics.


Along the way, I have been a babysitter, volunteer tutor and mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters and other similar organizations, teen adventure trip leader and outdoor educator with Camp Hazen (Chester, CT) and Keyauwee Girl Scout Camp (Sophia, NC), yoga teacher training course faculty, high school Track and Field and Cross Country coach, Religious Studies high school teacher, Florida International University Writing and Rhetoric teaching assistant and instructor, and Religious Studies adjunct faculty.
I specialize in the fields of critical and creative writing, editing, research, English and Literature, Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Bel Air, MD 21015
Background Check: Passed

"Pretty much the best tutor out there!"

- Kat, Miami, FL on 4/30/14
Elena replied on 5/2/2014

Congratulations on passing the course, Kat! You're a model student and totally deserve this success. Thanks so much for the kind words. I'll be calling you when it's time to write my biography!

"She is a great teacher. My boy likes her lesson."

- Jennifer, Sunnyvale, CA on 8/21/15
Math:
Algebra 1, Elementary Math, SAT Math
Science:
Anatomy, Anthropology,
Biology, Philosophy, Psychology
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar,
Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, GRE, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL
Computer:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL, TOEFL
History:
Anthropology,
Classics,
Geography, Religion,
Social Studies, World History
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar,
Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Business:
Business, GRE, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Fitness,
Track & Field,
Yoga

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ADD/ADHD

I began working with students with mild to severe ADD and ADHD in 2006 as a substitute teacher with Baltimore County Public Schools. I taught in the Special Education departments of high schools in several long-term substitute teaching assignments (several months each) between early 2006 and mid 2009. I've also been formally educated by the the Learning Specialist at Palmer Trinity School about how to make accommodations and adaptations for ADD/ADHD students.

Anthropology

Anthropology was a major part of my undergraduate and graduate studies and one of my biggest passions. I have taken the following undergraduate courses: Introduction to Anthropology, Anthropology of War and Peace, Cultures of the World, Sociolinguistics, Myth and Mythology, World Regional Geography, Archaeology and Human Prehistory, and History of Anthropological Thought. And I have taken the following graduate courses: Native American Religions, Advanced Fieldwork, and Ethno-Historical Research Methods.

Classics

The Classics are another field of deep interest to me. Between undergraduate and graduate school, I have completed the following courses in the subject: Ideas and Power in the Modern World, Survey of Western Art, Modern Knowledge and the Self, Myth and Mythology, World Religions, and Seminar on Sacred Texts.

Fitness

I was certified by the National Strength Professionals Association in Personal Training in 2008 and worked for some time as a personal trainer. I'm also a 200 and 500hr RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) certified by Sivananda Yoga in 2008 and 2013 respectively, have been practicing for over 10 years and teaching for more than 5. Lastly, I've been a competitive runner for 20 years, having been a decorated NCAA Cross Country and Track and Field athlete in college.

Grammar

Much of my undergraduate and graduate studies revolved around the field of linguistics. I am a passionate teacher of all aspects of the English language and have successfully taught grammar to innumerable students ranging from 2nd-grade through graduate school.

Public Speaking

Public Speaking is something I have loved doing since a young age when I would take to the theater stage or the church lectern. During my senior year at Juniata College, I won a prestigious oratorical award for a speech about sustainability and have gone on to give many formal and informal presentations and speeches in front of audiences of all types and sizes since that time. In teaching public speaking, I educate about the writing craft, the art of delivery, and the tools and tricks for staying calm.

Religion

After noticing that every major paper I wrote as an undergraduate student was about religion and the supernatural, I realized that the study and education of world religions is a tremendously important part of my life and decided to complete a Master's degree in Religious Studies at Florida International University. During the following two years, I had a lot of fun teaching Religious Studies at a private high school in Miami. My specialization is in Asian Religions, but I am fascinated by all of them.

Special Needs

I grew up living with an aunt who has Down Syndrome and spent time volunteering at her day care beginning at the age of 12. I began working directly with Special Needs students in 2006 as a substitute teacher with Baltimore County Public Schools. I taught in the Special Education departments of high schools in several long-term substitute teaching assignments (several months each) between early 2006 and mid 2009. I've also been educated by Palmer Trinity School's Learning Specialist about ways to teach and adapt to special needs students and various learning differences.

Track & Field

I have been running competitively since I was 8 years old and have always loved the feeling of the race. After being high school team captain and MVP of both the Cross Country and Track and Field teams, I went on to compete for Juniata College as an NCAA DIII athlete where I became named MVP, All-Conference, and All-Region. My 400 meter time was 59 seconds, my 800 meter time was 2:17 and my best 5k time is 17:56.After college, I coached my high school alma mater's Track and Field team for two years and most recently was the Girls' Cross Country Coach at Palmer Trinity School for another two.

Yoga

I've been teaching Yoga to children, teens, and adults since I was first certified in 2008. Since moving to Miami, I spent two years teaching out of FIU's Frost Art Museum as a graduate student there, taught in India for a month after graduation, and then continued teaching yoga and meditation as a Religious Studies teacher at Palmer Trinity School. I began teaching classes at a local Yoga Center in early 2012, and now teach classes and private lessons there and at my home.
I received 200hr certification as a teacher from Sivananda Yoga, underwent an Agama Yoga Immersion in Leh, India in 2011, and recently completed the Sivananda Yoga 500hr advanced teacher certification.

Juniata College
Cultural Analysis
Florida International University
Master's
Meridian University (Petaluma, CA), cont.
Enrolled

Education

Juniata College (Cultural Analysis)

Florida International University (Master's)

Meridian University (Petaluma, CA), cont. (Enrolled)

Pretty much the best tutor out there! — Not only did Elena respond quickly to my message, but she was well prepared and prompt when it came time to meet for our session. She is smart, sweet, and funny and thanks to her, I passed my biological anthropology class! Patient, kind, and accommodating! ...

— Kat, Miami, FL on 4/30/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $88.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Elena will travel within 20 miles of Bel Air, MD 21015.