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Michelle S.

DCPS Teacher & Fulbright Scholar Tutoring All Ages!

DCPS Teacher & Fulbright Scholar Tutoring All Ages!

$45/hour

  • 89 hours tutoring

About Michelle


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Hi, and welcome to my page! I graduated with a B.S. in Child Studies/Second Language Studies (ELL) and a M.Ed. in Special Education from Vanderbilt University. I currently teach in the public school system and provide 1-1 instruction for students from 2nd - 12th grade/workforce development. Previously, I served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Taiwan.

I can especially help in four areas:
1. English tutoring
2. Chinese tutoring (including AP and HSK Test Prep)
3....

Hi, and welcome to my page! I graduated with a B.S. in Child Studies/Second Language Studies (ELL) and a M.Ed. in Special Education from Vanderbilt University. I currently teach in the public school system and provide 1-1 instruction for students from 2nd - 12th grade/workforce development. Previously, I served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Taiwan.

I can especially help in four areas:
1. English tutoring
2. Chinese tutoring (including AP and HSK Test Prep)
3. College/Scholarship Applications
4. Homework Help

I have had experience working in Montessori, Chinese Immersion, ESL/EFL, Special Education, and study abroad programs. As a previous Student Member on the Montgomery County Public Schools Curriculum Advisory Board, I am familiar with what is required of each grade level. I can help your child not only catch up, but go beyond what is required to open more doors of opportunity. I look forward to speaking with you!


Education

Vanderbilt University
Education, ESL
Peabody College of Education
MEd

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $45
  • Rate details: Sessions at the Friendship-Tenleytown Library receive a $5 discount. Please inquire for group rates. Thank you!
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 5/29/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

Chinese,

Chinese

I have had my articles and essays published in Chinese newspapers. My parents are from China, and though I grew up speaking the language, I also have a strong command of teaching Chinese grammar and pronunciation. I have also interned at Potomac Elementary School's Chinese Immersion/Arts Integration program (K/1st Grade). I took the following related classes and exams: AP Chinese exam, I received a 5, and Advanced Chinese II, I received an A.
ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

As a Second Language Studies (ELL) major, I help children with reading, writing/spelling, and speaking. I also taught Adult ESL for 2 years at Hope Chinese School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have taught various math, reading, writing, and science lessons within Montgomery County Public Schools. I was also a teacher's assistant at a Christian Montessori school in Germany (grades K-4, mixed). In the past, I have tutored with Aristotle Circle (formerly Peer2Peer Tutors) and the Chinese American Parents and Students Association (CAPSA).
Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

I specialize in teaching math to children from PK-2nd grade, and it is my FAVORITE subject to teach! I use the CGI (Cognitively Guided Instruction) framework to help your child understand the "why" behind math. During the first session, I use a ~20 minute math interview to gain a clear understanding of your child's strengths and weaknesses. From there, I develop a clear math report to help you understand what our next steps will be and how you can help your child at home. My goal is to make math fear disappear!
Handwriting,

Handwriting

I taught handwriting to young children (K/1st) at a Montessori school in Germany. My approach to teaching handwriting is very systematic--I teach letters in a certain order and use the "House" method. I also teach students how to angle their paper and properly grasp their pencil. These methods apply to both print and cursive.
Reading,

Reading

Reading is one of the most important "building block" skills necessary for success in our society today. I teach a mix of phonics, phonemic awareness, reading comprehension, vocabulary expansion, and fluency. I was previously a Literacy TA at Asian American Lead in Washington, D.C. Currently, I am a tutor at the Kennedy Center Reading Clinic where I work with children who have reading disabilities.
Elementary Science, Vocabulary

English

ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I received a 36 on the Reading section and a 34 composite on the ACT. I would be happy to help students achieve a high score so that it is on par with their dream school's test average.
Braille,

Braille

I have been teaching Braille for about a year as a part of my practicum requirements at the local school for the blind and have taken a Unified English Braille course at my university.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

As a Second Language Studies (ELL) major, I help children with reading, writing/spelling, and speaking. I also taught Adult ESL for 2 years at Hope Chinese School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Reading,

Reading

Reading is one of the most important "building block" skills necessary for success in our society today. I teach a mix of phonics, phonemic awareness, reading comprehension, vocabulary expansion, and fluency. I was previously a Literacy TA at Asian American Lead in Washington, D.C. Currently, I am a tutor at the Kennedy Center Reading Clinic where I work with children who have reading disabilities.
Writing,

Writing

I have written educational blog content for Aristotle Circle and was a regular contributor to the school newspaper. In my free time, I write poetry and children's books.
ACT English, Vocabulary

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra is highly applicable in daily life, and my job is to show your child how beneficial and useful it truly is. A typical lesson will include: 1. A video that introduces the concept/applies it in a tangible, useful manner 2. Explanation of concept and doing examples 3. Coming up with mnemonics, songs, or rhymes 4. Guided practice 5. Clarification 6. Independent work It is extremely important to me that the student not only understands how to do the problem, but why the method(s) taught work.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have taught various math, reading, writing, and science lessons within Montgomery County Public Schools. I was also a teacher's assistant at a Christian Montessori school in Germany (grades K-4, mixed). In the past, I have tutored with Aristotle Circle (formerly Peer2Peer Tutors) and the Chinese American Parents and Students Association (CAPSA).
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

As a Second Language Studies (ELL) major, I help children with reading, writing/spelling, and speaking. I also taught Adult ESL for 2 years at Hope Chinese School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Handwriting,

Handwriting

I taught handwriting to young children (K/1st) at a Montessori school in Germany. My approach to teaching handwriting is very systematic--I teach letters in a certain order and use the "House" method. I also teach students how to angle their paper and properly grasp their pencil. These methods apply to both print and cursive.
Reading,

Reading

Reading is one of the most important "building block" skills necessary for success in our society today. I teach a mix of phonics, phonemic awareness, reading comprehension, vocabulary expansion, and fluency. I was previously a Literacy TA at Asian American Lead in Washington, D.C. Currently, I am a tutor at the Kennedy Center Reading Clinic where I work with children who have reading disabilities.
Writing

Writing

I have written educational blog content for Aristotle Circle and was a regular contributor to the school newspaper. In my free time, I write poetry and children's books.

Language

Braille,

Braille

I have been teaching Braille for about a year as a part of my practicum requirements at the local school for the blind and have taken a Unified English Braille course at my university.
Chinese,

Chinese

I have had my articles and essays published in Chinese newspapers. My parents are from China, and though I grew up speaking the language, I also have a strong command of teaching Chinese grammar and pronunciation. I have also interned at Potomac Elementary School's Chinese Immersion/Arts Integration program (K/1st Grade). I took the following related classes and exams: AP Chinese exam, I received a 5, and Advanced Chinese II, I received an A.
ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

As a Second Language Studies (ELL) major, I help children with reading, writing/spelling, and speaking. I also taught Adult ESL for 2 years at Hope Chinese School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra is highly applicable in daily life, and my job is to show your child how beneficial and useful it truly is. A typical lesson will include: 1. A video that introduces the concept/applies it in a tangible, useful manner 2. Explanation of concept and doing examples 3. Coming up with mnemonics, songs, or rhymes 4. Guided practice 5. Clarification 6. Independent work It is extremely important to me that the student not only understands how to do the problem, but why the method(s) taught work.
ACT Math

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra is highly applicable in daily life, and my job is to show your child how beneficial and useful it truly is. A typical lesson will include: 1. A video that introduces the concept/applies it in a tangible, useful manner 2. Explanation of concept and doing examples 3. Coming up with mnemonics, songs, or rhymes 4. Guided practice 5. Clarification 6. Independent work It is extremely important to me that the student not only understands how to do the problem, but why the method(s) taught work.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have taught various math, reading, writing, and science lessons within Montgomery County Public Schools. I was also a teacher's assistant at a Christian Montessori school in Germany (grades K-4, mixed). In the past, I have tutored with Aristotle Circle (formerly Peer2Peer Tutors) and the Chinese American Parents and Students Association (CAPSA).
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

As a Second Language Studies (ELL) major, I help children with reading, writing/spelling, and speaking. I also taught Adult ESL for 2 years at Hope Chinese School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Reading,

Reading

Reading is one of the most important "building block" skills necessary for success in our society today. I teach a mix of phonics, phonemic awareness, reading comprehension, vocabulary expansion, and fluency. I was previously a Literacy TA at Asian American Lead in Washington, D.C. Currently, I am a tutor at the Kennedy Center Reading Clinic where I work with children who have reading disabilities.
Writing

Writing

I have written educational blog content for Aristotle Circle and was a regular contributor to the school newspaper. In my free time, I write poetry and children's books.

Other

College Counseling,

College Counseling

Having gone through the college application process myself, I can help students seeking undergraduate admission to colleges and universities. I can suggest schools that would be a good fit, as well as help craft personal statements and appeal letters. I have helped students gain admission to University of Southern California (USC), University of Maryland- College Park, and Bryn Mawr College.
ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

As a Second Language Studies (ELL) major, I help children with reading, writing/spelling, and speaking. I also taught Adult ESL for 2 years at Hope Chinese School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Special Needs

Braille,

Braille

I have been teaching Braille for about a year as a part of my practicum requirements at the local school for the blind and have taken a Unified English Braille course at my university.
Special Needs

Special Needs

I am passionate about helping children with special needs reach their highest potential. I have taught students with visual impairments, ADD/ADHD, and autism. During the school year, I volunteer with at-risk children from the Edgehill Methodist Church, where many of these children have high incidence disabilities. Some methods I use include Direct Instruction and Applied Behavioral Analysis. I am also familiar with the process of acquiring accommodations (IEP/504) for school and testing (College Board/American College Testing) purposes.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra is highly applicable in daily life, and my job is to show your child how beneficial and useful it truly is. A typical lesson will include: 1. A video that introduces the concept/applies it in a tangible, useful manner 2. Explanation of concept and doing examples 3. Coming up with mnemonics, songs, or rhymes 4. Guided practice 5. Clarification 6. Independent work It is extremely important to me that the student not only understands how to do the problem, but why the method(s) taught work.
Chinese,

Chinese

I have had my articles and essays published in Chinese newspapers. My parents are from China, and though I grew up speaking the language, I also have a strong command of teaching Chinese grammar and pronunciation. I have also interned at Potomac Elementary School's Chinese Immersion/Arts Integration program (K/1st Grade). I took the following related classes and exams: AP Chinese exam, I received a 5, and Advanced Chinese II, I received an A.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have taught various math, reading, writing, and science lessons within Montgomery County Public Schools. I was also a teacher's assistant at a Christian Montessori school in Germany (grades K-4, mixed). In the past, I have tutored with Aristotle Circle (formerly Peer2Peer Tutors) and the Chinese American Parents and Students Association (CAPSA).
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

As a Second Language Studies (ELL) major, I help children with reading, writing/spelling, and speaking. I also taught Adult ESL for 2 years at Hope Chinese School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Reading,

Reading

Reading is one of the most important "building block" skills necessary for success in our society today. I teach a mix of phonics, phonemic awareness, reading comprehension, vocabulary expansion, and fluency. I was previously a Literacy TA at Asian American Lead in Washington, D.C. Currently, I am a tutor at the Kennedy Center Reading Clinic where I work with children who have reading disabilities.
Writing

Writing

I have written educational blog content for Aristotle Circle and was a regular contributor to the school newspaper. In my free time, I write poetry and children's books.

Test Preparation

ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I received a 36 on the Reading section and a 34 composite on the ACT. I would be happy to help students achieve a high score so that it is on par with their dream school's test average.
College Counseling,

College Counseling

Having gone through the college application process myself, I can help students seeking undergraduate admission to colleges and universities. I can suggest schools that would be a good fit, as well as help craft personal statements and appeal letters. I have helped students gain admission to University of Southern California (USC), University of Maryland- College Park, and Bryn Mawr College.
Praxis,

Praxis

I have taken Praxis exams for teacher certification, scoring in the 90th percentile or higher.
ACT English, ACT Math

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Patience and responsible teacher

Teacher Michelle is an excellent teacher with patience and responsibility. My child likes her class very much. I believe that my child's English level will improve very quickly. 10/11/2019

Kai, 17 lessons with Michelle
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