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Paige S.

Patient, Effective MCPS Certified Teacher in Eng, Fr, & Russ

Patient, Effective MCPS Certified Teacher in Eng, Fr, & Russ

$65/hour

  • 1,188 hours tutoring

  • Kensington, MD 20895

About Paige


Bio

Greetings! I am a 10-year veteran French teacher of MCPS, with six years of tutoring experience in Reading (K-12), Writing (K-12), Study Skills, French and Russian Language and Culture, and Test Prep (SAT, SSAT, ISEE, PSAT, HSPT). I always take time to evaluate a new student's learning style, academic strengths and weaknesses, and attitudes toward learning different subjects. I strive to make learning rigorous, but engaging and even fun for students, especially those with ADHD and low...

Greetings! I am a 10-year veteran French teacher of MCPS, with six years of tutoring experience in Reading (K-12), Writing (K-12), Study Skills, French and Russian Language and Culture, and Test Prep (SAT, SSAT, ISEE, PSAT, HSPT). I always take time to evaluate a new student's learning style, academic strengths and weaknesses, and attitudes toward learning different subjects. I strive to make learning rigorous, but engaging and even fun for students, especially those with ADHD and low motivation, Hands-on activities such as Total Physical Response, contests, games, online interactive games, and lively discussion help these students to become involved in their classes, in studying and in getting results. My students learn to journal, organize their grades, their time, their notebooks, and their work space. I use a lesson plan, customized review sheets which I prepare, and I give homework and a weekly work plan. Whenever possible, I develop a relationship with the student's teachers. Students who become interested in learning and why it is critical for their future careers and life in general start to do much better in their school work. I have been quite effective in bringing about satisfying results in grades and attitudes in my tutoring. I care about my students, what they are going through in school, and I am available to them whenever they need me.

Standardized Test Prep has changed in recent years. The ETS, which administers the PSAT and the SAT, does not ask students to answer questions which are above their level, but it does demand a thorough knowledge of the basics. In addition, ETS often asks questions of average difficulty in math in a complex way, in order to test a student's ability to simplify and change the form of numerical information before working a problem. My students review any areas in which they have gaps in their knowledge. In Test Prep, which is becoming so competitive, we practice the basics with white board games, flash cards, and sometimes games online. I make sure that their foundation knowledge in lower level math, reading and English is solid. I teach that the rules and principles of every subject must be internalized for a lifetime of success. I teach my students to be efficient, curious seekers of knowledge.

One last note, when tutoring test prep, I believe that the only way to learn for the test is to take the tests! I offer one free "mock" test in which I establish a baseline score and a good grasp of where your son or daughter needs to focus and where he or she is strong. Both can be used to determine test-taking strategies. By the end of a session, each student has ideally completed 6 full Practice Tests in the Test for which they are preparing.
So, if you are looking for a patient, caring tutor who understands the principles of preparing lifelong learners, call me. I know I can start your child on the path to being a confident Master Student and to getting better grades that he or she may have ever believed possible.


Education

Middlebury College
Russian and Int'l Economics
London University
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $65
  • Rate details: Rate for a 2-hour lesson is $130.00 Rate for a 10-hour bundle for any standardized prep test is $600.00.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 12 miles of Kensington, MD 20895
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 9/20/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I love teaching English as a second language. As a former French teacher in Montgomery County, I taught many native French speakers to read and write English as they took their French classes. Our ESOL students were regularly sent to me for help due to my expertise in teaching foreign languages (I also teach Russian and am certified in MCPS as an English teacher.) I find out what students (or younger children) are interested in and employ games, songs, plays, sometimes CDs or you-tube to help them internalize the language. Sometimes we use puppets, because in this way I am able to build confidence in speaking English. I do not focus on grammar, but I do give each student a good grounding in the foundations of the language. Without that, a student would not be able to continue later on his own to learn the new language. However, I am always careful to adapt grammar and other aspects of 2nd language immersion to the students age, capabilities, and learning style. I prepare each lesson carefully and give homework (appropriate to the student's age and learning level). Please contact me if you are looking for a caring, professional, prepared teacher who will always be available whenever her students may need special help or attention. You won't be sorry!
French,

French

I am passionate about teaching French to any level. My beginners learn to speak many common phrases and become comfortable with the French accent. Watch videos and learn to recognize French words you thought you'd never master!We do small projects that make you interested in using French on the internet. We use flash cards, board games, Jeopardy and Bingo, Slap, and many other games for learning language. My intermediates work on grammar mastery and expand their vocabulary (by topic) by using colorful verbs, adjectives and adverbs in their games. I urge them to get a friend to take French with them and exchange opinions, role play, do improv theater and write to pen pals. I expose them to kids' news in French, both written and radio. My advanced students read French newspapers, journals (in their interest areas)and short stories or modern novels. They learn to report and converse about their reading. I teach them to exchange emails with pen pals (totally safely through E-Pals.com) We take field trips to places such as Impressionist Art exhibit in the National Art Museum, cook French foods while speaking French; play games or watch French soccer matches and "La Tour de France" in French. Discover that French is FUN with me - you won't be sorry!
Grammar,

Grammar

Having taught French for 10 years as a certified teacher with Montgomery County Public High Schools, been certified to teach Russian and English, and having tutored the SAT (and many other standardized exams) for 4+ years, I am well-qualified in the field of English Grammar. A foreign language teacher must understand grammar thoroughly in order to teach students the difference between their native language and the their target language. I not only can do this with several foreign languages, I have a wealth of materials for teaching grammar and vocabulary. I would love to help your child with any grammar challenges he or she may have. I am sure I can help your child gain confidence in her ability to write and to speak grammatically, with intelligence and imagination. Contact me now if a grammar teacher is what you need for your child.
Russian

Russian

I was lucky to have been given the chance to study Russian at my prep school - Kent School for girls. I continued with Russian by taking it as my major at Middlebury College in Vermont. I continued to pursue my passion for Russian by working for Radio Liberty in Munich Germany for many years, speaking and writing Russian every day in my work. Subsequently, I worked in several departments of the U.S. government analyzing Soviet and Post-Soviet affairs, using Russian sources for most of my research. I take a conversational approach to teaching Russian. My goal is to get a novice student speaking simple sentences within one month of study. We use Total Physical Response, pictures, memory and bingo games, flash cards, story telling and retelling, and lots of improv drama to reinforce short grammar and pronunciation lessons. I identify my client's favorite learning style and go with it. I also give my clients the opportunity to create some parts of their own lessons by choosing topics in which they are interested and exercises which they find engaging. Gradually, a novice student works up to lessons that are 90% immersion. Each student works at his/her own pace.

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

My name is Paige S., known as "Miss Paige" to my many students. I love working with all young students of all levels of capabilities on their reading and math. I care about the "whole" student, so I do as much mentoring as teaching. It is by far the most rewarding thing I have done in my long career. I am a certified teacher with Montgomery County Public Schools. I have worked with the No Child Left Behind Program (NCLB-SES -Title One) for two full years as an employee of The Enrichment Centers (TEC), Inc. I have taught reading and math to many elementary and middle school children (ages 4-14) at schools and centers throughout PG County and Montgomery County in this program.
Grammar,

Grammar

Having taught French for 10 years as a certified teacher with Montgomery County Public High Schools, been certified to teach Russian and English, and having tutored the SAT (and many other standardized exams) for 4+ years, I am well-qualified in the field of English Grammar. A foreign language teacher must understand grammar thoroughly in order to teach students the difference between their native language and the their target language. I not only can do this with several foreign languages, I have a wealth of materials for teaching grammar and vocabulary. I would love to help your child with any grammar challenges he or she may have. I am sure I can help your child gain confidence in her ability to write and to speak grammatically, with intelligence and imagination. Contact me now if a grammar teacher is what you need for your child.
Reading,

Reading

I have been teaching reading to foreign language students for 10 years and have been tutoring all ages from 3-18 in reading for standardized tests and for school needs. I am well qualified to teach reading to pre-school, elementary, middle school and high school students. My programs include teaching phonics (for which I have great materials), reading for main idea, inference, supporting details, style, diction, author's point of view, voice, and other reading skills. Again, I have the materials that are most effective and most proven. The goal is to make sure a student can learn from what he/she reads - and not simply decode words. Reading with expression, learning effective notetaking techniques, and choosing the right reading environment all help. Perhaps just as importantly, I work with a student on developing a positive attitude toward reading-especially when he says he finds reading "boring", "a waste of time compared to the computer", "too hard," etc. Most importantly of all, I customize my program to the student's needs and his/her preferred and most effective learning style. Give me a try - you won't be sorry you did!
Spelling,

Spelling

My long background in teaching French, performing research at a Russian institute, and teaching English as a foreign language to ESOL students in high school and middle school has made me an excellent teacher of spelling strategies and techniques. I have my certification in English Literature and Grammar and have been tutoring English phonics, spelling, reading, and writing for almost 3 years with WyzAnt and occasionally in private school programs.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have taught foreign languages (French and Russian) for ten years in the Montgomery County Public School system. One of my most important and rewarding responsibilities was to help my students with their study and writing skills. Using the Empowered Learning approach, I helped many students learn what style of learner they were by disposition and how to prepare study materials that matched their own most comfortable style. I also demonstrated to my students how to take effective notes in less time by using shorthand and the Cambridge method. I taught them how to make optimal use of their agenda books, and how to prepare for tests using graphic organizers, flash cards, outlines and other study strategies. I have tutored many students on how to perform effective and proper research and how to take notes from original sources. I teach critical thinking in my tutoring, as this is the most important test-taking skill for reading sections of standardized tests. Of course, every student is different. Therefore, much of what I teach in study skills and becoming a Master Student depends on a preliminary evaluation of those aspects of studying, project writing, and test-taking are most challenging to the particular student I am coaching and mentoring. I am thorough, thoughtful, easy to understand and take pride and pleasure in encouraging every student I tutor.
Vocabulary

English

ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I have taught reading and writing in my capacity as a language teacher of the advanced levels of French and Russian in Montgomery County Public Schools. I have also been tutoring English (as well as ESOL) , the English sections of the standardized tests SAT, ISEE, SSAT, and ACT, grammar, and literature since I retired in 2010. I am passionate about helping students prepare for English standardized testing. I try (and very often succeed ) in taking the anxiety out of the prospect of such a long and pressure-laden test for the students. I also help students who have taken the tests and want higher scores by finding and targeting the problems through an analysis of the student's test results and the addition of clear, rigorous practice of the concepts in which weakness is detected.
English,

English

I am a certified, retired, English teacher in Montgomery County, MD. I teach English grammar, reading, comprehension and writing. I understand well our children's problems with critical reading and writing in English because I am a writer myself. Before becoming a teacher of languages, I worked with the US Departments of Commerce and Defense, doing research and writing, and wrote professional articles for several foreign policy and economic publications. I know how to help children and adults learn how to "infer" from what they read, how to express the "main idea" in anything they may be asked to, or want to, write, and much more about the art of writing and literary or other written academic analysis. If your child or you as an adult is challenged about these aspects of English training, I would love to help you.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I love teaching English as a second language. As a former French teacher in Montgomery County, I taught many native French speakers to read and write English as they took their French classes. Our ESOL students were regularly sent to me for help due to my expertise in teaching foreign languages (I also teach Russian and am certified in MCPS as an English teacher.) I find out what students (or younger children) are interested in and employ games, songs, plays, sometimes CDs or you-tube to help them internalize the language. Sometimes we use puppets, because in this way I am able to build confidence in speaking English. I do not focus on grammar, but I do give each student a good grounding in the foundations of the language. Without that, a student would not be able to continue later on his own to learn the new language. However, I am always careful to adapt grammar and other aspects of 2nd language immersion to the students age, capabilities, and learning style. I prepare each lesson carefully and give homework (appropriate to the student's age and learning level). Please contact me if you are looking for a caring, professional, prepared teacher who will always be available whenever her students may need special help or attention. You won't be sorry!
Grammar,

Grammar

Having taught French for 10 years as a certified teacher with Montgomery County Public High Schools, been certified to teach Russian and English, and having tutored the SAT (and many other standardized exams) for 4+ years, I am well-qualified in the field of English Grammar. A foreign language teacher must understand grammar thoroughly in order to teach students the difference between their native language and the their target language. I not only can do this with several foreign languages, I have a wealth of materials for teaching grammar and vocabulary. I would love to help your child with any grammar challenges he or she may have. I am sure I can help your child gain confidence in her ability to write and to speak grammatically, with intelligence and imagination. Contact me now if a grammar teacher is what you need for your child.
Reading,

Reading

I have been teaching reading to foreign language students for 10 years and have been tutoring all ages from 3-18 in reading for standardized tests and for school needs. I am well qualified to teach reading to pre-school, elementary, middle school and high school students. My programs include teaching phonics (for which I have great materials), reading for main idea, inference, supporting details, style, diction, author's point of view, voice, and other reading skills. Again, I have the materials that are most effective and most proven. The goal is to make sure a student can learn from what he/she reads - and not simply decode words. Reading with expression, learning effective notetaking techniques, and choosing the right reading environment all help. Perhaps just as importantly, I work with a student on developing a positive attitude toward reading-especially when he says he finds reading "boring", "a waste of time compared to the computer", "too hard," etc. Most importantly of all, I customize my program to the student's needs and his/her preferred and most effective learning style. Give me a try - you won't be sorry you did!
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I am a retired Montgomery High School teacher certified in English. I have been helping students prepare for the SAT and PSAT and other standard Tests for 2 years. I can help any student improve his score on SAT reading and vocabulary development. I focus on teaching a student to think while reading - making the student aware of the author's focus, point of view, "voice" and purpose. I spot how the student is "decoding" what he/she is reading and then work on helping him/her "think" and "interpret" as he/she reads instead of merely decoding words. We also work diligently on vocab. I have developed texts which contain 1000 of the most common SAT words , so the student sees these words in context. Depending on the student, we also use flash cards or other strategies to memorize SAT vocab. I'd love to help your son or daughter as I've helped so many already. Give me a try. You won't be sorry!
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

Before becoming a certified teacher in Montgomery County, I worked for thirteen years in the U.S. Government - doing research and writing articles for several foreign policy journals. I have written more than 300 articles on the Soviet Union and the former Soviet republics. I love to write informative, expository articles, which our children need to know in order to be marketable in many careers today. I can teach your child how to write the five paragraph essay, but also teach him/her to develop a style through skillful word choice, to appreciate smooth, fluent phrasing, and to get the grammar perfect every time. I know this is a tall order, but the secret is in presenting meaningful examples and in patiently showing a young person how to think deeply before starting to write something,and how to transfer his thoughts to paper. Patience and inspiration - and making it a little bit fun and intriguing are the keys! Give me a try! You won't be sorry.
Spelling,

Spelling

My long background in teaching French, performing research at a Russian institute, and teaching English as a foreign language to ESOL students in high school and middle school has made me an excellent teacher of spelling strategies and techniques. I have my certification in English Literature and Grammar and have been tutoring English phonics, spelling, reading, and writing for almost 3 years with WyzAnt and occasionally in private school programs.
Writing,

Writing

I have been writing professionally on my job in the foreign economic relations field for 25 years. Now, I love passing on what I learned as I developed as a writer. I always start with how a writer organizes and carries out research and focuses his/her theme. I move on to how to outline the writing project (or assignment). I then teach basic paragraphing - the structure first, then the diction (style), and then the transition. I will work with the student on broadening his writing vocabulary, so that the student chooses the correct word and an interesting, clear, succinct style for his writing. Together, the student and I will then examine and analyze several kinds of introductions conclusions. Along the way, I will answer any questions the student has and will always be patient and clear in my explanations. Give me a call today. I am sure I can help!
Vocabulary

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

My name is Paige S., known as "Miss Paige" to my many students. I love working with all young students of all levels of capabilities on their reading and math. I care about the "whole" student, so I do as much mentoring as teaching. It is by far the most rewarding thing I have done in my long career. I am a certified teacher with Montgomery County Public Schools. I have worked with the No Child Left Behind Program (NCLB-SES -Title One) for two full years as an employee of The Enrichment Centers (TEC), Inc. I have taught reading and math to many elementary and middle school children (ages 4-14) at schools and centers throughout PG County and Montgomery County in this program.
English,

English

I am a certified, retired, English teacher in Montgomery County, MD. I teach English grammar, reading, comprehension and writing. I understand well our children's problems with critical reading and writing in English because I am a writer myself. Before becoming a teacher of languages, I worked with the US Departments of Commerce and Defense, doing research and writing, and wrote professional articles for several foreign policy and economic publications. I know how to help children and adults learn how to "infer" from what they read, how to express the "main idea" in anything they may be asked to, or want to, write, and much more about the art of writing and literary or other written academic analysis. If your child or you as an adult is challenged about these aspects of English training, I would love to help you.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I love teaching English as a second language. As a former French teacher in Montgomery County, I taught many native French speakers to read and write English as they took their French classes. Our ESOL students were regularly sent to me for help due to my expertise in teaching foreign languages (I also teach Russian and am certified in MCPS as an English teacher.) I find out what students (or younger children) are interested in and employ games, songs, plays, sometimes CDs or you-tube to help them internalize the language. Sometimes we use puppets, because in this way I am able to build confidence in speaking English. I do not focus on grammar, but I do give each student a good grounding in the foundations of the language. Without that, a student would not be able to continue later on his own to learn the new language. However, I am always careful to adapt grammar and other aspects of 2nd language immersion to the students age, capabilities, and learning style. I prepare each lesson carefully and give homework (appropriate to the student's age and learning level). Please contact me if you are looking for a caring, professional, prepared teacher who will always be available whenever her students may need special help or attention. You won't be sorry!
French,

French

I am passionate about teaching French to any level. My beginners learn to speak many common phrases and become comfortable with the French accent. Watch videos and learn to recognize French words you thought you'd never master!We do small projects that make you interested in using French on the internet. We use flash cards, board games, Jeopardy and Bingo, Slap, and many other games for learning language. My intermediates work on grammar mastery and expand their vocabulary (by topic) by using colorful verbs, adjectives and adverbs in their games. I urge them to get a friend to take French with them and exchange opinions, role play, do improv theater and write to pen pals. I expose them to kids' news in French, both written and radio. My advanced students read French newspapers, journals (in their interest areas)and short stories or modern novels. They learn to report and converse about their reading. I teach them to exchange emails with pen pals (totally safely through E-Pals.com) We take field trips to places such as Impressionist Art exhibit in the National Art Museum, cook French foods while speaking French; play games or watch French soccer matches and "La Tour de France" in French. Discover that French is FUN with me - you won't be sorry!
Reading,

Reading

I have been teaching reading to foreign language students for 10 years and have been tutoring all ages from 3-18 in reading for standardized tests and for school needs. I am well qualified to teach reading to pre-school, elementary, middle school and high school students. My programs include teaching phonics (for which I have great materials), reading for main idea, inference, supporting details, style, diction, author's point of view, voice, and other reading skills. Again, I have the materials that are most effective and most proven. The goal is to make sure a student can learn from what he/she reads - and not simply decode words. Reading with expression, learning effective notetaking techniques, and choosing the right reading environment all help. Perhaps just as importantly, I work with a student on developing a positive attitude toward reading-especially when he says he finds reading "boring", "a waste of time compared to the computer", "too hard," etc. Most importantly of all, I customize my program to the student's needs and his/her preferred and most effective learning style. Give me a try - you won't be sorry you did!
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I am a retired Montgomery High School teacher certified in English. I have been helping students prepare for the SAT and PSAT and other standard Tests for 2 years. I can help any student improve his score on SAT reading and vocabulary development. I focus on teaching a student to think while reading - making the student aware of the author's focus, point of view, "voice" and purpose. I spot how the student is "decoding" what he/she is reading and then work on helping him/her "think" and "interpret" as he/she reads instead of merely decoding words. We also work diligently on vocab. I have developed texts which contain 1000 of the most common SAT words , so the student sees these words in context. Depending on the student, we also use flash cards or other strategies to memorize SAT vocab. I'd love to help your son or daughter as I've helped so many already. Give me a try. You won't be sorry!
Spelling,

Spelling

My long background in teaching French, performing research at a Russian institute, and teaching English as a foreign language to ESOL students in high school and middle school has made me an excellent teacher of spelling strategies and techniques. I have my certification in English Literature and Grammar and have been tutoring English phonics, spelling, reading, and writing for almost 3 years with WyzAnt and occasionally in private school programs.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have taught foreign languages (French and Russian) for ten years in the Montgomery County Public School system. One of my most important and rewarding responsibilities was to help my students with their study and writing skills. Using the Empowered Learning approach, I helped many students learn what style of learner they were by disposition and how to prepare study materials that matched their own most comfortable style. I also demonstrated to my students how to take effective notes in less time by using shorthand and the Cambridge method. I taught them how to make optimal use of their agenda books, and how to prepare for tests using graphic organizers, flash cards, outlines and other study strategies. I have tutored many students on how to perform effective and proper research and how to take notes from original sources. I teach critical thinking in my tutoring, as this is the most important test-taking skill for reading sections of standardized tests. Of course, every student is different. Therefore, much of what I teach in study skills and becoming a Master Student depends on a preliminary evaluation of those aspects of studying, project writing, and test-taking are most challenging to the particular student I am coaching and mentoring. I am thorough, thoughtful, easy to understand and take pride and pleasure in encouraging every student I tutor.
Writing

Writing

I have been writing professionally on my job in the foreign economic relations field for 25 years. Now, I love passing on what I learned as I developed as a writer. I always start with how a writer organizes and carries out research and focuses his/her theme. I move on to how to outline the writing project (or assignment). I then teach basic paragraphing - the structure first, then the diction (style), and then the transition. I will work with the student on broadening his writing vocabulary, so that the student chooses the correct word and an interesting, clear, succinct style for his writing. Together, the student and I will then examine and analyze several kinds of introductions conclusions. Along the way, I will answer any questions the student has and will always be patient and clear in my explanations. Give me a call today. I am sure I can help!

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I love teaching English as a second language. As a former French teacher in Montgomery County, I taught many native French speakers to read and write English as they took their French classes. Our ESOL students were regularly sent to me for help due to my expertise in teaching foreign languages (I also teach Russian and am certified in MCPS as an English teacher.) I find out what students (or younger children) are interested in and employ games, songs, plays, sometimes CDs or you-tube to help them internalize the language. Sometimes we use puppets, because in this way I am able to build confidence in speaking English. I do not focus on grammar, but I do give each student a good grounding in the foundations of the language. Without that, a student would not be able to continue later on his own to learn the new language. However, I am always careful to adapt grammar and other aspects of 2nd language immersion to the students age, capabilities, and learning style. I prepare each lesson carefully and give homework (appropriate to the student's age and learning level). Please contact me if you are looking for a caring, professional, prepared teacher who will always be available whenever her students may need special help or attention. You won't be sorry!
French,

French

I am passionate about teaching French to any level. My beginners learn to speak many common phrases and become comfortable with the French accent. Watch videos and learn to recognize French words you thought you'd never master!We do small projects that make you interested in using French on the internet. We use flash cards, board games, Jeopardy and Bingo, Slap, and many other games for learning language. My intermediates work on grammar mastery and expand their vocabulary (by topic) by using colorful verbs, adjectives and adverbs in their games. I urge them to get a friend to take French with them and exchange opinions, role play, do improv theater and write to pen pals. I expose them to kids' news in French, both written and radio. My advanced students read French newspapers, journals (in their interest areas)and short stories or modern novels. They learn to report and converse about their reading. I teach them to exchange emails with pen pals (totally safely through E-Pals.com) We take field trips to places such as Impressionist Art exhibit in the National Art Museum, cook French foods while speaking French; play games or watch French soccer matches and "La Tour de France" in French. Discover that French is FUN with me - you won't be sorry!
Russian

Russian

I was lucky to have been given the chance to study Russian at my prep school - Kent School for girls. I continued with Russian by taking it as my major at Middlebury College in Vermont. I continued to pursue my passion for Russian by working for Radio Liberty in Munich Germany for many years, speaking and writing Russian every day in my work. Subsequently, I worked in several departments of the U.S. government analyzing Soviet and Post-Soviet affairs, using Russian sources for most of my research. I take a conversational approach to teaching Russian. My goal is to get a novice student speaking simple sentences within one month of study. We use Total Physical Response, pictures, memory and bingo games, flash cards, story telling and retelling, and lots of improv drama to reinforce short grammar and pronunciation lessons. I identify my client's favorite learning style and go with it. I also give my clients the opportunity to create some parts of their own lessons by choosing topics in which they are interested and exercises which they find engaging. Gradually, a novice student works up to lessons that are 90% immersion. Each student works at his/her own pace.

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Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

My name is Paige S., known as "Miss Paige" to my many students. I love working with all young students of all levels of capabilities on their reading and math. I care about the "whole" student, so I do as much mentoring as teaching. It is by far the most rewarding thing I have done in my long career. I am a certified teacher with Montgomery County Public Schools. I have worked with the No Child Left Behind Program (NCLB-SES -Title One) for two full years as an employee of The Enrichment Centers (TEC), Inc. I have taught reading and math to many elementary and middle school children (ages 4-14) at schools and centers throughout PG County and Montgomery County in this program.
English,

English

I am a certified, retired, English teacher in Montgomery County, MD. I teach English grammar, reading, comprehension and writing. I understand well our children's problems with critical reading and writing in English because I am a writer myself. Before becoming a teacher of languages, I worked with the US Departments of Commerce and Defense, doing research and writing, and wrote professional articles for several foreign policy and economic publications. I know how to help children and adults learn how to "infer" from what they read, how to express the "main idea" in anything they may be asked to, or want to, write, and much more about the art of writing and literary or other written academic analysis. If your child or you as an adult is challenged about these aspects of English training, I would love to help you.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I love teaching English as a second language. As a former French teacher in Montgomery County, I taught many native French speakers to read and write English as they took their French classes. Our ESOL students were regularly sent to me for help due to my expertise in teaching foreign languages (I also teach Russian and am certified in MCPS as an English teacher.) I find out what students (or younger children) are interested in and employ games, songs, plays, sometimes CDs or you-tube to help them internalize the language. Sometimes we use puppets, because in this way I am able to build confidence in speaking English. I do not focus on grammar, but I do give each student a good grounding in the foundations of the language. Without that, a student would not be able to continue later on his own to learn the new language. However, I am always careful to adapt grammar and other aspects of 2nd language immersion to the students age, capabilities, and learning style. I prepare each lesson carefully and give homework (appropriate to the student's age and learning level). Please contact me if you are looking for a caring, professional, prepared teacher who will always be available whenever her students may need special help or attention. You won't be sorry!
French,

French

I am passionate about teaching French to any level. My beginners learn to speak many common phrases and become comfortable with the French accent. Watch videos and learn to recognize French words you thought you'd never master!We do small projects that make you interested in using French on the internet. We use flash cards, board games, Jeopardy and Bingo, Slap, and many other games for learning language. My intermediates work on grammar mastery and expand their vocabulary (by topic) by using colorful verbs, adjectives and adverbs in their games. I urge them to get a friend to take French with them and exchange opinions, role play, do improv theater and write to pen pals. I expose them to kids' news in French, both written and radio. My advanced students read French newspapers, journals (in their interest areas)and short stories or modern novels. They learn to report and converse about their reading. I teach them to exchange emails with pen pals (totally safely through E-Pals.com) We take field trips to places such as Impressionist Art exhibit in the National Art Museum, cook French foods while speaking French; play games or watch French soccer matches and "La Tour de France" in French. Discover that French is FUN with me - you won't be sorry!
Reading,

Reading

I have been teaching reading to foreign language students for 10 years and have been tutoring all ages from 3-18 in reading for standardized tests and for school needs. I am well qualified to teach reading to pre-school, elementary, middle school and high school students. My programs include teaching phonics (for which I have great materials), reading for main idea, inference, supporting details, style, diction, author's point of view, voice, and other reading skills. Again, I have the materials that are most effective and most proven. The goal is to make sure a student can learn from what he/she reads - and not simply decode words. Reading with expression, learning effective notetaking techniques, and choosing the right reading environment all help. Perhaps just as importantly, I work with a student on developing a positive attitude toward reading-especially when he says he finds reading "boring", "a waste of time compared to the computer", "too hard," etc. Most importantly of all, I customize my program to the student's needs and his/her preferred and most effective learning style. Give me a try - you won't be sorry you did!
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have taught foreign languages (French and Russian) for ten years in the Montgomery County Public School system. One of my most important and rewarding responsibilities was to help my students with their study and writing skills. Using the Empowered Learning approach, I helped many students learn what style of learner they were by disposition and how to prepare study materials that matched their own most comfortable style. I also demonstrated to my students how to take effective notes in less time by using shorthand and the Cambridge method. I taught them how to make optimal use of their agenda books, and how to prepare for tests using graphic organizers, flash cards, outlines and other study strategies. I have tutored many students on how to perform effective and proper research and how to take notes from original sources. I teach critical thinking in my tutoring, as this is the most important test-taking skill for reading sections of standardized tests. Of course, every student is different. Therefore, much of what I teach in study skills and becoming a Master Student depends on a preliminary evaluation of those aspects of studying, project writing, and test-taking are most challenging to the particular student I am coaching and mentoring. I am thorough, thoughtful, easy to understand and take pride and pleasure in encouraging every student I tutor.
Writing

Writing

I have been writing professionally on my job in the foreign economic relations field for 25 years. Now, I love passing on what I learned as I developed as a writer. I always start with how a writer organizes and carries out research and focuses his/her theme. I move on to how to outline the writing project (or assignment). I then teach basic paragraphing - the structure first, then the diction (style), and then the transition. I will work with the student on broadening his writing vocabulary, so that the student chooses the correct word and an interesting, clear, succinct style for his writing. Together, the student and I will then examine and analyze several kinds of introductions conclusions. Along the way, I will answer any questions the student has and will always be patient and clear in my explanations. Give me a call today. I am sure I can help!

Other

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I love teaching English as a second language. As a former French teacher in Montgomery County, I taught many native French speakers to read and write English as they took their French classes. Our ESOL students were regularly sent to me for help due to my expertise in teaching foreign languages (I also teach Russian and am certified in MCPS as an English teacher.) I find out what students (or younger children) are interested in and employ games, songs, plays, sometimes CDs or you-tube to help them internalize the language. Sometimes we use puppets, because in this way I am able to build confidence in speaking English. I do not focus on grammar, but I do give each student a good grounding in the foundations of the language. Without that, a student would not be able to continue later on his own to learn the new language. However, I am always careful to adapt grammar and other aspects of 2nd language immersion to the students age, capabilities, and learning style. I prepare each lesson carefully and give homework (appropriate to the student's age and learning level). Please contact me if you are looking for a caring, professional, prepared teacher who will always be available whenever her students may need special help or attention. You won't be sorry!
Study Skills

Study Skills

I have taught foreign languages (French and Russian) for ten years in the Montgomery County Public School system. One of my most important and rewarding responsibilities was to help my students with their study and writing skills. Using the Empowered Learning approach, I helped many students learn what style of learner they were by disposition and how to prepare study materials that matched their own most comfortable style. I also demonstrated to my students how to take effective notes in less time by using shorthand and the Cambridge method. I taught them how to make optimal use of their agenda books, and how to prepare for tests using graphic organizers, flash cards, outlines and other study strategies. I have tutored many students on how to perform effective and proper research and how to take notes from original sources. I teach critical thinking in my tutoring, as this is the most important test-taking skill for reading sections of standardized tests. Of course, every student is different. Therefore, much of what I teach in study skills and becoming a Master Student depends on a preliminary evaluation of those aspects of studying, project writing, and test-taking are most challenging to the particular student I am coaching and mentoring. I am thorough, thoughtful, easy to understand and take pride and pleasure in encouraging every student I tutor.

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

I have taught foreign languages (French and Russian) for ten years in the Montgomery County Public School system. One of my most important and rewarding responsibilities was to help my students with their study and writing skills. Using the Empowered Learning approach, I helped many students learn what style of learner they were by disposition and how to prepare study materials that matched their own most comfortable style. I also demonstrated to my students how to take effective notes in less time by using shorthand and the Cambridge method. I taught them how to make optimal use of their agenda books, and how to prepare for tests using graphic organizers, flash cards, outlines and other study strategies. I have tutored many students on how to perform effective and proper research and how to take notes from original sources. I teach critical thinking in my tutoring, as this is the most important test-taking skill for reading sections of standardized tests. Of course, every student is different. Therefore, much of what I teach in study skills and becoming a Master Student depends on a preliminary evaluation of those aspects of studying, project writing, and test-taking are most challenging to the particular student I am coaching and mentoring. I am thorough, thoughtful, easy to understand and take pride and pleasure in encouraging every student I tutor.

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

My name is Paige S., known as "Miss Paige" to my many students. I love working with all young students of all levels of capabilities on their reading and math. I care about the "whole" student, so I do as much mentoring as teaching. It is by far the most rewarding thing I have done in my long career. I am a certified teacher with Montgomery County Public Schools. I have worked with the No Child Left Behind Program (NCLB-SES -Title One) for two full years as an employee of The Enrichment Centers (TEC), Inc. I have taught reading and math to many elementary and middle school children (ages 4-14) at schools and centers throughout PG County and Montgomery County in this program.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I love teaching English as a second language. As a former French teacher in Montgomery County, I taught many native French speakers to read and write English as they took their French classes. Our ESOL students were regularly sent to me for help due to my expertise in teaching foreign languages (I also teach Russian and am certified in MCPS as an English teacher.) I find out what students (or younger children) are interested in and employ games, songs, plays, sometimes CDs or you-tube to help them internalize the language. Sometimes we use puppets, because in this way I am able to build confidence in speaking English. I do not focus on grammar, but I do give each student a good grounding in the foundations of the language. Without that, a student would not be able to continue later on his own to learn the new language. However, I am always careful to adapt grammar and other aspects of 2nd language immersion to the students age, capabilities, and learning style. I prepare each lesson carefully and give homework (appropriate to the student's age and learning level). Please contact me if you are looking for a caring, professional, prepared teacher who will always be available whenever her students may need special help or attention. You won't be sorry!
French,

French

I am passionate about teaching French to any level. My beginners learn to speak many common phrases and become comfortable with the French accent. Watch videos and learn to recognize French words you thought you'd never master!We do small projects that make you interested in using French on the internet. We use flash cards, board games, Jeopardy and Bingo, Slap, and many other games for learning language. My intermediates work on grammar mastery and expand their vocabulary (by topic) by using colorful verbs, adjectives and adverbs in their games. I urge them to get a friend to take French with them and exchange opinions, role play, do improv theater and write to pen pals. I expose them to kids' news in French, both written and radio. My advanced students read French newspapers, journals (in their interest areas)and short stories or modern novels. They learn to report and converse about their reading. I teach them to exchange emails with pen pals (totally safely through E-Pals.com) We take field trips to places such as Impressionist Art exhibit in the National Art Museum, cook French foods while speaking French; play games or watch French soccer matches and "La Tour de France" in French. Discover that French is FUN with me - you won't be sorry!
Reading,

Reading

I have been teaching reading to foreign language students for 10 years and have been tutoring all ages from 3-18 in reading for standardized tests and for school needs. I am well qualified to teach reading to pre-school, elementary, middle school and high school students. My programs include teaching phonics (for which I have great materials), reading for main idea, inference, supporting details, style, diction, author's point of view, voice, and other reading skills. Again, I have the materials that are most effective and most proven. The goal is to make sure a student can learn from what he/she reads - and not simply decode words. Reading with expression, learning effective notetaking techniques, and choosing the right reading environment all help. Perhaps just as importantly, I work with a student on developing a positive attitude toward reading-especially when he says he finds reading "boring", "a waste of time compared to the computer", "too hard," etc. Most importantly of all, I customize my program to the student's needs and his/her preferred and most effective learning style. Give me a try - you won't be sorry you did!
Russian,

Russian

I was lucky to have been given the chance to study Russian at my prep school - Kent School for girls. I continued with Russian by taking it as my major at Middlebury College in Vermont. I continued to pursue my passion for Russian by working for Radio Liberty in Munich Germany for many years, speaking and writing Russian every day in my work. Subsequently, I worked in several departments of the U.S. government analyzing Soviet and Post-Soviet affairs, using Russian sources for most of my research. I take a conversational approach to teaching Russian. My goal is to get a novice student speaking simple sentences within one month of study. We use Total Physical Response, pictures, memory and bingo games, flash cards, story telling and retelling, and lots of improv drama to reinforce short grammar and pronunciation lessons. I identify my client's favorite learning style and go with it. I also give my clients the opportunity to create some parts of their own lessons by choosing topics in which they are interested and exercises which they find engaging. Gradually, a novice student works up to lessons that are 90% immersion. Each student works at his/her own pace.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have taught foreign languages (French and Russian) for ten years in the Montgomery County Public School system. One of my most important and rewarding responsibilities was to help my students with their study and writing skills. Using the Empowered Learning approach, I helped many students learn what style of learner they were by disposition and how to prepare study materials that matched their own most comfortable style. I also demonstrated to my students how to take effective notes in less time by using shorthand and the Cambridge method. I taught them how to make optimal use of their agenda books, and how to prepare for tests using graphic organizers, flash cards, outlines and other study strategies. I have tutored many students on how to perform effective and proper research and how to take notes from original sources. I teach critical thinking in my tutoring, as this is the most important test-taking skill for reading sections of standardized tests. Of course, every student is different. Therefore, much of what I teach in study skills and becoming a Master Student depends on a preliminary evaluation of those aspects of studying, project writing, and test-taking are most challenging to the particular student I am coaching and mentoring. I am thorough, thoughtful, easy to understand and take pride and pleasure in encouraging every student I tutor.
Writing

Writing

I have been writing professionally on my job in the foreign economic relations field for 25 years. Now, I love passing on what I learned as I developed as a writer. I always start with how a writer organizes and carries out research and focuses his/her theme. I move on to how to outline the writing project (or assignment). I then teach basic paragraphing - the structure first, then the diction (style), and then the transition. I will work with the student on broadening his writing vocabulary, so that the student chooses the correct word and an interesting, clear, succinct style for his writing. Together, the student and I will then examine and analyze several kinds of introductions conclusions. Along the way, I will answer any questions the student has and will always be patient and clear in my explanations. Give me a call today. I am sure I can help!

Test Preparation

ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I have taught reading and writing in my capacity as a language teacher of the advanced levels of French and Russian in Montgomery County Public Schools. I have also been tutoring English (as well as ESOL) , the English sections of the standardized tests SAT, ISEE, SSAT, and ACT, grammar, and literature since I retired in 2010. I am passionate about helping students prepare for English standardized testing. I try (and very often succeed ) in taking the anxiety out of the prospect of such a long and pressure-laden test for the students. I also help students who have taken the tests and want higher scores by finding and targeting the problems through an analysis of the student's test results and the addition of clear, rigorous practice of the concepts in which weakness is detected.
COOP/HSPT,

COOP/HSPT

I have been prepping students for the HSPT for two years - in particular for the math, the essay, the English usage, reading, and vocabulary sub-sections. This test is similar to the PSAT, the SSAT and the ISEE, in which I have prepared tens of students over the past year with very good results. I have many materials for tutoring each one of these tests, and my clients are free to use them instead of being obliged to buy their own. I prefer Princeton Review Books, but I also have Peterson, Kaplan and Princeton special books for acquiring an exemplary vocabulary. I also maintain accounts on line which allow my students to practice with some excellent drills during part of their lesson, while again not being obliged to subscribe to the service themselves. Some of the strategies I teach for successful test-taking in the SAT system are self-created. I introduce each student to several strategies and we determine which ones work best for them. As for my personal style, I take the time to explain the tests thoroughly and clearly, the scoring, the advisability of guessing or skipping, the timing of each sub-section, and the types of questions that are apt to appear in any particular section of the particular test being taken. I give clear explanations of why a certain student choice is incorrect. My students learn how to "take a test" and they develop a set of skills which will take them through many years of future standardized testing. Additionally, we work on interviewing techniques, the essay and what information ought to be covered in it, and the etiquette of interacting with adults in a formal setting such as a school tour or interview. I would love to work with your son or daughter on the HSPT.
ISEE,

ISEE

My name is Paige. I have prepared several students for the ISEE in the past two years with very good results. My approach is to first thoroughly explain and illustrate the content of the test, the scoring, the timing of each sub-section of the ISEE, the differences between the SSAT and the ISEE, and several other aspects of the test itself, including the types of traps and pitfalls that the test contains for unprepared students. Next, we go through many strategies for taking the particular level of the test he/she is taking. I have many materials of my own, which my students are free to borrow, thereby relieving them of the obligation of acquiring these themselves. My preferred preparatory source is the Princeton Review, although I also use Kaplan, Peterson and some specialized work books for reading, vocabulary, analogies and English usage and grammar. My students are requested to make flash cards for math facts and for vocabulary words they have forgotten or never knew. I subscribe to several excellent on-line review sites, which we use from time to time for a change of pace. I encourage the student's parents to help prepare him/her for the test by using "test" vocab in their day to day communication with their son or daughter. Most importantly, I stress that the student take as many full practice tests as possible within the available time before his/her chosen test date. Some parts of the practice tests are taken during lessons. We evaluate errors and develop the best strategies for that particular student for avoiding these errors. In short, my students take a logical, thorough, clear, step-by-step approach for preparing for their standardized tests and for the other parts of the school application process. My goal to make all my students comfortable with test-taking strategies that fit them and that will assure their success in future years of standardized test-taking. I would love to prepare your son or daughter for this test.
PSAT,

PSAT

I have been specializing in Standardized Test Prep for almost three years. I have made a thorough catalogue of question types in Math, Reading, and English grammar in the PSAT, SAT, ACT and HSPT. I am also very familiar with many other tests. I have collected and created many strategies for recognizing and choosing the "right" answer for any given test. The objective in taking a standardized test is to understand multiple choice testing and to master it before going into the test. It is therefore a very poor idea to go into such a test "cold" without studying. I have a 6-week, a 10 week, and a 15-week curriculum for PSAT prep which can be administered and/or modified to meet any student's needs. I can prepare a student in a shorter amount of time than many group-based prep courses because I spend quality one-on-one time with my students. I make sure their confidence level and endurance for taking a 3.5 hour exam is at its maximum before they encounter the exam. My success rate has been impressive and I would love to work with your son or daughter. Give me a call!
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I am a retired Montgomery High School teacher certified in English. I have been helping students prepare for the SAT and PSAT and other standard Tests for 2 years. I can help any student improve his score on SAT reading and vocabulary development. I focus on teaching a student to think while reading - making the student aware of the author's focus, point of view, "voice" and purpose. I spot how the student is "decoding" what he/she is reading and then work on helping him/her "think" and "interpret" as he/she reads instead of merely decoding words. We also work diligently on vocab. I have developed texts which contain 1000 of the most common SAT words , so the student sees these words in context. Depending on the student, we also use flash cards or other strategies to memorize SAT vocab. I'd love to help your son or daughter as I've helped so many already. Give me a try. You won't be sorry!
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

Before becoming a certified teacher in Montgomery County, I worked for thirteen years in the U.S. Government - doing research and writing articles for several foreign policy journals. I have written more than 300 articles on the Soviet Union and the former Soviet republics. I love to write informative, expository articles, which our children need to know in order to be marketable in many careers today. I can teach your child how to write the five paragraph essay, but also teach him/her to develop a style through skillful word choice, to appreciate smooth, fluent phrasing, and to get the grammar perfect every time. I know this is a tall order, but the secret is in presenting meaningful examples and in patiently showing a young person how to think deeply before starting to write something,and how to transfer his thoughts to paper. Patience and inspiration - and making it a little bit fun and intriguing are the keys! Give me a try! You won't be sorry.
SSAT

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Patient Paige

Paige helped my son with properties as it relates to the (PIE) not sure of the correct symbol, also the importance of remembering them. it was the first session and it went well so we will see how it progresses.

Michelle, 5 lessons with Paige

Patient and Knowledgeable

Paige has a strong understanding of French grammar and helped me correct my speaking errors. She was on time, patient, prepared, and a very nice lady to work with.

Loriana, 1 lesson with Paige

Excellent, patient, analytical - willing to go the extra mile

Paige was excellent for my daughter. She worked well with her and was able to show her (with kindness) where her analysis went wrong in her writing. Paige gave my daughter tools and extra assignments, and Paige also went the extra mile to read much of the book my daughter was reading to ensure a more meaningful lesson.

Charisse, 1 lesson with Paige

Patient, engaging and knowledgeable

Paige demonstrates interest in her student. She looks for topics he is interested in to drive the lesson objectives to him. She is engaging and patient. She looks proactively for material to help the lesson. Excellent experience!.

Aurora, 20 lessons with Paige

Excellent Tutor

My daughter looks forward to her tutoring sessions with Paige every week. She is very patient and quickly identifies areas that my daughter needs support with. She brings supplemental worksheets and activities to make the tutoring session fun. I highly recommend her.

Patricia, 39 lessons with Paige

Great French Tutor

Paige has recently begun tutoring my son who is a freshman in high school. He is in Honors French and the course load is very demanding. He asked me to find him a tutor so he could stay on top of everything. We are so lucky to have found Paige. She has such a calm and kind personality and my son clicked with her from the first minute he met her. She is giving him the knowledge and confidence that he needs for this course. I would highly recommend Paige to anyone who needs a tutor.

Susan, 12 lessons with Paige

Absolutely the best tutor!

We are extremely pleased with Paige. My daughter has been taking reading lessons with her for a year now and she is way ahead of her class in her reading and comprehension. My daughter is really engaged in the lessons. Paige is patient, knowledgeable and absolutely the best tutor out there!

Sanaz, 37 lessons with Paige

The best tutor you could ever have!

We have had Ms. Paige only for about three months but we have seen a great improvement in our daughter's reading. Thanks to Paige she's becoming a great speller! Thank you Ms. Paige!!!

Reka, 25 lessons with Paige

Overall, just wonderful!

Her techniques in keeping my son interested in learning are awesome! My son can be very difficult at times having difficulty keeping on task, concentrating and so on. She has made learning fun for him and she is a great communicator with children. I highly recommend Paige for any child, especially those with learning disabilities such as ADHD. She can tackle both the learning and emotional aspects involved with ADHD.

Maria, 40 lessons with Paige
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