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Joy E.

Multi-Subject Tutor and Coach for Children and Adults

Multi-Subject Tutor and Coach for Children and Adults

$55/hour

  • 377 hours tutoring

  • Silver Spring, MD 20910

About Joy


Bio

Through tutoring, coaching, technology training, and writing services, I help people excel academically, professionally, and in broader life. Whether it’s teaching English or how to use a computer app, at the core of what I do is literacy. Beyond the ability to read and write English (at the very least), today "literacy" includes being able to access, evaluate, and communicate information across many platforms—more often than not using digital technologies. Likewise, I don't just help...

Through tutoring, coaching, technology training, and writing services, I help people excel academically, professionally, and in broader life. Whether it’s teaching English or how to use a computer app, at the core of what I do is literacy. Beyond the ability to read and write English (at the very least), today "literacy" includes being able to access, evaluate, and communicate information across many platforms—more often than not using digital technologies. Likewise, I don't just help students learn content or test-taking strategies, but "how to learn". Whether getting into college, getting a job, or creating a job, the greatest opportunities exist for those who are able to think critically and creatively, who cannot just memorize, but make meaningful connections to the real world…and imagine ways to create a better one. This is education as the practice of freedom, of self and community empowerment, and it's why I'm as invested in your learning (or the person you're here for) as you are.

My background includes teaching, small business management, and more than 15 years as a communications and human services professional. I've worked in higher education; provided writing services to organizations, businesses and individual clients; and done paid public speaking. Based on my academic achievement, community engagement, and ability to write a compelling personal essay about both, I earned a full, merit-based scholarship to graduate school and (based on another essay) a $5,000 fellowship. I hold a B.A. with honors in communications management from Howard University where I earned a 4.0 G.P.A. in English and completed coursework in multicultural pedagogy through Columbia University. However, my ability to connect with students across a wide range of differences (e.g., learning, cultural, language) is most shaped by parents who exposed me to the world as a classroom and being raised in a community that taught me, by example, to love my neighbor as myself. I believe the students, parents, professionals, small business owners, seniors, and others with whom I've worked over the years, find in me someone who brings both intellectual rigor and compassion, a commitment to results as well as the joy and power of learning.

As you consider your needs, please be sure to read the policies I share below regarding scheduling, communication, travel time, and more. (Because there's a space limit here on Wyzant, I send my full Terms of Service before scheduling the first lesson.) To learn more about my services for reading, writing, computer applications, learning differences/special needs, general academic support, ESOL, and more, see my subject-specific profiles. For writing services (proofreading, resume writing, etc.), typing instruction, general (including group) computer training, or other requests, feel free to message me if you don't see what you need listed.

1. SCHEDULING. The hours of availability listed in my profile are somewhat flexible, especially for online tutoring so feel free to request earlier or later times. I require at least 24 hours advance notice. However, if we're meeting at a public library and you want a private study room, you usually need to secure a reservation 7, and not less than 5, days in advance. To schedule the first lesson: 1. Message me with the exact days of the week AND time windows you are available. For example, Tues. and Thur., 4-7 pm or Saturdays 9:30-11 am. 2. Once you've reserved the room, message me with the room number and I'll schedule the lesson in Wyzant. If you're making a request for someone else who is 18+, then provide that person's number so I can schedule directly.

2. TRAVEL & RATES. Although Wyzant requires a travel radius, my travel limit is actually determined by travel time, especially during rush hour. However, if you want to meet in certain parts of VA, DC, and MD that are beyond my travel radius, a midway meeting location might work or I may already have clients in your area, so my standard rate would apply. If your requested meeting location has difficult, distant, and/or costly parking, I will send you a request to authorize a rate change before I schedule a lesson.

3. COMMUNICATION. To utilize my services through Wyzant, you need to be able (or willing) to effectively use internet-based technology such as text messaging, opening file attachments, and using Wyzant's platform specifically. If you are having difficulty with any aspect of Wyzant's platform, please call Wyzant's customer service for free technical support. During the first lesson, I do a consultation to review your tutoring goals, questions, background information about yourself (or your student), and more. If you prefer to do a phone consultation first (or instead), I offer consults by appointment starting with 20 minutes at my prorated hourly rate. Just leave the date(s) and time(s) you're available along with your phone number.

4. PRIVATE RESIDENCE. I offer home-based tutoring on a limited basis and generally after initially meeting in a public location. For all home-based tutoring of minors, an adult (at least 18 years old) is required to be home. If you or someone in your home smokes, we will need to meet at a public location. Because I've developed allergies to some cats and dogs, they must be kept in another room for the entire duration of the first lesson. If, after leaving your home, I report no allergic reactions, then I'm happy to see your four-legged loved one the next time around.


Education

Howard University
Communications Management
Union Theological Seminary
Masters

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Hourly rate: $55 for in-person / $55 for online
  • Rate details: 10% discount for any single session w/ two or more paying students.
  • Travel policy: Within 10 miles of Silver Spring, MD 20910
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 12/7/2015

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

Microsoft PowerPoint,

Microsoft PowerPoint

PowerPoint is a presentation application that can be used to make everything from business reports to cookbooks and photo albums to interactive workshop presentations. As a PowerPoint user since the 1990s, I've created strategic plans, academic project reports, nonprofit presentations, a recipe book, and so much more. I now offer instruction for beginning to advanced users in multiple Windows versions. This includes general navigation and slide creation, master slide set-up, animation sequencing and slide transitions, and multimedia insertions. I also offer training on saving presentations for online sharing (without loss of formatting), text highlighting and some other features in PowerPoint 2016 that are only available for Microsoft Office 365 subscribers. At a different hourly rate or flat fee to be determined, I can also create custom presentations and templates. NOTE: To use this application efficiently, I strongly recommend that you have a mouse to use with your computing device.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

As a professionally paid public speaker, I’ve delivered keynote speeches, workshops, organizational presentations, artistic performances and more for audiences of up to 750 people. With a B.A. in communications, as well as more than 25 years of public speaking experience, I offer instruction in both the science and art of communicating effectively. Besides strategies to overcome fear and nervousness, this includes instruction on the key questions for any communication—such as purpose, audience, platform, and scope—as well as your personal strengths and challenges regarding public speaking.
QuickBooks,

QuickBooks

I hold a BA in management and have used QuickBooks as a consultant and small business owner for more than 15 years. Working with both small businesses and nonprofits, this has included invoicing (accounts receivables), bill pay (accounts payable), reconciliations, tax forms, reports and more. While I'm tech-savvy, I have trained people with limited computer experience to use QuickBooks effectively for their needs and would be glad to help you understand whichever version you have--desktop or online, the current version or an earlier one. I also offer training in Quicken, Quicken Home & Business and other Quicken products.
Microsoft Word

Computer

General Computer,

General Computer

I consult with and provide training for professionals, small business owners, or anyone who wants to expand their technology skills and digital literacy. With a B.A. in communications management and more than 15 years in corporate, small business, and nonprofit settings, I have advanced proficiency in over 30 apps and platforms. These include Microsoft PowerPoint, Outlook, QuickBooks, Quicken, G Suite (formerly Google Apps), CRM apps, social media platforms, project management apps, and many more. Although I’m tech-savvy, I’m able to communicate and teach beginning users on essential functions such as using email, sharing and managing files, understanding cloud computing, e-commerce, and, especially for seniors, using the many features of a smartphone. I am not a professional website builder but have built four or five sites using WYSIWYG and basic coding. For PowerPoint and QuickBooks, you can see my subject-specific profiles for more detailed information.
Microsoft Outlook,

Microsoft Outlook

Based on more than 15 years as a small business user and then trainer, I offer beginner to advanced instruction in each of Outlook's four features--email, calendar, contacts and task management. This includes setting up external email accounts so that they can be managed from within Outlook; creating email signatures and templates; demonstrating how to create calendar appointments, recurring events and reminders; creating and customizing task lists and connecting them to contacts and the calendar; integrating contact management with all of Outlook's features and social media accounts; and importing, exporting and backing up data. In addition to application training, I can offer insights such as whether you would benefit more from a retail or online version and also point out some of the bugs/shortcomings for a particular version (e.g., Outlook 2013 vs. 2016 and desktop vs. the Office 365 version) so that you can know that it's not just you!
Microsoft PowerPoint,

Microsoft PowerPoint

PowerPoint is a presentation application that can be used to make everything from business reports to cookbooks and photo albums to interactive workshop presentations. As a PowerPoint user since the 1990s, I've created strategic plans, academic project reports, nonprofit presentations, a recipe book, and so much more. I now offer instruction for beginning to advanced users in multiple Windows versions. This includes general navigation and slide creation, master slide set-up, animation sequencing and slide transitions, and multimedia insertions. I also offer training on saving presentations for online sharing (without loss of formatting), text highlighting and some other features in PowerPoint 2016 that are only available for Microsoft Office 365 subscribers. At a different hourly rate or flat fee to be determined, I can also create custom presentations and templates. NOTE: To use this application efficiently, I strongly recommend that you have a mouse to use with your computing device.
QuickBooks,

QuickBooks

I hold a BA in management and have used QuickBooks as a consultant and small business owner for more than 15 years. Working with both small businesses and nonprofits, this has included invoicing (accounts receivables), bill pay (accounts payable), reconciliations, tax forms, reports and more. While I'm tech-savvy, I have trained people with limited computer experience to use QuickBooks effectively for their needs and would be glad to help you understand whichever version you have--desktop or online, the current version or an earlier one. I also offer training in Quicken, Quicken Home & Business and other Quicken products.
Microsoft Word

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I'm a 15-year communications professional and English coach who helps professionals and students to strengthen their reading, writing, and speaking skills. A native speaker of US English, I also specialize in helping speakers of English as a second language (ESL/ESOL) to strengthen pronunciation, reduce accents, and improve reading, and writing skills for school, work, and life. Working with children and adults, I have successfully coached ESOL speakers by not just addressing grammar and syntax, but cadence, intonation, and other aspects of native English proficiency.
General Computer,

General Computer

I consult with and provide training for professionals, small business owners, or anyone who wants to expand their technology skills and digital literacy. With a B.A. in communications management and more than 15 years in corporate, small business, and nonprofit settings, I have advanced proficiency in over 30 apps and platforms. These include Microsoft PowerPoint, Outlook, QuickBooks, Quicken, G Suite (formerly Google Apps), CRM apps, social media platforms, project management apps, and many more. Although I’m tech-savvy, I’m able to communicate and teach beginning users on essential functions such as using email, sharing and managing files, understanding cloud computing, e-commerce, and, especially for seniors, using the many features of a smartphone. I am not a professional website builder but have built four or five sites using WYSIWYG and basic coding. For PowerPoint and QuickBooks, you can see my subject-specific profiles for more detailed information.
Grammar,

Grammar

Along with gaps in phonics skills, a weak foundation in grammar is often at the root of not just writing but reading struggles. I work with students from the primary grades through graduate school, as well as adults in the workplace, who need to learn parts of speech, simple and complex sentence structures, rules of capitalization and punctuation, verb conjugation, forms of agreement, and other aspects of grammar.
Microsoft PowerPoint,

Microsoft PowerPoint

PowerPoint is a presentation application that can be used to make everything from business reports to cookbooks and photo albums to interactive workshop presentations. As a PowerPoint user since the 1990s, I've created strategic plans, academic project reports, nonprofit presentations, a recipe book, and so much more. I now offer instruction for beginning to advanced users in multiple Windows versions. This includes general navigation and slide creation, master slide set-up, animation sequencing and slide transitions, and multimedia insertions. I also offer training on saving presentations for online sharing (without loss of formatting), text highlighting and some other features in PowerPoint 2016 that are only available for Microsoft Office 365 subscribers. At a different hourly rate or flat fee to be determined, I can also create custom presentations and templates. NOTE: To use this application efficiently, I strongly recommend that you have a mouse to use with your computing device.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

As a communications professional, I offer proofreading, editing, and writing services for academic, business, job search, and other nonfiction written materials. As a freelancer and (later) small business owner, I've provided editorial and writing services to over 75 business and nonprofit clients. These have included website content writing, copy writing and editing, resume and cover letter crafting, substantive editing, profile and bio writing, and, of course, proofreading for print and online content. With a master's degree in the humanities, I know Chicago and MLA styles and can apply APA, AP, and in-house (custom) style guides upon request. While I provide support with college essay/personal statements, research papers, and more, I do not write academic assignments. Depending on the nature of your request, I may offer a flat rate. If you're prepared to send me a document that I work on and return to you on a mutually agreed upon date, I may be able to offer a lower rate. Please be sure to read my bio (on my main profile page) for more on my policies.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

As a professionally paid public speaker, I’ve delivered keynote speeches, workshops, organizational presentations, artistic performances and more for audiences of up to 750 people. With a B.A. in communications, as well as more than 25 years of public speaking experience, I offer instruction in both the science and art of communicating effectively. Besides strategies to overcome fear and nervousness, this includes instruction on the key questions for any communication—such as purpose, audience, platform, and scope—as well as your personal strengths and challenges regarding public speaking.
Microsoft Word

Elementary Education

Grammar,

Grammar

Along with gaps in phonics skills, a weak foundation in grammar is often at the root of not just writing but reading struggles. I work with students from the primary grades through graduate school, as well as adults in the workplace, who need to learn parts of speech, simple and complex sentence structures, rules of capitalization and punctuation, verb conjugation, forms of agreement, and other aspects of grammar.
Phonics,

Phonics

Trying to read without understanding phonics is like trying to "do math" without understanding numbers. But phonics instruction is actually just one part of a broader skill set that's needed for decoding, encoding, spelling, reading comprehension, and even writing. From blending and segmentation to syllabication and fluency, I help students (and parents) to identify the issue(s) and then offer targeted, sequential instruction with follow-up exercises for home. While I use the Orton-Gillingham approach for students with dyslexia, I incorporate its use with all students because it's so highly effective. QUALIFICATIONS • Completed graduate coursework in educational pedagogy through Columbia University and proficient in Orton-Gillingham approach • Native English speaker (and daughter of an English teacher) with expertise in working with non-native English speakers (ESOL) & speakers of AAVE (African American Vernacular English) • Taught middle school English Language Arts and spent a year teaching 3rd grade in Montgomery County (before graduate school) where I received training to conduct formal reading assessments • Honors college graduate with 4.0 English G.P.A
Reading,

Reading

• Demonstrated results include raising reading to grade-level proficiency within 10 months • Skilled at helping adults who need to strengthen reading skills for employment • Proficient in Orton-Gillingham approach and other evidence-based best practices • Native English speaker and honors college graduate with 4.0 English G.P.A • Taught middle school English Language Arts and spent a year teaching 3rd grade in Montgomery County (before graduate school) where I received training to conduct formal reading assessments • Earned a full merit-based scholarship to graduate school based, in part, on my application essay and completed coursework in multicultural pedagogy through Columbia University To function in our country today requires not just the ability to read (or write) but the ability to access, create, and do much more with information in school, the workplace, and everyday life. From basic phonological awareness and the role of grammar to analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating multiple texts, I help children and adults at every stage of literacy to develop the knowledge and broad skill set required to read fluently and with increasingly advanced comprehension. I also make systematic connections to the relationship between reading and writing across genres. I incorporate the Orton-Gillingham approach in general, but especially for students with dyslexia, EFD, or on the autism spectrum. A native speaker of US English (and the daughter of an English teacher), I've successfully helped speakers of English as a second language (ESOL) and speakers of other variants of English who want to improve pronunciation, presentation skills, and general native US English proficiency.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

The term "study skills" is shorthand for a range of skills and habits needed in academic, work and daily life. Whether preparing for a test or a job interview, memorizing vocabulary for a new language or writing a research paper, the act of learning requires the ability to comprehend, recall, process, apply and otherwise engage information, often within time limits. Drawing on more than 15 years in business, education, and faith-based human services, I work with both students and professionals to develop, integrate, and refine these skills while focusing on the habits and mindset that are also required. This includes developing skills in managing time, organizing materials and information, and exercises to increase calmness and focus. Despite technological "time-savers" everywhere, organization remains a frequent challenge. Many students and persons in the workforce find that they are spending long hours trying to digest, memorize and otherwise "learn". Using a holistic, "inside out" approach, I work with clients to address both the internal environment of mindset, attitude, motivation, and focus, as well as the external environment of study space, data organization, and tools (flash cards, note taking, etc.). Additionally, because of the central role that literacy plays (for example, in understanding directions or being able to synthesize large amounts of information for a test), I often include instruction in reading comprehension and writing as they relate to studying and test preparation. Finally, we know that when it is difficult to still and calm the mind, it is difficult to concentrate. A student who finds it difficult to concentrate finds it difficult to absorb, synthesize, retain, recall and ultimately to learn. Upon request and at an additional hourly rate, I can help develop a plan to address the many factors that are often involved on the road to success.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

Expanding vocabulary recognition and correct word usage tends to help students and ESL learners who struggle to read, write, speak or comprehend spoken or written English. Proficiency requires learning new words, including sight words, memorizing word definitions, and some rules of grammar such as tenses. In addition to providing instruction in all of the above, I also cover word structure, including common Greek and Latin prefixes, roots and suffixes. You may also find it helpful to review my phonics, grammar, reading, writing, and English profiles.
Spelling

English

English,

English

I offer comprehensive English tutoring for children and adults. With compassionate encouragement and the use of evidence-based best practices, I offer instruction for every stage of learning from early literacy to advanced literacy for higher education and specific professions. Along with leading scholars, I understand that effective teaching requires an understanding of a learner's life context and I bring this holistic perspective to my tutoring. With a commitment to eliminating educational achievement gaps, I've been effective helping adults who, despite academic credentials, may need to fill in some educational gaps and enjoy being a role model for girls and students of color who need to build confidence and motivation. If requested, I also offer spiritual resources such as meditation and prayer as they have been shown to improve focus, ease anxiety, increase retention and more. Please see my subject-specific profiles for more details on reading, writing, public speaking, and other categories of English language tutoring that I offer.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I'm a 15-year communications professional and English coach who helps professionals and students to strengthen their reading, writing, and speaking skills. A native speaker of US English, I also specialize in helping speakers of English as a second language (ESL/ESOL) to strengthen pronunciation, reduce accents, and improve reading, and writing skills for school, work, and life. Working with children and adults, I have successfully coached ESOL speakers by not just addressing grammar and syntax, but cadence, intonation, and other aspects of native English proficiency.
Grammar,

Grammar

Along with gaps in phonics skills, a weak foundation in grammar is often at the root of not just writing but reading struggles. I work with students from the primary grades through graduate school, as well as adults in the workplace, who need to learn parts of speech, simple and complex sentence structures, rules of capitalization and punctuation, verb conjugation, forms of agreement, and other aspects of grammar.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

As a communications professional, I offer proofreading, editing, and writing services for academic, business, job search, and other nonfiction written materials. As a freelancer and (later) small business owner, I've provided editorial and writing services to over 75 business and nonprofit clients. These have included website content writing, copy writing and editing, resume and cover letter crafting, substantive editing, profile and bio writing, and, of course, proofreading for print and online content. With a master's degree in the humanities, I know Chicago and MLA styles and can apply APA, AP, and in-house (custom) style guides upon request. While I provide support with college essay/personal statements, research papers, and more, I do not write academic assignments. Depending on the nature of your request, I may offer a flat rate. If you're prepared to send me a document that I work on and return to you on a mutually agreed upon date, I may be able to offer a lower rate. Please be sure to read my bio (on my main profile page) for more on my policies.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

As a professionally paid public speaker, I’ve delivered keynote speeches, workshops, organizational presentations, artistic performances and more for audiences of up to 750 people. With a B.A. in communications, as well as more than 25 years of public speaking experience, I offer instruction in both the science and art of communicating effectively. Besides strategies to overcome fear and nervousness, this includes instruction on the key questions for any communication—such as purpose, audience, platform, and scope—as well as your personal strengths and challenges regarding public speaking.
Reading,

Reading

• Demonstrated results include raising reading to grade-level proficiency within 10 months • Skilled at helping adults who need to strengthen reading skills for employment • Proficient in Orton-Gillingham approach and other evidence-based best practices • Native English speaker and honors college graduate with 4.0 English G.P.A • Taught middle school English Language Arts and spent a year teaching 3rd grade in Montgomery County (before graduate school) where I received training to conduct formal reading assessments • Earned a full merit-based scholarship to graduate school based, in part, on my application essay and completed coursework in multicultural pedagogy through Columbia University To function in our country today requires not just the ability to read (or write) but the ability to access, create, and do much more with information in school, the workplace, and everyday life. From basic phonological awareness and the role of grammar to analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating multiple texts, I help children and adults at every stage of literacy to develop the knowledge and broad skill set required to read fluently and with increasingly advanced comprehension. I also make systematic connections to the relationship between reading and writing across genres. I incorporate the Orton-Gillingham approach in general, but especially for students with dyslexia, EFD, or on the autism spectrum. A native speaker of US English (and the daughter of an English teacher), I've successfully helped speakers of English as a second language (ESOL) and speakers of other variants of English who want to improve pronunciation, presentation skills, and general native US English proficiency.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

Expanding vocabulary recognition and correct word usage tends to help students and ESL learners who struggle to read, write, speak or comprehend spoken or written English. Proficiency requires learning new words, including sight words, memorizing word definitions, and some rules of grammar such as tenses. In addition to providing instruction in all of the above, I also cover word structure, including common Greek and Latin prefixes, roots and suffixes. You may also find it helpful to review my phonics, grammar, reading, writing, and English profiles.
Writing,

Writing

The daughter of an English teacher, I’m at home in the world of words and ideas (and understand what it really takes to develop strong literacy). I’ve written professionally for companies, nonprofits, and individual clients for over 15 years and provide comprehensive English literacy instruction to children and adults. From students and non-native English speakers struggling with basic phonological awareness, grammar, organization, and mechanics to graduate students and professionals with more advanced needs, I help people identify their challenges and achieve their goals. I also offer resume writing, proofreading, and other career-related writing services.
Spelling

History

American History, Social Studies

Homeschool

English,

English

I offer comprehensive English tutoring for children and adults. With compassionate encouragement and the use of evidence-based best practices, I offer instruction for every stage of learning from early literacy to advanced literacy for higher education and specific professions. Along with leading scholars, I understand that effective teaching requires an understanding of a learner's life context and I bring this holistic perspective to my tutoring. With a commitment to eliminating educational achievement gaps, I've been effective helping adults who, despite academic credentials, may need to fill in some educational gaps and enjoy being a role model for girls and students of color who need to build confidence and motivation. If requested, I also offer spiritual resources such as meditation and prayer as they have been shown to improve focus, ease anxiety, increase retention and more. Please see my subject-specific profiles for more details on reading, writing, public speaking, and other categories of English language tutoring that I offer.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I'm a 15-year communications professional and English coach who helps professionals and students to strengthen their reading, writing, and speaking skills. A native speaker of US English, I also specialize in helping speakers of English as a second language (ESL/ESOL) to strengthen pronunciation, reduce accents, and improve reading, and writing skills for school, work, and life. Working with children and adults, I have successfully coached ESOL speakers by not just addressing grammar and syntax, but cadence, intonation, and other aspects of native English proficiency.
Reading,

Reading

• Demonstrated results include raising reading to grade-level proficiency within 10 months • Skilled at helping adults who need to strengthen reading skills for employment • Proficient in Orton-Gillingham approach and other evidence-based best practices • Native English speaker and honors college graduate with 4.0 English G.P.A • Taught middle school English Language Arts and spent a year teaching 3rd grade in Montgomery County (before graduate school) where I received training to conduct formal reading assessments • Earned a full merit-based scholarship to graduate school based, in part, on my application essay and completed coursework in multicultural pedagogy through Columbia University To function in our country today requires not just the ability to read (or write) but the ability to access, create, and do much more with information in school, the workplace, and everyday life. From basic phonological awareness and the role of grammar to analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating multiple texts, I help children and adults at every stage of literacy to develop the knowledge and broad skill set required to read fluently and with increasingly advanced comprehension. I also make systematic connections to the relationship between reading and writing across genres. I incorporate the Orton-Gillingham approach in general, but especially for students with dyslexia, EFD, or on the autism spectrum. A native speaker of US English (and the daughter of an English teacher), I've successfully helped speakers of English as a second language (ESOL) and speakers of other variants of English who want to improve pronunciation, presentation skills, and general native US English proficiency.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

The term "study skills" is shorthand for a range of skills and habits needed in academic, work and daily life. Whether preparing for a test or a job interview, memorizing vocabulary for a new language or writing a research paper, the act of learning requires the ability to comprehend, recall, process, apply and otherwise engage information, often within time limits. Drawing on more than 15 years in business, education, and faith-based human services, I work with both students and professionals to develop, integrate, and refine these skills while focusing on the habits and mindset that are also required. This includes developing skills in managing time, organizing materials and information, and exercises to increase calmness and focus. Despite technological "time-savers" everywhere, organization remains a frequent challenge. Many students and persons in the workforce find that they are spending long hours trying to digest, memorize and otherwise "learn". Using a holistic, "inside out" approach, I work with clients to address both the internal environment of mindset, attitude, motivation, and focus, as well as the external environment of study space, data organization, and tools (flash cards, note taking, etc.). Additionally, because of the central role that literacy plays (for example, in understanding directions or being able to synthesize large amounts of information for a test), I often include instruction in reading comprehension and writing as they relate to studying and test preparation. Finally, we know that when it is difficult to still and calm the mind, it is difficult to concentrate. A student who finds it difficult to concentrate finds it difficult to absorb, synthesize, retain, recall and ultimately to learn. Upon request and at an additional hourly rate, I can help develop a plan to address the many factors that are often involved on the road to success.
Writing,

Writing

The daughter of an English teacher, I’m at home in the world of words and ideas (and understand what it really takes to develop strong literacy). I’ve written professionally for companies, nonprofits, and individual clients for over 15 years and provide comprehensive English literacy instruction to children and adults. From students and non-native English speakers struggling with basic phonological awareness, grammar, organization, and mechanics to graduate students and professionals with more advanced needs, I help people identify their challenges and achieve their goals. I also offer resume writing, proofreading, and other career-related writing services.
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Language

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I'm a 15-year communications professional and English coach who helps professionals and students to strengthen their reading, writing, and speaking skills. A native speaker of US English, I also specialize in helping speakers of English as a second language (ESL/ESOL) to strengthen pronunciation, reduce accents, and improve reading, and writing skills for school, work, and life. Working with children and adults, I have successfully coached ESOL speakers by not just addressing grammar and syntax, but cadence, intonation, and other aspects of native English proficiency.

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English,

English

I offer comprehensive English tutoring for children and adults. With compassionate encouragement and the use of evidence-based best practices, I offer instruction for every stage of learning from early literacy to advanced literacy for higher education and specific professions. Along with leading scholars, I understand that effective teaching requires an understanding of a learner's life context and I bring this holistic perspective to my tutoring. With a commitment to eliminating educational achievement gaps, I've been effective helping adults who, despite academic credentials, may need to fill in some educational gaps and enjoy being a role model for girls and students of color who need to build confidence and motivation. If requested, I also offer spiritual resources such as meditation and prayer as they have been shown to improve focus, ease anxiety, increase retention and more. Please see my subject-specific profiles for more details on reading, writing, public speaking, and other categories of English language tutoring that I offer.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I'm a 15-year communications professional and English coach who helps professionals and students to strengthen their reading, writing, and speaking skills. A native speaker of US English, I also specialize in helping speakers of English as a second language (ESL/ESOL) to strengthen pronunciation, reduce accents, and improve reading, and writing skills for school, work, and life. Working with children and adults, I have successfully coached ESOL speakers by not just addressing grammar and syntax, but cadence, intonation, and other aspects of native English proficiency.
Reading,

Reading

• Demonstrated results include raising reading to grade-level proficiency within 10 months • Skilled at helping adults who need to strengthen reading skills for employment • Proficient in Orton-Gillingham approach and other evidence-based best practices • Native English speaker and honors college graduate with 4.0 English G.P.A • Taught middle school English Language Arts and spent a year teaching 3rd grade in Montgomery County (before graduate school) where I received training to conduct formal reading assessments • Earned a full merit-based scholarship to graduate school based, in part, on my application essay and completed coursework in multicultural pedagogy through Columbia University To function in our country today requires not just the ability to read (or write) but the ability to access, create, and do much more with information in school, the workplace, and everyday life. From basic phonological awareness and the role of grammar to analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating multiple texts, I help children and adults at every stage of literacy to develop the knowledge and broad skill set required to read fluently and with increasingly advanced comprehension. I also make systematic connections to the relationship between reading and writing across genres. I incorporate the Orton-Gillingham approach in general, but especially for students with dyslexia, EFD, or on the autism spectrum. A native speaker of US English (and the daughter of an English teacher), I've successfully helped speakers of English as a second language (ESOL) and speakers of other variants of English who want to improve pronunciation, presentation skills, and general native US English proficiency.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

The term "study skills" is shorthand for a range of skills and habits needed in academic, work and daily life. Whether preparing for a test or a job interview, memorizing vocabulary for a new language or writing a research paper, the act of learning requires the ability to comprehend, recall, process, apply and otherwise engage information, often within time limits. Drawing on more than 15 years in business, education, and faith-based human services, I work with both students and professionals to develop, integrate, and refine these skills while focusing on the habits and mindset that are also required. This includes developing skills in managing time, organizing materials and information, and exercises to increase calmness and focus. Despite technological "time-savers" everywhere, organization remains a frequent challenge. Many students and persons in the workforce find that they are spending long hours trying to digest, memorize and otherwise "learn". Using a holistic, "inside out" approach, I work with clients to address both the internal environment of mindset, attitude, motivation, and focus, as well as the external environment of study space, data organization, and tools (flash cards, note taking, etc.). Additionally, because of the central role that literacy plays (for example, in understanding directions or being able to synthesize large amounts of information for a test), I often include instruction in reading comprehension and writing as they relate to studying and test preparation. Finally, we know that when it is difficult to still and calm the mind, it is difficult to concentrate. A student who finds it difficult to concentrate finds it difficult to absorb, synthesize, retain, recall and ultimately to learn. Upon request and at an additional hourly rate, I can help develop a plan to address the many factors that are often involved on the road to success.
Writing

Writing

The daughter of an English teacher, I’m at home in the world of words and ideas (and understand what it really takes to develop strong literacy). I’ve written professionally for companies, nonprofits, and individual clients for over 15 years and provide comprehensive English literacy instruction to children and adults. From students and non-native English speakers struggling with basic phonological awareness, grammar, organization, and mechanics to graduate students and professionals with more advanced needs, I help people identify their challenges and achieve their goals. I also offer resume writing, proofreading, and other career-related writing services.

Other

College Counseling,

College Counseling

Based on my academic achievement, community engagement, and ability to write a compelling personal essay about both, I earned a full, merit-based scholarship to an Ivy League graduate school and (based on another essay) a $5,000 fellowship. I secured paid internships during both undergraduate and graduate school and graduated within 4 years and 3 years, respectively. I had a salaried job within six months of earning my B.A., and before I completed my master’s degree—both times in my field of study. So, there’s getting into college and getting into the “right” college for you. Then, of course, there’s getting out…With continuing changes in the educational and broader social landscape, the return on investment (ROI) in higher education is not guaranteed. I work with students (and families) to understand that landscape, set clear goals, and then navigate and manage the process to achieve them. This includes guidance on applications and admissions processes, scholarships, financial aid, and how to evaluate schools, network, and craft a winning college entrance essay (personal statement). Whether it be a learning, financial, emotional or other challenge, I also specialize in working with people who may need support services or help accessing them. I did this for two years while working in higher education student affairs and for over a decade providing human services. For students who are preparing to transition into the workforce, you can see my career counseling services by clicking that link in my profile.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I'm a 15-year communications professional and English coach who helps professionals and students to strengthen their reading, writing, and speaking skills. A native speaker of US English, I also specialize in helping speakers of English as a second language (ESL/ESOL) to strengthen pronunciation, reduce accents, and improve reading, and writing skills for school, work, and life. Working with children and adults, I have successfully coached ESOL speakers by not just addressing grammar and syntax, but cadence, intonation, and other aspects of native English proficiency.
Study Skills

Study Skills

The term "study skills" is shorthand for a range of skills and habits needed in academic, work and daily life. Whether preparing for a test or a job interview, memorizing vocabulary for a new language or writing a research paper, the act of learning requires the ability to comprehend, recall, process, apply and otherwise engage information, often within time limits. Drawing on more than 15 years in business, education, and faith-based human services, I work with both students and professionals to develop, integrate, and refine these skills while focusing on the habits and mindset that are also required. This includes developing skills in managing time, organizing materials and information, and exercises to increase calmness and focus. Despite technological "time-savers" everywhere, organization remains a frequent challenge. Many students and persons in the workforce find that they are spending long hours trying to digest, memorize and otherwise "learn". Using a holistic, "inside out" approach, I work with clients to address both the internal environment of mindset, attitude, motivation, and focus, as well as the external environment of study space, data organization, and tools (flash cards, note taking, etc.). Additionally, because of the central role that literacy plays (for example, in understanding directions or being able to synthesize large amounts of information for a test), I often include instruction in reading comprehension and writing as they relate to studying and test preparation. Finally, we know that when it is difficult to still and calm the mind, it is difficult to concentrate. A student who finds it difficult to concentrate finds it difficult to absorb, synthesize, retain, recall and ultimately to learn. Upon request and at an additional hourly rate, I can help develop a plan to address the many factors that are often involved on the road to success.

Special Needs

Phonics,

Phonics

Trying to read without understanding phonics is like trying to "do math" without understanding numbers. But phonics instruction is actually just one part of a broader skill set that's needed for decoding, encoding, spelling, reading comprehension, and even writing. From blending and segmentation to syllabication and fluency, I help students (and parents) to identify the issue(s) and then offer targeted, sequential instruction with follow-up exercises for home. While I use the Orton-Gillingham approach for students with dyslexia, I incorporate its use with all students because it's so highly effective. QUALIFICATIONS • Completed graduate coursework in educational pedagogy through Columbia University and proficient in Orton-Gillingham approach • Native English speaker (and daughter of an English teacher) with expertise in working with non-native English speakers (ESOL) & speakers of AAVE (African American Vernacular English) • Taught middle school English Language Arts and spent a year teaching 3rd grade in Montgomery County (before graduate school) where I received training to conduct formal reading assessments • Honors college graduate with 4.0 English G.P.A
Study Skills

Study Skills

The term "study skills" is shorthand for a range of skills and habits needed in academic, work and daily life. Whether preparing for a test or a job interview, memorizing vocabulary for a new language or writing a research paper, the act of learning requires the ability to comprehend, recall, process, apply and otherwise engage information, often within time limits. Drawing on more than 15 years in business, education, and faith-based human services, I work with both students and professionals to develop, integrate, and refine these skills while focusing on the habits and mindset that are also required. This includes developing skills in managing time, organizing materials and information, and exercises to increase calmness and focus. Despite technological "time-savers" everywhere, organization remains a frequent challenge. Many students and persons in the workforce find that they are spending long hours trying to digest, memorize and otherwise "learn". Using a holistic, "inside out" approach, I work with clients to address both the internal environment of mindset, attitude, motivation, and focus, as well as the external environment of study space, data organization, and tools (flash cards, note taking, etc.). Additionally, because of the central role that literacy plays (for example, in understanding directions or being able to synthesize large amounts of information for a test), I often include instruction in reading comprehension and writing as they relate to studying and test preparation. Finally, we know that when it is difficult to still and calm the mind, it is difficult to concentrate. A student who finds it difficult to concentrate finds it difficult to absorb, synthesize, retain, recall and ultimately to learn. Upon request and at an additional hourly rate, I can help develop a plan to address the many factors that are often involved on the road to success.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I'm a 15-year communications professional and English coach who helps professionals and students to strengthen their reading, writing, and speaking skills. A native speaker of US English, I also specialize in helping speakers of English as a second language (ESL/ESOL) to strengthen pronunciation, reduce accents, and improve reading, and writing skills for school, work, and life. Working with children and adults, I have successfully coached ESOL speakers by not just addressing grammar and syntax, but cadence, intonation, and other aspects of native English proficiency.
Reading,

Reading

• Demonstrated results include raising reading to grade-level proficiency within 10 months • Skilled at helping adults who need to strengthen reading skills for employment • Proficient in Orton-Gillingham approach and other evidence-based best practices • Native English speaker and honors college graduate with 4.0 English G.P.A • Taught middle school English Language Arts and spent a year teaching 3rd grade in Montgomery County (before graduate school) where I received training to conduct formal reading assessments • Earned a full merit-based scholarship to graduate school based, in part, on my application essay and completed coursework in multicultural pedagogy through Columbia University To function in our country today requires not just the ability to read (or write) but the ability to access, create, and do much more with information in school, the workplace, and everyday life. From basic phonological awareness and the role of grammar to analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating multiple texts, I help children and adults at every stage of literacy to develop the knowledge and broad skill set required to read fluently and with increasingly advanced comprehension. I also make systematic connections to the relationship between reading and writing across genres. I incorporate the Orton-Gillingham approach in general, but especially for students with dyslexia, EFD, or on the autism spectrum. A native speaker of US English (and the daughter of an English teacher), I've successfully helped speakers of English as a second language (ESOL) and speakers of other variants of English who want to improve pronunciation, presentation skills, and general native US English proficiency.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

The term "study skills" is shorthand for a range of skills and habits needed in academic, work and daily life. Whether preparing for a test or a job interview, memorizing vocabulary for a new language or writing a research paper, the act of learning requires the ability to comprehend, recall, process, apply and otherwise engage information, often within time limits. Drawing on more than 15 years in business, education, and faith-based human services, I work with both students and professionals to develop, integrate, and refine these skills while focusing on the habits and mindset that are also required. This includes developing skills in managing time, organizing materials and information, and exercises to increase calmness and focus. Despite technological "time-savers" everywhere, organization remains a frequent challenge. Many students and persons in the workforce find that they are spending long hours trying to digest, memorize and otherwise "learn". Using a holistic, "inside out" approach, I work with clients to address both the internal environment of mindset, attitude, motivation, and focus, as well as the external environment of study space, data organization, and tools (flash cards, note taking, etc.). Additionally, because of the central role that literacy plays (for example, in understanding directions or being able to synthesize large amounts of information for a test), I often include instruction in reading comprehension and writing as they relate to studying and test preparation. Finally, we know that when it is difficult to still and calm the mind, it is difficult to concentrate. A student who finds it difficult to concentrate finds it difficult to absorb, synthesize, retain, recall and ultimately to learn. Upon request and at an additional hourly rate, I can help develop a plan to address the many factors that are often involved on the road to success.
Writing

Writing

The daughter of an English teacher, I’m at home in the world of words and ideas (and understand what it really takes to develop strong literacy). I’ve written professionally for companies, nonprofits, and individual clients for over 15 years and provide comprehensive English literacy instruction to children and adults. From students and non-native English speakers struggling with basic phonological awareness, grammar, organization, and mechanics to graduate students and professionals with more advanced needs, I help people identify their challenges and achieve their goals. I also offer resume writing, proofreading, and other career-related writing services.

Test Preparation

College Counseling

College Counseling

Based on my academic achievement, community engagement, and ability to write a compelling personal essay about both, I earned a full, merit-based scholarship to an Ivy League graduate school and (based on another essay) a $5,000 fellowship. I secured paid internships during both undergraduate and graduate school and graduated within 4 years and 3 years, respectively. I had a salaried job within six months of earning my B.A., and before I completed my master’s degree—both times in my field of study. So, there’s getting into college and getting into the “right” college for you. Then, of course, there’s getting out…With continuing changes in the educational and broader social landscape, the return on investment (ROI) in higher education is not guaranteed. I work with students (and families) to understand that landscape, set clear goals, and then navigate and manage the process to achieve them. This includes guidance on applications and admissions processes, scholarships, financial aid, and how to evaluate schools, network, and craft a winning college entrance essay (personal statement). Whether it be a learning, financial, emotional or other challenge, I also specialize in working with people who may need support services or help accessing them. I did this for two years while working in higher education student affairs and for over a decade providing human services. For students who are preparing to transition into the workforce, you can see my career counseling services by clicking that link in my profile.

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Patient & Knowledgeable

Joy has been doing a great job of building the foundational writing skills of our 10 year old. We appreciate her patience and guidance as he works to become a stronger writer.

Russ, 20 lessons with Joy

Knowledgeable & patient tutor

Joy is an expert in quicken and accounting principles. She was superbly helpful to me in so many ways. She really knows Quicken inside and out and numerous shortcuts.

MaryBeth, 2 lessons with Joy

Excellent teacher

I am preparing many questions about MBA interview. She not only correct my pronunciation but also organizes my contents. She is talented in business or Advantage English. You will not regret to have a lesson with her.

AJ, 1 lesson with Joy

Connects well with her students

My son reports that his time with Joy is enjoyable because he doesn’t experience the pressure and anxiety he’s had with other tutors. Her calm disposition and organized lessons really support him.

Cindi, 4 lessons with Joy

Gets the job done!

As a parent, I appreciate Joy’s patience and tenacity. She is upbeat and persistent. She took the time to get to know my son and his current requirements. Thank you Joy!

Jeanne, 7 lessons with Joy

Knowledgeable

Knowledgeable, personable...a pleasure to work with ~ answered my immediate concerns and gave insight going forward ~ am looking forward to increasing my understanding of the program she is helping me with

Libbie, 8 lessons with Joy

Extremely Knowledgeable and professional

Even after one lesson, Joy's approach to my son was very welcoming. She spoke to him in a friendly manner that was not intimidating. She gave us the tools we need to let him succeed and helped to guide us to get started to make sure he can reach the best of his ability. We very much feel we made the right choice with Joy and look forward to working with her!

Julie, 12 lessons with Joy

Knowledgeable patient and helpful

Joy taught me Microsoft and Mac stuff and was very adaptable to my needs and understanding. She was incredibly prompt and professional. She is obviously very experienced.

Nancy, 1 lesson with Joy

Engaging Tutor

Joy has been an engaging tutor for our two sons. While it is early in the process she has found creative ways to engage our sons in key subject matter. We appreciate her scheduling flexibility that has made it possible to fit tutoring sessions in our busy schedules.

Fred, 6 lessons with Joy
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