Hi! My name is Brenda. Let's work together on your learning goals.
Hi! My name is Brenda. Let's work together on your learning goals.
Hello! My name is Brenda. I am an experienced educator and have a current professional level teacher certification in special education for K - 12th grades. As a requirement of the Maine certification, the State of Maine conducts background checks and indicates the status on the certification. I am happy to share a viewing of my certification which indicates my passing the background check with my clients. I also have over 15 years of teaching experience at the college level. I love the...
Hello! My name is Brenda. I am an experienced educator and have a current professional level teacher certification in special education for K - 12th grades. As a requirement of the Maine certification, the State of Maine conducts background checks and indicates the status on the certification. I am happy to share a viewing of my certification which indicates my passing the background check with my clients. I also have over 15 years of teaching experience at the college level. I love the challenge of individualizing learning to meet a student's specific needs. My goal is the student's success without stress! I am quite adept interacting with students of all ages, having taught at the preschool, elementary, and college levels of education.
I have a Masters degree in Education with two majors, one in teaching students with learning disabilities and the other in teaching students with behavioral issues. I also have a degree in Psychology and apply research from psychology when teaching to identify motivational and learning techniques to unlock a student's potential. I first identify individual learning strengths. I follow this up by the use of strategies that break down learning tasks into smaller manageable pieces that are specific to a student's learning style and needs. My goal is for learning new things to become a chain of manageable confidence-building successes.
At the preschool level, I offer tutoring in language and vocabulary development, reading readiness, prewriting, math, and social skills. I use a combination of focused play, movement, and table sitting to build attention, pre-academic skills and on task behaviors. I use the State of Maine Early Learning Guidelines to identify gaps in a preschooler's learning and development. I then teach those skills to prepare for kindergarten entrance using developmentally appropriate practices that will appeal to preschoolers.
At the elementary level, I offer tutoring in language arts, including reading, writing, spelling, and vocabulary development; math, science and study skills in the content areas. I also offer homework support and the use of computers and other technology. As I begin with new students, I identify their learning style and specific gaps in knowledge and skills. These areas of need then become our work plan, using their learning style and strengths to maximize learning successes. Often the child might benefit from a multisensory approach to learning. This involves presenting information in a way that uniquely stimulates all of their senses to maximize their intake and retention of new information. One of the "Light Bulb" moments that I love is when I help students figure out "how to learn". Getting them organized and showing them how to study so they can understand and remember what they learn is so rewarding AND a confidence booster for them.
At the high school and college levels, I offer tutoring in reading, writing, math, study and organization techniques, test taking strategies, psychology, sociology, and homework support. My many years of teaching and advising college students makes me well prepared to assist students to prepare for college entrance exams, including the ACT and SAT. I have served on college application committees evaluating the written essays most colleges require as part of the admissions procedures. I also provide coaching with all the "insider's tips" to the application process to schools and financial aid and making the many important decisions prior to college entrance. After acceptance there are other critical activities to prepare for both academic and social success while in college. I often hear college students saying, "If I only had known about...XXXX...before I started classes, I would have been happier and my grades would have been better. I can help ease that process by helping students to anticipate and avoid those stressful events. To prepare for life after graduation I can help navigate the process of the job search, writing resumes and preparing for interviews. I enjoy helping students understand the higher level critical thinking skills that will make them successful in their courses and careers. I enjoy coaching students along the various phases of writing successful papers, from planning, researching, drafting, editing, to the final writing. I assist students in developing portfolios of written work and other projects which many high schools and colleges now require. These portfolios can be very useful to highlight experience and strengths during a job search.
Kind, encouraging, patient and experienced!
Brenda works with my son and has off and on for over a year. She is everything a tutor should be. Kind and patient, encouraging and fun, etc. Her experience shows in her work. I highly recommend Brenda!Jillaine, 35 lessons with Brenda
Brenda completed her first lesson with our 11 year old today. He was nervous about having a tutor, but they hit it off right away. He was focused the entire hour which never happens. She gave such thorough feedback that will be so helpful to share with his teachers. We have gotten more information out of one session with Brenda than we have through out all his years of school. We will continue with her services until he is feeling confident and up to speed. Thanks, Brenda!Sarah, 10 lessons with Brenda
Kind and effective tutor
Brenda has started teaching my son on writing and studying skills. I especially appreciate Brenda's kind, encouraging, effective, patient, accepting, and making study fun and interesting way of teaching, that will foster and increase student's confidence in study and all aspect of his/her life which will benefit him/her on all aspect of his/her life besides making academic progress. Thank you, Brenda.Ye, 38 lessons with Brenda
Knowledgeable and wonderful tutor!
Brenda tutored my son for the Asvabs. She gave him great strategies to succeed. Brenda also instilled confidence in his ability. She is very patient and kind as well. Highly recommend!Julie, 11 lessons with Brenda
Knowledgeable, organized and kind
Super fortunate to have Brenda helping me organize, strategize and focus on my goals. She is an excellent tutor! I'm adding as many sessions as I can before my SAT!Amelia, 5 lessons with Brenda
Brenda thank you for helping Anthony I feel he is more confident in his math skills. He has been doing his math everyday. thank you again. RobinRobin, 9 lessons with Brenda
Renewed Focus on Learning
So far my 6 yo has really hit it off with Brenda. She looks forward to the sessions and has a renewed focus on learning. So far so good!Scott, 9 lessons with Brenda
Brenda ask a lot of questions and directly to my son. He felt very open with her. Very easy talk.
She learn about him and he felt very comfortable to ask question. He ask me if she could come back next week. We are talking about a boy that did not want to be tutor. I am hoping that he gets confident about his answers and how to do the math problem.NANCY, 7 lessons with Brenda
How lucky we are.
Brenda arrives at each session thoughtfully prepared, warm, and focused. Brenda has a big and immediate picture that is oriented to the goals that supports our child's needs and developments. How lucky we are.Barbara, 10 lessons with Brenda
Brenda has been great with my son. She is excellent at figuring out areas where he needs more attention and then adjusting his program to fit his needs. My son really enjoys working with her.Lori, 80 lessons with Brenda