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Katherine S.

Tutor for children, teens, and adults

Tutor for children, teens, and adults

$40/hour

  • 755 hours tutoring

  • Ann Arbor, MI 48103

About Katherine


Bio

Looking for a tutor with lots of experience and plenty of patience? I'm comfortable tutoring children, teens, and adults in many subjects. I worked as an elementary school teacher for 10 years in public and private schools, and am the mother of 3 grown children -- so nothing scares me! I've also taught English as a Second Language (ESL) to children and adults, the TOEFL preparation course, ACT/SAT preparation, and adults taking the GED exam. My specialty is reading, writing, elementary math,...

Looking for a tutor with lots of experience and plenty of patience? I'm comfortable tutoring children, teens, and adults in many subjects. I worked as an elementary school teacher for 10 years in public and private schools, and am the mother of 3 grown children -- so nothing scares me! I've also taught English as a Second Language (ESL) to children and adults, the TOEFL preparation course, ACT/SAT preparation, and adults taking the GED exam. My specialty is reading, writing, elementary math, ESL, and ACT/SAT preparation. I have a Master's in Education, and am a student-centered teacher (i.e., I don't lecture!), with an informal, friendly style. I believe the best way to remember what we've learned is when we're having fun, so I always bring interactive and educational games and activities with me to my lessons. My first meeting with prospective students and their families is always free -- to see what the student's strengths and challenges are, to make sure we have shared goals for the lessons, and to find out if we're a good match.


Education

Connecticut College
English and Theater
University of Michigan
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $40
  • Rate details: The first meeting with prospective student is always free!
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 5 miles of Ann Arbor, MI 48103
  • Background check passed on 5/31/2017

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Art History

Art History

I was a "docent" (Latin for teacher) at an art museum in Washington, DC for several years. In preparing for this volunteer position, all the docents were trained for a full year in art history by the director of the museum, which was an amazing experience! I've also taken many art history classes in university, and visited many, many art museums around the world. I am passionate about art and love learning and sharing my passion.

Business

Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I have taught many students to feel more confident in public speaking situations. As a Theater major in college, and as a professional teacher and trainer, I have lots of experience helping students learn the essential tricks and tips to make them feel more comfortable in a difficult situation. I know I can help you!
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Computer

General Computer, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I've been lucky to have taught ESL to students from the age of 4 through 40 years old, teaching everything from the alphabet to advanced grammar. My experience with young children includes working as an ESL teacher for elementary-aged students at the University of Michigan Northwood Community Center's English Language Program. The intensive program is offered in the summer to prepare students to attend Ann Arbor public schools, and focuses on "survival" skills for beginning English language learners to more advanced reading and writing skills for intermediate students. In addition, I've traveled extensively, and have learned (and tried to learn!) several languages, so I'm very familiar with the challenges of learning a foreign language. My students have come from China, Japan, India, Germany, Mexico, Italy, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Pakistan.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I have taught many students to feel more confident in public speaking situations. As a Theater major in college, and as a professional teacher and trainer, I have lots of experience helping students learn the essential tricks and tips to make them feel more comfortable in a difficult situation. I know I can help you!
General Computer, Grammar, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I've been an elementary teacher since 2002, working in a variety of private and public school settings. My last full-time assignment was at a private, parent co-op school in Plymouth as 1 of 3 teachers in a multi-age classroom for 1st-4th grade students. The school specialized in individualized teaching (our teacher to student ratio was approximately 1 teacher to 6 students!), so I'm used to working one-on-one with students of all abilities and ages. In addition, I've also been a "regular" 1st grade teacher, and have taught a variety of resource classes to students from kindergarten through 8th grade, including Spanish, computer skills, and library.
Phonics,

Phonics

As an elementary teacher, I've taught phonics to both native speakers of English as well as non-native English speakers. I've also taught English as a Second Language for many years (to both children and adults), which emphasizes the learning of phonics. As a student of several other languages, I know how difficult our language is, and especially how challenging phonics is to learn!
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary

English

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I've been lucky to have taught ESL to students from the age of 4 through 40 years old, teaching everything from the alphabet to advanced grammar. My experience with young children includes working as an ESL teacher for elementary-aged students at the University of Michigan Northwood Community Center's English Language Program. The intensive program is offered in the summer to prepare students to attend Ann Arbor public schools, and focuses on "survival" skills for beginning English language learners to more advanced reading and writing skills for intermediate students. In addition, I've traveled extensively, and have learned (and tried to learn!) several languages, so I'm very familiar with the challenges of learning a foreign language. My students have come from China, Japan, India, Germany, Mexico, Italy, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Pakistan.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I have taught many students to feel more confident in public speaking situations. As a Theater major in college, and as a professional teacher and trainer, I have lots of experience helping students learn the essential tricks and tips to make them feel more comfortable in a difficult situation. I know I can help you!
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Writing, Spelling, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing

History

Art History,

Art History

I was a "docent" (Latin for teacher) at an art museum in Washington, DC for several years. In preparing for this volunteer position, all the docents were trained for a full year in art history by the director of the museum, which was an amazing experience! I've also taken many art history classes in university, and visited many, many art museums around the world. I am passionate about art and love learning and sharing my passion.
American History, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, World History

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I've been an elementary teacher since 2002, working in a variety of private and public school settings. My last full-time assignment was at a private, parent co-op school in Plymouth as 1 of 3 teachers in a multi-age classroom for 1st-4th grade students. The school specialized in individualized teaching (our teacher to student ratio was approximately 1 teacher to 6 students!), so I'm used to working one-on-one with students of all abilities and ages. In addition, I've also been a "regular" 1st grade teacher, and have taught a variety of resource classes to students from kindergarten through 8th grade, including Spanish, computer skills, and library.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I've been lucky to have taught ESL to students from the age of 4 through 40 years old, teaching everything from the alphabet to advanced grammar. My experience with young children includes working as an ESL teacher for elementary-aged students at the University of Michigan Northwood Community Center's English Language Program. The intensive program is offered in the summer to prepare students to attend Ann Arbor public schools, and focuses on "survival" skills for beginning English language learners to more advanced reading and writing skills for intermediate students. In addition, I've traveled extensively, and have learned (and tried to learn!) several languages, so I'm very familiar with the challenges of learning a foreign language. My students have come from China, Japan, India, Germany, Mexico, Italy, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Pakistan.
English, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Writing

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I've been lucky to have taught ESL to students from the age of 4 through 40 years old, teaching everything from the alphabet to advanced grammar. My experience with young children includes working as an ESL teacher for elementary-aged students at the University of Michigan Northwood Community Center's English Language Program. The intensive program is offered in the summer to prepare students to attend Ann Arbor public schools, and focuses on "survival" skills for beginning English language learners to more advanced reading and writing skills for intermediate students. In addition, I've traveled extensively, and have learned (and tried to learn!) several languages, so I'm very familiar with the challenges of learning a foreign language. My students have come from China, Japan, India, Germany, Mexico, Italy, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Pakistan.
TOEFL

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I've been an elementary teacher since 2002, working in a variety of private and public school settings. My last full-time assignment was at a private, parent co-op school in Plymouth as 1 of 3 teachers in a multi-age classroom for 1st-4th grade students. The school specialized in individualized teaching (our teacher to student ratio was approximately 1 teacher to 6 students!), so I'm used to working one-on-one with students of all abilities and ages. In addition, I've also been a "regular" 1st grade teacher, and have taught a variety of resource classes to students from kindergarten through 8th grade, including Spanish, computer skills, and library.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I've been lucky to have taught ESL to students from the age of 4 through 40 years old, teaching everything from the alphabet to advanced grammar. My experience with young children includes working as an ESL teacher for elementary-aged students at the University of Michigan Northwood Community Center's English Language Program. The intensive program is offered in the summer to prepare students to attend Ann Arbor public schools, and focuses on "survival" skills for beginning English language learners to more advanced reading and writing skills for intermediate students. In addition, I've traveled extensively, and have learned (and tried to learn!) several languages, so I'm very familiar with the challenges of learning a foreign language. My students have come from China, Japan, India, Germany, Mexico, Italy, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Pakistan.
English, Reading, Study Skills, Writing

Other

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I've been lucky to have taught ESL to students from the age of 4 through 40 years old, teaching everything from the alphabet to advanced grammar. My experience with young children includes working as an ESL teacher for elementary-aged students at the University of Michigan Northwood Community Center's English Language Program. The intensive program is offered in the summer to prepare students to attend Ann Arbor public schools, and focuses on "survival" skills for beginning English language learners to more advanced reading and writing skills for intermediate students. In addition, I've traveled extensively, and have learned (and tried to learn!) several languages, so I'm very familiar with the challenges of learning a foreign language. My students have come from China, Japan, India, Germany, Mexico, Italy, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Pakistan.
Geography, Government & Politics, Study Skills

Science

Psychology

Special Needs

Dyslexia,

Dyslexia

As a long-time teacher, I know that we all have learning differences -- but that dyslexia presents students with even more challenges. I'm a member of the International Dyslexia Association, have taken many seminars and attended conferences on dyslexia and other learning "disabilities," and have taught and privately tutored many students with a variety of learning challenges. In all cases, I've been able to make my students feel more confident and increased their reading, writing, and math skills. Nothing can substitute for a patient and supportive approach to students who are already feeling insecure.
Phonics,

Phonics

As an elementary teacher, I've taught phonics to both native speakers of English as well as non-native English speakers. I've also taught English as a Second Language for many years (to both children and adults), which emphasizes the learning of phonics. As a student of several other languages, I know how difficult our language is, and especially how challenging phonics is to learn!
Study Skills

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I've been an elementary teacher since 2002, working in a variety of private and public school settings. My last full-time assignment was at a private, parent co-op school in Plymouth as 1 of 3 teachers in a multi-age classroom for 1st-4th grade students. The school specialized in individualized teaching (our teacher to student ratio was approximately 1 teacher to 6 students!), so I'm used to working one-on-one with students of all abilities and ages. In addition, I've also been a "regular" 1st grade teacher, and have taught a variety of resource classes to students from kindergarten through 8th grade, including Spanish, computer skills, and library.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I've been lucky to have taught ESL to students from the age of 4 through 40 years old, teaching everything from the alphabet to advanced grammar. My experience with young children includes working as an ESL teacher for elementary-aged students at the University of Michigan Northwood Community Center's English Language Program. The intensive program is offered in the summer to prepare students to attend Ann Arbor public schools, and focuses on "survival" skills for beginning English language learners to more advanced reading and writing skills for intermediate students. In addition, I've traveled extensively, and have learned (and tried to learn!) several languages, so I'm very familiar with the challenges of learning a foreign language. My students have come from China, Japan, India, Germany, Mexico, Italy, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Pakistan.
GED, Reading, Study Skills, Writing

Test Preparation

TEAS,

TEAS

As a long-time teacher of all areas of English reading and writing, and as a trained SAT and ACT preparation teacher, I have helped many, many students prepare for a variety of standardized tests. Students have told me how much my tutoring has benefited them from basic study skills and test-taking tips, to specific grammar, reading comprehension, and writing sections.
ACT English, ACT Reading, GED, PSAT, SAT Writing, TOEFL

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

4.9 (155 ratings)
5 star
(143)
4 star
(9)
3 star
(1)
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Reviews


Great SAT study

Katherine is an exceptional teacher! She bonded with my daughter from the first moment we met her and made her so comfortable. I would recommend her without hesitation! Love her.

Shelley , 5 lessons with Katherine

Great Tutor!!!

My son who is 19 just loved working with Katherine. She was very helpful in the specific study of psychology as well as giving him tools to study in a different way than he had ever done previously.

Jane, 6 lessons with Katherine

Great tutor!

Our Remy needed some extra help with his reading skills. Katherine did a wonderful job with him and he enjoyed his time with her. I would certainly recommend her.

Alicia , 4 lessons with Katherine

Experienced tutor focused on result

I took several lessons when I was preparing for my TOEFL test. I was focused particularly on speaking section of TOEFL. Katherine provided me with all the resources I needed both for our lessons and for my self-education. I liked the structured approach Katherine offered me. I always received constructive feedback on every exercise I did. And as a result I learned very useful and easy strategies which I used during the real exam. I would recommend Katherine as an English tutor.

Maxim, 2 lessons with Katherine

Very talented, knowledgeble, caring tutor

Katherine is a really knowledgeable and patient tutor. She is not just talented, but she's also a very caring person. I benefited a lot from her instructions. She helped me with my writing and explained my mistakes clearly. I highly recommend her if you need any help with English.

Sean, 2 lessons with Katherine

Wonderful Tutor!

My daughter had taken the ACT but wanted a better score, so we went looking for a tutor. Katherine has helped our daughter tremendously in gaining skills as well as confidence in herself. Katherine is very good at seeing which areas our daughter needed more help in so as to use the lessons efficiently. I highly recommend Katherine as a tutor who is patient, and truly cares for her student’s development.

Griselda, 5 lessons with Katherine

Very patient with my frustrated writer!

Katherine has been wonderful to work with. My son is very frustrated with writing. He is not afraid to say how much he dislikes it and can be quite stubborn about it. Katherine has been very patient and encouraging with him. She discovered his love of history and ties their lessons to subjects he loves to discuss. My son may not be crazy about writing, but he really likes Katherine and says that she is a great tutor. From an administrative aspect, Katherine is easy to get a hold of and very organized. I would definitely recommend her as a tutor.

Kathy, 5 lessons with Katherine

Enjoying conversation!

I enjoy conversation with her every week! Because she talks about American culture, tradition, politics, economy, it is not just an English lesson but learning everything about America. Of course it doesn't mean only she speaks. She also wants to learn Japan from me so I have a lot of opportunities to speak English. Every week, time flies.

Makoto, 5 lessons with Katherine

Excellent Tutor!

We chose Katherine for ACT lessons for our son and could not have been happier with our selection. Katherine knew just how to relate to a teenager and made us very comfortable right from the beginning. Our son's scores in his practice tests have improved tremendously under her guidance. Never has our son complained about going to his lessons, even if they cut into his weekends. Katherine was very flexible with changes we needed to make to the schedule and her correspondence with us was excellent. We always knew exactly what was taught and what the homework assignments were. Not only did Katherine improve our son's English, she also gave him the confidence he will need for the upcoming ACT test. We know that he will do much better than in his previous tests. We would highly recommend Katherine to any student who needs tutoring in English. Thank you, Katherine!!

Lucy, 10 lessons with Katherine
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