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Karen S.

Kalamazoo, MI

$35/hour

RN, OR Instructor, GED Instructor

In-person lessons
50+ Hours
Background check passed as of 10/7/13
5.0 average from 8 ratings
First Lesson was "Awesome" per My Daughter
— Roger, Plymouth, MI on 5/8/14

$35/Hour


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Michael Reese School of Nursing in Chicago, IL
Nursing
WMU, KVCC, Nazareth, Western Governors Univ
Graduate Coursework

Education

Michael Reese School of Nursing in Chicago, IL (Nursing)

WMU, KVCC, Nazareth, Western Governors Univ (Graduate Coursework)

About Karen

My name is Karen. I have 30 years experience as an RN. I spent 17 years in the operating room as staff circulator and scrub in all specialties, team-leader, charge nurse, manager, and preceptor of staff and student nurses, and KVCC Surgical Technology Instructor. I have also worked on medical, surgical, telemetry floors, in research, assisted living, pediatric phone nursing, and as a site review consultant for MedAssurant.

Building on my nursing career as a preceptor and instructor I began to tutor GED students and then moved to being a GED instructor with Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan. I taught all subjects with a focus on English and math. Presently, I have just finished tutoring anatomy and physiology to WMU students. I also teach children. I love to facilitate the success of others to achieve their full potential. I ask what a person can learn from me and how I can tailor it so they can understand the information, improve their understanding, along with their performance and skills. I love to teach hands on!!

I am quality driven, organized, detail orientated, compassionate, empathetic, honest, and believe in dignity and respect for all people. I strive for excellence and enjoy sharing my knowledge in a positive manner. I look forward to hearing from you.

In the beginning I usually meet students at the downtown Kalamazoo Public Library, as they have 2-hour meeting rooms that we can meet in until we are both mutually comfortable. I can come to a home with only a few stairs. I also tutor in my home. I am allergic to cats (very), smoke, and strong scents. Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. If you have any questions please feel free to query me.
My name is Karen. I have 30 years experience as an RN. I spent 17 years in the operating room as staff circulator and scrub in all specialties, team-leader, charge nurse, manager, and preceptor of staff and student nurses, and KVCC Surgical Technology Instructor. I have also worked on medical, surgical, telemetry floors, in research, assisted Read more

Policies
Cancellation
1 hour notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"First Lesson was "Awesome" per My Daughter"

- Roger, Plymouth, MI on 5/8/14
Karen replied on 5/8/2014

Roger,
Thank you for your kind comments. I will hope to keep that motivation going. Write or call if you have any questions or concerns.

"Karen's the bomb!"

- Hayley, Kalamazoo, MI on 11/22/16
Science:
Anatomy,
Biochemistry, Biology,
Nursing,
Physiology
Test Preparation:
GED,
NCLEX
Computer:
Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Business:
Microsoft Word
Sports/Recreation:
Needlework

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

American History

I have taught American History, as well as math, English and science in a GED program for three years. I have compiled multiple quizzes for my students.

Anatomy

I am an RN tutoring Anatomy to two Western Michigan Students, who are receiving A's. Both have given me all 5's, although on the site you only see the 2014 comment.

Bible Studies

My educational background is Bible, church history and catechism at Kalamazoo Christian High School which is Calvinistic based. I have also studied Luther's catechism in regards to becoming a possible member of the Lutheran church. I have attended Presbyterian, Methodist, Reformed, Christian Reformed, Bible, Baptist, and Lutheran churches.

Biology

I tutored and taught student for three years in a GED program.

Elementary Math

I have tutored and taught Math in a GED program in math and still have students calling me for help. I have compiled homework and quizzes for students.

English

While teaching in a GED program I compiled plays with my students. They then took parts, set a scene, and invited people to see it. We also discussed poems and students wrote poems of their own. I have taught this subject for three years.

GED

I taught in a GED program for three years and continue to tutor. I taught math, English, history, and science.

Geography

I taught this subject in my GED program for three years.

Government & Politics

I have taught this in a GED program, for three years. This involved teaching the three branches of government, the Constitution and amendments, the Bill of Rights, history of the American Revolution up until these documents were written and how they were used in the history of our country, how to become a citizen, how to vote the party system (democrats, republicans, independents, tea party, the Congress (Senate, the House of Representatives)Federal vs State laws and many other topics.

Grammar

I compiled a booklet on grammar for my students while teaching in a GED program. It is still in use today. I taught for three years in this program.

Microsoft Word

I am familiar with using Word and fell very certain I could teach this area. I have helped students compile resumes using Word.

NCLEX

I am an R.N. of 30 years, now retired. I do keep up my CEU's as well as update when I can. I am still BLS certified. I have the Kaplan NCLEX book and review from that as well. I taught new hires and student nurses from schools of nursing like Bronson, KVCC surgical technology students, and GED students. I have been told I am a natural at helping students understand from whatever level they are at and building from that point. Currently, I have a WMU anatomy student I am coaching.

Needlework

I have needlework and crewel hanging in my home framed. I have also given away many gifts.

Nursing

I have 32 years of nursing experience. 17 in the Operating Room, PACU, as scrub and circulator in all specialties as staff, preceptor, instructor, manager. I had 2 years of experience in medical/surgical/telemetry and 1 year as a pediatric phone nurse. I also have 3 years of experience as a review consultant and 3 years of experience as a GED tutor and instructor.

Prealgebra

While in a GED program I taught this subject for a period of three years. Subjects includes number operations and step by step problem solving, fractions, decimals, percent, measurement, perimeter, area, volume, probability, table, charts, graphs, integers, algebraic expressions, using number lines, equations, translating problems into equations, distance and cost formulas, exponents and roots, solving quadratic equations, factoring and inequalities, the coordinate plane, plotting numbered pairs, finding the equation of a line, converting measurements, applying geometry formulas, solving for variables in formulas, lines and angles, using logical reasoning, triangles and quadrilaterals, using proportion in geometry, working with right triangles, irregular figures, and Pythagorean theory.

Proofreading

As a GED teacher, I taught writing. I proofread student papers for grammar, vocabulary, and content. I also taught nursing students how to write papers and to chart.

Reading

I have taught reading to my GED students along with expression, vocabulary, helps like flash cards, writing, sentence structure and grammar.

Study Skills

I have taught surgical technology, nursing, and GED students. I always suggest ways to outline, notebooks and how to divide them for the particular subject, possibly making or purchasing flashcards, forming acronyms, using visual aids, using the computer for everything from further history, math test sites, and visual aids, mock test for multiple choice or fill in the blanks, Quick study Academic by BarCharts,Inc., studying in step by step sequence, and studying for 20-40" then taking a break. I create or copy anything I think will be of value to students.

Vocabulary

I have used various sources to help my GED students expand their writing and reading vocabulary. I compiled quizzes for the students to learn a list of words and spelling each week.

Writing

I taught the 5 part essay to student for the GED exam, as well as helped students write on various subjects. I also taught vocabulary, using a dictionary and thesaurus, and grammar. I proofread each paper.

Michael Reese School of Nursing in Chicago, IL
Nursing
WMU, KVCC, Nazareth, Western Governors Univ
Graduate Coursework

Education

Michael Reese School of Nursing in Chicago, IL (Nursing)

WMU, KVCC, Nazareth, Western Governors Univ (Graduate Coursework)

First Lesson was "Awesome" per My Daughter

Karen is AWSOME according to my daughter after just the first lesson. Karen's review/post of the details of her lesson with my daughter were excellent. Karen understands the material as well as multiple study strategies to help her students. Super start.

— Roger, Plymouth, MI on 5/8/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

Karen will travel within 20 miles of Kalamazoo, MI 49008.