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Kristin M.

Lake Ann, MI

$50/hour

Skilled Tutor: Reading, Dyslexia, Vocab.,Writing, Math, ACT

Background check passed as of 9/18/14
5.0 average from 136 ratings
Excellent Tutor
— Debbie, Fort Worth, TX on 7/29/15

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Kalamazoo College
Psychology
Eastern Michigan University
Master's
Roosevelt University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Kalamazoo College (Psychology)

Eastern Michigan University (Master's)

Roosevelt University (Graduate Coursework)

About Kristin

I have been an educator for over 25 years. I hold a Master in Special Education Degree from Eastern Michigan University with a focus on Learning Disabilities and have received specialized training in the Orton-Gillingham method of reading instruction through the Michigan Dyslexia Institute. I have effectively worked with many students from Kindergarten through adult to develop reading skills and fluency using this approach.

I have also studied the Institute For Excellence In Writing Structure and Style writing curriculum and methods and am passionate about the results I have gotten with my students of all ages and abilities! This is a structured , fun approach to learning composition and grammar that really works!

I have tutored Math from Elementary through Algebra 1, and present concepts in ways that will help students understand the "why" so they can apply what they've learned in a variety of ways. I bring manipulatives, visuals, and "real world" math into lessons as much as possible.

I also have a daughter with a language-based learning disability and a son with ADHD, so I have both a teacher and parent perspective on the challenges that can arise with learning. I am passionate about discovering the way each student learns best and believe it's most important to look at what works or doesn't work on an individual basis. I will work with the student to discover strengths, weaknesses, and learning styles, in order to craft a learning plan that benefits each student individually. I am constantly evaluating progress and "tweaking" individual learning plans as necessary. Nothing thrills me more than seeing a learner's eyes light up when we've hit on what works for them!
I have been an educator for over 25 years. I hold a Master in Special Education Degree from Eastern Michigan University with a focus on Learning Disabilities and have received specialized training in the Orton-Gillingham method of reading instruction through the Michigan Read more

Policies
Cancellation
5 hours notice required

Reduced rates for multiple family members or in-person group lessons.

Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Lake Ann, MI 49650
Background Check: Passed

"Excellent Tutor"

- Debbie, Fort Worth, TX on 7/29/15

"Great Tutor"

- April, Las Vegas, NV on 7/30/16

"Totally recommend without a Doubt!"

- Darla, Sioux Falls, SD on 7/28/16

"Wonderful Tutor!!!!"

- Julie, Weatherford, TX on 10/21/15

"Super Tutor"

- Maranda, Fort Worth, TX on 7/29/15
Math:
ACT Math, Elementary Math, Prealgebra
Science:
ACT Science
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, STAAR,
TAKS
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ADD/ADHD

I have a Master's Degree in Special Education: Learning Disabilities with courses that covered ADD/ADHD teaching and management techniques. I have a certification from Michigan for Behavior Disorders as well. I taught in self contained classroom for special needs children for 13 years and many of my students had this diagnosis. In addition, I have a 14 year old son who has been diagnosed with ADHD.

Dyslexia

I taught in self contained classroom for special needs children for 13 years and many of my students over the years have been dyslexic. I have received training from the Michigan Dyslexia Society in Orton-Gillingham, a phonic based, multi sensory approach to teaching reading that I have used extensively in the classroom and tutoring individual students. In addition, my daughter has a learning disability which affects reading and writing, and my training has helped me to assist her with schoolwork as well. I have a Master's Degree in Special Education: Learning Disabilities with courses that covered Dyslexia and Reading Disabilities.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have received teaching certificates for K-12 special education, and K-8 regular education from Michigan. I was also certified to teach elementary education in Maryland and Illinois while living in those states. My classroom experience has primarily been with elementary students K-6. Last year I taught 3rd and 5th grade dyslexic students in a private school settings. My tutoring experience includes Kindergarten through adult students.

English

Every learner has a dominant learning style and so I've found that using a multi sensory approach to teaching elementary students decoding skills, while improving reading fluency, and comprehension, is the most effective method for teaching reading and spelling. I am trained in Orton-Gillingham methods and have used this phonics based approach for many years.

Phonics

I have received training from the Michigan Dyslexia Society in Orton-Gillingam method of teaching reading. Orton-Gillingham is an intensive phonic-based approach to reading, and I have used it extensively with students over the years.

Reading

I hold a Master of Special Education: Learning Disabilities and have worked extensively with children with learning differences and challenges in all areas of reading: phonics (decoding), fluency, vocabulary, reading strategies, and comprehension. I will assess your student's strengths, weaknesses and learning style to devise the best plan for boosting their skills. I am trained in Orton-Gillingham, a phonics based, multi-sensory approach to teaching reading.

Special Needs

I have a Master's Degree in Special Education with a focus on Learning Disabilities . I have a certification from Michigan for Behavior Disorders as well. I taught in self contained classrooms for special needs children for 13 years, as well as tutoring students with learning differences in reading, math, writing, and other school subjects.

STAAR

I have spent a great deal of time teaching test taking strategies to students who are particularly challenged by tests. My special education training and experience give me the ability to help students break down a task and develop strategies so they can begin to approach test with more confidence.My experience teaching all subjects to elementary and middle school students, as well as the time I have spent prepping my own children for the STARR tests qualifies me.

Study Skills

I have studied learning theory and methodology both as an undergraduate in psychology and as a graduate student of special education. It's important for students to discover what methods of organizing material and study work best for them. I help students through assessment of their unique learning styles to discover what approach to tasks and study will benefit them the most.

TAKS

My experience teaching all subjects to elementary and middle school students, as well as the time I have spent prepping my own children for the TAKS tests qualifies me. I have spent a great deal of time teaching test taking strategies to students who are particularly challenged by tests. My special education training and experience give me the ability to help students break down a task and develop strategies so they can begin to approach test with more confidence.

Writing

I have taught classes to middle schoolers and elementary students and have successfully tutored older students as well. I have found the Institute For Excellence in Writing courses to be the best for giving students of all levels a great foundation in writing! I will help with writing assignments, grammar, proofreading, SAT and college essay writing. Ask about Saturday group classes forming now!

Kalamazoo College
Psychology
Eastern Michigan University
Master's
Roosevelt University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Kalamazoo College (Psychology)

Eastern Michigan University (Master's)

Roosevelt University (Graduate Coursework)

Excellent Tutor — Kristin has been a wonderful help to my seven year old grandson who has struggled in first grade with reading. She tailors her approach to his level and is full of positive reassurance and feed back to him. Building interest and self esteem in a child who has had a struggle is a remarkable feat in itself. Kristin is very engaging with my grandson as well as his parents. At the end of each sess ...

— Debbie, Fort Worth, TX on 7/29/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 5 hours notice required

Reduced rates for multiple family members or in-person group lessons.

Travel policy

Kristin will travel within 25 miles of Lake Ann, MI 49650.