Sarah V.

Linden, MI


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Carleton University (Canada)


Carleton University (Canada)

About Sarah

Recti Cultus Pectora Roberant~ Correct Training Strengthens the Character.

My eighteen years of scholastic endeavors provides my students and I with a large spectrum of experience to draw from allowing us to become a team of success through tailoring a curriculum for each student with the input of parents and homeroom teachers alike. I have a multicultural teaching background, being Canadian from Montreal Qc I have had the pleasure of teaching Francophone/Anglophone students, Vietnames and Middle East backgrounds to mention a few. I am an Eng. Lit under grad. from Carleton University Ottawa Ontario Canada. I studied one year of each, of pure and applied linguistics and early childhood linguistics while pursuing my degree. I too am too, a product of tutoring as child. I did not learn to read or write Eng. until the age of 9 when my parents decided to enroll me in Eng. school. So I understand and realize the value in one on one sessions.

I graduated Dawson college with a diploma is Mass Comm. and Creative Arts. In Nov. 2012 I attained a Cambridge Univ. CELTA certification. I teach students from two years old to ninety two years old. I founded and established a private tutoring service in various neighborhoods I've lived in~ Sweet Sarah's Salvation for Students. I have traveled abroad and continued the expansion of S.S.S. for Ss. while I lived in Seoul Korea where I was an ESL teacher for 3 years. I have been living in the US since '06 and I have continued to branch out my teaching services to encompass culinary health, nutrition, and physical fitness , I have a background in French language as I attended French Elementary school and Quebec being predominantly French speaking province. Teaching is my passion everyday I work is perfect day because it means I get to help change a student's life.

The magic of striving for the best education one can attain~ the tool, the key to opening the door of more opportunity is the best gift a parent can give their child. No student should have to struggle alone to open the door to scholastic success. Everyone can do with a little boost and that is one of my objectives as a teacher to help mentor my students and build their confidence enabling them to rise to the occasion . I am highly motivated and detailed oriented to finding what works for you. Perhaps you are a task based learner, or adapt to a rule based presentation, better still you may need some specific/specialized instruction in one discipline, having a degree in Eng. Lit. makes me especially able to address lang. arts, writing/proof reading/ editing/essay writing, writing workshops, listening/reading comp, ect.. Whatever your need may be Sweet Sarah's Salvation for Students could be your key.
Recti Cultus Pectora Roberant~ Correct Training Strengthens the Character.

My eighteen years of scholastic endeavors provides my students and I with a large spectrum of experience to draw from allowing us to become a team of success through tailoring a curriculum for each student with the input of parents and homeroom teachers alike. I
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Travels within 25 miles of Linden, MI 48451
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In-person lessons
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Classics, Geography, Writing
Special Needs:
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Phonics,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary, Writing
Bodybuilding, Cooking,
Martial Arts, Soccer

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My first exposure to gourmet food was my 5th year of childhood. My parents ate out every night in gourmet restaurants while our house was built. Indeed this was how my mothered learned to cook. I was raised only in healthy nutritional foods and so as an adult and a chef I have minimal bad dietary habits. My love for food comes from my father but my skills and developed palate I owe to mum.
I spent countless hours at the rotary clubs and legions with my grandmother learning about catering corporate luncheons. With age came my exposure to small restauranteering. My mother owned a quaint diner for 3 years, and I worked all the stations.
It wasn't until I left for college I really came into my passion for the kitchen and a driving force to develop my palette. I learned a lot of my skill by trial an error, however, with my gourmands appetite for gourmet food I quickly developed my flare and creativity in the kitchen. I'm now a self taught personal chef (with the help of the chefs in my family) providing all your A-Z culinary needs.


Graduating with a BA in Eng Lit from Carleton University, recently certified in Cambridge University CELTA, practicing with the debating team in high school, published in creative writing contest, 2 years of Pure and Applied Linguistics, 3 years teaching ESL in Seoul Korea, and simply my passion for my native language English provides me with a solid foundation to helping you improve your English skills. Studies in English for scholastic and professional world alike encompass very important skills like exploring production and analysis of English texts, focus, interpret, consumption of literature and film, critical thinking, research, of cognitive writing. The practice of oratory, study rhetoric and grammar, composition of prose poetry and literature are all fundamental disciplines in the study of English and the studies of an English major and or professor.

So not only did English continue to survive beyond the Norman Conquest, but it regained its foothold in being and maintaining English as the leading language of international discourse and the Lingua Franca of many regions over the world. The vowel shift in Southerly England that took place in the 15th century and marks a significant change in the language, it became known as the Great Vowel Shift…Shifting us into Modern English mostly influenced by Germanic, Italic, Hellenic, and other regions morphing into the language we still speak today. Giving us the choice of short Germanic based vocabulary (instinctively preferred by mothers teaching their child to speak) vs. the formal, longer Latin and Arabic (prettier words, astrology, math, and science) based words. Yes it has experienced assimilation over the years resulting in a large lexical increase, complex sentence structures, irregular verbs and slang, spelling, and of course words from other languages. Spellings layered with French, Latin, and Greek superimposed on Germanic. This perhaps is the reason English is only 75% phonemic orthographically (syllable, phonetic structure, and stress) rule based reliable.
Due to the versatility and creativity the English language encompasses, the use of Modern English is the 1st Global Lingua Franca. There are approx. 375 million natives English Speakers making English the 3rd largest language by native speakers. Editors of Webster’s 3rd New International Dictionary includes 475,000 words, but it does not include standard language of literature and conversation, nor does it include past and new, archaic or out of use words, it doesn’t include technical words or dialects and slang. However the Oxford English Dictionary does and it quotes 600,000 words! Wow, eh? That is almost hard to imagine and when you try you can not even begin to know what words you don’t know, but that is the greatness of English; we have so many different ways and words to express ourselves. The vast complexity of English as a working language can be best seen with a simple example like /ough/; which can be pronounced ten different ways depending on the dialect/slang, accents and colloquial expressions you are raised with or present in the region you find yourself. In turn this can also lend it self to communication break down amongst native speakers, if we do not have some standard. Example when I visited Somerset Kentucky the locals there pronounced the word Fire /fa´y?r/ like far / fa´r/, I’m sure you can imagine my surprise since I had not left the country. My point is English is not a simple as 1, 2, 3, and even for native speakers their are areas of the language learning which need more focus then others. English much unlike its Romance language influence does not have a grammatical gender, or adj. agreement, pattering of strong and weak vowels, and case markings except for pronouns. English vocabulary for writers or speakers is like the many coulors of paint an artist uses. English has stress, rhythm, and intonation which sets it aside from other languages. English compared to say, French in rhythm sounds like a song vs. stopping at every syllable like someone is marching. English intonation equates to pitch of voice which signifies conveying of emotion, a falling pitch represents a statement and a rising pitch we use for questions. And these are just some of the finer points of English to consider when a student of such a demanding subject is in training!


As I mentioned I have been an French Second Language learner. I was raised in a province with two languages but, I am born of an English speaking family. I am bilingual French and English. I have always been strong in English even as a young student, I was published. I majored in English Literature from Carleton University. I taught most subjects for over 15 years now always focusing on language. I studied two years of pure and applied linguistics in early childhood.

I moved to Korea directly after graduating University and taught ESL there for 3 years. I taught in academies and languages institutes. I taught students of all ages in their homes. I have sponsored my Korean ESL students in culture exchange programmes. I have worked with a variety of cultural background students and have loved every minute. I successfully completed Cambridge University's rigorous CELTA certification training. I have been teaching ESL privately in private homes for the past year in my area, tailoring the lesson plan to each students specify needs.


My love for fitness hasn't always been the driving force in my life. I was raised in a very active family and was exposed at a very young age to a variety of athletic demands... Karate and boxing for 4 yrs. as an adult I quickly learned physical fitness and health are a life habit. I studied individual strength training in college in Canada. I have experienced years of personal trainers and countless home DVDs like P90 and other cross fit segments when gym facilities aren't available. I believe correct training strengths the mind and body. In turn I'm competent in group fitness and individual fitness
I'm self taught in nutrition and strongly believe "we are what we eat" and diet (the way we eat) is close knit to fitness and health success... More importantly this season I've acquired instructor certification in body combat and body pump under the Les Mills corporate umbrella.


After two years of Pure and Applied Linguistics in Early Childhood Learning whilst completing my BA in Eng. Lit. and the countless young students I've taught to read from various linguistic backgrounds over the past 15 years; I am a strong believer in Noam Chomsky's philosophy that language is innate. That is to say we are all born with the ability to produce language. A universal grammar if you will; lying in wait, as a foundation for all language acquisition. Chomsky also advocates that language is not only derived by example from parents and society, but it is also a biological condition. He deduces this from the isolated regions (tribal) of the world where language has developed with not outer influences. Chomsky goes on to point out the rules and structures of language and grammar are far too abundant for children to differentiate through the man-made filters available to them at such a young age, they, we must all possess an inner constraint to use as a filter to create communication.
We are all born with the ability to communicate orally. In fact, this is the means our cultural histories had been passed down for generations. However it wasn't until some scholars thousands of years ago, realized the possibility of reading and writing as a means to document our cultural histories and this in turn is what created civilized communities. The ability to read and write are the essential components of Civilization. In turn the recognition of the 40 plus phonemes derived from the 26 letters of the English alphabet used to create a code we call spelling needed a system to decode the words; hence phonics.
The study of phonics is a method used for teaching students to read by recognizing the sounds with the letters, or groups of letters from the alphabet. Phonetics provides a strong foundation for reading, spelling, and correct pronunciation. The US National Reading Panel research based on rigorous criteria indicates phonics is essential to the development of reading. Phonics are usually taught from K-3 starting from the basic single sounds of consonants i.e. sounds for /b/ vs. /p/,to all the sounds /a/ /e/, letter combos tion-/shun/, and word parts alike- ing/ed of the letters in the alphabet. Phonics provide the tools for students to identify and manipulate phonemes, graphemes (spelling patterns), and sounding out of blends (spelling patterns)words. It is worthy to note that phonics are useful for students with dyslexia, phonics have no age limit for learning, phonics are beneficial regardless of the socioeconomic status of the student, phonics benefit troubled readers/spellers, and improves word recognition. Phonics are the key to success in language with an emphasis on reading fluency, vocabulary levels, and text comprehension. Phonics teach students the rules for vowel patterns: long and short, vowel consonant E ending, r-controlled vowels, and when the shwa is used, to mention a few.
I'm sure it is clear by now how essential it is for students to have a good grasp of phonics for their scholastic success especially in Language Arts. In spite of the natural propensity we all have for learning language; correct training strengthens the character; and through diligent effort of the student, the various study aids I can provide : i.e. rhyming books, guessing games, flash cards, trace and repeat; you can learn phonics: I can mentor the student through the study of phonics to succeed in reading, writing, and correct pronunciation.


As a child my parents sent me to French school in spite that we are Anglophones and no one in our family has spoken French for a century. In turn I was 9 years old before I learned to read English.
My parents decide by grade four I would attend English school. However I didn't have all the skill sets required; I couldn't read/write English. And so to better equip me, a tutor was hired, Mrs Curtis. I can still see her face all these years later, and I know it is the fond memory of that time and the progress I demonstrated with her; that is in part responsible for my motivation to be a tutor since my college yrs.
I believe correct training strengthens the character and a strong scholastic foundation is essential for this path. Reading is a vital skill in any language, but especially your mother tongue in this case it's English. Speaking, reading, writing, listening and comprehension are an intricate group of skills which all rely heavily on the strengths of the other to be successful. There is a strong connection between skilled readers and high achievements in school work, because strong readers have better tuned cognitive skills allowing them to adapt to any scholastic situation seemingly; they know how to use a knowledge they have to deduct an unknown knowledge. To better understand the tasks required of them, even to do mundane functions in society which many of us take for granted~ reading is needed. Reading opens a world of discovery of both fact and fiction or adventure and possibilities. Reading allows the child or anyone the use of imagination to compliment the material being analyzed. The written word we read is like the colours of the painter we see.

Reading comprehension is the result of effective reading. Effective reading is grounded in strong cognitive skills such as attention, auditory analysis, sound blending, sound segmenting, memory, processing speed, and visualization. Therefore, the key to improving weak reading comprehension is to confront and correct weak mental skills in these cognitive areas. Phonics are a brilliant foundation to build from for readers of any age. Vocabulary plays a huge role in reading and spelling. Speak well and write the way you speak. What improves the way we speak? Reading published books with corrected grammar on a regular basis. Books of information substances which challenges the reader to excel.
I have worked with children of all ages and adults to improve reading skills. I have worked with ESL learners while I lived in Seoul Korea for 3 years I am an English major so reading, analyzing, critiquing, and writing were the tasks required of me on a daily basis to graduate and most weeks I read more then two books for each class. So feel I have a good grasp on reading skills and am qualified to tutor you or your child.

Study Skills

Study skills are the different ways people learn and retain material. Study skills provide support and a foundation for scholastic success. Good study habits are expanded through strong study skills. The key is to realize as a student which kind of learner are you? Visual learner vs. kinesthetic, audio learners vs. reading/writing, or are you lucky to be a multimodal learner meaning you can employ all the above skills when needed for any given subject?
Study Skills can be broken down into 5 strategies: A) reduce interference: make it meaningful, don't study similar subjects together, study in different rooms. B) Space it out: limit attention, taking breaks for consolidation, different settings/contexts. C) Whole/part learning: means the exposure to the material and in stages. D) Recite: study aids, engage a partner, reading through. E) Study sys: survey the material, question the material, read material and recite the material that you've retained.
Some common aids for study skills are: assessment, note taking, mnemonics, time management, memorization, flash cards, and keywords to mention a few skills. Study skills are tools which you will use your whole life and in every aspect of your life; so it's best to master them at a young age to avoid struggling in one's scholastic career.


To write or not to write that is the question,
whether tis nobler to scribe my words to parchment
or to remain silent a be driven mad by my thoughts?

There were many days I felt like writing was the end of the world and would be the end of me especially, as I advanced in my scholastic career.

Growing up my mother wrote, she wrote short stories, poems and most importantly she kept a diary to stay sane. So I think I always had a model to follow. I always felt I too had the talent to write, but as long as I was trying to write like mum... I never found myself. Short stories and composition and even small essays in high school were no big demand. Once I sat down, I could get my words out with not too many mistakes to edit.

I was even published at the age of 14 for a poem in a creative writing contest held by WCAX TV Burlington VT, but none of this impressed me really as I didn't think writing would be one of my passions or callings.
My mother though always very proud and still has a copy today and encourages me. Most friends insist I need to write my stories down because they are so good.
As time passed my writing skills matured, but still had a long way to mature. Mum always encouraged me to write.

So one can guess my surprise when I was accepted to University as an Eng. major and in turn have a BA in Eng.Lit. from Carleton University in Ottawa Canada... what a rude awakening I got when I had my first writing assignment. It turns out the English teachers from college and high school never taught me any real writing skills which would help me in University! Especially as an English major. I had a lot of learning to do, a lot of going back to the drawing board, many many rough copies, but correct training strengthens the character and I persevered! And today I am a certified ESL teacher first and fore most but have been tutoring since 1996 in all subjects.
My point is we are not all born with a genetic design to be amazing writers some of us really have to work at it, but its okay and normal. Don't be discouraged writing isn't that hard, but as I mentioned in the description for reading; there is an intricate skill set required for the success... strong reading/speaking skills and a vast lexicon to start. And the good news is you needn't look any farther I can help in this area... Sarah's Sweet Salvation for Students!

Carleton University (Canada)


Carleton University (Canada)

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Sarah will travel within 25 miles of Linden, MI 48451.