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Laura B.

Blue Springs, MO

$35/hour

Highly Effective - College Hired - English and Spanish Tutor

In-person lessons
100+ Hours
Background check passed as of 6/23/12
5.0 average from 50 ratings
Very good
— Joanne, Blue Springs, MO on 9/18/13

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Associate of Arts Teaching
Bachelor of Pastoral Theology
Graduate Coursework
Bachelor of Modern Language - Spanish
Graduate Coursework

Education

Associate of Arts Teaching

Bachelor of Pastoral Theology (Graduate Coursework)

Bachelor of Modern Language - Spanish (Graduate Coursework)

About Laura

I work with students on a daily basis who vary greatly in their understanding of writing and grammar in both English and Spanish. I am able to adapt to a wide variety of comprehension levels. That is what a tutor should be able to do. I pinpoint areas where a student lacks understanding, and then present the material in a well organized understandable way. I am also aware of the different learning styles, and am able to help a student comprehend material with minor adjustments to a personal learning style. I believe that if we understand how we learn then this information can be utilized as an approach to enhancing comprehension.

Presently I am a writing tutor at a local community college in both English and Spanish. I have also taught Adult Education English and Spanish from the Community College Education Department. Recently I completed a teaching degree from a 4-yr college with a focus in the Spanish language. To be honest, I absolutely love learning. More than that, I love to share the joy of learning, and help others experience success in their learning experiences. Education and tutoring are my passion and where I belong. I place a focus on encouragement with my students and good communication for great results. Numerous students have returned to me with improved grades and a better understanding of the writing process.

I recently graduated with a GPA of 3.65 in a Spanish/Teaching degree with a minor in Psychology. I also earned a Bachelor of Pastoral Theology degree before I pursued a certified teaching degree. In addition to one on one tutoring, my other personal interests include photography, reading, writing, teaching, crafting and hiking.

I sincerely believe that students who seek out a tutor demonstrate a willingness to learn, and they become far better equipped to turn their efforts into accomplishments.
I work with students on a daily basis who vary greatly in their understanding of writing and grammar in both English and Spanish. I am able to adapt to a wide variety of comprehension levels. That is what a tutor should be able to do. I pinpoint areas where a student lacks understanding, and then present the material in a well organized Read more

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24 hours notice required
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Travels within 10 miles of Blue Springs, MO 64015
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Very good"

- Joanne, Blue Springs, MO on 9/18/13

"Great Decision!"

- Kelli, Blue Springs, MO on 7/1/15

"Wonderful and Thorough Tutor"

- Teresa, Independence, MO on 4/14/14
Language:
Spanish
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
Public Speaking

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.

Bible Studies

I hold a Bachelor of Pastoral Theology Degree ('06). I have also taken a Bible literature class in the degree I recently acquired, Associates in Arts Teaching.('12) This class was writing intensive. Bible studies would involve time lines of historical Biblical events and how they relate to the timeline of world history. I even took an O.T. chronological Bible class.
I have knowledge of the Biblical divisions of Bible books and their authors (or popularly believed authors) from the Old Testament through the New testament. Word studies involving the Old Testament original language from the Hebrew Aramaic language can be studied through concordances and Lexicons for a more accurate translation of Biblical documents. The New Testament, having been written originally in Greek can be studied with the same format. I have studied the poetry of Psalms and Proverbs (wisdom books) and their suggested literary meanings. Stories from the Bible suggest life application with morals and standards of living which can be learned through Bible Studies. Studies of ancient cultures, particularly Jewish, and their traditions greatly enhance the understanding of the original text and translation for meaning and life application in Bible Studies. I have studied the life of Christ in depth and how the prophecies of the Old Testament involving foreshadowing and types in literature relate to the text and meaning of the New Testament gospel books, letters and personal account writings. The Old Testament consists of the 5 books of Law,History, Poetry,and Major and Minor prophets. The New Testament books consist of the divisions of the Gospels (accounts of Jesus personal life)Letters to Early churches,letters concerning personal conduct and church function as well as evangelism, and the prophecy of John being Revelation. There are 66 books total in the Bible, 39 in the O.T and 27 in the N.T. A great deal of Egyptian,Greek, Roman and Jewish history can be learned in Bible Studies.

Elementary (K-6th)

Since I have served as a lead classroom substitute teacher for three area local school districts since 2008 and have taught in a public classroom for these grades many times I am qualified to tutor elementary (K-6th grade) students. Presently, I substitute for two school districts and I am nearing the completion of state teacher certification.

Elementary Science

I have served as a lead classroom substitute teacher for k-12 since '08 in 3 local public school districts in which I have taught the subject of science from school text books numerous times. I have also home schooled one of my children through the middle school and high school years which involved the subject of science. I love the field of science and am capable of tutoring students to understand science with new passion. Learning styles are important in understanding why a student is not comprehending any particular subject. I am near completion of my teaching degree and certification.

English

I have been an English writing tutor at a local community college since March 2011. I have also home schooled one of my children in English through most of her high school grades which prepared her to enter an AP (dual college credit) English class when she returned to a public school her senior year. I am proficient in English writing.

Grammar

Correct English grammar is essential for successful writing. I have been a writing tutor at a local community college since 2008. Part of my job is to correct grammatical errors in college essays. I am able to help correct grammatical errors and reinforce the teaching of grammatical concepts to students who are struggling.

Phonics

The study of Phonics is very important to me because it is basic knowledge to learning how to read. Languages consist of phonics or sounds that are assigned to the letters of an alphabet. It is the basic foundation upon which a person learns to read words. In the English language, generally, consonants close the mouth while speaking and vowels open the mouth to produce a certain sound while speaking. The vowels are the letters which are assigned sounds that open the mouth and allow a word to be recognizable to the listener. In some cases, English vowels consist of more than one sound, short and long, and even a third indistinct sound. At times vowels are silent. There are also blends of more than one vowel which form their own sound called diphthongs. English has 4 diphthongs.

Sometimes words sound exactly alike even though they are spelled differently. Therefore, context, or the use of the word, would reveal the meaning of the word rather than phonics. English is a language that is derived from various other languages. The English language follows general phonic rules, but the English pronunciation phonic rules are sometimes broken in order to follow the original language from which a certain word came. A good example would be the word bouquet. This is a French word so the last syllable of the word maintains the French pronunciation. Repetition of exposure to English Phonics will lead a person to recognize patterns of spellings and sounds associated with those spellings. Phonics can be a fun set of systems to follow for both reading and spelling success! Understanding is the key!

Proofreading

I am particularly skilled at proofreading written work due to the fact that I am a writing tutor at a local college. I have also performed the role of lead classroom substitute teacher in three local school districts since '08 K-12. I am very near completion of a certified teaching degree and enjoy helping others improve their writing skills through proofreading and writing techniques.

Public Speaking

I have spoken in public since I was a child. My former training was in two high school speech classes. The classes covered all kinds of genres of speech including drama, reading books to children, informational speeches, persuasion speeches, special event speeches and demonstrative speeches. I even prepared a solo timed news broadcast and was videotaped for a grade. I have experience with speech contests. Later, in college, I studied speech and how to integrate electronic visual aids for more effective speech delivery. I was also a member of a speech group in which our team wrote a business sales presentation to prospective buyers (the audience). I speak publicly for my church from time to time and have practiced the art of speech while teaching as a substitute lead classroom teacher for two years.

I have worked on a job as a co- director of a large scale drama team and have personally preformed in numerous dramas myself. Speeches can be about objects, concepts, events or processes. The first step in writing a speech is determining what kind of speech you will write and then determining what kind of audience you will be speaking to. It is a good rule of thumb to keep in mind that listeners usually remember the first thing spoken in a speech and the last thing spoken in a speech. So, beginning and ending a speech effectively is very important. Beginning with an outline is one of the best ways to start writing a great speech. Main ideas and important points bulleted below each idea give good direction to a speech. Presenting one problem and giving solutions to the problem always makes a great speech. Certain techniques such as attention getters, visual aids, relating to the audience and answering any questions in their minds, listing credits while speaking, transitional phrases and a strong conclusion, all contribute to a highly effective speech.

Reading

Every beginning reader should be taught consonants, vowels and their phonics to begin to learn how to pronounce words. I like to combine the two philosophies of phonics and whole language reading. For visual learners whole language reading is very helpful because the memory of words and sight work so closely together for cognition (learning). Audio learners work well with reading aloud and hearing phonics repeated as they are sounding out vowels. Both learners learn with a great deal of repetition. So, learning to read involves repetition and practice.

Presently, I am hired by a college to teach English and Spanish in the community Education Department. I also taught all three of my children to read before entering kindergarten. An early reader, whether it be an adult or a young child, will begin with very broken words while sounding out letters and eventually move into a more smooth ability to read whole words at a glance. The transition from the staccato sound to the smooth whole word sound shows the sign of comprehension of the meaning of the words. It is expected, at first, to teach an early reader to sound out words and then comprehension of meaning comes after. One of my greatest pleasures is teaching others to read, enjoying a book together, and listening to a student's progress.

Spanish

The teaching degree that I am about to complete is focused on Spanish for K-12, yet, I am able to tutor both native speakers in either Spanish or English. I have taught children and adults in both languages and presently serve as an English and Spanish writing tutor at a local community college. I have also taught community education classes for adults to learn Spanish since March 2011.

Spelling

In high school, I was accepted into a class specifically designed for the concentration and focus of expanding personal vocabulary and the correct spelling of these words. We studied root languages of the English language and probed into prefixes and suffixes of English words. This was a college dual credit class. Because of my well developed ability to spell and use extensive vocabulary, I was able to implement these skills into more effective writing. Consequently, I tested out of the required first year of college English. I took 3 years of Spanish, 1 year of Latin in high school and sang for many years in all the romantic languages, which develops better understanding of the spelling of English words.

In college, I have taken numerous semesters of Spanish which shares Latin as a root language with the English language. Many words are spelled exactly alike or very similar. Now, as a writing tutor at a local college, I stress the proper spelling of words and the proper use of words in context on a daily basis. If a student wants to improve their spelling, they need to make it a habit to refer to a dictionary often. I home schooled one of my children throughout grades 8-11 and specifically stressed building vocabulary and phonetic spelling in the curriculum. Due to this English language emphasis, my child was able to enter into an AP Composition class upon her return to high school for her final, senior year.

Correct spelling is important since many words in the English language sound exactly the same but are spelled differently. The spelling of a word determines its definition. Spelling is basically a matter of understanding the phonics of the English language. When I tutor students who need spelling help I stress the recognition of prefixes and suffixes. Prefixes and suffixes transfer meaning from the root word of another language to the English language. The knowledge of phonetics of our English vowels helps to fill in the middle part of a word in order to spell it right. I have preformed many word studies in Greek and Hebrew from my Bible studies and see many crossovers in partial spellings of root words from Greek. If a student understands the breakdown of English words, the student will become a better speller by knowledge rather than guessing or memorizing how a word is spelled.

Vocabulary

Building an extensive vocabulary is an essential foundation to speaking and writing any language well. I have taken an AP class focused on extensive vocabulary in high school and performed my communication classes, speech and writing, with excellence due to this previous vocabulary training. I have studied a number of root words in Latin which many of our English vocabulary words derive from.

Associate of Arts Teaching
Bachelor of Pastoral Theology
Graduate Coursework
Bachelor of Modern Language - Spanish
Graduate Coursework

Education

Associate of Arts Teaching

Bachelor of Pastoral Theology (Graduate Coursework)

Bachelor of Modern Language - Spanish (Graduate Coursework)

Very good

My 11 and 8 year old sons are tutoring with Laura and she is very patient, always on time, and a very good teacher. She gets an A+.

— Joanne, Blue Springs, MO on 9/18/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Laura will travel within 10 miles of Blue Springs, MO 64015.