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Jessica S.

Springfield, MO

$45/hour

Highly Effective Teacher seeks to create life-long learners

200+ Hours
Background check passed as of 12/4/14
5.0 average from 50 ratings
Excellent! Would recommend to anyone.
— Dylan, Tucson, AZ on 1/12/14

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James Madison University
SpEd, CSD

Education

James Madison University (SpEd, CSD)

About Jessica

I became interested in working with students with special needs when I was in high school; a summer spent volunteering at Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk, VA convinced me that this was my calling. Ever since, I've spent as much time as possible learning about the variety of different ways that disabilities can affect both life and learning.

In college, I accepted as many teaching practica as I could: pre-K pre-literacy development, middle school math, GED tutoring for adults. I graduated from James Madison University (Virginia) in 2008 with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Special Education, K-12 (concentration in Learning Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, and Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities), with over 400 hours of teaching experience before graduation. I taught Special Education in Rockingham County, VA before moving to Arizona.

I believe in taking a very personalized approach to learning and tailoring lessons to each student, rather than taking a "one size fits all" approach, regardless of ability. (Teachers call this "differentiated instruction.") I also make efforts to help students connect information between different subjects ("cross-categorical instruction"); this helps students gain an appreciation of part-to-whole concepts on a global level.

I believe that education is not only imperative in creating balanced and fair societies, it's also a basic human right. Every student should have the tools they need to learn new skills. With plenty of education and expertise, I have learned how to use the tools that create life-long learners; THAT is the skill that will serve you or your children for the rest of their lives.

Finding a good fit between student and tutor is important. I believe that it is so important that I always offer our first session, a consultation, at no charge. This first session gives us both a chance to get to know each other, and it gives me the opportunity to evaluate where a student's strengths and weaknesses are. . We will set goals for your child and develop a plan for how to achieve that goal. This allows us to progress more quickly to addressing weaknesses and building them up appropriately.

My years of experience in public and private education will help guide you and your child through your current challenges and into your child's future education. My goal for every student is to create a lifelong learner who is intrinsically motivated to academic success. My only students who have failed to meet their goals with me have failed to put forth an honest effort. If you give me an honest effort I will give you 110% and you will meet your goals.
I became interested in working with students with special needs when I was in high school; a summer spent volunteering at Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk, VA convinced me that this was my calling. Ever since, I've spent as much time as possible learning about the variety of different ways that disabilities can affect both Read more

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Cancellation
6 hours notice required

Group rate: $10/off per student per hour, up to 5 students (max) in a group setting.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Springfield, MO 65804
Background Check: Passed

"Excellent! Would recommend to anyone."

- Dylan, Tucson, AZ on 1/12/14
Jessica replied on 1/28/2014

Thank you for the feedback, Dylan! Congratulations on passing your test with honors! I know you worked really hard to achieve that. Good luck in Utah!

Science:
ACT Science, Biology,
PSAT
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar,
Proofreading,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, Common Core,
GED,
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Computer:
Desktop Publishing
Language:
Reading, Writing
History:
Geography, Government & Politics, World History, Writing
Elementary Education:
ADHD,
Common Core,
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Grammar,
Handwriting, Homeschool, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling,
Study Skills,
Writing
Business:
Writing

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.

ADHD

I hold a B.S. in special education and have about five years of experience working with students with ADD/ADHD, ranging from 5-55 years old.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and have about three years of experience working with students on the Autism Spectrum (including Asperger's), ranging from 5-19 years old.

Biology

I am familiar with concepts and subject matter taught in standard, honors, and AP Biology. This includes (but is not limited to): genetics, Mendelian patterns of inheritance, influences of LaMarck, Darwin, and Linnaeus on biological classification and the theories of Natural Selection and Evolution, anatomy, basic neuroscience, energy cycles, food chains/webs, etc.

Common Core

As a licensed teacher, I used the Common Core Career and College Readiness Standards to help my students prepare for college or for vocational training beyond high school.

Desktop Publishing

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and have taught students of all ages how to create MS Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, basic web sites, upload/insert photos from a camera (or other device, such as a PC, email file, etc), link to online videos, etc.

Dyslexia

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and have about five years of experience working with students with language and communication disorders, including Dyslexia.

Elementary (K-6th)

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and have taught students grades K-5 in Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Prior to receiving my degree, I had completed 400+ hours of supervised school practica (students' ages 3-15).

Elementary Math

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and have taught students of all ages how study and learn more efficiently for their style of learning. I have also worked as a study skills tutor in college, teaching student-athletes how to study more efficiently and re-teaching subject material when necessary.

GED

I have been working with adults preparing for the GED exam since 2007. My training as a Special Education teacher has prepared me to teach this subject matter with a high level of attention for each students' individual needs.

Grammar

I am familiar with the rules of English grammar, and can explain the differences between a subject and predicate, different parts of speech, simple vs complex sentences, conjugation of verbs, etc.

Hard Of Hearing

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and Communication Sciences and Disorders and have about five years of experience working with students with language and communication disorders, including hearing deficiencies.

Phonics

Special Education teachers have the unique position of occasionally serving as a student's primary teacher in specific subjects. My very first year of teaching, I had the privilege of working with a group of students in Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades as their primary Language Arts teacher. I am familiar with teaching reading using phonics, which starts by teaching letter sounds, word families, and blending sounds together.

Prealgebra

Order of Operations? Understanding equations? Ratio, proportion, and probability? If you're stumped by any of these, I can help clear up the mystery! My Bachelor of Science degree in teaching, in addition to approximately 150 hours (quick, which numerical expression technique did I use there?) of practical experience teaching math qualifies me to teach or re-teach pre-algebra.

Proofreading

What does ^ mean in terms of editing an essay? What about the phrase, "structure needs work?" Perhaps you've seen a vague, "what?" written alongside a paragraph; these are all areas in which I can help you decipher proofreading shorthand, as well as teaching you how to fix the errors and prevent them from re-occurring.

Special Needs

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and have about five years of experience working with students with language and communication disorders, learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disabilities, and intellectual disabilities.

Spelling

I hold a B.S. in Special Education (K-12) and have taught students of all ages how study and learn more efficiently for their style of learning. For some students, phonics is a more efficient way to conquer consistent spelling errors. For others, little tips and tricks make it easier to remember when "i" comes before "e," and when it does not.

Study Skills

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and have taught students of all ages how study and learn more efficiently for their style of learning. I have also worked as a study skills tutor in college, teaching student-athletes how to study more efficiently and re-teaching subject material when necessary.

James Madison University
SpEd, CSD

Education

James Madison University (SpEd, CSD)

Excellent! Would recommend to anyone.

I'm extremely happy with the choice I made. Mrs. H. was always professional, prompt and prepared. We covered many years of math in 4 weeks, at a pace tailored to me. She listened to my needs, answered questions, came with handouts, and was available for me to call or email anytime. For those reasons, I couldn't be happier. Being one on one accelerated my learning, and I can't imagine a teacher wor

— Dylan, Tucson, AZ on 1/12/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Group rate: $10/off per student per hour, up to 5 students (max) in a group setting.

Travel policy

Jessica will travel within 10 miles of Springfield, MO 65804.