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Hanoton University
Indiana State Terre Haute
Master's
Central Michigan U.
Master's

Education

Hanoton University

Indiana State Terre Haute (Master's)

Central Michigan U. (Master's)

About Theodosia

I started my professional career many years ago as a Speech and Hearing therapist for nine years. After that time, I was involved in other careers, including broadcast journalism and marketing, for quite a few years.

About 14 years ago, I returned to education as an Adjunct Professor at John Wesley College (now Laurel University) in High Point, NC. My initial courses were Communication Concepts and Marketing in a Bachelor's in Business degree program. Since that time, I have gravitated into teaching a variety of English courses, including English Grammar and Composition I and II, Public Speaking, American Literature, and Devotional Literature. The basic grammar and composition course is critical because it impacts every other course in the curriculum. I firmly believe that students learn to write by writing, and design my courses so that they not only write frequently, but become confident writers. Also, to learn to write well, one must read and comprehend which carries over to the literature courses.

In addition to this part-time college level experience, I have been associated with the SES program as a Tutor/Lead Teacher for the past four years. As an employee of Academic Achievers, S & L Consultants, I have tutored and supervised tutors in elementary schools in both Guilford and Alamance counties in North Carolina. I have dealt with students in Grades K-5. The program requires 22 sessions with 1 1/2 hours of tutoring per session. Group size is 3-6 students allowing the opportunity for individualized learning. While workbooks are provided, I had the opportunity to supplement that material whenever I identified the need. One of my strengths is using different techniques to teach different concepts. All children do not learn the same way.

I am passionate about teaching. My strength lies in being personally concerned about every student and understanding his or her academic abilities. I am very flexible in conforming my teaching approaches to meet the needs of the individual student. Teaching in environments with effective class sizes has given me the opportunity to do this.

I believe firmly that preparation is key to any educational process, and I spend time planning for all of my teaching responsibilities. I also believe that open and honest feedback to students and parents is critical.

My years of communication experience have equipped me to function well in this regard.

I love teaching and tutoring, and I look forward to doing both for a very long time. I welcome any opportunity to expand this work that means do much to me.
I started my professional career many years ago as a Speech and Hearing therapist for nine years. After that time, I was involved in other careers, including broadcast journalism and marketing, for quite a few years.

About 14 years ago, I returned to education as an Adjunct Professor at John Wesley College (now Laurel University) in
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Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required

If travel time is required to a community more than 15 miles away, there will be an increase in the rate for travel time.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Greensboro, NC 27407
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
English:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking,
Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Reading,
Writing
History:
Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Reading,
Vocabulary, 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.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have been involved in tutoring grades K-5 for the last four years. As a Tutor/Lead teacher, I have assisted groups of four to six students as well as supervise other tutors. The emphasis has been on reading and math.

I have degrees in Speech and Hearing and Communications. I have taught part time on the College level at Laurel University (formerly John Wesley College) in High Point for the past 13 years.

English

I have been certified in English by WyzAnt. I have taught English Grammar as well as literature on the Freshman level at Laurel University (formerly John Wesley College) for the past eight years. I am accustomed to teaching Grammar skills as well as reading comprehension. I have also tutored elementary students for the past 4 years in both reading and math.

It is very important to identify where the problems are for the student in both reading and writing. Once this occurs,a personalized program can be developed for that student. An important approach is using various strategies to help the student retain what he or she has learned. Students must understand that reading is exceedingly important in learning to write and that these functions support each other.

ESL/ESOL

For the past 8 years, I have been teaching English Grammar Composition courses at Laurel University, formerly John Wesley College, in High Point, NC. I cover everything from basic grammar (spelling, parts of speech, punctuation, etc.) to essay writing and research paper writing.

Last year, we enrolled a student from Africa who needed ESL assistance. I tutored him one semester, then became his professor. He now utilizes peer tutoring and is progressing nicely.

I have also tutored for four years in the Supplementary Education program offered in our public schools. We work with students in grades K-5.

My strength is designing programs to meet the identified needs of the student. Occasionally, I am called to teach a college subject as independent study to a single student, so I am familiar with this approach.

Public Speaking

I have taught public speaking for nine years at the present Laurel University. The students are required to learn the skills and use them in speech presentations.


I hold a degree in Communications/Radio and TV which I used to broadcast radio news. I was also involved in making innumerable sales presentations while a Marketing Account Executive for AT & T.

I possess the skills to help someone who is tring to improve in the area of public speaking. I also have the tools including many public speaking textbooks.

Reading

My Bachelor's degree is in Speech and Hearing which equips me to help children phonetically sound out words. This is very important in oral reading. I believe repetition is also very important in the learning process, so children need to learn words in different formats. This is accomplished through a variety of interesting learning activities, not just reading text.

For reading comprehension, one must determine the approach to the material that best suits the child. The child needs to know the purpose of the reading and the material needs to be interesting during the tutoring process.

With my four years of tutoring experience, I am able to relate to the child on his or her level to improve reading ability.

SAT Writing

It is very important that students learn to approach writing as a process. This facilitates the ability to properly respond in a test environment. I teach students how to plan, draft, and revise their writings to be sure they have an effective paper. While this process is condensed in the test situation, having these skills can make the critical difference for students.

Practicing by writing about subjects a student knows about is one approach that is very effective. Organizing via scratch outlines is another helpful strategy for students. I have seen tremendous improvement in writing ability using these techniques.

The mechanics of writing are also important. Students need to apply the rules of grammar and use proper spelling an punctuation in their writings. Identification of the problems and addressing them vigorously leads to improving the writing mechanics.

Special Needs

I hold a degree in speech and hearing, and taught or provided therapy for special needs students for nine years.

I presently am involved in tutoring in the public school's SES after school program. I have tutored and held the position of Lead Teacher for four years. The program has students in grades K-5 who are tutored twice weekly in math and reading for an 11 week period.

I am accustomed to working with individual students and tailoring the activities for the learning needs of the child.

Writing

I tutored elementary school children in Guilford and Alamance Counties for three years with a large degree of success. I am highly effective in determining the child’s needs and designing a program to develop math and reading skills. Using strategies adaptable to the individual child is one of my strengths. I am also able to guide parents in ways to assist their own child in between tutoring visits. The proposed days would not be a problem for the tutoring sessions.
In addition to working with small children, I have also taught English on the college level for ten years.

Hanoton University
Indiana State Terre Haute
Master's
Central Michigan U.
Master's

Education

Hanoton University

Indiana State Terre Haute (Master's)

Central Michigan U. (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

If travel time is required to a community more than 15 miles away, there will be an increase in the rate for travel time.

Travel policy

Theodosia will travel within 15 miles of Greensboro, NC 27407.