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Elizabeth B.

Pittsboro, NC

$40/hour

Pre-K Readiness, K-2 Foundational Skills

Background check passed as of 10/30/15
5.0 average from 20 ratings
Knowledgeable and patient!
— Elizabeth, Apex, NC on 2/29/16

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Harvard College
Biology
University of Phoenix
MEd

Education

Harvard College (Biology)

University of Phoenix (MEd)

About Elizabeth

I came to teaching later in life and after raising my family. My undergraduate degree is in Biology. I worked for 30+ years in scientific research before I went back to school to realize my dream of becoming a teacher. My Master’s degree is in elementary teaching. My Master’s research project was on understanding gender differences in how young students learn. Parents of more “active” students frequently requested placement in my class. I study and apply best practice methods in all academic subjects. I continue to take continuing education classes in reading, writing, math, technology, and project-based learning. I have attended training in childhood anxiety and worked with students who experience difficulty demonstrating their learning in the classroom setting. I am currently certified NC K-6.

I have recently retired from the Wake County Public School System where I taught Kindergarten and first grade. I am very interested in tutoring pre-K through second grade students. I understand what is expected of incoming Kindergarten students and would like to help you prepare your child to succeed. My work at a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) elementary school has made me realize that student success is not based on individual academics alone, but the integration of academics with critical thinking. My tutoring methods address academic needs for PreK-second grade students. My style of teaching will help your child gain the confidence he/she needs to ask and answer questions in an academic environment. Teachers know that students who can think deeply and express themselves with confidence are better learners. They are also more interesting to teach and are vital to the classroom environment. Let me help your child learn how to succeed.


I understand Common Core expectations and how they build through the primary years. My motto of "Common Core - developmental and fun" reflects my work to make my lessons in the skills of Common Core developmentally appropriate for young learners. I believe that a love of school and learning is build through positive educational experiences. This builds student confidence as a vital member of the classroom family.

I hope you will give me the opportunity to work with your child.
I came to teaching later in life and after raising my family. My undergraduate degree is in Biology. I worked for 30+ years in scientific research before I went back to school to realize my dream of becoming a teacher. My Master’s degree is in elementary teaching. My Master’s research Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

I am willing to work with students for 30 min periods. Young students may benefit from this arrangement. $25 for 30 min. 2 thirty minute sessions (same day) with a 15 min break will be charged $40.

Travel Radius
Travels within 35 miles of Pittsboro, NC 27312
Background Check: Passed

"Knowledgeable and patient!"

- Elizabeth, Apex, NC on 2/29/16
English:
Reading,
Vocabulary
Test Preparation:
Common Core
Special Needs:
Phonics

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Common Core

I have attended professional development classes both through Wake County Public School System and the Wake Raleigh Reading Council on the Common Core State Standards for elementary subjects. In my job as a teacher I design lesson plans and conduct lessons and assessments that address common core standards. I have work on a school improvement committee that addressed alignment of lessons to Common Core standards across grade levels in the subject of mathematics. My professional learning team undertook a study of the teaching of writing to address Common Core standards.

Elementary (K-6th)

I hold an NC k-6 professional license. I have taught primary grades for six years. My underperforming students make strong growth every year. I meet with other teaching professionals to develop strategies to help struggling early learners. I work to make foundational learning fun. I frequently integrate subjects for early learners to capitalize on their personal interests while teaching basic skills. For example: bringing live tadpoles to a session, I was able to capture student interest prior to reading a book about the tadpole life-cycle. This in turn made the young writer more engaged in the writing piece.

Elementary Math

Basic deep understanding of number concepts are best achieved with hands-on instruction. I use manipulatives, stories, games, and active movements to teach math. I have designed activities to conduct math class in center style (Math Cafe). I also use independent computer activities to allow students choice in the demonstration of concepts mastered. Work sheets and worksheet testing are out, and multi sensory activities are in. This is best practice math instruction.

Elementary Science

I had been working at a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) elementary school. I adapted many science activities from prescribed experiences to STEM challenges. Student projects were hands-on and followed the engineering design process to increase student engagement and develop critical thinking and cooperative learning experiences. My 30+ years of working in scientific research and my teacher training have shown me that even very young students can learn complex science concepts. I never water down my science vocabulary, even with the very young.

Handwriting

As a Kindergarten teacher, I teach letter formation using the Letterland curriculum. I have studied and applied the "Handwriting Without Tears" approach to handwriting. I design handwriting exercises to address particular student handwriting needs. I have a master's degree in teaching the elementary grades. While some believe that handwriting is not important because of the broad use of computers today, I believe that writing with pencil or pen will be with us forever. Development of a functional, efficient pencil grip will lessen hand fatigue. Legible handwriting is essential for students to communicate their learning.

Phonics

I have a master's degree in teaching the elementary grades. My coursework focused on teaching basic phonics skills as a precursor to reading. I have attended NC DPI training in Letterland and Letterland intervention. This helps me to diagnose deficits in phonemic awareness and conduct interventions to address them. I have several years experience in M-Class testing and interventions to address issues identified through these assessments.

Reading

I have taught reading for 6 years in Kindergarten and first grade classrooms. I have attended DPI training in Letterland intervention with the goal of helping young students apply foundational phonics skills to decoding text. I understand the M-class expectations for student demonstration of reading comprehension, and I have leveled texts that I use to support reading comprehension instruction. I am a member of the International Literacy Association and attend monthly meetings of a local chapter.

Vocabulary

While much vocabulary is learned through exposure, subject specific vocabulary must be taught through direct instruction. I define and explain words for students. I then use conversation to reinforce the meaning. Speaking and listening together provide my students with repetition and reinforcement. With the very young, I play games to teach degrees of meaning. I have many themed games to teach sight words to children who are interested in princesses or aliens, for example. Working with students' interests makes the learning more fun!

Harvard College
Biology
University of Phoenix
MEd

Education

Harvard College (Biology)

University of Phoenix (MEd)

Knowledgeable and patient! — Elizabeth is awesome with my daughter. She is patient and Knowledgeable and I am seeing such an improvement with my daughter. ...

— Elizabeth, Apex, NC on 2/29/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

I am willing to work with students for 30 min periods. Young students may benefit from this arrangement. $25 for 30 min. 2 thirty minute sessions (same day) with a 15 min break will be charged $40.

Travel policy

Elizabeth will travel within 35 miles of Pittsboro, NC 27312.