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Michelle O.

Raleigh, NC

$45/hour

Certified Teacher in Many Areas Looking to Tutor

100+ Hours
5.0 average from 49 ratings
Patient and professional tutor
— Semonna, Raleigh, NC on 5/17/17

$45/Hour


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University of Pittsburgh
Russian
Alvernia University
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of Pittsburgh (Russian)

Alvernia University (Graduate Coursework)

About Michelle

I am a certified teacher in several different areas: elementary education, special education, middle school and high school English, and middle school and high school social studies. I would also be comfortable in tutoring people for the reading portion of the ACTs and selected Praxis tests. I have extensive experience with ESL students. I was teaching in the public school system for ten years, mostly in middle school and elementary school.

As a teacher, I believe very strongly that one of the most important foundations for success is building up the students' confidence in their abilities. To that end, I prefer to have preliminary information about present levels of functioning (both strengths and weaknesses), as well as general likes and dislikes. I am equally comfortable with helping students with their school assignments or with creating units based on preferences. As a former special education teacher, I am used to working one on one with students, assessing their individual needs and working as a team in order to help the student be successful.

I would prefer to meet at public libraries, at least for the initial meeting. Since I am no longer teaching, I have a lot of flexibility in scheduling.
I am a certified teacher in several different areas: elementary education, special education, middle school and high school English, and middle school and high school social studies. I would also be comfortable in tutoring people for the reading portion of the ACTs and selected Praxis tests. I have extensive experience with ESL students. I was Read more

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Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Raleigh, NC 27609

"Patient and professional tutor"

- Semonna, Raleigh, NC on 5/17/17

"Great tutor"

- Patrice, Raleigh, NC on 11/30/16

"We love Michelle!"

- Sheena, Raleigh, NC on 9/19/16

"Knowledgeable, attentive and patient tutor."

- Elizabeth, Garner, NC on 3/17/16
Math:
Elementary Math
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Common Core,
Praxis,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Hebrew,
Russian
History:
American History, Government & Politics, Political Science,
Social Studies
Special Needs:
ADHD,
Phonics,
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Common Core,
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting,
Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary

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

Since I have taught as both a general education teacher and a special education teacher, I have had much experience with teaching students with ADD or ADHD. I have written many individualized education plans and have set up and ensured the use of accommodations in the classroom. I have a thorough understanding of the (sometimes confusing!) procedural world of special education.

Common Core

As a former teacher who has taught the Common Core and as a facilitator who worked in a national company committed to helping parents understand how to help their children with homework (K-12), I have a firm grounding in the Common Core. I have many resources from which to pull. I enjoy helping students and I have a long history of working to help struggling students.

Elementary (K-6th)

I am a certified K-6 elementary teacher. I have taught 2nd grade, 6th grade math, and elementary special education (all grades). I have subbed extensively in each grade as well.

Handwriting

As a special education teacher, I have worked closely with my school's occupational therapist on the intricacies of correct grip and pressure as well as some exercises for handwriting. As a former general education teacher, I have also taught handwriting as a subject with mini lessons and practice time.

Hebrew

I studied Hebrew in college for a year and a half. I still have my textbooks and materials with me. I feel able to teach elementary, basic "survival" Hebrew to those who are just starting to learn the language.
I have a background in studying languages, and have a BA in Russian, so I am familiar with how to study a foreign language.

Phonics

I am a certified elementary and special education teacher. The last year I taught in public school, Wake County had just approved the Letter land program for kindergarten and first grade. I worked with many students on implementing many supporting activities with Letter land. I also have other materials that I used for phonics studies including games and exercises to practice phonics skills.

Political Science

In addition to being a certified history teacher in both middle school and high school, I took many courses on political science in college, particularly in international politics. I am an avid reader of biographies on political figures and I have lived abroad in Russia for a time.

Praxis

As a certified teacher, I have taken many Praxis exams. I received three separate Recognition of Excellence awards, which are given if you score in the top 15th percent of all test takers. The areas were in Elementary Education Content Knowledge (which is not something North Carolina teachers take), high school social studies, and high school English. I received a perfect score (200/200) on the high school English test, putting me in the top 2% of all test takers.
I feel comfortable tutoring future teachers in their preliminary tests, and any social studies or English tests.

Russian

My BA is in Russian language and literature. I studied it for four years, taking many advanced courses. I spent a summer in Moscow attending Moscow State University. I have a passion for it and have always wanted a job teaching Russian language.

Social Studies

I am a certified social studies teacher for middle school and high school. I scored in the top 15th percentile on the high school social studies content test, earning me an Recognition of Excellence award. I have previously taught 8th graders who were reading at around a 3rd grade reading level American history. I enjoy using other media to help them with concepts. For instance, there were many good YouTube videos that often helped with comprehending the material and there are books that teach history for students who struggle with reading that are not too "babyish."

Special Needs

I am a former certified special education teacher. I have worked with many different students in their general education classrooms or in pull out situations. I have worked in both elementary school and middle school as a special education teacher.

Most special needs children require a more individualized instructional model that recognizes their learning styles and uses them to optimize learning. I'm aware of the current models and have developed strategies of my own with experiences I've encountered as a teacher.

Study Skills

I have explicitly taught study skills as a middle school special education teacher. With the focus on high stakes testing, I believe that the area of study skills has recently experienced a revival among teachers. I have taught specific skills geared towards specific areas: calming techniques for the anxious student, organizational techniques for the disorganized student. I have also taught procedural skills related to how one should study.

University of Pittsburgh
Russian
Alvernia University
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of Pittsburgh (Russian)

Alvernia University (Graduate Coursework)

Patient and professional tutor

Michelle is very patient and understanding during her reading and writing sessions with my son. I love how she brings awareness to his weaknesses and gets him excited and interested in learning new skills. I don't know what I'd do without her help.

— Semonna, Raleigh, NC on 5/17/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michelle will travel within 20 miles of Raleigh, NC 27609.