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Colleen D.

Metuchen, NJ


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Background check passed as of 12/13/13
5.0 average from 42 ratings
Beyond Amazing!
— Lizett, Elizabeth, NJ on 2/27/15

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The College of New Jersey
Elementary Ed and Clinical Psych


The College of New Jersey (Elementary Ed and Clinical Psych)

About Colleen

My teaching experience varies. I've been a public school classroom teacher for eight years in both suburban and inner city settings, where I've taught second, third, and fourth grade. I hold a K-5 NJ teaching certificate for all subjects, as well as a middle school math certificate (grades 5-8). I graduated from The College of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education, with extra credits constituting a middle school math endorsement, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in developmental psychology. I am certified to tutor in all elementary subjects, pre-algebra, algebra 1 & 2, geometry, statistics, ESL, English, reading, writing, and more (see below).

I have an eclectic, flexible, and multi-faceted approach to teaching. First, I believe that teaching study skills and effective learning habits prior to teaching content will help ensure a strong academic foundation upon which a student can build his/her future endeavors and interests. I praise my students for working hard, but I give even more credit to them for working "smart". Secondly, since people are inquisitive by nature, I encourage an inquiry-based approach to learning, focusing not only on working out the answers, but also on taking the initiative to pose the questions. Additionally, I tend to place an emphasis on flexibility of the mind when it comes to teaching language and math. Similar content presented in various ways builds deeper understanding and promotes retention. Particularly in math, I enjoy teaching for deep conceptual understanding. However, I'm also very familiar with giving public school standardized tests and am able to "speed up the process" by focusing on procedural understanding, rules, and algorithms for the sake of grades and tests.

For students who may not respond well to traditional tutoring, I'm open to tutoring through innovative and creative means, by using unique methods or positive paired-stimuli to tap into personal intelligences and motivate the brain. I'm trained in Quantum's brain-based learning, and I enjoy tailoring my methods of instruction to the learner's strengths, such as using book clubs for the interpersonal learner, active inquiry investigations for the hands-on/kinesthetic learner, or music-based studies for a learner with musical intelligences. I recognize the importance of teaching to the learner as opposed to simply teaching the subject, and I believe that a positive mindset when learning is key.
My teaching experience varies. I've been a public school classroom teacher for eight years in both suburban and inner city settings, where I've taught second, third, and fourth grade. I hold a K-5 NJ teaching certificate for all subjects, as well as a middle school Read more

2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Metuchen, NJ 08840
Background Check: Passed

"Beyond Amazing!"

- Lizett, Elizabeth, NJ on 2/27/15

"Great tutor"

- Lilia, Whitehouse Station, NJ on 1/5/15
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary Math, Geometry, Logic,
Prealgebra, Statistics
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Microsoft PowerPoint
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Study Skills,
Microsoft PowerPoint
Track & Field,

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Elementary (K-6th)

I have an active/up-to-date K-5 teaching certification. I've been a public school elementary teacher (grades 2-4) for 6 years. I've done private tutoring, was an employee of Kumon Learning Center, and was a small-group summer instructor for a private school. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education/psychology from TCNJ, and I earned "highly qualified" status for instruction in middle school mathematics, grades 5-8.


I am a certified K-8 teacher in mathematics. Many algebraic and abstract math problems, operational word problems, and geometry proofs/problems require the use of logic. I have a flexible approach to teaching how to use logic to solve math problems using strategies such as diagrams, pictures, list making, equations, and more. I teach math for deep conceptual understanding, which relies on the use of logic and not just the memorization of formulas and the ability to apply them.


Not only am I certified to teach all subjects (grades K-5) in the state of NJ, I have special phonics training from a new & highly effective research-based program named Reading Horizons. I currently use this approach to teaching phonics in my own classroom. This program includes grammar as well, and is not just geared for the younger grades, but scaffolds higher-level phonics & vocabulary up through 12th grade. It is an individualized, naturally differentiated program.

Study Skills

Through my education and teaching experience, I've gained deep insight into how to best motivate students to create strong habits and schedules for themselves. I'm trained in a character education/study habit/life skills program entitled Quantum Learning. This is a research-based program that focuses on brain-based learning in order to assist students in creating healthier, more effective study habits, attitudes, and life skills. It's mostly geared toward 3rd through 8th graders; however, it could be easily adapted to both younger and older students.


I was on the Varsity Tennis Team for two years in high school. Prior to that, I was on the Middle School Tennis Team and took private lessons on a clay court and community recreation group classes. I was a tennis instructor for two consecutive summers at a pool club.

Track & Field

I competed on the Varsity Track Team in high school for four straight years. I was captain of sprints and hurdles during my senior year. I was 14th in the state for high-jumping, and was always invited to compete in county competitions for hurdles (100 meter & 400 meter). Additionally, I also competed in the long jump.


I've been studying and practicing yoga now (specifically vinyasa style) for two years. I teach yoga classes to students grade K-4 three times per week. I do lots of reading and research about the effects of yogas and how to best teach yoga habits and lifestyles.

The College of New Jersey
Elementary Ed and Clinical Psych


The College of New Jersey (Elementary Ed and Clinical Psych)

Beyond Amazing! — Obviously my daughter's grades have improved tremendously. But I haven't heard her say she loves Math since first grade (she's a fifth grader). And yesterday while waiting for Ms. Colleen she said, "I'm in love with Math again!" So excitedly and with the biggest smile on her face. I teared honestly. We have extended sessions to include reading comprehension and appreciate that Ms. Colleen is takin ...

— Lizett, Elizabeth, NJ on 2/27/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Colleen will travel within 10 miles of Metuchen, NJ 08840.