Shelley T.

Union, NJ


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300+ Hours
Background check passed as of 11/9/13
4.8 average from 141 ratings
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— Michelle, Plainfield, NJ on 11/14/17


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Kean University
Rutgers University


Kean University

Rutgers University (Master's)

About Shelley

I am a qualified professional with 10+ years working in public schools in urban, suburban, and rural environments. I grew up traveling in the military, a middle-child of a two parent home with twin sisters and a gifted brother. Our family also spent a great deal of my childhood in Europe. After graduating from a base school,I attended college in Louisiana and relocated to New Jersey to complete three degrees in Psychology, English, and Social Work while working for the New Jersey Department of Education. I love working towards building the learner's confidence through M.A.P.S.(METHODS ATTITUDES POSSIBILITIES SOLUTIONS(TM)} a special curriculum designed to remove emotional blockages and identify and re-emphasize the importance of unique learning styles. I believe that we are still learning what works, but we have to use multiple means of instruction, positive support, and assessment/plans. If you think you can't, you won't...if the right person tells you that you can, you'll try! I am a qualified professional with 10+ years working in public schools in urban, suburban, and rural environments. I grew up traveling in the military, a middle-child of a two parent home with twin sisters and a gifted brother. Our family also spent a great deal of my childhood in Europe. After graduating from a base school,I attended college in Read more

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Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Union, NJ 07083
Background Check: Passed

"Great Experience"

- Michelle, Plainfield, NJ on 11/14/17

"Excellent teacher, A great confidence builder"

- Dainne, Newark, NJ on 4/8/16


- Richard, Union City, NJ on 6/8/15


- Al-Nisa, Linden, NJ on 3/31/15


- Jeanine, Union, NJ on 3/30/15

"Very patient and cooperative"

- Leon, Plainfield, NJ on 11/10/14


- Jill, Newton, NJ on 9/14/14

"Excellent tutor"

- Yaminah, Irvington, NJ on 4/5/14


- Felix, Union, NJ on 11/13/13

"My experience was wonderful!!"

- Jacquelyn, Union, NJ on 4/16/13

"Great choice for your child."

- Jackie, Springfield, NJ on 2/12/13

"Defintely someone who knows what they are doing."

- Bertila, Carteret, NJ on 1/21/13
Shelley replied on 1/21/2013

Thank you for the honest and excellent review!

ACT Math, Common Core, Elementary Math, Microsoft Excel, Prealgebra
Anatomy, Elementary Science, Nutrition, Social Work,
Art History
Proofreading, Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, Career Development, College Counseling,
Common Core
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Art History, Writing
Special Needs:
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD),
Common Core, Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Phonics, Reading,
Special Needs, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Common Core, Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar,
Phonics, Reading,
Study Skills, Vocabulary, Writing
Career Development, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word,

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.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

In addition to being a Master of Social Work, I am a NJ State certified Behavioral Therapist(ABA) with experience working with individuals with ASD and Aspergers for over 10 years. I have found success by allowing students to help create their individual tutoring plans. Also, I am committed to using several therapeutic tools to increase their cognitive development and learning. Writing and comprehension may be difficult for some learners and will require professional support.

College Counseling

I had the exciting opportunity to work with high school students in Orange NJ. I initially worked as a Secretary in the Guidance Office preparing student transcripts. I enrolled in college to become a School Psychologist in 1998; I eventually graduated from Kean University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work. I worked as a High School transition counselor and coach for students with special needs. The work was rewarding and helping students define their strengths, deficits, and accomplishments prepared them to complete the college application process. Finally, I completed my graduate studies at Rutgers University, NJ. I am still working with students to help them achieve their goals as a mentor and consultant.


English is the combination of vocabulary, grammar, writing, and pronunciation used to convey a written or verbal message. Once a student has mastered English it will help with academic success in other subjects. English students will be asked to define, use, and write words and sentences in order to develop a proper English paragraph structure. When giving oral presentations students may need adequate training in pronunciation of English words to reach their intended audience. After a student has successfully executed an exemplary English writing project, additional mastery can be supported by reading and writing journals.


Grammar, simply put, is the rule of composition and language. Additionally, grammar is the manner in which a reader, writer, or speaker uses words so that they are comprehensible. In teaching grammar, the lessons are usually strict and consistent, so that the new learner will be able to convey a sensible message. Grammar books are used so that a student can refer to the rules when they are doubtful regarding proper usage. Instructors and tutors try to correct grammar mistakes immediately so that grammar memory becomes automatic.


Literature can be a literally amazing tool to reinforce your reading, English and grammar skills. Reading is fundamental but truly understanding what you read makes it fun. Poets, authors, and playwrights have developed stories into literary masterpieces by using the sum of the parts to create the student's goal of using what they learned. Students can benefit from understanding the differences between non-fiction, fiction, essay, and autobiographical prose. Important literature was published during The Renaissance, Middle Ages, and Old English historical periods.

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is word-processing software that can replace the traditional typewriting process. The benefits of using Microsoft Word is that it eliminates the hassle of ribbons, correction-fluid, and wasted paper, usually experienced with the typewriting process. The program also allows the user to generate a successfully published document with the help of desktop publishing aids such as spelling/grammar check, font design, margin and paragraph defining, and table/chart insertion. Templates are probably the most appreciated part of Microsoft Word; documents are already formatted for immediate use. New learners can navigate Microsoft Word with the help or wizard option and develop a complete document within minutes.


Reading and writing are the fundamentals of education. Children can be instructed in whole language and phonics techniques. New learners can gain success through a reading plan uniquely designed to increase areas of deficiency. If the obstacle is a learning impairment or self-esteem, counseling and family support will help with the reading process.

Social Work

I am a qualified Master Social Worker with a solid foundation of understanding human behavior and the social environment, child development theory, and case management. I have worked with diverse populations including women, children, and families and continue to integrate my experience and education to seek solutions for populations at-risk. I have worked as a community liaison, in-home therapist, and mentor to assist individuals in working towards their goals. Furthermore, advanced social work practice has helped me achieve my overall dream of being a committed community change agent.


Besides living and studying in urban, suburban, rural, and international cultures, I have taken several classes in sociology that address social structure, social actions, and social research. The foundation of my Bachelor's Degree is Social Work and the core course requires that we integrate human behavior and social environment (HBSE) into our work. Finally, I have a Master's Degree in Social Work that expands my sociology research and understanding to an advanced level. Students will benefit from the study techniques that I used to receive outstanding scores in sociology.


I can help with Reading Writing Research Spelling.


Writing begins with basic sentence structure. One sentence leads to the next. Novice writers will have to develop their writing skills by continuing to write. Journaling is a good way to exercise your writing skills. Each author has a unique voice that is translated into words, sentences and paragraphs. Another important writing step is to understand the intended audience. Expository, demonstrative, and research writing, are types of writing styles that are used frequently in high school and college settings. Familiarity with outlines can help writers organize their thoughts so that the completed composition can have meaning and flow to their audience. Good writing skill development can be enhanced through reading, researching, and writer persistence.

Kean University
Rutgers University


Kean University

Rutgers University (Master's)

Great Experience

Shelley really takes the time to understand explained things to my son its always a pleasant experienced. I have taken things that he learned about and use them in is daily activities

— Michelle, Plainfield, NJ on 11/14/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Shelley will travel within 15 miles of Union, NJ 07083.