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Celeen L.

Canaan, NY


Elementary and Reading Tutor

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The College of Saint Rose
Elementary Education
The College of Saint Rose


The College of Saint Rose (Elementary Education)

The College of Saint Rose (Master's)

About Celeen

Hello, my name is Celeen. I am an elementary school teacher in New York State. I have a special interest in reading, although I also love math and social studies. I have tutored children who are experiencing difficulties with reading and math for several years. Some of this tutoring has been done in small groups, but the majority of tutoring was individual. I like to make learning fun and age-appropriate so I chose materials that will interest the child as well as be applicable to school subjects. I have taught in kindergarten and fifth grade for the majority of the time, but have spent some time in all grades and subject areas.

I believe that all children want to succeed academically and can with the right tools. Some children need more time and support to become proficient and that is where one-on-one tutoring can be so beneficial. Once an area of need is diagnosed and skills in that area are strengthened a child becomes confident. Once confident the child is willing to try to work hard and increase their skills even more. The child becomes happier with school and himself/herself when they know they have succeeded.

I have lived in the Berkshire area for the past 25 years with my husband, three children and dog. I would like to see our local children succeed and our area continue to be seen as a positive and healthy place to live. I think we need to focus on the education of our children so that it can continue to be viewed as a great place to live.
Hello, my name is Celeen. I am an elementary school teacher in New York State. I have a special interest in reading, although I also love math and social studies. I Read more

10 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Canaan, NY 12029
In-person lessons
ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading
Special Needs:
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Study Skills,
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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I have worked with students that have been diagnosed as having ADD/ADHD. These students require alternative lessons that are broken into smaller segments and that are more interactive. Depending on the child, activities may also be done standing or sitting in alternate locations. Age and individual interests must also be involved in lesson planning.

Elementary (K-6th)

I am a New York State certified elementary teacher. I am also certified in literacy for birth to grade 6. I believe that a student's literacy skills are essential to success in all subject areas. We use our reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in learning everything in school. The connections of these skills make increased literacy skills valuable to all students.

Children often need to feel confident with material and interested in learning more about a specific area before they gain mastery. I would like to help increase interest and confidence by diagnosing areas of need and strength and building upon them.

Elementary Math

I have always loved math and see it as a puzzle waiting to be solved. I believe that each person sees the math connection differently and my job is to work with the student to help him/her find the way that makes sense to him. You need to find the key to the puzzle so that it may be understood and completed.


I have earned my masters degree in literacy from the College of Saint Rose. Literacy is more than just reading. It is the listening, speaking, writing and reading of a language. Phonics is using our knowledge of letter sounds to read, write and speak. Each letter has a certain sound associated with it, this is called a phoneme. When we can say and recognize the sound then we can begin to manipulate and separate the sounds within words. This word play is part of phonics.

Young children are very eager to identify the sounds and names of each alphabet letter so phonics is usually quite fun. Most of the learning is done through game-type activities. Another exciting facet of phonics is that progress is usually easily and quickly identified.

Public Speaking

Public speaking is difficult for everyone. The key to success is to be prepared. The speaker must feel comfortable with the material and the audience. A good public speaker becomes comfortable by practicing. Through practice people learn how to pace themselves, how to make contact with the audience through body language and eye contact.

I would like to help students to learn their material and through practice and guidance become a comfortable and confident public speaker.


I have a master's degree in literacy for birth through grade 6 children. Reading is the key to academic success, in my opinion, since reading is involved in all subjects. Once a child begins to develop the skills necessary for reading and writing the sky is the limit. They find that there are stories about whatever topics they are interested in and with practice they become very good readers. There are fun activities that increase literacy that can accompany each reading session. These activities often use the child's imagination and creative abilities.

Special Needs

I have worked with adolescent boys who have specials needs for eight years. Some of these students had been diagnosed with emotional as well as learning disabilities. The key to success for these students is to determine their instructional and independent levels of the academic subject and working at that level. Often children are frustrated when they are given work to do that is beyond their ability. Although the academics may be at a lower level, the interest and content should be age appropriate.

Study Skills

The way a student studies and keeps track of academic information is often directly related to the success of that student. An organized student can access information much more quickly and easily then his disorganized counterpart. Children need to be taught how to study as well as what to study prior to tests. A teacher can help children learn how to take notes and highlight important information. Once you know what is important, you know what you should study. Graphic organizers are often a great tool for students. As you read through the material, you transfer the key items to the organizer. When you read, write and then study the same information you become more familiar with it. You have seen the same material several times so it becomes more embedded in your memory. It helps you to focus on the key points rather than getting bogged down with the extraneous information in a whole chapter or section of text.


I have practiced yoga for the last seven years. I believe that yoga is a great form of exercise for people of all ages and abilities. Stretching muscles and controlled breathing are helpful to feeling more fit and centered. I have spent most of my time practicing Hatha yoga, but I do have some experience with Kundalini, Ashtanga and Sivananda. Regardless of the type of yoga a person practices, all people who participate will be feeling happier and healthier after they try it.

The College of Saint Rose
Elementary Education
The College of Saint Rose


The College of Saint Rose (Elementary Education)

The College of Saint Rose (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 10 hours notice required

Travel policy

Celeen will travel within 20 miles of Canaan, NY 12029.