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Danielle Z.

New York, NY

$60/hour

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Background check passed as of 8/11/15
5.0 average from 19 ratings
Danielle is an Exellent tutor
— Misato, New York, NY on 11/13/16

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Brandeis University
English Literature
Concordia University, Spoken Word Pedagogy Certificate
Other
Queens College, MS in Literacy
Enrolled

Education

Brandeis University (English Literature)

Concordia University, Spoken Word Pedagogy Certificate (Other)

Queens College, MS in Literacy (Enrolled)

About Danielle

Hello! My name is Danielle, and I am excited to be entering my fourth year as a certified classroom teacher. I began my teaching experience in Boston Public Schools, where I taught a high school Humanities course, which is a fusion of history and ELA, and a college prep course, which included college essay writing, resume drafting, interview skills, and ACT/SAT test prep.

I then accepted a position to teach in Chicago Public Schools through Teach For America. There, I taught high school English, including grammar, reading skills, writing skills, literature, vocabulary, theater, poetry, public speaking, ACT/SAT test prep, college preparedness, and an elective in the literary genres of horror and mystery to a variety of students, including those with special needs and who are learning to speak English. For fun, I hosted a weekly book club and coached the pom pom dance team through the basketball season.

Last year, I taught middle school English and state test prep in a New York City charter school, with a focus on teaching expository, research-based, persuasive, and creative reading and writing to students who are English Language Learners (ELL). For fun, I founded and coached a spoken word poetry slam team, and co-founded the school-wide oratory competition.

This year, I have entered the New York City Department of Education, and will be teaching middle school Humanities, a blend of American history and literature, in a Manhattan public school. Some notable partnerships I have fostered to help students learn include Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, MoneyThink's Northwestern Chapter, Young Chicago Authors, Louder than a Bomb, and the Bronx Zoo.

I became a teacher because I love to help students become lifelong learners. I became a tutor because I know how demanding coursework can be, and I want to help students catch up or get ahead on their own time so they feel successful in the classroom. I am passionate about my content and my profession. I have plenty of my own curriculum, lessons, practice tests, and tricks, but I can also be a resource for homework and school assignments, college essays, resumes and cover letters, and any other Humanities-related task you need help with.

Business aside, I firmly believe that students learn best when they make personal connections with their teachers. I make a point of trying to tailor curriculum to students' personal interests, so learning becomes more meaningful and sticks with more longevity. If you choose to work with me, you can expect that I will listen to your unique goals, strategize ways to achieve those goals, personalize lessons and gather resources aligned to your achievement of those goals, and teach them in a friendly, comprehensive manner.

I am Secondary ELA certified in New York, Illinois, and Massachusetts, with teaching experience in all three states. I have a Spoken Word Pedagogy Certificate with coaching experience in Chicago and New York City. I am currently completing coursework towards an MS and certificate in secondary literacy specialization. I have had 3 years of experience differentiating curriculum and teaching for ESL and SPED students.

If you need help with Humanities related content, I would love to work with you!
Hello! My name is Danielle, and I am excited to be entering my fourth year as a certified classroom teacher. I began my teaching experience in Boston Public Schools, where I taught a high school Humanities course, which is a fusion of history and ELA, and a college prep course, which included college essay writing, resume drafting, interview Read more

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Cancellation
12 hours notice required

Normal in-person rate is $60/hour. Online lessons are $50/hour. Group lessons are discounted $10/person ($110 covers two for an hour, $160 covers three for an hour, etc.)

Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of New York, NY 10025
Background Check: Passed

"Danielle is an Exellent tutor"

- Misato, New York, NY on 11/13/16

"Amazing and Professional Tutor!"

- Yaser, New York, NY on 3/15/16
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Literature,
Proofreading,
Public Speaking,
Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, Vocabulary,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Common Core,
Regents,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Elementary Education:
Common Core,
Grammar,
Reading,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

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.

American History

As a Humanities teacher, I currently teach American History from Reconstruction to the present. I do this through literature, primary sources, Common Core standards, textbook work, Document Based Questions, and more. I have many strategies to help students remember important places, people, and dates throughout American History.

Common Core

I have taught ELA and History Common Core standards in Boston Public Schools, grades 9-12, Chicago Public Schools, grades 10-12, and New York charter and public schools, grades 7-8, over the course of four years. I am a traditionally certified educator, meaning I exceeded standards in professional review of my Common Core aligned lessons.

English

I am also studying to get an MS in literacy specialization with a certificate proving myself as a literacy specialist. In the classroom and in tutoring sessions, I have experience teaching literature, grammar, reading, writing, communication, test prep, journalism, poetry, drama, and more subjects all related to English.

ESL/ESOL

I have three years experience teaching ELA to heavy ESL populations. In Chicago, my classes averaged 80% English Language Learners. Last year, in Queens, my classes were 100% English Language Learners. I have collaborated with ESL specialists to tailor my curriculum to be ELL friendly. I am studying to be a literacy specialist at Queens College, and much of the coursework focuses on this population of the student body.

Geography

Aside from being a Humanities teacher, I am also an avid traveler and therefore geography is a passion of mine. If you were to visit my classroom, you would see many annotated maps, and you would notice that the annotations change to connect the content we are learning to the geography of the world. I annually teach a mapping unit to teach bias in cartography and therefore in perceived geography. This experience could translate well from a classroom setting into a tutoring session because the lessons are engaging but don't require group work to understand the objectives,

Grammar

As a certified ELA teacher, I have spent four years teaching Common Core grammar standards in middle school and high school in Boston, Chicago, and New York City. Aside from daily explicit grammar instruction, I also taught grammar for the purpose of test prep and writing in the classroom and in tutoring sessions. I have gathered many resources and strategies that help students use proper grammar when they write and speak.

Literature

I have extensive knowledge of literature. I know the classics well, having taught many of them, and keep up to date on the contemporary bestsellers for children, young adults, and adults as well. I can use this knowledge to help students on benchmarks such as the AP Literature exam or school-mandated projects which require a deep understanding of a given text. Since I have studied so much literature, I am well prepared to tutor this subject!

Proofreading

I have many resources and tricks to help students find errors and redundancy during editing and to help students refine their work during revising. One trick I use is by having the student read the draft out loud or by having the student listen while I read the draft aloud.

Public Speaking

Aside from being a classroom teacher, meaning that I make public presentations daily, I have also served as a teacher leader, which required public presentations for colleagues and administrators about data and interventions happening within our teaching team. Additionally, during my undergraduate studies, I minored in theater, and performing arts require intensive vocal emoting and attention to diction. Furthermore, I studied spoken word poetry at Concordia University, resulting in a certificate proving that I have the credentials to teaching performance poetry meant to be spoken for audiences. Finally, I co-founded and coached 50 students to compete in a school-wide oratory competition, and two of my students ranked in the top three in first and third place.

From my experience as an ELA educator, artistic performer, and oratory coach, I know how to help a student plan, structure, and develop an effective written speech, and I know how to help that student rehearse and deliver that speech with fluency, authenticity, and impact.

Reading

I am entering my fourth year as a certified ELA teacher, so I have taught reading professionally in middle school and high school for three years now. I am also studying to get an MS in literacy specialization with a certificate proving myself as a literacy specialist. I have gained many resources and useful strategies to improve reading among diverse students, including ESL, SPED, gifted, and reluctant readers.

Regents

I myself graduated high school with an Advanced Regents Diploma, and now teach curriculum designed to help students do the same.

SAT Reading

I have explicitly taught SAT test prep in Boston Public Schools and Chicago Public Schools over the course of three years to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. In Boston, the SAT prep was an elective. In Chicago, the SAT prep was integrated into the ELA curriculum. SAT reading test prep included vocabulary studies, reading practice, additional novel and article studies, literacy intensives, practice tests, test taking strategizing, timed test taking simulations, and more.

Social Studies

I teach social studies today as a Humanities educator in New York Public Schools through Common Core aligned coursework.

Vocabulary

I have various approaches to teaching vocabulary depending on my objective and the students' goals. When a student needs vocabulary help in general, I can teach students to break down words into parts to understand meaning. If the word is in a passage, I can teach students to use context clues. If the student is ELL, I can teach vocabulary using images, memory tricks, and connections to the native language. If the student simply needs to memorize a list of words, I have many resources, such as the Frayer Model, to help students retain the word.

World History

I used to teach African History from Ancient Ghana to the present. I have many strategies to help students remember important places, people, and dates throughout Global History.

Writing

I have extensive experience teaching writing. From gathering information to refining and publishing, I have various resources and tricks to keep writers moving successfully through the multiple stages of the writing process.

Brandeis University
English Literature
Concordia University, Spoken Word Pedagogy Certificate
Other
Queens College, MS in Literacy
Enrolled

Education

Brandeis University (English Literature)

Concordia University, Spoken Word Pedagogy Certificate (Other)

Queens College, MS in Literacy (Enrolled)

Danielle is an Exellent tutor

We had a second lesson in the library yesterday, and she mainly taught me about American history. She is very good at teaching not only a lot of useful English words and phrases but also various things which expand my knowledge. I'm really enjoying her lesson and feeling I can improve my English skill with her! Thank you Danielle!

— Misato, New York, NY on 11/13/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Normal in-person rate is $60/hour. Online lessons are $50/hour. Group lessons are discounted $10/person ($110 covers two for an hour, $160 covers three for an hour, etc.)

Travel policy

Danielle will travel within 5 miles of New York, NY 10025.