Joan M.

Dublin, OH


*Private Pre-K Tutoring* Ages 3 - 8. Reading, Writing, Phonics, Math

In-person lessons
1000+ Hours
Background check passed as of 12/2/14
5.0 average from 237 ratings
Joan is the best teacher ever !
— Maya, Dublin, OH on 4/21/15


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Wright State University, Ohio
Elementary Education
Radford University, Virginia
Graduate Coursework
Ashland University, Ohio
Graduate Coursework


Wright State University, Ohio (Elementary Education)

Radford University, Virginia (Graduate Coursework)

Ashland University, Ohio (Graduate Coursework)

About Joan

Young children often do not receive enough daily instruction in reading, writing, phonics, and math. These early, formative years are critical. Have you considered a private, professional tutor to help your child build a strong academic foundation? This early investment will have life-long benefits.

* I tutor children ages 3 - 8
* Private, one-on-one lessons
* Subjects: Reading, Writing, Phonics, and Math.
* My specialty area is preparing children for kindergarten.
* I am fully qualified to be your child's homeschool teacher.
* I can provide English conversation lessons for adults.

My available hours are:
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Some evenings available.

I am a well-seasoned, licensed, K-8 elementary teacher and have a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood concentration. I taught grades Pre-K through Grade 4 in various school settings for 14 years. In addition, I have homeschooled my own three children for twelve years, and two other preschool children for three years. I have over 1,000 hours of experience in tutoring preschool and early elementary children. Occasionally, I teach a seminar class for parents, entitled "Teach Your Toddler to Read," in which I share my experiences, methods, and video clips in order to encourage and equip parents to teach their own young children.

Laying a strong academic foundation during a child's early years is my passion and expertise. I love to work with the beginner, preparing them to excel in school. The homeschooled children that I have taught, using a strong phonics foundation, have learned to read at ages two and three, and were reading fluently by ages three and four. You can see 9 actual lessons taking place on my video clips, if you click on the "Resources" tab, above, or scroll down to "Resources" and click on "Go to Joan's resources". These children have also been introduced to basic math and writing at age three with successful results. I firmly believe that children are capable of learning at a much younger age than they are taught in the traditional classroom. I have high expectations, and my students typically rise to the challenge. I use fun, creative activities to engage the child and to help them develop a love for learning.

Private one-on-one lessons are the best way for a young child to learn, whether it be academics, music, swimming, or other skills. Your investment in your young child's education will reap rewards well into their school years and on into college, career, and life. My husband and I have experienced the joy of seeing our three children receive generous college scholarships for their academic success attained throughout their school years. We firmly believe that it is because they were taught at a very young age to love learning and to have high aspirations. I would enjoy being a part of helping your child reach their academic potential, too.

The most important subjects in the early years are phonics, reading, writing, and math. I can teach all of these subjects or just focus on one subject. If you are interested in laying a strong academic foundation in these areas, to help your child excel in school, I would love to hear from you.

I look forward to the opportunity of teaching your child. References are available upon request. My recent background check is on file with Wyzant.
Young children often do not receive enough daily instruction in reading, writing, phonics, and math. These early, formative years are critical. Have you considered a private, professional tutor to help your child build a strong academic foundation? This early investment will have life-long benefits.

* I tutor children ages 3 - 8
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3 hours notice required

*2-hour lessons also available. *Strongly recommend 2 - 5 lessons per week for maximum progress.

Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Dublin, OH 43017
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Joan is the best teacher ever !"

- Maya, Dublin, OH on 4/21/15

"Awesome tutor!"

- Teresa, Columbus, OH on 10/4/17

"Wonderful Tutor"

- Christine, Blacklick, OH on 9/22/17

"Hayden really enjoys his time with Joan."

- Tracey, Hilliard, OH on 8/16/17

"Son loves going"

- Sam, Westerville, OH on 7/6/17

"Great results"

- Olga, Columbus, OH on 8/7/15

"We can't say enough about Joan and the progress we have made! She is excellent and passionate!"

- Brick, Dublin, OH on 6/10/15

"Set our child at ease!"

- Nicole, Columbus, OH on 2/6/15

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Elementary (K-6th)

I have a B.S. degree in Elementary Education/Early Childhood concentration, and I currently hold a State of Ohio 5-year Professional Teaching License for Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. I have 13 years of classroom experience teaching grades K through 4 in various school settings, as well as 12 years of homeschool teaching experience. I have earned the Highly Qualified Teacher status with the State Dept. of Education, and I have 1,000+ hours of tutoring experience, with a 5-star rating. I am trained in several reading strategies and reading intervention programs: Orton-Gillingham, Leveled Literacy Intervention, and Response to Intervention. I am also trained in Time To Teach classroom management strategies.

Elementary Math

I began teaching math as early as age 3, using first grade curriculum for my lesson plans, and allowing the child's natural abilities to set the pace at which I teach. Even at the first grade level, math starts with the basic concepts such as recognizing numbers, naming numbers, and counting, so I just jump right in. If the child is particularly gifted in math, we can go at a faster pace to keep the child challenged and excited about learning. If the child needs more time to understand the math concepts, we can slow down to meet the child's needs. Each skill that is learned becomes a part of the necessary foundation for future skills to build upon, and there is a definite order in which the skills need to be learned. To build a strong foundation, it is extremely necessary for some skills to be memorized, such as addition and subtraction facts, as well as multiplication and division facts. In the early years, I cover the following basic concepts: recognizing and naming numbers; writing numbers; counting to 100; addition and subtraction facts, 1-10; counting by 10's; counting by 5's; counting by 2's; counting dimes, nickels, and pennies; doing simple story problems; measuring in inches, feet, and yards; telling time to the hour and half hour; recognizing and drawing basic geometric shapes; measuring liquid and dry weights; finding the missing number in a simple equation; finding the missing number in a sequence; and, greater than and less than. All of these elementary skills and concepts must be mastered early on, in order for a child to enjoy math and be successful throughout his/her school years.


English is a language, and like all languages, it consists of proper grammar, parts of speech, word order, spelling, punctuation, dialects, slang, vocabulary, word origins, and various other types of language structure which we use to communicate. English is best learned by living with others who speak English well, as we are great imitators of the language we hear. English can be taught through simple conversation, but for the development of proper English in speaking and in writing, it is important to receive instruction in English. I use grade-level textbooks to aid in my instruction and to help a child learn all aspects of the English language. In the elementary grades, this includes teaching basic sentence structure; parts of speech such as nouns, verbs, and adjectives; proper punctuation; verb tenses; simple sentence diagramming; proper grammar; writing short essays and stories; and studying vocabulary, spelling, and poetry.


Proper grammar is best taught by speaking correctly and by making sure a child is reading as much as possible. Once a child is reading well, he can also learn proper grammar by writing short stories and essays and having a teacher correct his grammar. With today's technology, it is nice to have a computer to help us, too, with grammar suggestions and corrections. With elementary children, I would also gently correct a child when they use words improperly, whether in speech or in writing, and I would encourage them read as much as possible.


I homeschooled my three children from ages 3 - 11, covering grade levels Pre-K through Grade 7, in the Dublin, Ohio, area. I have experience filling out attendance waiver forms with my local school district and also with administering the required standardized tests which must be submitted each year for proof that your child is on grade level.
I am a current licensed teacher, K-8, and continue teaching and tutoring in various capacities, with my strongest focus on the early years when a child is learning to read, write, and do basic elementary math. My children excelled with such an early start on their education. They each graduated as valedictorians and National Merit Finalists (with the required PSAT test scores in the top 1% of the nation). I am passionate about educating children early and accelerating them at their own pace. This philosophy seemed to be a big part of my children's successful school years. I would be happy to homeschool other children in the preschool and primary grades, and/or guide the parents in starting their own homeschool process. It really is very simple, and you have much freedom to do as you feel best for your individual child.


My teaching methods (backed by 24 years of experience teaching grades K through 4) reflect my firm belief that phonics is the necessary foundation for learning to read -- learning the sounds of letters and putting their sounds together to form new words. I first teach the names of the capital letters, then small letters, followed by the sounds of each letter. When this skill is mastered, I begin to put letters together to form blends (consonant with a vowel). When the child is able to blend letter sounds, I introduce 3-letter words (consonant, vowel, consonant), helping the child sound out the words. When the child is able to do this on his own, I then add other blends, digraphs, long vowel sounds, grammar rules, etc., to help the child apply the rules of phonics and grammar to new words, and thus be able to read any new material on his own because of the strong foundation in phonics. Good, independent, fluent reading is built upon a very strong phonics base. Any other foundation does not give the child the tools that are necessary to be able to read new words on his own. These phonics skills can be learned at a very young age -- beginning to learn letter sounds at 15 months is a very reasonable age -- if a child at that age can learn that a cow says "moo", he can also easily learn that a "B" says "buh"!


Reading is the number one fundamental skill necessary for a child to succeed in school, in career, and in life. It is the basis of all other subjects, and acquiring mastery of reading allows the child to become an independent learner, able to read and learn anything all on his own. Thus, reading skills should be taught first and should be taught as early as possible -- starting with phonics, the foundation of reading, which gives the child the tools needed to decode any new word a child encounters. In teaching reading, I follow a simple 10-step progression which includes teaching letter names, letter sounds, blending sounds to form words, combining words to form sentences, and introducing new sounds and blends as well as grammar and punctuation rules. Increased vocabulary and comprehension come naturally with the development of independent silent reading. I aim for fluent reading and comprehension of new material before the child reaches school age. I have found that this is easily attainable for any child with average abilities if the child is taught from an early age. I also believe that it is never too late to learn to read, and that all children can learn to read fluently at any age if given proper instruction and encouragement.


Spelling is a subject that does not necessarily need to be taught. If a child has a strong foundation in phonics and is doing a lot of reading, spelling will come naturally because of his knowledge of basic phonics rules and his exposure to written words. To teach spelling, I teach phonics, so that the child will know what letters and combination of letters make certain sounds, and so that the child will be able to apply what he knows to new words. I do believe that it is essential to give spelling tests in the early grades, and I believe that it is important to help a child make spelling corrections. A weekly test over a given list of words is helpful, and I typically do this in order to assess the capabilities of my students and to find out what areas of phonics I may need to reteach. I also stress the importance of reading - not just for reading sake alone, but also for the development of good spelling and vocabulary.


Vocabulary is best taught by reading, reading, and reading some more! Whether you are reading to the child or the child is reading on his own, his vocabulary will increase as he continues to read books that steadily progress into higher levels of subject matter and vocabulary. A child can also learn the definition of new words by studying a list of words and their meanings, but it will never have the effect that reading will have in the development of their vocabulary. Picture books will also help with vocabulary, as the child reads a word in context and has the picture to help define what he is reading. Also, when reading to a child, I will often stop my reading to ask the child what a particular word means to help them understand the new word and the meaning of it in context. In daily conversation, vocabulary is also increased by hearing the repetition of words -- giving the child opportunity to hear the word used over and over again, so he can understand its meaning.


Manuscript writing can be taught as early as age 3. I start by helping the child learn how to hold a pencil correctly, and I use lined paper from the beginning to help the child learn control. I like to teach the basic "ball and stick" letters, starting with the stick letters, which are the easiest - l, i, t, v, w, y, z, k, x. Then I teach the circle letters - those letters that start with a counter-clockwise circle - a, c, d, g, o, q. Then I teach what I call the "down-up" letters - b, h, m, n, p, r. I finish with the rest of the letters - e, f, j, s, u. After mastery of the small letters, I teach the capital letters, usually starting with "A" and continuing on through the alphabet. As the child learns to read, I also teach them to write short three-letter words, and I add longer words as the child learns to read more. As the child progresses, I teach sentence formation, and then on to short story composition. Once manuscript handwriting is mastered, I will teach cursive writing, usually around age 5. If a child is older, I follow these same steps, as age does not matter -- they can learn to write in the same progression that a younger child learns. Once a child is able to write short stories, I work more on grammar, spelling, paragraph structure, topic sentences, summaries, supporting sentences, etc., adding more skills as the child becomes more proficient. I instill in them a love for writing by allowing them to write about topics that interest them, and by giving necessary help on words that they do no know how to spell.

Wright State University, Ohio
Elementary Education
Radford University, Virginia
Graduate Coursework
Ashland University, Ohio
Graduate Coursework


Wright State University, Ohio (Elementary Education)

Radford University, Virginia (Graduate Coursework)

Ashland University, Ohio (Graduate Coursework)

Joan is the best teacher ever !

We are so blessed to have Joan as our daughter's teacher. Joan is someone who is extremely passionate towards helping kids with gaining academic knowledge in the most systematic, innovative and effective ways. She does this from her heart, a very sincere and professional. She is always very punctual and focused. In the shortest time period, my daughter started displaying tremendous improvement in

— Maya, Dublin, OH on 4/21/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $38.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

*2-hour lessons also available. *Strongly recommend 2 - 5 lessons per week for maximum progress.

Travel policy

Joan will travel within 5 miles of Dublin, OH 43017.