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April-Dawn S.

Piqua, OH

$40/hour

ESL/ESOL, ASL, General Education 15+ years' experience

100+ Hours
4.9 average from 10 ratings
Great tutor for any age.
— Mike, Sidney, OH on 11/13/12

$40/Hour


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Mount Vernon Nazarene College
University of Phoenix Online
Master's
William Woods University
Other

Education

Mount Vernon Nazarene College

University of Phoenix Online (Master's)

William Woods University (Other)

About April-Dawn

With more than 15 years experience in the educational realms, I am able to help students and parents address educational assistance needs. I do not tutor nor teach to a set pattern. If the student struggles or the parent desires a different approach, I readily adjust my style and options within the tutoring environment.

In previous tutoring and teaching environments I have utilized sidewalk chalk to fabric scraps to "Hot Wheel" cars to work on the alphabet and phonics. I have utilized real-world examples, current events samples, and relational connections to aid high school students in their understanding of subject material. I think about math and its computation differently, as a former struggling learner in the field; therefore, I am able to assist students in their mathematical understanding in a more layman's manner than "math-brain" persons.

I seek to aid students in not only the short-term learning but in acquiring long-term learning skills, a love and verve for learning, and confidence in themselves. It is a joy for me to see a student discover "I can," to see them realize they are capable of conquering the difficulty. Each student is unique. Each learning experience is different. If I can encourage and strengthen your student's love for learning and success in their educational pursuits, that is my goal, my desire.

My experience is contained in: roughly 15 years' ASL (American Sign Language) teaching and interpreting (kindergarten through college), more than 10 years' ESL (English as a Second Language - also ESOL) teaching/tutoring (kindergarten through college) (students from Latin America, Russia, East Asia, Middle East, US territories), nearly a year Spanish teaching (junior high, high school), and well more than 5 years' tutoring (kindergarten through high school) (subjects from general education through calculus, physics, literature, government, etc.).
With more than 15 years experience in the educational realms, I am able to help students and parents address educational assistance needs. I do not tutor nor teach to a set pattern. If the student struggles or the parent desires a different approach, I readily adjust my style and options within the tutoring environment.

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Policies
Cancellation
3 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Piqua, OH 45356

"Great tutor for any age."

- Mike, Sidney, OH on 11/13/12
Math:
Algebra 1, Elementary Math, Prealgebra
Music:
Piano
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, TOEFL
Computer:
General Computer, Linux, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Sign Language,
TOEFL
History:
American History, Classics, Geography, Government & Politics, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Special Needs:
Hard Of Hearing,
Phonics,
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Business:
Business, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, 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.

Elementary (K-6th)

My experience spans nearly fifteen years. From 2004 to 2012 specifically, I worked (as a teacher and a tutor) with elementary students, working on their English (alphabets, phonics, reading, and grammar) and honing their mathematics comprehension. I have a background that includes experiences in public schools to private and charter schools to homeschool and home-tutoring. In every situation, I utilize a diversity of alternative and creative approaches to instruction. I am not satisfied until the student's eyes light up with comprehension or awareness.

Hard Of Hearing

I have worked with the hard of hearing and d/Deaf since 1995, when I worked at Missouri School for the Deaf as an office and classroom aide. From then I have continued my work as an interpreter for the Deaf since 1997. I am skilled with American Sign Language and Signed Exact English and PSE. As someone who speaks with exactness and enunciates, I have been told I am easy to lip-read. For supplementary information and training I have attended seminars and institutes sponsored by Ohio School for the Deaf's ISLR. In 2004, I attended “Language Acquisition for Young Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing”. In 2003, it was the Summer Institute on Deaf Education.

Phonics

My experience spans nearly fifteen years. From 2004 to 2012 specifically, I worked (as a teacher and a tutor) with elementary students, working on their English (alphabets, phonics, reading, and grammar). I have training in the federally-funded Reading First initiative, which focuses on phonics. Understanding the consonants, vowels, diphthongs, diagraphs, and all the other phonics specific terminology, is a puzzle I enjoy revealing to a student. In every situation, I utilize a diversity of alternative and creative approaches to instruction. I am not satisfied until the student's eyes light up with comprehension or awareness.

Sign Language

I began self-educating myself with sign language in the late 1980s. I received formal training at William Woods University's ITP in 1995 and simultaneously worked at Missouri School for the Deaf. Beginning in 1997, until the present, I have worked as an interpreter for the Deaf (educationally - elementary, high school, and college - and in other professional environments). I have taught ASL at the collegiate level for nearly five years. My sign language skills span: American Sign Language, Signed Exact English, and PSE. To keep up-to-date, I have attended seminars and institutes to further my understanding, skills, and abilities in: sign language, d/Deaf culture, and d/Deaf education. I am comfortable with helping students further their understanding and usage of ASL via personal instruction or using online video conferencing sources. Presently I am teaching American Sign Language to middle school through high school aged students using a video conferencing medium.

Mount Vernon Nazarene College
University of Phoenix Online
Master's
William Woods University
Other

Education

Mount Vernon Nazarene College

University of Phoenix Online (Master's)

William Woods University (Other)

Great tutor for any age.

April has done a great job working with my daughter who is a senior this year. She was hesitant about a tutor and really was not "on board" with the whole tutoring process, but April set her at ease and adapted the lessons so that she could relate to them and she actually enjoys learning now. April is able to relate to what is important to her and that has enabled my daughter to accept the tutori

— Mike, Sidney, OH on 11/13/12

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

April-Dawn will travel within 40 miles of Piqua, OH 45356.