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Debra P.

Norman, OK


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New Hampshire Technical Institute


New Hampshire Technical Institute (Nursing)

About Debra

I am a college graduate who was an RN for 17 years. During that time, I home schooled my three boys for eight years, and just completed being my youngest son's learning coach for online school from 2011 to 2013. I have taught science, math, algebra, history, spelling, language, phonics geometry, math analysis, and many other classes. I have also taken the NCLEX in the past. I was also in the military and scored very well on the ASVAB test. I have taken many college level classes in anatomy and physiology, psychology, sociology, chemistry, and nursing. I use many different learning techniques because I understand that every person learns differently. I use visual, memorization, verbal, mnemonics, notes, tables, examples, reading, writing, hands-on, etc. It depends on the student's specific strengths. I was also an aid for 1 1/2 years for a child with Down-Syndrome, using many different techniques to help her understand her school materials. I was a pediatric nurse for many years, as well as tutoring a few children privately at different intervals. I am a tutor at the local high school for their AVID program as well. I am currently writing an ACT prep curriculum, and I have had great success with students improving their scores after taking ACT prep with me. I have also started using the Explode the Code curriculum with children who struggle with reading or have dyslexia. This is an Orton-Gillingham curriculum that is written with the focus on dyslexia. I love working with children or adults, so I hope I can meet your needs. I am a college graduate who was an RN for 17 years. During that time, I home schooled my three boys for eight years, and just completed being my youngest son's learning coach for online school from 2011 to 2013. I have taught science, Read more

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Travels within 15 miles of Norman, OK 73071
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In-person lessons

"Wonderful Tutor"

- Michele, Norman, OK on 3/9/15

"Great tutor!"

- Scott, New York, NY on 11/8/15

"Amazing tutor for my son!"

- Elizabeth, Oklahoma City, OK on 8/26/15


- Alicia , Norman, OK on 2/9/15

"Debra is a great tutor"

- Brandon, Oklahoma City, OK on 2/1/15

"Phenomenal tutor!"

- Reagan, Norman, OK on 1/31/15

"Great Tutor!"

- Chris, Norman, OK on 11/10/14

"Lesson Went Well"

- Eddie, Purcell, OK on 10/31/14

"Very Satisfied!"

- Kelley, Norman, OK on 4/30/14

"Perfect help"

- Markus, Oklahoma City, OK on 3/24/14

"Highly Recommend Deb!"

- Stella, Newcastle, OK on 3/22/14

"I enjoy her approach and enthusiasm"

- Cory, Oklahoma City, OK on 3/1/14

"Great tutor"

- Richard, Norman, OK on 2/4/14

"Great Tutor!"

- LaDawn, Oklahoma City, OK on 12/21/13

"Great tutor"

- Christine, Norman, OK on 10/20/13

"Great All Around Tutor!!!"

- Jordan, Norman, OK on 10/7/13

"Great tutor!!!"

- Kristy, Norman, OK on 9/20/13

"Makes sure you are understanding the concepts"

- Benita, Tulsa, OK on 9/20/13
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies,
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
ACT Science, Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Nursing, Nutrition,
Physical Science, Physics, Physiology, Psychology
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows,
Microsoft Word
American History, Criminal Justice,
Government & Politics, Social Studies,
World History
General Music
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Special Needs
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, AFOQT,
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Criminal Justice,
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Microsoft Word, NCLEX,
Proofreading, Public Speaking

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My youngest son is ADHD. I have taught him at home for a total of seven years, both unmedicated and medicated. I know the signs of ADHD, as well as what type of learning environment is best for someone with ADHD. I also have a 17 year medical background as an RN, so I have had professional experience with ADHD as well.


I took the AFOQT and was given a college scholarship through the military under the ASCP program due to my scores. I have six years of aircraft maintenance experience, as well as an AAS in Aircraft Maintenance Technology, both during my years in the Air Force. My military background will be useful for tutoring.


I was a basketball player in high school, as well as in the Air Force, for a total of 10 years. I coached children's recreational basketball for seven years. I coached high school girl's basketball for two years.

Bible Studies

I was a Sunday School teacher for more than 5 years. I have also participated in many Bible Studies myself at church. I have also taught many years at VBS for children.

Criminal Justice

I took 2 years of Criminal Justice classes in college, as well as receiving certification as a legal nurse consultant. I am familiar with the basic criminal laws, as well as being familiar with researching cases in law books and on the internet.

Elementary (K-6th)

I taught the Abeka curriculum to my three children through 7th grade. Classes included were phonics, language, science, health, math, reading, spelling,vocabulary, writing, and history. I use many different techniques to ensure that I meet their learning skills. I teach verbally, hands on, using examples, written, and using objects to explain tough problems. I use everyday examples to make things seem more real.

General Music

I come from a musical background. I can read music in both treble and bass clef. I know the different types of notes (whole, half, quarter, etc.). I have sung in church choirs since childhood. I play and read guitar music, as well as recorder. I am self-taught on the piano, so I am familiar but not expert.

Microsoft Windows

I have used Microsoft Windows for years. I am familiar with many of the programs, including word processing, disk defragment, system restore, and the everyday needs of word processing. I have a strong grasp of the basic components and can navigate the system when troubleshooting the system.


I was a nurse for 17 years. My skill set ranged from medical/surgical to pediatrics to labor/delivery/postpartum/nursery to psychiatrics to geriatrics to home health. I took the NCLEX and passed it the first try. I have a strong grasp in many areas of nursing because of my diversified background, which is important on the NCLEX.


I was an RN for 17 years, which included teaching patients proper nutrition, as well as alterations in diet due to certain sensitivities and disease processes. I worked with anorexic and bulimic teens, as well as trying to meet the nutritional needs of two of my own children with dietary issues. I have also cared for a child with Celiac Disease, and I understand the special needs set forth by these types of issues.


I taught the Abeka phonics program to my children, which helps students understand the different phonetic rules of reading and spelling words (such as "i" before "e" except after "c"). I taught blends, and I taught how to use those blends to make words. I started with teaching the sounds of all the letters, then writing all of the letters. From there, we learned basic blends that could be used to make different words. For example, learning the blend "at" can help students to learn bat, cat, fat, hat, mat, sat, and so on. Using blends and rules help the student to learn the English language more easily. I was also an aid for 1 1/2 years for a child with Down-Syndrome, using many different techniques to help her understand her school materials. I was a pediatric nurse for many years.

Public Speaking

I was in speech and debate in high school. I also took speech in college. I know all the aspects important in public speaking, including eye contact, intonation, rate of speech, inflection, etc. I understand the physiological reactions that the body can go through. I also know how to prepare for many types of public speaking (persuasive, argumentative, informational, etc.)

Social Studies

I have taught basic social studies and geography, as well as new world history and old world history. I have also taught American History. I use mnemonics to help with memorization techniques. I also use things that are happening now to compare to what has happened in the past in order to help students see the similarities and differences in the past and present. I have taught Abeka history from first grade through 8th grade. We have made timelines, studied wars, explorers, and settlements. We have studied how, throughout history, different groups of people have suffered through human hands. I am a college graduate who was an RN for 17 years. I was also in the military and scored very well on the ASVAB test.

Special Needs

I worked as an aide for 1 1/2 years with a girl with Down Syndrome. I taught her the math curriculum, and helped her in all of her other classes. I helped her with projects. I assisted her in interacting with the other children in her class. I was an RN for 17 years, so I am able to handle the physical and mental assistance required by children with special needs.


I swam on a swim team for several years. I am proficient in all strokes: breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly, and freestyle. I know how to do bilateral breathing and flip turns. I still swim several times a week at the local YMCA.

New Hampshire Technical Institute


New Hampshire Technical Institute (Nursing)

Wonderful Tutor — Deb is a wonderful tutor. My daughter was struggling in Chemistry. She has been able to explain things to my daughter in 3 sessions that her instructor couldn't do in 2 months. She helped my daughter understand what she got wrong on quizzes and even went so far as to reach out to the instructor when a question was unclear. She has gone from failing when we started three weeks ago to a "C" now ...

— Michele, Norman, OK on 3/9/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Debra will travel within 15 miles of Norman, OK 73071.

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