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Idella D.

Lake Oswego, OR

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Highly qualified with many years of experience making learning fun

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East Tennessee State University
Biology, minor English
Virginia Tech
Master's

Education

East Tennessee State University (Biology, minor English)

Virginia Tech (Master's)

About Idella

I recently retired from teaching middle school for 25 years in Virginia and moved to Oregon. I had planned to teach until my Virginia license expired in 2015, but a family emergency forced me to move here. I still enjoy working with young people, so I have been looking for tutoring jobs. I especially enjoy literature and reading and am a published writer myself. I have two professional articles published in Virginia journals as well as a short story and some poems.

I applied for and received an Oregon teacher's license/certificate which qualifies me to teach Language Arts at the middle school and at the high school level. This means that I also have undergone a background check by the OSP and FBI and passed, of course. In addition to the above, I am certified to teach biology in middle school and high school, but it has been a long time since I did and would have to study right along with my student. However, I am sure that I could help any student by teaching him or her study skills and how to understand his/her text.

When I can, I use an interactive reading and note-taking method of study. I endeavor to teach students to become "word smiths" so that they can learn new words all the time. I like to use graphic organizers to help students visualize what they need to learn. One graphic organizer that I have used in middle school essay writing is the four-square developed by Judy Gould. I can see no reason that it would not work in high school as well.

I look forward to hearing from you.
I recently retired from teaching middle school for 25 years in Virginia and moved to Oregon. I had planned to teach until my Virginia license expired in 2015, but a family emergency forced me to move here. I still enjoy working with young people, so I have been looking for tutoring jobs. I especially enjoy Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required

Special group rates are available.

Travel Radius
Travels within 8 miles of Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Background Check: Passed
Math:
Elementary Math
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar,
Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Elementary (K-6th)

I have a valid license from Virginia with an endorsement in grades 4-8, English, biology, and an masters in middle school curriculum. I taught these core classes on the sixth grade level for about 25 years. In addition to the above, in order to keep my license or to renew it, I took classes in reading on the graduate level from Virginia Tech. I have also read books about teaching using a method of integrating reading and writing. I still strive to perfect my teaching skills, and I have not given up my life goal of earning a doctorate in education.

Grammar

I have taught English more than a quarter of a century in both high school and middle school. I am a published writer, and I have much experience both editing and writing with perfect grammar. I am more than proficient in this area.

Literature

I read avidly and have taught literature in both high school and middle school. I am more than proficient in teaching literature.

Reading

For more than 25 years, I taught reading both as a subject and in the content area. Reading is a process and should be taught in that manner with pre-reading, during reading, and post-reading skills. In addition to the above, students should be taught to be "wordsmiths."

SAT Reading

I am a highly qualified teacher of English in both Virginia and Oregon. I am certified to teach English 7-12 in Oregon which qualifies me to teach all areas of English including IB, gifted and talented, and advance placement students. I feel sure that I can handle SAT preparation.

Study Skills

Learning to study effectively is a matter of discipline, practice, and organization. However, it took me many years to learn this. The first lesson I taught my students was to keep an assignment notebook and color-coded folders for each class. It only works if you actually practice it. Get a three-ring binder that you can take to each of your classes. Keep your important papers there as well as your class folders. Put your hand-outs in the folders before you have time to misplace them. This worked for most students, and it will for you if you work at it.

After many years, I learned that students don't realize that you read different subjects differently. My students had many years practice reading fiction, but they really had no idea how to read their science book or social studies book, and certainly not math. One study strategy I liked was SQ3R--survey, question, read, recite, review. More about that later if you are interested. Another reading strategy I used frequently was "Read Around the Page" which asks you to read illustrations, bold print, headings and so forth. It seems really simple, but KWL, a graphic organizer, helps you to activate what you know about a topic before reading, structures questioning, and helps you to make sense of what you read upon finishing.

My favorite kind of reading is literature, and I love to teach it. I learned that I needed to teach my students to be "word smiths" when reading. Vocabulary is essential in understanding the text. That's true for technical vocabulary like in math or science or learning roots, prefixes, and suffixes in every day reading. You simply have to learn new words all the time. I encouraged my students to read a wide range of texts on as many topics as possible. Nothing improves reading like reading.

Don't wait until the last minute to complete a project, book report, or an essay. There are guidelines for writing an essay. Again, a graphic organizer called a four-square, can help you organize your ideas for a descriptive or expository essay. Writing a "how-to" essay is a little different. I even developed a graphic organizer for writing the five paragraph essay. In summary, study skills can be learned, and with many years of teaching behind me, I feel confident that I can help you.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary development is a critical part of reading process and is best taught in that context holistically. However, one also needs to understand the importance of root and base words and the meanings of prefixes as they change the meanings of words. One also needs to understand that suffixes change the part of speech of a word which can shade the meaning. In addition, a word has different meanings based on the context in a sentence, so vocabulary is difficult development is an on-going process.

Writing

I taught writing for years and understand how difficult it is for most people. Writing is a process with prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and finally publishing a final product. There are ways to make it more "user friendly." For example, there are times when using a specific format like the five paragraph essay is the best way to tackle a writing piece. So much goes into good writing like sentence structure, using transitions, style, and grammar. Fortunately, it can be done.

East Tennessee State University
Biology, minor English
Virginia Tech
Master's

Education

East Tennessee State University (Biology, minor English)

Virginia Tech (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Special group rates are available.

Travel policy

Idella will travel within 8 miles of Lake Oswego, OR 97035.