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Helen W.

Portland, OR

$45/hour

Dyslexia Reading teacher, Reading, Math, and Speech Pathology

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Background check passed as of 1/21/14
4.8 average from 122 ratings
Helen is knowledgeable and patient
— Susanne, Portland, OR on 5/3/16

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Oregon State University
Speech Correction
University of Oregon
EdD

Education

Oregon State University (Speech Correction)

University of Oregon (EdD)

About Helen

I am currently certified as an elementary teacher, and I teach remedial reading and math part time at an elementary school. I teach students with dyslexia using the Barton Reading and Spelling System. Dyslexia is the main reason a bright child has a difficult time learning to read, spell, and write. I developed an interest in teaching dyslexic students because after spending many years teaching reading, I found that about one in five children that I work with have some degree of a learning problem, usually dyslexia. The sooner these students start with a dyslexia tutor, the sooner they will become successful readers. The dyslexic students I tutor have gone up many grade levels and have become successful readers, spellers and writers.

I received my first degree at Oregon State in speech therapy. I went back to school later to earn my teaching degree at the University of Oregon. I have kept up with the educational standards by taking university classes, seminars and workshops.

I love working with children. I teach reading with a phonics based approach, and every lesson includes reading development along with fluency, a phonics and/or a phonemic awareness lesson, a comprehension skill, and vocabulary development.

When I teach math I focus on computation, concept and problem solving skills.

I have been a speech therapist and work with children with speech articulation difficulties, fluency disruptions, voice straining and deviations, and language development.

Using interesting and stimulating methods in teaching help the student want to learn. I value each student and will help them to be a successful.
I am currently certified as an elementary teacher, and I teach remedial reading and math part time at an elementary school. I teach students with dyslexia using the Barton Reading Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required

$40 per hour when you bring your student to my home. $45 an hour if I travel to the tutoring destination.

Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Portland, OR 97223
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Helen is knowledgeable and patient"

- Susanne, Portland, OR on 5/3/16

"My kid listens to her."

- Andrea, Portland, OR on 7/11/15

"Amazing Tutor"

- Mike, Batavia, OH on 5/7/13

"Outstanding teacher!"

- Arin, Portland, OR on 2/17/13
Math:
Elementary Math
English:
Bible Studies,
Grammar, Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
Speech
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Aspergers, Dyslexia,
Phonics,
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Bible Studies

I have taken Bible classes in Old Testament and New Testament history, hermeneutics and classes on many books of the Bible. I have taught Bible in a 5th and a 5th-6th combination class and in a 2nd grade class. I read the Bible most everyday.

Dyslexia

I have been a classroom teacher, a speech therapist and have specialized in reading and math. I use the Barton Reading and Spelling System to teach dyslexic students to read.
Dyslexia is the most common reason a bright child will struggle with spelling, writing, or reading. But it affects many other areas as well.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a current Elementary Teaching License. I have taught in a Kindergarten classroom, second grade classroom, and a fifth and sixth grade classroom. I have taught reading and math in all grades, Kindergarten through eighth grade.

Phonics

I have taught phonemic awareness and phonic skills in reading with small groups for the past five years.
I have been a kindergarten teacher and a second grade teacher where I taught phonemic awareness and phonics. I was a second grade teacher for four years.
I taught phonics systematically in shared reading and guided reading. The phonic rules were taught along with the stories, vocabulary and comprehension skills.

Reading

I am an Oregon certified teacher. I teach reading with a phonics based approach. Every lesson includes reading and fluency development. Each tutoring session I teach phonics and phonemic awareness skills, sight words, comprehension skills, and new vocabulary words.
I am a dyslexia tutor and use the Barton Reading and Spelling System.

Special Needs

I have worked with special needs in language as a Speech Therapist in the past. I have specialized training in reading and math and have worked with children with learning problems.
A special needs child, many times, has a different type of learning pattern. What is best in this case in reading, is to teach at a slower pace and use many ways to teach the same concept, such as, to learn new words, use phonetics, whole word, and another example is using context clues when they start reading.
Blending words can be quite a struggle for these students. Kinesthetic learning is used by feeling the shape of the letters and sounds and also associating these letters and sounds with pictures can also help the child to remember them because of association. With a language disability, saying the sounds by themselves, sounds isolated in words, blending the phonemes and morphemes, and learning affixes and whole words with repetition are very helpful. Practice with reading and understanding the meaning of the written language is the key to progress for a student with a language disability.

Speech

I am a speech pathologist. I taught in the public school for several years from preschool through high school. I have also worked privately with children.

I can work with children with all types of articulation problems, fluency issues, language development, and voice problems.

Study Skills

I have taught study skills at all grade levels I teach. The upper level students learn how to organize their daily homework planners. I teach outlining skills that go along with their reading. They receive study guides for each test and they are corrected in class to review the material covered.
In math sample problems are reviewed. Take home review tests for each chapter are assigned and checked in class. The buddy system is used for students struggling with a concept as part of a help system in class and, if needed, get a private tutor outside of class.
Younger children work with their parents at home to do work pages that reinforce what they are learning. Envelopes are sent home each week and expected to return signed.

Oregon State University
Speech Correction
University of Oregon
EdD

Education

Oregon State University (Speech Correction)

University of Oregon (EdD)

Helen is knowledgeable and patient — Helen is working with our son on English Language Arts. He is in 6th grade and learns how to build more complex sentences, and how to write a persuasive essay. She does a great job boosting his confidence and let him think thru the logic of his statements. ...

— Susanne, Portland, OR on 5/3/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

$40 per hour when you bring your student to my home. $45 an hour if I travel to the tutoring destination.

Travel policy

Helen will travel within 5 miles of Portland, OR 97223.