Over 300 tutoring hours

Helen W.

Portland, OR


Dyslexia Reading teacher, Reading, Math, and Speech Pathology

In-person lessons
Replies in 14 hours
Background check passed as of 1/20/14
4.8 Avg. Rating
111 Ratings
14hrs Response Time
My kid listens to her.
— Andrea, Portland, OR on 7/10/15

Message Helen

Send Helen a message explaining your needs and you will receive a response by email. Have you already emailed Helen or another tutor? If so, you have an account! Sign in now

Please enter the tutor's email address.
Please enter the student's email address.
Please describe how you heard about us.

Receive responses from additional tutors

If you select this option, WyzAnt will ask interested tutors to contact you by email if they are able to help. A maximum of five different tutors will email you and none of your personal information, including your email address, will be released.

Oregon State University
Speech Correction
University of Oregon


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. My main focus as a tutor is to work with dyslexic students.
I teach dyslexia with 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, fluency, voice, and language problems.

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. My main focus as a tutor is to work with dyslexic students.
I teach
Read more

12 hours notice required

$35 per hour for Dyslexic students if they have two sessions a week and bring their student to my home.

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

"My kid listens to her."

- Andrea, Portland, OR on 7/10/15

"Amazing Tutor"

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

"Outstanding teacher! "

- Arin, Portland, OR on 2/17/13
Bible Studies,
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Elementary (K-6th),
Reading, Study Skills,
Corporate Training:

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.


An ADD/ADHD student's learning is affected in the same way as a runner's ability to run would be by carrying a fifty pound backpack. The student with ADD/ADHD has difficulty concentrating on what he/she is trying to learn.
With or without Medication tutoring can be effective with the student because he/she has less distractions during the teaching and study time.
Quizzing and using questioning skills with the student can help the student learn the material studied.


I have had Asperger students in my classroom who have had learning difficulties. Most asperger students are very high in one or more subjects of study and may have a subject where they don't excel.

These children are best helped when their parents have sought the help of a psychologist to test their child. The results help the parents and teacher to be better informed about what may be causing a learning difficulty.

Tutoring the child after discerning where the problem may lie helps the tutor to determine a course of action. Tutoring can be much more successful knowing if the student has a learning problem or not.

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.


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.


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.

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.


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


Oregon State University (Speech Correction)

University of Oregon (EdD)

My kid listens to her. — Helen makes the lessons fun for my daughter so that she never fights when time for tutoring. She is good about keeping my daughter on task. As a parent, I like getting the follow up email about what she did in her session so I know what to work on with my daughter. ...

— Andrea, Portland, OR on 7/10/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

$35 per hour for Dyslexic students if they have two sessions a week and bring their student to my home.

Travel policy

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

Background Check Status for Helen W.

Helen W. passed a background check on 1/20/14. The check was ordered by another user through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

After sending a message to Helen, you will be able to order a new background check for $7.99. As part of your tutor selection process, we encourage you to run updated background checks. Please also review the safety tips for hiring tutors.