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Frances M.

Portland, OR

$35/hour

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St. Lawrence University
English
University of Washington
Master's
University of Portland
Graduate Coursework

Education

St. Lawrence University (English)

University of Washington (Master's)

University of Portland (Graduate Coursework)

About Frances

I have been working as a tutor and teacher for almost 40 years. My experience working with students dates back to my junior year in high school, when I became a classroom assistant for a 4th grade teacher at a school near my home. I loved helping students learn, so continued to tutor throughout my post-secondary education. While an undergraduate at St. Lawrence University in upstate New York, I worked at the Writing Center under the supervision of one of my professors. She was impressed enough with my writing skills to hire me to work in the newly-formed center. I loved that job and working for her. That's where I really honed my knowledge of grammar. While at St. Lawrence, I also worked for HEOP (Higher Education Opportunity Program), helping incoming freshmen improve their grammar knowledge, tutored students at a nearby Mohawk Indian reservation, and tutored students at a community center near my home when I wasn't in school. After college I even did some tutoring while working as a VISTA volunteer in a small town in Alaska. When I went on to graduate school at the University of Washington in Seattle, I worked for the Office of Minority Affairs at their tutoring center, helping students with their writing. While in graduate school, I also did some tutoring for a gifted students' program at a nearby middle school. By this point, I was certain I wanted to be an educator so entered the teaching training program at the University of Washington.

I got my first classroom teaching position after completing the teacher training program at the U of W and earning my initial teaching certificate. It was a position at a small school in southern Oregon that we education students called a "superwoman" job. I taught four levels of high school English, two years of French, and one year of Journalism, in addition to serving as a class advisor and volleyball coach. What an experience! I spent my two years there very involved in the school and community. However, I missed my friends and the urban lifestyle so I returned to Seattle, where I did some substitute work and then worked in a junior high school for one year on a non-continuing contract. I was filling in for someone on a leave of absence. At this point, I became engaged and moved to Eugene to be with my fiance. When we moved to Portland a year later, I did clerical work for a while for Multnomah County because of a shortage of teaching positions but eventually found a job teaching Basic English at Central Catholic H.S. where I taught for three years. During my final year there, we adopted our daughter and I chose to leave Central Catholic in order to spend time with her during her preschool years. When she went off to kindergarten, I went back to teaching, subbing in several districts in the area: Beaverton, Tigard-Tualatin, and Lake Oswego. I did a little tutoring on the side during this time. Ultimately, I grew tired of substituting and decided it was time to get a teaching position. K-12 positions are very difficult to come by in Portland, but I did find a job teaching remedial reading & writing at PCC. For almost seven years, I taught students whose skill level in those areas was too low to enable them to test out of remedial classes. Before I stopped teaching there last year, I began tutoring in the Student Learning Center, working with students at all levels (remedial through 200-level) on their writing, grammar, and reading assignments. I'm still working there part-time but would like to tutor independently in addition. As you can see, I've had a variety of experiences working with students at the K-12, college, and even graduate level.

I have been working as a tutor and teacher for almost 40 years. My experience working with students dates back to my junior year in high school, when I became a classroom assistant for a 4th grade teacher at a school near my home. I loved helping students learn, so continued to tutor throughout my post-secondary education. While an undergraduate Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Rate may be adjusted upwards based on driving distance to job.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Portland, OR 97225
Background Check: Passed
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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English

I have been a certified English teacher in both Oregon and Washington and had the rating of "Highly Qualified" in that subject area. I have taught English several years at both the middle school and high school level, and in both private and public schools.

Grammar

As a writing instructor and tutor, I have to have a good knowledge of grammar in order to teach students how to write proper sentences. I have many years experience of teaching grammar in the classroom and in writing labs.

Literature

People who know me are aware of what a voracious reader I am and how much I love good literature. Not only do I love to read in my spare time, I love to discuss literature with others. I have taught a variety of literature to high school and middle school students during my career.

Proofreading

While my current work as a tutor in a student learning center at a community college requires me to urge students to do their own proofreading before working with me, the fact is that many don't know how to do that. My first bit of advice has always been to read one's writing aloud to catch obvious errors. Even when a paper is typed and seems ready to be turned in, students should proofread a final time to catch typos or other errors. Proofreading is not revising; it is simply a careful process of checking one's work before submitting it. I think it's helpful for students to have another set of eyes take a look!

Reading

I have taken post-graduate classes in reading strategies and have taught two levels of reading at the community college where I currently work. Those classes are for students who are not yet reading at the college level. I am very aware of methods one can use to make sense of a text, whether it be the SQ3R method or some other strategy. Reading comprehension is one of my strengths in teaching, and I think it's a critical skill for students to learn how to find the main or central idea in whatever they read.

Vocabulary

As someone who reads a great deal and as an educator who has taught vocabulary-building strategies (like word parts and context clues), I have the utmost belief that a good academic vocabulary is a great indicator of academic success. Building vocabulary takes time and effort, but it is worth it!

Writing

Helping students with writing is probably one of my greatest skills. As I've mentioned elsewhere, I have taught writing and worked as a writing tutor for many, many years. I really enjoy working with students to improve their writing skills. It's a great mental discipline. How well we write is a reflection of how we think.

St. Lawrence University
English
University of Washington
Master's
University of Portland
Graduate Coursework

Education

St. Lawrence University (English)

University of Washington (Master's)

University of Portland (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Rate may be adjusted upwards based on driving distance to job.

Travel policy

Frances will travel within 15 miles of Portland, OR 97225.