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Rebekah B.

Salem, OR

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Background check passed as of 3/19/15
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Kent State University
Ohio State University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Kent State University

Ohio State University (Graduate Coursework)

About Rebekah

I love to see a person light up when they finally understand that concept that has been a stumbling block for them. In my years of teaching in public and private schools (K-8), in my years at home as a mom, and through all the rest of the time I've spent working, it has given me great joy to be able to explain the "why" to people so they can "get it", whether I'm teaching kids or adults.

I've spent about 5 years teaching in the classroom: several years as a substitute covering everything imaginable, and two and a half years as a combined 5th/6th grade teacher in a Christian school. I have also tutored children from 2nd grade through high-school ages in reading, English grammar, and mathematics. I'll work with you to help you understand whatever it is that's giving you trouble.

On the computer side, I have been using Adobe InDesign CS4 to produce newsletters, worship bulletins, and print advertisements for my church for several years (about 14 years' experience, including older programs). I've even helped a friend put together two books for publication. To put it in some perspective, how's this: I met my husband online and moved across the country to be with him without the benefit of any dating sites -- I think it was before e-harmony even existed!
I love to see a person light up when they finally understand that concept that has been a stumbling block for them. In my years of teaching in public and private schools (K-8), in my years at home as a mom, and through all the rest of the time I've spent working, it has given me great joy to be able to explain the "why" to people so they can "get Read more

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1 hour notice required
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Travels within 20 miles of Salem, OR 97305
Background Check: Passed
Computer:
Adobe InDesign
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math

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Adobe InDesign

I have been using Adobe InDesign CS4 since August 2010 working for my church to prepare weekly worship bulletins, bi-weekly newsletters, monthly (longer article) newsletters, print ads, flyers, business cards, and more. From December 2000 up until August 2010 I used Adobe PageMaker, the previous incarnation of Adobe's layout publishing program do to the same functions, and even put together two books for publication.

Algebra 1

Algebra is like solving a puzzle: Use the rules to help you figure out the the answer. Whether you're dealing with equations, functions, graphs, or the nuts and bolts of operations with proportions, exponents, polynomials, or more, it's always about finding the rule that applies to your situation and following the steps. Showing your steps is always a good idea, too!

Elementary (K-6th)

I worked as a substitute teacher for 2 1/2 years in grades 1-8 in Ohio, including 2 long-term assignments (1-2 months) while teachers were out recovering from surgery. I worked for 2 1/2 years teaching a combined 5th/6th classroom in a Christian school in Oregon, including computer skills and science classes for the 7th/8th combined classroom.

Elementary (K-6th) skills often come down to the basics: Reading for understanding, Writing (including grammar and spelling) and Mathematics.

Science, Health, Social Studies are specific content areas that can all be better grasped if the student is able to read the material for him- or herself.

For Reading: It starts, of course, with the alphabet and letter sounds, and from there to letter groups and the sounds they make (phonics), and from there to strategies for understanding the words, their parts, and the meanings, and from there to sentences and paragraphs and how they are arranged to give clues to what is most important. Above all the mechanics, though, is the idea that reading itself can be fun and open the doors of imagination.

For Writing, Grammar, and Spelling: There are some basic rules for grammar and spelling as well as some perhaps-irritating exceptions, and success often comes down to repetition and practice for the mechanics. However, the written expression that flows from the student can be fostered even before the mechanics are fully understood, and, while kids' ideas need to be valued no matter whether they've followed all the grammar and spelling conventions, showing kids how their communications improve within that framework of the conventions can help their lifelong communication skills.

For Mathematics: It's about what is real and describing the world around us. From the simple beginnings of addition and subtraction through multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, estimating, rounding, measurement, geometry, time, money, and all the rest, kids can be shown how discovering numbers and the way they fit together is fun and useful. In this calculator and computer age it may seem outdated to memorize math facts, but the freedom that comes with being able to "run the numbers" on one's own is something no child should be denied. Math can be presented in ways that are fun, and provides an invaluable life tool.

Elementary Math

Elementary math can start with using numbers to correlate with things in the real world, and progress to the abstract, where some students really learn to love playing with numbers. Whether they learn best by emphasizing rules that will come out the same each and every time, or by discovering how the patterns fit together to make a coherent picture, there is usually a way to explain it that makes sense. Once students have figured out the basics, then they can build to higher concepts.

Prealgebra

Pre-algebra is focused on making sure students understand the foundational pieces they'll need to succeed with algebra. Much of the work is with concepts, and has practical, real-world application. The rest of it -- the part that is more abstract -- can be viewed as a puzzle one must solve using certain rules. Thorough, careful work usually helps in finding the correct answers.

Kent State University
Ohio State University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Kent State University

Ohio State University (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

Rebekah will travel within 20 miles of Salem, OR 97305.

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