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Denise G.

K-12, Adult Ed, and Test Prep- Patient, Knowledgeable, and Experienced

K-12, Adult Ed, and Test Prep- Patient, Knowledgeable, and Experienced

$20/hour

  • 32 hours tutoring

  • Johnstown, PA 15905

About Denise


Bio

My experience:

I am a graduate of WGU (Western Governors University) with a BA in Educational Studies and a minor in Geosciences Education and math. I have experience in tutoring and teaching all grades and adults. I have 17 years of experience tutoring K-12 students in all subjects, with a concentration in science and math. My experience also extends to tutoring reading, writing, grammar, art, and numerous vocational skills as well. I was a homeschool mom for 5 years and am familiar with...

My experience:

I am a graduate of WGU (Western Governors University) with a BA in Educational Studies and a minor in Geosciences Education and math. I have experience in tutoring and teaching all grades and adults. I have 17 years of experience tutoring K-12 students in all subjects, with a concentration in science and math. My experience also extends to tutoring reading, writing, grammar, art, and numerous vocational skills as well. I was a homeschool mom for 5 years and am familiar with what is expected. I have worked with adults who need help obtaining their GED, and students preparing for their PSAT, SAT, ACT, and ASVAB. I am familiar with many of the online educational tools and technology.

When the opportunity arises, I try to integrate reading and writing into the subject area being tutored. I believe this gives the student strategies to improve self-sufficiency, increase understanding of curriculum, and build academic confidence.

I have had the opportunity to work both in the public school and as a home-school parent and also as an educational volunteer and mentor. I look forward to helping you with your academic needs.

The following is my philosophy of teaching and learning:

Teaching is helping learners acquire knowledge. Helping them to understand the context in which it is acquired, how it was acquired it, and what we do with it afterwards. Teaching is more than just what happens in the classroom; it is the effective, humane management of complex human interaction.

As a teacher and tutor I strive to create a personal learning environment for each student that is motivating, supportive, and engaging. In addition, I want to make it challenging and inspiring. It is my responsibility to guide and nurture students and help them take ownership of their learning with pride and without hesitation.

My thinking is most in line with the constructivist view of education established by the research of Jerome Bruner, Lev Vygotsky and Jean Piaget. Essentially, constructivism declares that people construct their learning and comprehension of the world through experience and reflection. I believe that building on the students' prior experience and knowledge, whether it is a little or a lot, and scaffolding (supporting) them along their journey to become academically literate young people is an educationally sound goal. It is vitally important to create an environment where the student feels comfortable enough to ask questions, reflect on the question and then work out an answer. I believe that this is the most effective way to improve a student's comprehension, critical thinking and problem solving skills. However, having students asking questions that are investigative, philosophical or opinionated is but only one of the many ways to engage them in the learning process, but I view it as an important one. Feedback from this engagement process broadens the teacher's understanding of the student's interest (or lack of interest) in the subject, and whether or not the student has reached (or not reached) the appropriate skill level needed to learn new information or complete a task.

I believe a hands on approach, whenever possible, enables the student to create a link between theory and experience allowing them to become more involved in the learning process as well as increased efficacy in personal accomplishments. Hands on learning takes additional work on the teacher’s part, but the engagement with the student can create an excellent teacher-student relationship. In addition, hands-on learning is an exceptional way for a student to take ownership of his or her education.

During this process of investigation and discovery, the student will have the opportunity to display newly acquired skills, both academic and social, with appropriate growth in behavior. Indeed, I believe it is a chance for the student to communicate to the teacher who they are, what they stand for, and what learning challenges affect them. This dynamic benefits both the student (both K-12 and adult) and the teacher.

In conclusion, I believe that teaching is foremost a skill in creating a safe environment, nurturing questioning, and respecting a student's experiences. Teaching is bringing academic best practices to the student, building relationships based on trust and good communication, and fostering the idea that education doesn't stop after graduation. Consequently, teaching is the belief in the importance of immediacy, of being a positive role model for others, and exhibiting empathy.


Education

Western Governors University
BA ES Geoscience Education

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Hourly rate: $25 for in-person / $20 for online
  • Rate details: Group rates are as follows: 2-3 $15 per hour, per student. Maximum of 3 students per session. Minimum of 1 hour session.
  • Travel policy: Within 35 miles of Johnstown, PA 15905
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Drawing

Drawing

I am a Professional Artist with over 38 years experience in drawing, painting, pottery, and sculpture. My career is mostly centered around drawing and watercolor painting. I won my first award in art at age of 10, with my first prestigious award, the Pennsylvania Governor's Award in Art, at the age of 17. While my degree is in Education, I did have the opportunity to take courses in drawing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Corporate Training

Grammar

Elementary Education

Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education with 20+ years teaching and tutoring Elementary Math. My degree not only covered the core subject of math but also the pedagogy as well. Along with a degree, I also have numerous years in teaching math at all k-12 levels, along with science, and the humanities.
Elementary Science,

Elementary Science

I have a degree in education with my concentration in Geoscience. My degree covers both the core academics and the pedagogy k-12. I have over 12 years of experience tutoring science with 9 of them tutoring science at the elementary level.
Homeschool,

Homeschool

I was a homeschool parent for my three children for five years, I am familiar with the laws regarding homeschooling in the state of Pennsylvania. I am also familiar with what parents of homeschoolers want in their child's education that is missing from the public school curriculum.
Grammar, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary

English

English, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have a bachelor's degree in education with 9+ years tutoring the ASVAB. My degree concentration is science and math. I also have over 20 years tutoring K-12 subjects that included the language arts (grammar, reading, vocabulary, etc.). Besides my academic background experience, I also have a career background in construction.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education with 20+ years teaching and tutoring K-12 Math along with Mathematics review for the SAT, GED and ASVAB, home-school math using the Saxon Math program, and K-12 mathematics to ESL learners. My degree not only covered the core subject of math but also the pedagogy as well. Along with a degree, I also have numerous years in teaching science, and the humanities.
Chemistry, English, Geometry, Reading, Study Skills

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have a bachelor's degree in education with 9+ years tutoring the ASVAB. My degree concentration is science and math. I also have over 20 years tutoring K-12 subjects that included the language arts (grammar, reading, vocabulary, etc.). Besides my academic background experience, I also have a career background in construction.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education with 20+ years teaching and tutoring K-12 Math along with Mathematics review for the SAT, GED and ASVAB, home-school math using the Saxon Math program, and K-12 mathematics to ESL learners. My degree not only covered the core subject of math but also the pedagogy as well. Along with a degree, I also have numerous years in teaching science, and the humanities.
Geometry

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have a bachelor's degree in education with 9+ years tutoring the ASVAB. My degree concentration is science and math. I also have over 20 years tutoring K-12 subjects that included the language arts (grammar, reading, vocabulary, etc.). Besides my academic background experience, I also have a career background in construction.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education with 20+ years teaching and tutoring K-12 Math along with Mathematics review for the SAT, GED and ASVAB, home-school math using the Saxon Math program, and K-12 mathematics to ESL learners. My degree not only covered the core subject of math but also the pedagogy as well. Along with a degree, I also have numerous years in teaching science, and the humanities.
Chemistry, English, Geometry, Reading, Study Skills

Other

Study Skills

Science

Astronomy, Chemistry, Ecology, Geology, Physical Science

Special Needs

Study Skills

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have a bachelor's degree in education with 9+ years tutoring the ASVAB. My degree concentration is science and math. I also have over 20 years tutoring K-12 subjects that included the language arts (grammar, reading, vocabulary, etc.). Besides my academic background experience, I also have a career background in construction.
Chemistry, GED, Geometry, Reading, Study Skills

Test Preparation

ASVAB,

ASVAB

Degree in science education, math. Personal ASVAB score of 92. Career background in construction.
STAAR,

STAAR

I have had 9 years of experience as a tutor for the PSSA exam. The PSSA is Pennsylvania's equivalent to the Texas STAAR. Each state’s testing program is based on state curriculum standards in core subjects including reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. And, although the individual subject matter of these standards may vary somewhat they are not too different. Because each student is unique in their knowledge, so should there tutoring be. My degree in education not only gives me the knowledge of core subjects but the pedagogy as well.
GED, PSAT

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Knowledgeable and Clear

Denise is a great tutor, will always be open at teaching and clarifying any topic, you could have trouble with, such as Math and English. Doesn't mind reviewing any question you may have and will send feedback with a reason in which you may have misunderstood or have picked the wrong answer. Always happy to see you in the next study session and she will go the extra mile, to make sure you are at the level required to be.

Angel, 4 lessons with Denise

Knowledgeable and Patient Tutor

Denise was awesome, she reviewed the worksheet I sent her prior to our session. She was extremely helpful and patient in explaining and teaching me how to simplify algebraic expressions. She also sent me a detailed review sheet explaining the steps of all the problems we went over. I look forward to our upcoming sessions as I prepare for my final exam.

Joanna, 1 lesson with Denise
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Denise G.

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