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Deborah A.

Lancaster, PA

$40/hour

Experienced Teacher with Graduate Degree Providing Academic Tutoring

In-person lessons
20+ Hours
Background check passed as of 5/17/16
4.7 average from 53 ratings
Knowledgeable and patient tutor
— Marie, Lititz, PA on 9/4/16

$40/Hour


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Evangel University
Elementary Education
Covenant College
MEd

Education

Evangel University (Elementary Education)

Covenant College (MEd)

About Deborah

I am a certified teacher with 12 years of teaching and tutoring experience. I hold a Master's Degree in Curriculum & Instruction and a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education.

My tutoring style includes a well-organized and engaging plan of study tailored to the needs of the individual student. To accomplish this, I administer brief, informal assessments that highlight student strengths and weaknesses.

I served as the math chairperson of my elementary school's math committee and am familiar with math standards at each grade level. In addition, I have taught many students at the elementary level to read and write through the use of a phonics-based curriculum. At the college- and adult levels, I have assisted students with college essays and research papers, and I have helped English Language Learners develop more skills in the English language. I love to help students grasp concepts that were once challenging to them!

I offer a complimentary first session to get to know the student, assess strengths and weaknesses, and to suggest a general plan for improvement. I assign weekly practice, homework, reading, and/or learning activities and games.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping your child achieve success in his or her studies!
I am a certified teacher with 12 years of teaching and tutoring experience. I hold a Master's Degree in Curriculum & Instruction and a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education.

My tutoring style includes a well-organized and engaging plan of study tailored to the needs of the individual student. To accomplish this, I administer brief,
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 13 miles of Lancaster, PA 17603
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor"

- Marie, Lititz, PA on 9/4/16

"Help for timing with piano music"

- Jane, Washington Boro, PA on 2/1/17
Science:
Elementary Science
Music:
Flute,
Piano
English:
English,
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
Common Core
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Reading,
Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Common Core,
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Phonics,
Reading,
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Common Core,
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting,
Homeschool,
Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
ESL/ESOL, Writing

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.

Common Core

I completed four math in-service workshops to become familiar with the Common Core State Standards. I wrote a research paper on the new CCSS for a post-graduate class. As the math committee chairperson at my school, I participated on a committee to compare the CCSS to our school's current standards and made recommendations for improvement. As a teacher, I included CCSS in unit plans.

Elementary (K-6th)

I earned a M.Ed. degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Covenant College (Lookout Mountain, GA) in 2012. I also hold a B.S. in Elementary Education from Evangel University (Springfield, MO), 2004. I have Pennsylvania Instructional II certification for Elementary grades K-6 and have 12 years of teaching and tutoring experience at the 1st through 5th grade levels.

Elementary Math

I have 11 years of classroom experience teaching 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade math. I am currently tutoring students in 4th and 5th grade math concepts- including math facts, long division, fractions, measurement conversions, and more! I was my elementary school's math committee chairperson for 5 years and led my school through the transition to the Common Core State standards and the implementation of a new math textbook series. In addition, I conducted research on current trends in mathematical education during my graduate studies.

English

In addition to helping elementary students with reading and math, I have helped college students with essays and research papers. I have also assisted English Language Learners with vocabulary, grammar, and accent training.

Flute

I have a minor in music from Evangel University (Springfield, MO), 2004. I studied flute with a private teacher for 8 years. As a high school and college student, I participated in PMEA District and Regional Band and Orchestras, College Touring Orchestra, and various pit orchestras. I have also played flute for weddings, funerals, and special music in church services.

Handwriting

I was required to become familiar with and complete a practice book on D'Nealian handwriting during my studies for my B.S. in Elementary Education. Over the course of 11 years as a teacher, I have taught the Modern Handwriting method and Zaner Bloser Cursive Handwriting method. I have instructed students on how to hold a pencil correctly and am familiar with pencil grip aids to facilitate proper grasp of the pencil.

Homeschool

I have 11 years teaching experience at the first through fourth grade levels. In addition, I have worked one-on-one with students in personal tutoring sessions for the past 5 years. I am also very familiar with A Beka and Bob Jones curriculum, which are two popular homeschool curriculum.

Phonics

I completed a phonics program as part of my teacher training in a Foundations of Reading and Writing class for my B.S. in Elementary Education. As a teacher at the first and second grade levels for 4 years, I utilized a phonics-based approach to teaching students how to read. I encouraged students to apply phonics concepts through the use of "Word Work" activities in the Daily 5 center rotations. At the upper-grade levels, I have experience utilizing the Word Journeys program small-group learning.

Piano

I have a minor in music from Evangel University (Springfield, MO), 2004. I studied piano with a private teacher for 6 years. I have played piano to accompany church worship services. I have 5 years experience teaching beginning musicians how to read music.

Reading

I earned a M.Ed. degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Covenant College (Lookout Mountain, GA) in 2012. I also hold a B.S. in Elementary Education from Evangel University (Springfield, MO), 2004. I have Pennsylvania Instructional II certification for Elementary grades K-6 and have 12 years of teaching and tutoring experience at the 1st through 5th grade levels.

Study Skills

As a fourth grade teacher, I instructed students in various ways to prepare for a test. This included showing students how to make flash cards, giving them time to practice with partners, and teaching them how to take notes from sources. As a tutor, I teach students how to break material down into smaller chunks, utilize pre-and post-reading strategies to locate main ideas, and organize their time to focus on several brief study sessions instead of one large session.

Writing

I have taught classroom writing at the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade levels for 11 years. I utilized the Writer's Workshop method and walked students through the steps of prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. I enjoyed meeting with students for writing conferences on both assigned and unassigned writing pieces. I have experience leading elementary students through writing personal narratives, persuasive essays, fictional narratives, how-to articles, note taking, and research reports.

Evangel University
Elementary Education
Covenant College
MEd

Education

Evangel University (Elementary Education)

Covenant College (MEd)

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

Deborah has truly changed my granddaughter's life. It's so wonderful to see this little girls face when she is finished her sessions. Besides helping with her math, she has helped with her feeling so much better knowing just what she can accomplish.I can't say enough about Miss Deborah.

— Marie, Lititz, PA on 9/4/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Deborah will travel within 13 miles of Lancaster, PA 17603.