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Tara M.

Mifflinburg, PA

$25/hour

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher/Experienced Elementary Tutor

Background check passed as of 8/10/13

$25/Hour


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Clarion University of Pennsylvania
ECH and Elementary Education

Education

Clarion University of Pennsylvania (ECH and Elementary Education)

About Tara

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In December 2003, I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. I grew up in a small town in Western Pennsylvania (Go Steelers)!

In August 2016, I began my career as a Pre-Kindergarten Teacher. This position enables me to experience "look what I can do" moments with my students, as they accomplish new skills for the first time. Prior to August 2016, I served as an Assistant Teacher at a Childcare Center in Danville, PA. In addition to working at Trinity, I served as a Substitute Teacher for the Milton Area School District.

From October 2005 and continuing through June 2013, I reside in the state of Tennessee. While in Tennessee, I had the privilege of working as an In-Home-Tutor with the same Elementary Student for three consecutive school years. I watched this student begin with a strong dislike for school and move forward to accomplishing "Honor-Roll".

As a tutor, much like as a Pre-Kindergarten Teacher, I love to experience "look what I can do moments with students. In order to experience such moments, students must first have to "tools". I will strive to assist each student with acquiring the base for the best "tools"and study skills for them. Following our time together, your child will then utilize those "tools" through the entire educational career.

Remember, just as no two identical snowflakes have never fallen, no two students learn in the exact same way! If you have enjoyed learning about me and would like to inquire about services, please do not hesitate to contact me via the e-mail shown on my profile.

Thank you!
Welcome, thank you for viewing my profile!

In December 2003, I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. I grew up in a small town in Western Pennsylvania (Go Steelers)!

In August 2016, I began my career as a
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Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Mifflinburg, PA 17844
Background Check: Passed
English:
English,
Grammar,
Reading,
SAT Reading, Vocabulary,
Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading
Language:
Reading,
Writing
History:
Writing
Business:
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.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a B.S. in Education with a major in Elementary and ECH Education and a PA Teacher's License.

In addition to the qualifications above, I have served as an In-Home Elementary Tutor. I served one student, for three consecutive school years. During this time, the student improved from "academically frustrated" to Honor Roll every grading period.

As an experienced Tutor, I strongly believe that working one-on-one with a struggling student plays a key role in "academic improvement". I look forward to speaking with you soon about assisting your child in developing academically.

Elementary Math

I am a certified Elementary Educator, living in the state of Pennsylvania.

In addition to working as an Elementary Substitute Teacher, I have also served as an In-Home Tutor. I began working with a student in Tennessee, during the students Third Grade year. I concluded with the student, when the student entered Grade Six.

Through serving as an Elementary Substitute Teacher as well as tutor, I have very valuable experience in working with students in both Elementary Mathematics and Reading.

I look forward to assisting your child in gaining academic momentum and success!

Elementary Science

As an educator, I love science. The hands-on nature makes this a very exciting subject to explore. Before deciding to become an educator, I actually wished to work for NASA!

I believe that teaching other subjects such as mathematics in a hands-on nature may allow for a more rapid retention. I look forward to getting to work and exploring our world with your child.

English

Grammar, Vocabulary, and Writing play three key roles in successfully utilizing the English Language.

Therefore, as it relates to those three components, I view the following as important in order to successfully teach English.

Grammar:
As an Early Childhood Educator, I speak properly with my students, during each school day. If I, as their teacher, utilize proper grammar, then they will model my behavior and speak properly as well. At the Early Childhood level, this strikes me as very important, since most students have first exposure to language through the spoken word.

Vocabulary:
I utilize the following steps with the students, while studying vocabulary in READING:
1. Locate the words WITHIN THE TEXT
2. PREDICT word meanings
3. READ the text together
4. DISCUSS the true meanings of the word

Writing:
During my time at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, I heard it said, "Reading is Writing and Writing is Reading". If a student lacks the ability to read the written word, then the ability to Write will not develop.

Grammar

As an Early Childhood Educator, I speak properly with my students, during each school day. If I, as their Teacher, utilize proper Grammar, then they will model my behavior and speak properly as well. At the Early Childhood level, this strikes me as very important, since most students have first exposure to language through the spoken word.

In addition to currently teaching at the Early Childhood level, I also have experience with working as an elementary tutor. During each session, if I noticed a grammatically incorrect sentence, then the student and I immediately worked to correct the mistake. After correcting the mistake, the student and I would correct other sentences with similar errors. Overtime, the student began to notice and self-correct Grammatical Errors.

As an educator, I believe that two most important qualities in Grammar Instruction include Modeling and rules familiarity.

Reading

While attending Clarion University, I engaged in a class entitled "Teaching Reading". As a result of this course, I have gained techniques for all areas or Reading Instruction such as, but not limited to, Phonological Awareness and Word Structure.

Through experience as both a Substitute Teacher and Elementary Tutor, I have had many valuable experiences with engaging with students in Reading instruction.

In addition to Elementary Reading, I also have experience with teaching Reading at the Early Childhood Education level. As a current Early Childhood Educator, I introduce basic Reading Concepts to students daily, through such activities as Circle Time, Teacher Table, and Center Time.

Study Skills

For three consecutive academic years, I served as an in-home tutor for an elementary student. Weekly, we would prepare for a spelling test together. Each week, we utilized both written Repetition and verbal recitation, as the study skills to prepare.

Since the student and I worked together two days per week, the possibility existed that we could not prepare together the day before a for a test. Therefore, I would encourage the student to begin studying in advance.

In addition to having experience as an in-home tutor, I also have experience with not only enhancing the study skills which students possess (as demonstrated through the paragraphs above), but also introducing new Study Skills.

Vocabulary

While serving as an In-Home Tutor in Tennessee, I often studied Vocabulary with the student.

I would utilize the following steps with the student, while studying vocabulary in READING:
1. Locate the words WITHIN THE TEXT
2. PREDICT word meanings
3. READ the text together
4. DISCUSS the true meanings of the word

Dependent upon the subject, I often utilize a different method for teaching VOCABULARY.

Writing

During my time at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, I heard it said, "Reading is Writing and Writing is Reading". If a student lacks the ability to read the written word, then the ability to write will not develop.

With that in mind, as an Early Childhood Educator, I allow students a variety or opportunities to see individual letters. Such opportunities include Circle Time, Center Time, and Teacher Table. Young children, after seeing a letter often wish to attempt to write the letter.

In addition to this experience as an Early Childhood Educator, as a tutor I always model for students the correct way to both speak and write language.

Clarion University of Pennsylvania
ECH and Elementary Education

Education

Clarion University of Pennsylvania (ECH and Elementary Education)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $25.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Tara will travel within 15 miles of Mifflinburg, PA 17844.