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Lois D.

Pittsburgh, PA

$20/hour

Friendly & interested in improving Reading & English success

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4.9 average from 49 ratings
Great tutor! Very patient with children!
— Jessica, New Bern, NC on 7/16/14

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Univ. of Wisconsin
Elem Education
Cardinal Stritch Univ
Master's
Univ. of South Dakota
EdD

Education

Univ. of Wisconsin (Elem Education)

Cardinal Stritch Univ (Master's)

Univ. of South Dakota (EdD)

About Lois

As an experienced, certified teacher for students in elementary through graduate school, I work to stimulate a student's learning and interests. I have taught for 30 years in public and private schools as well as in public and private colleges. One of my interesting tasks was teaching Chinese students English while I lived in Taiwan. I have taught business persons English in Venezuela, Korea and Mexico, and at the University of Pittsburgh, I taught business writing. While in the Peace Corps, I taught English to engineers and engineering students. I assist students in developing a strong sense of self-worth.

I feel that questions are often the key to a student's confusion. I encourage them to ask questions even though the student may feel the question is silly or "dumb." I don't waste a student's valuable time. I keep my students on track. Once the lesson is complete, we can talk casually a bit if the student wishes. I have taught here and in other countries and bring my experiences to bare when working with each student. I teach toward general student needs and am not qualified to handle those with special needs.

As an experienced, certified teacher for students in elementary through graduate school, I work to stimulate a student's learning and interests. I have taught for 30 years in public and private schools as well as in public and private colleges. One of my interesting tasks was teaching Read more

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Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Great tutor! Very patient with children!"

- Jessica, New Bern, NC on 7/16/14
Science:
Archaeology
English:
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
GED,
GRE, Praxis,
PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
History:
American History, Archaeology,
Geography, Social Studies,
World History
Special Needs:
Phonics,
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Science, Grammar,
Phonics,
Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
GRE

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.

Archaeology

I am an amateur archaeologist. I have taken some college courses but best is that I have worked in the field in Spain and in the US with certified government archaeologist, and I trained my high school students so that they were accepted as volunteer archaeologists. We worked side by side with those state archaeologists, the Tryon Palace group and for the city as a school project. In Venezuela, I trained another group and we uncovered Karib indian pottery segments which were identified in Caracas State Museum by the resident archaeologist. They are the Indians that gave the name to the Caribbean Sea.

Elementary (K-6th)

I hold a full valid license for grades K-8 from the state of NC.

ESL/ESOL

I am experienced and have taken and passed a qualifying ESL/ESOL exam for certification.

GED

Since reading comprehension and vocabulary are the usual roadblocks to successful testing, I am able to help you. I am also and experienced composition teacher having functioned as the Instructor for Business writing for the Katz Graduate school of Business at U Pitt.

I am a certified teacher in PA.

Grammar

I have written two grammar texts that have been used by foreign students and American students. Formal grammar is not discussed much in today's schools so to go in depth takes time as well as desire.

Phonics

I hold a Master's degree in Reading from Cardinal Stritch University where many courses stressed elements of phonics. I taught a phonics course at Craven Community College for 5 years teaching the new reading aides. I have written a phonics reading series especially for Chinese children.

Praxis

I have just taken Praxis II 5511 and 5543 for special needs certification and am being updated on the NC certificate. I have also taken and passed Praxis tests for ESL and School Administration as well as reading.

Reading

I hold an MA in reading.

Social Studies

I graduated from University of Wisconsin as a Social Studies major. I minored in geography but have a couple of years of courses and ten years of teaching US History in both public and private schools.

Special Needs

I have taken and passed the Praxis tests 5543 and 5511 for special needs students.

Study Skills

I have directed a study skills program in many schools, as it is part of the curriculum. I organized the program which trained the teachers. I have tutored students in their study skills and test taking skills while directing and teaching in private schools as well. As supervisor of student teachers in 2 colleges, I aided the student teacher in incorporating ways to always introduce or/and reinforce the specific study skills needed to master the lesson.

Univ. of Wisconsin
Elem Education
Cardinal Stritch Univ
Master's
Univ. of South Dakota
EdD

Education

Univ. of Wisconsin (Elem Education)

Cardinal Stritch Univ (Master's)

Univ. of South Dakota (EdD)

Great tutor! Very patient with children! — We LOVE Ms. Lois, she is truly amazing and I was blessed to find her to tutor my 6 year old son. Ms. Lois helped identify ways to encourage my son to be enthusiastic about learning. I am happy to share how wonderful Ms. Lois is and I would refer her to any parent looking for a tutor. ...

— Jessica, New Bern, NC on 7/16/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $20.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Lois will travel within 5 miles of Pittsburgh, PA 15224.