Temple University (Chemistry)
I formerly worked as an analytical chemist (11.5 years) and have been a learning coach for over 13 years. In a nutshell, between 2001 and 2013 I taught first, second, and third grade math, reading, science, and music three times and fourth through eighth grade math, reading, history, and science twice. The reading courses involved analyzing literature; creating poems and various types of essays, including persuasive, argumentative, and expository; and following grammar rules. Over the last few years, I’ve also provided coaching for Algebra 1, Algebra II, Geometry, World History, Physics, Chemistry, Creative Writing, Critical Thinking, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, and the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills).
Before they started kindergarten, I successfully taught three sons between ages 3.5 and 5 years old to read at the second grade level using Phonics. Once they started school, I made sure that they continued to develop higher level reading skills. Not surprisingly, their early reading start has made a dramatic difference in their academic lives. The youngest one, now 9, is reading 207 words per minute and showing comprehension linked to the 965 Lexile measure. I coach him in vocabulary, critical thinking, and writing, and he often reads books I select. I coached the next son, while a ninth grader, to a 1570 on the SAT. Consequently, he was invited to take, and he completed, online courses through a special program of Stanford University's Online High School. He has also been invited to participate in programs sponsored by Brown and Yale Universities and several other institutions. Although he was the easiest to teach to read starting at 3.5 years old, he now gives me a lot of practice dealing with rebellion while also teaching. Nevertheless, he has expressed much appreciation for my overall work with him and specifically for several books I steered him to- Escape from Camp 14, How Starbucks Saved My Life, The Great Gatsby, and The Code- to name just a few read over 2013-2014; and courses I've completed with him, including The Art of Reading and The Philosopher's Toolkit. He hopes to start taking college courses this summer. Based on the results of my earliest math and reading coaching, my oldest was allowed to skip kindergarten at age five and start first grade. I ultimately coached him toward college dual enrollment when he was a high school junior and to an 1870 on the SAT as a senior. He finished high school with 19 college credits, an invitation to join an honor society, and a place on the President's List. I also coached him for the TEAS, on which he achieved, on his first try, an overall score higher than 97% of those across the U.S. who took it in the same time frame. He is scheduled to begin nursing school in the Fall and has hopes of becoming a Certified Nurse Anesthetist.
I currently am teaching my 4 year old daughter to read, and while she is my most challenging reading student so far, I am up for the challenge!
I am an avid reader who enjoys discussing various topics and have enjoyed such books as: I am a Star; The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got that Way, Teach Like a Champion, Getting Straight A's, Outsmart Your Cancer, Fit for Life, Escape From Camp 14, Walk Two Moons, The Araboolies of Liberty Street, and Interrupting Chicken. As much as I love to read (I read over 20 non-fiction books each year), I love helping others understand complex topics. Before tutoring begins, I like to assess a student’s strengths and weaknesses and then use as many every day applications/comparisons I can to help one understand the material one is studying.
As I am a big fan of educational opportunities for all, I hope I can reach many under-resourced children, whose families ordinarily would not be able to afford tutoring. I am open to arrangements that help one afford my fee; please don't hesitate to ask about such. While I have worked with children consistently over the years, I am also very happy to work with adults. Finally, I personally have obtained FBI and Pennsylvania child abuse background clearances (October, 2013), and they are available for inspection by anyone interested in hiring me. I formerly worked as an analytical chemist (11.5 years) and have been a learning coach for over 13 years. In a nutshell, between 2001 and 2013 I taught first, second, and third grade math, reading, science, and music three times and fourth through eighth grade math, reading, history, and science twice. The reading courses involved analyzing
I am willing to consider arrangements that will allow one to afford my fee.
Nicole is a very nice teacher. She helps me with any problem I have in English. She helps me with writing assignments and finding main ideas in books.
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I've taught 5 preschoolers to read at the first or second grade level using Phonics. Because of his reading (and math) placement test scores, my first child was allowed to skip kindergarten at age 5 and start first grade. When my second child started kindergarten, he was assigned the first grade reading and math curricula in place of the kindergarten level curricula, because of his placement scores. The last child I taught to read using Phonics finished third grade reading at least 207 words per minute; his teacher reported that the expected reading rate for the last term of third grade is 127 words per minute. If you search youtube for Tabby Calvin Can't Fly you will witness a 4.5 yo, whom I taught, reading that book. Calvin Can't Fly is described as having an ATOS reading level of 3.8 (third grade, eighth month). ATOS is part of the Accelerated Reader program.