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Donna L.

Georgetown, SC

$40/hour

Creative, Effective ELA Tutor

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 10/16/13

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Maryville College
English andEducation
Walden University
Master's

Education

Maryville College (English andEducation)

Walden University (Master's)

About Donna

I have always loved school and that is because I love to learn. Perhaps this is why I chose to teach. I started my teaching career later in my life because I was a wife and mother first. I realized my love of teaching when I began home schooling my son. I was very excited about his progress and all the things I was learning by teaching him. I worked hard both as a mother and as a student. I encourage my students to work hard at their learning, but I add an element of fun to keep lessons engaging. I began teaching in Tennessee at the 7th grade level. I substituted in the Blount County school system and was called by the Special Education director to work with special needs students because I had a special ability to work well with these students. I moved to South Carolina and taught 9th, 11th and 12th grade students, both at the regular and honors level. At Palmetto State e-cademy, an online high school, I taught 9, 10, 11 and 12 grade levels as well as honors level classes and 9th grade remedial English classes.

My students have told me that I was the best teacher they ever had. I incorporate creativity into most all lessons and set high expectations for every student. I love using technology to aid instruction and to reinforce learning, and I teach with each student's learning style in mind. Learning is a lifelong habit and my experience with teens and pre-teens demonstrates a passion for showing each student their true potential in life. One of my students once told me that I was the only person who told her she should go to college. She did so, and I am proud to say that she is now a teacher and children's book writer.

I posses an undergraduate degree from Maryville College in both English and Education. I also possess a master's degree in education with a focus on literacy across the curriculum from Walden University. I will tailor each lesson to you as an individual to make your learning work for you. I have taught all kinds of students at Lincoln High School in McClellanville, S.C. and online at Palmetto State e-cademy. I love teaching English, creative writing, journalism, grammar and anything to do with language arts. I even wrote a science fiction novel that I published on Kindle. So, if you need help reading, writing or understanding grammar, I am the tutor for you!

I do have an eight hour cancellation policy, but will happily let any student make up their session as soon as they are able, and if my personal schedule allows. I will tutor in my home or yours, or at a local library. I believe every student should feel comfortable in their learning environment, and he/she should also have a space where there are no interruptions. I offer a variety of teaching methods to suit each of one's individual needs. This is also true of the assessments I use. You should expect quality instruction, review and occasional quizzes and tests to measure learning. If a parent or student is not happy with the quality of my work, I will not charge for the hour.

I want every student to succeed, so my expectations are high, but not overwhelming. I look forward to teaching you.
I have always loved school and that is because I love to learn. Perhaps this is why I chose to teach. I started my teaching career later in my life because I was a wife and mother first. I realized my love of teaching when I began home schooling my son. I was very excited about his progress and all the things I was learning by teaching him. I Read more

Policies
Cancellation
8 hours notice required

Students/parents must be satisfied with my tutoring or I will not charge for the hour. Hours can be made up by contacting me to make arrangements.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Georgetown, SC 29440
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Science:
Psychology, Sociology
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, GED, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Computer:
Desktop Publishing,
General Computer, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher,
Microsoft Word
Special Needs:
Aspergers
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Marketing,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking,
Needlework

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Aspergers

While working at Palmetto State E-cademy, I had taught two students with Asperger's Syndrome. The time I spent working alone with each one helped them achieve success in my classes and in other classes by implementing specific skills. Both of these students have gone onto college now. The first one had a failing grade in English until I worked with him. He finished the year with an A. I also taught him in PE and he was motivated enough that he lost 50 pounds that semester. My colleagues, who are SPED teachers, have told me that I excel with the special needs students and have encouraged me to study for my SPED certification.

Cooking

I have had a passion for cooking since I was five years old. My mother taught me how to cook scrambled eggs at that young age. I am now 55 and have been cooking for over 35 years as a mother and homemaker. I also worked for Bristol Meyers-Squibb as a salad prep person, worked through high school in a deli, have a few tutorials on You Tube and had a food blog for a short time. I am always trying new recipes and still enjoy the art of cooking.

Desktop Publishing

While teaching in both brick and mortar and online schools, I was in charge of creating newsletters, the school newspapers and I created the 2010-2011 yearbook for Palmetto State E-cademy online high school using Bookemon. I have been publishing short stories and poetry for many years and recently completed my first novel and used CreateSpace for Kindle ebooks to do so.

Marketing

I was hired as a marketing manager for an engineering firm while living in NJ. I worked there for about 16 months until I moved to the South. I also worked as a sales/marketing director for a screen printing company for two years. I developed a customer base for advertising specialties for this business. I also taught persuasive techniques to high school students for seven years and always incorporated marketing strategies in my lessons. I also taught Media Studies, which included marketing, to high school students for a semester.

Microsoft Publisher

I have used MS Publisher since the 1980's, when it was released for in home use. I created newsletters for a home schooling group, which I led; I created newsletters for my neighborhood community in TN; I have worked with Publisher for over 20 years.

Needlework

I have taught myself how to cross stitch because I enjoy creating beautiful needlework. I did cross stitching for about three years.

Public Speaking

First, I presented my undergraduate thesis at Perdue University's National Conference for Undergraduate Research, (NCUR), conference. Next, I taught public speaking as part of my English classes and SAT prep for high school students in a brick & mortar and online school for 7 years. Finally, I have presented to fellow teachers on several professional development days in both schools in which I taught.

Sociology

I have always had a high interest in sociology. I took it in both high school and in college. I have taken many courses in the typical program of study in sociology in college and fall short of a degree by three courses.

Study Skills

I taught study skills to my high school students for seven years. I also taught study skills to students in my online school during the summer months and in the beginning of each school year. I home schooled my son for four years in elementary grades and taught him study skills as well.

Maryville College
English andEducation
Walden University
Master's

Education

Maryville College (English andEducation)

Walden University (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Students/parents must be satisfied with my tutoring or I will not charge for the hour. Hours can be made up by contacting me to make arrangements.

Travel policy

Donna will travel within 10 miles of Georgetown, SC 29440.