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Michelle S.

Nashville, TN


Fun and Applicable Learning for Your Child

Background check passed as of 5/29/14
5.0 average from 14 ratings
Extraordinary Teacher with Extremely Effective Methods!
— Jasper, Gaithersburg, MD on 8/20/14

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Vanderbilt University
Education, ESL
Peabody College of Education


Vanderbilt University (Education, ESL)

Peabody College of Education (Enrolled)

About Michelle

Hi, and welcome to my page! I am currently majoring in Early Childhood Education and Second Language Studies (ELL) with a concentration in Chinese at Vanderbilt University. My main goal is to help your child develop a love for reading, writing, and math by making learning applicable and fun. I have had experience working in Montessori, Chinese Immersion, ESL, Special Education, and study abroad programs. As a previous Student Member on the Montgomery County Public Schools Curriculum Advisory Board, I am familiar with what is required of each grade level. I can help your child not only catch up, but go beyond what is required to open more doors of opportunity.

I currently tutor in Nashville, TN during the school year and in Maryland/DC during the summer. While in Nashville, I do not have access to a car and can only provide tutoring on Vanderbilt's campus. We have a wonderful curriculum library full of materials, a children's book room, and many other quiet spaces for use.

I look forward to speaking with you!
Hi, and welcome to my page! I am currently majoring in Early Childhood Education and Second Language Studies (ELL) with a concentration in Chinese at Vanderbilt University. My main goal is to help your child develop a love for Read more

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Travels within 5 miles of Nashville, TN 37203
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"Extraordinary Teacher with Extremely Effective Methods!"

- Jasper, Gaithersburg, MD on 8/20/14
Michelle replied on 8/22/2014

Hi Jasper,

Thank you so much for your kind words; I just heard your son's voice mail the other day, and it was very cute! I hope he has a great school year--if there is anything else I can ever help with, let me know.


ACT Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading,
College Counseling
Special Needs:
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Handwriting,

Approved subjects are in bold.

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ACT Reading

I received a 36 on the Reading section and a 34 composite on the ACT. I would be happy to help students achieve a high score so that it is on par with their dream school's test average.


I have had my articles and essays published in Chinese newspapers. My parents are from China, and though I grew up speaking the language, I also have a strong command of teaching Chinese grammar and pronunciation. I have also interned at Potomac Elementary School's Chinese Immersion/Arts Integration program (K/1st Grade). I took the following related classes and exams: AP Chinese exam, I received a 5, and Advanced Chinese II, I received an A.

College Counseling

Having gone through the college application process myself, I can help students seeking undergraduate admission to colleges and universities. I can suggest schools that would be a good fit, as well as help craft personal statements and appeal letters.

I have helped students gain admission to University of Southern California (USC), University of Maryland- College Park, and Bryn Mawr College.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have taught various math, reading, writing, and science lessons within Montgomery County Public Schools. I was also a teacher's assistant at a Christian Montessori school in Germany (grades K-4, mixed). In the past, I have tutored with Aristotle Circle (formerly Peer2Peer Tutors) and the Chinese American Parents and Students Association (CAPSA).

Elementary Math

I specialize in teaching math to children from PK-2nd grade, and it is my FAVORITE subject to teach! I use the CGI (Cognitively Based Instruction) framework to help your child understand the "why" behind math. During the first session, I use a ~20 minute math interview to gain a clear understanding of your child's strengths and weaknesses. From there, I develop a clear math report to help you understand what our next steps will be and how you can help your child at home. My goal is to make math fear disappear!


As a Second Language Studies (ELL) major, I help children with reading, writing/spelling, and speaking. I also taught Adult ESL for 2 years at Hope Chinese School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.


I taught handwriting to young children (K/1st) at a Montessori school in Germany. My approach to teaching handwriting is very systematic--I teach letters in a certain order and use the "House" method. I also teach students how to angle their paper and properly grasp their pencil. These methods apply to both print and cursive.


Reading is one of the most important "building block" skills necessary for success in our society today. I teach a mix of phonics, phonemic awareness, reading comprehension, vocabulary expansion, and fluency. Currently, I am a Literacy TA at Asian American Lead in Washington, D.C.

Special Needs

I am passionate about helping children with special needs reach their highest potential. I have taught students with visual impairments, ADD/ADHD, and autism. During the school year, I volunteer with at-risk children from the Edgehill Methodist Church, where many of these children have high incidence disabilities. Some methods I use include Direct Instruction and Applied Behavioral Analysis.

I am also familiar with the process of acquiring accommodations (IEP/504) for school and testing (College Board/American College Testing) purposes.


I have written educational blog content for Aristotle Circle and was a regular contributor to the school newspaper. In my free time, I write poetry and children's books.

Vanderbilt University
Education, ESL
Peabody College of Education


Vanderbilt University (Education, ESL)

Peabody College of Education (Enrolled)

Extraordinary Teacher with Extremely Effective Methods! — Our nine year old, U.S. born son was having quite a bit of difficulty with his language arts skills (reading comprehension, speaking and writing). He is your typical high energy, easily distracted, homework hating child. While my wife was a native Japanese speaker, I was born and raised in the U.S., so when he was even placed in ESOL, I was very upset. With one of my degrees being in English, I th ...

— Jasper, Gaithersburg, MD on 8/20/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $38.00

Cancellation: 5 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michelle will travel within 5 miles of Nashville, TN 37203.