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PATRICE S.

Oak Ridge, TN

$25/hour

MASTER TEACHER CREATES MASTER STUDENTS

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20+ Hours
Background check passed as of 4/15/12
5.0 average from 18 ratings
Patrice makes it easy.
— Pam, Oak Ridge, TN on 6/29/12

$25/Hour


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SETON HILL COLLEGE
EDUCATION, RELIGIOUS
UNIVERSITY OF PITTSB
Graduate Coursework
UNIVERSITY OF PITTSB
Master's

Education

SETON HILL COLLEGE (EDUCATION, RELIGIOUS)

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSB (Graduate Coursework)

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSB (Master's)

About PATRICE

With 35 years of experience, I have successfully tutored students of all ages and abilities to improve their study skills, work smartly and achieve better grades while having fun and learning along the way. I am skilled in screening kids for learning styles including those identified as ADD/ADHD.
I especially love working with kids in math, reading, phonics,social studies and science, from kindergarten through freshman year of high school. I am here to get results and make you look good and feel confident. References available.
With 35 years of experience, I have successfully tutored students of all ages and abilities to improve their study skills, work smartly and achieve better grades while having fun and learning along the way. I am skilled in screening kids for learning styles including those identified as ADD/ADHD.
I especially love working with kids in math,
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Cancellation
6 hours notice required

25.00

Travel Radius
Travels within 4 miles of Oak Ridge, TN 37830
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In-person lessons

"Patrice makes it easy."

- Pam, Oak Ridge, TN on 6/29/12

"VERY WELL QUALIFIED, PATIENT & PERSONABLE TUTOR!"

- Brandy, Oak Ridge, TN on 10/21/15

"Great Tutor"

- Steve, Oak Ridge, TN on 5/5/14

"Great tutor!"

- Kellie, Knoxville, TN on 8/31/12
Math:
Algebra 1, Elementary Math,
Geometry, Prealgebra
Science:
Psychology, Sociology
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History, Government & Politics, Religion, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar,
Phonics,
Reading, Spelling,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Sports/Recreation:
Needlework

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.

ACT English

I have been tutoring students for the ACT and SAT for about 2 years. Every student has raised their scores in every subject test. There are tricks to taking the tests and I know them all.

ADD/ADHD

As part of my educational training at Seton Hill College, I took courses in special education and psychology which addressed the needs of children with Attention Deficit Disorder and Hyperactivity disorder. I also held an internship during graduate school at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic {Pittsburgh, PA} where I worked in a therapeutic classroom with many students with ADD/ADHD, and was mentored there by master level teachers. As an employee of the Oak Ridge Schools' Home-bound program, I frequently was assigned the most difficult of students, most of whom had ADD/ADHD. I was most successful in bringing students with failing grades to passing and those same students passed state benchmark tests at proficiency or mastery levels.

Students with ADD/ADHD frequently have low self-esteem and do not realize they are learning. I have found that most of these students tend to be hyper-visual learners or manual and kinesthetic learners. Most classrooms require students to be auditory learners first and visual learners second. I adapt my teaching style for the student, build in breaks and self-rewards and find that once a student sees himself/herself as successful at learning, the student becomes self-motivating.

Aspergers

Students with Asperger's tend to be brilliant in some areas and absolutely unmotivated in others. After working as an advocate for 2 students with this disorder, I have successfully screened 4 more students who were later diagnosed with this disorder. It is critical to have a teacher who understands the role of disinhibition with this disorder and to understand the role of direct teaching of social skills and responses for the student to be successful socially.

Dyslexia

As an undergraduate student, my coursework in special education included dyslexia. As an employee of the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children [Pittsburgh, PA], many of the students who were visually impaired were also dyslexic and I used many techniques in working around the dyslexia so the students could learn. As a Home-bound tutor, I have worked with several students who live with dyslexia and when I substituted in classrooms, I frequently identified dyslexic students quickly and provided technique assistance for them.

Elementary (K-6th)

I hold my certificate in early childhood education from Seton Hill College [B.A., 1977 with PA state certification in all subjects. My methodology courses were all in elementary grade subjects, including reading, language arts [English, writing, spelling and phonics], science, social studies, art, music and physical education. I also hold a master's degree [M.S.] from the University of Pittsburgh{PA}, 1981 in child development, spanning the ages of premature infants through adolescence. I have taught all elementary and middle school subjects from grades 1-8 both in private tutoring and as a substitute teacher and Home-bound program tutor for the Oak Ridge public schools for more than 12 years.

Elementary Math

For more than 30 years, I have taught math from preschool concepts elementary and middle school skills and algebra and geometry for high school. I work particularly well with students with different kinds of learning styles, kids identified as ADD/ADHD and kids who are gifted. I can take a math concept and make it real for kids and I make sure kids have all the basic skills in their heads, not their hands or relying on a calculator.

ESL/ESOL

I have passed ESL certification course evaluations offered online. To date, I have taught English to a Russian woman, Korean, Vietnamese children, and Spanish and French college students as well as a graduate student from Kenya who completed a Master's degree in Psychology.

Grammar

After 30 years of teaching school [and tutoring every grade], grammar is one of my expert skills. It's not just knowing which 'there/they're/their' to use in a sentence; it's about finding the right words which make a sentence speak the thoughts which need to be expressed. I know a hanging participle when I see it and know how to use who and whom correctly. I know the difference between an adverb and an adjective--and more importantly, I can convey it to any student.

Needlework

I have been a knitter for 50 years. I understand needle sizes, yarn weights, and how to read patterns. I am a teacher by training and just love to knit and would be glad to show anyone how to do it from an easy scarf, to sweaters and hats and afghans.

Phonics

As part of my educational training at Seton Hill College, I took methods courses in both reading and language arts [spelling, phonics, and English] and provided after-school enrichment instruction for area students who were poor readers and who struggled with phonics [necessary for decoding reading and encoding spelling]. I have used both the AlphaTime phonics program and the Open Court integrated reading, phonics and language arts programs with great success in both kindergarten and second grade.

I was trained in an era where phonics was the basis of reading and spelling and have taught many functionally illiterate students to become good readers through phonics. Phonics covers most of the spelling/reading encoding and decoding and what it does not cover are sight words and what we refer to as 'outlaws'---words which don't follow the rules of phonics. Whole language has come and gone with questionable results. English is a complex mishmash of many languages and children enjoy knowing where those words come from.

Prealgebra

As a teacher for more than 40 years, my teaching methods courses in math included math through pre-algebra and algebra. I have tutored students privately for years in math at all levels and make the math real rather than just formulas or computation.

Sociology

As an undergraduate, I took enough sociology courses to qualify as a minor had it been offered as a minor. In graduate school, many of my courses included sociological concepts in every course.

Special Needs

After more than 30 years of teaching, I have become 'the teacher of choice' for children with any kind of special needs [medical, social, physical]. I am extremely tuned into children on seizure meds, psychiatric meds, children with physical/medical conditions [Crohn's disease, fibromyalgia, anxiety, etc]. I have yet to find a child with whom I cannot establish a working and learning relationship.

Spelling

Having taught spelling for more than 40 years, I had excellent teachers in college for Language Arts Methods and excellent supervisors while I taught. I even learned Braille and American Sign Language years ago to work with blind and deaf children. I have a foundation in Phonics as well as the techniques of Whole language and site words. There has never been a child I couldn't teach to spell so long as I had the partnership of a parent.

Study Skills

As part of my educational training at Seton Hill College, I took coursework which included many study skill techniques for every subject. As a teacher, I have modified these techniques over the years to meet the learning styles and physical needs of students.

Knowing a student's learning style allows us to begin to organize the student and to find the best way to study. Some students are visual and only need a highlighter; others are oral and need to hear themselves study and still others are kinesthetic and need to use a white board or do mind mapping in order to study effectively.

Writing

I have been mentoring children in creative writing since I first taught reading and language arts to second graders in 1977. What does a picture of a bear on a pay phone [now gone because of cell phones] next to a car with a flat tire in the woods create? Wonderfully diverse stories about a forest ranger disguised as a bear, a bear who made the call for the person he ate... and the stories went on and on. Kids can learn at a very early age how to create stories, with dialogue and correct punctuation if they are prompted, directed and guided. My own two daughters, now 25 and 29, had very vivid imaginations which we captured first in picture drawing and then in words from the time they were little. I have been teaching or tutoring for 38 years and I love to watch children brim with the enthusiasm of writing well, developing plots and characters and sometimes just laughing with the giggles as they read their finished stories to their parents. The art of writing well was lost a generation ago and I am passionate about creative writing for young children as well as making sure an Advanced Placement English student in high school is maximizing his/her potential--and graduate students as well.

SETON HILL COLLEGE
EDUCATION, RELIGIOUS
UNIVERSITY OF PITTSB
Graduate Coursework
UNIVERSITY OF PITTSB
Master's

Education

SETON HILL COLLEGE (EDUCATION, RELIGIOUS)

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSB (Graduate Coursework)

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSB (Master's)

Patrice makes it easy.

Patrice has been very accommodating, to our schedule and needs. At the first lesson, Patrice made my daughter comfortable, no small feat with a shy child, and was able to develop a lesson plan around her specific goals. I was impressed with the study materials Patrice had on hand, and her knowledge of our school's curriculum. My daughter looks forward to her tutoring time with Patrice, and is p

— Pam, Oak Ridge, TN on 6/29/12

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $25.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

25.00

Travel policy

PATRICE will travel within 4 miles of Oak Ridge, TN 37830.