Stephen F. Austin State University
Baylor University (J.D.)
Want to improve your grades? Interested in learning a new language? I've been told I have a talent for teaching along with patience, tenacity and a sense of humor. I use the analytical and communication skills I honed in law school to break down information and explain it in simple, easy to understand language. I follow the traditional teaching method using explanations, examples and demonstrations but I also believe in the Socratic method. That is I like to guide the student through his own reasoning and analysis. Although some material needs to just be memorized it is a critical part of education to learn how to think. Check out my background. I would love to help.
*individual or group tutoring in Spanish, French, English and
ESL all levels-can work with adults or children on grammar,
literature and writing as well as pronunciation in these
*tutoring in history, government, political science and
psychology at high school and college levels
*tutoring in social studies, language arts, science and math
at the elementary school level
*proof reading essays, term papers, compositions-all levels
*test preparation in above subjects
*B.A. in French, Psychology and Spanish with Honors-Stephen F.
*Juris Doctor-Baylor University School of Law
*enrolled in an alternative teacher certification program for
high school Spanish and French and have passed state subject
exams required for obtaining teaching certificate
My Background and Experience:
*completed study abroad programs in Montpellier, France,
Quito, Ecuador and Guadalajara, Mexico.
*traveled and lived in France and Latin America
*taught bilingual 3rd and 4th grades all academic
subjects including ESL with the Nacogdoches Independent
School District for 2yrs.
*worked my way through college tutoring high school and
*served as a simultaneous Spanish/English interpreter at
Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital for 2 yrs
*translated documents/website/pamphlets as part of my
duties while a staff attorney with the Texas Secretary of State
*chosen and participated as one of the scorers for the essay
portion of the TAAS(TEXAS ASSESMENT ACADEMIC SKILLS)both
English & Spanish versions
*of Latin and Anglo heritage and native speaker in Spanish as
well as English Want to improve your grades? Interested in learning a new language? I've been told I have a talent for teaching along with patience, tenacity and a sense of humor. I use the analytical and communication skills I honed in law school to break down information and explain it in simple, easy to understand language. I follow the traditional teaching
Catherine adapts well to the specific needs of the student and knows how best to teach a language since she is fluent in English, Spanish and French. She quickly assessed my level of proficiency and suggested an approach which was right on.
Catherine gave my daughter some wonderful suggestions and strategies for how to study effectively for high-content classes. She is upbeat and encouraging as well as clear and concise.
I was very impressed with Catherine. She helped me with a Spanish 2 midterm review, and I really got lucky finding her through this app. She understood how to talk about Spanish and how it would probably be tested on my midterm, and she explained concepts I didn't grasp perfectly to me. Speaking Spanish is a skill a lot of people think automatically qualifies them to tutor others, but tutoring Spanish well is a different skill set. Catherine has both. I highly recommend hiring her.
This is only our 2nd tutoring lesson with Catherine, but her teaching style really seems to "connect" w/ our daughter. She's conversational and helps my daughter with little tricks and mnemonic devices to better understand and memorize. She's also extremely flexible with scheduling which really helps us based on busy schedules...
I am looking forward to working with Cat to reinforce my college class, and help with pronunciations. Hope to set up regular lessons soon.
I can not imagine a better tutor. Catherine is fun to be around. Always friendly, no matter how stressful I made the class for her. Easy to reach by phone or e-mail.
Flexible on last minute changes to scheduled classes.
We live close enough to each other that she has even been willing to turn around and
come back to our meeting location when I have been late to a class.
She quickly picked up on what my daughter needed help with and gave her specific pointers on her upcoming test.
Works with my son on his level. My son enjoys working with Catherine. Studying French is not a chore he is really enjoying it now.
Given my difficulties with learning foreign languages I found that Ms. Catherine's instruction was valuable and put me on the right path to get what I need out of the instruction. Her technique is based not on what she thinks the student should learn but more on what the student needs to learn with respect to their abilities. She is proving to be an amazing instructor.
Catherine is a patient, kind and caring tutor. She is dedicated to her craft and this is commendable. I am working on my doctorate and with Catherine's help, I have made significant progress. I appreciate her thoroughness and encouragement. She is an excellent tutor.
We have met with Catherine three times. I was looking for a tutor to help my son finish french 1 in middle school and get prepared for french 2 in high school.
The first lesson she was 45 minutes late. The second lesson she was 17 minutes late. The third lesson she hasn't arrived yet but was set for 30 minutes ago. *Update* she emailed and canceled 30 minutes after the time when she was to arrive.
Second, she charges for time she is not tutoring. After her first lesson she talked to me to give a review of how she thought my son was doing. This time was charged for.
The second visit she was told we had to leave at 6 so we cut it short to a 45 minute lesson. She put that she left at '6:03' so she'd get an extra 5 minutes of pay. She also asked if I wanted her to 'go over' what they had done during their lesson. Considering she was late showing up, it was time to leave to get my son to his recital AND she would charge to give a review, I kindly said no.
I feel when you request an hour lesson, you should be expected to pay for an hour lesson. If it's a 45 minute lesson you shouldn't put an extra 3 minutes in the timer for the time it took for her to get out the door.
I feel I gave this tutor every chance and few people would have given her a 3rd chance after the first two incidents. My son enjoyed working with her but I can't condone working with someone who cannot be punctual.
More than just a tutor. Catherine helped my daughter complete a French correspondence course for high school. I would highly recommend Catherine for any French language needs
We were very pleased with Catherine. She is professional, great communication, and was incredibly helpful to my son in Spanish. Highly recommend.
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I have a Juris Doctor degree from Baylor Law School. In addition to the required classes, I took enough electives to have a concentration in criminal law as part of my degree plan. Some of these classes include criminal law, criminal procedure, post conviction procedure, Juvenile Justice and an internship with the McClennn Co. DA's office. I also have a license to practice law in the state of Texas. In order to be given this license I had to pass the Texas Bar Exam which tests knowledge of criminal law and criminal procedure very intensely.
I am qualified to tutor elementary (K-6th) because I have experience teaching children in a public school setting. I taught 3rd and 4th grade for the Nacogdoches Independent School District for 2 years with an emergency teaching permit. Under the emergency permit program I entered in order to be able to teach in a pubic school I completed and passed with an A several elementary education courses at Stephen F. Austin State University.
I feel I am qualified to help students with the subject of study skills for the following reasons:
1. I graduated from college Cum Laude and in the top 10% of my class.
2. I graduated from Baylor Law School and passed the Texas Bar Exam.
3. I taught 3rd and 4th grades for 2 years for the Nacogdoches Independent School District.
4. I have tutored with WyzAnt for more than 3 years for over 900 hours in several subjects with successful results.
I have accomplished the above because I know how to study effectively and get well-organized when it comes to academic subjects. I know I have been successful transmitting my study methods because my students have been able to improve their grades after working with me.