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University of Austin at Texas
Texas State University San Marcos (MEd)
What I offer is comprehensive individualized instruction for struggling readers and dyslexic students. As a former teacher, K-4, I made the jump into private tutoring because I saw how substantially learning is increased in a small group/ individual setting. With direct focus and a solid rapport between teacher and student, a tremendous amount of growth occurs. I have even grown from my experiences tutoring! It has shaped my life.
Throughout my first two years of tutoring, I found myself focusing on struggling readers. I also found myself to be effective in this area. It felt like home. At that point, knowing my niche, my ambitions grew to becoming an Academic Language Therapist (A.L.T.) and a Dyslexia Therapist (D.T.), both for which I am currently in training. I already hold a Master's Degree in Education, (M.Ed.), am a certified teacher, have 6 years experience as a classroom teacher, and have tutored privately for 3 years.
Reading difficulties and dyslexia are not indications of a child's intellect or abilities. In fact, research shows the opposite: children who have reading challenges are most often very bright, creative, and are excellent problem solvers. Recent research also shows that one out of every five children is dyslexic. However, instead of feeling understood, confident, and drawing from their many strengths, these children tend to be discouraged, disillusioned about learning, and lacking in self-esteem. With the right instruction, reading difficulties can become successes and self esteem can rise. There is nothing more rewarding and inspiring than seeing a child make this transformation. It is why I am so dedicated. What I offer is comprehensive individualized instruction for struggling readers and dyslexic students. As a former teacher, K-4, I made the jump into private tutoring because I saw how substantially learning is increased in a small group/ individual setting. With direct focus and a solid rapport between teacher and student, a tremendous amount of
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The infamous “they” say that it takes a village to raise a child and Jennifer is definitely a contributing resident of my village!
After expecting my son to be prepared for kindergarten via his preschool classes and my one-on-one work with him throughout the summer, I was surprised to discover in my first parent-teacher conference that he was below grade level in reading and writing. My personal memory of kindergarten was that you learned these skills in kindergarten. I have since learned that many of the items previously taught in 1st grade have shifted to kindergarten, so there is an expectation for children to have a certain knowledge base prior to entry.
After researching all options, including placing my son in a learning center, I finally decided on one-on-one tutoring as the best option to get my son on track. Jennifer started working with my son twice per week in January 2013. In that short period of time, my son’s progress has improved exponentially. I received his 3rd reporting period report card yesterday and his reading assessment has gone from a 1 and performing below grade level to a 3 and performing at or above grade level.
Jennifer tutors my son at his school during his stay in after-school care. I originally thought that communication would be an issue but she does an outstanding job of keeping me informed via her detailed tutoring reviews and via texts and emails. Her reports are helpful to me in continuing the work with him at home. She is always prepared for her sessions and has even met with my son’s teacher to better assess his needs. Jennifer provides my son with reading and writing materials for practice and even provides him with incentives, which he absolutely looks forward to.
The icing on the cake for me was when Jennifer attended one of my son’s school events! This was not only an indication of her willingness to go above and beyond, but of her genuine care and concern for my son. I hope to continue to partner with her for a long time to come.
Thank you so much, Edna. I will work with you as long as you will have me!! You know I adore your son, and it's my honor to contribute to your village.
Jennifer was great at drawing my son out and making him feel comfortable and confident. He told me he actually looks forward to the next lesson!
Jennifer has done a wonderful job tutoring my daughter in Algebra II. She actually looks forward to going and has learned so much! Jennifer is very patient and does a great job of explaining new concepts. My daughter is thriving in math now!
My daughter actually looks forward to the one hour session. This to my mind is significant in that she ordinarily finds the experience of reading quite taxing.
I knew from the 1st introduction with Jennifer with our family and especially our daughter this would be a fantastic match. It is rare in my mind to find a person who is so very giving to our daughter and brings us peace and comes to understand how to make our insecurities about her inability to read at the start. Without her I know would she have not blossomed as confident as she is today. The positive feedback during lessons to her is so helpful. Jennifer's knowledge of the how to teach children is amazing. I am so very grateful for all her help and truly caring for her success brings me such joy. Anyone who meets Jennifer will understand as I have. how invaluable she as a tutor/teacher. Thank you JENNIFER for all your hard work with her! You are the very best!
Thank YOU, Pattie!!
My 5th grade son is only 4 lessons in, but I am very pleased so far. Jennifer quickly established a rapport with him, using humor and drawing out his interests. He appreciates the options that she provides during the lesson to give him some control, and the manipulatives she has brought for the sessions have also been very helpful. She was able to accurately assess within a couple of lessons where his needs were in mathematics and writing, and has set achievable and meaningful goals for him. I'm looking forward to seeing the progress he will make under Jennifer's guidance!
My son has not complained once about any of his lessons and the ratings we give are always run by him first. Jen is kind and caring. My son has improved in reading and writing as well. He is picking up good study habits. Thank you so much Jen!
Jennifer was an amazing Algebra tutor! She was very good at explaining the different lessons and really helping me understand how to solve the problems. She also provided very detailed examples that helped clear up all of my questions. Jennifer also helped give me more confidence when dealing with test and quizzes. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who needs help in Algebra!
If you're a parent with a young child who is struggles with learning to read, I know exactly what you're going through. Only a few months ago the suspicion that my 6 year old daughter was far behind her peers was confirmed. Her teacher told us that her reading skills were below kindergarten levels, yet she was almost halfway through first grade. We tried to work with our daughter in the evenings and on weekends, but it just wasn't happening. Instead of making progress, we all seemed to frustrate ourselves and each other to no end. It was clear, that though we were good parents, we were NOT reading teachers. I turned to the internet and ultimately Wyzant where I found Jennifer. In just a few months of work with our daughter, her reading level increased from a 2 (DRA) to a 10! It was amazing. Jennifer is so patient and loving with her and our daughter looks forward to the lessons every week. Jennifer was a godsend. I can't imagine where we'd be right now without her.
Thank you so much, Jason. It is parents like you that make a difference, as I so much respect your willingness to get a tutor for your daughter. Thank you for working with me and supporting my lessons by working with her at home. I sincerely appreciate the compliment, though she is the one who has done all of the work! I'm extremely proud of her progress.
It is a real pleasure to watch my daughter's math grade improve due to Jennifer's consistent attention to her needs and modifications to her lessons to attain goals.
Jennifer has been of such great importance to furthering my fourth grade son's understanding and clarity of reading. He has severe dyslexia and has benefited greatly from Jennifer's patient teaching and kind and patient demeanor. She has personally chosen books for him by going out of her way to find them and he has caught on that reading might be easy and fun due to her diligence in reading with him on his or just above his level. She has also given him the confidence to read aloud which he was so reluctant to do before she started working with him.
Jennifer also tutors my seventh grade daughter in math and she is more self confident and is easily understanding the formulas presented to her in her AP class. Jennifer has many smiles to give and praises my children openly to them and to me. Her inspiring and confident energy spreads throughout her teaching and aiding them to further understanding their lessons.
Thank you so much Jennifer you've helped our family out tremendously.
Thank you, Molly! You and your family have added so much to my life as well.
My 14 year old daughter just had her second Algebra lesson with Jennifer tonight. Jennifer is a true teacher at heart. She and my daughter "clicked" instantly and they have a great rapport. We appreciate Jennifer's patience along with her ability to provide positive reinforcement when needed. My daughter is actually excited about Algebra and she can't wait til her next lesson. Give Jennifer a call; she's super flexible and you won't be disappointed.
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I have worked with at least 20 students with ADD/ADHD as a teacher in the classroom. The elements that helped me reach these children effectively and help them focus were patience, small groups, one-on-one tutoring, and numerous strategies. The strategies that I specifically implemented for each student would vary according to the needs of the student. I drew these strategies from what I learned in district trainings. ADD/ADHD students often need the material modified slightly, need more hands-on materials, and need more, a lot more, structure. Other components that I have found successful in working with children with ADD/ADHD are any of the following: modifying physical space for them, using tactile objects to help them concentrate, giving them leadership roles in the classroom, and/or a reward system. Tutoring these students one-on-one is the most effective approach; however, in a classroom it is difficult to do. Therefore, a private tutor is invaluable for a child with ADD/ADHD. I enjoy helping these students learn how to focus better, and figuring out what makes it 'click' for them.
I have taught Elementary for six years, which are the essential grades for literacy. I have had numerous trainings on how to teach Reading to students, including students with learning disabilities and dyslexia, and have had dyslexic students in my classes each year. Working with dyslexic students entails teaching them additional reading strategies and taking the time to figure out exactly what their particular strengths and weaknesses are in reading and writing, as these are so closely related. Writing is usually a struggle for dyslexic students as well.
I have had success using many different strategies, depending on the particular student. Patience is also a key factor in working with a dyslexic student, as is building the student's confidence in literacy skills. Using all of this together has proven successful and I have helped many dyslexic students over the past six years.
I hold a Master of Education degree and am a certified teacher in Texas. My M.Ed. is in curriculum, with an emphasis on Reading and Literacy. My teacher certification is Generalist, Pre-K through 4th Grade; I am also certified to teach ESL and have had ESL students in my classroom each year that I have taught. Other trainings that I have had include GT (gifted and talented), behavior management, and CGI math which a method of teaching math and algebraic thinking to elementary grades based on how children learn mathematical concepts naturally.
All of these certifications and qualifications have given me the opportunity to work with many different types of children. They have also allowed me to modify the classroom instruction to meet each student's needs, thus giving me experience with different methods and strategies. Tutoring is a great way for me to implement all of my Elementary Education skills and deliver the best possible lesson to an individual student.
Phonics is one of the main building blocks of reading. Having a good understanding of how the sounds in our language map to letters is fundamental. This begins with phonemic awareness, which is hearing and manipulating sounds in words. Then students progress to mapping the sounds to letters (letter-sound correspondence), which is phonics. Studies have shown that a good phonics foundation helps children decode words easier, promotes good spelling habits, and improves literacy throughout all stages and levels of reading.
As a certified teacher in grades K-4, and as a teacher in the classroom for 6 years, I have taught literacy extensively to students at all levels of reading. I use many strategies, exercises, and methods of teaching phonics that I have gained through both trainings and experience. I enjoy the rewards in teaching students to read and how to improve their fluency; an emphasis on phonics is a large part of that.