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Melissa M.

Hard Working Elementary School Tutor

Hard Working Elementary School Tutor

$50/hour

  • 29 hours tutoring

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My love of learning stems from knowing that educational success is directly linked to success later in life. All students have the capability and the right to experience success in school. I believe that teachers must support students and encourage their success.

I believe that students are individuals and effective methods to encourage learning are altering my teaching style to fit my student, using inquiry lessons, use of hands-on manipulatives, and offering encouragement. My role as the...

My love of learning stems from knowing that educational success is directly linked to success later in life. All students have the capability and the right to experience success in school. I believe that teachers must support students and encourage their success.

I believe that students are individuals and effective methods to encourage learning are altering my teaching style to fit my student, using inquiry lessons, use of hands-on manipulatives, and offering encouragement. My role as the teacher is to be the facilitator of learning and the roles of the student are scientist, writer, artist, mathematician, artist, and historian.

I have been working as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher for Pflugerville ISD since the Fall of 2017. I was a Special Education Teacher for Leander ISD during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years. I was a teaching assistant/substitute teacher/5th grade tutor in the Austin area from October 2012 - December 2014. I have taught pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth and fifth grade. I have been a long-term substitute in third grade, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. While in third grade, I taught Reading/Language Arts/Social Studies with a partner teacher who taught Math/Science. I assessed students, did benchmark testing, and created small groups. At the Kindergarten level, I taught all subjects, worked with small groups, gave ongoing DIEBELS assessments to 4 of my students, and collaborated with support staff to help students experiencing behavioral difficulties. During my time in pre-kindergarten, I was responsible for the Beginning Of Year testing for 35 students, setting up the classroom management, teaching all required curriculum, setting behavior expectations for the students, and creating a safe, nurturing environment in the classroom.

I require a 24-hour cancellation notice, but I do understand that life happens and some events are unavoidable. I will offer make-up sessions when needed. Same day cancellations will be charged 50% of the session rate. If yo


Education

McMurry University
Early Childhood Ed.
Texas State University
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Grammar

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I am working on my graduate degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Reading and completed my undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Curriculum and Instruction. I finalized my Teaching Certification in the state of Texas during the summer of 2012. I am certified in Early Childhood to 6th Grade and have my ESL Supplemental.
Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

Part of my degree requirement was being able to successfully teach Math and pass a sample Math TAKS test (STAAR started during my final college semester when I was student teaching). This included: developing lessons that fit different learning styles, giving students the space to try different techniques without the fear of being judged, and providing encouragement along their math journey. I have spent countless hours working with students in various schools working on their math abilities.
Elementary Science,

Elementary Science

Part of my degree requirement was being able to successfully teach Science and pass a sample Science TAKS test (STAAR started during my final college semester when I was student teaching). This included: developing lessons that inspired students' natural curiosity in the world around them, providing experiments that helped show the way science works, giving students the space to try different techniques without the fear of being judged, and providing encouragement along their science journey. Inquiry lessons and their effectiveness to inspire curiosity are one of the tools I gained from my teaching experience.
Phonics,

Phonics

During my time teaching resource/inclusion, I was tasked with helping struggling students who were more than a year behind due to their reading ability. We worked on phonics using Reading A-Z phonics lessons and Jolly Phonics curriculum. We met 5 times a week for 30 minutes. Our initial session consisted of me assessing their level and using that data to see where the breakdown happened. Then I built lesson plans from that data. We worked on phoneme deletion, phoneme segmentation, letter-sound recognition, building up fluency, building up decoding skills, syllable segmentation, syllable blending, and onset rime blending.
Reading,

Reading

Part of my degree requirement was being able to teach children to be able to read and write. I have 27 credit hours on my college transcript from classes that taught Diagnostics, Linguistics, Pedagogies, Reading Assessments, Language Arts, and Language Acquisition & Development. I have spent countless hours working with students in various schools helping them build their reading and writing abilities. During my time taking Diagnostics, I was tasked with helping a struggling reader who had been held back twice due to their reading ability. When I first started work with them, they were at a kindergarten reading level and were in 2nd grade. This child was supposed to be in 4th grade. We met twice a week for 2 hours. Our initial session consisted of me assessing their level and using that data to see where the breakdown happened. Then I built lesson plans from that data. We worked on phoneme deletion, phoneme segmentation, letter-sound recognition, building up fluency, building up decoding skills, syllable segmentation, syllable blending, and onset rime blending. When our time was finished, the student tested to be at end of 2nd grade/beginning of 3rd grade reading level. We accomplished this in 2 months.
Grammar, Vocabulary

English

Reading,

Reading

Part of my degree requirement was being able to teach children to be able to read and write. I have 27 credit hours on my college transcript from classes that taught Diagnostics, Linguistics, Pedagogies, Reading Assessments, Language Arts, and Language Acquisition & Development. I have spent countless hours working with students in various schools helping them build their reading and writing abilities. During my time taking Diagnostics, I was tasked with helping a struggling reader who had been held back twice due to their reading ability. When I first started work with them, they were at a kindergarten reading level and were in 2nd grade. This child was supposed to be in 4th grade. We met twice a week for 2 hours. Our initial session consisted of me assessing their level and using that data to see where the breakdown happened. Then I built lesson plans from that data. We worked on phoneme deletion, phoneme segmentation, letter-sound recognition, building up fluency, building up decoding skills, syllable segmentation, syllable blending, and onset rime blending. When our time was finished, the student tested to be at end of 2nd grade/beginning of 3rd grade reading level. We accomplished this in 2 months.
Grammar, Vocabulary

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I am working on my graduate degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Reading and completed my undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Curriculum and Instruction. I finalized my Teaching Certification in the state of Texas during the summer of 2012. I am certified in Early Childhood to 6th Grade and have my ESL Supplemental.
Reading

Reading

Part of my degree requirement was being able to teach children to be able to read and write. I have 27 credit hours on my college transcript from classes that taught Diagnostics, Linguistics, Pedagogies, Reading Assessments, Language Arts, and Language Acquisition & Development. I have spent countless hours working with students in various schools helping them build their reading and writing abilities. During my time taking Diagnostics, I was tasked with helping a struggling reader who had been held back twice due to their reading ability. When I first started work with them, they were at a kindergarten reading level and were in 2nd grade. This child was supposed to be in 4th grade. We met twice a week for 2 hours. Our initial session consisted of me assessing their level and using that data to see where the breakdown happened. Then I built lesson plans from that data. We worked on phoneme deletion, phoneme segmentation, letter-sound recognition, building up fluency, building up decoding skills, syllable segmentation, syllable blending, and onset rime blending. When our time was finished, the student tested to be at end of 2nd grade/beginning of 3rd grade reading level. We accomplished this in 2 months.

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Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I am working on my graduate degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Reading and completed my undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Curriculum and Instruction. I finalized my Teaching Certification in the state of Texas during the summer of 2012. I am certified in Early Childhood to 6th Grade and have my ESL Supplemental.
Reading

Reading

Part of my degree requirement was being able to teach children to be able to read and write. I have 27 credit hours on my college transcript from classes that taught Diagnostics, Linguistics, Pedagogies, Reading Assessments, Language Arts, and Language Acquisition & Development. I have spent countless hours working with students in various schools helping them build their reading and writing abilities. During my time taking Diagnostics, I was tasked with helping a struggling reader who had been held back twice due to their reading ability. When I first started work with them, they were at a kindergarten reading level and were in 2nd grade. This child was supposed to be in 4th grade. We met twice a week for 2 hours. Our initial session consisted of me assessing their level and using that data to see where the breakdown happened. Then I built lesson plans from that data. We worked on phoneme deletion, phoneme segmentation, letter-sound recognition, building up fluency, building up decoding skills, syllable segmentation, syllable blending, and onset rime blending. When our time was finished, the student tested to be at end of 2nd grade/beginning of 3rd grade reading level. We accomplished this in 2 months.

Special Needs

Phonics

Phonics

During my time teaching resource/inclusion, I was tasked with helping struggling students who were more than a year behind due to their reading ability. We worked on phonics using Reading A-Z phonics lessons and Jolly Phonics curriculum. We met 5 times a week for 30 minutes. Our initial session consisted of me assessing their level and using that data to see where the breakdown happened. Then I built lesson plans from that data. We worked on phoneme deletion, phoneme segmentation, letter-sound recognition, building up fluency, building up decoding skills, syllable segmentation, syllable blending, and onset rime blending.

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I am working on my graduate degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Reading and completed my undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Curriculum and Instruction. I finalized my Teaching Certification in the state of Texas during the summer of 2012. I am certified in Early Childhood to 6th Grade and have my ESL Supplemental.
Reading

Reading

Part of my degree requirement was being able to teach children to be able to read and write. I have 27 credit hours on my college transcript from classes that taught Diagnostics, Linguistics, Pedagogies, Reading Assessments, Language Arts, and Language Acquisition & Development. I have spent countless hours working with students in various schools helping them build their reading and writing abilities. During my time taking Diagnostics, I was tasked with helping a struggling reader who had been held back twice due to their reading ability. When I first started work with them, they were at a kindergarten reading level and were in 2nd grade. This child was supposed to be in 4th grade. We met twice a week for 2 hours. Our initial session consisted of me assessing their level and using that data to see where the breakdown happened. Then I built lesson plans from that data. We worked on phoneme deletion, phoneme segmentation, letter-sound recognition, building up fluency, building up decoding skills, syllable segmentation, syllable blending, and onset rime blending. When our time was finished, the student tested to be at end of 2nd grade/beginning of 3rd grade reading level. We accomplished this in 2 months.

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