Shonna H.

Bastrop, TX


25 yrs experience, excellent references

300+ Hours
Background check passed as of 10/12/14
5.0 average from 176 ratings
Great tutor
— Ashley, Buda, TX on 8/6/15


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Kaplan University
Criminal Justice


Kaplan University (Criminal Justice)

About Shonna

I am looking forward to helping students reach their full potential and perhaps learn a little something myself along the way. I believe students can learn a lot from good teachers, but I think GREAT teachers learn from their students as well. One thing I have learned in my nearly 30 years of working with children is that learning happens whether we want it to or not. Every day provides us with an abundance of learning opportunities and the more we take advantage of those opportunities the more we grow and develop.

My goal as a tutor is to help others see what may not be apparent to them. Sometimes it is difficult to discern what our own struggles might be because we are too close to the issue to accurately see the answer right in front of us. To understand what I mean, pick up a book and open it up. Next, touch the middle of that open book to the tip of your nose. Now, you may be able to see a few words, but there is no way you can read everything on those pages and it is impossible to understand the book if you cannot see everything written in it. My job as a tutor is to help you step back a little and SEE where you are having real difficulties, suggest strategies that help you address those issues, and encourage you along the way.

I have homeschooled or tutored numerous students over the last 25 years. I have seen those children grow and now they are graduating college, or currently in college pursuing their dreams. My son was homeschooled from 4th grade to graduation and is currently serving in the military and attending college while working as a corrections officer. I homeschooled him while finishing my degree in Criminal Justice and I guess he found an interest in that field as well...perhaps all the quizzes I let him give me on my studies fostered that interest. I know he enjoyed finding out Mom didn't know everything!

I have numerous references, and a desire to foster a love of learning in others!
I am looking forward to helping students reach their full potential and perhaps learn a little something myself along the way. I believe students can learn a lot from good teachers, but I think GREAT teachers learn from their students as well. One thing I have learned in my nearly 30 years of working with children is that learning happens whether Read more

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My rate is negotiable. It may be lower depending upon distance and frequency of the job. I can tutor multiple students, rates may vary.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Bastrop, TX 78602
Background Check: Passed

"Great tutor"

- Ashley, Buda, TX on 8/6/15

"Wonderful teacher"

- Kelly, Spring, TX on 9/5/16

"Knowledgeable and Patient Tutor"

- Demetria, Houston, TX on 8/12/16
Shonna replied on 8/15/2016

Thank you Demetria. Working with your son, is always fun. He keeps me on my toes! One of my favorite things about working with boys is how inventive they can be in distracting the tutor!! It's great to balance fun with serious learning though, because no one likes to do something that doesn't bring them SOME joy. Your son is an amazing young man and I see great things in his future.

"Shonna is GREAT!"

- Rhonda, Bastrop, TX on 10/29/15


- Bobby, Elgin, TX on 6/25/15

"Great Start"

- MICHELLE, Elgin, TX on 6/10/15
Shonna replied on 6/12/2015

Your son was super excited to tell me all about his love of reading. I think that's great! I wish all kids shared his eagerness to read. He was also honest about what he didn't like to read and I wanted to learn how to get through the "boring stuff". We'll work on that! ;)

"Easy to understand and patient"

- Cameron, Bastrop, TX on 4/17/15

"Great listener! Very Polite"

- Andrea, Austin, TX on 4/7/15
Shonna replied on 4/9/2015

Thank you Andrea! I enjoyed meeting you and your son. He's a sweetheart and fun to work with!

"Great Tutor"

- Corinne, Kyle, TX on 4/6/15
Shonna replied on 4/9/2015

Thank you Corinne. I enjoyed working with you. I think you did an excellent job!

"Good English Composition Tutor"

- Nancy, Spring, TX on 2/26/15
Shonna replied on 4/9/2015

Thanks Nancy! It's always a pleasure working with you.

"Great tutor!"

- Laura, Hampshire, IL on 2/6/15
Shonna replied on 4/9/2015

Thank you Laura. I love working with your son. He's a hard worker and a joy to teach!

"Great tutor, very easy to work with"

- Kathy, Bastrop, TX on 2/6/15
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Psychology,
Microsoft Word
American History, Criminal Justice,
Geography, Government & Politics, Social Studies,
Special Needs:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Phonics,
Study Skills
Microsoft Word, Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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I was a foster parent for 7 years, and as such, have completed numerous training sessions on recognizing and addressing ADHD issues in various settings. My adopted son is 23 and we've dealt with ADHD issues through homeschooling. I've worked with children who are medicated as well as those who are not. Each child is different and may require teaching adjustments to reach his or her full potential.

Criminal Justice

I have a degree in criminal justice. I absolutely love the study of psychology as it relates to crime. I've studied everything from juvenile crime to international terrorism. I was a nanny most of my adult life and one of the children in my charge also graduated with a degree in criminal justice. I helped her throughout college. My son is now in college and majoring in criminal justice with a minor in psychology. I'm tutoring him as well.

Elementary (K-6th)

I enjoy this age group so much because it's all new to them! I love seeing that "ah-ha!" moment when a student finally "gets it"... there's nothing better! I have Homeschooled my son from 4th grade to graduation. I've also Homeschooled a total of 5 other students one of whom is currently an English major with law school plans for the future!

Elementary Math

Math has never really been my strength, but I do enjoy tutoring elementary students because I know what it's like to struggle in this area. Having a college degree, I've taken my share of courses ranging from algebra to calculus. I think my strength though, is finding a way to help younger students understand new concepts.


I've tutored several students in writing over the past 10 years. Among the students I've worked with is a Baylor Med school student who was recently published in a medical periodical. I am also currently working with my son on a novel.


I did some editing in high school and college. I've also homeschooled and tutored several students in writing/grammar over the past 25 years ranging from elementary to college level writing. I enjoy writing a great deal and I have begun working on writing a novel with my son.


Handwriting is generally not taught in schools anymore. I have homeschooled several students and handwriting has been a part of my curriculum for years. I think it is important and also a good exercise for fine motor development.


The goal of phonics is to learn the most common sound-spelling relationships so that they can decode, or sound out, words. It is a method of decoding so to speak. This ability to sound out or recognize certain sounds that make up words helps a child gain fluency in their reading. It also improves spelling.

I have taught several students in the pre-k to 2nd grade age range where phonics is generally introduced. I have also found it very useful to review phonics with older students having reading difficulties. Some older students may protest doing "baby stuff" but it really does help them become more proficient readers.


Earning a degree in Criminal Justice, I spent a lot of my time studying psychology and sociology, but I would say that being a foster parent taught me quite a bit as well. Psychology is the study of the human mind and how it works, especially how its functioning relates to behavior in a given context. Many of the foster children I cared for had psychological issues stemming from the abuse or neglect they suffered. It was very helpful to understand the root of those behavioral problems in an effort to help find solutions, whether they were medication or behavior modification plans.


Comprehension is something that quite a few students struggle with, especially those with attention issues. I have found that looking at a long paragraph or a page of printed writing can feel daunting or overwhelming for some and learning how to make tasks more manageable is one thing I work on with students. Students are much more willing to take small risks when they feel like the goal is achievable.

Social Studies

Social Studies or the "integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence" (as defined by the U.S. American National Council for the Social Studies) is a broad subject that can cover anything from civics to world cultures. I have taught social studies in a homeschool setting that has covered local and state communities, religious cultures, as a part of US History, and more.


As a Criminal Justice major, I did quite a bit of research in the sociology (and psychology) fields. My focus in this was mainly how social relationships relate to behavior in crime, Societal causation of criminal behavior, and also the positive/negative effects different social ties can have on both individual and group behaviors. In an organized crime class that I took, I did research papers on gang associations and one on terror groups. I looked at what draws people to these groups and what changes take place during that process. It's quite fascinating and I would love to share that interest with someone.

Study Skills

I would say the most significant qualification I have to help others improve study skills would be my experience as a homeschooling mother of a child with ADHD. It was a challenge to find a method that worked for my son. He struggled with retention, but also had a great deal of trouble with attention span. Finding ways to help him really opened my eyes to all the different methods of learning and made me realize that a typical classroom setting is quite limited in its approaches to teaching. Also, having been a student for 17 years myself, I have learned quite a bit about time management and effective learning.


I work on improving my vocabulary daily. I enjoy writing, so learning new words is important to me. One thing that has helped me is being a facilitator to my son's Latin class. At the time I was homeschooling him, going to college myself and I was a foster parent to 6 boys, so I didn't do as much work as he did, but just that little bit of exposure has helped me a great deal. He has attributed scoring VERY high on the ASVAB (98/99) and doing outstanding on college entrance tests to his 2 years of studying Latin.


I have written countless papers myself, but I have also helped students improve their writing skills in as little as one session. I know it may seem like a daunting task, but with a few pointers everyone can be a better writer!

Kaplan University
Criminal Justice


Kaplan University (Criminal Justice)

Great tutor

Shonna has been working with my daughter most of the summer and has been a blessing!! She is so patient and helpful to my daughter. I feel that my daughter has learned so much in the sessions she has had. Shonna gives my daughter homework to keep her focused on her reading and writing skills. I highly recommend her to everyone. She is Great!!!!

— Ashley, Buda, TX on 8/6/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

My rate is negotiable. It may be lower depending upon distance and frequency of the job. I can tutor multiple students, rates may vary.

Travel policy

Shonna will travel within 15 miles of Bastrop, TX 78602.