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Clay G.

Regaining Your Child's Lost Confidence and Skills from the Best

Regaining Your Child's Lost Confidence and Skills from the Best

$40/hour

  • 249 hours tutoring

  • Bedford, TX 76021

About Clay


Bio

Scheduling now for STAAR math, reading, and writing in person or online! Let me help your child prepare and be ready! See the bonus at the end.....a great help for parents!

For all new students, I am tutoring from the Bedford Public Library off of Forrest Ridge in Bedford. I have one second and one third grade boys of my own, so besides being a former school teacher myself for the past 10 years, I have much experience with what your child needs to know and how to properly teach and help them...

Scheduling now for STAAR math, reading, and writing in person or online! Let me help your child prepare and be ready! See the bonus at the end.....a great help for parents!

For all new students, I am tutoring from the Bedford Public Library off of Forrest Ridge in Bedford. I have one second and one third grade boys of my own, so besides being a former school teacher myself for the past 10 years, I have much experience with what your child needs to know and how to properly teach and help them succeed. I use alot of real-word examples that your child can relate to and in turn be able to bring that to pencil and paper where your child will be able to work independently. Your child is in excellent hands. I use positive motivation, real-world examples to teach and reteach what your child needs to know to reinforce what they are learning in the classroom. If needed I will even work with your child's teacher to find out what is needed for your child. During our weekly sessions I will even take time out to help your child complete his / her homework so that by the time you get home, homework has been completed!

To tell you a little bit about myself, my name is Clay G. and I have taught and tutored elementary (primarily math, reading, science, and social studies up to grade 6), teaching in the Dallas / Plano / Garland Metroplex for the past ten years. Besides earning my teaching certificate, ESL, and principal certification, I hold two master's degrees in education. I would be happy to assist you in helping your child reach his/her full potential through my tutoring services in elementary reading, math, science, and/or social studies. Besides my general classroom experience, I also have experience teaching and working with a diversity of student populations, leading professional developments with school staff, and working with children with a full array of learning disabilities specializing in ADHD.

Your child's first session with me will consist of meeting and greeting each other as well as conducting an assessment to find out where your child is at this present time academically and to determine what type of program will be most beneficial in meeting your child's needs. Once the assessment is complete, I will then personalize a program to meet your child's individual needs based upon my assessment and upon your thoughts and wishes as the parent/guardian. I will be happy to work with your child with the existing school curriculum as well as creating my own personalized program to help your child learn the material and experience success! The resources that I use I consider "the best of the best." I have taken what I have found to be the most effective resources that I have personally researched or used in the classroom and tutoring to create a dynamic, very successful, and proven curriculum.

One of my main focuses is preparing your child for the STAAR exam. I have a full array of techniques that will assist your child in preparing them for success. I have successfully tutored several 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders who have done exceptionally well!

Please send me an e-mail so we can discuss your child's individual needs and how I can be of service to you. I look forward to working with you.

Bonus for choosing me as your child's tutor: I will be happy to help them complete their daily homework while in the tutoring session and will be happy to answer questions for free outside of the tutoring hour I complete with your child. You can either scan and email me a copy of their work, text me a picture, or I can meet them online in person through a web meeting and help them understand the problem or skill they are missing!


Education

University of North Texas, Denton
Prin.Cert.-Ele. Educ
University of Texas, Arlington
MEd
Drexel University
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $40
  • Rate details: $40/hour for me to tutor your child in my home. $45/hour for me to come to you (due to transportation costs).
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Bedford, TX 76021
  • Lesson cancellation: 8 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 5/30/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I completed and passed my ESL Certification from the State of Texas when I started teaching seven years ago. In helping the ESL learner, I use strategies such as mnemonics, teaching spelling and grammar rules, picture and vocabulary cards, practice speaking and having conversations with different scenarios in teaching students English grammar rules, vocabulary development, and reading comprehension helping the ESL learner learn successfully. I have also taught my two sons (international adoption) how to speak, read, and write in English successfully. I am known as an excellent teacher when it comes to working with English as second language learner as many strategies work well for both the English and non-English speaker.
Grammar

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have been teaching in elementary now for 8 years. I have taught grades 1-3 as well as taught and tutored extensively children in grades 4-5. For the older students, my specialty is teaching them math and math concepts tackling and being able to understand the more difficult math concepts, such as problem solving (word problems), fractions, division, GCF, etc. as well as preparing them for STAAR. For the younger students, I enjoy math as well as teaching phonics and helping children to be able to read (great phonics program) and once in second grade, start to really focus on reading comprehension reading longer passages and figure out the different components that the author is trying to get across. My newest venture that I have enjoyed is helping students prepare for private school entrance exams as students must use logic and reasoning to solve problems (many times having to figure out the pattern /relationship. Also included in this is being able to read / comprehend texts as well as solve math problems.
Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

Teaching elementary math has become a great enjoyment for me. As I was not very good at math when I was younger, I understand how your child feels and know how to reverse that feeling and give your child confidence, skills, and strategies to help him / her succeed. As for my math qualifications, I currently teach a higher-level rigorous math curriculum to the students that I teach at my own school which has shown to be very successful. I have also tutored several third, fourth, and fifth graders who have been very successful on the state assessment, STAAR. I use a combinations of strategies to teach your child math such as short math education videos, manipulatives, effective websites that forces your child to practice skills as well as apply information to solve for work problems and problem solving. I also teach your child effective strategies that they can recall and use when solving all parts of the math curriculum. As I do teach the Texas TEKS and math standards for the state of Texas, I also feel it is important for your child to be competitive with other children across the U.S. so therefore I also concentrate on the U.S Common Core curriculum (more complete and rigorous)as well as teach your child the skill needed for the next grade your child will be attending.
Phonics,

Phonics

As I have taught the early grades for a few years, I am well versed in teaching both phonics rules and sounds. This establishes the foundation which helps children to read, write, and comprehend. My phonics program consists of isolating and learning individual sounds, placing the individual sound within several words, and having the child figure out and remember the word(s). I use word families, daily blending (using challenging words), spelling tests, word work, memorizing spelling and phonics rules, using each of these components to make your child a confident and successful reader. I also will ask your child numerous questions to make sure they understand the phonics and spelling rules and how to apply them correctly leaving no ambiguity. I then follow up with repeated practice and exposure.
Reading,

Reading

If there is one skill that students must be able to accomplish successfully, it would have to be reading fluently. Being able to read is the cornerstone and foundation of educational achievement. I have developed a successful program where your child will develop these skills as well as feel confident when they read and encounter unknown words and texts. My program consists of the basics needed to be successful reader: phonics, sight words, blending, fluency, comprehension, and writing. If needed, I can also give your child weekly spelling tests of the sounds with which they are currently struggling. I teach these skills to your child where they will not be bored with the curriculum but be encouraged to use their new skills and feel as though they never lost them. This new discovery will bring a smile!
Elementary Science, Grammar, Vocabulary

English

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I completed and passed my ESL Certification from the State of Texas when I started teaching seven years ago. In helping the ESL learner, I use strategies such as mnemonics, teaching spelling and grammar rules, picture and vocabulary cards, practice speaking and having conversations with different scenarios in teaching students English grammar rules, vocabulary development, and reading comprehension helping the ESL learner learn successfully. I have also taught my two sons (international adoption) how to speak, read, and write in English successfully. I am known as an excellent teacher when it comes to working with English as second language learner as many strategies work well for both the English and non-English speaker.
Reading,

Reading

If there is one skill that students must be able to accomplish successfully, it would have to be reading fluently. Being able to read is the cornerstone and foundation of educational achievement. I have developed a successful program where your child will develop these skills as well as feel confident when they read and encounter unknown words and texts. My program consists of the basics needed to be successful reader: phonics, sight words, blending, fluency, comprehension, and writing. If needed, I can also give your child weekly spelling tests of the sounds with which they are currently struggling. I teach these skills to your child where they will not be bored with the curriculum but be encouraged to use their new skills and feel as though they never lost them. This new discovery will bring a smile!
Grammar, Vocabulary

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have been teaching in elementary now for 8 years. I have taught grades 1-3 as well as taught and tutored extensively children in grades 4-5. For the older students, my specialty is teaching them math and math concepts tackling and being able to understand the more difficult math concepts, such as problem solving (word problems), fractions, division, GCF, etc. as well as preparing them for STAAR. For the younger students, I enjoy math as well as teaching phonics and helping children to be able to read (great phonics program) and once in second grade, start to really focus on reading comprehension reading longer passages and figure out the different components that the author is trying to get across. My newest venture that I have enjoyed is helping students prepare for private school entrance exams as students must use logic and reasoning to solve problems (many times having to figure out the pattern /relationship. Also included in this is being able to read / comprehend texts as well as solve math problems.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I completed and passed my ESL Certification from the State of Texas when I started teaching seven years ago. In helping the ESL learner, I use strategies such as mnemonics, teaching spelling and grammar rules, picture and vocabulary cards, practice speaking and having conversations with different scenarios in teaching students English grammar rules, vocabulary development, and reading comprehension helping the ESL learner learn successfully. I have also taught my two sons (international adoption) how to speak, read, and write in English successfully. I am known as an excellent teacher when it comes to working with English as second language learner as many strategies work well for both the English and non-English speaker.
Reading

Reading

If there is one skill that students must be able to accomplish successfully, it would have to be reading fluently. Being able to read is the cornerstone and foundation of educational achievement. I have developed a successful program where your child will develop these skills as well as feel confident when they read and encounter unknown words and texts. My program consists of the basics needed to be successful reader: phonics, sight words, blending, fluency, comprehension, and writing. If needed, I can also give your child weekly spelling tests of the sounds with which they are currently struggling. I teach these skills to your child where they will not be bored with the curriculum but be encouraged to use their new skills and feel as though they never lost them. This new discovery will bring a smile!

Language

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I completed and passed my ESL Certification from the State of Texas when I started teaching seven years ago. In helping the ESL learner, I use strategies such as mnemonics, teaching spelling and grammar rules, picture and vocabulary cards, practice speaking and having conversations with different scenarios in teaching students English grammar rules, vocabulary development, and reading comprehension helping the ESL learner learn successfully. I have also taught my two sons (international adoption) how to speak, read, and write in English successfully. I am known as an excellent teacher when it comes to working with English as second language learner as many strategies work well for both the English and non-English speaker.

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have been teaching in elementary now for 8 years. I have taught grades 1-3 as well as taught and tutored extensively children in grades 4-5. For the older students, my specialty is teaching them math and math concepts tackling and being able to understand the more difficult math concepts, such as problem solving (word problems), fractions, division, GCF, etc. as well as preparing them for STAAR. For the younger students, I enjoy math as well as teaching phonics and helping children to be able to read (great phonics program) and once in second grade, start to really focus on reading comprehension reading longer passages and figure out the different components that the author is trying to get across. My newest venture that I have enjoyed is helping students prepare for private school entrance exams as students must use logic and reasoning to solve problems (many times having to figure out the pattern /relationship. Also included in this is being able to read / comprehend texts as well as solve math problems.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I completed and passed my ESL Certification from the State of Texas when I started teaching seven years ago. In helping the ESL learner, I use strategies such as mnemonics, teaching spelling and grammar rules, picture and vocabulary cards, practice speaking and having conversations with different scenarios in teaching students English grammar rules, vocabulary development, and reading comprehension helping the ESL learner learn successfully. I have also taught my two sons (international adoption) how to speak, read, and write in English successfully. I am known as an excellent teacher when it comes to working with English as second language learner as many strategies work well for both the English and non-English speaker.
Reading

Reading

If there is one skill that students must be able to accomplish successfully, it would have to be reading fluently. Being able to read is the cornerstone and foundation of educational achievement. I have developed a successful program where your child will develop these skills as well as feel confident when they read and encounter unknown words and texts. My program consists of the basics needed to be successful reader: phonics, sight words, blending, fluency, comprehension, and writing. If needed, I can also give your child weekly spelling tests of the sounds with which they are currently struggling. I teach these skills to your child where they will not be bored with the curriculum but be encouraged to use their new skills and feel as though they never lost them. This new discovery will bring a smile!

Other

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I completed and passed my ESL Certification from the State of Texas when I started teaching seven years ago. In helping the ESL learner, I use strategies such as mnemonics, teaching spelling and grammar rules, picture and vocabulary cards, practice speaking and having conversations with different scenarios in teaching students English grammar rules, vocabulary development, and reading comprehension helping the ESL learner learn successfully. I have also taught my two sons (international adoption) how to speak, read, and write in English successfully. I am known as an excellent teacher when it comes to working with English as second language learner as many strategies work well for both the English and non-English speaker.

Special Needs

ADHD,

ADHD

Children suffering from ADD/ADHD suffer from the inability to concentrate, complete work, and often lack social skills. Although medicine may be the answer for some children, there are other techniques and alternatives that can be used in helping your child learn. I have experience working with this type of child as well as providing parents and students with information and resources in finding the right tools and techniques to advance their learning.
Phonics

Phonics

As I have taught the early grades for a few years, I am well versed in teaching both phonics rules and sounds. This establishes the foundation which helps children to read, write, and comprehend. My phonics program consists of isolating and learning individual sounds, placing the individual sound within several words, and having the child figure out and remember the word(s). I use word families, daily blending (using challenging words), spelling tests, word work, memorizing spelling and phonics rules, using each of these components to make your child a confident and successful reader. I also will ask your child numerous questions to make sure they understand the phonics and spelling rules and how to apply them correctly leaving no ambiguity. I then follow up with repeated practice and exposure.

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have been teaching in elementary now for 8 years. I have taught grades 1-3 as well as taught and tutored extensively children in grades 4-5. For the older students, my specialty is teaching them math and math concepts tackling and being able to understand the more difficult math concepts, such as problem solving (word problems), fractions, division, GCF, etc. as well as preparing them for STAAR. For the younger students, I enjoy math as well as teaching phonics and helping children to be able to read (great phonics program) and once in second grade, start to really focus on reading comprehension reading longer passages and figure out the different components that the author is trying to get across. My newest venture that I have enjoyed is helping students prepare for private school entrance exams as students must use logic and reasoning to solve problems (many times having to figure out the pattern /relationship. Also included in this is being able to read / comprehend texts as well as solve math problems.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I completed and passed my ESL Certification from the State of Texas when I started teaching seven years ago. In helping the ESL learner, I use strategies such as mnemonics, teaching spelling and grammar rules, picture and vocabulary cards, practice speaking and having conversations with different scenarios in teaching students English grammar rules, vocabulary development, and reading comprehension helping the ESL learner learn successfully. I have also taught my two sons (international adoption) how to speak, read, and write in English successfully. I am known as an excellent teacher when it comes to working with English as second language learner as many strategies work well for both the English and non-English speaker.
Reading

Reading

If there is one skill that students must be able to accomplish successfully, it would have to be reading fluently. Being able to read is the cornerstone and foundation of educational achievement. I have developed a successful program where your child will develop these skills as well as feel confident when they read and encounter unknown words and texts. My program consists of the basics needed to be successful reader: phonics, sight words, blending, fluency, comprehension, and writing. If needed, I can also give your child weekly spelling tests of the sounds with which they are currently struggling. I teach these skills to your child where they will not be bored with the curriculum but be encouraged to use their new skills and feel as though they never lost them. This new discovery will bring a smile!

Test Preparation

STAAR,

STAAR

I have been very successful as a math tutor for the Texas STAAR math examination at the 3rd-5th elementary grade level. My own students this year performed 21% better overall (several commended)than the previous year's students under my teaching and methods as well as my students scoring higher overall than the district average.I have also successfully tutored many 5th graders in passing the 5th grade math STAAR. I have great resources and knowledge that will help your child pass and make a big difference from their previous attempts in trying to pass the exam.
TAKS,

TAKS

As an elementary educator and tutor, I have tutored many hours with the TAKS and STAAR exam. I can teach your child how to really read and find what the question is asking, how to eliminate potential answers and ultimately solve the problem correctly. With reading comprehension, I can teach your child the different literary structures and how the test asks these questions.
ASVAB

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Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


excellent

Very patient and is getting through to my son and teaching him different ways to learn! I think he will make great progress on his reading.

Karen, 3 lessons with Clay

Good First Math Session

Adalynn said Clay was funny. She continues to love math even though she struggles. He was very patient and we look forward to our next session which is this next Wednesday.

Stacy, 2 lessons with Clay

Awesome Tutor!

Clay is definitely helping my daughter regain her confidence back in math, and she is very comfortable with Clay. He has a peaceful atmosphere for learning and is great at what he does. We plan on continuing her tutoring lessons with Clay.

Cris, 7 lessons with Clay

Great tutor

Clay is a wonderful tutor, very responsive and in tune with what my son's needs are. I highly recommend Clay as a tutor!

Mary, 11 lessons with Clay

Awesome teacher

Clay is doing an amazing job with my son. He is helping him to build confidence. As for my experience, Clay is very patient & extremely knowledgeable in working with 2nd-3rd graders.

Yvette, 5 lessons with Clay

Nice and attentive.

Our first meeting with Clay was a nice surprise. My child was at ease and was able to get answers to questions he wasn't sure about. Clay was professional, personable and patient. All those characteristics are important to me, but even more than that, he connected with my child. There were a number of "aha!" moments for both of us.

Rhonda, 2 lessons with Clay

Amazing!

Clay is an amazing tutor and teacher! He is very patient and explains concepts to our son in ways that he can understand. Our son has improved in school in the short time we have been seeing Clay and we appreciate him so much!

Paul, 12 lessons with Clay

Great with kids

My daughter enjoys her classes very much. Clay is very patient with her and makes the lessons fun. She is always looking forward to her classes.

Marisela, 37 lessons with Clay

Very Nice

My 6 year old daughter was very comfortable with him from day one. I was a little hesitant going with a male tutor at first but I am glad I moved past that and gave him a chance because he is very patient and has done an excellent job giving my little girl a jump start for the 1st grade.

Michelle, 8 lessons with Clay

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