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Clarisa G.

Bedford, TX

$50/hour

Professional and Patient K-8 Teacher, Special Needs, Bilingual, ESL

700+ Hours
Background check passed as of 11/2/14
5.0 average from 293 ratings
Superb Tutor!
— Isela, El Paso, TX on 2/22/16

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University of Texas at El Paso
B S ED
University of Texas at Austin
MEd

Education

University of Texas at El Paso (B S ED)

University of Texas at Austin (MEd)

About Clarisa

Dear parents,

My enthusiasm, dedication, and passion for teaching a broad range of students, such as students with special needs or adults motivated to study English grammar and vocabulary, are rooted in my multicultural and bilingual upbringing in El Paso, Texas. I strive to deliver comprehensive tutoring services with the result that students experience success inside and outside the classroom or workplace.

I am a proud graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso (B.S. Ed) and the University of Texas at Austin (M.Ed.). As a Texas certified K-8 Elementary and PK-12 Special Education teacher with a Bilingual and ESL Endorsement, I have had the joy of teaching bilingual children with learning disabilities, team teaching with general education teachers, and differentiating and modifying curriculum for special needs students in inclusive classrooms. In addition, I have gained much experience tutoring students of all ages in various subjects such as reading, writing, math, and study strategies in preparation for the STAAR assessments. Finally, I have sharpened my teaching skills by home educating my three children for the past fifteen years. Thankfully, my two oldest children recently graduated with honors and presently attend distinguished universities.

In order to help each student achieve academic success, I differentiate and modify standard curriculums, utilize specialized programs, and create instructional materials. Occasionally, a learning difficulty, disability, or attention problem exists, which may or may not have been identified by the teacher or parent. Communication and feedback from the parents and the child’s teacher are key components to providing the necessary tutoring support.

Furthermore, students are encouraged to identify the study strategies they presently use and discuss how those strategies have helped them in the past. It is my goal to reinforce the skills they are learning in the classroom and model the necessary strategies that are needed to fill in the gaps. They need to know what skills, knowledge or understanding they are expected to learn and why they need to learn it. Students will set goals which will provide them with focus and a sense of achievement and fulfillment, leading to increased motivation, confidence, self-esteem, and success!

Thus, I am very happy to offer a free thirty-minute consultation meeting to discuss the needs and goals of you and/or your child. We will discuss your concerns regarding the progress of your child, as well as feedback from teachers, report cards, STAAR results, and work samples. When I tutor your child for the first time, I will observe and informally assess strengths and weaknesses as needed. I look forward to setting goals together and providing your child the essential tools needed to build a strong foundation!

Yours respectfully,
Ms. Clarisa
Dear parents,

My enthusiasm, dedication, and passion for teaching a broad range of students, such as students with special needs or adults motivated to study English grammar and vocabulary, are rooted in my multicultural and bilingual upbringing in El Paso, Texas. I strive to deliver comprehensive tutoring services with the result that
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4 hours notice required

Rate includes a free consultation, pre and post tests to measure progress, one-on-one in-home tutoring, instructional materials adapted to the needs of your child, and a detailed progress report

Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Bedford, TX 76022
Background Check: Passed

"Superb Tutor!"

- Isela, El Paso, TX on 2/22/16
Clarisa replied on 2/24/2016

Thank you, Isela! I am delighted and honored to know that the tutoring sessions are helping your son gain confidence in reading! I appreciate all feedback from my students, parents and teachers so that I can fine-tune each lesson. Your son is progressing beautifully and is employing many reading strategies. Thank you for the opportunity to tutor your enthusiastic young reader!

"Excellent Tutor"

- Josh, El Paso, TX on 12/29/16
Clarisa replied on 1/27/2017

I greatly appreciate your kind and positive feedback. Your daughter has been a delightful tutee! Each time we set clear reading and spelling goals, and each time she accomplishes them. She now displays all the characteristics of a strategic reader and is prepared for academic success in all of her subjects. Thank you for the honor and opportunity to work with your lovely family!

"Patient and knowledgeable"

- J, El Paso, TX on 9/5/16
Clarisa replied on 9/9/2016

Dear J,
Thank you so much for the constructive and favorable feedback! You are an inspiration and a wonderful model as you study for your new career. I appreciate all of the STAAR preparation materials that you have shared in order to prepare your grandson for the upcoming tests. He puts forth much effort and enthusiasm and is making progress every week!

"Very patient and structured"

- Ebetuel, El Paso, TX on 4/4/16
Clarisa replied on 4/6/2016

I truly appreciate your positive statement and the warm welcome I receive when I tutor your daughter! Her strong phonemic awareness skills and reading strategies along with your encouragement to read at home are helping her to progress quickly through the emergent reader stage. Also, she has a command of a significant number of high-frequency words!

"Great Tutor"

- Edgar, Mentor, OH on 11/10/15
Clarisa replied on 11/13/2015

Thank you so much for the positive feedback, Edgar. I respect very much the educational goals you have set to help your son improve his English grammar and composition skills so that he will be prepared for Early College High School. Your son was engaged during the two hour tutoring session, which demonstrates his attentiveness and willingness to strive for the best.

"Well informed in Math, patient and kind."

- Christina, El Paso, TX on 11/5/15
Clarisa replied on 11/9/2015

I appreciate your feedback very much and am very happy that your son felt at ease with my tutoring style. Your son was very receptive to tutoring, attentive, and respectful! Thank you for the opportunity to help your son and I look forward to clarifying any math concepts he encounters!

"Super Excellent"

- Rosa, El Paso, TX on 9/28/15
Clarisa replied on 9/30/2015

I appreciate very much your kind words and am inspired by your dedication and ardor for students with special needs who need a compassionate advocate!

"Excellent Tutor"

- Sienna, El Paso, TX on 9/21/15
Clarisa replied on 9/22/2015

Thank you so much for your positive feedback! I am very pleased to know that she is improving in her Spanish reading skills and I will strive to give her the boost needed for a successful year in the challenging dual language program.

"Prepared and Patient"

- Radhika, El Paso, TX on 7/13/15
Clarisa replied on 7/14/2015

I am humbled by your kind words, Radhika, but above all very happy that your sons are responding well, are engaged and taking responsibility for their learning, and are willing to work this summer to strengthen and sharpen their grammar and writing skills. El Paso will be shining brighter with your two sons!

"Understands how to help Jessica"

- Tifany, El Paso, TX on 7/9/15
Clarisa replied on 7/14/2015

I am very grateful, Tifany, for sharing some insight into how Jessica is responding to the tutoring sessions. I hope that the multisensory methods used to help Jessica grasp difficult math concepts as well as comprehension and written expression strategies will allow her to understand many concepts that must be taught in a multisensory, systematic way to many students with learning disabilities. Jessica has her strengths and is making a great effort to learn; thus, she will flourish and succeed!

"Very nice, well educated and experienced tutor. Very patient."

- Jaime, El Paso, TX on 6/30/15
Clarisa replied on 7/2/2015

Thank you for your kind words. Your grandson is eager to learn and a joy to work with! He is very attentive and will make great strides this summer. I admire and appreciate the great interest you place in having him continue reviewing and learning throughout the summer.

"Ms. G. has been keeping an open communication in reference to what she is teaching my child."

- Teresa, El Paso, TX on 6/29/15
Clarisa replied on 7/2/2015

I am very appreciative of the confidence you place in me to help your child prepare this summer for the upcoming school year, especially the STAAR test! Thank you for the feedback you provide so that I can better serve your child and bolster her confidence. She is very respectful, cooperative, attentive, and an overall joy to teach!

"So pleased."

- Lety, El Paso, TX on 2/13/15
Clarisa replied on 2/15/2015

Dear Lety,
I am very honored and appreciative to receive your gracious feedback and will always strive to help Brandon to build his reading skills and confidence in himself in this most essential life skill. Brandon is such a delightful, well-mannered student who works eagerly each session! I appreciate all of your enthusiasm and support to help Brandon in his reading skills.

English:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading, Reading,
Vocabulary,
Writing
History:
Religion,
Writing
Business:
ESL/ESOL,
Writing

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ADHD

I have a Bachelor of Science in Generic Special Education and a Master of Education with a Major in Learning Disabilities and a Minor in Bilingual Special Education. I have taught in the El Paso and Austin Independent School Districts for 6 years and have received professional development training in Alphabetic Phonics/Multisensory Teaching Approach for dyslexic students, Assessment and correction of reading difficulties, early literacy, gifted and talented training, teaching multiple intelligences, and speech and language assessment for bilingual exceptional children. In addition, I have experience teaching my very own children, K-12, who have had ADHD, learning disabilities, and are gifted and talented in many areas.

Dyslexia

My educational background includes a B.S in Education, with a major in special education and my M.Ed. concentration is in Learning Disabilities and Bilingual Special Education. I have a Certificate of Completion certifying I successfully completed 90 hours of Alphabetics Phonics/Multisensory Teaching Approach Training with the Austin Independent School District Dyslexia Coordinator. Additional training includes Project Read a workshop on "Classroom Techniques for Dyslexic Students," Early Literacy In-service Course. I taught students with various learning disabilities including dyslexia for 5 years in the Austin Independent School District and used both of these methods with success.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a B.S. and MEd. in regular and special education, Elementary, Grades 1-8, and a Bilingual and English as a Second Language Endorsement. I have taught in the El Paso and Austin Independent School Districts for six years and have homeschooled my children using a multitude of curriculums for grades PK-12 for a total of 20 years. I have professional training in the areas of modifying, adapting, differentiating curriculums to meet the needs of various instructional levels, learning styles and multiple intelligences.

Elementary Math

I am a certified teacher with a Masters in Education degree from the University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in learning disabilities and have over 17 years teaching basic math in preparation for pre-algebra and more advanced mathematics. Different students require a variety of approaches, including manipulatives to grasp abstract concepts, such as decimals, fractions, percents, ratios, and word problems that are critical for entering Algebra I. I patiently tutor students until they fully understand a concept and can work problems successfully.

Elementary Science

As a classroom elementary inclusion and resource teacher, I present abstract science concepts in a multisensory manner. I modify materials as needed and teach students study skills such as note taking, outlining, and drawing diagrams in order to understand the science concepts. We also perform experiments and work in groups. As a home school teacher for grades K-12, I also teach my students to dissect the chapter material by outlining and using the Cornell note taking method.

English

My educational background includes years of training in the writing process, from the grammar component, which is extremely important for building a strong foundation for forming well written sentences, including diagramming the parts of speech, independent clauses and dependent clauses, to guiding students in their writing through mini lessons to provide explicit teaching based on the writers' needs. I earned a Master of Education degree that has prepared me to research and write well and which helps me guide students through the writing process, from brainstorming ideas, outlining, writing a draft, revising, editing for grammar, spelling, capitalization, punctuation and completing a final copy.

ESL/ESOL

My bicultural and bilingual upbringing in our beautiful city of El Paso have set the foundation for teaching ESL to students of all ages. My education includes a Bilingual Endorsement in addition to a Master of Education with a concentration in Learning Disabilities and Bilingual Special Education from the University of Texas at Austin.

Many courses of study that have prepared me to work with ESL students are in applied linguistics and methodology as well as in assessment and a prescriptive approach. Topics studied are on communicative interactive skills, pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and reading and writing skills.

Grammar

I have taught my children grammar and composition skills Kinder through 12th grade by implementing a college preparatory, accredited home school education curriculum. In addition, my Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Education degrees along with teacher training and classroom experience, have provided the tools I need to teach students in a multisensory manner. I have learned many different methods and strategies that can help students with learning differences and learning disabilities, including dyslexia. One of the extensive trainings I have is the Alphabetic Phonics/Multisensory Approach, which is a strong, structured phonetics program.

Handwriting

I have taught each of my children handwriting, manuscript and cursive, using a series of handwriting books in grades kindergarten through eight grades. In addition, the Alphabetic Phonics / Multisensory Teaching Approach Training of 90 hours included teaching students a multisensory manner of writing, including writing in the air and teaching them the starting position of each letter. Also, I implemented Montessori methods of learning to write letters using materials and methods such as tracing sand letters, making letter shapes in sand, feeling and writing the sandpaper letters on a white board, finger painting the letters, then transferring these multisensory skills to writing on lines on various types of lined paper.

Phonics

My educational background includes various college classes and professional training of comprehension and word analysis word solving skills. In addition, my training includes diagnosis and remediation of students with severe reading disabilities. I have participated in 90 hours of the Alphabetic Phonics/Multisensory Teaching Approach for students with learning disabilities. Also, I have home educated my children using Hooked on Phonics, the Phonics Modern Curriculum Press program, and Montessori multisensory methods to teach vowel sounds and consonants and to create words using a Moveable Alphabet.

Prealgebra

I am home schooling my middle school and high school children so I have taught them prealgebra and algebra. I have a B.S. in Education as well as a Master of Education, with a focus on teaching children with learning disabilities. I use different methods, manipulatives, supplemental materials, and will research to find the best curriculum to match the learning style of the student.

Reading

I have a strong educational foundation in teaching reading and writing skills to emergent through advanced readers and writers, including extensive training in teaching phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension instruction. In addition, the Alphabetic Phonics/Multisensory Approach and Project Read trainings have prepared me to teach children who are dyslexic and have learning disabilities. Also, my training in English grammar and composition have prepared me to teach the writing process and offer students instruction and guidance in writing skills they need to write across the curriculum.

Religion

I have taught the teachings of the Catholic religion for ages three through eighteen, including Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, which is based on the Montessori method, and have taught religion using the Seton Home Study School program. Religion classes include Bible history, from the Old Testament to the New Testament, and the Catechism of the Catholic Faith using the Baltimore Catechism. In addition, I have served as a catechist and youth minister at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, including service at the Vacation Bible Camp for over ten years.

Spanish

I have been raised speaking, reading and writing proper English and Spanish in our unique, beautiful, multicultural city of El Paso, Texas. My educational background has consisted of Spanish courses throughout elementary, middle school and college. I have earned a Bilingual Endorsement, having scored 96% on the Texas ExCET Bilingual Education test and an Advanced - Plus or Higher on the Texas Oral Proficiency Test in Spanish. I have studied bilingual special education in graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin.

Special Needs

I am certified to teach special education, grades K-12, and have a Master of Education with a concentration in learning disabilities and bilingual special education from the University of Texas at Austin. My graduate degree has prepared me to work with many different types of disabilities. Also, I have taught learning disabled students, students with dyslexia, and students with ADHD/ADD, and students with speech and language disorders. Throughout my years teaching at the Austin Independent School District, I took many different types of multisensory trainings to help my students be successful. I am trained in the Alphabetic Phonics/Multisensory Approach, Project READ, Early Literacy Intervention Program, and many other methods.

Spelling

I have helped many students with spelling by implementing the multisensory approach to learning used with dyslexic children. I have training in the Alphabetic Phonics/MTA method, which helps students of all ages.

Study Skills

I have experience teaching study skills to students of all ages, especially middle and high school age. Two of my own children have ADHD; thus, there are many skills that I have taught them in order to achieve academic success and reach their potential, including applying to various colleges and being admitted to honors colleges.

I tutor or coach students in the areas of critical and analytical skills, teach them good study habits such as time management, being aware in advance of deadlines, taking good notes when they read and writing outlines, training them in methods to prepare the "muscle memory" needed for memory training, teach them reading strategies, such as skills for finding the main idea of a paragraph, preparing for tests, planning a study schedule with the parents, and establishing goals to motivate and keep students on track.

In addition, there are many executive skills that students need to be taught, such as metacognition and goal directed persistence. I will do an informal assessment to help you identify your teen's executive strengths and weaknesses and develop a plan to help him/her. In preparation for college, there are many life skills students will need to successfully navigate to graduation. Thus, I teach students what faculty and academic expectations are and can guide parents of teens with learning disabilities with the process of seeking accommodations for their teens in college.

Vocabulary

I have worked extensively with boosting students' vocabulary skills. There are many strategies which help build one's vocabulary, which in turn improves the individual's reading skills, conversational and written skills! I have worked with elementary, middle school, high school, college, and professionals who have increased their confidence because their vocabulary improved.

Writing

I have written extensively in my undergraduate and graduate courses and have experience and training teaching the writing process to the emergent writer all the way through high school, including essay writing for the SAT, ACT, university applications and scholarships. I teach students to brainstorm ideas and vocabulary, write an outline, teach the essential parts of a paragraph, write the rough draft, revise for sentence variety and word choice, proofread and edit for conventions such as grammar, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation. I have home educated my children through high school and have worked with them on writing a research paper, including gathering sources and making note cards, constructing a thesis and outline, writing different types of compositions, and writing a bibliography and endnotes.
In addition, for students who need help with English grammar and sentence structure, I teach the parts of speech and provide practice exercises, including diagramming sentences, which is an excellent tool to picture a sentence and see the relationship of one part of a sentence to another by means of a schematic picture. Sentence diagramming is an excellent aid that facilitates the study of sentence structure, especially in the early stages.

University of Texas at El Paso
B S ED
University of Texas at Austin
MEd

Education

University of Texas at El Paso (B S ED)

University of Texas at Austin (MEd)

Superb Tutor!

Clarisa is very knowledgeable, positive and patient. During her first session, she assessed my son, pinpointed his weak areas and came up with a plan. She always comes prepared with a detailed lesson and provides very thorough session summaries. My son's reading confidence has greatly improved due to his sessions with Clarisa. He looks forward to his lessons and is eager to learn. We are so happy

— Isela, El Paso, TX on 2/22/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Rate includes a free consultation, pre and post tests to measure progress, one-on-one in-home tutoring, instructional materials adapted to the needs of your child, and a detailed progress report

Travel policy

Clarisa will travel within 5 miles of Bedford, TX 76022.