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Cathleen A.

Carrollton, TX

$45/hour

Creative! Certified English Teacher: Writing & Study Strategies

Background check passed as of 11/16/15
4.9 average from 38 ratings
Cattlemen experience
— Lynda, Frisco, TX on 5/3/16

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University of North Texas
English

Education

University of North Texas (English)

About Cathleen

Hello!

My name is Cathleen, and I would love to be your next tutor. With several years of private and public school tutoring experience, I am a Certified English Teacher with several years of experience in a high school and middle school setting. I also have experience working with younger children and adults, which includes a previous position at Tarrant County College. I would love to work with you using my excellent communication skills and variety of expertise in math, English, computers as well as other subjects.

Learning is fun! I love learning and I am passionate about teaching. My mission is to see every willing student succeed. My vision is to see individuals learning how to learn and taking ownership of their learning.

I have developed and used research proven learning portfolio strategies that help learners understand their learning process. This helps them to advance stronger, more rapidly, and to equip them for the future.

Trained yearly with the latest strategies through professional development, I am equipped to empower any student with mind mapping skills, kinesthetic (hands-on) study tools, study and test strategies, and reading tools. I have a myriad of strategies for struggling students as well.

I am creative, patient, and flexible. I also understand that every learner has a unique learning style (visual, auditory, tactile) and I use this knowledge to guide the student's learning.

I believe any willing student can learn!
Hello!

My name is Cathleen, and I would love to be your next tutor. With several years of private and public school tutoring experience, I am a Certified English Teacher with several years of experience in a high school and middle school setting. I also have experience working
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Carrollton, TX 75007
Background Check: Passed

"Cattlemen experience"

- Lynda, Frisco, TX on 5/3/16

"Helped my son learn better reading comprehension skills & vocabulary"

- Joseph, Frisco, TX on 4/27/16
Cathleen replied on 4/27/2016

Your son is a bright student, and I have enjoyed his enthusiasm for learning!

"Great tutor!"

- Jacqueline, Plano, TX on 2/6/16
Cathleen replied on 3/6/2016

Jacqueline is a pleasure to work with, as she possesses a desire to increase her writing skills beyond the expectations of her professor. I see her going far in life!

"Highly recommended"

- Ruby, Plano, TX on 2/4/16
Cathleen replied on 3/6/2016

I'm encouraged when I meet parents who see a need in their children and exercise wisdom to prepare them for college before they start the school year. I wish I had more parents like these!

"Very patient."

- Bonnie, Fort Worth, TX on 12/19/13

"Very patient!"

- Sam, Fort Worth, TX on 3/30/13

"Very Helpful"

- Perdridra, Crowley, TX on 9/25/12
Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Elementary Math,
Geometry, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra
Art:
Video Production
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, Bible Studies,
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
IELTS, Literature,
Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing,
TOEFL,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, Common Core, GED,
IELTS, Praxis, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing,
SSAT, STAAR,
TAKS, TEAS, TOEFL
Computer:
General Computer,
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Outlook,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Word, Video Production
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
IELTS, Spanish, TOEFL
History:
American History, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Common Core, Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science,
Grammar,
Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking, Tennis

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT English

As a former middle school and high school English teacher, I have several years of experience in preparing students for tests and revisiting material. As an educator, I earned hundreds of hours of professional development to stay up to date on research based learning strategies. Also, as a tutor, I stay up to date on changes made by the ACT testing company. Lastly, unique to my tutoring practices, are my metacognition (reflection) activities. By reflecting on the learning process, students are able to use this research based strategy to absorb information faster and retain information longer.

Algebra 1

Math can be fun once you have the basics down. I have tutored math one-on-one and in small groups. I understand the importance of formulas and carefully following each step to the answer. I teach students to know what they have, know what they are looking for, and know what they need to get there. Reading also plays a critical role in math because students need to understand what the problem is asking. Using my skills as a certified English teacher, I teach skills to read and understand word problems correctly. This is especially important on state tests.

Bible Studies

I earned an A in Survey of the Bible from Richard King High School in Corpus Christi, Texas, one of three schools in the whole state of Texas offering this course in 1989. Additionally, my Survey of the Old and New Testament (two semesters) teacher asked me to represent students by speaking to a local school board about this class offering. Further, over the past twenty years, I have lead and attended numerous Bible studies, retreats, mission trips, and conferences, nationwide and in the countries of Mexico, El Salvador, and Kenya. Not only am I a lifelong student of the Bible, but I also apply my English composition degree and teaching background as I teach Bible studies. Some of my Bible study methods include kinesthetic learning as well as mind maps and mind sketching. I believe I am equipped and qualified to tutor Bible studies.

Elementary (K-6th)

As a certified 6th-12th English teacher, I am aware of the basic needs that an elementary student has in order to advance to the next level. I have privately tutored elementary aged students, worked in a day care, and with elementary-aged children in volunteer settings.

Elementary Math

I have successfully tutored math students privately and in the public school system. I encourage students to use visuals and color coding to empower their learning.

Elementary Science

Science is fun! Because science is based on lots of concepts and basic facts, I can teach strategies such as Thinking Maps, a great visual tool, and Foldables, a great visual and tactile tool, to help students grasp the subject quickly and with ease.

English

I am a certified English teacher, and I enjoy reading and writing. Grammar is fun, too, and it helps in both reading and writing. I have creative ways to help you learn all of these. Get ready for success!

ESL/ESOL

I love to work with people who want to learn English. Learning languages is fun and exciting.

I myself understand how it feels to learn a new language. I am semi-fluent in Spanish, and I picked up a few phrases in Swahili too. I have been to Mexico, El Salvador, and Kenya.

As a certified English teacher and one who has worked with ESL students in the past, I understand the hindrances and the needs you have.

Please let me join you on your journey to learning English!

GED

As a certified high school English teacher, I am aware of the subjects, requirements, test strategies associated with the GED. I have tutored dozens of hours helping adults prepare for their GEDs as well as for other similar tests.

General Computer

Computers are one of my favorite hobbies. From Word to Excel to PowerPoint to search engines to photo enhancement software to blogs to social media, there's always something new to discover. Good computer skills are important to have in our society and especially in the workplace. I have been using computers since I was a child (I even wrote my own programs in BASIC computer language). Being a certified English teacher also helps me to teach computer skills step by step.

Grammar

With a B.A. in English and teaching certification, I have taught reading and writing for several years. My experiences have prepared me to address grammar concerns from the most basic to the more complex. Using multiple methods such as sentence diagramming, Image Grammar (TM), and mentor text, together we will find the strategies that best fit your needs.

Literature

As an English major, I completed a number of literature classes including American and British Lit. Tutoring college students on a daily basis for almost three years, I coached them in writing their essays, mainly over literary analysis and reader response topics. I am familiar with many English and humanities college course literary works due to the hundreds of tutoring hours I provided at the college level.

Microsoft Excel

Excel can be tricky, but it's fun once you learn the basics. I can help with items such as sorting, formatting, concatenation, mail merges for letters or reports and much more. I also have helpful links for those complicated formulas.

Microsoft Outlook

I am a proficient user of Outlook. I have used Outlook on a daily basis at work for over 8 years. I have had professional training, but I am also self-taught. I know how to use advanced features and personalize settings. I also use my certified English teacher degree to help me compose professional emails.

Public Speaking

Standing nervously in front of my middle school peers, I dreaded giving yet another speech. The scene was the same in high school, when I thought I would throw up in front of the class because I had to give a long presentation. Fast forward twenty-six years later. Now, I am a certified English teacher, who has been using her public speaking skills in the classroom for several years. Addtionally, I have been in education for fifteen years and have used these skills in various capacities. Upon request, (yes, the once timid middle school kid was invited to speak) I have given numerous presentations, including professional development for two different school districts and a local college. Further, by consulting one-on-one with a number of teachers, I have helped them improve their public speaking skills as well. Knowing what I have overcome, it is my desire and pleasure to help others achieve the same and more!

Reading

Reading is an important foundation and skill to have. I use many proven strategies including context clues, KWL (know/want/learn), text connections, graphic organizers, Thinking Maps, and Foldables to help students to be successful in their reading. As a certified English teacher I understand how reading affects all other subject areas and how to be an effective reader in those areas.

SAT Writing

Having taught middle school, high school, and college writing, I am aware of students' needs and expectations regarding tests. Over the years, I have prepared hundreds of students for TAAS, TAKS, STAAR, ACT, and SAT tests, which helps me to equip my current students with the test taking skills they need.

Additionally, I regularly read educational articles and stay current on official test changes to the SAT and related effects on higher education. These are the many qualifications that I apply in my sessions for SAT writing.

STAAR

I am qualified to tutor STAAR since I have taught and tutored the TAAS and TAKS tests for several years. I also developed and facilitated a TAKS writing academy for three years, so I have an understanding of this level of state testing. Lastly, I use the Texas Education Agency website to continue to inform myself of changes and requirements regarding STAAR. For example, I am aware of the deeper writing requirements at the higher grade levels such as Persuasive Writing, Short Answer Connecting Selections, and Short Answer Single Selection.

Study Skills

I have many study skills to offer that I have learned from several years of professional development as well as personal development in my classroom. I can teach mind mapping, mind sketching, foldables (hands-on tool), brainstorming, critical thinking, self-editing, note-taking, correct highlighter usage, organizing, color coding, graphic organizers, and more.

Tennis

I have played tennis on/off for more than 25 years. I played on Jr. High and High School tennis teams. I coached Jr. Varsity High School Tennis one season.

TOEFL

As a former employee at Tarrant County College, I have developed test prep materials and coached many students to prepare for their TOEFL exams, including reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Not only do I address the academic content, but also the needs of the test taker, including test strategies and test anxiety.

Writing

Writing is fun!

As a certified English teacher, I enjoy writing stories, poems, resumes, letters, essays, and many other kinds of writing. You get to express your thoughts and feelings and your beliefs and ideas.

You can influence others and make a difference. Communication is an important skill in life and writing is crucial communication skill to possess.


You will use it in all other subjects, in the future, in your job quest and in your career.

University of North Texas
English

Education

University of North Texas (English)

Cattlemen experience — Taught & showed me a lot in short amount of time on variety of things including PDF, GOOGLE Drive & even help with spread sheets. Very patient & extremely knowledgeable. Really appreciate her help. Highly recommend. ...

— Lynda, Frisco, TX on 5/3/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Cathleen will travel within 15 miles of Carrollton, TX 75007.