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Cynthia J.

Houston, TX

$50/hour

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Background check passed as of 2/14/15
4.8 average from 123 ratings
Very helpful
— Brandy, Longview, TX on 1/26/15

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University of Houston, Clear Lake

Education

University of Houston, Clear Lake

About Cynthia

Hi! My name is Cynthia, and I am a certified former teacher with experience teaching in a Head Start Program, Bilingual Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 8th grade American history and high school Spanish I. I am available to help students of all ages who may be in need of additional instruction or practice when they are feeling a bit challenged by their classes. I have the knowledge and experience necessary to help younger children master and retain the basic skills needed to meet grade level requirements. I think that it is important to establish a strong foundation in order to build and improve knowledge and confidence in learning. I am also very successful in helping second language learners grasp a better understanding of the English language through a variety of visual and auditory techniques and apply those skills with success. In addition, I work to help all students improve their study skills and develop good learning habits. My greatest joy comes in seeing the self confidence and pride that comes from being a successful student. If you think I can help you or your child, please contact me and we will work together to bring about the positive results you desire! Hi! My name is Cynthia, and I am a certified former teacher with experience teaching in a Head Start Program, Bilingual Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 8th grade American Read more

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Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Houston, TX 77027
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In-person lessons

"Very helpful"

- Brandy, Longview, TX on 1/26/15
Cynthia replied on 2/7/2015

Thank you, Brandy, for such a touching testimonial. It has been a fun and interesting journey that I have enjoyed sharing with your son. His intelligence is beyond belief and I love that he definitely thinks "outside of the box"! I'm so excited to learn that he is gaining confidence and realizing his potential. He has so much to offer and I want him to feel empowered to voice his thoughts and contribute in class. I am eager to see where his mind will take him with his newly found confidence and belief that he is capable of anything!

"Great Tutor"

- Nicole, Kilgore, TX on 1/26/15
Cynthia replied on 2/7/2015

Thank you Nicole for the recommendation. I knew we had made infinite progress the morning I received your text with the picture of him holding his certificate and that beaming smile of accomplishment on his face! He is incredibly observant and curious. I love watching the seed we have planted beginning to set roots and grow. As his confidence builds, I can't wait to see where he will go in his quest for knowledge!

"Amazing Tutor"

- Rosa, Longview, TX on 10/11/14
Cynthia replied on 10/18/2014

Thank you Rosa, for allowing me this opportunity to assist your daughter. I love seeing the change that has come over her in just the short amount of time we have been working together. Each time we meet, it is quite evident she is practicing at home because she continues to grow and improve in her reading skills. I am equally excited by the eagerness and confidence with which she now tackles each book. She is becoming a reader!

"Dedicated tutor"

- Maria, Longview, TX on 9/9/13
Cynthia replied on 9/10/2013

You are very welcome, Maria. It is such a joy to work with your son. I admire his willingness to improve his knowledge in all areas. He has such a great love of reading that is wonderful to see in any student, and like me, he laughs out loud at the funny parts in books! I encourage him to keep up the hard work and he will see continued success in all his classes.

"Great tutor"

- Shannon, Hallsville, TX on 12/6/12
Cynthia replied on 1/10/2013

Thank you, Shannon. I admire your perseverance and commitment towards getting your degree. I know the struggles you are experiencing will only serve to make you more compassionate and understanding as you work to help others. You are doing an amazing job!

Science:
Psychology
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
GED,
SAT Reading,
STAAR
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish
History:
American History
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

I am a former certified teacher with 12 years teaching in a public school system. I have been a high school foreign language instructor and I have also taught in a Bilingual program. I am skilled in a number of strategies useful for improving grammar, vocabulary and reading comprehension.

ACT Reading

I am a former certified teacher who worked in public education for 12 years. I have worked teaching a foreign language and as a Bilingual teacher. I have learned a number of skills and strategies useful in teaching reading to students of all ages who struggle with reading fluency and comprehension.

American History

I have a BA in historical studies. My specialty is American history and government. I am a former 8th grade American history teacher with extensive training in TAKS.

Elementary (K-6th)

I am a former certified teacher with 12 years of experience in the public school system. I began my work in Early Childhood Development by working with students in a Head Start program. I was responsible for introducing students to the basics of number, letter, color and shape recognition through a variety of hands on activities. I then took my experience as a Spanish I teacher to work in a Bi-lingual Kindergarten program where I was instrumental in teaching English language learners all of the above concepts as well as beginning basic reading and writing skills. I used various visual and auditory activities to teach students letter and word recognition to facilitate reading. I was in a self-contained classroom which required me to introduce Math, Science and Social Studies concepts as well. I had a 95% success rate with students meeting grade level requirements to be promoted to the 1st grade. I then moved into a self-contained 1st Grade classroom where I continued to expand upon the skills the students had acquired and work on reading fluency and comprehension along with improving handwriting and writing skills. Math, Science and Social Studies activities were also incorporated into their daily studies as new skills were introduced and mastered. My unique experience working In a Bilingual program allowed me to receive training that was beneficial to all my students and across all grade levels.

Elementary Science

I am a certified former teacher who was responsible for teaching since to Bilingual students at the Kindergarten level and then to students in a 1st grade class. I incorporated many hands on activities to help students become interested in science and to make it relevant to their every day lives. In addition, I coordinated field trips to a number of events to expose students to additional science related activities, such as university labs and working farms. I also assisted in organizing and participated in school wide science themed family nights to foster parent involvement.

English

I am a former certified teacher with 12 years of experience in the public school system. I began my teaching career as a high school Spanish I instructor. It was necessary for me to build a good English grammar foundation in order for my students to understand the mechanics for acquiring a new language. I then took my experience as a Spanish I teacher to work in a Bi-lingual Kindergarten program where I was instrumental in teaching English language learners basic reading and writing skills. I used various visual and auditory activities to teach students letter and word recognition to facilitate reading. I had a 95% success rate with students meeting grade level requirements to be promoted to the 1st grade. I then moved into a self-contained 1st Grade classroom where I continued to expand upon the skills the students had acquired and work on reading fluency and comprehension along with improving handwriting and writing skills. My unique experience working in a Bilingual program allowed me to receive training that was beneficial to all my students and across all grade levels. Finally, I took a position in 8th Grade Social Studies, where I incorporated reading, writing and research skills into my lessons so that students continued to improve in these areas.

ESL/ESOL

I am a former bilingual kindergarten teacher. I taught all subjects in a self-contained classroom within the Texas public school system. I was instrumental in teaching second language learners basic English vocabulary, grammar and reading in order to be successfully promoted to the 1st grade. I used a variety of visual resources as well as dual language reading material to facilitate learning and family involvement.

GED

As a certified former teacher, I have the knowledge and experience necessary to assist students in their preparations for taking the GED. I am able to instruct students in study skills and test taking strategies, as well as review all areas covered by the test. I also incorporate a variety of activities to improve knowledge in all subjects and increase the student's chances for success.

Grammar

I am a certified teacher with 12 years of teaching experience in the public school system. I have taught high school Spanish, bilingual kindergarten, 1st grade and 8th grade American history. I have used my knowledge of grammar to assist students in the proper speaking and writing of English. I also incorporated the use of essay writing, research and public speaking in order to prepare students for future educational assignments.

Phonics

I am a former certified teacher with 12 years of teaching experience in a public school system. I began my Early Childhood career by working in a Head Start program where I was responsible for introducing the basic skills of letter, number, color and shape recognition. I then took my experience as a Spanish I teacher to move into a Bilingual Kindergarten program. I was instrumental in teaching English language learners the same basic concepts as well as introducing word recognition and reading skills. The foundation of my work was based in phonics as it was crucial for students to learn the correct letter/sound combinations in order to facilitate reading words. I used a variety of visual and auditory resources to aid students in mastery and retention of these skills. I had a 95 % student success rate in meeting grade level requirements and promotion to the next grade level.

Psychology

I am a certified former teacher who received a minor in Psychology. I am interested by the complexities of the mind and the rationale behind humans and their behavior throughout history. My concentration is in the area of abnormal psychology because I am especially intrigued by those special circumstances which lead a person to become labeled deviant by our society.

Reading

I am a certified former teacher with 12 years of experience in the public school system. I have taught bilingual kindergarten and 1st grade, where I was instrumental in starting the reading process with my students. I used visual as well as auditory resources to facilitate the learning process with a strong focus on phonics. I also assisted students with acquiring the skills needed to improve reading comprehension.

SAT Reading

I am a former certified teacher with 12 years of experience in a public school system. I was a high school foreign language teacher and I have also worked in a Bilingual program. I have learned a number of strategies needed to improve grammar, vocabulary and reading comprehension skills.

Spanish

I am a former high school Spanish I teacher and also a former bilingual kindergarten teacher. I combine my experiences from both of those teaching positions to approach teaching a second language with a visual and auditory approach. I also possess strong English grammar skills which are essential in understanding the differences and similarities between the two languages.

Spelling

I am a certified teacher with 12 years of teaching experience in the public school system. I have worked with students from Head Start to high school, bilingual and ESL. I have also taught a foreign language and I have always emphasized correct spelling, grammar and use of vocabulary in my classroom.

STAAR

I am a certified former teacher who has extensive experience in a variety of standardized testing methods. I have prepared students and administered the LAP assessment within the Head Start Program, as well as grade level assessments for elementary students. I have also prepared and instructed tutorial programs and administered TAKS at the junior high school level. I am able to model and teach strategies to assist students in improving their study and test taking skills.

Study Skills

I am a certified former teacher who has taught bilingual, ESL, Core classes, AP classes and Spanish. I have taught students of varying abilities and have been instrumental in adapting material to each student's needs to be successful in the classroom. I use a variety of methods such as visual and auditory aids, computer and hands on activities, as well as test taking and reading comprehension strategies. In addition, one of my current tutoring students has brought his grades up from a C to an A average over this past year.

Vocabulary

I am a former certified teacher with 12 years of experience within the public school system. I have worked extensively teaching vocabulary in bilingual kindergarten, 1st grade, American history and Spanish I. I used a variety of visual and auditory resources to facilitate learning and retention of new material.

Writing

I am a former certified teacher with 12 years of experience in the public school system. I was instrumental in introducing the mechanics of writing to English language learners in my bilingual kindergarten classes and continued the growth of my students' writing skills as they moved through 1st grade. I incorporated the use of essay writing and research in my American history classes to prepare students for success as they moved into high school.

University of Houston, Clear Lake

Education

University of Houston, Clear Lake

Very helpful — Originally we sought out a tutor for my son as he was struggling with his school work in general. Lacking the confidence to complete his work, he began not doing it altogether. Cynthia has been instrumental in getting him back on track and helping him to have the confidence to keep trying. The extra one-on-one time, and having the opportunity to hear skills explained in a different way has improv ...

— Brandy, Longview, TX on 1/26/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Cynthia will travel within 10 miles of Houston, TX 77027.