Christine D.

Plano, TX


Experienced in Elementary, Middle School, and High School

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100+ Hours
Background check passed as of 11/9/11
4.9 average from 32 ratings
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The University of Texas at Dallas (2004)
History and Art Hist
Texas Woman's University


The University of Texas at Dallas (2004) (History and Art Hist)

Texas Woman's University (Master's)

About Christine

I have a Master's degree in Education with an American History emphasis and a Bachelor's in Art earning double major of History and Art History and I graduated with honors in both my Master's degree and Bachelor's degree. I hold certifications in elementary, middle school, and high school. I am certified in three states. Likewise, I feel very comfortable with all ages as well!

I recently relocated to the Dallas area from Philadelphia and currently teach Middle School English Language Arts which includes reading, literature, writing, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary. In Philadelphia I taught 4th grade as well as 5th, 6th, and 7th middle school students. This has been a valuable experience to me educating and helping a diverse group of students with many educational needs. Additionally, I have taught elementary age students from kindergarten to 8th grade. I currently have my own classroom, but have also been a substitute teacher and that has given me the ability to hit the ground running in any situation!

Likewise, I have taught Advanced Placement European and American History and Literature and Humanities to high school students. I have also tutored many students in SAT reading and writing. I am very versatile and love to teach and communicating with all people! It is very rewarding to be a teacher and see a student grasp something that was confusing to them and see their growth. I am comfortable teaching all subjects and love teaching reading, math, writing, and language arts.

I have tutored many students and was even a tutor for the AVID program, a tutoring program that caters to at-risk students and struggling students. Students in the AVID program increase their test scores by 86 percent. I know first hand that many times a student just needs an extra boost and that hearing information in a different way will make a big difference.

I have proven results. My class average rose last year 35% in math, 30% in reading, 45% in social studies, and 25% in language arts. I do love to teach and see students grow and gain confidence in their academics, but also as a person. One of the best things a student ever said to me was, "thank you for making me feel smart!"

My teaching style is fun and lively, yet still grounded in the basics. I foster a classical education and well rounded learning experience. My history background is helpful in seeing the whole picture and seeing a linear progression. I make sure every lesson incorporates all aspects of learning, i.e., visual, auditory, hands-on. I am sure that all levels of learning from knowledge based to higher levels of learning such as synthesis and application are utilized. My lessons are integrated in that I strive to make sure that one subject builds on the other with real life applications. I stress the basics in math and reading and am able to grow from there. Many times a student misses a key concept and once that is mastered is able to take off and become an excellent student.
I have a Master's degree in Education with an American History emphasis and a Bachelor's in Art earning double major of History and Art History and I graduated with honors in both my Master's degree and Bachelor's degree. I hold certifications in elementary, middle school, and high school. I am certified in three states. Likewise, I feel very Read more

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Travels within 15 miles of Plano, TX 75074
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In-person lessons

"Helpful History Tutor"

- Victoria, Allen, TX on 1/24/17
Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading,
SAT Reading,
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading
American History,
Art History,
Classics, European History, Geography,
Government & Politics, Social Studies,
World History,
Public Speaking, Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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American History

I have taught American History on several levels including Advanced Placement, 8th grade, and elementary. I have a double major of history and art history. I have a master's degree in education with a history emphasis. My thesis study was on American history/art in the Southwest Colonial period of America in the Spanish borderlands of Texas, New Mexico, California, and Arizona.

Art History

My goal is to teach my students how to critically and historically learn from a work of art. By studying art they can learn the history behind that artwork.

I strive to teach not only a knowledge of art history, but the theory and philosophy of art history as well. In art history students learn about the different cultural aspects of art and the different periods in the past. A student should gain an insight about different cultures such the Greek, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and even our modern culture. An art history student should be able to describe and analyze these cultures through writing and also orally.

Elementary (K-6th)

I am certified in elementary in New Jersey, with a 5th grade endorsement.

I am certified in Middle School Social Studies in PA.

I am certified in all subjects K-8 in Texas. My initial certification in Texas is High School Social Studies Composite meaning I can teach 5 high school subjects.

I have a double major of history and art history from the University of Texas at Dallas.

I have a Master's Degree from Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas.

I have several years experience as an elementary teaching in both 4th and 5th grade. I also have experience teaching and subbing all elementary grade levels.

Additionally, I have experience teaching middle school and Advanced Placement students.

I was also an AVID tutor, tutoring at-risk students.

Elementary Math

When teaching math lessons I use a variety of techniques including basic number skills, as well as technology and games. One of the most important aspects of math is practice. It is also extremely important to think and solve problems using a variety of techniques. However, it is very important and foremost that a student has a strong and solid foundation. I stress a variety of teaching methods, including standard instruction, visual lessons, manipulatives and practice. I strive to teach real life applications and integrate math skills across all curriculums.

Elementary Science

I strive to teach and show my students that science is relevant to life in the 21st Century. Having a scientific mind is extremely important in our science/technology society. I integrate science throughout all subjects that I teach.

I teach not only the scientific method, but also concepts and the thoughts for scientific decision making. I teach students to analyze and make explanations based on evidence and scientific processes. I teach them how a science connected problem can be resolved and how that applies to them in modern life.


My initial certification as a high school teacher qualifies me to teach 5 subjects including geography. I have a social studies endorsement in 3 states, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Texas. Additionally, I know a lot about geography as a history major because we studied rivers and battles extensively. I also know a great deal about geography due to my art history background and the locations of paintings and artists and art movements.


I have over 15 years experience teaching both elementary and middle school literature. My students learn how to not only read closely and find the deeper meanings in literature, but also how to write a formal literary analysis and think on a higher level using solid rhetorical devices.


I have experience teaching reading skills and comprehension. I reinforce best reading practices such as phonics recognition, word analysis, vocabulary and context clues, comprehension skills, questioning, making inferences, and drawing conclusions. I have a proven track record and my student's reading test scores improve on average 30%.

SAT Reading

I have a lot of experience helping students read carefully and evaluating the reading prompts for test taking.

Social Studies

I am certified as a high school social studies teaching in Texas and also as middle school social studies in PA.

My undergraduate degree is a double major of history and art history. My master's degree is in education with an emphasis on American History.

I have experience teaching elementary social studies and taught middle school and high school social studies as well.

Study Skills

I have several years of teaching experience in both an elementary setting and high school setting. I have taught students how to be more organized and consistent in their study patterns and how important a routine is to a student. I have also stressed the important of learning/reviewing over a longer period of time instead of cramming material at the last minute.

Furthermore, I have taught students how to evaluate, survey, review, and infer from reading passages. I also incorporate many learning strategies and games into my lessons. I have taught students to use the strategies that work best for them. It is also very important to master the basics in so many students and lay that important foundation for more challenging work to come. I always have the goal of teaching a student how to learn and taking them to a higher level rather than knowledge only based learning.


Vocabulary is a very important part of the Language Arts core curricula such as reading and writing; moreover it is very important to other subjects such as social studies and science and even math.

I strive to help my students improve their overall communication so they are able to convey their thoughts and words through the study and improvement of vocabulary. With improved vocab, reading becomes effortless and therefore students are able to solve problems easier.

I use many different techniques and strategies to improve vocabulary knowledge and help students apply their knowledge on a higher level. There are many different techniques and strategies that can make vocab fun.

World History

In world history, I teach my students the broad study of humanity through the common world history themes of freedom, wealth, conquest, discovery, and religion. I help students study not only these themes, but also geography and culture. They learn how certain ethnic groups and civilizations developed the characteristics and interactions they have and how they changed over time.


Writing is a very important skill and is a core Language Arts literacy standard. It is essential to thinking and learning and is critical in all subject areas as well. I teach my students the 5 important stages of writing including prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Additionally, I teach various strategies for not only creative writing, but also formal essay writing. I also help students determine their purpose, audience, voice, and writing conventions such as grammar and punctuation.

The University of Texas at Dallas (2004)
History and Art Hist
Texas Woman's University


The University of Texas at Dallas (2004) (History and Art Hist)

Texas Woman's University (Master's)

Helpful History Tutor

Christine is a wealth of information on history, art, geography and literature. She is brilliantly helping to educate our children on understanding the connectedness of art, literature and traditional historical concepts throughout the ages..

— Victoria, Allen, TX on 1/24/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Christine will travel within 15 miles of Plano, TX 75074.