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Rebecca F.

Waxahachie, TX

$37/hour

Reading Instructor Specializing in Early Childhood

$37/Hour


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Southwestern A/G University
Counseling Psychology
Southwestern A/G University
MEd

Education

Southwestern A/G University (Counseling Psychology)

Southwestern A/G University (MEd)

About Rebecca

I love, love, love, love learning, and I want your child to feel just as passionate about their learning experiences as I do about mine!

My goal is always to place the joy and responsibility of learning in the hands of my students. I choose academically, socially, and developmentally appropriate lessons and activities, offer them to my students and let the students choose what we will do during a tutoring session as often as I can. When you're a kid, there are so few things that are within your control. I like to extend as much of that control to my students as possible. I find it builds their ownership in their personal learning and creates a strong foundation of self-confidence.

Sometimes, in a rare situation, I have to coax and guide children toward something they need to work on improving, but even the youngest kids have a remarkable sense of what they know, what they don't know, and what they want to know. I find that the best environment for learning is one that builds mutual trust, respect, and responsibility while also having fun. I use games, high-interest texts, real world skills and challenges that are just right for the individual learner. I have your child's best interests at heart as a whole person - body, mind, spirit and soul.

I also believe in supporting families in whatever ways they need. If you need to me attend a conference with your child's teacher, I will gladly do that. If you and your child are having behavioral conflicts at home, I'm here to help. I believe that in supporting the family, I am supporting the child, and that will help the child improve in his or her academics. I will never overstep my bounds and invite myself where I do not belong, but when a child is struggling, sometimes parents need a friend to talk to. As a parent myself, I have been supported as my own children grow and develop, and I want to pass that experience on to you - I want to pay it forward!

I have a degree in Biblical Studies (although I only discuss religion and include it in our learning upon request), a degree in Counseling/Psychology, a Master's in Education, and 14 years of diverse classroom experience. I'd be thrilled to use my education and experiences to help you!

I have an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education and have received some amazing training in math concepts and mathematics teaching practices. While it isn't my favorite subject, I do enjoy teaching struggling learners in math because when I was a child, I struggled tremendously with math and math concepts. It wasn't until I was an educator that I, as an adult, took control of my own math education and sought help to improve my skills. I discovered that I had an undiagnosed math disability, and once identified, I was able to get the support I needed to fill in my own learning gaps.

This experience has given me compassion for struggling students and a unique perspective on the emotions and needs involved in improving math skills. I never want a child to feel the way I did as I struggled with math alone for so many years. Math can be so much fun, and it's so useful! Let me help your child fall in love with math, too!

I love all things related to language and study skills! Reading and writing are my passion. I took a year off of teaching and worked as a writer for a University. I love encouraging people as they develop their English reading and writing skills.

I talk a lot about helping young children, and I do have the most experience in working with young children (I've taught Pre-Kindergarten, Kinder and First Grade General Ed., ESL, Advanced Academics (formerly known as Gifted and Talented), and I have been a co-teacher for an inclusion PPCD (early childhood special education) class.

However, I have also taught 4th grade, I have experience tutoring students of all ages, and I have been a college instructor. I've also been a presenter for professional development courses for other educators and I help volunteer non-profit organizations improve their child protection policies.

I love teaching people of all ages, and I am comfortable working with just about anyone!

I cannot wait to meet you and hear how I can help!
I love, love, love, love learning, and I want your child to feel just as passionate about their learning experiences as I do about mine!

My goal is always to place the joy and responsibility of learning in the hands of my students. I choose academically, socially, and developmentally appropriate lessons and activities, offer them to
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Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Waxahachie, TX 75165
Background Check: Passed
Test Preparation:
Common Core
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Reading,
Writing
History:
Writing
Business:
ESL/ESOL,
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ADHD

I have a Master's in Education and 14 years of teaching experience. In that time, I've successfully worked with many students with ADD and ADHD.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

I have a Masters in Education and 14 years of teaching experience. In that time, I have successfully worked with several students on the spectrum, varying from non-verbal to mildly affected students.

Bible Studies

I have an Associate's Degree in Biblical studies from a Christian University. I spent several years as a children's pastor, a Christian Education director, and as a youth minister's wife.

Common Core

Although I am a teacher in Texas, I am very familiar with common core as I work for several people in other states to create curriculum items sold on a teaching website.

Dyslexia

I have a Masters in Education, have been teaching for 14 years, and have studied dyslexia throughout my career. Although I am not certified to teach Dyslexia, I can help with reading and memory issues involved.

Elementary Math

My Texas Teaching Certification covers math as well as the other core subjects taught in elementary, and while teaching over the past decade, I have received some excellent training dealing with teaching all students and helping them succeed mathematically.

I like helping struggling students in math particularly because it's systematic and logical. If a child struggles in multiplication, for example, you can follow the trail back to addition and subtraction, and then if they are still struggling, back to counting and number recognition skills.

Also, I struggled in math myself, so I am sensitive to the difficulties students may find in dealing with math. My goal is to help students feel confident in their own math proficiency.

English

I'm a native English speaker, and I've been teaching others English for over a decade. I have a certification in English as a Second Language, and can teacher grammar, spelling, writing, reading, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension - you name it, I've got it covered.

My husband is also an English teacher and is an instructor at an area college. I've worked with college students and adults, although most of my experience is with children. I love working with students of any age.

ESL/ESOL

I have been certified to teach ESL for about 6 years. I understand that second language learners are being vulnerable when they are learning from me, and I respect and admire that they are willing to learn English.

When working with adults, I use textbooks that can be ordered from Amazon.com, and my main teaching tool for working with students online or face-to-face is conversation. I use the textbook to help students practice when we are not together.

Grammar

I have several very good resources for teaching Grammar. as a writer, I use grammar rules constantly, and my husband is very helpful in assisting me (he is an English teacher and college-level instructor, as well). It can be a tough subject for some, and I am sensitive to that fact. I try to use whatever area a student is already proficient in (math, for example) to help them make connections to grammar rules and definitions.

Handwriting

I have a Masters in Education with a focus in Early Childhood and have taught for 14 years. Several years of my teaching career were spent in Pre-K and Kindergarten, where I worked with children on all aspects of handwriting, including gross and fine motor skills, appropriate letter formation, memory, and letter recall. I have also worked with students with dyspraxia and have spent some time researching and studying it as I work with several tutoring students struggling with it.

Hard Of Hearing

I have a Masters in Education and 14 years of classroom experience, during which I encountered all sorts of students, including, but not limited to, hearing impaired. I have a lot of visual aids, I understand some of the challenges involved, and I know some sign language (although it's been a while since I've used it).

Homeschool

I homeschooled as a high school student and homeschooled my daughter for a while. I understand the challenges and victories of homeschooling and am happy to provide the academic backup that families may want as they homeschool their children. Sometimes, it's just nice to have someone who understands what you're going through and can help answer questions.

Phonics

I have a Masters in Education with a focus on Early Childhood and have been teaching for 14 years. I've taught Pre-K, Kinder, and First Grade, which are heavily dependent on phonics instruction. I've also been tutoring struggling older elementary and middle school students, and I've also been an instructor at an area college for remedial reading and writing courses. Most of my experience has been in reading, focusing heavily in phonics education.

Reading

I have been a reading tutor for a year, but I have been teaching reading for 13 years. In that time, I have taught every grade level and age from pre-readers (4-year-olds and adults) to adults.

I specialize in helping students who struggle with reading because of disabilities. I've worked with students who have autism, selective mutism, emotional disorders, fetal alcohol syndrome, dyslexia, speech issues - including stuttering and apraxia, and a variety of other issues. I've found proven methods that work for my students, and I am willing to try anything to help a student with their reading and comprehension skills. I've found that both creativity, perseverance, and consistency are the keys to gaining ground with every reading issue.

I'm a reading expert who is passionate about helping people feel more comfortable with the subject. I'd be thrilled to help you or your loved one!

Special Needs

I have a Masters in Education with a focus on Early Childhood and have been teaching for 14 years. I have experience tutoring struggling older elementary and middle school students, and I've also been an instructor at an area college for remedial reading and writing courses. I also co-taught an inclusion class with a Special Education teacher.

Spelling

I am a terrible speller! Well, I used to be. When I started teaching, though, I realized that a lot of the mistakes I made were typical errors. I read very well and I read constantly, so I understand phonics rules and the way words are made, I just had to learn to apply those skills in a different way.

Spelling in English is a lot more organized and efficient that some people think. The rules are backed up with information that makes sense when you really research and learn about the origins of English.

It's never too late to learn to spell well, either. It helps improve writing and also affects reading comprehension. Let me help you spell like a champ!

Study Skills

I have a Masters in Education with a focus on Early Childhood and have been teaching for 14 years. I've also been tutoring struggling older elementary and middle school students, and I've also been an instructor at an area college for remedial reading and writing courses.

Vocabulary

I find that most students who struggle in reading comprehension have missing elements in vocabulary. Sometimes building a student's vocabulary skills can help tremendously in other areas of English and language arts.

As an experienced early elementary teacher, I learned the importance of helping people build their vocabulary, and I know lots of tips and tricks to make it as painless as possible.

Writing

I have been a professional writer for over a decade. I mainly do freelance work writing non-fiction articles on education topics but have experience with some fiction as well. I love writing and would like to share the passion I have for the subject with others, especially if they struggle in writing.

Southwestern A/G University
Counseling Psychology
Southwestern A/G University
MEd

Education

Southwestern A/G University (Counseling Psychology)

Southwestern A/G University (MEd)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $37.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Rebecca will travel within 15 miles of Waxahachie, TX 75165.