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Laura D.

Clearfield, UT

$20/hour

Patient, Passionate, Polite K-6 Tutor and 7-12 Study Skills Tutor

In-person lessons
400+ Hours
Background check passed as of 2/12/16
4.9 average from 97 ratings
Kind and Patient
— Kilee, Ogden, UT on 8/14/16

$20/Hour


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Weber State University
Music Education

Education

Weber State University (Music Education)

About Laura

I have been a tutor with WyzAnt now for over 6 years, and would like to continue in order to help students succeed. I love working with children using fun, entertaining techniques which keep a student interested as well as challenged. As a current substitute teacher of elementary classes having taught for the past 7 years, I am very familiar with curriculum, allowing me to know what kids are learning in school. I have more than 20 years of teaching experience, which includes 4 years of piano instruction of youth; 2 1/2 years at a local junior high school, and 14 years teaching at Clearfield Job Corps Center. I am a patient, pleasant person, with a love of assisting youth to achieve results and progress in order to meet their needs in education.

My years as a parent have increased my desire to expect success in order to help students achieve their goals. As the student realizes the value of their hard efforts, they will succeed. I have a very positive attitude about life in general which can only enhance the ability of the students I tutor to want to do their best. Throughout my years of employment, I have worked closely with children as well as young adults, and have excellent interpersonal skills as a result. I look forward to continuing to teach helping our youth progress to become the strength of our future.
I have been a tutor with WyzAnt now for over 6 years, and would like to continue in order to help students succeed. I love working with children using fun, entertaining techniques which keep a student interested as well as challenged. As a current substitute teacher of elementary classes having taught for the past 7 years, I am very familiar with Read more

Policies
Cancellation
8 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Clearfield, UT 84015
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Kind and Patient"

- Kilee, Ogden, UT on 8/14/16

"Math....multiplication"

- Karissa, Kaysville, UT on 8/18/16

"Patience tutor"

- Dawn, Syracuse, UT on 2/17/16

"Just what my son needed"

- Daniel, Clearfield, UT on 3/26/15

"Thorough"

- Connie, Layton, UT on 2/27/15

"Laura is very patient"

- Wally, Layton, UT on 4/13/13
Laura replied on 4/18/2013

Wally & Diane, It has been such a pleasure and positive experience teaching you basic Ballroom. I have look forward to each week in order to be a part of your progress. You have exceeded my goals for you as an instructor and to share your happiness as steps have been accomplished is what tutoring is all about. Keep on dancing and enjoy more and more happiness! Thanks for finding me and using WyzAnt as your resource.

"Tutoring with Laura."

- Jessie, Ogden, UT on 6/8/12
Laura replied on 6/10/2012

Thank you so much for the opportunity to tutor your daughter and become a significant part of her learning experience. She is so delightful and a pleasure to be with each session. It has been very rewarding to watch her progress along with enthusiasm to continue learning. I look forward to a fun summer with her.

Music:
Ear Training,
General Music,
Music History, Music Theory, Piano,
Salsa Dancing,
Sight Singing, Violin,
Voice (Music)
English:
English, Grammar, Public Speaking, Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
History:
Music History
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting,
Phonics,
Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Ballroom Dancing,
Salsa Dancing

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.

Ballroom Dancing

Ballroom dancing is one way to use both the mind and body together. Almost anyone, young or older, who can walk and count to 4, can learn to ballroom dance. To quote a professional dancer I knew, he said, "dancing is just walking some fancy steps to music." My experience with ballroom dancing began during my high school years. I was privileged to learn from a good teacher who got me involved in church performances. This lead to dancing in some major productions a few years after graduating. I am capable of teaching basic to intermediate ballroom dances such as West/East Coast Swing, Waltz, Cha Cha, and a few other Latin basics. I have had some opportunities to teach basic ballroom dancing to adults and for the past two years, have been teaching a weekly ballroom class to youth at a local dance studio and some adult couples.

About 6 years ago, I was able to go compete in a professional ballroom dancing competition held in Portland, Oregon. Though I entered as a beginning amateur, after performing 4 different dances, I left with first place ribbons. It was a great experience and memory which I treasure adding to my background. I love to see a student start from the basics and build into more and more complex steps. Dancing again, invigorates the mind especially for the male who is responsible for the combination of moves, and keeps the female actively involved following the lead remembering her part.
Most importantly, it is great physical activity and loads of fun. Dancers are always happy!

Ear Training

At an early age, I began singing in a church choir, took piano lessons and could read music singing correct notes quite easily. In 4th grade, I learned how to play the violin which required very careful listening, ear training skill in order to play accurately. Throughout my life, I have played the piano, or been singing in a choir or performing group. As a result, I have the ability to teach and help others learn and develop good ear training skills.

Elementary (K-6th)

With over 16 years of teaching experience, I work well with children and have the capability of teaching the basic elementary subjects. I have been a tutor for a girl now for 5 years and have helped her excel. I have worked as a full time as a substitute teaching in the grade schools for the last 5 years.

Elementary Math

I feel confident and capable of tutoring Elementary Math skills. I have been substitute teaching for two years where math has been a part of the daily school work. I am familiar with most of the elementary grade math curriculum and work very well with children. I encourage learning and understanding basic math because it is a way to teach children how to think, use self discipline and problem solve.

General Music

When I was hired as a choir teacher at a local junior high, it was also necessary for me to teach a 7th grade General Music course. I created, and implemented a successful full year curriculum which covered musical concepts, notation, listening skills and music history. I taught 4 classes a day for over two years. I have also been a substitute for General Music elementary classes.

Handwriting

I have been a tutor of a student since she was pre-school age and is now going to be in 3rd grade. I worked carefully with her on handwriting and saw great achievement by the end of kindergarten. I have been a substitute teacher for 4 years primarily teaching elementary children so as a result I am familiar with handwriting requirements, techniques and feel qualified to tutor in this subject area. I will make sure the student writes accurately with proper strokes, shapes and size of the letters to meet school teacher expectations.

Phonics

As a licensed long-term teacher, as well as raising 5 sons, I have extensive experience working with phonics and teaching them to children. I have been a substitute teacher in the elementary classrooms on almost a daily basis for the past three years which has given me a good basis of familiarity with phonics. I am knowledgeable about strategies and techniques which help a student learn. I am confident with my ability to teach a student to improve the use of phonics in their school work.

Piano

My passion for music goes back to my early childhood. Piano lessons and singing began when I was 8 years old. Violin became a vivid part of my music background starting in 4th grade continuing until 8th grade. At that time, my parents offered me weekly private piano lessons from a prominent, excellent teacher. I studied music theory and piano at B.Y.U., later returning to graduate with a college B.S. degree in piano/vocal music education. As a result, I love teaching piano especially to young, beginning students. Throughout my four years of college, I taught weekly private lessons for about 25 students. Each child learned some basic theory, keyboard techniques, and practiced and performed a recital piece every fours months. Having raised five sons, I have plenty of patience, a very positive attitude and delight in a student's accomplishments. Added to this, I am a licensed teacher with over 16 years of teaching background.

My desire is to enrich a student's potential as music can be pleasant, entertaining and education. It enhances study habits, encourages discipline and is rewarding. I hope to continue to develop these traits in as many students as possible which also enriches my life in return.

Reading

I have helped children with their reading skills for many years and also as a mother having raised 5 sons. I have been a substitute teacher for elementary classes for 2 years and am very comfortable working closely with children. My desire is to assist the student to feel success and achievement rather than be too critical, but still expect good performance.

Salsa Dancing

I am capable of teaching some of the basic salsa dance moves. I have over 20 years of ballroom experience and love Latin dances. I have been teaching some youth and adults now for almost 3 years and would be willing to offer private lessons. I have a pleasant, polite, patient personality and have been a public and private school teacher for over 27 years.

Study Skills

I have been an active tutor for a girl helping her with her school work and study skills for three years now. She has made excellent progress as well as keeping up with the school year curriculum. I am a licensed teacher having taught ages K-12 and young adults. As a result, I am familiar with the study skills required particularly in the elementary grades. With my friendly, patient, and pleasant personality, I work well with youth seeing positive results.

Violin

I love the violin and would be pleased to teach children the basics. It is a beautiful instrument which takes a good ear and practice. I played violin for many years and then concentrated on piano. I am a music major with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. I taught piano lessons to children throughout my 4 years during college. I am confident I can teach violin as well since they both require the ability to read music, understand rhythm and a patient, kind person to work with the student. I thoroughly enjoy teaching children being an active part of their learning experience and progress.

Voice (Music)

Singing is one of the easiest and most rewarding musical skills that nearly everyone can participate in. It isn't necessary to have the most beautiful voice, though with some extra training and practice, a person can certainly enhance their ability to sing better. I began singing at the young age of about 6 years old. My parents were both involved in music especially in church. By 4th grade, I was able to sight read music and sing easily on pitch. I sang in choirs throughout my jr. high, high school and college years. I have a B.S. degree in Music Education with piano/vocal emphasis. For my senior year in college, as a vocal major, I performed a beautiful, challenging, solo, hour concert. A fews years after graduating, I was hired as a choir teacher at a local jr. high school. I taught 4 choirs involving almost 200 students who presented concerts during the year for their parents. This was a great experience for them and for myself as their teacher and conductor.

I really enjoy singing and love to teach music because it is so rewarding. It does take some practice, and a little extra talent helps, but again almost anyone can learn to sing. I feel confident with my years of professional background in music, pleasant personality, patience and passion, I have plenty to offer when it comes to teaching vocal music.

Weber State University
Music Education

Education

Weber State University (Music Education)

Kind and Patient

Laura has been helpful in preparing my son for kindergarten. He really enjoys his sessions with her. I would recommend to friends and family. :)

— Kilee, Ogden, UT on 8/14/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $20.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

Laura will travel within 15 miles of Clearfield, UT 84015.