Syracuse University (BS)
University of Maryland (MEd)
After 25+ years of teaching, I decided to take an early retirement and devote my full attention to tutoring. I have a great deal of experience teaching children at the elementary and middle school levels in the public school setting. My experience includes working with children with special needs (including learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, and ADHD). Having tutored children throughout my career, I enjoy working one-to-one with them while helping them achieve success!
Whether you need help with your child who is working below grade-level, struggling to learn and maintain grade-level skills, or you are looking to advance your child's skills to the next level - I can help! I specialize in the areas of reading (phonics, comprehension, spelling), math, writing, and social skills. I am very experienced in working with struggling or below-grade level children particularly in the areas of reading (including Orton-Gillingham based programs such as the Wilson Reading System).
During my career, I have built up my toolbox of special strategies and techniques for working with students. Does your child have difficulty with sounding out words and blending sounds together? If so, I can help by providing a phonics program that is systematic and explicit. Does your child have difficulty following directions and remembering what he reads? If so, I can help by teaching your child to highlight key words and phases or to use "post-its" to note important facts. If your child his difficulty with organizing his thoughts in writing, I can help by using "story maps" or other writing templates to assist with the writing process. Does your child have problems staying organized? We can work on organizing notebooks, making checklists, color coding school folders, and creating a master calendar.
My strengths include making connections with children, giving positive and immediate feedback, and teaching skills and concepts step-by-step.
I enjoy working with children and making learning fun. Once a child starts to make progress, their self-confidence improves and they are on their way to success! After 25+ years of teaching, I decided to take an early retirement and devote my full attention to tutoring. I have a great deal of experience teaching children at the elementary and middle school levels in the public school setting. My experience includes working with children with special needs (including learning disabilities, autism spectrum
Public setting, such as the library: $65 In- Home: rate increase/negotiable based on location.
Gail did a very good job assessing my son's reading level and particular needs; she really did a lot in a 45 minute period!! I'm looking forward to what she can do for him in future lessons.
For a tutor who markets them self as an "Experienced Highly Qualified Special Education Teacher.", I must say that I am incredibly disappointed. My daughter has been working with Gail one day/week since the beginning of October. Because Gail states in her profile, "Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Ashburn, VA 20147", before our agreement even started, I asked if the Stone Ridge library would be a suitable place to conduct each session. Gail agreed – even noting she tutors at that location frequently.
After our last (and what abruptly became our final) session (5/3), Gail decides to tell me that as her "business is really taking off" she is no longer going to be able to continue tutoring my daughter as she is the only student she comes to Stone Ridge for. I asked if she could just finish through the end of the school year seeing as though there's only 5 weeks left until school lets out. The answer was a simple, "No." I even suggested meeting on an alternate date/time – something that was more convenient for her. Again, not considering my daughter’s need for outside school assistance, Gail said, “I’m sorry, but I have to drop her.” It wasn’t until I stated how disappointed I was and how unprofessional I considered her actions and approach to be that she offered one additional session. If she wanted to sever the relationship, for whatever the rational, she could have at the very least suggested an alternate tutor to work with, etc.
My daughter has spent the last 8 months building a relationship with Gail and understanding her teaching approach. How could Gail, with only FIVE WEEKS of school remaining, drop a 7-year old like that?"
I apologize for Nicole's dissatisfaction with my services. The facts are not as represented by her. Per Wyzant policy, as an independent contractor, I am free to discontinue tutoring services at any time. Furthermore, it is not a requirement to offer the names of other tutors nor did I know of any. After eight months of progress with her daughter it is unfortunate to have her speak 100% negatively; seems like it speaks to an effective professional job by me.
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I have an Masters degree in Special Education and 25+ years of experience in teaching students with learning disabilities including dyslexia. I am skilled in developing and implementing iEP's. I am very skilled in the systematic and explicit teaching of phonics which is particularly beneficial for children who are having difficulty learning to decode the printed word. I am Orton-Gullingham trained including Wilson. I am also trained in Read Naturally, Cognitive Reading Strategies and Fundations.
I have 25+ years of experience teaching students in special education (K-6). I hold an undergraduate degree in early childhood education and elementary education. My masters degree is in special education and I am certified in learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, and intellectual disabilities. I have tutored students throughout my career.
I have an Masters degree in Special Education and 25+ years of experience in teaching students with learning disabilities including dyslexia. I am very skilled in the systematic and explicit teaching of phonics which is particularly beneficial for children who are having difficulty learning to decode the printed word. Phonemic awareness instruction helps children learn to read and to spell. I am very skilled in the teaching of phonemic awareness and believe it can be taught and learned. I am Orton-Gullingham trained including Wilson. I am also trained in Read Naturally, Cognitive Reading Strategies and Fundations.