Dorothy M.

Bealeton, VA


Highly Qualified Tutor in Special Education/Reading/Math

400+ Hours
Background check passed as of 7/11/15
5.0 average from 89 ratings
Great teacher!
— Lori, Catlett, VA on 2/24/16


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About Dorothy

My love for teaching and for children has allowed me to work where I can help others succeed and learn new strategies for every subject. I believe that all children have potential and I pride myself in bringing that potential to life in the children that I teach/tutor. One of my goals is to help children reach their academic potential through teaching learning skills and boost their confidence within themselves.

I have spent the last 15 years as a Special Education teacher working in a middle school with children with Emotional Disturbances, Learning Disabilities, and Physical Disabilities. In August 2012 I changed my role in the education field and moved to the elementary level. My area of teaching is with struggling children in the subjects of Reading (through Direct Instruction), Writing, Math, Study Skills, and children being assessed for Special Education. I believe in teaching and working with a student in ways that are conducive to their learning styles. Each child learns in a different way and I welcome that.

In addition to my Special Education work, I have also worked as a Director of an After School Homework/Recreation Program for 15+ years. In this position I tutored elementary school children ages 5-12. I left this position when I changed teaching from middle school to elementary school. I helped many of those children from K to fifth grade and it was amazing to see them blossom into bright, studious young adults as they moved to middle school.

I may assign homework between sessions depending on the level of comprehension of the student. I try to be flexible and strive to be available to answer any questions that may arise between our tutoring sessions. I do have a 24 hour cancellation notice policy and do offer makeup sessions.

I look forward to meeting and helping your child succeed in their studies!
My love for teaching and for children has allowed me to work where I can help others succeed and learn new strategies for every subject. I believe that all children have potential and I pride myself in bringing that potential to life in the children that I teach/tutor. One of my goals is to help children reach their academic potential through Read more

24 hours notice required

Special rates for long term students and students tutored during summer break. Please feel free to inquire!

Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Bealeton, VA 22712
Background Check: Passed

"Great teacher!"

- Lori, Catlett, VA on 2/24/16

"Great Tutor"

- Kwame, Bealeton, VA on 11/27/15


- Kristen, Gainesville, VA on 4/24/14

"So far so good"

- Cottrell, Culpeper, VA on 2/18/14

"Great tutor, excellent at building rapport with the children"

- Julia, Catlett, VA on 11/30/13
Elementary Science
Grammar, Reading,
Special Needs:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Phonics,
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Study Skills,

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.


Teaching children with ADD/ADHD can be challenging, but very rewarding. I am patient and understand that each child with ADD/ADHD learns differently and at different paces. Open and frequent communication with student and parent is paramount in the success of each student. I try to find out what interests the students and incorporate that into the lesson being taught, especially if it is something physical. When we have a session it has to be away from distractions and I provide breaks to allow them to move about and refocus. I check to ensure that all of the directions/work/etc. are written down and correctly. Their work needs to be broken down into smaller parts and I provide some type of stress ball/etc. (in case of restlessness/fidgeting). And most importantly I understand that the self esteem of children with ADD/ADHD is usually low and needs to be taken into consideration in all areas of teaching. With my experience (14+ years) in Special Education I have learned many ways to help these children succeed and raise their self esteem! They are so proud when they accomplish goals/tasks that some children may take for granted.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have spent the last 14+ years teaching Special Education and children with Special Needs in grades K to 8th. I have taught a wide range of students from ADD/ADHD children, autistic children, children with behavioral issues, and children with emotional/learning disabilities. I have developed and implemented many techniques to help each child learn. I like to incorporate fun activities, especially those that involve physical activity. I have created interactive notebooks, games, activities, and crafts that can be utilized in many subjects.

For the past 15 years I have also been the Director for an after school tutoring program for children grades K to 5th. There are 50 children enrolled and I have a staff of 4 other tutors. We cover all subjects in tutoring and also teach team building skills and anti-bullying.

My experience has been instrumental in helping children achieve their full potential. As I am teaching these children to be their best, they also teach me ways to help others.

**I have listed individual examples of my teaching skills and expertise in each subject area.**

Elementary Math

A solid math foundation is vital for children to succeed. Without solid math skills, children will probably have a lot of difficulty in school and afterwards. That is the basis of where I start with all students. Math is a skill that will be utilized in every aspect of life. I believe that children need to master Math skills moving well beyond procedural understanding. Some of the main topics that I focus on are: Place Value and Basic Number Skills, Fractions and Decimal, Ratios, Rates, and Percents, Solving Equations, and Functions.


In my 14+ years of teaching Special Education and students with special needs/learning disabilities I have developed several ways of assisting and teaching those children who need assistance in Phonics and word pronunciation. First, each child is assessed to see where their knowledge level is. Then I can proceed with introducing vowel and consonant sounds (I read a word and have them try to spell out the word). Words will increase in order to improve comprehension of vowel and consonant understanding. I also utilize Earbonics, (a program that utilizes reading and repeating text/story). It also includes utilizing correct pronunciation of words (which can be deemed correct by teacher or computer). I have found that using the computer encourages students and provides better results. Another program I use is READ 180. This program incorporates reading, enunciation, pronunciation, and understanding of text. For some children playing a game such as battleship Phonics, Phonics Bingo, or Beginning, Middle, and End help to improve Phonics. All of the above mentioned teach Phonics and Reading. I am also currently teaching Elementary Reading to 2nd graders.


First and foremost, my passion for Reading is a driving force in helping those who struggle in this area. I have spent the past 14+years as a Highly Qualified Para-Educator teaching Reading skills and building stronger readers. Reading is a life skill and my goal is to help all of my students become stronger readers. My motto "Reading is Fundamental in Everything We Do!" I provide reading skills tests and exercises to increase knowledge and understanding.


As a Highly Qualified Special Education Para-Educator for 14+ years I have worked diligently helping those with learning disabilities. One of the areas that I see the greatest need is Spelling and Grammar. Language and Grammar/Writing are a daily necessity and my goal is to ensure that all children/young adults have the knowledge they need to succeed in everyday life experiences. I utilize Reading daily to help build spelling and grammar skills along with additional lessons (that I provide).

Study Skills

I have learned in my past 14+ years of teaching Special Education and children with Special Needs that many do not know how to study. Each child needs to study in a way that matches their learning style. I teach this as a Life Skill that they can apply to their jobs, home, etc. First and foremost, each child must have a quiet place to study and have all of their materials ready before starting to study. Short breaks are necessary to allow the brain to assimilate any new information learned. In some cases I encourage studying in groups as long as all parties have the same goals and work diligently to achieve them. I teach them to ask their teachers for help/study guides whenever they need it. I also teach organization and how important it is that everything stays organized. I teach them how to take notes in class where they group ideas together, that are legible and easy to read and understand when studying for a test. I teach techniques for each subject and ways to remember information. I incorporate games and fun ways to learn and remember information. Most importantly each child must stay calm when taking a test and to track their progress on their scores.

Great teacher!

Love how she provides a detailed report after each session. She is very thorough and I feel that she does her best to help my son! Highly recommend!

— Lori, Catlett, VA on 2/24/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Special rates for long term students and students tutored during summer break. Please feel free to inquire!

Travel policy

Dorothy will travel within 25 miles of Bealeton, VA 22712.