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Tara B.

Blacksburg, VA

$45/hour

VA Certified Teacher specializing in English, Math, SAT, and ACT Prep

Background check passed as of 8/16/14
4.9 average from 68 ratings
Great tutor and is a great motivator.
— Karen, Radford, VA on 2/19/15

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Gettysburg College
Child Psychology
Trinity College
Master's
George Mason
MEd

Education

Gettysburg College (Child Psychology)

Trinity College (Master's)

George Mason (MEd)

About Tara

I am excited for the recent move here to Roanoke and the NRV. I have been a tutor privately for the last 7 years in Northern Virginia in all subjects, as well as SAT and ACT test prep. I am a teaching veteran of 21 years and am looking forward to working with the students in Roanoke City Public Schools as an ESL/English Teacher by day, and private tutor for students after school and in the evenings. I am patient and kind, and I specialize in children with gifted needs as well as SPED.I require the very best from all my students. I adolize people like Mary Poppins who use the "whatever it takes" method to encourage students to learn, because I do believe all children can learn. I welcome the new opportunities and challenges the students of Roanoke and the NRV present. I am excited for the recent move here to Roanoke and the NRV. I have been a tutor privately for the last 7 years in Northern Virginia in all subjects, as well as SAT and ACT test prep. I am a teaching veteran of 21 years and am looking forward to Read more

Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Blacksburg, VA 24060
Background Check: Passed

"Great tutor and is a great motivator."

- Karen, Radford, VA on 2/19/15

"Experience is the key!"

- Kay, Christiansburg, VA on 7/28/16

"Very patient!"

- Jessica, Floyd, VA on 4/17/16

"5 Stars!!"

- Dawn, Dunkirk, MD on 1/27/16

"Knowledgeable and reliable"

- Christina, Santa Rosa Beach, FL on 8/27/15

"She's great!"

- Melissa, Radford, VA on 6/19/15

"Good Algebra 2 Tutor!"

- Kris, Roanoke, VA on 11/27/14

"Tara is a one-of-a-kind tutor!"

- Millie, Fincastle, VA on 9/18/14
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Elementary Math,
Geometry,
Prealgebra,
SAT Math
Science:
ACT Science
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading,
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Public Speaking,
Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading,
ACT Science, PSAT, SAT Math,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SOL,
TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
History:
American History,
European History, Geography, Social Studies,
World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

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.

ACT Reading

A six year private tutor of ACT and SAT prep in Math and English, Ive seen great success with my students over the years!

ADD/ADHD

I have been working with dually identified students that are both second language learners and ADD for the last seven years as an ESOL/SPED Itinerant for Fairfax County Public Schools. In addition, I have privately tutored ADD/ADHD students for the last 5 years. I currently tutor one student who is not on medication and am working with the parents on environmental strategies to help this student be successful. We have found strategies the work both during tutoring and at school.

Algebra 1

I am a VA Certified middle school math teacher with a proven track record of helping tutoring and individual students excel in math as well as remediate, as needed.

American History

I am a Virginia-certified secondary public school teacher. I just finished tutoring a year-long U.S. history.

Aspergers

I have been working with dually identified students that are both second language learners and Aspergers or other autisms for the last seven years as an ESOL/SPED teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools. In addition, I have privately tutored Aspergers students for the last 5 years. My last student is now finishing his senior year in High School with an eye toward community college or design school.

Dyslexia

I have worked for the last year privately tutoring dyslexia students in reading as well as SAT Test Prep.

Elementary (K-6th)

I taught K-2 for 10 years in Fairfax County public schools. I hold a masters degree in Elementary Education.

Elementary Math

I'm certified in K-8 Math. I've taught elementary math for 14 years.

English

I am an 8th grade English teacher and certified in VA to teach English K-12. In addition, I have two master's degrees in education, and have had great success in helping students through private tutoring.

ESL/ESOL

I am a VA certified teacher, ESL teacher for 14 years, community college ESL teacher, and graduate professor at George Mason University.

Geometry

I have worked with many Geometry and Algebra I/II students to improve understanding and get better grades. I have seen great success with students in Math and hope I can continue to serve the math students and SAT students in the NRV and Roanoke Valley. I am certified to teach both Elementary and Secondary Math in Virginia.

Phonics

I am a classically trained first grade reading teacher, with phonics and whole language methods in my toolbox. I am Reading Recovery trained as well as QRI and DRA trained for assessment purposes.

Prealgebra

A middle school math certified teacher and tutor that has helped students in Prealgebra, Algebra, and Algebra 2 with great success.

Public Speaking

I taught a public speaking course at Northern Virginia Communnity College to college students for 3 semesters.

Reading

K-12 Certified Language Arts/English teacher. Former elementary reading teacher with training in phonics and decoding. Specializes in reluctant readers at the middle and high school.

SAT Math

Teacher of Math/English for 21 years.
Private SAT tutor in all three areas of the SATs for the last 5 years. Currently working with 2 students at Blacksburg HS on SAT prep.

Social Studies

I am a Virginia Certified teacher of Elementary Education K-6 which includes Social Studies. I have been privately tutoring Social Studies for the last ten years.

SOL

I am a Virginia Certified teacher of Elementary Education K-6 Middle School English and Math 6-8 and a Virginia Public School teacher for the last 20 years. I have been privately tutoring all aspects of the SOL for the last ten years.

Special Needs

I have been working with dually identified students that are both second language learners and SPED for the last seven years as an ESOL/SPED Itinerant for Fairfax County Public Schools. In addition I have privately tutored Special Needs students for the last 5 years.

Study Skills

I am a Virginia Certified teacher of Elementary Education K-6 Middle School English and Math 6-8 K-12 English Language and a Virginia Public School teacher for the last 20 years. I have been privately tutoring all aspects of the SOL/VA State tests for the last ten years. I have had experience as an educational coach working on basic skills with High School students for the last 5 years with great success. Many of my students have gone on to be successful both in High School and in College.

Writing

I am a university writing teacher, public school English teacher K-12. I am a teaching veteran of 21 years and am looking forward to working with the students in Roanoke City Public Schools as an ESL/English Teacher by day, and private tutor for students after school and in the evenings.

Gettysburg College
Child Psychology
Trinity College
Master's
George Mason
MEd

Education

Gettysburg College (Child Psychology)

Trinity College (Master's)

George Mason (MEd)

Great tutor and is a great motivator. — Tara has been a true blessing for my son. Her knowledge and energy has given him a new outlook on his studies. He is excited about their lessons and shows a new desire to learn. ...

— Karen, Radford, VA on 2/19/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Tara will travel within 40 miles of Blacksburg, VA 24060.