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Crystal G.

CARING & CONCERNED Certified GE/Sped Teacher and Trainer!

CARING & CONCERNED Certified GE/Sped Teacher and Trainer!

$50/hour

About Crystal


Bio

First and foremost, I am a devoted wife, mother of five grown adults, and a grandmother of nineteen. My teaching career has span over a 25-year period and bought wonderful moments of great joy. I am a member of Community Church in Chesapeake, Virginia and God gets the credit for every accomplishment I have ever made.

My most recent academic accomplishment (2019) is certification as a CTE Trainer or Educational Consultant. I am now certified to train teachers in areas that most impacts...

First and foremost, I am a devoted wife, mother of five grown adults, and a grandmother of nineteen. My teaching career has span over a 25-year period and bought wonderful moments of great joy. I am a member of Community Church in Chesapeake, Virginia and God gets the credit for every accomplishment I have ever made.

My most recent academic accomplishment (2019) is certification as a CTE Trainer or Educational Consultant. I am now certified to train teachers in areas that most impacts the general education classroom; Behavior Management and Safety. Additionally, I am endorsed in K-3 Elementary Education I hold a (M.S.Ed.) Masters in Education and Interdisciplinary Studies from Cambridge College (Chesapeake, VA Campus/Cambridge, Mass), a Certification in Special Education in grades K-12, and a (B.S.) Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Human Services from Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA). I also have additional training in Business Administration as an undergraduate. While attending Graduate school, I maintained a 4.0 and in Undergraduate school a 3.8 average while raising my children, with the help of God and my parents.

I hold a Postgraduate Professional License from the State of Virginia and am a Certified Special Education, Teacher for Grades Kindergarten though twelve. Currently working for Suffolk Public Schools as a 2nd grade General Educator. Over 11 years of my teaching career was with Norfolk Public Schools, and Newport News Public Schools. I have had the opportunity to teach in all settings, general education inclusion, self-contained, and resource. I prefer the elementary and middle school levels, although I have also taught on the high school level. My strongest attributes are compassion and empathy; I take great pride in being able to step into another persons shoes and collaborate very successfully with children and young adults.

I have a driving passion for children and for the people who educate children, because not only are they are future, but they are our present. How we guide them now will determine their future and ours. We need to treat children with respect now in order for them to respect us later. I have a God given talent for communicating with children and adults and I believe that ALL children can learn. Maybe not at the same time and in the same way, but all children can learn. Everyone has a unique God given gift that we as role models, teachers, and parents need to cultivate, to perfect our children, who are diamonds in the rough. They all have something valuable to bring to the table.

I am finally at the publishing stage of a project I've been working on for a couple of years, a book on Differentiation of Instruction. My hope is that this book will help my colleagues to reach ALL children, because it should not be an acceptable practice to leave a few (students) behind. Teachers are accountable for the teaching and learning of all children, not just the ones that are easy to teach.

My goal is to nurture teachers and the curiosity of children, as I help to develop flexibility and discernment in them, skills that will serve them well in an unknown future. My tool for reaching this goal is to focus on brain based learning techniques. When we encourage activities in the deficit area of our brain, we become a well-rounded and centered individual.

Our century old factory-based, assembly line teaching where students are expected to take in information and regurgitate it -- is no longer sufficient for the times or the technologically savvy students of today. With our information explosion and accelerating change, comes a new revolutionary way of thinking. Our children and society are different, therefore we owe it to the children and to society as a whole, to educate them in areas that no one knew of yesterday and prepare them for what no one knows yet. We have to teach them to use their brains for critical thinking, so that when no one is looking they will still make right choices. Life is all about the choices you make. I look forward to helping your child reach their full potential!


Education

ODU - Criminal Justice & Human Services/Pathways SCHOLAR
B.S. Crim.Justice
Cambridge College (Mass) M.S. in Education & Interdisplinary Studies
MEd
Tidewater Community College Portsmouth VA
Graduate Coursework

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Hourly Rate: $40
  • Rate details: 1 subject = 1 hour 2 subjects = 2 hours
  • Travel policy: Within 15 miles of Chesapeake, VA 23321
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 3/20/2013

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Subjects

Business

Business,

Business

After high school, I was the first person chosen by a major insurance company to begin my career with them. I earned an Associate in Applied Science Degree with a specialization in Management. After working for insurance company for 10 years, I went on to work as an Administrative Assistant for several state organizations, i.e., Norfolk State University and Old Dominion University. I was also fortunate to work for a contractor by the name of Unisys, which worked directly with the Naval Intelligence Command in located in Norfolk and Suitland Maryland. Administration was my first career.
Career Development,

Career Development

When writing IEPs (Individual Education Plans) in Virginia you are required to interview your students, and based on their and their parents input you have to write a transition plan for the student. This plan should be the start of a conscious probe into the future of the child and strategies should be implemented to help the child transition successfully into their career aspirations.
Criminal Justice,

Criminal Justice

My undergraduate degree is in the area of Criminal Justice. I also completed an internship with Norfolk Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in Norfolk Virginia as a Probation Officer Assistant for a year. This was done in the Intake Division where my job was the same as the Senior Probation Officers. Also, in teaching, I have had to counsel, mentor, teach, and attend court with students who were involved with the Criminal Justice system.
Microsoft Word

Computer

Microsoft Word

Corporate Training

Business,

Business

After high school, I was the first person chosen by a major insurance company to begin my career with them. I earned an Associate in Applied Science Degree with a specialization in Management. After working for insurance company for 10 years, I went on to work as an Administrative Assistant for several state organizations, i.e., Norfolk State University and Old Dominion University. I was also fortunate to work for a contractor by the name of Unisys, which worked directly with the Naval Intelligence Command in located in Norfolk and Suitland Maryland. Administration was my first career.
Career Development,

Career Development

When writing IEPs (Individual Education Plans) in Virginia you are required to interview your students, and based on their and their parents input you have to write a transition plan for the student. This plan should be the start of a conscious probe into the future of the child and strategies should be implemented to help the child transition successfully into their career aspirations.
Grammar, Microsoft Word, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

Hello everyone! I am a tutor currently living in the 23434 zip code (in Suffolk). I am excited about beginning my outside tutoring opportunities with WyzAnt. I have taught for the past 20 years, mostly in Special Education. I took the last two years off to write a book that I hope will help teachers to reach ALL of their students. Last year, I was an in-class tutor at Mack Benn Jr. Elementary and taught 5th graders non-linguistic reading strategies. I am currently substituting in the Suffolk Public School system in Grades k-5, and spend most of my time at Mack Benn during the day. I have taught students in general education and students with special needs. I am available to help in all areas of elementary and middle school education. This is a crucial area because this is where the foundation has to be laid. I am proficient in all areas of language arts and English, and because reading impacts all academic areas, it is important to have a sturdy foundation. I am also able to help in math, science, and social studies because reading is across the curriculum, even in math most of the testing includes word problems. Hope to See you soon.
Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

In the area of math, I am skilled in numeration, number theory, mental math and estimation, computing with whole numbers and decimals, computing with fractions, ratio, proportions and percents, pre-algebra, graphing, statistics, and probability, measurement, geometry, and problem Solving. Most of the Standard of Learning in the area of math is in a problem solving format. All of the above areas are covered on the Elementary level of the Standards of Learning. As you are probably already aware, the format for the Math test changed last year and as a result the way teachers are currently teaching math has to change also. Students will be required to use and focus on their critical thinking skills.
Phonics,

Phonics

I hold a Master's Degree in Education and Interdisciplinary Studies. In the area of phonics, I have over the last 20 years had a broad range of experiences. Sometimes when children are having difficulty with the whole language approach you have to teach phonics in a different way. I teach the alphabets in two phases. First, I teach the sounds for each letter of the alphabet (except y),; then, I teach them to sing the letters together to make words. After they have gotten the letters and sounds, then what follows are short then long vowel sounds, unblending, special combinations, beginning words lists (up to the 500 most used words in the English language), rhyming words and families, mental imaging and so on depending of course on their grade level. One interesting teaching experience comes to mind when I think of phonics. I was teaching a 3rd grader who had been socially promoted to 6th grade because of size who was reading on a pre-K level. The family was very transient so, I only had the child a short time. The child started at primer level and I moved him to 1.5 in 4 months. I was elated!
Reading,

Reading

In the area of reading, there are skills that are necessary before you even begin to read. These are prereading skills; following directions, recognizing likenesses and differences, being able to classify and associate and listening is most important. Once the child has mastered these skills then you can begin to teach them reading. I once had a child in 6th grade that had been moved to 6th grade because of his age and stature (social promotion), who was reading on a .6 grade level (Kindergarten sixth months). His family had been very transient and was continuing the trend -- he only stayed with me for 4 months. I can proudly say that with the help of God, in four months his reading improved to a 1.6! This is first grade the sixth month. He had one year's growth in 4 months because someone gave him the skills he needed to succeed in reading.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

There are many strategies for learning to be a great student. Some of them include power spelling techniques, repetition strategies, visualization strategies, inferential thinking, creative thinking, and even the old rote method of learning. The key is to find what works for you. I am currently substituting in the Suffolk Public School system in Grades k-5. I hold a Master's in Education.
Grammar, Vocabulary

English

English,

English

I am a Special Educator, and hold a Master's in Education. English has by far been my best subject. I enjoy reading novels and I enjoy teaching English in non-traditional ways. I think the beginning of learning any subject, including English is with a Learning Styles inventory. It is very difficult to teach a student if you don't know their preferences for being taught. I am currently in the editing stages of a book I have been writing for the past two years for teachers, in hope that some day they will reach ALL students.
Reading,

Reading

In the area of reading, there are skills that are necessary before you even begin to read. These are prereading skills; following directions, recognizing likenesses and differences, being able to classify and associate and listening is most important. Once the child has mastered these skills then you can begin to teach them reading. I once had a child in 6th grade that had been moved to 6th grade because of his age and stature (social promotion), who was reading on a .6 grade level (Kindergarten sixth months). His family had been very transient and was continuing the trend -- he only stayed with me for 4 months. I can proudly say that with the help of God, in four months his reading improved to a 1.6! This is first grade the sixth month. He had one year's growth in 4 months because someone gave him the skills he needed to succeed in reading.
Writing,

Writing

To do your best work in the area of writing, you just need to follow the process which has five steps. First, PREWRITING which is brainstorming and selecting a subject, collecting details and deciding what you want to say. Then, WRITING YOUR FIRST DRAFT - getting your ideas on paper not worrying about mistakes. Then, REVISING which is just where you improve the writing -- maybe let someone read the draft to see if it flows and make a few tweaks, then, EDITING AND PROOFREADING which is just making sure your sentences make sense, checking capitalization, overall appearance, punctuation, and spelling and checking one last time for missed errors. Finally, The last step is PUBLISHING which is where you share your writing. I am currently in the process of writing my first book; a book for teachers on Differentiating Instruction. I am at the Editing and Proofreading stage and this has by far been the most challenging part of this process. Partly because, I want to be sure my product is as near perfect as I can humanly get it and that takes time and patience. There is no quick fix in writing.
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary

History

Music History,

Music History

During my Masters work, I had to research Music Intelligence extensively. Music and Rhythm are very important in teaching the Multiple Intelligences, which is one aspect of how our children should be learning. By playing Classical music like Mozart, Beethoven, Pachelbel, and Barouque that are set to the rhymthm of the heart and with the correct lessons you can enhance retention and learning. Music in the classroom can be used with almost any content, especially poems, spelling, vocabulary, group work, and even down time. Of all the intelligences identified, the "consciousness altering" effect of music and rhythm on the brain is the greatest.
Social Studies,

Social Studies

For the last eight years, in the general Education setting, I have taught English and Social Studies combined using IRN Strategies. IRN is Interactive Readings and Notetaking Strategies where the student interacts with the text to learn both Social Studies events and comprehension strategies simultaneously. I was fortunate enough to work with one of the founders of IRN, Inc. and gained valuable insights into the Interactive teach and text strategies.
Sociology,

Sociology

My minor while completing my Criminal Justice major was Human Services. I had to take several sociology courses for my minor. Some of the classes I took were SOC 201 Intro to Sociology, PSY 201 Intro to Psychology, SOC 446 Sociology of the Aging, Soc 310 Introduction to Social Work, SOC 337 Introduction to Social Research, SOC 402 Child Welfare, and SOC 378 Extracurricular Studies.
American History

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

Hello everyone! I am a tutor currently living in the 23434 zip code (in Suffolk). I am excited about beginning my outside tutoring opportunities with WyzAnt. I have taught for the past 20 years, mostly in Special Education. I took the last two years off to write a book that I hope will help teachers to reach ALL of their students. Last year, I was an in-class tutor at Mack Benn Jr. Elementary and taught 5th graders non-linguistic reading strategies. I am currently substituting in the Suffolk Public School system in Grades k-5, and spend most of my time at Mack Benn during the day. I have taught students in general education and students with special needs. I am available to help in all areas of elementary and middle school education. This is a crucial area because this is where the foundation has to be laid. I am proficient in all areas of language arts and English, and because reading impacts all academic areas, it is important to have a sturdy foundation. I am also able to help in math, science, and social studies because reading is across the curriculum, even in math most of the testing includes word problems. Hope to See you soon.
English,

English

I am a Special Educator, and hold a Master's in Education. English has by far been my best subject. I enjoy reading novels and I enjoy teaching English in non-traditional ways. I think the beginning of learning any subject, including English is with a Learning Styles inventory. It is very difficult to teach a student if you don't know their preferences for being taught. I am currently in the editing stages of a book I have been writing for the past two years for teachers, in hope that some day they will reach ALL students.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

During my four years in Middle School, I taught all five strands; Number Sense, Computation & Estimation, Measurement & Geometry, Probability & Statistics, Patterns, Functions, & Algebra at the 6th Grade Level. This school year, 2014-2015, I was fortunate enough to teach a class at the Elementary School level in which 100% of the students under my care and supervision passed their local exams.
Reading,

Reading

In the area of reading, there are skills that are necessary before you even begin to read. These are prereading skills; following directions, recognizing likenesses and differences, being able to classify and associate and listening is most important. Once the child has mastered these skills then you can begin to teach them reading. I once had a child in 6th grade that had been moved to 6th grade because of his age and stature (social promotion), who was reading on a .6 grade level (Kindergarten sixth months). His family had been very transient and was continuing the trend -- he only stayed with me for 4 months. I can proudly say that with the help of God, in four months his reading improved to a 1.6! This is first grade the sixth month. He had one year's growth in 4 months because someone gave him the skills he needed to succeed in reading.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

There are many strategies for learning to be a great student. Some of them include power spelling techniques, repetition strategies, visualization strategies, inferential thinking, creative thinking, and even the old rote method of learning. The key is to find what works for you. I am currently substituting in the Suffolk Public School system in Grades k-5. I hold a Master's in Education.
Writing,

Writing

To do your best work in the area of writing, you just need to follow the process which has five steps. First, PREWRITING which is brainstorming and selecting a subject, collecting details and deciding what you want to say. Then, WRITING YOUR FIRST DRAFT - getting your ideas on paper not worrying about mistakes. Then, REVISING which is just where you improve the writing -- maybe let someone read the draft to see if it flows and make a few tweaks, then, EDITING AND PROOFREADING which is just making sure your sentences make sense, checking capitalization, overall appearance, punctuation, and spelling and checking one last time for missed errors. Finally, The last step is PUBLISHING which is where you share your writing. I am currently in the process of writing my first book; a book for teachers on Differentiating Instruction. I am at the Editing and Proofreading stage and this has by far been the most challenging part of this process. Partly because, I want to be sure my product is as near perfect as I can humanly get it and that takes time and patience. There is no quick fix in writing.
SAT Reading

Math

Prealgebra

Prealgebra

During my four years in Middle School, I taught all five strands; Number Sense, Computation & Estimation, Measurement & Geometry, Probability & Statistics, Patterns, Functions, & Algebra at the 6th Grade Level. This school year, 2014-2015, I was fortunate enough to teach a class at the Elementary School level in which 100% of the students under my care and supervision passed their local exams.

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

Hello everyone! I am a tutor currently living in the 23434 zip code (in Suffolk). I am excited about beginning my outside tutoring opportunities with WyzAnt. I have taught for the past 20 years, mostly in Special Education. I took the last two years off to write a book that I hope will help teachers to reach ALL of their students. Last year, I was an in-class tutor at Mack Benn Jr. Elementary and taught 5th graders non-linguistic reading strategies. I am currently substituting in the Suffolk Public School system in Grades k-5, and spend most of my time at Mack Benn during the day. I have taught students in general education and students with special needs. I am available to help in all areas of elementary and middle school education. This is a crucial area because this is where the foundation has to be laid. I am proficient in all areas of language arts and English, and because reading impacts all academic areas, it is important to have a sturdy foundation. I am also able to help in math, science, and social studies because reading is across the curriculum, even in math most of the testing includes word problems. Hope to See you soon.
English,

English

I am a Special Educator, and hold a Master's in Education. English has by far been my best subject. I enjoy reading novels and I enjoy teaching English in non-traditional ways. I think the beginning of learning any subject, including English is with a Learning Styles inventory. It is very difficult to teach a student if you don't know their preferences for being taught. I am currently in the editing stages of a book I have been writing for the past two years for teachers, in hope that some day they will reach ALL students.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

During my four years in Middle School, I taught all five strands; Number Sense, Computation & Estimation, Measurement & Geometry, Probability & Statistics, Patterns, Functions, & Algebra at the 6th Grade Level. This school year, 2014-2015, I was fortunate enough to teach a class at the Elementary School level in which 100% of the students under my care and supervision passed their local exams.
Reading,

Reading

In the area of reading, there are skills that are necessary before you even begin to read. These are prereading skills; following directions, recognizing likenesses and differences, being able to classify and associate and listening is most important. Once the child has mastered these skills then you can begin to teach them reading. I once had a child in 6th grade that had been moved to 6th grade because of his age and stature (social promotion), who was reading on a .6 grade level (Kindergarten sixth months). His family had been very transient and was continuing the trend -- he only stayed with me for 4 months. I can proudly say that with the help of God, in four months his reading improved to a 1.6! This is first grade the sixth month. He had one year's growth in 4 months because someone gave him the skills he needed to succeed in reading.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

There are many strategies for learning to be a great student. Some of them include power spelling techniques, repetition strategies, visualization strategies, inferential thinking, creative thinking, and even the old rote method of learning. The key is to find what works for you. I am currently substituting in the Suffolk Public School system in Grades k-5. I hold a Master's in Education.
Writing

Writing

To do your best work in the area of writing, you just need to follow the process which has five steps. First, PREWRITING which is brainstorming and selecting a subject, collecting details and deciding what you want to say. Then, WRITING YOUR FIRST DRAFT - getting your ideas on paper not worrying about mistakes. Then, REVISING which is just where you improve the writing -- maybe let someone read the draft to see if it flows and make a few tweaks, then, EDITING AND PROOFREADING which is just making sure your sentences make sense, checking capitalization, overall appearance, punctuation, and spelling and checking one last time for missed errors. Finally, The last step is PUBLISHING which is where you share your writing. I am currently in the process of writing my first book; a book for teachers on Differentiating Instruction. I am at the Editing and Proofreading stage and this has by far been the most challenging part of this process. Partly because, I want to be sure my product is as near perfect as I can humanly get it and that takes time and patience. There is no quick fix in writing.

Music

Music History

Music History

During my Masters work, I had to research Music Intelligence extensively. Music and Rhythm are very important in teaching the Multiple Intelligences, which is one aspect of how our children should be learning. By playing Classical music like Mozart, Beethoven, Pachelbel, and Barouque that are set to the rhymthm of the heart and with the correct lessons you can enhance retention and learning. Music in the classroom can be used with almost any content, especially poems, spelling, vocabulary, group work, and even down time. Of all the intelligences identified, the "consciousness altering" effect of music and rhythm on the brain is the greatest.

Other

Sociology,

Sociology

My minor while completing my Criminal Justice major was Human Services. I had to take several sociology courses for my minor. Some of the classes I took were SOC 201 Intro to Sociology, PSY 201 Intro to Psychology, SOC 446 Sociology of the Aging, Soc 310 Introduction to Social Work, SOC 337 Introduction to Social Research, SOC 402 Child Welfare, and SOC 378 Extracurricular Studies.
Study Skills

Study Skills

There are many strategies for learning to be a great student. Some of them include power spelling techniques, repetition strategies, visualization strategies, inferential thinking, creative thinking, and even the old rote method of learning. The key is to find what works for you. I am currently substituting in the Suffolk Public School system in Grades k-5. I hold a Master's in Education.

Science

Sociology,

Sociology

My minor while completing my Criminal Justice major was Human Services. I had to take several sociology courses for my minor. Some of the classes I took were SOC 201 Intro to Sociology, PSY 201 Intro to Psychology, SOC 446 Sociology of the Aging, Soc 310 Introduction to Social Work, SOC 337 Introduction to Social Research, SOC 402 Child Welfare, and SOC 378 Extracurricular Studies.
Geology

Special Needs

ADHD,

ADHD

Most of my teaching career, has centered around children with ADD or ADHD. I am a certified Special Educator and have worked in three school systems in the Tidewater area. I have worked with Students with Disabilities in the general education, special education, and resource settings. One major strategy that needs to be incorporated with students with Attention Deficit is the opportunity to move and speak, I usually find them to be highly intelligent verbally, as well as, Kinesthethically.
Phonics,

Phonics

I hold a Master's Degree in Education and Interdisciplinary Studies. In the area of phonics, I have over the last 20 years had a broad range of experiences. Sometimes when children are having difficulty with the whole language approach you have to teach phonics in a different way. I teach the alphabets in two phases. First, I teach the sounds for each letter of the alphabet (except y),; then, I teach them to sing the letters together to make words. After they have gotten the letters and sounds, then what follows are short then long vowel sounds, unblending, special combinations, beginning words lists (up to the 500 most used words in the English language), rhyming words and families, mental imaging and so on depending of course on their grade level. One interesting teaching experience comes to mind when I think of phonics. I was teaching a 3rd grader who had been socially promoted to 6th grade because of size who was reading on a pre-K level. The family was very transient so, I only had the child a short time. The child started at primer level and I moved him to 1.5 in 4 months. I was elated!
Special Needs,

Special Needs

I began my career as a licensed teacher of Students with Special Needs in 1995, so I am a seasoned teacher of students with disabilities. At the completion of my studies for my B.S. at ODU, I was accepted as a Pathways to Teaching Scholar. I was accepted into this program because of my high GPA while in the students with special needs program. My total GPA hours were 39.00, which took me from 9-12 months to complete. I have taught children from autism to emotionally disabled over the past 20 years. On my last teacher evaluation summative, I received "Exceeds Expectations" in the instruction domain, which is the highest rating you can receive. I am listed in "Who's Who?" of Cambridge College in Mass. My professional associations are the CEC (Council for Exceptional Children), AFT (American Federation of Teachers, and (ACLJ) American Council for Law and Justice.
Study Skills

Study Skills

There are many strategies for learning to be a great student. Some of them include power spelling techniques, repetition strategies, visualization strategies, inferential thinking, creative thinking, and even the old rote method of learning. The key is to find what works for you. I am currently substituting in the Suffolk Public School system in Grades k-5. I hold a Master's in Education.

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

Hello everyone! I am a tutor currently living in the 23434 zip code (in Suffolk). I am excited about beginning my outside tutoring opportunities with WyzAnt. I have taught for the past 20 years, mostly in Special Education. I took the last two years off to write a book that I hope will help teachers to reach ALL of their students. Last year, I was an in-class tutor at Mack Benn Jr. Elementary and taught 5th graders non-linguistic reading strategies. I am currently substituting in the Suffolk Public School system in Grades k-5, and spend most of my time at Mack Benn during the day. I have taught students in general education and students with special needs. I am available to help in all areas of elementary and middle school education. This is a crucial area because this is where the foundation has to be laid. I am proficient in all areas of language arts and English, and because reading impacts all academic areas, it is important to have a sturdy foundation. I am also able to help in math, science, and social studies because reading is across the curriculum, even in math most of the testing includes word problems. Hope to See you soon.
Reading,

Reading

In the area of reading, there are skills that are necessary before you even begin to read. These are prereading skills; following directions, recognizing likenesses and differences, being able to classify and associate and listening is most important. Once the child has mastered these skills then you can begin to teach them reading. I once had a child in 6th grade that had been moved to 6th grade because of his age and stature (social promotion), who was reading on a .6 grade level (Kindergarten sixth months). His family had been very transient and was continuing the trend -- he only stayed with me for 4 months. I can proudly say that with the help of God, in four months his reading improved to a 1.6! This is first grade the sixth month. He had one year's growth in 4 months because someone gave him the skills he needed to succeed in reading.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

There are many strategies for learning to be a great student. Some of them include power spelling techniques, repetition strategies, visualization strategies, inferential thinking, creative thinking, and even the old rote method of learning. The key is to find what works for you. I am currently substituting in the Suffolk Public School system in Grades k-5. I hold a Master's in Education.
Writing,

Writing

To do your best work in the area of writing, you just need to follow the process which has five steps. First, PREWRITING which is brainstorming and selecting a subject, collecting details and deciding what you want to say. Then, WRITING YOUR FIRST DRAFT - getting your ideas on paper not worrying about mistakes. Then, REVISING which is just where you improve the writing -- maybe let someone read the draft to see if it flows and make a few tweaks, then, EDITING AND PROOFREADING which is just making sure your sentences make sense, checking capitalization, overall appearance, punctuation, and spelling and checking one last time for missed errors. Finally, The last step is PUBLISHING which is where you share your writing. I am currently in the process of writing my first book; a book for teachers on Differentiating Instruction. I am at the Editing and Proofreading stage and this has by far been the most challenging part of this process. Partly because, I want to be sure my product is as near perfect as I can humanly get it and that takes time and patience. There is no quick fix in writing.
GED

Test Preparation

Career Development,

Career Development

When writing IEPs (Individual Education Plans) in Virginia you are required to interview your students, and based on their and their parents input you have to write a transition plan for the student. This plan should be the start of a conscious probe into the future of the child and strategies should be implemented to help the child transition successfully into their career aspirations.
SOL,

SOL

The SOLs (Standard of Learning) in the State of Virginia is what drives instruction in this state. I have been teaching the SOLs and accompanying strategies to master them for the past 20 years. I am able to interact with the State of Virginia's website to access the blueprint and pacing guides for each system where I have tutees. I also can access the State computerized testing system and keep abreast of any changes to the SOLs and allow my tutees to practice the original released test items.
GED, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

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Very patient!

Ms. G quickly established a rapport with my daughter before beginning instruction. She assessed my daughter's educational level and she created an educational program that has met my child's needs in the areas of reading, writing, and math. She is very patient and professional. According to my child's fifth grade teacher, my child has shown more confidence and actively participates in class. I contribute this change to the time she has spent with Ms. G. Thank you Ms. G.

Yvonn, 15 lessons with Crystal

Great teacher

Hello, I Love working with Mrs. G. She explains the steps to write my essay for my English class. Her teaching skills was very helpful. I know I will get an good grade on my paper. I thank God for her in my life. She is the best!!!

Lynnail, 2 lessons with Crystal

Great tutor and very patient

This is our second school semester with Crystal. I just loved her. She is so wonderful with my daughter. We moved from Portsmouth to Newport News and still want her as a tutor. The travel time is well worth it. Thank you so very much for all your help with my daughter.

Robbie, 52 lessons with Crystal

Awesome tutor

My son and I love Mrs. Crystal for many great reasons, but her passion and connection she create with her student and parent(s) makes the experience much more then we expected. We're very happy with our tutor!

Ne'Asia, 13 lessons with Crystal

Great tutor and very patient and flexible!

Mrs. Crystal has been working with my daughter for the last three months, my daughter has improved tremendously in her reading and writing. She is really good with children, a very patient and flexible tutor.

QuWanda, 67 lessons with Crystal

Awesome.

I have seen an major improvement with my child. We are lucky to have her very good with my daughter.

Pamela, 33 lessons with Crystal

Very helpful.

Crystal G help me and my daughter very much. Her advise and expertise helped guide us through hard times. I consider her a friend and an awesome tutor.

Tremeice, 1 lesson with Crystal
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Crystal G.

$50/hour

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Response time: 19 hours