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Jessica S.

Patient and Degreed Educator Seeks Motivated Students

Patient and Degreed Educator Seeks Motivated Students

$40/hour

  • 599 hours tutoring

About Jessica


Bio

I am a homeschool mom and independent teacher who loves seeing students progress and meet goals. I began working with kids in 1996, in a variety of school, church, and general child care settings (preschool teacher, preschool substitute teacher, church-sponsored youth programs, hospital volunteer, etc), for children ages 3-17.

As a Special Education teacher and case manager (2008-2018), I have written and implemented IEPs and taught Elementary Resource (Reading and Math). I have tutored...

I am a homeschool mom and independent teacher who loves seeing students progress and meet goals. I began working with kids in 1996, in a variety of school, church, and general child care settings (preschool teacher, preschool substitute teacher, church-sponsored youth programs, hospital volunteer, etc), for children ages 3-17.

As a Special Education teacher and case manager (2008-2018), I have written and implemented IEPs and taught Elementary Resource (Reading and Math). I have tutored normally developing students for state-wide testing in public schools in all core subject areas. I understand how to modify curriculum and assignments for either disability or learning environment differences. I have also successfully tutored adults for the G.E.D.

My students always do their own work and we work incrementally on specific skills to improve specific academic skills rather than trying to fix everything at once; this is an evidence-based practice that is backed by research. My students typically see a significant difference in three tutoring sessions.

To keep your child engaged, I use a variety of media and interactive activities backed by research to keep your child engaged while learning virtually. I do not use a single curriculum, but instead, tailor lessons to each individual student and their individual needs. I use evidence-based practices whenever possible.

I am always available to my regularly scheduled students and parents between lessons by phone, text, or email from 9 am -9 pm EST, Monday- Friday for homework questions or other concerns at no additional charge.

Currently, I am a member of the National Tutoring Association and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. I am working on my Master's degree in Education in Learning, Technology, and Educational Leadership at James Madison University and will finish in 2023.

I'm looking forward to meeting you!

*I do not offer Speech Therapy of any kind.*


Education

James Madison University, 2008
CSD, SPED
James Madison University, 2023
MEd

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $40
  • Rate details: -1hr minimum -Group rate: $20 per student -No Show: You must arrive within 15 minutes of scheduled lesson start time, or will be charged for the full scheduled time.
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 1/9/2020

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Adobe InDesign,

Adobe InDesign

I use InDesign regularly as a graduate student. I am familiar with the application and can explain common features and layouts for any project.
Adobe Photoshop

Business

Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and have taught students of all ages how to create Excel spreadsheets and perform basic computations (such as the creation and manipulation of formulas in a given worksheet or workbook). I can turn the difficulty of Microsoft Excel into a thing of ease and beauty.
Microsoft Word,

Microsoft Word

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and have taught students of all ages how to create MS Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, basic web sites, upload/insert photos from a camera (or other device, such as a PC, email file, etc), link to online videos, etc. I currently use the entire Microsoft Office Suite and am proficient in each program.
Microsoft PowerPoint

Computer

Adobe InDesign,

Adobe InDesign

I use InDesign regularly as a graduate student. I am familiar with the application and can explain common features and layouts for any project.
Desktop Publishing,

Desktop Publishing

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and have taught students of all ages how to create MS Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, basic web sites, upload/insert photos from a camera (or other device, such as a PC, email file, etc), link to online videos, etc.
Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and have taught students of all ages how to create Excel spreadsheets and perform basic computations (such as the creation and manipulation of formulas in a given worksheet or workbook). I can turn the difficulty of Microsoft Excel into a thing of ease and beauty.
Microsoft Outlook,

Microsoft Outlook

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and have taught students of all ages how to create MS Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, basic web sites, upload/insert photos from a camera (or other device, such as a PC, email file, etc), link to online videos, etc. I currently use the entire Microsoft Office Suite and am proficient in each program.
Microsoft Word,

Microsoft Word

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and have taught students of all ages how to create MS Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, basic web sites, upload/insert photos from a camera (or other device, such as a PC, email file, etc), link to online videos, etc. I currently use the entire Microsoft Office Suite and am proficient in each program.
Adobe Photoshop, General Computer, Microsoft PowerPoint

Corporate Training

Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and have taught students of all ages how to create Excel spreadsheets and perform basic computations (such as the creation and manipulation of formulas in a given worksheet or workbook). I can turn the difficulty of Microsoft Excel into a thing of ease and beauty.
Microsoft Word,

Microsoft Word

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and have taught students of all ages how to create MS Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, basic web sites, upload/insert photos from a camera (or other device, such as a PC, email file, etc), link to online videos, etc. I currently use the entire Microsoft Office Suite and am proficient in each program.
General Computer, Microsoft PowerPoint

Elementary Education

Common Core,

Common Core

As a licensed teacher, I used the Common Core Career and College Readiness Standards to help my students prepare for college or for vocational training beyond high school.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Special Education and have taught students grades K-5 in Reading/Language Arts, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies in public schools. Prior to receiving my degree in 2008, I had completed 400+ hours of supervised school practica (students' ages 3-15).
Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

I have a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Special Education and have worked with students who are neurotypical (no disability) as well as with students who have language and communication disorders, learning disabilities, and/or developmental disorders since 2005. I have taught and tutored elementary math (K-5) in public schools. I have privately tutored elementary math since 2011.
Homeschool,

Homeschool

I have worked with homeschool students since 2011; all of my homeschooled students have used a different curriculum. Every homeschooled family is unique. I have a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Special Education and have worked with students who are neurotypical (no disability) as well as with students who have language and communication disorders, learning disabilities, and/or developmental disorders since 2005.
Phonics,

Phonics

Special Education teachers have the unique position of occasionally serving as a student's primary teacher in specific subjects. In my very first year of teaching, I had the privilege of working with a group of students in Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades as their primary Language Arts teacher. I am familiar with teaching reading using phonics, which starts by teaching letter sounds, word families, and blending sounds together. I have some Orton-Gillingham training but have not completed the program and a degree in Speech Therapy, although I am not a practicing Speech Therapist.
Reading,

Reading

I have a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Special Education (K-12) and have taught students of all ages how study and learn more efficiently for their style of learning since 2005. I worked as a study skills tutor in college, teaching student-athletes how to study more efficiently and re-teaching subject material when necessary.
Spelling,

Spelling

I have a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Special Education (K-12) and have taught students of all ages how study and learn more efficiently for their style of learning. For some students, phonics and word study is a more efficient way to conquer consistent spelling errors. For others, little tips and tricks make it easier to remember when "i" comes before "e," and when it does not.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and have taught students of all ages how study and learn more efficiently for their style of learning. I have also worked as a study skills tutor in college, teaching student-athletes how to study more efficiently and re-teaching subject material when necessary.
Vocabulary

Vocabulary

Vocabulary comes down to the adage of, "use it or lose it." Learning new vocabulary becomes much more difficult when you're not sure how to pronounce - or use- a specific word. This, among other strategies, makes learning new vocabulary much easier. I would love to help you study your vocabulary list, whether it's for a standardized test (such as the SAT), or for routine classwork.

English

English,

English

I have taught or tutored English/Language Arts in grades K-12 since 2005.
Reading,

Reading

I have a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Special Education (K-12) and have taught students of all ages how study and learn more efficiently for their style of learning since 2005. I worked as a study skills tutor in college, teaching student-athletes how to study more efficiently and re-teaching subject material when necessary.
Spelling,

Spelling

I have a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Special Education (K-12) and have taught students of all ages how study and learn more efficiently for their style of learning. For some students, phonics and word study is a more efficient way to conquer consistent spelling errors. For others, little tips and tricks make it easier to remember when "i" comes before "e," and when it does not.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

Vocabulary comes down to the adage of, "use it or lose it." Learning new vocabulary becomes much more difficult when you're not sure how to pronounce - or use- a specific word. This, among other strategies, makes learning new vocabulary much easier. I would love to help you study your vocabulary list, whether it's for a standardized test (such as the SAT), or for routine classwork.
Writing

Writing

I have taught Resource for Writing in elementary schools as well as tutored students of all ages in Writing (structure and organization, content, detail, different types of essays) and the Writing Process since 2013.

History

American History, World History

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Special Education and have taught students grades K-5 in Reading/Language Arts, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies in public schools. Prior to receiving my degree in 2008, I had completed 400+ hours of supervised school practica (students' ages 3-15).
English,

English

I have taught or tutored English/Language Arts in grades K-12 since 2005.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Special Education and have worked with students with language and communication disorders, learning disabilities, and developmental disorders since 2005. I personally struggled with math through most of my education so I have a personal understanding of what it's like to struggle with math. I finally understood the core concepts of math as an adult and now enjoy teaching math as it is a personal victory for me.
Reading,

Reading

I have a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Special Education (K-12) and have taught students of all ages how study and learn more efficiently for their style of learning since 2005. I worked as a study skills tutor in college, teaching student-athletes how to study more efficiently and re-teaching subject material when necessary.
Spelling,

Spelling

I have a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Special Education (K-12) and have taught students of all ages how study and learn more efficiently for their style of learning. For some students, phonics and word study is a more efficient way to conquer consistent spelling errors. For others, little tips and tricks make it easier to remember when "i" comes before "e," and when it does not.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and have taught students of all ages how study and learn more efficiently for their style of learning. I have also worked as a study skills tutor in college, teaching student-athletes how to study more efficiently and re-teaching subject material when necessary.
Writing

Writing

I have taught Resource for Writing in elementary schools as well as tutored students of all ages in Writing (structure and organization, content, detail, different types of essays) and the Writing Process since 2013.

Math

Prealgebra

Prealgebra

I have a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Special Education and have worked with students with language and communication disorders, learning disabilities, and developmental disorders since 2005. I personally struggled with math through most of my education so I have a personal understanding of what it's like to struggle with math. I finally understood the core concepts of math as an adult and now enjoy teaching math as it is a personal victory for me.

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Special Education and have taught students grades K-5 in Reading/Language Arts, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies in public schools. Prior to receiving my degree in 2008, I had completed 400+ hours of supervised school practica (students' ages 3-15).
English,

English

I have taught or tutored English/Language Arts in grades K-12 since 2005.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Special Education and have worked with students with language and communication disorders, learning disabilities, and developmental disorders since 2005. I personally struggled with math through most of my education so I have a personal understanding of what it's like to struggle with math. I finally understood the core concepts of math as an adult and now enjoy teaching math as it is a personal victory for me.
Reading,

Reading

I have a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Special Education (K-12) and have taught students of all ages how study and learn more efficiently for their style of learning since 2005. I worked as a study skills tutor in college, teaching student-athletes how to study more efficiently and re-teaching subject material when necessary.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and have taught students of all ages how study and learn more efficiently for their style of learning. I have also worked as a study skills tutor in college, teaching student-athletes how to study more efficiently and re-teaching subject material when necessary.
Writing

Writing

I have taught Resource for Writing in elementary schools as well as tutored students of all ages in Writing (structure and organization, content, detail, different types of essays) and the Writing Process since 2013.

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and have taught students of all ages how study and learn more efficiently for their style of learning. I have also worked as a study skills tutor in college, teaching student-athletes how to study more efficiently and re-teaching subject material when necessary.

Special Needs

ADHD,

ADHD

I have a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Special Education and have worked with students with language and communication disorders, learning disabilities, and developmental disorders, including ADD and ADHD, since 2005. I have successfuly implemented interventions and accomodations to assist people with ADD and ADHD as a private tutor and as a Special Education teacher.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD),

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

I have a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders + Special Education and have worked with students on the Autism Spectrum (including Asperger's), ranging from 5-19 years old since 2005. I have worked in public schools as a Resource teacher and Inclusion Specialist. I have also worked for the Austism Society of North Carolina; I worked with people with Autism (including Asperger's Syndrome), ages 4-68.
Dyslexia,

Dyslexia

I have a B.S. in Communication Sciences and DIsorders and Special Education and have worked with students with language and communication disorders, learning disabilities, and developmental disorders, including Dyslexia, since 2005. I have completed state-sponsored professional development training on Dyslexia and have implemented accomodations and strategies successfully for people with Dyslexia as a tutor and as a Special Education teacher.
Phonics,

Phonics

Special Education teachers have the unique position of occasionally serving as a student's primary teacher in specific subjects. In my very first year of teaching, I had the privilege of working with a group of students in Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades as their primary Language Arts teacher. I am familiar with teaching reading using phonics, which starts by teaching letter sounds, word families, and blending sounds together. I have some Orton-Gillingham training but have not completed the program and a degree in Speech Therapy, although I am not a practicing Speech Therapist.
Special Needs,

Special Needs

I have a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders + Special Education and have worked with students with language and communication disorders, learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disabilities, and intellectual disabilities since 2005.
Study Skills

Study Skills

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and have taught students of all ages how study and learn more efficiently for their style of learning. I have also worked as a study skills tutor in college, teaching student-athletes how to study more efficiently and re-teaching subject material when necessary.

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Special Education and have taught students grades K-5 in Reading/Language Arts, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies in public schools. Prior to receiving my degree in 2008, I had completed 400+ hours of supervised school practica (students' ages 3-15).
GED,

GED

I have been working with adults preparing for the GED exam since 2007. My training as a Special Education teacher has prepared me to teach this subject matter with a high level of attention for each students' individual needs. Give me an honest effort all the way through the plan we'll develop together and I will do everything I can to help you pass on the first try.
Reading,

Reading

I have a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Special Education (K-12) and have taught students of all ages how study and learn more efficiently for their style of learning since 2005. I worked as a study skills tutor in college, teaching student-athletes how to study more efficiently and re-teaching subject material when necessary.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and have taught students of all ages how study and learn more efficiently for their style of learning. I have also worked as a study skills tutor in college, teaching student-athletes how to study more efficiently and re-teaching subject material when necessary.
Writing

Writing

I have taught Resource for Writing in elementary schools as well as tutored students of all ages in Writing (structure and organization, content, detail, different types of essays) and the Writing Process since 2013.

Test Preparation

Common Core,

Common Core

As a licensed teacher, I used the Common Core Career and College Readiness Standards to help my students prepare for college or for vocational training beyond high school.
GED,

GED

I have been working with adults preparing for the GED exam since 2007. My training as a Special Education teacher has prepared me to teach this subject matter with a high level of attention for each students' individual needs. Give me an honest effort all the way through the plan we'll develop together and I will do everything I can to help you pass on the first try.
SOL

SOL

I have a B.S. in Special Education and taught in Virginia as a licensed teacher using SOL's. I was considered a "Highly Qualified" teacher in Virginia under "No Child Left Behind" legisation. I am still able to accurately navigate through Virginia's Standards of Learning and apply relevant standards to lessons.

Examples of Expertise


Jessica has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 16 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Amazing reading tutor!

Jessica has been tutoring both my daughters (ages 6 and 8) in reading. We have seen significant progress in their reading skills, interest in reading and confidence since they starting working with Jessica. She has a very effective approach and manages to keep my girls engaged for an hour over video (which is very challenging!). One of my daughters has dyslexia and ADHD and Jessica is able to provide a lesson for her that is very effective and tailored to her learning style. Both my daughters look forward to their sessions with Jessica because she makes it fun. I highly recommend Jessica for elementary school reading help.

Shawn, 78 lessons with Jessica
Tutor responded:

Thank you for your feedback, Shawn! It's been a pleasure working with your daughters and watching them improve.

Thanks!

Jessica has been a wonderful tutor for the past several weeks. She has patiently and skillfully helped my HS son work thru a writing disability, ADD and low confidence. We are looking forward to a more productive and less frustrating year! Thanks Jessica!!!

Gary, 7 lessons with Jessica
Tutor responded:

Thanks for your feedback! I hope you have a wonderful school year!

Great teacher

Jessica is a very responsible and experienced teacher with lots of patience. She helps my twins for writing and reading comprehension skill. I can see the difference between the lesson starts. And she also makes the digital learning organized and efficient. She also prepared very well on every lesson, the lesson went very smooth. I highly recommend her!

Pei-Ju, 21 lessons with Jessica
Tutor responded:

Thank you for your feedback! Your students are working hard and it shows! Keep up the great work!

Jessica is a very patient educator.

Jessica has been helping my daughter learn to read. My daughter has picked up word sounds and tries them. A great leap in terms of how she has learned to differentiate some of the word sounds. I am extremely happy about how she is learning to read via online classes. Ms Jessica makes the class interactive and fun, with singing , writing, finding words, rhyming etc. Her patience and the ability to gently bring a child to re-focus on the subject in hand is praiseworthy.

Hema, 27 lessons with Jessica
Tutor responded:

Thank you for your feedback! Your daughter is a joy to work with!

Jessica is a very patient educator.

Jessica has been helping my daughter learn to read. My daughter has picked up word sounds and tries them. A great leap in terms of how she has learned to differentiate some of the word sounds. I am extremely happy about how she is learning to read via online classes. Ms Jessica makes the class interactive and fun, with singing , writing, finding words, rhyming etc. Her patience and the ability to gently bring a child to re-focus on the subject in hand is praiseworthy.

Hema, 27 lessons with Jessica

Excellent! Would recommend to anyone.

I'm extremely happy with the choice I made. Mrs. H. was always professional, prompt and prepared. We covered many years of math in 4 weeks, at a pace tailored to me. She listened to my needs, answered questions, came with handouts, and was available for me to call or email anytime. For those reasons, I couldn't be happier. Being one on one accelerated my learning, and I can't imagine a teacher working harder to make and maintain a lesson plan for me. She was as friendly as you'll find, and seemed to genuinely care about my education. She made this process easy and comfortable. If I could, I would give her 6 stars to repay the favor, because she gave me 110%. We tackled some pretty difficult tasks, so I would highly recommend for any learning level!

Dylan, 11 lessons with Jessica
Tutor responded:

Thank you for the feedback, Dylan! Congratulations on passing your test with honors! I know you worked really hard to achieve that. Good luck in Utah!

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Response time: 7 hours