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Polly S.

Moseley, VA

$40/hour

PreK - 1st Grade Tutor

In-person lessons
20+ Hours
Background check passed as of 12/20/11
5.0 average from 9 ratings
Makes It Fun
— Kristi, Midlothian, VA on 1/31/12

$40/Hour


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Lynchburg College
VCU
MEd

Education

Lynchburg College

VCU (MEd)

About Polly

I am creative and passionate. I provide appropriate learning materials to foster development in children. I'm eager to apply different strategies to promote success in children. My goal as a teacher is to ensure the success of each one of my students. The identification of a student’s learning style ensures success and empowers a student whether it is auditory, visual, both, or if certain motivators need to be utilized. Identification on just how a student learns material will unlock the door to many of the challenges faced by students. By incorporating the way a student learns, in a lesson, it becomes more effective.

I feel praise and encouragement is very important to a young learner. "Catching them being good" is vital when working with a child. At this time children tend to open up and are proud to take ownership of their work. Also it is equally important to listen to the child and validate their feelings and let them be aware that you are there to help them be successful.

In the past I have, I participated in many reading workshops and I have found that it is best to use different reading techniques in order to empower students:

- Have student sound out words using different techniques.
- Utilize music books and rhymes
- Utilize big books.
- Utilize language experience stories
- Utilize stuffed animals
- Utilize felt book sets.

I documented running records in order to track a student’s reading progress and reported the results to the student’s homeroom teacher. However, when tutoring, I would be reporting the progress to you. I have had guided reading groups to help students become successful and fluent with reading.
I am creative and passionate. I provide appropriate learning materials to foster development in children. I'm eager to apply different strategies to promote success in children. My goal as a teacher is to ensure the success of each one of my students. The identification of a student’s learning style ensures success and empowers a student whether Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Moseley, VA 23120
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Makes It Fun"

- Kristi, Midlothian, VA on 1/31/12
English:
Reading
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Phonics,
Reading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ADD/ADHD

I received a masters degree at Virginia Commonwealth University in Early Childhood/Special Education in 1996. At this time, we discussed children that had ADD/ADHD characteristics and how to enhance their education. This past summer(2010) I took a course pertaining to Teaching Strategies for children that have ADHD to get my Va. teaching license renewed.

Aspergers

I got a Masters Degree at Virginia Commonwealth University in Early Childhood/Special Education in 1996. At this time, we discussed children that had Aspergers Syndrome or children that exhibited characteristics and how to enhance their education. Also in my work experience, I have come in contact with children that have had Aspergers.

Autism

I got a Masters Degree at Virginia Commonwealth University in Early Childhood/Special Education in 1996. At this time ,we discussed autism characteristics and how to teach children that had these specific characteristics.
At my last job, I experienced children with autism and the uniquely different set of skills that each one of them had. Some of the topics that were discussed at trainings were how to use positive talking, 3 step compliance and verbal manding.

Dyslexia

I got a Masters Degree at Virginia Commonwealth University in Early Childhood/Special Education in 1996. Prior to receiving my Masters, I received a B.A. in General Special Education.One of the courses that I took pertained to children with Learning Disabilities. At this time, I had the fortunate opportunity to complete internships at schools that focused on children that had learning disabilities.
After completing college, I taught children that had learning challenges.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a masters degree in early childhood/special education. In order to be more aware of typical developmental progress, I took classes in the progression of reading, writing,and math when it came time for certification renewal. Also, I worked as a reading initiative teacher and resource teacher in the public school system.

Phonics

I graduated from VCU in 1996 with a masters degree in Early Childhood/Special Education. Although I'm not certified in phonics, I went to many workshops related to reading acquisition for a young child. I was a a reading initiative teacher at one time. During this time, I was trained how to administer the Woodcock-Johnson. In addition, each time I renewed my teacher license, I took reading courses. One was the titled Process and Acquisition of Reading and the other course was titled Materials for Teaching Reading.

The first course dealt with different ways to teach a child reading. The second one was a more hands-on approach, and I received different materials/ techniques used by teachers to enhance reading skills in the young learner.

Reading

I was a reading initiative teacher for a year in Maryland for 1st graders. At this time, I went to several reading trainings. In addition, when I took courses to maintain my certification, the courses pertained to reading. Also, I was a resource teacher for children who were intellectual challenged.

Special Needs

I got a Masters Degree at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1996. My area of expertise was Early Childhood/Special Education. At this time , I took a variety of course work. I learned that each individual child had a different learning style. I studied different techniques and strategies to help them become successful learners.Also in my work experience, I have been taught a variety of children that had special needs.

Lynchburg College
VCU
MEd

Education

Lynchburg College

VCU (MEd)

Makes It Fun

Polly helps motivate and tutor our 6 year old son in phonics, reading, writing, etc. He has a dx of highly functioning Aspergers and ADHD. Polly is very patient with him yet establishes clear boundaries. He desperately wants to learn but has trouble focusing. Polly is able to keep him on track during sessions and recognizes when he needs a break. He will work the entire session for her with just o

— Kristi, Midlothian, VA on 1/31/12

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Polly will travel within 15 miles of Moseley, VA 23120.