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Ellen W.

Staunton, VA

$65/hour

Tutor Math, Writing, SOLs, SAT Prep, Special Needs

4.6 average from 5 ratings
Engaged, dependable, patient
— Mary, Penn Laird, VA on 11/6/13

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Pratt Institute
Mary Baldwin College
Master's

Education

Pratt Institute

Mary Baldwin College (Master's)

About Ellen

I work with students who are not thriving in the public, private, or home-school environment, either due to learning disabilities or because their learning style differs from that being offered in the classroom. Because not all students learn in the same way or at the same pace, I use an individualized approach--often incorporating art and games--to help build confidence and improve grades.

As a private tutor I am able to assess my students to determine where they are struggling. I work with the student, adapting the curriculum to fit his or her learning style. When appropriate, I observe the student in the classroom and work with the teacher to coordinate a plan of action.

I have a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching, with an Endorsement in Special Education. I am licensed by the Virginia Department of Education to teach Special Education (K-12).
I work with students who are not thriving in the public, private, or home-school environment, either due to learning disabilities or because their learning style differs from that being offered in the classroom. Because not all students learn in the same way or at the same pace, I use an individualized approach--often incorporating Read more

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Cancellation
36 hours notice required

Rates begin at $65 per hour with discounts given for multiple hours per week. This rate includes my travel fee. Save money by coming to my location in Staunton or taking a lesson on line.

Travel Radius
Travels within 0 miles of Staunton, VA 24401

"Engaged, dependable, patient"

- Mary, Penn Laird, VA on 11/6/13

"Great Tutor"

- Fatima, Charlottesville, VA on 9/13/13
Ellen replied on 9/16/2013

Thank you Fatima. It was great working with you. You are on the road to success. Keep it up!
Ellen

"Really on the ball"

- Pamela, Charlottesville, VA on 11/15/12
Ellen replied on 11/15/2012

Thank you for the great feedback, Pam. Both daughters are a delight to work with. I am so glad their grades have improved. Thank you again. Ellen

"Excellent tutor!"

- Kelly, Staunton, VA on 8/4/12
Ellen replied on 8/6/2012

Thank you Kelly. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with your daughter this summer. I only regret the summer is coming to an end.

Math:
Algebra 1,
Elementary Math, Prealgebra
Art:
Drawing, Painting
English:
English, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
GED, Praxis,
PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SOL,
SSAT
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Aspergers,
Dyslexia,
Phonics, Special Needs
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

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ADD/ADHD

I have a master's in teaching with an endorsement in special education. I have worked with many students with ADD/ADHD, Aspergers, Dyslexia, and other disabilities.

Algebra 1

I have taught math at all grade levels, including Algebra I and Algebra II. For example, I recently taught Algebra II to a student who was accepted into a prestigious private school in Northern Virgina. I am now working with a home school student; we have just completed Algebra I and will begin Algebra II in September. I incorporate videos and on-line programs in my instruction but veer away from traditional text books. As with all the subjects I teach, I adapt my instruction to fit the learning style of the student.

Aspergers

I have a masters in teaching with an endorsement in special education. I have worked with many students with Aspergers, and other disabilities. I worked with one home-school student for more than a year, adapting the curriculum to meet his needs and developing a behavioral plan for the student and his family. He is now able to attend a small private school.

Dyslexia

I have a masters in teaching with an endorsement in special education. I have worked with many students with Dyslexia and other disabilities. I am now working with a student with Dyslexia and mild mental retardation. We are using Reading Horizons and other tools. His reading level has gone from 1.3 to 2.7 in a few months.

Elementary (K-6th)

I am endorsed by the Commonwealth of Virginia to teach Special Education K-12. As a tutor, I have worked with my elementary and middle school students to help reinforce and/or reteach what they are learning in the classroom. Currently, I am working with a fourth grader who struggles in writing. I am also working with a fifth grader with specific learning disabilities and low cognitive ability and another fifth grader with attention deficit disorder. Recently, I worked with a sixth grader who was reading below grade level. I have just been hired to tutor another sixth grader who is failing all his classes. I will be reteaching all his academic subjects over the summer. I have taught small groups of elementary school students in after school programs. I use a wide range of methods to reach these students, depending on their personal learning styles and needs.

Painting

I earned a BFA in Painting from Pratt Institute. I am a member of Co-Art Gallery in Staunton, VA and was a co-founder of a gallery in Strasburg, VA. I am now showing at Blue Mountain Coffee and have had numerous other shows.

Praxis

I have a master's degree in education. When I took the Praxis I earned scores of 185 in Reading; 185 in Writing; and 181 in Math, all of which are in the upper tier. I tutored my classmates who were studying for the test at the same time. Since then I have tutored many students in the SATs and other standardized tests.

SOL

I have been tutoring students, including several fifth graders, for more than a decade. During that time, I have worked with these students to overcome obstacles to learning. I have retaught material covered in the classroom so that it is more compatible with each student's individual learning style. Students SOL test scores have improved as a result--direct or indirect--of my teaching. Licensed to teach in the Commonwealth of Virginia, I am well acquainted with the SOLs and the SOL pacing guides.

Special Needs

I have a master's degree in teaching with an endorsement in special education. I am licensed by the Commonwealth of Virgina's Department of Education to teach SPED K-12.

Study Skills

As a special education teacher and a tutor I have worked with dozens of students to help them learn and strengthen organization and study skills. In most cases, when working with all students--but especially those with ADHD and specific learning disabilities--study and organization skills must be taught along with (or even before) proper instruction in the subject matter.

Pratt Institute
Mary Baldwin College
Master's

Education

Pratt Institute

Mary Baldwin College (Master's)

Engaged, dependable, patient — Ellen was a great "find" in a tutor. She was able to help my son (7th grade) in all subject areas, assist with organization, test prep, remedial skills and writing. She utilized various online tools to supplement the school materials which really helped to reduce the tedium of the bland work sheets that came home from the class. She used creative strategies to help my son remain engaged in his wo ...

— Mary, Penn Laird, VA on 11/6/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

Rates begin at $65 per hour with discounts given for multiple hours per week. This rate includes my travel fee. Save money by coming to my location in Staunton or taking a lesson on line.

Travel policy

Ellen will travel within 0 miles of Staunton, VA 24401.