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Donna E.

Woodbridge, VA

$40/hr

Elementary Level PALS Reading Specialist Tutor

In-person lessons
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Background check passed as of 4/30/15
5.0 Avg. Rating
 
 
50 Ratings
 
 
9hrs Response Time
Patient and Knowledgeable
— Mekdes, Lorton, VA on 7/9/14

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About Donna

I am an elementary school level (k-5) Reading Specialist located in Prince William County, VA. This past school year, I was the PALS (Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening) Reading Specialist. My job required me to teach several small groups of students the skills needed to pass the PALS test in the spring. My pass rate was 89% this year, the best in school history.

I have five years experience working within the school system. I have co-taught third grade (all subjects), was a math and language arts small group specialist for fifth grade, been a full time substitute teacher, and summer school secretary. I have also screened incoming kindergartners during kindergarten registration held in the spring. I know the skills needed to succeed.

I am a mother of four children ages 16, 21, 22, and 27. I was a scout leader, both boy and girl, for 18 years. I have quite a bit of experience with children and students. I know how to motivate children and make learning fun. I am "firm yet fair", at least according to one of my prior fifth grade students!
I am an elementary school level (k-5) Reading Specialist located in Prince William County, VA. This past school year, I was the PALS (Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening) Reading Specialist. My job required me to teach several small groups of students the skills needed to pass the Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Woodbridge, VA 22193
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Patient and Knowledgeable"

- Mekdes, Lorton, VA on 7/9/14

"Great with young kids."

- Luci, Fairfax, VA on 6/18/15

"Excellent!"

- Brittany, Stafford, VA on 8/29/14
English:
Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting,
Phonics,
Reading, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
Handwriting,
Reading, Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading

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Elementary (K-6th)

I earned my AS in General Studies with a minor in Education Specialization. I graduated Summa Cum Laude.

I have taught in the Prince William County school system for 8 years; 3 years teaching P.A.L.S.(Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening) with an 89% success rate for grades K-3rd. I have been a third grade TA, a fifth grade TA as a reading and math specialist, special education long term sub, PE long-term sub, IT long term sub, and a sub for grades K-8, including art, music, and library.

I have 2 years experience as a front office secretary. I have proctored SOLs for the past 5 years.
I have had concussion training, Handle With Care training (restraint training), diabetes training, first aid, and CPR training. I have knowledge of IEPs, VAAPS, SOLs, and the requirements for each. I have access to the requirements for standards of each grade.

Handwriting

I have been a handwriting instructor for the past 3 years in the Prince William County School system.
We use Handwriting Without Tears as our basic instruction.
This instruction involves the use of songs, curved and straight boards, chalk board and chalk, and a wet sponge. It uses many manipulatives that increase hand-eye coordination and increases memorization of the skills.
The premise is all letters start at the top regardless of upper or lower case. There are main letters, such as C, that are used to teach other letters such as a, d, g, o, and q.
The skills are easily learned by children 4-10 years old.

Phonics

I have taught P.A.L.S., Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening, in the Prince William County School system for the past 3 years.

Patient and Knowledgeable — Donna has been giving reading and writing lessons to my 6 year old son. She is always on time and brings various materials that are very helpful. She is patient and is able to work with my son’s pace of learning. She makes learning fun. I am confident my son will be in a higher level by the end of summer. I strongly recommend Donna. ...

— Mekdes, Lorton, VA on 7/9/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Donna will travel within 20 miles of Woodbridge, VA 22193.

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