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Heather S.

Everett, WA

$50/hour

Retired Gifted Teacher - Reading, Writing and Study Skills

4.9 average from 70 ratings
Great Tutor!
— Julia, Sammamish, WA on 4/16/15

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The Evergreen State College
BA
University of Washington
Master's

Education

The Evergreen State College (BA)

University of Washington (Master's)

About Heather

For learners of all ages, success is dependent upon motivation and also the ability to stay organized and on task. My history at establishing a strong working connection with students has enabled me to help them achieve both. My teaching experience includes several years in a gifted education program for second through eighth graders, including curriculum design as well as planning and teaching visual art, creative writing and drama in grades six through eight. After doing my practicum teaching in an alternative public middle school program, I served as a substitute teacher in grades 4-12.

In addition to my classroom teaching tenure, I spent additional time working with individual students and small teams, who entered and won awards in academic competitions. I welcome the opportunity to tutor your child in areas that are challenging and also help your student develop effective study skills that will foster confidence and success in School!

I believe in a holistic approach when working with students. I strive to help them develop their skills, study habits, knowledge and a love for learning. I encourage critical thinking and I feel strongly that reading and writing are essential for most learning. My experience has shown me that integrating the personal interests of my students into their studies elicits engagement and enthusiasm, which then leads to success in their academic efforts.

Thank you for considering me in your search for a tutor.
For learners of all ages, success is dependent upon motivation and also the ability to stay organized and on task. My history at establishing a strong working connection with students has enabled me to help them achieve both. My teaching experience includes several years in a gifted education program for second through eighth graders, including Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Although I do have a 24 hour cancellation policy, I am happy to accommodate you with a make up session at a later date.

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Everett, WA 98201
Background Check: Passed

"Great Tutor!"

- Julia, Sammamish, WA on 4/16/15

"Great tutor and very patient"

- Nathan, Snohomish, WA on 8/25/15

"Wonderful tutor!"

- Yakun, Woodinville, WA on 2/18/15

"Great tutor! We are very happy with her"

- Ron, Redmond, WA on 11/21/14

"Great tutor"

- Suneetha, Sammamish, WA on 11/21/14
Math:
Elementary Math
Science:
Anatomy, Biology, Psychology, Sociology
Art:
Photography,
Theatre
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
Photography
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting,
Phonics, Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Elementary (K-6th)

I hold a permanent, valid K-8 teaching certificate from the State of Ohio. I always received excellent annual reviews/evaluations of my teaching competence and classroom skills. For several years, I was responsible for the design and implementation of the gifted curriculum for grades 2-8. My students were always enthusiastic and engaged during their class time with me. They clambered to sign up for the enrichment classes and clubs I facilitated, such as creative writing, debate, drama and Odyssy of the Mind.

Handwriting

I am a certified teacher in K-8 and have taught elementary students for 3+ years. I am experienced in teaching language arts, including handwriting/penmanship. After assessing a student's competence with letter recognition and also their level of fine motor skills, as appropriate, students are encouraged to practice letter formation and legibility. I look for consistent improvement.

Photography

My educational background in photography includes several courses taken at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. I spent many years with my own darkroom, producing art photos, candid portraits and freelance commissions. In addition, I taught a photography class for middle school students in Olympia, Washington as part of my undergraduate teaching practicum.

Study Skills

The consistent use of effective study skills is essential to learning. Good study habits support the ability to produce quality work, earn excellent grades, higher test scores and incorporate new information and skills into further education and everyday life.

Some of the study skills I have found to be helpful and that i suggest to my students are things like: taking notes while reading textbooks, creating question and answer cards for review, having a light snack before a homework or study session, planning and beginning work well before deadlines in order to produce the highest quality possible, take 5 minute breaks every 20 minutes to stretch muscles and keep blood circulating, sometimes work in pairs, read material out loud or paraphrase what has just been read. The list is long and I believe that, because each learner is an individual, different study practices and combinations of exercises will be better for some students than others.

In order to help my students find the best study skill practices for them, I model and incorporate them into lessons so a student can try out different methods to discover for themselves which ones are the best fit.

I have had significant experience helping students in this area as a classroom teacher and also on an individual basis working with students who were preparing for academic competitions and also in private tutoring sessions with students in afterschool homework sessions.

The Evergreen State College
BA
University of Washington
Master's

Education

The Evergreen State College (BA)

University of Washington (Master's)

Great Tutor!

Heather came to my home and tutor my 6.5 years old daughter for reading. My daughter just loved it! She knows the right way to guide young kids to love reading and read book in a right way. She is also very patient to explain what my daughter doesn't know. I see my daughter having a good time with her. Because she lived very far away from our home, the commute is a problem. She only had one lesson

— Julia, Sammamish, WA on 4/16/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Although I do have a 24 hour cancellation policy, I am happy to accommodate you with a make up session at a later date.

Travel policy

Heather will travel within 30 miles of Everett, WA 98201.