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Deborah R.

Tutoring is not only about subject matter; learn how to learn!

Tutoring is not only about subject matter; learn how to learn!

$40/hour

  • 402 hours tutoring

About Deborah


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Hello students and parents!

Welcome! As a tutor and college professor, it is important to me that we work together to increase your skills in your identified area of need. I thoroughly enjoy the experience of helping others succeed and offer my own knowledge, experience, and skills in the following subject areas of writing, public speaking, resumes/interviews, math, study skills, TOEFL prep, and ESL.

I am passionate about teaching, patient, and enthusiastic. My teaching style is...

Hello students and parents!

Welcome! As a tutor and college professor, it is important to me that we work together to increase your skills in your identified area of need. I thoroughly enjoy the experience of helping others succeed and offer my own knowledge, experience, and skills in the following subject areas of writing, public speaking, resumes/interviews, math, study skills, TOEFL prep, and ESL.

I am passionate about teaching, patient, and enthusiastic. My teaching style is creative, flexible, and interactive! My values include professionalism, sincerity, honesty, respect, and results-driven.

I have been an educator for over 20 years. As a professor at Pierce College in Washington state, I was nominated for the Distinguished Faculty Award as well as receiving the Outstanding ESL Teacher Award at Cypress Community College (NOCCCD) in southern California.

In reference to my own hobbies, I enjoy gardening, cooking, baking, mosaics, traveling, scrap-booking, hiking, camping, biking, and entering athletic races such as triathlons and half-marathons.

It is my goal to help each and every one of my students not only with the skills needed to learn a subject and/or language, but also to instill in them, a passion for life-long learning.

And even if you choose not to hire me as your tutor ... please carry this message with you: "There are always two sides to every coin. Choose the positive side every morning you wake up. Choose to take risks and explore. And above all, choose to do your personal best."


Education

Frostburg State University
Psychology
Graduated from the University of Pittsburgh
MEd
Georgetown University, DC
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $40
  • Rate details: Group rates: 2 students $60/hour total 3 students $80/hour total 4-6 students $100/hour total
  • Lesson cancellation: 2 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 2/21/2021

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

Career Development,

Career Development

I have taught Career Development classes at both the high school (with Running Start high school students who are simultaneously enrolled in high school and college programs)and the community college levels. My instruction focuses on using paper/pencil assessments as well as online career search tools such as Onet Online; free assessments from: The Princeton Review, The Career Zone, The Riley Guide, or The Keirsey Temperament Sorter (Assessment based in the Myers-Briggs Theory. I use the results of any one of the assessments a student takes to assist him/her in choosing a career or major. We explore interest areas as well as skill areas to arrive at a career field focus. Part of the career exploration involves conducting informational interviews with a currently employed individual, practicing mock job interviews, developing and/or updating a resume; learning how to effectively complete online job applications, and to conduct the follow-up steps of the interview process. Academic subjects and transfer programs are also discussed and reviewed for a better understanding of the college processes.
Microsoft PowerPoint,

Microsoft PowerPoint

Teaching PowerPoint is definitely my forte as I have taught many lab classes of PowerPoint as well as used this program while presenting at many local, statewide, and national conferences for my job. I love technology and I use a lot of different tools which include but not limited to online tutorials, my individualized curriculum, quizzes/tests, and project work. Your lessons will start off with learning the basics of putting together a presentation. I also teach you how to give a professional presentation to include great eye contact, non-verbal body language, voice projection, organizational skills, and use of the bells and whistles inside of PowerPoint. You could learn all of this or you could choose to stick to just the basics. I work with my students and not merely give them a bunch of websites to work on in between classes. I do give homework and quizzes/tests. You would be assigned project work and the ending project is a task that involves planning an international trip using EXCEL, WORD, PowerPoint, and Publisher. If you do not have all of these programs on your computer, you can download a trial copy for 30 - 60 days at the Microsoft Office site. Working with PowerPoint is an extremely fun and creative experience. I look forward to working with you on creating some really great presentations!
Microsoft Publisher,

Microsoft Publisher

In using MS Publisher with my students, I first explore how I will be conducting my planning, developing and organizing of my material as a checkpoint to verify if Publisher is indeed the best software program to use. Since I find creativity and variety of delivery modes critical in keeping the students excited about learning and wanting to return to tomorrow's class, I choose Publisher often. This program enhances students' skills in many of the major language areas (reading, writing, speaking, vocabulary, and grammar) as well as creative design, imagination, and technology skills. For over ten years, I have used Publisher to encourage and enhance students' writing skills through an ESL quarterly newsletter. They have learned to be individually responsible for timeframes, deadlines, task completion and follow through by using Publisher for newsletters. My students have also learned to develop their writing skills by using this program to create advertisements, flyers, and posters. One project which has always instilled pride in my students involves the creation of a travel brochure which comes from a team activity of taking a mock trip to an international city. They incorporate the use of EXCEL for their budget planning, and MS PowerPoint to share their project via an oral presentation. Students also learn how to make business cards, letterheads and advertisements to promote their own businesses. I use calendars for them to set their goals and identify due dates for goals, homework, important dates, etc. Students love my class days when we use Publisher as this program allows them to deviate from the typical classroom lecture - they are much more interactive and team oriented when using Publisher.
Microsoft Word,

Microsoft Word

I have been working with computers since the 1990s when I purchased my first laptop for my college program. I take pride in saying that most of what I have learned has been self-taught, later supplemented with workshops and continuing education classes. I use computers on a daily professional basis, accessing Microsoft Word, EXCEL, PowerPoint, and Publisher. I have been designated as the teacher mentor for new part-time instructors at my college, and I always look forward to showing them so many more tips and tricks with Microsoft Word that they have not been familiar with. I have taught many quarters of computer classes from beginners’ level to advanced and these classes have always explored Microsoft Word. I enjoy using this software program in the non-traditional ways in order to stretch my students’ imagination and have them think outside the box. Thus, in addition to teaching the typical elements in Word (i.e., the toolbars), I like to introduce them to all those ‘hidden toolbar icons’ that most users are leary to explore (i.e., track changes, mail merges, SmartArt, hyperlinks, etc.). I look forward to working with you and wish you well in all that you do!
Public Speaking

Public Speaking

I have taught over 10 years at Pierce College working with ESL students, pre-college English and reading as well as oral presentation skills. I conducted weekly oral presentations with my students and I helped them identify what their strong and weak points are. When they presented in front of an audience, I worked with them to remind them they are performing as an actor on stage. My main points of instruction focus on: Appropriate body language Speaking with conviction No reading from notes Maintaining sincere eye contact Speaking to your audience, listening to their questions, responding to their reactions, adjust and adapt. Being prepared for the unexpected Pauses. Allowing yourself and your audience a little time to reflect and think. Adding humor whenever appropriate and possible. Keeping your audience interested Audio-visual aids Having handouts ready Knowing when to STOP talking I love speaking in front of audiences, large and small. It becomes a challenge to me to see how I can maintain their interest and active participation throughout my own speeches.

Computer

Microsoft PowerPoint,

Microsoft PowerPoint

Teaching PowerPoint is definitely my forte as I have taught many lab classes of PowerPoint as well as used this program while presenting at many local, statewide, and national conferences for my job. I love technology and I use a lot of different tools which include but not limited to online tutorials, my individualized curriculum, quizzes/tests, and project work. Your lessons will start off with learning the basics of putting together a presentation. I also teach you how to give a professional presentation to include great eye contact, non-verbal body language, voice projection, organizational skills, and use of the bells and whistles inside of PowerPoint. You could learn all of this or you could choose to stick to just the basics. I work with my students and not merely give them a bunch of websites to work on in between classes. I do give homework and quizzes/tests. You would be assigned project work and the ending project is a task that involves planning an international trip using EXCEL, WORD, PowerPoint, and Publisher. If you do not have all of these programs on your computer, you can download a trial copy for 30 - 60 days at the Microsoft Office site. Working with PowerPoint is an extremely fun and creative experience. I look forward to working with you on creating some really great presentations!
Microsoft Publisher,

Microsoft Publisher

In using MS Publisher with my students, I first explore how I will be conducting my planning, developing and organizing of my material as a checkpoint to verify if Publisher is indeed the best software program to use. Since I find creativity and variety of delivery modes critical in keeping the students excited about learning and wanting to return to tomorrow's class, I choose Publisher often. This program enhances students' skills in many of the major language areas (reading, writing, speaking, vocabulary, and grammar) as well as creative design, imagination, and technology skills. For over ten years, I have used Publisher to encourage and enhance students' writing skills through an ESL quarterly newsletter. They have learned to be individually responsible for timeframes, deadlines, task completion and follow through by using Publisher for newsletters. My students have also learned to develop their writing skills by using this program to create advertisements, flyers, and posters. One project which has always instilled pride in my students involves the creation of a travel brochure which comes from a team activity of taking a mock trip to an international city. They incorporate the use of EXCEL for their budget planning, and MS PowerPoint to share their project via an oral presentation. Students also learn how to make business cards, letterheads and advertisements to promote their own businesses. I use calendars for them to set their goals and identify due dates for goals, homework, important dates, etc. Students love my class days when we use Publisher as this program allows them to deviate from the typical classroom lecture - they are much more interactive and team oriented when using Publisher.
Microsoft Windows,

Microsoft Windows

I have taught many computer classes (from beginning to advanced) to my ESL students throughout my 10+ years of instruction at community colleges and in library classroom settings. Of all the skills needed to be a successful computer instructor, I pride myself on my patience and the refusal to grab the mouse from my student during instruction! They learn faster from doing versus watching. I have also developed many student manuals on learning Microsoft Windows for all levels of ESL and ABE students. Based on my quarterly student self-assessment, my topics may range from among the following: The Desktop, Basic Concepts; Configuring the screen, the mouse, the printer; Adding or removing programs; Adding new hardware; Windows Media Player; Scheduled Tasks; System tools; The Recyle Bin; Searching; and Windows explorer. I offer instruction using video tutorials, suggested exercises,and step by step exercises. Each activity and task is followed an evaluation.
Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word

I have been working with computers since the 1990s when I purchased my first laptop for my college program. I take pride in saying that most of what I have learned has been self-taught, later supplemented with workshops and continuing education classes. I use computers on a daily professional basis, accessing Microsoft Word, EXCEL, PowerPoint, and Publisher. I have been designated as the teacher mentor for new part-time instructors at my college, and I always look forward to showing them so many more tips and tricks with Microsoft Word that they have not been familiar with. I have taught many quarters of computer classes from beginners’ level to advanced and these classes have always explored Microsoft Word. I enjoy using this software program in the non-traditional ways in order to stretch my students’ imagination and have them think outside the box. Thus, in addition to teaching the typical elements in Word (i.e., the toolbars), I like to introduce them to all those ‘hidden toolbar icons’ that most users are leary to explore (i.e., track changes, mail merges, SmartArt, hyperlinks, etc.). I look forward to working with you and wish you well in all that you do!

Corporate Training

Career Development,

Career Development

I have taught Career Development classes at both the high school (with Running Start high school students who are simultaneously enrolled in high school and college programs)and the community college levels. My instruction focuses on using paper/pencil assessments as well as online career search tools such as Onet Online; free assessments from: The Princeton Review, The Career Zone, The Riley Guide, or The Keirsey Temperament Sorter (Assessment based in the Myers-Briggs Theory. I use the results of any one of the assessments a student takes to assist him/her in choosing a career or major. We explore interest areas as well as skill areas to arrive at a career field focus. Part of the career exploration involves conducting informational interviews with a currently employed individual, practicing mock job interviews, developing and/or updating a resume; learning how to effectively complete online job applications, and to conduct the follow-up steps of the interview process. Academic subjects and transfer programs are also discussed and reviewed for a better understanding of the college processes.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I received my degree (Masters in Teaching ESL / Bilingual Education) from Georgetown University in D.C. I have always had a passion for other cultures and I soon found myself studying and teaching in Quito, Ecuador. In teaching ESL/ESOL, I take into consideration the background of the individual (i.e., country of origin, educational level, self-assessments, self-identified reasons to learn English as well as areas of focus for skill development). I will work with your individual learning style offering a variety of tools and techniques. When we meet for a lesson, I can guarantee you a stress-free and interactive environment, employing fun and high energy activities, performance tasks, and games. My main focus is transitioning students to the next level, be it a higher ESL language level, GED or ABE classes, or pre-college / college level academic classes. All in all, I will teach you to learn how to learn and remain focused and committed to your identified goals.
Grammar,

Grammar

I have been teaching grammar for over 12 years now accessing everything I learned from my graduate program at Georgetown University and Seattle University. Since I love grammar, I make your learning fun and interactive as well. This subject could be quite challenging, therefore, I offer high energy lessons using a variety of tools (online language sites, hands-on tasks, music, drama, poetry, AZAR textbooks and website, etc.). I offer lessons from beginners' level to advanced. Due to the thoroughness of my lessons, not only will your grammar improve, but your writing and speaking will also benefit from your hard work with me as your tutor. Good luck!
Microsoft PowerPoint,

Microsoft PowerPoint

Teaching PowerPoint is definitely my forte as I have taught many lab classes of PowerPoint as well as used this program while presenting at many local, statewide, and national conferences for my job. I love technology and I use a lot of different tools which include but not limited to online tutorials, my individualized curriculum, quizzes/tests, and project work. Your lessons will start off with learning the basics of putting together a presentation. I also teach you how to give a professional presentation to include great eye contact, non-verbal body language, voice projection, organizational skills, and use of the bells and whistles inside of PowerPoint. You could learn all of this or you could choose to stick to just the basics. I work with my students and not merely give them a bunch of websites to work on in between classes. I do give homework and quizzes/tests. You would be assigned project work and the ending project is a task that involves planning an international trip using EXCEL, WORD, PowerPoint, and Publisher. If you do not have all of these programs on your computer, you can download a trial copy for 30 - 60 days at the Microsoft Office site. Working with PowerPoint is an extremely fun and creative experience. I look forward to working with you on creating some really great presentations!
Microsoft Publisher,

Microsoft Publisher

In using MS Publisher with my students, I first explore how I will be conducting my planning, developing and organizing of my material as a checkpoint to verify if Publisher is indeed the best software program to use. Since I find creativity and variety of delivery modes critical in keeping the students excited about learning and wanting to return to tomorrow's class, I choose Publisher often. This program enhances students' skills in many of the major language areas (reading, writing, speaking, vocabulary, and grammar) as well as creative design, imagination, and technology skills. For over ten years, I have used Publisher to encourage and enhance students' writing skills through an ESL quarterly newsletter. They have learned to be individually responsible for timeframes, deadlines, task completion and follow through by using Publisher for newsletters. My students have also learned to develop their writing skills by using this program to create advertisements, flyers, and posters. One project which has always instilled pride in my students involves the creation of a travel brochure which comes from a team activity of taking a mock trip to an international city. They incorporate the use of EXCEL for their budget planning, and MS PowerPoint to share their project via an oral presentation. Students also learn how to make business cards, letterheads and advertisements to promote their own businesses. I use calendars for them to set their goals and identify due dates for goals, homework, important dates, etc. Students love my class days when we use Publisher as this program allows them to deviate from the typical classroom lecture - they are much more interactive and team oriented when using Publisher.
Microsoft Word,

Microsoft Word

I have been working with computers since the 1990s when I purchased my first laptop for my college program. I take pride in saying that most of what I have learned has been self-taught, later supplemented with workshops and continuing education classes. I use computers on a daily professional basis, accessing Microsoft Word, EXCEL, PowerPoint, and Publisher. I have been designated as the teacher mentor for new part-time instructors at my college, and I always look forward to showing them so many more tips and tricks with Microsoft Word that they have not been familiar with. I have taught many quarters of computer classes from beginners’ level to advanced and these classes have always explored Microsoft Word. I enjoy using this software program in the non-traditional ways in order to stretch my students’ imagination and have them think outside the box. Thus, in addition to teaching the typical elements in Word (i.e., the toolbars), I like to introduce them to all those ‘hidden toolbar icons’ that most users are leary to explore (i.e., track changes, mail merges, SmartArt, hyperlinks, etc.). I look forward to working with you and wish you well in all that you do!
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I have always enjoyed 'polishing' up an essay, a business project proposal, students' essays, administrative correspondence, etc., through my proofreading skills. This is a natural skill for me that I have developed and enhanced over the years through my work as an educational mentor, a webmaster with a college's Intranet site for employees, a career and job coach (editing resumes and cover letters for students, colleagues, and business professionals). Most recently, I tutored an author of ESL textbooks by proofreading / editing her manuscript draft. I tutor a variety of students to help improve their writing skills and along with this comes the "pay attention to the details" work of proofreading.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I have taught over 10 years at Pierce College working with ESL students, pre-college English and reading as well as oral presentation skills. I conducted weekly oral presentations with my students and I helped them identify what their strong and weak points are. When they presented in front of an audience, I worked with them to remind them they are performing as an actor on stage. My main points of instruction focus on: Appropriate body language Speaking with conviction No reading from notes Maintaining sincere eye contact Speaking to your audience, listening to their questions, responding to their reactions, adjust and adapt. Being prepared for the unexpected Pauses. Allowing yourself and your audience a little time to reflect and think. Adding humor whenever appropriate and possible. Keeping your audience interested Audio-visual aids Having handouts ready Knowing when to STOP talking I love speaking in front of audiences, large and small. It becomes a challenge to me to see how I can maintain their interest and active participation throughout my own speeches.
Spanish

Spanish

I have taught English and reading at Pierce College for over 10 years and work with many Hispanic students. My passion lies in helping students realize the potential within them with any subject. Studying a foreign language is exciting and I pass that enthusiasm off to my students as they also learn about the culture of the Latinos. I started studying Spanish in high school, followed it through in my graduate studies and ended up in Puerto Rico doing a work internship at a rehab center speaking Spanish, in Texas, also working with the Hispanics along the border, and two glorious and adventurous months in Quito, Ecuador, speaking, teaching and studying the Spanish language. I love the Latino culture and I would love the opportunity to help you with your studies of the Spanish language.

Elementary Education

Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

My instructional content focuses on math standards to include: problem solving, communicating, reasoning, connections, and estimation. My curriculum is adaptable to whatever math concept(s) need to be learned/improved and the textbook in use by the student. I currently tutor two second graders in elementary math, and a fifth grader in pre-algebra. All three continue to show improvement in their homework grades and classroom math tests. Part of my teaching format includes working on their level of self-confidence as well. Most of my activities with children include kinesthetic / tactile activities to help improve their math skills. Some of the topics I cover in elementary math may include, but are not limited to: Whole numbers Decimal numbers Integers Rational numbers Exponents and square roots Money Consumer math Time Add and subtract integers Add and subtract decimals Multiplication Division Problem solving and estimation Number theory Multiply and divide decimals Algebra Coordinate graphing Charts and graphs Statistics Fractions and mixed numbers Add and subtract fractions Multiply fractions Divide fractions Mixed operations Measurement Geometry Ratios, proportions, and percents Probability I highly encourage: - student self-checks (of their problems beginning to end) - frequent practice & reviews - students’ questions I use several interactive software programs to hold the students’ interests and to offer a different format for learning in a low stress environment.
Grammar,

Grammar

I have been teaching grammar for over 12 years now accessing everything I learned from my graduate program at Georgetown University and Seattle University. Since I love grammar, I make your learning fun and interactive as well. This subject could be quite challenging, therefore, I offer high energy lessons using a variety of tools (online language sites, hands-on tasks, music, drama, poetry, AZAR textbooks and website, etc.). I offer lessons from beginners' level to advanced. Due to the thoroughness of my lessons, not only will your grammar improve, but your writing and speaking will also benefit from your hard work with me as your tutor. Good luck!
Phonics,

Phonics

The primary focus of phonics instruction is to help beginning readers understand how letters are linked to sounds (phonemes) to form letter-sound correspondences and spelling patterns and to help them learn how to apply this knowledge in their reading. Being an ESL instructor at Pierce College, I have taught levels 1 to 6 for over 13 years. I provided phonics instruction both systematically and incidentally. I believe the classroom setting needs to be low stress, high energy and very interactive. Thus, I use different methods when teaching at this basic level: • Analogy phonics • Analytic phonics • Embedded phonics • Phonics through spelling • Synthetic phonics I have found that teaching phonics systematically produces significant benefits for students in kindergarten through 6th grade and for children having difficulty learning to read. This is also true for ESL students at the 6th grade or lower reading level. I have also discovered that this form of phonics instruction improved the ability of good readers to spell. I use a variety of tasks and activities to teach phonics, such as: - Initial / final sounds worksheets - CVC words worksheets - Word skills games - Phonics bingo - Phonics rhymes - Core Phonics spelling tests - Phonics word searches - Consonant / vowel digraphs worksheets
Reading,

Reading

I have been teaching young and old alike in developing their reading skills, to include all levels of reading skills. Most recently, I taught a new transitional program at my college whereby I worked with 10 students teaching them college level reading and English skills. Five of them were assessed at the Adult Basic Education level in both subjects. We worked hard together, spending time in identifying, developing and fine-tuning their reading skills. All ten passed both courses and are now heading on to other college level classes. I also teach reading to ESL students, using a number of online reading programs which I have purchased, so they are free for my students. I imagine everyday how challenging it would be to not be able to read; thus, I respect individuals who struggle with learning and improving their reading skills. I want to help them to the best of my ability. My lessons focus on: * Word recognition and letter sounds. * Whole sentence structure. * Finding vocabulary meaning in context. * Comprehension checks through oral question/answer. * Also a check on Comprehension with the: "Who?" "What?" "Where?" "When?" and "Why?" questions. * Reading fiction, non-fiction, biographies, poetry and music. * Writing your own stories and producing a small booklet. I look forward to working with you. Best of luck in all you do!
Spelling,

Spelling

I have always loved the challenge of spelling words correctly and ever since the 2nd grade, I was always the 'spelling queen bee' in school. It comes naturally to me and the longer I use textbooks, online software programs and activities to teach spelling to both children and adults, my skills are further enhanced to help others. I have worked with ESL students, military personnel, business professionals and elementary students to assist them with improved spelling skills. With my instruction, I cover spelling rules, phonetic sounding out of word syllables and experiential instruction to learn better spelling techniques.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Throughout my teaching career, one of the most important elements for a student to learn involves 'learning how to learn'. Most of us as instructors do not have the time to teach student success strategies (aka 'Study Skills'). I love the moments when the light bulbs go off and my students finally get it - the importance of taking the time to learn how to effectively take a test; or to try out the variety of ways to take notes successfully; and not to forget how to manage their time, thus creating less stress in their school, personal, and work lives. Over the years, I have compiled a number of study aides for my students, from using paper handouts, to online tutorials, including interactive exercises and many opportunities to practice what they have learned. I assist the students in creating their own portfolios, tracking their progress toward improving their study skills. I introduce my students to goal setting, educational planning, and student study strategies. Use of library resources, tutoring services, and note-taking practice during lectures of guest speakers further enhances my students' skills. Using technology is not new for me in promoting study skills with my students. I have accomplished this through a distance learning course offering while using video captured lessons, my own online recording as well as access to you tube videos. My students love the variety of my classes as they learn to be more successful students in all of their classes! I look forward to working with you and wish you luck in all that you do!
Vocabulary

Vocabulary

Throughout my Masters program at Georgetown University (Bilingual Education and Teaching English to Students of Other Languages), vocabulary instruction was an integral part of my program. I use a variety of tools to teach vocabulary, starting out with finding meaning in the context of sentences. I assign reading assignments and as new words are highlighted, new vocabulary is learned and practiced. I use word games such as crossword puzzles, word searches, and jumbled words to help identify correct spelling (reinforcing consonant blends, digraphs, vowel pronunciation, etc.) Using word lists and a definition journal also facilitates learning new vocabulary. These tools help to promote ongoing practice through repetitive usage of new words. Using fun teaching techniques such as assigning homework by watching Wheel of Fortune, or playing Bookworm and Scrabble is enjoyed by students as a fun and diverse way to practice new vocabulary. I also incorporate the teaching of prefixes, suffixes and root words to promote a thorough understanding of the word parts to the whole word.

English

English,

English

Teaching English is like opening a door to a world of creativity, imagination, and challenge! I love seeing the light bulbs go off with my students as they grasp the important elements in writing compositions. My instruction basically focuses on: - the writing process of brainstorming, free-writing, creating a draft, editing, revising, re-writes, etc. - using mindmapping and/or organized outlines as a start - sentence, paragraph, and essay structures - grammar - vocabulary in context - main idea & supporting details - making inferences - MLA and/or APA writing style - editing techniques I look forward to working with you to help improve your compositional skills. Good luck to you!
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I received my degree (Masters in Teaching ESL / Bilingual Education) from Georgetown University in D.C. I have always had a passion for other cultures and I soon found myself studying and teaching in Quito, Ecuador. In teaching ESL/ESOL, I take into consideration the background of the individual (i.e., country of origin, educational level, self-assessments, self-identified reasons to learn English as well as areas of focus for skill development). I will work with your individual learning style offering a variety of tools and techniques. When we meet for a lesson, I can guarantee you a stress-free and interactive environment, employing fun and high energy activities, performance tasks, and games. My main focus is transitioning students to the next level, be it a higher ESL language level, GED or ABE classes, or pre-college / college level academic classes. All in all, I will teach you to learn how to learn and remain focused and committed to your identified goals.
Grammar,

Grammar

I have been teaching grammar for over 12 years now accessing everything I learned from my graduate program at Georgetown University and Seattle University. Since I love grammar, I make your learning fun and interactive as well. This subject could be quite challenging, therefore, I offer high energy lessons using a variety of tools (online language sites, hands-on tasks, music, drama, poetry, AZAR textbooks and website, etc.). I offer lessons from beginners' level to advanced. Due to the thoroughness of my lessons, not only will your grammar improve, but your writing and speaking will also benefit from your hard work with me as your tutor. Good luck!
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I have always enjoyed 'polishing' up an essay, a business project proposal, students' essays, administrative correspondence, etc., through my proofreading skills. This is a natural skill for me that I have developed and enhanced over the years through my work as an educational mentor, a webmaster with a college's Intranet site for employees, a career and job coach (editing resumes and cover letters for students, colleagues, and business professionals). Most recently, I tutored an author of ESL textbooks by proofreading / editing her manuscript draft. I tutor a variety of students to help improve their writing skills and along with this comes the "pay attention to the details" work of proofreading.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I have taught over 10 years at Pierce College working with ESL students, pre-college English and reading as well as oral presentation skills. I conducted weekly oral presentations with my students and I helped them identify what their strong and weak points are. When they presented in front of an audience, I worked with them to remind them they are performing as an actor on stage. My main points of instruction focus on: Appropriate body language Speaking with conviction No reading from notes Maintaining sincere eye contact Speaking to your audience, listening to their questions, responding to their reactions, adjust and adapt. Being prepared for the unexpected Pauses. Allowing yourself and your audience a little time to reflect and think. Adding humor whenever appropriate and possible. Keeping your audience interested Audio-visual aids Having handouts ready Knowing when to STOP talking I love speaking in front of audiences, large and small. It becomes a challenge to me to see how I can maintain their interest and active participation throughout my own speeches.
Reading,

Reading

I have been teaching young and old alike in developing their reading skills, to include all levels of reading skills. Most recently, I taught a new transitional program at my college whereby I worked with 10 students teaching them college level reading and English skills. Five of them were assessed at the Adult Basic Education level in both subjects. We worked hard together, spending time in identifying, developing and fine-tuning their reading skills. All ten passed both courses and are now heading on to other college level classes. I also teach reading to ESL students, using a number of online reading programs which I have purchased, so they are free for my students. I imagine everyday how challenging it would be to not be able to read; thus, I respect individuals who struggle with learning and improving their reading skills. I want to help them to the best of my ability. My lessons focus on: * Word recognition and letter sounds. * Whole sentence structure. * Finding vocabulary meaning in context. * Comprehension checks through oral question/answer. * Also a check on Comprehension with the: "Who?" "What?" "Where?" "When?" and "Why?" questions. * Reading fiction, non-fiction, biographies, poetry and music. * Writing your own stories and producing a small booklet. I look forward to working with you. Best of luck in all you do!
Spelling,

Spelling

I have always loved the challenge of spelling words correctly and ever since the 2nd grade, I was always the 'spelling queen bee' in school. It comes naturally to me and the longer I use textbooks, online software programs and activities to teach spelling to both children and adults, my skills are further enhanced to help others. I have worked with ESL students, military personnel, business professionals and elementary students to assist them with improved spelling skills. With my instruction, I cover spelling rules, phonetic sounding out of word syllables and experiential instruction to learn better spelling techniques.
TOEFL,

TOEFL

When teaching TOEFL preparation, I emphasize the structure of the exam and deal with integrated activities. The integrated activities require the use of different skills. I offer instruction in 10 easy steps: 1. Preparation: a practice test 2. Planning my lessons backwards: I can effectively go through the tutoring session, work from the aims (goals), and then work the necessary steps, activities and exercises in order for you to reach those aims and objectives. 3. I know my subject: I get an understanding as to how the test is structured and learn the different steps involved by regularly taking a practice on the computerized test. This helps me learn different pointers that will help you make the most of the timing in between the questions. 4. Recording your responses 5. Note-taking 6. Integrated Mayhem 7. Using structure 8. Focus on the time aspect 9. Teach you to use your psychic abilities 10.Practice, Practice, Practice!
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

Throughout my Masters program at Georgetown University (Bilingual Education and Teaching English to Students of Other Languages), vocabulary instruction was an integral part of my program. I use a variety of tools to teach vocabulary, starting out with finding meaning in the context of sentences. I assign reading assignments and as new words are highlighted, new vocabulary is learned and practiced. I use word games such as crossword puzzles, word searches, and jumbled words to help identify correct spelling (reinforcing consonant blends, digraphs, vowel pronunciation, etc.) Using word lists and a definition journal also facilitates learning new vocabulary. These tools help to promote ongoing practice through repetitive usage of new words. Using fun teaching techniques such as assigning homework by watching Wheel of Fortune, or playing Bookworm and Scrabble is enjoyed by students as a fun and diverse way to practice new vocabulary. I also incorporate the teaching of prefixes, suffixes and root words to promote a thorough understanding of the word parts to the whole word.
Writing,

Writing

Being an ESL instructor at Pierce College in Puyallup, I have taught many classes with a writing focus. To develop your writing skills, I use the the five steps of the writing process (which can also be used for improving email writing skills): - prewriting, - drafting, - revising, - editing, - publishing I have taught many different techniques for various types of writing, including descriptive and persuasive paragraphs and essays. My composition techniques include polishing topic sentences, identifying a main idea with supportive details, and appropriate transitions. Grammar is my specialty and I pay close attention to common errors with: - subject-verb agreement - punctuation - fragments - run-on sentences - comma splices - pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions - clarity, cohesion and unity in paragraphs All in all, I encourage you to explore your own creativity in writing and to practice writing in different formats daily! Writing / editing an essay or just a simple paragraph is like writing a resume -- you write a draft, revise, revise, revise, you edit it, you have 2 other people edit it, re-write as many times as needed, then finally, you produce your final copy. In writing, input is critical from others!
SAT Writing

Homeschool

English,

English

Teaching English is like opening a door to a world of creativity, imagination, and challenge! I love seeing the light bulbs go off with my students as they grasp the important elements in writing compositions. My instruction basically focuses on: - the writing process of brainstorming, free-writing, creating a draft, editing, revising, re-writes, etc. - using mindmapping and/or organized outlines as a start - sentence, paragraph, and essay structures - grammar - vocabulary in context - main idea & supporting details - making inferences - MLA and/or APA writing style - editing techniques I look forward to working with you to help improve your compositional skills. Good luck to you!
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I received my degree (Masters in Teaching ESL / Bilingual Education) from Georgetown University in D.C. I have always had a passion for other cultures and I soon found myself studying and teaching in Quito, Ecuador. In teaching ESL/ESOL, I take into consideration the background of the individual (i.e., country of origin, educational level, self-assessments, self-identified reasons to learn English as well as areas of focus for skill development). I will work with your individual learning style offering a variety of tools and techniques. When we meet for a lesson, I can guarantee you a stress-free and interactive environment, employing fun and high energy activities, performance tasks, and games. My main focus is transitioning students to the next level, be it a higher ESL language level, GED or ABE classes, or pre-college / college level academic classes. All in all, I will teach you to learn how to learn and remain focused and committed to your identified goals.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Math is one of my favorite subjects to teach as I encourage students to think critically, using their problem solving skills, thinking outside the box, and using real life situations to solve the most challenging of word problems.
Reading,

Reading

I have been teaching young and old alike in developing their reading skills, to include all levels of reading skills. Most recently, I taught a new transitional program at my college whereby I worked with 10 students teaching them college level reading and English skills. Five of them were assessed at the Adult Basic Education level in both subjects. We worked hard together, spending time in identifying, developing and fine-tuning their reading skills. All ten passed both courses and are now heading on to other college level classes. I also teach reading to ESL students, using a number of online reading programs which I have purchased, so they are free for my students. I imagine everyday how challenging it would be to not be able to read; thus, I respect individuals who struggle with learning and improving their reading skills. I want to help them to the best of my ability. My lessons focus on: * Word recognition and letter sounds. * Whole sentence structure. * Finding vocabulary meaning in context. * Comprehension checks through oral question/answer. * Also a check on Comprehension with the: "Who?" "What?" "Where?" "When?" and "Why?" questions. * Reading fiction, non-fiction, biographies, poetry and music. * Writing your own stories and producing a small booklet. I look forward to working with you. Best of luck in all you do!
Spanish,

Spanish

I have taught English and reading at Pierce College for over 10 years and work with many Hispanic students. My passion lies in helping students realize the potential within them with any subject. Studying a foreign language is exciting and I pass that enthusiasm off to my students as they also learn about the culture of the Latinos. I started studying Spanish in high school, followed it through in my graduate studies and ended up in Puerto Rico doing a work internship at a rehab center speaking Spanish, in Texas, also working with the Hispanics along the border, and two glorious and adventurous months in Quito, Ecuador, speaking, teaching and studying the Spanish language. I love the Latino culture and I would love the opportunity to help you with your studies of the Spanish language.
Spelling,

Spelling

I have always loved the challenge of spelling words correctly and ever since the 2nd grade, I was always the 'spelling queen bee' in school. It comes naturally to me and the longer I use textbooks, online software programs and activities to teach spelling to both children and adults, my skills are further enhanced to help others. I have worked with ESL students, military personnel, business professionals and elementary students to assist them with improved spelling skills. With my instruction, I cover spelling rules, phonetic sounding out of word syllables and experiential instruction to learn better spelling techniques.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Throughout my teaching career, one of the most important elements for a student to learn involves 'learning how to learn'. Most of us as instructors do not have the time to teach student success strategies (aka 'Study Skills'). I love the moments when the light bulbs go off and my students finally get it - the importance of taking the time to learn how to effectively take a test; or to try out the variety of ways to take notes successfully; and not to forget how to manage their time, thus creating less stress in their school, personal, and work lives. Over the years, I have compiled a number of study aides for my students, from using paper handouts, to online tutorials, including interactive exercises and many opportunities to practice what they have learned. I assist the students in creating their own portfolios, tracking their progress toward improving their study skills. I introduce my students to goal setting, educational planning, and student study strategies. Use of library resources, tutoring services, and note-taking practice during lectures of guest speakers further enhances my students' skills. Using technology is not new for me in promoting study skills with my students. I have accomplished this through a distance learning course offering while using video captured lessons, my own online recording as well as access to you tube videos. My students love the variety of my classes as they learn to be more successful students in all of their classes! I look forward to working with you and wish you luck in all that you do!
Writing,

Writing

Being an ESL instructor at Pierce College in Puyallup, I have taught many classes with a writing focus. To develop your writing skills, I use the the five steps of the writing process (which can also be used for improving email writing skills): - prewriting, - drafting, - revising, - editing, - publishing I have taught many different techniques for various types of writing, including descriptive and persuasive paragraphs and essays. My composition techniques include polishing topic sentences, identifying a main idea with supportive details, and appropriate transitions. Grammar is my specialty and I pay close attention to common errors with: - subject-verb agreement - punctuation - fragments - run-on sentences - comma splices - pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions - clarity, cohesion and unity in paragraphs All in all, I encourage you to explore your own creativity in writing and to practice writing in different formats daily! Writing / editing an essay or just a simple paragraph is like writing a resume -- you write a draft, revise, revise, revise, you edit it, you have 2 other people edit it, re-write as many times as needed, then finally, you produce your final copy. In writing, input is critical from others!
Algebra 1

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I received my degree (Masters in Teaching ESL / Bilingual Education) from Georgetown University in D.C. I have always had a passion for other cultures and I soon found myself studying and teaching in Quito, Ecuador. In teaching ESL/ESOL, I take into consideration the background of the individual (i.e., country of origin, educational level, self-assessments, self-identified reasons to learn English as well as areas of focus for skill development). I will work with your individual learning style offering a variety of tools and techniques. When we meet for a lesson, I can guarantee you a stress-free and interactive environment, employing fun and high energy activities, performance tasks, and games. My main focus is transitioning students to the next level, be it a higher ESL language level, GED or ABE classes, or pre-college / college level academic classes. All in all, I will teach you to learn how to learn and remain focused and committed to your identified goals.
Spanish,

Spanish

I have taught English and reading at Pierce College for over 10 years and work with many Hispanic students. My passion lies in helping students realize the potential within them with any subject. Studying a foreign language is exciting and I pass that enthusiasm off to my students as they also learn about the culture of the Latinos. I started studying Spanish in high school, followed it through in my graduate studies and ended up in Puerto Rico doing a work internship at a rehab center speaking Spanish, in Texas, also working with the Hispanics along the border, and two glorious and adventurous months in Quito, Ecuador, speaking, teaching and studying the Spanish language. I love the Latino culture and I would love the opportunity to help you with your studies of the Spanish language.
TOEFL

TOEFL

When teaching TOEFL preparation, I emphasize the structure of the exam and deal with integrated activities. The integrated activities require the use of different skills. I offer instruction in 10 easy steps: 1. Preparation: a practice test 2. Planning my lessons backwards: I can effectively go through the tutoring session, work from the aims (goals), and then work the necessary steps, activities and exercises in order for you to reach those aims and objectives. 3. I know my subject: I get an understanding as to how the test is structured and learn the different steps involved by regularly taking a practice on the computerized test. This helps me learn different pointers that will help you make the most of the timing in between the questions. 4. Recording your responses 5. Note-taking 6. Integrated Mayhem 7. Using structure 8. Focus on the time aspect 9. Teach you to use your psychic abilities 10.Practice, Practice, Practice!

Math

Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Math is one of my favorite subjects to teach as I encourage students to think critically, using their problem solving skills, thinking outside the box, and using real life situations to solve the most challenging of word problems.
Algebra 1

Most Popular

English,

English

Teaching English is like opening a door to a world of creativity, imagination, and challenge! I love seeing the light bulbs go off with my students as they grasp the important elements in writing compositions. My instruction basically focuses on: - the writing process of brainstorming, free-writing, creating a draft, editing, revising, re-writes, etc. - using mindmapping and/or organized outlines as a start - sentence, paragraph, and essay structures - grammar - vocabulary in context - main idea & supporting details - making inferences - MLA and/or APA writing style - editing techniques I look forward to working with you to help improve your compositional skills. Good luck to you!
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I received my degree (Masters in Teaching ESL / Bilingual Education) from Georgetown University in D.C. I have always had a passion for other cultures and I soon found myself studying and teaching in Quito, Ecuador. In teaching ESL/ESOL, I take into consideration the background of the individual (i.e., country of origin, educational level, self-assessments, self-identified reasons to learn English as well as areas of focus for skill development). I will work with your individual learning style offering a variety of tools and techniques. When we meet for a lesson, I can guarantee you a stress-free and interactive environment, employing fun and high energy activities, performance tasks, and games. My main focus is transitioning students to the next level, be it a higher ESL language level, GED or ABE classes, or pre-college / college level academic classes. All in all, I will teach you to learn how to learn and remain focused and committed to your identified goals.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Math is one of my favorite subjects to teach as I encourage students to think critically, using their problem solving skills, thinking outside the box, and using real life situations to solve the most challenging of word problems.
Reading,

Reading

I have been teaching young and old alike in developing their reading skills, to include all levels of reading skills. Most recently, I taught a new transitional program at my college whereby I worked with 10 students teaching them college level reading and English skills. Five of them were assessed at the Adult Basic Education level in both subjects. We worked hard together, spending time in identifying, developing and fine-tuning their reading skills. All ten passed both courses and are now heading on to other college level classes. I also teach reading to ESL students, using a number of online reading programs which I have purchased, so they are free for my students. I imagine everyday how challenging it would be to not be able to read; thus, I respect individuals who struggle with learning and improving their reading skills. I want to help them to the best of my ability. My lessons focus on: * Word recognition and letter sounds. * Whole sentence structure. * Finding vocabulary meaning in context. * Comprehension checks through oral question/answer. * Also a check on Comprehension with the: "Who?" "What?" "Where?" "When?" and "Why?" questions. * Reading fiction, non-fiction, biographies, poetry and music. * Writing your own stories and producing a small booklet. I look forward to working with you. Best of luck in all you do!
Spanish,

Spanish

I have taught English and reading at Pierce College for over 10 years and work with many Hispanic students. My passion lies in helping students realize the potential within them with any subject. Studying a foreign language is exciting and I pass that enthusiasm off to my students as they also learn about the culture of the Latinos. I started studying Spanish in high school, followed it through in my graduate studies and ended up in Puerto Rico doing a work internship at a rehab center speaking Spanish, in Texas, also working with the Hispanics along the border, and two glorious and adventurous months in Quito, Ecuador, speaking, teaching and studying the Spanish language. I love the Latino culture and I would love the opportunity to help you with your studies of the Spanish language.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Throughout my teaching career, one of the most important elements for a student to learn involves 'learning how to learn'. Most of us as instructors do not have the time to teach student success strategies (aka 'Study Skills'). I love the moments when the light bulbs go off and my students finally get it - the importance of taking the time to learn how to effectively take a test; or to try out the variety of ways to take notes successfully; and not to forget how to manage their time, thus creating less stress in their school, personal, and work lives. Over the years, I have compiled a number of study aides for my students, from using paper handouts, to online tutorials, including interactive exercises and many opportunities to practice what they have learned. I assist the students in creating their own portfolios, tracking their progress toward improving their study skills. I introduce my students to goal setting, educational planning, and student study strategies. Use of library resources, tutoring services, and note-taking practice during lectures of guest speakers further enhances my students' skills. Using technology is not new for me in promoting study skills with my students. I have accomplished this through a distance learning course offering while using video captured lessons, my own online recording as well as access to you tube videos. My students love the variety of my classes as they learn to be more successful students in all of their classes! I look forward to working with you and wish you luck in all that you do!
Writing,

Writing

Being an ESL instructor at Pierce College in Puyallup, I have taught many classes with a writing focus. To develop your writing skills, I use the the five steps of the writing process (which can also be used for improving email writing skills): - prewriting, - drafting, - revising, - editing, - publishing I have taught many different techniques for various types of writing, including descriptive and persuasive paragraphs and essays. My composition techniques include polishing topic sentences, identifying a main idea with supportive details, and appropriate transitions. Grammar is my specialty and I pay close attention to common errors with: - subject-verb agreement - punctuation - fragments - run-on sentences - comma splices - pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions - clarity, cohesion and unity in paragraphs All in all, I encourage you to explore your own creativity in writing and to practice writing in different formats daily! Writing / editing an essay or just a simple paragraph is like writing a resume -- you write a draft, revise, revise, revise, you edit it, you have 2 other people edit it, re-write as many times as needed, then finally, you produce your final copy. In writing, input is critical from others!
Algebra 1

Other

College Counseling,

College Counseling

I have worked at Pierce College in Puyallup WA for over 10 years as an academic counselor and advisor. During my role as the Disability Coordinator, I counseled not only currently enrolled students to help prepare them for their upcoming quarterly courseloads, but I also assisted potential students from the community by assessing their college readiness skills, performing career and academic program assessments using several testing tools (i.e., wois.org, ACT Compass test preparation,Accuplacer test preview, etc.) I consistently access user-friendly sites with students to help them throughout their college program such as the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and have attended at least one conference yearly for my own professional development of college counseling skills. I have worked 4 years with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation of WA state which involved community collaboration with the local colleges in order to assess, place, and monitor students' academic progress in college. While teaching over 8 years at Pierce College, I averaged an advising load of 45 students each quarter and was involved as a committee member on the financial aid appeal board to help students get back on track with their studies and maintain a passing GPA.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I received my degree (Masters in Teaching ESL / Bilingual Education) from Georgetown University in D.C. I have always had a passion for other cultures and I soon found myself studying and teaching in Quito, Ecuador. In teaching ESL/ESOL, I take into consideration the background of the individual (i.e., country of origin, educational level, self-assessments, self-identified reasons to learn English as well as areas of focus for skill development). I will work with your individual learning style offering a variety of tools and techniques. When we meet for a lesson, I can guarantee you a stress-free and interactive environment, employing fun and high energy activities, performance tasks, and games. My main focus is transitioning students to the next level, be it a higher ESL language level, GED or ABE classes, or pre-college / college level academic classes. All in all, I will teach you to learn how to learn and remain focused and committed to your identified goals.
Study Skills

Study Skills

Throughout my teaching career, one of the most important elements for a student to learn involves 'learning how to learn'. Most of us as instructors do not have the time to teach student success strategies (aka 'Study Skills'). I love the moments when the light bulbs go off and my students finally get it - the importance of taking the time to learn how to effectively take a test; or to try out the variety of ways to take notes successfully; and not to forget how to manage their time, thus creating less stress in their school, personal, and work lives. Over the years, I have compiled a number of study aides for my students, from using paper handouts, to online tutorials, including interactive exercises and many opportunities to practice what they have learned. I assist the students in creating their own portfolios, tracking their progress toward improving their study skills. I introduce my students to goal setting, educational planning, and student study strategies. Use of library resources, tutoring services, and note-taking practice during lectures of guest speakers further enhances my students' skills. Using technology is not new for me in promoting study skills with my students. I have accomplished this through a distance learning course offering while using video captured lessons, my own online recording as well as access to you tube videos. My students love the variety of my classes as they learn to be more successful students in all of their classes! I look forward to working with you and wish you luck in all that you do!

Special Needs

Phonics,

Phonics

The primary focus of phonics instruction is to help beginning readers understand how letters are linked to sounds (phonemes) to form letter-sound correspondences and spelling patterns and to help them learn how to apply this knowledge in their reading. Being an ESL instructor at Pierce College, I have taught levels 1 to 6 for over 13 years. I provided phonics instruction both systematically and incidentally. I believe the classroom setting needs to be low stress, high energy and very interactive. Thus, I use different methods when teaching at this basic level: • Analogy phonics • Analytic phonics • Embedded phonics • Phonics through spelling • Synthetic phonics I have found that teaching phonics systematically produces significant benefits for students in kindergarten through 6th grade and for children having difficulty learning to read. This is also true for ESL students at the 6th grade or lower reading level. I have also discovered that this form of phonics instruction improved the ability of good readers to spell. I use a variety of tasks and activities to teach phonics, such as: - Initial / final sounds worksheets - CVC words worksheets - Word skills games - Phonics bingo - Phonics rhymes - Core Phonics spelling tests - Phonics word searches - Consonant / vowel digraphs worksheets
Study Skills

Study Skills

Throughout my teaching career, one of the most important elements for a student to learn involves 'learning how to learn'. Most of us as instructors do not have the time to teach student success strategies (aka 'Study Skills'). I love the moments when the light bulbs go off and my students finally get it - the importance of taking the time to learn how to effectively take a test; or to try out the variety of ways to take notes successfully; and not to forget how to manage their time, thus creating less stress in their school, personal, and work lives. Over the years, I have compiled a number of study aides for my students, from using paper handouts, to online tutorials, including interactive exercises and many opportunities to practice what they have learned. I assist the students in creating their own portfolios, tracking their progress toward improving their study skills. I introduce my students to goal setting, educational planning, and student study strategies. Use of library resources, tutoring services, and note-taking practice during lectures of guest speakers further enhances my students' skills. Using technology is not new for me in promoting study skills with my students. I have accomplished this through a distance learning course offering while using video captured lessons, my own online recording as well as access to you tube videos. My students love the variety of my classes as they learn to be more successful students in all of their classes! I look forward to working with you and wish you luck in all that you do!

Sports/Recreation

Yoga

Yoga

I have practiced Haitha yoga through several community college classes as well as being an active member (for over one year - attending at least 4 days a week) of Hot Yoga classes at Hot Yoga Inc in Puyallup WA. I have been practicing both Haitha and Vinyasa yoga weekly since Sept. 2011. During this time, I have received special one on one training to improve my own practice as well. I believe that yoga is an individual growth and challenging process of finding one's own creativity, life energy, and pure joy and satisfaction from inner breathing, meditation, and calming relaxation. Throughout my own practice, I have mentored many new yoga practitioners into making a lifelong commitment to their practice by identifying the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits of yoga.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I received my degree (Masters in Teaching ESL / Bilingual Education) from Georgetown University in D.C. I have always had a passion for other cultures and I soon found myself studying and teaching in Quito, Ecuador. In teaching ESL/ESOL, I take into consideration the background of the individual (i.e., country of origin, educational level, self-assessments, self-identified reasons to learn English as well as areas of focus for skill development). I will work with your individual learning style offering a variety of tools and techniques. When we meet for a lesson, I can guarantee you a stress-free and interactive environment, employing fun and high energy activities, performance tasks, and games. My main focus is transitioning students to the next level, be it a higher ESL language level, GED or ABE classes, or pre-college / college level academic classes. All in all, I will teach you to learn how to learn and remain focused and committed to your identified goals.
Reading,

Reading

I have been teaching young and old alike in developing their reading skills, to include all levels of reading skills. Most recently, I taught a new transitional program at my college whereby I worked with 10 students teaching them college level reading and English skills. Five of them were assessed at the Adult Basic Education level in both subjects. We worked hard together, spending time in identifying, developing and fine-tuning their reading skills. All ten passed both courses and are now heading on to other college level classes. I also teach reading to ESL students, using a number of online reading programs which I have purchased, so they are free for my students. I imagine everyday how challenging it would be to not be able to read; thus, I respect individuals who struggle with learning and improving their reading skills. I want to help them to the best of my ability. My lessons focus on: * Word recognition and letter sounds. * Whole sentence structure. * Finding vocabulary meaning in context. * Comprehension checks through oral question/answer. * Also a check on Comprehension with the: "Who?" "What?" "Where?" "When?" and "Why?" questions. * Reading fiction, non-fiction, biographies, poetry and music. * Writing your own stories and producing a small booklet. I look forward to working with you. Best of luck in all you do!
Spanish,

Spanish

I have taught English and reading at Pierce College for over 10 years and work with many Hispanic students. My passion lies in helping students realize the potential within them with any subject. Studying a foreign language is exciting and I pass that enthusiasm off to my students as they also learn about the culture of the Latinos. I started studying Spanish in high school, followed it through in my graduate studies and ended up in Puerto Rico doing a work internship at a rehab center speaking Spanish, in Texas, also working with the Hispanics along the border, and two glorious and adventurous months in Quito, Ecuador, speaking, teaching and studying the Spanish language. I love the Latino culture and I would love the opportunity to help you with your studies of the Spanish language.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Throughout my teaching career, one of the most important elements for a student to learn involves 'learning how to learn'. Most of us as instructors do not have the time to teach student success strategies (aka 'Study Skills'). I love the moments when the light bulbs go off and my students finally get it - the importance of taking the time to learn how to effectively take a test; or to try out the variety of ways to take notes successfully; and not to forget how to manage their time, thus creating less stress in their school, personal, and work lives. Over the years, I have compiled a number of study aides for my students, from using paper handouts, to online tutorials, including interactive exercises and many opportunities to practice what they have learned. I assist the students in creating their own portfolios, tracking their progress toward improving their study skills. I introduce my students to goal setting, educational planning, and student study strategies. Use of library resources, tutoring services, and note-taking practice during lectures of guest speakers further enhances my students' skills. Using technology is not new for me in promoting study skills with my students. I have accomplished this through a distance learning course offering while using video captured lessons, my own online recording as well as access to you tube videos. My students love the variety of my classes as they learn to be more successful students in all of their classes! I look forward to working with you and wish you luck in all that you do!
Writing,

Writing

Being an ESL instructor at Pierce College in Puyallup, I have taught many classes with a writing focus. To develop your writing skills, I use the the five steps of the writing process (which can also be used for improving email writing skills): - prewriting, - drafting, - revising, - editing, - publishing I have taught many different techniques for various types of writing, including descriptive and persuasive paragraphs and essays. My composition techniques include polishing topic sentences, identifying a main idea with supportive details, and appropriate transitions. Grammar is my specialty and I pay close attention to common errors with: - subject-verb agreement - punctuation - fragments - run-on sentences - comma splices - pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions - clarity, cohesion and unity in paragraphs All in all, I encourage you to explore your own creativity in writing and to practice writing in different formats daily! Writing / editing an essay or just a simple paragraph is like writing a resume -- you write a draft, revise, revise, revise, you edit it, you have 2 other people edit it, re-write as many times as needed, then finally, you produce your final copy. In writing, input is critical from others!
Algebra 1

Test Preparation

Career Development,

Career Development

I have taught Career Development classes at both the high school (with Running Start high school students who are simultaneously enrolled in high school and college programs)and the community college levels. My instruction focuses on using paper/pencil assessments as well as online career search tools such as Onet Online; free assessments from: The Princeton Review, The Career Zone, The Riley Guide, or The Keirsey Temperament Sorter (Assessment based in the Myers-Briggs Theory. I use the results of any one of the assessments a student takes to assist him/her in choosing a career or major. We explore interest areas as well as skill areas to arrive at a career field focus. Part of the career exploration involves conducting informational interviews with a currently employed individual, practicing mock job interviews, developing and/or updating a resume; learning how to effectively complete online job applications, and to conduct the follow-up steps of the interview process. Academic subjects and transfer programs are also discussed and reviewed for a better understanding of the college processes.
College Counseling,

College Counseling

I have worked at Pierce College in Puyallup WA for over 10 years as an academic counselor and advisor. During my role as the Disability Coordinator, I counseled not only currently enrolled students to help prepare them for their upcoming quarterly courseloads, but I also assisted potential students from the community by assessing their college readiness skills, performing career and academic program assessments using several testing tools (i.e., wois.org, ACT Compass test preparation,Accuplacer test preview, etc.) I consistently access user-friendly sites with students to help them throughout their college program such as the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and have attended at least one conference yearly for my own professional development of college counseling skills. I have worked 4 years with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation of WA state which involved community collaboration with the local colleges in order to assess, place, and monitor students' academic progress in college. While teaching over 8 years at Pierce College, I averaged an advising load of 45 students each quarter and was involved as a committee member on the financial aid appeal board to help students get back on track with their studies and maintain a passing GPA.
TOEFL,

TOEFL

When teaching TOEFL preparation, I emphasize the structure of the exam and deal with integrated activities. The integrated activities require the use of different skills. I offer instruction in 10 easy steps: 1. Preparation: a practice test 2. Planning my lessons backwards: I can effectively go through the tutoring session, work from the aims (goals), and then work the necessary steps, activities and exercises in order for you to reach those aims and objectives. 3. I know my subject: I get an understanding as to how the test is structured and learn the different steps involved by regularly taking a practice on the computerized test. This helps me learn different pointers that will help you make the most of the timing in between the questions. 4. Recording your responses 5. Note-taking 6. Integrated Mayhem 7. Using structure 8. Focus on the time aspect 9. Teach you to use your psychic abilities 10.Practice, Practice, Practice!
SAT Writing

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Deb knows her subject and communicates well!

She taught me how to download email and send it when there is an underlying problem with the system. The glitch was holding up progress in my job. Deb is intuitive and communicates very well. She is easy to work with and good at explaining things. She treated the problem as if it were her own problem. I almost felt her energy come through the computer screen. She's good.

Mike, 1 lesson with Deborah

Very Impressed

Deb was great with my daughter. She had a lot of patience with her and in one session, already gave her some great advise. I think my daughter and Deb will be a good fit.We are both looking forward to spending more time with Deb. Oh and her puppy is a bonus!

Ilona, 3 lessons with Deborah

I LOVE DEB!

Deb is not only helping my son take control of his education but also giving me the peace of mind and direction I need to better support my kid! She takes the time to assess his needs and get to know what truly motivates my son. Just on our 2nd session so far but I can tell Deb is a true professional and loves what she does!! #myhero

Terri, 6 lessons with Deborah

Spanish tutor Deborah

Deb has been a pleasure to work with. I appreciate the way Deb provides different methodologies to understand concepts. For example I have been given tools such as apps that provide flashcards to include how to pronounce the words. We have recently also incorporated posters since I am a visual learner and a program that helps you stay on track with your homework. I love that Deb provides so much material that you can keep and refer to when studying. My fear when I was getting into this was that I would just get someone winging it and not have structure or to be frank get anything out of it. NOT the case with Deb you can tell that she has teaching experience from one former educator to another. I am hopeful that I will be speaking fluent Spanish in the near future thanks to Deb. If you are serious about learning and want a professional compassionate tutor you will not be disappointed with Deb.

Marlena, 12 lessons with Deborah

Very knowledgeable and easy to work with

My son had a really good writing tutor session with Deb. I think her approach is great. He seemed to enjoy it. She also provided very thorough feedback after the session.

CARLA, 9 lessons with Deborah

Great tutor!

I am very glad to have Deborah as my son's tutor. She goes out of her way to make sure his needs are met. Her sessions are effective and my son's teacher has noticed a difference in his writing. Highly recommended!

Jennifer, 18 lessons with Deborah

Kind and Caring Tutor

Deb has been very patient and kind with my son. She is the first tutor that my son actually likes going to. He told me he learns more in the time with her than all day in school. She knows how to teach him and he actually absorbs what she is teaching.

Annika, 20 lessons with Deborah

Deb is a big help.

My son is in 6th grade middle school and has fallen behind when it comes to writting. Deb has been great with him giving him direction on how to write. He comes out of each session with a little more conference and it shows in his grades at school. I would highly recommend Deb if your child needs a tutor.

Dennis, 7 lessons with Deborah

Very responsible

Deb is the most responsible teacher I have hired for my son's academic study through this website. We are lucky to have her to help out with college application this time. She did an incredible job.

Jin, 3 lessons with Deborah
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