Ramona O.

Seattle, WA


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The Evergreen State College
Antioch University Seattle
The Union Institute


The Evergreen State College

Antioch University Seattle (Master's)

The Union Institute (PhD)

About Ramona

Getting yourself a tutor is a pro-active way to enhance your learning process, to insure a deeper understanding of your subject, and to hopefully learn to enjoy the subject. Your confidence will develop with the one-on-one, student-tutor relationship, and we will find a way, together, to help you develop understanding, retention, and appropriate use of the topic being studied. I've been a teacher, tutor, and mentor for many years, in preschools, for elementary grades, and for college students. I've worked with people of diverse backgrounds. Depending on the subject being tutored, I use visual aids, repetition, student feedback,and practical application of knowledge as my tutoring tools, with focus on comprehension. Art, drama, and music are also implemented when appropriate, depending on a student's learning style.

My own education and interests are broad, including ECE training, Montessori Teacher Certification, ESL Master's Certification, Master's Degree in and many years work as a Child and Family Counselor, and a BA Program student mentor, which provide me with the skills and experience to gain insight into and facilitate my student's particular learning needs. I'm a world traveler and anthropologist, who brings to this work an openness to people and respect for their culture. I hope to meet you and work with you. Tutoring has been a help to me a couple of times - I gained extra learning skills and got better at subjects that were intially challenging. I'm looking forward to meeting you and to assist you as you develop knowledge and confidence in your subject.
Getting yourself a tutor is a pro-active way to enhance your learning process, to insure a deeper understanding of your subject, and to hopefully learn to enjoy the subject. Your confidence will develop with the one-on-one, student-tutor relationship, and we will find a way, together, to help you develop understanding, retention, and appropriate Read more

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Travel Radius
Travels within 7 miles of Seattle, WA 98107
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Elementary Math
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar,
Special Needs:
Special Needs
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading
Corporate Training:

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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I have Master's Degree in Child and Family Counseling and have worked in this field for 26 years. My work with ADD/ADHD young people has been in the Seattle schools and in Hawaii. I look forward to working with you or your child.


I studied for a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Anthropology at the University of Washington, The Evergreen State College, and UC Berkeley. General Anthropology and field work comprised much of this subject for me. I studied extensively the Native American cultures of the Pacific NW and Hawaiian culture.


The daughter of a biologist, I have studied botany for many years, made plant collections in Micronesia, Washington, and Hawaii, studied the plant-based pharmacology of many different cultures, and worked at a local biopharmaceutical company. I've been a part owner of an organic farm, from which I sent plants to botanical companies for processing.


My father taught me chess when I was a child, and I've enjoyed playing the game and learning its history over the years. It's a game that develops focus, planning skills, patience, spatial knowledge, and competitiveness.


All of the women on both sides of my family have studied nutrition and cooked healthy meals. My mother is a degreed nutritionist who imparted her love of cooking and exploring diverse cuisine to me and my daughter. Mother has also written and published a cookbook. As a host to visiting ESL students, I continue to cook and teach the art in my home.


My Father, a Biologist, Ecologist/Conservationist trained me in many aspects of his work, as I was growing up in our home in Micronesia. I was included in the studies and field research that he and many visiting scientists completed there, both on land and in the ocean, especially because I acted as interpreter for them. My interest in this field continued into my adulthood, leading to a Bachelor of Science, and doing field work in biology and ecology with professors of mine at The Evergreen State College. I've been active in the Puget Sound Mycological Society out of UW and participated in field surveys for the Environmental Protection Agency with the WA Park Services. I've volunteered in beach clean-ups and animal rescue from oil spills, trained by professional environmentalists/ecologists. As a teacher, I've taught ecological awareness to my students and taken them on field trips along our coastline and in our forests.

Elementary (K-6th)

I'm a certified Montessori Elementary School Teacher with experience. I'm capable/trained to teach all subjects, and can assist with homework, study skills development, and retention issues. Assessing the primary and less obvious Learning Style(s) of a student is a critical aspect of my tutoring. I'm able to bring to the work various methods of enhancing the learning process, such as drama, music, movement, and field trips.


English language in all its aspects is a delightful subject. The written and spoken word has been of paramount interest to me since childhood when I learned a foreign language alongside English and later had to do an excellent job interpreting for visiting Researchers in various fields arriving in Micronesia. I've also learned French. I continue to read voraciously, study the dictionary, teach ESL, and write. Hosting foreign students requires a daily implementation of the subject and its academic components.


I have a Masters Certification in ESL and have run my own business in this field. I currently tutor foreign ESL students studying in Seattle. I greatly enjoy doing this work.


As a child, I engaged in stamp collecting with my Father and learned geography and history. Our family traveled to many countries, and preparation for our visits started with geography lessons. As a teacher, I taught geography to my students, using maps and other visuals, including blank maps for them to color, and talking about the impact of geology on people and their economic and cultural developments. My home has Atlases in it that get referred to almost daily.


I have a Master's Certification in ESL and can help you understand the details involved in using grammar correctly, both in speaking and writing. I have run my own ESL business, taught in a community center in Ballard, as well as continue to help foreign students, whom I host, when they attend colleges or universities in Seattle.


I come from a family of readers, and began to read poetry, drama, and literature at a young age. At the college preparatory high school I attended, our English and Literature teacher was extremely well versed in the subjects, introducing us through the years to a variety of authors and challenging our perceptions and writing ability. Literature is a great love of mine; I have an extensive personal library including the Classics. In college, I continued studying poetry, literature, and writing, have participated in book groups, and write short stories, poetry, and lyrics. I have academic friends and writer friends with whom I discuss literary subjects, authors' writing styles, and the use of techniques.


As a Certified Montessori Teacher, I'm trained to teach phonics. It is a system of language acquisition that is strong and very helpful to English language pronunciation and the development of reading skill.


I have a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University Seattle. My work in this field spans 26 years, with a focus on children and families, couples counseling, domestic abuse, and school based counseling. At present, I continue to practice counseling here in Seattle on a volunteer basis.


Reading and reading comprehension are critical to learning and to acquiring information from and enjoying newspapers, books, and magazines. I've worked with children and adults using phonetics to develop vocabulary and reading skills, and taught grammar to facilitate understanding of sentence structure. While I have a natural ability in and love of the subject, actual academic study and professional work in this field supports my degree level and my ESL Certification to teach in this area.


Religion has been a subject of import/interest since my childhood. I have seriously studied most world religions and attended many kinds of services, as well as debated points with various clergy and proponents. I have a healthy respect for all beliefs and do not proselytize mine.

SAT Reading

Tests are often nerve-racking endeavors, so it's important to prepare well for them. Depending on the learning style of your student, which I can assess, I can help them to tackle the job with calmness and ability. Reading and Language Arts are my forte.


I learned sewing at home, designed and made dolls' clothes, poured over fashion magazines, designed and sewed some of my own clothes as an adolescent and as a young woman, made shirts for the men in my family, and created unique designs in later years. I still do sewing and work on arts/craft projects.


As an Undergraduate at the University of Guam, the University of WA, and The Evergreen State College, I studied Sociology because of its relevance to my major in Health, Healing Modalities, Nursing, and finally Medical Anthropology. Sociology is an important subject for people majoring in a variety of subjects, from Urban Planning to Medicine, because of its inherent Systems approach and the study of group mind and what connects us.

Special Needs

As a Preschool Teacher and Certified Montessori Elementary School Teacher, I have worked in classrooms that helped to mainstream children with special needs. I have also worked in homes with special needs children and in after-school programs that included these kids. I'm a patient and loving teacher/caregiver.


Starting as a very young reader with an interest in words, I entered spelling bees in elementary school and later in high school, winning many. As an adult who writes and teaches, I continue to have strong spelling skills which I impart to my students.

A basis for teaching spelling is Phonetics, sounding out letters and eventually merging the sounds to form words. Flash card Recognition adds a more visual component aiding in memory and retention, with a relaxed and fun Application through games, or in art and songs, depending on age level. Spelling is an important goal and one which I have skill in teaching to various ages.


While vocabulary might be associated with spelling, what is more relevant in such study is the knowledge of words themselves, their usage, their placement in sentences, and their association with certain subjects or topics. As one expands their vocabulary repertoire, then reading, conversing, giving presentations at work or in class, meeting people, or viewing the Arts becomes more meaningful, interesting, and participatory.


I'm a very good writer with experience in the short story form, poetry, lyrics, academic and scientific essays. I can tutor you in the basics of writing, grammar, spelling, and the understanding of syntax. My experience is in teaching elementary through high schoolers, and with adults, especially foreign students who study English.


Meditation, Yoga, Tai Chi, and Pilates are all activities that I have studied/done throughout my life. Yoga is a great way to learn focus and discipline, as well as to take care of one's body. The synthesis of health achieving and health maintenance actions within the practice of Yoga is holistic.

The Evergreen State College
Antioch University Seattle
The Union Institute


The Evergreen State College

Antioch University Seattle (Master's)

The Union Institute (PhD)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Ramona will travel within 7 miles of Seattle, WA 98107.

Background Check Status for Ramona O.

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