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Ben O.

Spokane, WA

$35/hour

Washington State Certified Math Teacher

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Central Washington University
SPED, ELEMENTARY ED
Heritage College
Master's

Education

Central Washington University (SPED, ELEMENTARY ED)

Heritage College (Master's)

About Ben

I have over 20 years of experience as a full-time, Washington state certified continuing teacher and over 8 years of experience tutoring students. I have tutored students in a variety of subject areas, but usually specialize in all levels of math and reading development. Students in the past have ranged from 5 to 53 years of age, and I am currently working with 7 different students, two of whom have special needs. I am very versatile and adapt to whatever each particular student requires.

My tutoring methods vary as students vary. Each student requires a unique approach, and I carefully cultivate methods for each pupil to ensure their success. I have worked with a variety of students ranging from those with learning disabilities all the way to brilliant students seeking a challenge. Simply put, I love to teach and I thoroughly enjoy the one-on-one interaction tutoring provides.

With degrees in Elementary Education, Special Education, and a masters degree in Mathematics, I have the skills and knowledge to instruct students on a variety of subjects. Tutoring is not just about success in the classroom but rather about working with the individual to grow and acquire new skills. I view my goal as a tutor is to put myself out of a job by teaching students the skills for success in their given subject.

I can provide references upon request as well as my working resume. I look forward to the opportunity of supporting your education!
I have over 20 years of experience as a full-time, Washington state certified continuing teacher and over 8 years of experience tutoring students. I have tutored students in a variety of subject areas, but usually specialize in all levels of math and Read more

Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Spokane, WA 99208
In-person lessons
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary Math, Finite Math,
Geometry, Prealgebra,
Precalculus, Probability, Trigonometry
Science:
Anatomy, Astronomy, Biology, Ecology, Geology, Physical Science, Physiology, Psychology, Sociology
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
AFOQT, Common Core,
GED
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Language:
Spanish
Elementary Education:
Common Core,
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting,
Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Sports/Recreation:
Basketball,
Chess,
Football,
Golf

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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

ADD/ADHD

I hold a bachelors degree in special education. I taught many students with ADD/ADHD in both special education classrooms and regular education classrooms. I am currently tutoring two students with ADD/ADHD and have kept current on the literature regarding these disorders.

Basketball

I have coached 7th/8th grade boys and girls basketball for over 10 years. I have attended numerous basketball coaching clinics over that time. I have also coached youth AAU basketball for 5 years.

Chess

I currently hold a rating of 1680. I have taught the basics of chess within a public school classroom as an extra curricular course. I have taught the basics of chess including opening moves and basic strategy to individuals as well. I have competed in numerous USCF tournaments.

Common Core

I taught math and science classes in a public high school in Washington state when common core standards were first adopted in 2009. I have aligned curriculum designed for teaching common core standards in math and science. I have formatively assessed students in the classroom using common core standards and have proctored both elementary and high school state tests. I have collaborated with other certified teachers in order to align curriculum with Washington state common core standards.

Dyslexia

I hold a bachelor's degree in special education. I taught many students with dyslexia in both special education classrooms and regular education classrooms. I am currently tutoring two students with dyslexia and have kept current on the literature regarding this disorder and methods to better help students with dyslexia.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a Washington state continuing certificate and am endorsed to teach any subject K-8. I taught 6th grades students math, science, and p.e. for 7 years. I also have taken college education classes in childhood reading and writing development. I am currently tutoring 4 students in reading, writing, and math who are all in public elementary schools.

Finite Math

I have received credit for a college level finite math classes such as probability and statistics. I have taught mathematical model building, matrix algebra, linear programming, probability, and statistics at the high school level. I have tutored college level students in all of these areas as well.

Football

I took coaching football as a college level course at Western Washington University were I also played. I coached 7th grade football for 5 years. I was an assistant high school football coach for 6 years. I have attended numerous football coaching clinics in Washington and Oregon.

Golf

I was an assistant golf coach for high school students for 3 years. I have attended golf coaching clinics. I have over 35 years experience with the sport of golf.

Handwriting

I have tutored various 5 - 9 year old students in handwriting using the "Handwriting Without Tears" curriculum. I used similar curriculum with special needs students with fine motor skill deficits in public schools. I have kept current on literature (articles) concerning the methodology of handwriting and its importance in today's society.

Phonics

I have taught reading incorporating phonetics for more than 10 years in a public school setting. Part of my B.A. in education involved learning methodology of teaching phonetics. I regularly incorporate phonics during tutoring sessions that involve learning how to read.

Prealgebra

I am have been highly qualified to teach middle school pre-algebra since 2003 in the state of Washington. I have taken many graduate level classes concerning math methodology and delivery of math instruction to students. I have over 18 years of first hand experience teaching pre-algebra concepts to students as a full-time contracted teacher in the state of Washington.

Sociology

I graduated with a B.A. major in sociology from Western Washington University in 1989. I have been endorsed by the state of Washington to teach high school level sociology and related classes since 1993. I have taught several high school level sociology classes.

Special Needs

I earned a B.A. in special education from Central Washington University in 1992. I have been endorsed by the state of Washington to teach special education classes in grades K-12 since 1993. I have taught special needs students of all ages in various settings both in public school and during tutoring sessions.

Study Skills

I taught study skills as a classroom subject for 20 years to students of all ages and abilities within a public school setting. I have organized lessons and materials in order to support outside curriculum for those classes. I have taught and modeled study skills in some form in every tutoring lesson I have led for over 8 years.

Central Washington University
SPED, ELEMENTARY ED
Heritage College
Master's

Education

Central Washington University (SPED, ELEMENTARY ED)

Heritage College (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Ben will travel within 15 miles of Spokane, WA 99208.