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Paula M.

Martinsburg, WV

$45/hour

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Background check passed as of 5/30/17
5.0 average from 29 ratings
Excellent tutor!
— Jennifer, Hagerstown, MD on 8/4/14

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American University, Washington DC
Spanish

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American University, Washington DC (Spanish)

About Paula

My name is Paula M., and I have had a passion for teaching for over twenty years. My students have included individuals from over 44 countries. I have taught every facet of the English language, but am also fluent in reading, writing, and speaking Spanish. I have experience in teaching and tutoring students individually, in small groups, and larger classes over the years. My strongest skill is tutoring on the individual level. I tailor each lesson to the student, using my personal resources of over 250 books, games and manipulatives. Much time and effort is always put into each lesson to help the student reach his or her goal. In 1994, I implemented the English as a Second Language program in a West Virginia county, which is still in effect 20 years later. In 2013 I taught a specialized program to help 11-16 year olds pass. I achieved a a 99.5% success rate.

I am certified in English as a Second Language, which involved intense study of reading, writing, spelling, grammar, and study skills. I am also designated as a Highly Qualified Professional Teacher, a certification at the federal level. I use the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic methods of teaching to "crack the code" of the needs of the individual student. This identifies their strongest learning style, which maximizes the success of the student. My tutoring has been at the elementary, intermediate, secondary, and four year university levels.
My name is Paula M., and I have had a passion for teaching for over twenty years. My students have included individuals from over 44 countries. I have taught every facet of the English language, but am also fluent in reading, writing, and speaking Spanish. I have experience in teaching and tutoring students individually, in small groups, and Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required

Rates are negotiable depending on number of students and minimum hours

Travel Radius
Travels within 35 miles of Martinsburg, WV 25405
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Excellent tutor!"

- Jennifer, Hagerstown, MD on 8/4/14

"Great Teacher"

- Nicole, Hagerstown, MD on 7/10/17

"Giving my daughter a boost!"

- Amy, Martinsburg, WV on 10/10/16

"A very wonderful person, an amazing tutor!"

- Karene, Inwood, WV on 2/23/15

"Excellent Tutor"

- Sandra, Charles Town, WV on 11/23/14

"A new addition to our family!"

- Richard, Martinsburg, WV on 4/2/14
Paula replied on 4/17/2014

I really enjoy teaching your son. He is such a dedicated and polite student. I am so pleased that his grades have skyrocketed since we began studying early in March. I feel like I am very lucky to be his teacher.

English:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Literature,
Public Speaking, Reading,
TOEFL,
Vocabulary,
Writing
Test Preparation:
TOEFL
History:
Writing
Business:
ESL/ESOL,
Public Speaking, Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Elementary (K-6th)

I have been a teacher K-6 for nine years. For 14 years prior, I taught all subjects K- 12 to English as Second Language students. With this background, I have had the opportunity to teach all subjects. I am currently a full time tutor,specializing in giving students the skill to pass plus grade C or above in all subjects.

English

I am currently a full-time tutor with 20 years experience in teaching K through 12 and college-level English.I teach students the basics of grammar, and structure of writing term papers of any length in a variety of subjects. Researching it, notation, and bibliography formats are also explained.I have had success with this approach with students of any age.

ESL/ESOL

I started the ESL Program in my county in 1994 for K-12, and in three local colleges. I am certified by Masselle College ,and I have continued to teach ESL for the past 20 years. It is my passion and favorite subject to teach!

Literature

I have extensive experience in teaching the great works of literature, along with how to write term papers at the high school and college levels. I have taught high school and have been an English instructor at three colleges. My speciality is teaching the basics of term paper re searching, writing,editing, and constructing a bibliography.

Phonics

I have taught English in public schools for 20 years. Much emphasis is on phonics since it is key and increasing reading levels. I have also tutored children from age 3 to college age in phonics. I am certified in English as a Second Language.

Reading

I have been teaching and tutoring reading for over 20 years. My specialty is teaching the basics, reading to students to increase comprehension, and working on grammar and phonics. I have great success with students from kindergarten age up through high school. In the past five years my average reading level increases have been two years within 4 to 6 months.

Spanish

I have a B.S. in Spanish, and have taught Spanish at K-12, and university level for the past 20 years. I also have worked for a federal program to teach Spanish, and to assist in translation of formal paperwork. I have been a translator In three foreign countries for Rotary International.

Special Needs

I have taught special needs children for the past ten years by using behavioral techniques and coping skills. Students have included all spectrums of autism, hearing and vision impaired by my also using listening and hands-on skills such as simplifying passages, tests and reading to students.

Spelling

I Have used many methods to teach spelling including phonics, graphic organizers, sorting and highlighting to teach spelling. Other skills used are spelling bees and syllable division.

Study Skills

As a teacher for over 20 years, I have specialized in helping students in organizational and study skills. In 2012-2013, I was given 75 failing Students mid-year. 74 passed by end of school year under my direction. I assist students K-12, and college in time management.

TOEFL

My students have ranged from age 3 to 95 and has come from over 38 countries. Skills taught include how to interview for jobs, dress appropriately, present the proper body language, and the use of correct wording when speaking. Students have ranged from no English knowledge up through advanced English speaking, reading, and writing.

Vocabulary

I utilize one-on one and small group teaching of vocabulary to to increase reading levels. Methods used include teaching most commonly used words, synonyms, antonyms, and word groups. Use of words in sentence and story context has also been successful.

Writing

I have taught basic and advanced writing skills ranging from spelling, phonics, research, grammar, and organization. I have taught skills for successful writing and editing short and long term papers on a variety of subjects.

American University, Washington DC
Spanish

Education

American University, Washington DC (Spanish)

Excellent tutor!

Mrs. Paula has continued to work with our son to help him focus and address his comprehension of reading materials. She has noticed several weaknesses that she has addressed and we are thrilled with his progress. We are looking forward to his starting fifth grade well-prepared at this time! Thank you Paula!

— Jennifer, Hagerstown, MD on 8/4/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Rates are negotiable depending on number of students and minimum hours

Travel policy

Paula will travel within 35 miles of Martinsburg, WV 25405.