Looking for a tutor with lots of experience and plenty of patience? I'm comfortable tutoring children, teens, and adults in many subjects. I worked as an elementary school teacher for 10 years in public and private schools, and am the mother of 3 grown children -- so nothing scares me! I've also taught English as a Second Language (ESL) to children and adults, the TOEFL preparation course, ACT/SAT preparation, and adults taking the GED exam. My specialty is reading, writing, elementary math, ... [more]
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I've been an elementary teacher since 2002, working in a variety of private and public school settings. My last full-time assignment was at a private, parent co-op school in Plymouth as 1 of 3 teachers in a multi-age classroom for 1st-4th grade students. The school specialized in individualized teaching (our teacher to student ratio was approximately 1 teacher to 6 students!), so I'm used to working one-on-one with students of all abilities and ages. In addition, I've also been a "regular" 1st grade teacher, and have taught a variety of resource classes to students from kindergarten through 8th grade, including Spanish, computer skills, and library.
As an elementary teacher, I've taught phonics to both native speakers of English as well as non-native English speakers. I've also taught English as a Second Language for many years (to both children and adults), which emphasizes the learning of phonics. As a student of several other languages, I know how difficult our language is, and especially how challenging phonics is to learn!
I've been lucky to have taught ESL to students from the age of 4 through 40 years old, teaching everything from the alphabet to advanced grammar. My experience with young children includes working as an ESL teacher for elementary-aged students at the University of Michigan Northwood Community Center's English Language Program. The intensive program is offered in the summer to prepare students to attend Ann Arbor public schools, and focuses on "survival" skills for beginning English language learners to more advanced reading and writing skills for intermediate students. In addition, I've traveled extensively, and have learned (and tried to learn!) several languages, so I'm very familiar with the challenges of learning a foreign language. My students have come from China, Japan, India, Germany, Mexico, Italy, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Pakistan.
I was a "docent" (Latin for teacher) at an art museum in Washington, DC for several years. In preparing for this volunteer position, all the docents were trained for a full year in art history by the director of the museum, which was an amazing experience! I've also taken many art history classes in university, and visited many, many art museums around the world. I am passionate about art and love learning and sharing my passion.
As a long-time teacher, I know that we all have learning differences -- but that dyslexia presents students with even more challenges. I'm a member of the International Dyslexia Association, have taken many seminars and attended conferences on dyslexia and other learning "disabilities," and have taught and privately tutored many students with a variety of learning challenges. In all cases, I've been able to make my students feel more confident and increased their reading, writing, and math skills. Nothing can substitute for a patient and supportive approach to students who are already feeling insecure.
As a long-time teacher of all areas of English reading and writing, and as a trained SAT and ACT preparation teacher, I have helped many, many students prepare for a variety of standardized tests. Students have told me how much my tutoring has benefited them from basic study skills and test-taking tips, to specific grammar, reading comprehension, and writing sections.