Laura D.

Laura D.


Sebastopol, CA 95472

Will travel 25 miles

$50 per hour.

4.96 25 ratings

Literacy and Technology Specialist

As a trained Waldorf teacher, I specialize in helping young children with reading and math by addressing the whole child. Learning to read is a combination of skills, and we look at all the factors which might create stumbling blocks to success. In addition to phonics, I use developmental movement exercises and imaginative stories. In addition to my experience working with reading and math, I have extensive experience in the technology field and can assist students in their computer profic... [more]



Microsoft Excel

General Computer

I've worked in the computer industry since it's early days in 1966, first as a programmer for NASA, then as a programmer for leading companies such as Digital Equipment Corp and Sybase, all in their early days. I have an intuitive and technical grasp of any thing related to using computers, including programming and end-user concepts.

Microsoft Word

With both a computer background and an editing background, my use of MS Word goes beyond the ordinary. I've assisted people with full-length books as well as PhD dissertations, to make the most of the features of MS Word, and I am able to use that experience to teach others.

Microsoft PowerPoint


I co-created an intensive reading support program at a local charter school. We established testing for students from 1st to 4th grade, then tailored our intervention. I have successfully helped non-readers to become fluent readers using phonics and movement.


As a writer and editor, I have helped others by ghost writing for them, and have also written my own books, both for adults and children. I am able to teach others to write clearly. My expertise lies in being a writing coach. I have multiple testimonials for my work.



As part of being a reading instructor, I have authored reviews of children's literature on my website Drawing on a vast body of children's literature, I am also able to discuss various genres of literature, and help with critical reviews.


I have experience with editing non-fiction books, PhD dissertations, and Technical research papers. I additionally have more than 15 years of experience supporting authors from developmental editing to proofreading.

Elementary Math

I have a degree in Mathematics and a teaching certificate in Waldorf education, which includes teaching math for 1st to 8th grade. I have tutored 3, 4, and 5 grade students for the past 6 years privately and as a one-on-one remedial teacher in a charter school.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have been working as a teacher in k-6 schools in Sonoma County for the past 6 years. I am currently a reading specialist for 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders. In addition I have a Waldorf Teacher Certification, for k-12.


I am currently a remedial reading teacher, using phonics instruction for 1st through 4th grade students who are struggling with reading. I use an Orton-Gillingham based reading product called Reading Horizons, which teaches phonics step by step. I am also a Waldorf teacher, and can apply whole-word reading approaches with phonics based approaches, depending on the need of the child.

Desktop Publishing

I have helped authors use publishing tools such as InDesign to create their own published books. I have experience using InDesign. I also have experience creating files that are suitable for upload to printers such as Lightning Source, and CreateSpace. In addition, I can give comparisons of the benefits of various desktop publishing tools and companies.


I have worked as a computer scientist and programmer for over 30 years, since 1966. I was an instructor for adults in using computers, and established a computer training center for Sybase. I am one of the original computer programmers for NASA. Using a Macintosh is something I do every day.