Matthew D.

Matthew D.


Tempe, AZ 85282

Will travel 30 miles

$60 per hour.

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A Special Tutor for your Special Needs Student

I teach others, especially those who have, for whatever reason, obstacles in their learning. I teach teachers. I teach those who will, one day, be able to teach future generations. After fifteen years of educating in Special Education classrooms in California and Arizona, I redirected my energies primarily on tutoring individual students. When I can focus my full attention on a single student, I can identify needs and strategies faster, and address concerns as they arise. I work with par... [more]

Algebra 1

American History

European History






World History

Social Studies


Elementary Math

Elementary Science

Elementary (K-6th)

I have taught in K-8 classrooms in California and Arizona since 2003, helping Special Needs and General Education students alike, progress in all subjects from basic Phonics up to Middle School Math and Science. I have worked with students in a variety of settings, from a private 1-to-1 environment in homes, to full classrooms containing 25+ students. I specialize in helping students to break down the barriers that come between them and understanding their schoolwork. I have found from working in the classroom that building a personal connection with students is essential to the learning process in helping to build comprehension and understanding; working as your tutor will only magnify this effect.


I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Masters in Education Program at the University of San Francisco in 2007. After eight successful years teaching Resource and Self-Contained classrooms in the San Francisco Bay Area, I moved to the Phoenix Valley Area, where I continued working in this vein for another seven years. In 2017, I made the transition from teacher to professional tutor, enabling me to address student needs with a compassionate, laser-like focus.


As a credentialed Special Education teacher, I am trained to work with students that have Reading Disabilities including dyslexia. Towards this end, I have used various strategies from Irlen filters through exercises involving the memorization of phonic elements. Every student is different, but through focusing on and addressing individual student need, meaningful progress can be made.