Lois D.

Lois D.


Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Will travel 5 miles

$20 per hour.

4.9 49 ratings

Friendly & interested in improving Reading & English success

As an experienced, certified teacher for students in elementary through graduate school, I work to stimulate a student's learning and interests. I have taught for 30 years in public and private schools as well as in public and private colleges. One of my interesting tasks was teaching Chinese students English while I lived in Taiwan. I have taught business persons English in Venezuela, Korea and Mexico, and at the University of Pittsburgh, I taught business writing. While in the Peace Corp... [more]

American History



I have written two grammar texts that have been used by foreign students and American students. Formal grammar is not discussed much in today's schools so to go in depth takes time as well as desire.


I hold an MA in reading.





I am experienced and have taken and passed a qualifying ESL/ESOL exam for certification.

World History



Since reading comprehension and vocabulary are the usual roadblocks to successful testing, I am able to help you. I am also and experienced composition teacher having functioned as the Instructor for Business writing for the Katz Graduate school of Business at U Pitt. I am a certified teacher in PA.

SAT Reading

SAT Writing


Elementary (K-6th)

I hold a full valid license for grades K-8 from the state of NC.


I hold a Master's degree in Reading from Cardinal Stritch University where many courses stressed elements of phonics. I taught a phonics course at Craven Community College for 5 years teaching the new reading aides. I have written a phonics reading series especially for Chinese children.

Study Skills

I have directed a study skills program in many schools, as it is part of the curriculum. I organized the program which trained the teachers. I have tutored students in their study skills and test taking skills while directing and teaching in private schools as well. As supervisor of student teachers in 2 colleges, I aided the student teacher in incorporating ways to always introduce or/and reinforce the specific study skills needed to master the lesson.

Special Needs

I have taken and passed the Praxis tests 5543 and 5511 for special needs students.


I am an amateur archaeologist. I have taken some college courses but best is that I have worked in the field in Spain and in the US with certified government archaeologist, and I trained my high school students so that they were accepted as volunteer archaeologists. We worked side by side with those state archaeologists, the Tryon Palace group and for the city as a school project. In Venezuela, I trained another group and we uncovered Karib indian pottery segments which were identified in Caracas State Museum by the resident archaeologist. They are the Indians that gave the name to the Caribbean Sea.


I have just taken Praxis II 5511 and 5543 for special needs certification and am being updated on the NC certificate. I have also taken and passed Praxis tests for ESL and School Administration as well as reading.

Social Studies

I graduated from University of Wisconsin as a Social Studies major. I minored in geography but have a couple of years of courses and ten years of teaching US History in both public and private schools.