Sarah S.


Sarah S.

Tutor

Austin, TX 78748

Will travel 10 miles

$45 per hour.

4.94 121 ratings

Certified Teacher Here to Help

We all need a little help sometimes. Whether you are looking for short term help preparing for a test or you or your child needs regular learning support, I am here to help. My experiences reflect my years of service as an educator within both public schools and adult education/ESL environments. Qualifications I am a certified (grades 4-8) classroom teacher in reading, language arts (writing, vocabulary, and grammar), and social studies as well as holding endorsements to teach ESL and gift... [more]


Vocabulary

As a former public school teacher and now in my role as private tutor, I have seen time and time again how a strong vocabulary opens doors to students' successes in core subjects such as reading, science, and math to name a few. Throughout my career, I have helped thousands of students improve their vocabulary.


Grammar

During my years as public school English teacher as well as now in my role as private tutor, I have helped thousands of students master English's myriad of grammar rules. Through carefully tailored lessons based on my students' own writings, my students increase their confidence in themselves as writers and editors.


Reading

Throughout my years as a reading teacher as well as in my role now as private tutor, I have helped thousands of readers develop and improve the skills needed to become effective readers. Utilizing carefully tailored instruction, I continually analyze and then support students' development of the myriad of skills necessary to become strong readers.


Writing

In my role as middle school English, Language Arts, and Reading teacher for Austin ISD, I taught grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and composition for many years to students within the PreAP, standard, and Special Education classes.


English

During my years as an English teacher within the Austin Independent School District, my students consistently earned top testing scores in the areas of grammar, composition, spelling, and editing.


ESL/ESOL

Throughout my teaching careers well as in my role as private tutor, I have helped thousands of ESL/ELL students increase their proficiency with English's seemingly convoluted pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary, reading, and grammar.


Proofreading

During my years as public school English teacher as well as now in my role as private tutor, I have helped thousands of students master proofreading. Through carefully tailored lessons based on my students' own writings, my students increase their confidence in themselves as writers and proofreaders.


Spelling

Spelling. How many people do you know that actually enjoy spelling? There are those rare individuals whom seem to just 'get' the seemingly convoluted rules of spelling in English. For the majority who do not, all is not lost. As a former English teacher, I have helped thousands of learners of all ages improve their spelling skills without the need for weekly spelling lists made up of words seemingly chosen at random. We can do this. Really.


Elementary Math

During my years as public school teacher, I saw firsthand how elementary learners with dyslexia, dysgraphia, or dyscalculia, to name a few, struggle with numbers in much the same way as they do with letters and words. It was for this reason that when I retired, I chose to offer my expertise to this select group of students struggling with elementary math skills.


Elementary Science

During my years as public school teacher, I saw firsthand how elementary learners with dyslexia, dysgraphia, or dyscalculia struggled with words, numbers, and symbols so common in elementary science tests. It was for this reason that when I retired, I chose to offer my expertise to this select group of students struggling with elementary science.


Elementary (K-6th)

I am certified to teach elementary students in the state of Texas. I also completed a semester of student teaching at the elementary level. Furthermore, I was a longterm substitute teacher at the elementary level for six years before I was certified.


Phonics

As a certified public school teacher, I taught phonics and phonemes to my ESL students. In addition, I also taught phonics to emergent readers in a variety of K-12, Adult basic education, and ESL environments.


Study Skills

Whether in my former role as public school advisory teacher or in my role now as private tutor, my students develop study skills such as organization, planning, and pacing necessary to tackle more challenging academic work.


Special Needs

During my years teaching within Austin Independent School District, I was the grade level liaison for issues concerning my school's special needs students. Whether conferencing with parents and specialists or with the student directly, I always ensured that our school put the unique needs of the student first. For example, many of my students with special needs found seating towards the front of the classroom less distracting while others felt more secure seated in their own 'office' in a quiet area of the classroom. Others had no preference for seating but needed frequent check-ins to build their confidence regarding the specific classroom activity. Regardless of the specific special need such as ADD/HD, Aspergers, hearing impairment, or learning disability to name a few, I find that by listening to the needs of students combined with parental input that all students can achieve.


ADHD

During my years teaching within Austin Independent School District, I was the grade level liaison for issues concerning my school's sudents for ADD/ADHD. Conferencing with parents and specialists or with the student directly, I always ensured that our school put the unique needs of the student first. For example, many of my students with ADD/ADHD found seating towards the front of the classroom less distracting while others felt more secure seated in their own 'office' in a quiet area of the classroom. Others had no preference for seating but needed frequent check-ins to build their confidence regarding the specific classroom activity. By listening to the needs of student combined with parental input, all students can achieve.


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

During my teaching career, I was the grade level liaison for issues concerning my school's students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Conferencing with parents and specialists or with the student directly, I always ensured that our school put the unique needs of the student first. For example, many of my students with Autism Spectrum Disorder felt more secure seated in a quiet area of the classroom. Having their own safe place within the classroom empowered my students to join in with whole class or small group activities when and how they felt most comfortable. I also utilized careful peer grouping to create additional avenues for students' success.


Dyslexia

During my years teaching for Austin Independent School District, I was the grade level liaison and reading teacher for my school's students with dyslexia. In this capacity, I maintained frequent contact with my students' parents in order to ensure I and other subject area teachers met the students' unique needs. For example, I found that by enlarged the size of the text in a page reduced the overall text-load to a more manageable one for my students. Much to the surprise of my students, they discovered they could read grade level material, and as a result, typically increased their reading level by four years in just one school year.


Social Studies

As a certified social studies teacher as well as in my role now as private tutor, I have seen time and again how elementary social studies understandably has taken a backseat to other subjects. Yet this may leave students at a disadvantage in later years when they are faced with more advanced social studies assignments. Fortunately, the added support provided by a skilled tutor can help students master important social studies concepts.


Handwriting

It seems that teaching handwriting has gone the way of the dinosaur; it simply isn't taught like it used to be. As a teacher for Austin Independent School District, I was one of the few who insisted that students still needed this necessary skill as there are times that technology simply won't suffice. Over the years, I have taught a variety of handwriting styles to young preschoolers just beginning to form letters all the way through adults whom were forced to write with their right hand despite their inherent left-handedness. In fact,many of my students found improving their handwriting enjoyable as this skill can be achieved within a short period of time.


STAAR

In my former role as public school teacher and now as private tutor, I have helped students prepare for thousands of STAAR tests in a variety of grades and subjects.


Common Core

Both during my years as PreAP teacher in the public schools as well as in my role now as private tutor, I challenge my students to develop more complex analytical skills which are crucial to success with the Common Core.


Homeschool

As a former homeschooling mother, I learned first hand the challenges and rewards homeschooling brings. This experience combined with my years as public school teacher uniquely informs my work with the homeschooling families for which I tutor.