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I have a Master's in Elementary Education (K-6) from the University of Pittsburgh and certifications in Middle School English, Science, Social Studies and Math. I have 3 years of teaching experience, working with first graders. I also have experience working with 3rd graders on test prep and all general subjects, and 5th graders, specifically in science and social studies. I am passionate about teaching and learning, and I love the rewarding feeling of helping students achieve those "a-ha!" moments. School is always a better experience when kids enjoy learning and having confidence in their abilities helps! I am here to help your child learn skills that will facilitate that confidence building and enjoyment of learning!

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of Pittsburgh - Bachelors, Applied Developmental Psychology

Graduate Degree:

 University of Pittsburgh - Masters, Elementary Education

Reading, swimming, spending time outdoors with my family

10th Grade Reading

11th Grade Reading

12th Grade Reading

1st Grade

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Science

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology

CLEP Introductory Psychology

CLEP Introductory Sociology

College English

College Level American History

Comparative Literature

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing


High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Writing

Middle School

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Social Sciences

Study Skills and Organization

US History


What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

In the first tutoring session, I will get to know the student and establish the learning style and expectations. Together, the student and I will develop a plan to achieve learning goals.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become an independent learner by teaching skills and strategies that can be used for future educational assignments.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would determine what motivates the student to learn and achieve. Our tutoring sessions will be based on using student motivators to achieve learning objectives.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would take a different approach to teaching that student until I found the most effective way to help the student learn the concept.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I determine what is causing the problem with reading comprehension. Is it a weak vocabulary? Is the text too difficult for the student to read, causing them to focus on the words more than the meaning? After I've determined this, I focus on what the student needs help with by using concept maps or looking up definitions for words, etc.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

To help a student get excited and engaged with a subject they are struggling with, I like to help them relate that subject to something they like. For example, if we're working on word problems for math, it usually helps a student when the word problems are about something they enjoy. If we're working on reading comprehension, it always makes reading and discussing a story more fun if the child is interested in what we're reading. Then, we can go from there!

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

In order to make sure the student understands the material, I like to do monitoring checks every once in awhile when tutoring. I might teach the student how to do a math problem and then give them some practice problems that allow them to apply the skills just learned. Then, I would have the student explain to me how they solve the problem. This helps to cement the process for them.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

In order to build a student's confidence in a subject, it helps to start out with simpler practice problems or questions that you know the student will get right and then build from there. If they see that they CAN do it, they will continue to be motivated to work on it.