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I am a 5th grade teacher at Palm Lane Elementary. I have been working with children since I was 16 and have been teaching for 4 years. I am originally from Chicago and completed my bachelor degree at Michigan State University. I majored in Education and minored in ESL and English. I also have a specialization in urban education and have completed almost half of my masters degree through MSU. I love working with students and helping them achieve more then they thought they could. I love tutoring students in reading because I have a huge passion for it. I believe that every child can be a reader they have just not found the right book. I have traveled all around the world and love to bring those experiences in with my teaching so that the child can be shown other worlds and cultures. I can speak conversationally in Spanish to help with subject matter when needed. I push students to hit my high expectations and will make learning a fun but knowledgable experience.

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Karen’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Michigan State University - Bachelor in Arts, Education


Reading, Soccer, Football, Scrapbooking, and going for walks with my dog

Tutoring Subjects

College English

College Geography

College Level American History

Comparative Literature

Elementary Math

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax



High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History




Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing





Social Studies

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I feel that every child can be learner, you just have to find the right way to reach them. Some students are great with visuals, while others can learn better from songs and hand movements. I think every child should get what they need to succeed because you never know what that child could do in the future.

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

I like to get to know the student and see what they are working on. I ask questions about their learning style and look at examples of work that they have on them. I will do some work with them on the area of need to get a better idea of what they need to focus on or how I can bring what I know into the equation.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I love to teach strategies that the student can use when I'm not there. I show them and watch them use these strategies, and then we talk about how they can use these in school on their own or when they are doing work on their own.

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