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I earned my BA in English with honors from Rutgers University. Exploring the interrelatedness of literature, history, medicine, and psychology (my senior thesis examined the role of seasonal affective disorder in the works and lives of Emily Dickinson and Percy Shelley) engendered in me an understanding that no area of academic study exists in a vacuum and that an important aspect of teaching (and learning) is to find the places where academic areas intersect and inform one another.

I studied mathematics after college, and before my recent move to Washington, I served as an adjunct math tutor for five years at Indian River State College in Vero Beach, Florida. I love helping people dispel the belief that they “can’t do math.” One of my favorite compliments given to me by a college algebra student was that I explain concepts “like a person, not a mathematician,” and that I “can break down ugly problems and make them easy to solve.”

While in Florida, I also taught middle grades language arts, algebra, and geometry for nine years at a small alternative school. My pupils learned the most from lessons and projects that related life experiences to math and English. A favorite was our restaurant business plan which incorporated math through recipes and blueprints and English through restaurant reviews and resumes. I really enjoyed creating and teaching our ballroom dance club in which members learned history, culture, teamwork, and the power of music and movement. The end of each semester culminated in exuberant performances of rhumba, swing or merengue. I laughed with and learned from my students every day.

As a private tutor, I have helped dozens of students improve standardized test scores, fine-tune college entrance essays, and succeed in tough classes. Perhaps more importantly, I have helped them eliminate some of the anxiety that has become prevalent in traditional education. I hope I have given them a desire to learn and a belief in their abilities. My students know that we have a partnership; we are in it together, and I will do all I can to help them reach their goals.

My other interests include wildlife rehabilitation, ballroom dancing, surfing, running, and reading.

Sabra’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Rutgers University-Camden - Bachelor of Science, English

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 30

ACT English: 32

ACT Reading: 36

SAT Verbal: 780


ballroom and Latin dancing, wildlife rehabilitation, reading

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Math

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Math

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Math

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

5th Grade Math

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Math

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep

ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Prep

ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Prep

ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Prep

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Science

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy


Algebra 2

American Literature



British Literature

College Algebra

College English

College Essays

College Level American Literature

Comparative Literature

COMPASS Mathematics Prep

COMPASS Reading Prep

COMPASS Writing Skills Prep

Creative Writing

Developmental Algebra

Elementary Algebra

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Expository Writing

GED Prep


Graduate Test Prep


GRE Quantitative

GRE Verbal

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Intermediate Algebra

Introduction to Fiction

Introduction to Poetry


ISEE- Middle Level

ISEE- Upper Level


Medieval Literature

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing


Poetry Writing



PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Mathematics

PSAT Writing Skills

Quantitative Reasoning


SAT Math

SAT Writing and Language



SSAT- Elementary Level

SSAT- Middle Level

SSAT- Upper Level


Test Prep


World Literature