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I believe that any student can be successful in learning. If the teacher and student both understand the ideal way the student learns, environment and learning style, then that student can also be successful. I hold a Masters degree in Education and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Houston. I am a native Texan, but I have lived in Hawaii, Tennessee, and California. Teaching is my second career, but I have been teaching special populations for eight years. I have a proven track record of identifying gaps in learning. In addition, I model strategies of successful learning and then have the students practice those strategies. Through modeling successful learning, I have had several students pass state level standardized tests, after rigorous, individualized tutoring. Reading, home improvement projects, and spending quality time with my family are among my favorite hobbies. I also volunteer my time with at-risk youth, as well as being an avid recycling enthusiast.

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Lisa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Houston - Bachelor in Arts, Psychology

Graduate Degree: University of Phoenix - Masters, Education



Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

American Literature

AP French

AP French Language and Culture



CLEP American Literature

CLEP French

CLEP Introductory Psychology

CLEP Introductory Sociology

College English

College Essays

College Level American Literature

Comparative Literature

Conversational French

Creative Writing

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

Expository Writing

Fiction Writing


French 1

French 2


High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

IB Extended Essay

Introduction to Fiction

Introduction to Poetry




Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing


Persuasive Writing

Poetry Writing

PSAT Writing Skills

Public Speaking



Short Novel

Social Sciences


Special Education


STAAR Grades 3-8 Prep

Study Skills and Organization



World Literature


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophy for teaching and learning is to model the strategies for comprehension and to utilize the material of interest to the student.

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

In the first lesson, I would identify the way the student learns best, including the environment and their learning style. This promotes success in learning.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Teaching a student to independently utilize resources aids in that student becoming autonomous.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Utilizing instructional material that interests the students helps with motivation. For instance, if the student loves animals, then I find passages highlighting animals.

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

Back up, have the student explain their thought process, and help bridge the learning gaps by modeling the successful thought process.

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

I model reading comprehension strategies as we read together, aloud. I stop often to help the student make predictions, analyze the author's purpose, and figure out unknown vocabulary in context.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I enjoy learning about the interests of each student so I can tailor the learning experience.

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

Encouraging and immediate feedback is great in motivating any student.

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

Checking for understanding as we work through the steps of a problem or reading passage helps assess whether the student has been successful in comprehension.

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

Finding the student's' strengths in any subject builds confidence. It is also important to be able to address specific areas of weakness.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Both discussion and an initial practice aloud, where the student tells me their thought process, help me identify learning gaps.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Once we identify a learning objective, we can focus on the student's specific areas of weakness.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I use a wide variety of materials of high interest to the student.

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