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I am a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, TX where I received an M.A.T (Master of Arts in Teaching) degree. I am a certified elementary teacher who has taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades in the public school and substitute taught for PK-8 in a private school setting. I am passionate about teaching elementary children and helping them master fundamental skills. I particularly enjoy working on basic number concepts, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, and all aspects of language development, especially spelling, grammar, and free writing. I love to use games or other creative methods to peak student interest and give them a solid understanding of CONCEPTS rather than sets of formulas, rules, etc, without the knowledge to manipulate or apply them. My philosophy is process-oriented rather than product oriented (outcome ONLY), with an emphasis on taking the student from the level he/she is and generating marked improvement over time. It thrills me to see the light in students' eyes when they grasp a difficult concept or realize their own potential for success!

I provide a unique blend of elementary classroom and PK-8 substitute teaching experience, and I have worked with special education students, which taught me patience, flexibility, and a deeper appreciation for diversity. I have utilized both a phonics-based approach and a literature-based/writing approach in language development and reading comprehension.

As my own children have grown and my youngest is a high school junior, I find myself missing the challenges and triumphs of teaching. I am, and always will be, a teacher at heart.

In my free time I enjoy reading, scrapbooking, and watching movies (a big Star Wars fan!)

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Aretha’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Trinity University - Bachelor in Arts, Humanities

Graduate Degree: Trinity University - Master of Arts, Teaching


reading, scrapbooking, and watching movies (a big Star Wars fan!)

Tutoring Subjects

1st Grade

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade Reading

7th Grade Reading

8th Grade Reading


College English


Elementary Math

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax

High School English

Homework Support


Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading




Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization



Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I am process rather than product-oriented (outcome only), with an emphasis on taking the student from the level he/she is and generating marked improvement over time.

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