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Over 20 years as an education coach and consulant who practices mindful teaching. I've worked and have over 500 training hours with world renown learning centers such as Lindamood Bell Learning Processes. Hard-working, responsible, friendly person with a strong passion to elevate a child of any age to his/her highest potential. I believe that to become an excellent teacher you must have a desire to assist children in the learning process and this is one quality which I feel I definitely possess utilizing learning styles with a mindful approach.

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Darlene’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Florida International University - Bachelors, English


Mindful Practice, Reading, Writing, Blogger, Online, Yoga Instructor, Motivational Coach, Publisher, Filmmaker

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

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 Reading

3rd Grade Science

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Science

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

A Level Prep

A Level Critical Thinking

A Level English Literature

Academic Coaching

ACT English

ACT Reading

ACT Writing


Adult Literacy

American Literature

Ancient and Medieval Heritage

Basic Computer Literacy

British Literature


Business Ethics

Business Writing

CLEP Spanish

College Application Essays

College Business

College English

College Level American Literature

College World History

Comparative Literature


Conversational Spanish

Creative Writing

Elementary Math

Elementary School

Elementary School English

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

Expository Writing

Fiction Writing


High School Business

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School World History

High School Writing

Homework Support


Introduction to Fiction

Introduction to Poetry


ISEE- Lower Level

ISEE- Middle Level

ISEE- Primary

ISEE- Upper Level

ISEE-Lower Level Mathematics Achievement

ISEE-Lower Level Quantitative Reasoning

ISEE-Lower Level Reading Comprehension

ISEE-Lower Level Verbal Reasoning

ISEE-Lower Level Writing

ISEE-Middle Level Quantitative Reasoning

ISEE-Middle Level Writing




Medieval Literature

Middle School

Middle School English

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing



PC Basic Computer Skills

Persuasive Writing


Poetry Writing


MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

Public Speaking




Short Novel

Social Networking


Special Education


SSAT- Elementary Level

SSAT- Middle Level

SSAT- Upper Level

STAAR Grades 3-8 Prep

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Technical Writing

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

US History


World Civilization

World History

World Literature


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is a myriad of best practices supported by human learning theories of behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism. Study skills including organization, time management and learning styles are consistently utilized with students. Moreover, I use positive reinforcement to enhance learning. Bloom's taxonomy for higher order thinking skills questioning is a constant as I teach for higher order thinking and problem solving. Every student can learn to his/her full potential, regardless of age or 'disability.'

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

First sessions usually consist of assessments for learning styles, organizational skills, subject assessments, etc. I also like to speak with the student and discuss their needs, fears, hobbies, etc.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Boost autonomy through confidence building.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

A prize marble jar as the student works. Once the marble jar is filled, they earn a prize!

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

Be patient and try all methodologies for learning.

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

Assess what the basic issue is (symbol imagery, phonics, vocabulary, etc.) then start from the basic weakness to build strength toward whole language comprehension.

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

Utilizing learning styles.

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

Positive energy, model excitement, and build confidence within the student.

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

Have the student verbalize and 'teach' the concept to the teacher. If a student can visualize and verbalize any concept, they have mastered it!

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

Positive reinforcement, prizes, build confidence via language.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Either through assessments and/or at each session write notes and notice any unstable concepts/subjects/problems.

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

Markers, worksheets, pens/pencils, dry erase markers, whiteboard, prize jar, physical marbles (behavior reinforcement), note cards, flashcards, etc.

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

A student's needs are first and foremost.

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