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I have always had a deep love of learning and when I graduated college with a degree in broadcast journalism and joined Teach for America I became passionate about other's education as well. I have taught middle school reading and math for special education and am currently teaching elementary special education. I am also pursuing my master's degree in speech language pathology, hoping to continue to make an impact on children outside the classroom. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and adorable puppy, hiking, yoga and the beautiful beaches of Hawaii.

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Cassandra’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Drake University - Bachelors, Journalism and Mass Communication

Test Scores

GRE: 312

GRE Quantitative: 159

GRE Verbal: 153


spending time with family and friends, reading, hiking, swimming, cooking

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade

10th Grade Math

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade

11th Grade Math

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade

12th Grade Math

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 Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Science

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Science

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade

9th Grade Math

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

College English

College Essays

Elementary Math

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Expository Writing


High School

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Writing


Homework Support


ISEE- Lower Level



Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing



Public Speaking


Special Education


STAAR Grades 3-8 Prep

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep



Q & A

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

The strategy I always use when first working with a student is taking time to get to know the student as a person. I think it's important to build a good relationship before getting down to work.

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

There is always some way to connect what we are learning to a real world application or student interest. I would also be sure to connect the subject's importance to the student's overall learning goals.

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

The use of questioning and checking for understanding throughout our session, not just at the end of the tutoring session, is the best indicator of student knowledge.

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

Motivation and giving positive praise and feedback when deserved. I also think it's important to review student's growth.

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe in meeting a student where they are at and building their skills to close any gaps.

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

I think it's really important to get to know a student when you first start working together. I would want to know their likes, what motivates them, and what they want the goal of our tutoring sessions to be.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I think that independence can be taught and encouraged in students. I would do this by allowing for opportunities for the student to take responsibility for their own learning.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I use a lot of positive reinforcement and encouragement. I also think it's helpful to remind students of what we are working toward and what their personal goals are to help motivate them.

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

Practice, practice, practice! I would also use different teaching strategies and techniques to reteach the skill or concept.

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

Chunking the text into smaller sections has always been helpful for me when working on comprehension. If you can understand each section of the text, you can understand the whole text.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I do regular checks for understanding throughout the lesson or tutoring session to make sure the student is grasping the concepts while we are working on them.

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

Getting to know the student is the biggest way I can adapt my teaching strategies to meet the student's needs.

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

It really depends on the session and what we are working on. I like using real world examples and materials if the subject area allows for it.

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