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I have been teaching for nearly 20 years in a wide breadth of subjects and areas. I am a licensed special education teacher and have experience working with adult students as well. I am passionate about history and literature, sociology, anthropology and helping students be successful. Reading and cooking are my most frequent hobbies, but I enjoy writing as well. I am proud to be a contributor to the Story Share project which works to create engaging books for older kids and adults who read at a lower literacy level.

Catherine’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Washington-Seattle Campus - Bachelors, Anthropology

Graduate Degree: University of Washington-Seattle Campus - Masters, Elementary education / special education


Reading, cooking, writing

Tutoring Subjects


College English

College World History

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math


GED Prep

High School English

High School World History




Social Sciences

Social studies


Special Education

Test Prep

World History


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that students who are held to high standards accomplish more. Many students who struggle with work are discouraged and feel inadequate; it is my job to help them overcome that.

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

As tutoring can be a fairly close relationship, I would hope to find out more about the student specifically, what motivates them and excites them. I would of course want to see where they were at with their subject matter too!

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

The scaffolding model is very useful in this. 1. Demonstrate 2. Assist 3. Independent.