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I absolutely love to teach, and I love to learn, but I can assure you, it wasn't always this way!
I struggled a great deal academically throughout my middle and high school years. Friends, clothes, dating...pretty much everything came before academics. It wasn't until college, when I was able to take classes I really had an interest in, that I finally began to excel. Now, to be clear, I didn't just suddenly wake up "smart" one day (although that would've been nice). The reason I was doing so well was because, in the past, if I found a subject boring, or even slightly challenging, I didn't care about it. I tuned my teacher out, and made zero effort.

Despite the challenges of school and life in general, I was determine to move forward and be successful. After graduating high school, on my own dime, I went to a local community college and took my "basics". Eventually, I transferred to the University of Houston where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, followed by a Masters degree in Social Work. Mission "Prove my Parents Wrong": Accomplished.

After graduating, I became a licensed therapist, and worked with children and families for about 10 years before making the decision transition to teaching. I went back to school to earn my teaching certification, and started teaching, and I love it!

I am currently certified to teach every grade level, and have additional certifications in ESL, GT, and Special Education (and of course, being a teacher in Texas, I am a STAAR expert). I have worked extensively with students of all ages, with a variety of needs and goals. I have a plethora of resources and "tools" that I use to ensure each student gets exactly what he/she needs, whether that's test prep, help with a writing/editing a graduate research paper, learning to read, subject enrichment and everything above, beyond and in between. I have a very open and flexible schedule, and, personally, I think I am awesome to work with! (a little joke of course)

Bottom line (finally, I know)...

As previously mentioned, college was where I realized I was actually a little bit smarter than I had been giving myself credit for, but it was also where it became clear that there were some things I was just not going to be able to wrap my head around. My solution? I found some great tutors, and as a result of my experiences with them, I am a firm believer that the best tutors are those who have needed and used one at some point! Now, I'm certainly not knocking those individuals that seem to just "get it" (no matter what the subject)...sigh...but that was definitely not me! I think it truly "takes one to know one", and that is really what drives me to do what I do!

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Heather’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Houston - Bachelors, Psychology

Graduate Degree: University of Houston - Masters, Social Work


Reading, teaching, and binge watching television!

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

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

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Science

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACT English

ACT Reading

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

Advanced Placement Prep


CLEP American Literature

CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

CLEP College Composition

CLEP English Literature

CLEP Human Growth and Development

CLEP Humanities

CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology

CLEP Introductory Psychology

CLEP Introductory Sociology

CLEP Social Sciences and History

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature

Elementary School

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing



High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Writing

Homework Support



MAP Prep

Middle School

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

OAT Reading Comprehension


PCAT Reading Comprehension

PCAT Verbal Ability

PCAT Writing


PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills

Public Health


SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Social Sciences

Social Work


Special Education



STAAR Grades 3-8 Prep

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep




Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

"The best way to learn is to do; the worst way to teach is to talk.” - Paul Halmos I LOVE this quote because it's truly the epitome of my teaching philosophy. I am a firm believer that learning is an active process that requires us to be engaged; therefore, my role as a teacher is to, first and foremost, work with my students to identify the best way to engage them. Listening to me explain things is NOT (usually) the best way to grasp a topic you're struggling with, or learn something new in general. So, my first goal is for us to figure out what DOES work for you. It might involve reading, writing, making charts, taking notes, drawing pictures, watching videos, listening to a song... the list goes on! The point is, we learn the best when we are DOING, not just LISTENING...

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

A typical first session will always involve a discussion about needs, expectations, and goals. It is critical that I have a very clear understanding of what the student feels that he/she needs academically, and expects from myself and our sessions, so we are able to plan and set goals accordingly.

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