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I received my undergraduate degree in English and creative writing from Barnard College, Columbia University, where I graduated with honors. I am currently working toward my Masters of Science in Education at Bank Street College of Education, where I am a student in the Reading & Literacy program. Currently, I am an elementary and middle school teacher in New York City. I have experience working with diverse student populations and believe that all students can become lifelong learners regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. As a former fifth grade teacher and current fourth grade teacher, I have experience teaching math, writing, reading, science, and social studies. My teaching and management style depends upon a unique blend of developmentally appropriate expectations, inquiry-based instruction, and humor. I believe that a student's social-emotional education is as important as any academic subject, and I customize lessons to appeal to each student's interests.

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Shelby’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Barnard College - Bachelors, English literature (concentration Creative Writing)


Reading, writing, watching and discussing television, cooking, making theatre, talking about my dog

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

Advanced Placement Prep

AP English Literature and Composition

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature

Creative Writing

Elementary School

Elementary School English

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Expository Writing

Fiction Writing

High School English

High School Writing

Homework Support



Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing


Persuasive Writing

Poetry Writing

PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills



Social Sciences

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Teaching is not a one-way street. Especially in the exploration of language and literature, I aim to engage my students by creating a dialogue about the work in question. I like to think I have as much to learn from my students as they have to learn from me.

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

In a first session, I like to chat a bit with the student in order to get a sense of their academic goals as well as to gain an understanding how they like to communicate. Then we would do some diagnostic work--this means, depending on the subject, that I would provide materials at the appropriate education level to evaluate the student's learning needs.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I'm happy to come up with a reward system in order to motivate my students. Especially for younger students (elementary - middle school), I find that rewarding hard work by introducing a text that's a bit sillier or more "fun" than your typical homework assignment. My ultimate goal for all of my students is to show them that the skills they are fine-tuning during our sessions can grant them greater access to all kinds of fun and interesting material.

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

My favorite method of assisting students with reading comprehension is to ask them to read a passage and then describe what they've read to me. I find that in engaging in conversation about the text in question encourages students to pick up on the smaller details that ultimately contribute to a greater understanding of the work as a whole.

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