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I have been an licensed educator for 15 years and enjoying watching my students grow academically as well as mentally; as confident learners and readers. I believe as Frederick Douglass said, "Once you learn to read you will be forever free!" My goal and passion is to help others learn to read, and comprehend what they read; to instill a love of reading in each student.

I have also been very successful at increasing state assessment scores because I align my questioning with the questioning that students will see on common core state assessments. I am was chosen as, and am currently, a Turn-around teacher in my school district. I work as a teacher in a low-performing, priority school, to increase assessment scores.

I look forward to watching you or your child grow as a Varsity Tutor !

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Shelby’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Clemson University - Bachelors, Elementary Education

Graduate Degree: Arkansas State University-Main Campus - Masters, Educational/School Leadership


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Tutoring Subjects

College English


Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing


Essay Editing

High School English

Homework Support


Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing






SSAT- Elementary Level

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep



Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

All students can learn, but in a different way, and on a different day! I differentiate instruction to meet the unique needs of each of my learners.

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

I will learn about each student’s interests, fears, accomplishments, struggles, and goals they would like to reach from tutoring and for their future.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Praise and encouragement. I also instill in my students that it is okay to fail because "failure leads to success!" You must always keep trying because you will eventually "get it!"

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

Find a way that works for the student to get it. I would be creative, be intentional, and be reflective.

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

I teach students to tune in to their inner voice as they are reading; to be metacognitive, which means thinking about thinking. As we read we are asking questions, making connections, making predictions and inferences, etc. Once a student realizes they are doing these things they become excited about reading. I also teach students to quickly sketch what they are visualizing as they are reading, and/or to annotate as they are reading. All of these skills aid comprehension.

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

You must build trust with students. It is important to learn about each other as individuals. It is also important that students know/learn about their tutor’s experience as an educator, and learn about how their tutor can help them.

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

I would tell a success story of a struggling student that I have taught. I would also tell of a time that I, personally struggled as a student personally when I was their age, and tell how I overcame it. Educators must be empathetic to a learner’s fears and anxieties.

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