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I am passionate about helping students realize and understand their personal learning potential. Currently I am studying to get my masters degree in Seattle and plan to begin my career as a school counselor in 2018. I enjoy meeting new people and feel very comfortable relating to students. I am excited about getting to know new students through Varsity Tutors and customizing tutoring sessions to fit unique needs.

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Deana’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Central Washington University - Bachelors, Sociology

Graduate Degree: Seattle Pacific University - Masters, School Counseling


traveling, fishing, camping, shopping, hanging out with my dog, spending time with friends and family, going for walks, helping others

Tutoring Subjects

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math


Essay Editing



Homework Support


ISEE- Lower Level


Middle School Math



Special Education


SSAT- Elementary Level

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep


Q & A

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

In a typical first tutoring session, I like to start getting to know a student by asking a series of questions about themselves, their educational history, and their learning styles. I become familiar with student expectations and help students brainstorm short term and long term goals.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I am very enthusiastic and excited about student learning. I love to motivate students by being honest and emphasizing the positive outcomes that could arise if they are able to get past certain boundaries.

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

If I was to help a student struggling with reading comprehension, I would encourage the student to read a sentence or paragraph aloud, and then discuss the meaning of the passage with me. I feel this can help students practice thinking about what a passage means immediately after reading it.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate a student's needs by talking to them about their concerns and struggles. If they are unsure what their needs are, I like to go through an assignment or two with them to understand the student's thinking process.

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