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I am a California credentialed teacher and I take students where they are at academically and move them forward. I have 20 years of teaching experience and am able to help students with individualized education.

Kelly’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Santa Barbara - Bachelors, Environmental Studies

Graduate Degree: National - Masters, Masters in Education

Tutoring Subjects

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing



Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

All students can learn and move forward academically. They thrive with positive feedback, encouragement, and feelings of success!

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

Students can read passages and finish math minutes to demonstrate their academic individual performance level.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Students can do very well after the teacher models a few examples. They will say " I got this!"

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Students love to teach the teacher and tell them what they already know. Their interests can be used as teaching moments.

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

Students can draw a storyboard or retell step by step the beginning, middle, and endings of a story.

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

I ask about student hobbies and interests, and I praise them where they are at.

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

I would help the student make cross curricular references. For example, students might like social studies and would like to make a graph about their unit. This is a teaching moment in math.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I'd use graphic organizers, oral retell, and quick quizzes.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

I praise the student constantly on their growths, however small the success. Celebrate successes along the way!

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I listen to the student to hear what they need and do informal observations of their writing, reading, and speaking abilities.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I can use visuals, allow the student to retell orally, let students work independently, or go step by step with them. Whatever they need!

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Web outlines, flow maps, color pencils, paper, books, the computer, and they can write on a program on the computer too.