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I have taught in both public and private schools for over 8 years, primarily at the elementary and pre-school levels. I enjoy getting to know my students and helping to them to learn and grow in ways that they may have never considered before. In my spare time I enjoy public speaking, reading, and yoga.

Dawn’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Michigan - Bachelors, Communications


Yoga, Reading, Dance

Tutoring Subjects

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


Essay Editing

High School Writing

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is one of observation, as a Montessorian, every child is unique and will learn the materials if it is presented in a developmentally appropriate way. Through observation and getting to know each child better, I am able to prepare the correct materials and present lessons for the child.

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

I would see what the student is hoping to gain from this experience. Based on their answers, I would prepare my sessions from that.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

You can help a student by guiding them and not feeding them the correct answers. If you help them develop their natural strengths, this can be used as a stepping stone for other areas of learning without assistance.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would ask them what things they do enjoy; from there they can try to find those aspects in other subject areas too.

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

I would first observe to find out why. I would develop a strategy from there.

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

I would try to strengthen their vocabulary and go from there.

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

Taking my time to get to know them and following their cues. If they are a bit on the quiet side, respecting that and not trying to overwhelm the child with situations that may make them uncomfortable.

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

I would try to find out what they enjoy and find a connection to the other subject.

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

I would ask them to explain it back to me.

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

Reminding them of their strong points in that area. Positive reinforcement.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I would review homework assignments and ask them what they feel they need.

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

Seeing where the student is currently in the subject matter and what the end goal is for the student.

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

Initially, the student's own materials, and then whatever else I might find helpful.