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Hillary

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Hey y’all! I am a 25-year-old female with an interesting background. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara in Global Studies with a minor in Spanish back in 2012. After graduating I worked for AmeriCorps as a volunteer reading and literacy tutor in an elementary school for a year. I then moved to Houston where I obtained my Masters in Public Health with a major in health promotion and behavioral science from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. While working towards my masters, I worked as both a teaching assistant at the graduate level as well as a tutor for a private family in the area. As soon as I received my graduate degree, my husband and I moved back to California where his company needed him. While there I worked for a non-profit in my hometown, and his company recently relocated us back to Houston. So I am back, and now working towards getting a second bachelor’s degree in nursing.

While my career is focused on health, I have a passion for education and literacy in particular. I am able to tutor the following subjects: Spanish I, Spanish II, English, Phonics, STAAR Grades 3-8, Elementary School Reading, Elementary School Writing, Middle School Reading, Middle School Writing and Middle School Reading Comprehension. My favorite subjects to tutor are phonics and phonemic awareness because they are the building blocks of literacy, but I also love to tutor anything related to reading and writing!

When I tutor a student I really aim to gain an understanding of the student’s learning style during my first 1-2 sessions with them. This then allows me to tailor my teaching to their learning style, making it easier for them to grasp difficult concepts.

Outside of school and work, I love to run, hike, kayak, paddleboard and ski. I was so lucky to grow up in the mountains of Southern California where I could do all of these activities whenever I wanted. Being back in Houston it is a bit more challenging to find places to do these things, but I make do.

Thanks for considering me as your tutor!

Hillary’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Mississippi University for Women - Bachelors, Global Studies/Spanish

Graduate Degree: The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston - Masters, Public Health

Tutoring Subjects

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

Languages

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Phonics

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

STAAR Grades 3-8 Prep

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

When I tutor a student I really aim to gain an understanding of the student's learning style during my first 1-2 sessions with them. This then allows me to tailor my teaching to their learning style, making it easier for them to grasp difficult concepts.