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My tutoring career started way back in 1989, when my mother and I started a small typing business, for students and professionals who didn't know how to use word processing programs. My mother, an English and reading teacher herself, helped us progress to tutoring students of all ages, in English, reading, humanities, and writing.

I began to take over the business, and while I was in college, began tutoring college students, and partnered with graduate students to cover a wide range of subjects. I also worked part-time for the University of Houston in the Dept of Physics at that time.

In 2000, I graduated from the University of Houston with a BA in Psychology and English Literature, and continued tutoring, this time with junior and high school students. I was hired by a school district in 2002 as a full time teacher, and received my teaching certification in English and language arts. I have now been in the field of education since 1996, and teaching in the traditional classroom since 2002.

However, I have always loved tutoring 1:1, since it allows me to focus more on a students' strengths and weaknesses, and help them learn in a more consistent, comfortable environment.

I have since been part of many professional committees and teams, working with students of all ages and all learning levels. I have taught and tutored online, in person, and as part of small group instruction. I have even worked online teaching children in China the English language.

Currently, I run an after school program as a Site Lead with the YMCA and the Spring Branch Independent School District in Houston, TX; grades K-5. I have also taught preschool and PreK. I am certified to teach in Texas and Colorado, and considered a Highly Qualified teacher under the No Child Left Behind Act.

Personally, I love to dance, write, read (always learning), travel, computers, fashion, and animals. I have an online boutique/reseller page on the Poshmark App, and have 289K Followers. My journey with Poshmark (Since 2013) has been a very successful one. Poshmark is a social media/E-commerce App. See my web page on the Poshmark App:

I am married, have three adorable rescue cats, and I just love helping people learn. When a child or adult lights up because they actually "got it", I am most proud of them. I hope to help more students "get it" through tutoring them on the Varsity Tutors platform. Thank you.

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Toni’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Houston - Bachelor in Arts, Psychology

Undergraduate Degree: University of Houston - Bachelor in Arts, English


Dance, IT, Reading, Blogging, Travel, Exercise, Sales, Animals, Event Planning, Online boutique.

Tutoring Subjects

Academic Coaching

ACT Writing


Adult Literacy

American Literature


Basic Computer Literacy

British Literature



CLEP American Literature

CLEP College Composition

CLEP English Literature

CLEP Human Growth and Development

CLEP Humanities

CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology

CLEP Introductory Psychology

Clinical Psychology

College Application Essays

College English

College Level American Literature

Creative Writing

Elementary School

Elementary School English

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

Expository Writing

Fiction Writing

GED Prep

GED Reasoning Through Language Arts

GED Social Studies

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Human Development

Introduction to Fiction

Introduction to Poetry


K-11th Grade Standardized Tests Prep

Mac Basic Computer Skills


Medieval Literature

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Office

Middle School

Middle School English

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing


PC Basic Computer Skills



PRAXIS Early Childhood

PRAXIS Elementary School

PRAXIS English

PRAXIS Reading

PRAXIS Writing

Professional Certifications

Public Speaking

SAT Writing and Language


Social Networking

Social Sciences

Special Education

Spelling Bee


STAAR Grades 3-8 Prep

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Technical Writing

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

TExES - Texas Examinations of Educator Standards


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