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Theresa

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I am dedicated to providing expert English Language Arts instruction to high school and adult students of all levels in one-on-one and small group settings. I am particularly passionate about providing quality education for disabled and chronically ill students who attend school virtually. I provide tailored and pragmatic approaches to give ADHD students the support, tools, and enrichment opportunities they need to thrive. I am invested in celebrating ADHD students' energy and creativity, and combating negative stereotypes associated with ADHD.

English Language Arts covers a wide range of skills: reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, literary analysis, and writing. Study of ELA requires an array of different technical skills, many of which do not come easily to students. I am well-versed in these skills thanks to my Bachelor's of English Literature. And when I earned my Masters of Arts in Teaching, Secondary Education, I learned the best pedagogical practices to share this knowledge with students. After completing a semester student-teaching Honors American Literature and Remedial Freshman English, I earned my initial teaching certificate.

I was a substitute teacher for grades K4-8. For a year, I taught every subject from math to PE. I learned the best practices for supporting ESL students when I took classes in Pima Community College's Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Education program. I underwent Adult Basic Literary training with Literacy Connects to become a tutor and teacher. I observed and assisted a lead teacher at Literacy Connect's bridge program with Pima Community Adult Education. Then I was a lead classroom teacher and mentor teacher with that program for a year. My job was to improve reading and writing fluency in Adult Basic Literacy so my students could graduate to GED prep courses, and provide a good example for my mentees. It was incredibly rewarding work. I learned that when I focus on students' strengths and provide encouragement, they flourish.

During the summers of my undergraduate years, I was a tutor for Communities in Schools. Their summer program provided students who were at risk of repeating a grade with one-on-one math and ELA instruction in a supportive and engaging atmosphere. I was also a library research page for Charleston County Public Libraries. I became well-versed in the Dewey Decimal System and an expert at locating information.

I pride myself in my research skills and ability to write literary analysis that people outside of an ivory tower can understand. While I do have years of schooling in this subject, I am always amazed that my students can bring an illuminating point of view that I hadn't considered.

Most recently, I have been taking courses with ASU Digital Prep to stay up-to-date with technological advancements. I am learning the best ways to deliver innovative instruction across virtual platforms for one-on-one, small group, and full classroom settings. I am excited to bring my experience and expertise to Varsity Tutors. I look forward to meeting and working with new students!

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Theresa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Clemson University - Bachelor in Arts, English

Graduate Degree: Citadel Military College of South Carolina - Master of Arts, Education

Hobbies

Tai Chi, gardening, learning new languages

Tutoring Subjects

Adult Literacy

British Literature

Comparative Literature

English

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Literature

Medieval Literature

Middle School

Middle School English

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Other

Reading

World Literature

Writing

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