What types of students have you worked with?
My experiences in teaching cover a broad spectrum of students. I have taught students from different ethnic backgrounds, grade levels, and educational backgrounds Working with students from seven years old to seniors, I have taught phonics, reading comprehension, grammar, writing, and speech.
Some of my students are struggling to work at grade level and are taking lessons to improve English skills
of all types. In contrast, most of my students are advanced in English skills and are taking lessons to give them a competitive edge to enter major universities.
In addition to teaching English to native English speakers, teaching ESL to students from foreign countries has been very rewarding. I even taught a high school girl who had moved from China mid-semester with no ability to speak English. After six months of weekly classes, she could communicate with teachers and classmates very well.
One of my younger students from Nigeria was in a special education class three years ago and could not read one word. After six months of reading lessons, he could read at the second-grade level. Currently, he is learning to write and is working at the fifth-grade level.
A girl from a Vietnamese family was learning to write, but when I discovered that she was entering a spelling bee, I tutored her on spelling as well. She won the county spelling bee for eighth-graders after I shared some study tips with her.
Among other ethnic backgrounds, I have tutored students from Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Ukranian, Russian, Nigerian, and Arab backgrounds. I have taught homeschoolers, primary students, middle schoolers, high schoolers, college, and post-grad students. Many adults in the workforce and adults returning to school have benefitted from my Language Arts lessons.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
Recently, a young high school girl contacted me for essay writing lessons. When she was given a prompt
to write about, she would just stare at the paper for days. She absolutely froze. Five lessons later, she
was able to write a well organized essay without any help. After that fifth tutoring session, she was
beaming with joy.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons?
I tutor online using the ZOOM Conference app, and I bill through PayPal.
~1-hour session - $50
~2 or more hours per week - $40 per session
How did you get started teaching?
I began teaching primary grades at a private school, and after a few years, I was asked to teach English
to the older students. During that time, I tutored students in grades 4-12 who needed extra help in
reading, writing, or grammar. In addition, I taught essay writing classes to high school students. Eventually, I started my own private school with grades K-12. After 19 years of teaching, I am now tutoring online.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I studied several languages and linguistics at Sacramento State University and began teaching in a private school shortly after graduating. The school used a curriculum that was individualized, so I learned to quickly adapt to each student's learning style and teach directly to the student's learning gaps. During those years, I developed a sense of when to move to the next lesson, when to review past lessons, and when to challenge the student. After eight years in that private school, I founded a K-12 private school of my own, was the administrator of the school, and taught individual students in various grades. English, and particularly essay writing, became my field of expertise as I applied my linguistics background to Language Arts.