I am a FL-certified elementary (K-6th gr.) and middle school (gr. 5-9 math & science) teacher/tutor with 20+ years of classroom and tutoring experience with students at schools like Miami Country Day in Miami Shores and St. Stephen's Episcopal and Ransom Everglades in Coconut Grove. I have worked with students from gr. PK3 through high school including all academic subjects (including Singapore Math) as well as test prep (ISEE, SSAT, ACT).
The best part about being a classroom teacher (no, not the report cards, faculty meetings, and lunch & recess duty) was getting to know a new group of students in late August and helping them to learn and grow throughout the course of the school year. But how does a teacher do this? One student at a time. I'm a better teacher because I approach my job not through the curriculum that has to be "covered" or by thinking about "what my class has learned" (a high school teacher asked me that once). Rather, I approach my classroom responsibilities . . . one student at a time. This mindset is what makes (has always made) private tutoring so appealing. It's the essence of my teaching style.
I want to know each student's strengths and weaknesses, interests, challenges met and overcome . . . much more than merely the letter grade s/he is getting in each subject at school. I want to help students with the content they don't understand (typically by building a better or missing foundation) and also set them up to succeed on their own, once tutoring is done. This may involve work in the areas of motivation, organization, study habits, note-taking, mindset shift . . . good tutoring is so much more than teaching content from a book or preparing a student for a particular test. My motto would be: Build a strong foundation first so the rest (all the learning that is to come) is on a firm footing.
I have taught in the classroom (gr. 4 & 5 mostly) in private schools from Boston to Providence to Brazil to San Fran to Miami. I have worked with 175+ students in my private tutoring practice.
My hourly rate is for an hour of tutoring in your home. This rate is negotiable based on the following considerations: how long each session will be, how many sessions are envisioned per week, if more than one student in the family needs tutoring and the length/duration of travel to and from your home.
Before I graduated law school in the Boston area I knew I wanted to teach. I'd already spent some time as a Big Brother and youth sports coach and heard from parents who knew me that teaching (they could tell) was my true calling.
Each year as a classroom teacher I worked with a diverse group of learners, girls and boys, in terms of learning achievement and learning style, including students who struggled with attention and behavior issues, as well as those who would be called "gifted." I have a soft spot for those who struggle. My goal in all of my teaching and tutoring is to make learning enjoyable and "doable." No student of mine leaves my classroom with an "I can't" attitude. I teach students what it means to have a "growth mindset."