The Little “Read” School House

The Little “Read” School House

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5 hires on
1 employee
46 years in business

About this tutor

Welcome back to school! Your child's education is very important to you, as it should be! Sadly, COVID-19 has impacted our children's education to the extent that they are a year behind as they return to the classroom.  School systems have already acknowledged that they will experience some serious educational lags in their  future because of time missed  and the ineffective, emergency  "virtual learning" platforms. This does not have to happen. My young students have complained that they are not learning anything and their parents hired me to mitigate the effects of our current educational situation. The results have been amazing. My remedy is direct instruction through effective instructional strategies and activities. My service is far superior to the pricey "cookie cutter,"  franchises. Not only do I address any reading concerns, which are usually underdeveloped decoding skills, but I also incorporate important related skills that impact on reading, such as spelling, grammar, writing, etc.  It is much more personalized. My parents and students have access to me outside of the tutoring sessions. I must tell you that I provide your child with lifelong skills, competencies and tools, but they must also "practice and study."

I am a retired elementary principal with a Bachelors, two Masters and a Doctorate degree in the field of literacy/education. I have done extensive training of teachers as an adjunct professor in reading at Bowie State University, Morgan State University, the Community College of Baltimore, and Howard University. One of my MSDE certifications is in Reading and Literacy. I’m considered to be an effective expert in the field of Literacy. I provide  corrective and remedial instruction with strategies that address phonemic awareness/word recognition, decoding, pronunciation, comprehension, study skills , fluency, content area reading proficiency and more. I'm trained in  Orton-Gillingham methodology, used with "dyslexic" students.You will begin to see positive results in your child’s overall academic performance in as soon as two or three months. You must provide regular  tutoring sessions and insure that your child practices and studies. Twice a week sessions are recommended for best results. I strongly advocate for standardized testing both before and after instruction. Many schools are giving parents informal or subjective estimates of student reading proficiency. Please have them tested on a standardized test.

Please note that I’m only in the state of Maryland; currently serving Howard, Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties. I’m available 7 days a week. My day typically begins at 8:00 a.m.

I'm happy when my students gets straight A's. I know that they have the skill sets necessary for future academic success. However, I'm sad about the fact that the current situation with COVID-19 pandemic continues to erode other students' opportunity for a quality educational experience. This platform allows me to provide parents with a reasonably priced, high quality option to mitigate the damaging effects of the emergency  virtual platforms. I like the fact that my students excel and will not miss a beat as a result of my personal intervention. One-on-one tutoring works and is much more effective than even "in school, whole class instruction." Plus, I really love what I do. Success is the only option.

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Jessup, MD 20794
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  • Ebenye Khumbah

    She is very good

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I provide one-on-one thorough  instruction in remedial and corrective reading, as well as, decoding skills, phonemic awareness, word recognition skills and comprehension. I'm trained to work with students with severe disabilities , such as dyslexia. I'm a learning specialist. I also prepare students for GED testing.

My professional materials are expertly developed, highly personalized, customized and individualized. Additional instruction is provided in comprehension strategies, which include "common core", critical and higher-order thinking skills. Test taking strategies are incorporated in my instruction process. Twice weekly sessions are highly recommended for best results. I’m not cheap, quick or gimmicky! Nor do I provide intermittent service.  Consistency is very important. My sessions are 60 minutes in length. I expect my students to complete assigned home work. This is an integral part of the learning process for my students.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Morgan State University- Honors Graduate Bachelors Of Science in Elementary Education 1965

The Johns Hopkins University Master of Education in Urban Education and Certificate of Advanced Study in Education-1970 and 1976

Temple University-Doctorate of Education 1982 

I have been a member of the International Reading (Literacy) Association since 1982, as well as the State of Maryland International Reading (International) Association.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

All lessons are in your home and are priced $40-$60 per hour. Please schedule your 2021 summer sessions now. It is a mistake to give children the "summer off." They regress significantly.  

How did you get started teaching?

I graduated from college cum laude in 1965 with a degree in elementary education and started teaching 4th grade.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with all types of students, including students diagnosed as being dyslexic,  in my career from grades k through 12 and beyond. I have been an adjunct professor at several local colleges and universities.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Just last week one of my parents told me that she had seen a change in her child in about 3 instructional sessions. She noticed his increased confidence. I tell all of my students that they are smart. I make them feel like winners. They blossom and achieve!

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look at people's credentials. You don't have time for people with no experience out to make a few bucks. They can do you more harm than good. I won't disappoint you.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Most students in need of tutoring know that they are not performing up to the same level of their peers. During the initial informal assessment they start to reveal their strengths and weaknesses. As a learning specialist, I address them in my instructional plan.

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