I have thirty years experience teaching and tutoring middle school, high school, and college level students. Ihave recently retired from my position as a full-time English teacher and department chairperson at Saint Saviour High School, a natiinally recognized college prep all-girls high school in Park Slope, Brooklyn. In addition to teaching all grades and levels of English, I have worked very closely with the seniors on the college essay process, and with the freshmen on building their critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. My years of experience as a teacher and tutor have taught me to tailor the lessons and activities I create to meet the needs of students across a broad spectrum of abilities and expectations - short and long term.
Working with students on the school newspaper and the literary/arts magazine has afforded me yet another venue for encouraging strong, confident, and creative readers/writers.
As department chairperson in English, I have kept up to date on educational trends and requirements and have worked with department members to incorporate those new standards into our curriculum.
Recent students, with whom I worked on their college applications and essays, are now enrolled in such places as Princeton, Harvard Law, Annapolis Naval Academy, Sophie Davis, and McAuley Honors @ CUNY.
Former tutoring students have graduated from the University of Chicago, Brandeis, MIT.
References are available on request.
Please view the feedback I have received directly from recent and former students.
I enjoy watching students grow in knowledge and in confidence. I love the"'aha" moment when a student gets a concept and can use it and own it independently and confidently.
The goal of tutoring, beyond the mastery of a particular skill, is not more tutoring but independence - the sense of "I've got this." for the student.
Sydney Harilal Fri, Jun 4, 11:25 PM to Judith Ms. Caugheyyyyy, The woman who fueled my love on English, writing, and soup. I wish you all the best in this next chapter of YOUR life. I’m so proud of you. You’ve taught me beyond academics and have made me a better individual. I’m forever grateful to have been your student. Please, keep it touch. My personal is [email protected] We have got to keep trying new soups together. All the very best. I’m so grateful that you were such an avid part of my high school life. Thank you. For it all. Love always, Sydney Harilal Class of 2021
Chelsea Miller Tue, Jul 8, 2014, 9:01 PM to me A five! Oh my goodness! I didn't even know the AP Scores came out! I told you I wouldn't disappoint you Ms. Caughey! loll
Emma Slattery Wed, Jul 9, 2014, 12:21 AM to me Hi Ms. Caughey I literally just saw this now. I'm completely speechless, I didn't even think I was going to get a 4, but a 5. I honestly can't believe this
Olivia Calamia Wed, Jul 9, 2014, 8:21 PM to me Dear Ms. Caughey, I just wanted to e-mail you to tell you that I received my AP scores today and that I earned a score of 5 on the English exam. I'm very happy with the result and I have you to thank for it; it was a pleasure being in your class and I look forward to having you again next year. Again, hope your summer is going well. Best, Olivia
I have a first session to learn what the practical needs are - a paper, improving a grade in class, enrichment - and what the long range goals might be (if these differ from the immediate need). If possible, I review recent work the student has done in English to ascertain both the level of ability, level of challenge the student is used to, and a few other subtle points about the students' habits that are likely to be reflected in an assignment the student has completed. I spend time talking with the student during that first meeting - assessing the student's sense of her/his ability/difficulty, and the like. We work to set realistic goals - either around a required expectation [ a paper, a test, iimproving a report card grade, or personal improvement goals separate from a class]. We then begin our sessions in earnest, and I tailor, tweak, or modify, as the sessions procede.
I have more than thirty years of experience as an English teacher in middle/junior and senior high schools. I have taught and tutored extensively with students aged ten to twenty.
My degree is in English. As department chair at my current place of employment, I keep abreast of reqiuirements and trends in English - specific to such exams as the NYS ELA Common Core Regents and the two AP English exams, as well as general trends regarding technolgy and English, literacy, and other pegdagogic issues.
$75.00 per hour. $100.00 for an hour and a half.
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