Kitt's Tutoring Service
Hello. I'm Kitt Pyle. I am a retired, self-contained public school teacher with a lifetime certification. As a public school teacher for several decades, I've met and helped thousands of struggling students.
After retiring, five years ago, I missed the challenge of helping students overcome their various challenges. So I began tutoring, just with word of mouth and a few fliers. This has proved to be very rewarding. I specialize in foundational learning content with students, who are mostly in Pre-K through 8th grade. I do work with a few high school students, as well.
I earned a BS degree in Biology. Later I earned an elementary teaching certification in New York State. Then I began my teaching career in the inner city of Baltimore, Maryland. After moving to Texas, I did most of my teaching in Round Rock ISD and Pflugerville ISD.
During my teaching career, I worked with an RRISD middle school as their Math/Science Fair Coordinator. We were the top middle school in our area for four of the five years that I held that position. I was blessed to serve on the Austin Area Math/ Science Fair board for several years.
Then for five years, I led a team of high performing Science Olympiad students in Pflugerville ISD. Upon returning to RRISD, I helped with a science club that actively worked with Round Rock City Council to establish a permanent recycling center.
Outside of teaching, I was a Girl Scout Leader for seven years, a Girl Scout trainer for two years, chairman for my son's Cub Scout Pack.
Outside of teaching/tutoring, I enjoy gardening, painting, Arts and Crafts, and my grandchildren. Recently, I have begun raising chickens.
I look forward to helping many more students achieve great success with their academic endeavors.
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I like to get to know my student first. What are their likes or dislikes? What is their favorite class, favorite learning activity, etc? Then I like to explore why we are tutoring. What do they hope to get out of tutoring? How do they think I can best help them. I, also, talk with the parents to get their perspective.
All of this helps me know how to tailor my teaching for that student. Most students learn best when they are enjoying a subject. So I will begin with what the student knows, or teach a skill, some knowledge, then create one or more practice activities to reinforce the learning. Often the practice activity if a manipulative game focussed solely on the particular skill. As time progresses we will add to that skill harder more sophisticated problems or skills. Students get so focussed on the concept and working the necessary skills that they forget about not liking the subject and they find they like the subject better and that the work is easier.