Esther Riverson

Esther Riverson

5.0 (6)
3 hires on
1 employee
18 years in business

About this tutor

Children have different learning styles and capabilities. My philosophy is that everychild has a potential and with proper nurturing and training each child can learn and reach his/her potential. 

I have been teaching for over 40 years, and have always tutored children after school.

I have a PhD, and a M.Ed in Special Education with Concentration on Visual Impairments.

Spending time with the children and seeing the progress they make gives me satisfaction. I enjoy watching how they quickly become self-confident, and show it in the way they carry themselves, and even show it in their handwriting.  

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Springfield, VA 22150
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6 Reviews


  • Brian Woodward

    My son recently turned 4 and I can see a vast improvement with his reading abilities. I owe this progression to Dr. Riverson. About a year and half ago I found Dr. Riverson on Upon reaching out to her we set up a weekly plan to meet at the library to begin the reading tutorial sessions for my son. The first few sessions I sat down with Dr. Riverson to ensure that my son was comfortable and was at least trying to pay attention. In the beginning my son's attention span was limited (he only was 2 turning 3) along with the occasional potty accidents, yet Dr. Riverson was patient, effective, and handled my son with care. Due to her experience working with children she had a plethora of strategies that allowed her to assess my son's reading level for future subsequent sessions. Strategies she used included sounding letters, allowing my son to choose books to help him with his comprehension skills, elongating sounds to form words, utilizing index cards and books that helped his reading, Additionally each session was about 45 minutes long and the price was very reasonable. During my time watching Dr. Riverson she recommended videos, workbooks, and reading material that I still use with my son to this day. Dr. Riverson is an experienced educator who has made a significant difference in my son's educational matriculation.

  • Brian Woodward

    She is a wonderful tutor for my son. I would highly recommend her

  • Cherisse Mungal

    Ms Esther was very thorough with my daughter. She helped get her ready for 7th grade English and Honors Math.

  • Kwabena Duah ( Andy)

    Personally , I can proudly portray Dr. Riverson as the most gifted tutor or teacher I have ever encountered. Her teaching skills is phenomenon ! She had been tutoring my kids since 2010 ( math and English) . Dr. Roberson is very humble but extremely deligent and professional. Treat kids with respect and care regardless of age , race , gender and religion . She loves to see kids flourishing academically,

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

Initial assessment to find comfortable starting level

Discussion with parents to explain their role

Reading mechanics; story reading and answering questions every class period

Assessment every 6 months to evaluate

Similar steps followed in Math tutoring.

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

College degrees, and experience. 

I am passionate about making sure that every child can read.

I also teach Math.

I conduct training workshops for teachers overseas during the summer months.

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

$50 to $75 per hour.

I prefer 1-on-1

How did you get started teaching?

I have a unique way of reaching people in general, and I always like to share my knowlege and experiences. I am very compassionate about it.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with a wide range of students, including students with disabilities. I have worked with highly gifted and talented students who need challenge, average type students, and students who require extra practice in order to master skills.

I have taught both reading and math to students with blindness and visual impairments, from preschool through grade 12. I teach braille as well.

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

Being able to read and understand what is required in a question is important. Especially in math, I advise the students to read the questions carefully, write down what they are required to find, and then devise a step by step strategy for solving the problem.

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