Linda
Experienced Teacher & Tutor

Serving Bethany, Woodbridge, Hamden, Cheshire, Prospect, Shelton and New Haven CT, and surroundings

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Tutoring from the Heart
Bio
I love helping children to succeed. As an exceptional teacher with 20 years of experience and a certified counselor, I have worked with students from 5 to 18 years of age. With my students, I am very patient, building upon their strengths, assisting them to process new information, refresh their skills, and organize their work. There is nothing more rewarding to me than to share the mutual joy with a child who understands a concept for the first time.


Program
My approach to tutoring students is very empathetic and creative. I look at their academic profile, but also their learning style and interests. I like to break down difficult tasks, as in mathematics or any complex issues, into simple steps. I use visual aids, graphic organizers, and many manipulative materials to help a student understand information. Through getting to know what is important to a child, I can design a goal for the child and find an appropriate reward for progress based on effort and ability. A particular area of expertise for me is working with children in specialized programs for students in need of support.

I believe that I can inspire your child to succeed through an improvement in academic skills and an increase in self-confidence. I am eager to meet your child.


Background
Through my work experience I feel that I understand the challenges of each grade level. I have taught at a number of elementary schools with diverse populations and economic backgrounds. I can teach all elementary subjects and have extensive experience teaching all subjects at the middle school level. My forte is teaching math, science, creative writing, and social studies. As part of the Adult Education program, I taught psychology to students who dropped out of high school and received their high school diplomas. As a counselor at the middle school level, I excelled in high school planning. As Career Coordinator, I began and developed a Career Day for 400 eighth graders.

I enjoyed several memorable experiences as part of my teaching career. For many years I was the theatrical producer of plays, often written by my students. I loved being a basketball coach for a girls’ team and the baseball coach for an undefeated boys’ team. A few years ago I was thrilled to walk the Civil War battlefields with my colleagues as part of the Teach American History project. Currently, I am a mentor for a fourth grade boy who was my student when he was in kindergarten.


Education
MS and Sixth Year in Counseling and School Psychology, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut

MA, Government and International Relations, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, Scholar

BS Cum Laude, Intermediate and Upper Education; Social Studies, Southern Connecticut State University

Professional Educator Certificates from State of Connecticut: Teaching,1-8; 7-12 Social Studies; School Counselor K-12


Interests
Hiking, boogie boarding, kayaking, cross country skiing ,baking, reading, photography, watching and attending basketball and baseball games, planning community events as spaghetti suppers, traveling throughout the USA, Canada, the UK, and western Europe


Tutoring Subjects

Elementary School
Mathematics
Science
Social Studies
Creative Writing
Editing
Study Skills
Middle School Transition
Middle School
Mathematics
PreAlgebra
Language Arts
Creative Writing
Editing
Earth Science
Biology
American History
Study Skills
High School Planning
High School
American History
European History
International Relations
Political Science
Psychology
Study Skills
Creative Writing

* Please contact me if there is a subject or topic you want me to address that is not listed above. Ex. test anxiety or other issues impacting learning.


Scheduling & Availability
As an educator, I know the importance of flexibility in scheduling. I will build a program that respects important activities like sports, other childhood interests, and the needs of the family.

Availability
Monday- 3:00-8:00 PM
Tuesday- 3:00-8:00 PM
Wednesday- 3:00-8:00 PM
Thursday- 3:00-8:00 PM
Friday- 3:00-6:00 PM

For an initial meeting we can meet either at your home or an agreed upon public place such as a coffee shop. I will be glad to travel to your home for lessons. We can arrange to alter the schedule should an emergency occur. Please give me 24 hours notice if you know that you are unable to make a regularly scheduled appointment.


Rates & Travel Policy
As a mother of four, I am very aware of the costs of raising a family. My basic rate is $25 per session. I give a discounts for multiple sessions per week. I live in Bethany, but am willing to travel to distances within a 20 mile radius of my home. If the commute is on the long side and requires traveling on highways during peak commuter times, I may charge an additional $5 for travel expenses. We can negotiate the total cost.