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Raina C

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Tutor Profile:

I earned my B.A. in Elementary Education in 1989 and M.A. in Reading in 2008. I am a Certified Reading Specialist and hold both Orton-Gillingham Tutor and Adult Basic Education Certificates. I have been married to my husband, George for 25 years. We have 2 children, Christina and Michael. I love to travel and enjoy outdoor activities.

In addition to tutoring, I serve as an educational consultant and work as a part-time ESL Instructor at the community college level. Before moving to Arizona in July 2016, I was a Response to Intervention teacher and classroom teacher for an at- risk public school district in New Jersey for 25 years. During that time, I participated in many leadership roles, wrote curricula, served as a new teacher mentor, volunteered for a multitude of school committees, and assisted at parent literacy workshops. I was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2012. 

I specialize in Early Childhood/Elementary Education and have an enthusiastic teaching-style. I use multi-sensory (hands-on) techniques with all of my students. I feel learning is contagious. So, I consistently encourage my students to never stop challenging themselves to explore new things.

I am very passionate about literacy. I enjoy teaching because I believe all individuals have a desire to learn and want to be proud of their accomplishments. My future goals are to participate in research aimed at improving educational strategies. I would also love to write a book about effective ways to help children become more confident and successful readers.

I provide services for PK-4 students in reading and mathematics and specialize in the Orton-Gillingham program.

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Theresa B

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TUTOR PROFILE:

I was born and raised in Arizona and have lived here most of my life, both in Flagstaff and Phoenix. I have always had a love of literature, and at 16, I decided I would like to teach. Though my focus was always on college level teaching, I was privileged to get an internship at a classical charter school during my senior year of college where I tutored middle school students in essay writing. I graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature in 2007. 

After a few years on the East Coast, and substitute teaching both in Virginia and Arizona (grades 1-12), I became a private school teacher for grades 5 and 6 in Scottsdale. After that, I transitioned to grade school teaching at classical charter schools and taught grades 3 and 4 for six years. I was also a Teaching Assistant Coordinator, and taught new teachers how to write lesson plans, assess students, and make their objectives grade-level appropriate.

As a teacher, I have held many tutoring sessions after school, and my objectives are always to connect with students after a long day of learning and to help them retrieve their memory of concepts covered throughout the day. I love being able to work with small groups or in a one-on-one setting, as I can more easily discover a student’s learning style in this setting than in a busy classroom.

When I am not teaching, I am learning.  I love to travel to Europe, take summer courses, and read books by Victorian authors. I hike when the weather permits, and sew, photograph, or watch documentaries in my free time.

I currently offer tutoring services for kindergarten through fourth grade students in all subject areas. I also provide support in English and literature through 12th grade.

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