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Qualifications & Experience

I have a passion for teaching and a mission to help students discern their strengths and build on them, to attain and surpass their academic goals. I personalize my teaching methods to meet the different learning styles of students of all ages. I home-schooled my own children, who had various learning styles and struggles, through high school and into college where they currently hold 4.0 GPA's. I also graduated Summa Cum Laude, so academic excellence is of utmost importance to me. I strive to pass that excellence along to my students in a friendly, relaxed environment of learning.

I find a good rapport is key to good learning. Therefore, I love to focus on affirming each student's gifts and strengths, as part of building that rapport. This also helps build their confidence and - as I often find - results in increased grades throughout all their subjects. There are many smart students who just need to have the content taught to them in a way they 'get it', and they begin to excel in their academics. My 15 years of home-school teaching has also allowed me to discern well what a student's needs are, and to hone in on the teaching style that works best for him or her. I work well with students who have dyslexia, ADHD and those on the spectrum, as I am able to create an atmosphere that allows them the relaxed freedom to learn their materials in a manner that best suits them.

I would be remiss not to mention the high-quality reading/spelling program I use, which gives students the answers to so many common questions about the English language they have. Have you ever wondered: "If the silent final 'e' on the end of a word makes the previous vowel say its name - such as in 'cave' or 'hive' - then what about words like, 'have' or 'give'?" Also, if a word has a long 'a' sound in it, how do you know whether to spell that sound with an 'ai', 'ay', or an 'a'? There are logical answers to those questions, and these rules are precisely what the more logical, literal learners need to know, to read and spell well. I have the answers to such rules, and more. In all, I will do my utmost best to help your student fill in any gaps in their education, and will supply them with high-level academic tools to carry them through their educational years. Please call me with any initial questions. I would love to set up a complimentary meet-and-greet, to better discern your present academic needs, and to see if we are a good fit for one another. Thank you for considering my service!

Education

1991

Red Rocks Community College

Associate of Arts

Awards & Honors

1989

Honors Society

Subjects

Math

Elementary Math

English

English (K-8) Essay Writing Grammar Reading & Comprehension Phonics Proofreading Study Skills Vocabulary

Other

ADD/ADHD Aspergers Autism Dyslexia Homeschool Special Needs

Susan ’s Rating

5.0
5.0
Articulation
5.0
Proficiency
5.0
Punctuality

Reviews

Dianna C. (mother of 5th grader, and kindergartner)

5.0 Articulation
5.0 Proficiency
5.0 Punctuality

Susan is an Amazing tutor for my son! He struggled with reading and language arts (not his favorite topics). Now, he is confident and strong with these topics. He achieved all A’s last year (first time). I would highly recommend Susan! We will be using her for my youngest son, too!!

5 months ago

Kim D. (mother of 7th grader)

5.0 Articulation
5.0 Proficiency
5.0 Punctuality

Susan has been wonderful and supportive as she has tutored my son. She understands him and his needs very well, and the two of them have a great rapport. I am so thankful for a tutor who my son enjoys going to see and with whom he is happy to work hard.

5 months ago

Maria R. (mother of 1st grader)

5.0 Articulation
5.0 Proficiency
5.0 Punctuality

Susan has helped so much with Sebastian’s learning. He has attended for over a year now. His recent test results have been off the charts, especially with his math and reading!

5 months ago

Ryan & Elizabeth W. (parents of 4th and 8th graders)

5.0 Articulation
5.0 Proficiency
5.0 Punctuality

We give Susan our highest recommendation for tutoring. Over the years, Susan has tutored two of our children. She started tutoring our son Jacob after the first grade when we realized that he could barely read. Within a few short weeks, Susan had taught Jacob the "rules" (the logic) of the English language and he had a new-found confidence that he could sound out any word. Shortly thereafter, he began reading fluently, and homework is no longer a battle. Though the focus was on reading, Susan also taught Jacob fun math tricks (which became the envy of his classmates) and also encouraged him in good penmanship.

5 months ago