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Qualifications & Experience

It is my passion to teach and help students grow to be successful in school and in life. I believe all students have this ability when given the right tools and the proper environment. I love to engage students in fun and positive lessons. I have found this is how students learn best. My special education background has given me many tools on how to approach instruction to meet the needs of each student. This has helped my students pass standardized state exams, pass and excel in classes, and move up in grade levels in reading and math.

I graduated from State University of New York at Geneseo with a bachelor's in history and a certification in social studies grades 7-12. I then received my master's in special education at Nazareth College with a certification to teach special education grades 7-12. I have taught for five years in high school and middle school grades ranging from 6th grade to 12th grade. I have taught English, math, and social studies in a general education setting and in a special education setting. I have tutored mostly middle school and high school students in math, English, social studies, organization skills, reading and literacy skills. I have instructed students with many different reading and math skills ranging from 1st grade to 12th grade. I welcome all students regardless of skill level. Together we will work towards each students goals in school and beyond.

Education

2012

SUNY College at Geneseo

History

2013

Nazareth College of Rochester

Special Education

Awards & Honors

2008

Dean's List

2009

Dean's List

2010

Dean's List

Subjects

Math

Algebra 1 Elementary Math Prealgebra

Test Preparation

Regents

English

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

Social Studies

U.S. History European History Geography Government & Politics Political Science World History

Other

ADD/ADHD Aspergers Autism Etiquette Coach Hard of Hearing Life Coach Social Coach Special Needs

Karina ’s Rating

5.0
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Reviews

Johnte B.

5.0 Articulation
5.0 Proficiency
5.0 Punctuality

Karina is a wonderful tutor. She worked with me for my whole year in 10th grade. We worked on reading, math, writing, homework, and test prep. She really helped me advance my skills in school. I am so thankful she was there to help me through my classes. She is kind, patient, and engaging in her lessons. I would highly recommend her as a tutor!

6 months ago

Amit N.

5.0 Articulation
5.0 Proficiency
5.0 Punctuality

I am a current RIT student majoring in Game Design who had to take AP United States History. History is one of my hardest subjects because I can never seem to retain any of the information. Having Karina around made my life much easier. She helped me understand the subject in a new light by tailoring her instructions towards better understanding of the material as opposed to remembering simple facts. She took time out of her day to meet with me and was very flexible around my schedule. She was amazing, efficient, and very easy to understand. I would absolutely rate her a 5/5 and recommend her to anyone who would need assistance in tutoring.

6 months ago

Alexandra S.

5.0 Articulation
5.0 Proficiency
5.0 Punctuality

Without her I truly would not have been able to pass the US history regents final in Upstate New York. A few months before the exam my US history teacher attempted to prepare us by taking a final exam every week. I was receiving low D's on the final without even attempting the essay questions. I knew at this time it was time to get a tutor. Before we started I told her I would be happy with a C on the final exam. Her knowledge, skills and experience helped me understand more than I thought was capable at that time. She made it extremely easy for me to comprehend so much information in the short amount of time we had. When the test came around I felt prepared and much more confident. I ended up receiving a 96% on the final exam. I would recommend Mrs. Onderdonk to anyone, her patience and knowledge was something t hat stuck with me.

7 months ago

David M.

5.0 Articulation
5.0 Proficiency
5.0 Punctuality

I was not feeling confident before taking my U.S. History regents. After working with Karina my confidence level went way up and I understood the material way more in depth than before I received her tutoring. I ended up reaching my goal and got a 98% on my Regents! Definitely would recommend her to anyone in need of tutoring! She is kind and very knowledgeable. Her passion for helping students reach their full potential is evident in her tutoring/teaching style.

7 months ago