Natalie S.

Natalie S.

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San Diego, CA

About Natalie S.

Male Ages Taught: 5 to 25
Female Ages Taught: 5 to 50

Overview

My teaching process is summed up in 3 words:
Engage. Encourage. Excel.

I ENGAGE my students with material that is interesting and purposeful.
I ENCOURAGE my students to work hard to achieve their educational goals.
I watch my students EXCEL and successfully and confidently reach their full potential.

I am a highly qualified English and writing teacher available to tutor students of all ages in all humanities-related subjects.

Specifically, I work with students who need assistance with:

-Beginner reading and writing skills
-High school reading comprehension and writing skills
-High school and college research paper process
-Study and organizational skills
-AP Exam Prep (AP World History, AP US History, AP European History, AP Psychology, and AP English) *90% success rate for students passing their AP Exams
-College admissions process and college essay writing

My goal is to give students the tools and practice to improve upon their reading, writing, and study skills, so they can confidently and successfully excel on their own after working with me.

Background:
-BA in English Education at University of Delaware
-MA in English Literature at San Diego State University

Experience:
-12 years of tutoring with all ages and humanities-related subjects
-1 year as a high school English teacher
-2 years as a college-level writing tutor
-2 years as a college writing and literature professor

*** Lesson Details ***
Upon meeting a student for the first time, I typically discuss the following details with both the parent and student:
-What is the overall goal for the tutoring sessions? Does the student need daily or weekly sessions to achieve this goal?
-How does the student learn best? Is he/she an auditory, visual, or kinesthetic learner?
-Once I understand the overall goal and the process in which the student learns best, we will create a plan together for moving forward in a clear, manageable fashion
-Before each session begins, I create a list of objectives and a plan to complete them, so it's clear to the student what needs to get accomplished during each meeting.
In this way, everyone involved feels productive and successful!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have no strict requirements for specific equipment that you must have for our sessions, however, below are a few suggestions:

In-person sessions: It's a good idea to have a work space set up that is away from distraction. Also, have all of your materials ready, so we don't waste any of your tutoring time getting books, paper, etc!

Online sessions: Strong WiFi connection, so you can easily access a Skype session. Also, it's ideal to set up your work space in a quiet setting and be prepared with attachments and exercises opened and/or completed that I've e-mailed to you prior to our session.

*** Specialties ***
While I have experience working with many students in all humanities-related subjects (English, History, Psychology, Women's Studies), I most often work with students who need help learning the writing process. I also spend a lot of time helping students navigate the college admissions process and writing their college admissions essays.

In addition, I spend a lot of time working with students who need help staying on track in their AP courses and prepping for their AP exams. I have a 90% success rate for students who pass their AP exams after working with me.

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Experience

Founder Jan 2009 - Present
Bare Mixers

+Created Bare Mixers, an all-natural, low-calorie, gluten-free cocktail mixer

+Developed the Bare Mixers brand and effectively ran all aspects of the company

+Used a wide range of rhetorical strategies and advanced writing skills to develop the business plan the marketing plan, and all of the copy for press releases and blog articles

+Developed the website and social networking strategies

+Managed all administrative tasks and hiring of interns, sales reps, and delivery people

+Responsible for raising capital and finding investors

+Recently sold company to leading natural foods company, Ultimate Super Foods

+Primary responsibilities in new company include managing marketing, sales, website development, and building online social networks

Independent Tutor Jan 2001 - Present
Self-Employed

+Humanities tutor for individual students and small groups from elementary grades through college and post-graduate studies in the following subjects: English, reading, writing, rhetoric, history, psychology and other humanities- related subjects

+Use online and computer tools such as, power point, youtube, slideshare, and google groups to engage students in online lessons and activities

+Work with students on college and career planning

+Work with students on writing college admissions essays

+Help prepare students for AP exams by first teaching them organizational and study skills and then teaching them subject material

+Facilitated group sessions with 2-6 students for AP exam preparation and review

+Created lesson plans, power points, and practice exams for group AP exam sessions

+Work with students in examining literature and recognizing the tools authors use to create meaning in their texts

+Implement various strategies to teach students to become confident readers

+Instruct students on how to brainstorm, organize, edit, and write literary analysis, persuasive, and informative essays

+Demonstrate the research paper process

Adjunct Professor Aug 2008 - Dec 2009
San Diego State University

+Responsible for teaching Introduction to Literature to 50 students

+Created class syllabus, book list, and curriculum to involve students in various literary genres, movements, and texts to ensure a complete and comprehensive introduction to literature

+Facilitated class discussions where students were engaging, conversing, and reflecting on literature and its purpose in society

+Taught students to write a literary analysis paper in which they had to construct their own argument rather than using a writing prompt

+Showed students the writing process for a literary analysis paper. Focused on how to brainstorm, create a thesis statement, and support an argument with evidence and commentary

+Accountable for daily communication with students through e-mail and conferences and also for grading papers and displaying grades on the school's interactive website
*laid off due to CA budget cuts

Graduate Assistant Editor Aug 2007 - May 2008
San Diego State University

+Edited student papers for errors in spelling, syntax, and punctuation

+Graded student papers, business memos, and projects

+Tutored six students per week on proper writing techniques, grammar, and organization

Writing Tutor Aug 2006 - May 2008
San Diego State University

+Assisted professor with teaching and grading assignments for a developmental writing course

+Tutored ten students per week on how to formulate outlines and structure essays

+Worked with professor to align lesson plans with tutoring strategies

Teaching Assistant Aug 2007 - Dec 2007
San Diego State University

+Responsible for teaching freshman rhetoric and writing to college students of all learning abilities

+Prepared daily lesson plans which employed various teaching techniques to keep students engaged

+Focused on reading strategies to help students become active readers

+Conducted class discussions on topics such as author’s purpose, author’s argument, and rhetorical strategies in the assigned texts

+Taught students the process for writing essays and worked on applying these steps to all essays

+Graded and commented on each essay assignment twice so students were able to learn from comments and revise after first draft

+Required students to come to office hours at least once to individually work on writing skills

High School English Teacher Aug 2005 - Jun 2006
Concord High School

+Responsible for three ninth grade and two tenth grade classes for a total of 140 students.

+Taught English Literature, composition, and grammar to students with various learning abilities while keeping them engaged and connected with the material

+Used writing and reading workshop techniques to enhance student involvement in the class

+Knowledge of and ability to use proper classroom management techniques

+Contacted and responded to parent concerns during parent conferences and all other times throughout the year

+Knowledge of new state standards for students in public high schools

+Prepared daily lesson plans that aligned with the state standards and prepared the students for the Delaware State Test (DSTP)

+Accountable for all tenth grade students passing the DSTP

+Volunteered to be on the committee to create a more efficient way to grade students based on standards

Education

Master's in English Literature Aug 2006 - May 2008
San Diego State University
Bachelor's in English Education Aug 2001 - May 2005
University of DE

Awards

10 Female Entrepreneurs to Watch in San Diego Aug 2012
Forbes.com
Nominated for Delta Kappa Gamma Award May 2005
English Honors Society
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Haley May 14, 2014
She was such a great help, and she helped me figure out who, what, when, where, and why for my topic. She asked just the perfect questions, and the perfect responses as well, to make things click. Thanks!! I will come to you guys when I need any extra help or push in writing!
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Xochitl May 14, 2014
It's a great class, Natalie shared with me her advice and also useful documents, platforms etc.
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Malvina March 6, 2014
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Natalie is a great teacher! She gave me all the support. EXCELLENT! Really awesome, I do recommend!
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Travis K. January 20, 2014
ESL
Natalie will drive you toward success

I had the privilege of being taught by Natalie during my High School days at Concord. She was always very open to first seeking exactly what it was that her students were looking to learn. After the situation and objectives were assessed, she then laid out the plan of action towards these goals and we hit the ground running. Not only did she successfully educate me on the practices and required learning objectives, but she also taught us to think bigger. She not only helped me realize the importance of English, but she helped me see that she was truly 100% invested in my future. To this day, 7 years later, Natalie and I still connect on a regular basis to ensure I am learning and educating my self on success. We also discuss how I am doing with my current situations and she always gives me advice in terms of stories and situations that related to me on a simple level. At the end of the day, Natalie is what you need. She is truly an amazing coach and will bring tremendous value to the lives of so many people in the future. I am so grateful and honored to have had the privilege to work with Natalie and look forward to hearing about the countless amount of lives she will touch in the future!
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Ellie B. November 25, 2013
English
Natalie is the best tutor- so helpful!

I was really struggling with coming up with essay topics for my college essay. Since a college essay is so crucial in the application process, I decided to get help. I contacted Natalie (a close friend recommended her) and am so glad I did! She helped me so much by showing me how much an outline helps, as well as how to write to a specific audience, etc. She was really awesome in the way that she really helped me understand and learn how to write in a more effective way. I will definitely recommend her to friends and might end up needing her help a few more times with my future english papers!!!