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I teach all forms of literacy including listening, speaking, writing, and reading English. I teach grammar, phonics, word recognition and comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, and effective, expressive, and creative writing skills. I have been an avid reader and writer ever since my elementary school days. At college, I received a perfect score on my departmental English exam. I have three education degrees: A double bachelor's in elementary education and music, and a master's in reading. I am presently a Mesa Laubach Literacy Council Board Member and Tutor. I love to help students become more proficient in the English language.

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Karen R. was born and raised in a musical family in Lindstrom, Minnesota. Karen has loved to sing and play instruments almost all of her life, and became passionate about music early in her childhood. She has played 7 instruments proficiently including piano, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, ukulele, trombone, recorder, and voice (also an instrument). As a child, Karen took private instruction in piano and classical guitar. She sang and played guitar in her first band in the fifth grade! In high school she played trombone in band, bass guitar in stage band, and sang in the high school choir and stage chorus. In high school, she also sang and played acoustic and bass guitar in a rock band called the 6 pack, who performed for school dances and community events. Karen was also the singer and guitarist, leading the Young Life group. Even though
Karen has had training in many instruments, she has had the most training in voice.

As an adult, Karen has sung extensively in church choirs, women's ensembles, and has been a featured vocal soloist at church services, Christian retreats, and women's ministry events. She was extensively involved in vocal music at Grace Community Christian Church, where she was the singer and guitarist leading and teaching songs to women Bible study groups, preschoolers at vacation Bible school, and Kids Praise Club for elementary aged children. For Kids Praise Club, she also taught the children the choreography for the performances. Presently, Karen is a Choir Director for the K-6 Choristers group at First Presbyterian Church (FPC) in Mesa, AZ., and also taught singing and choreography to the children at VBS at FPC. Karen also had a main roles as Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man in April of 2013, and Mrs. Bucket in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in April, 2014, The Jailer's Daughter in Wind in the Willows, and Mrs. Brill in Mary Poppins, Mrs. Darling and a Pirate in Peter Pan, performed by the First Players at FPC. Additionally. Karen is presently a substitute elementary school and music teacher at Grace Christian Academy, Bethany Christian School, and teaches General Music K-12 at Young Disciples Christian Academy part-time.

During Karen's college career, she was a voice major at Mesa Community College (MCC) and Grand Canyon University (GCU). At MCC, she performed in the Sun Valley Chorale (SVC) and Cadence women vocal jazz ensemble. SVC performed classical songs at the Mesa Arts Center, and Cadence performed jazz songs for MCC events. Karen was also involved in musical theater at MCC. Karen was an opera singer at Night at the Opera, and a Broadway singer at Broadway Bound, both at MCC. At GCU, Karen has been in the President Singers, Canyon Singers, Canyon Chorale, and Union Choirs. Canyon Singers were the honor students and ambassadors for GCU who traveled locally and out of state to recruit students for GCU. As a voice major, Karen has had 9 semesters (4 ½ years) of private voice instruction under the tuteladge of Dr. Cathy Hauan at MCC, and Dr. Sheila Corley at GCU. Karen has three degrees from GCU: A Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a Minor in Music, a Master's of Education in Reading and Curriculum, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. Music is Karens passion and she desires to teach it to all ages and stages of people. Music is the universal language and creates joy and healing in the soul.

Presently, Karen owns her own home music studio called Starshine School of Music in which she teaches piano, voice, and guitar. Karen also teaches Take Lessons music students (an online music student placement company) piano, voice, and guitar in her home. Karen is also an active Mary Kay Consultant.

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Karen's teaching style is very patient, nurturing, encouraging, and fun-loving. Karen is a teacher who sets loving but firm boundaries and guidelines. She implements structure and organization, but is not overly strict and harsh. She believes in encouraging, loving, and imparting knowledge with her students so that they will maximize their potentiality and their inner musical stars will shine.
Karen teaches piano, voice, guitar, and music theory for beginning through intermediate (for voice she teaches beginning through advanced). The curriculum that Karen uses is varied according to the student's personality and learning level. She uses her vast knowledge and information from her education and past experiences, and also Alfred Essentials of Music Theory, Alfred's Instructional books, Hal Leonard Pro-vocal Series, Faber Piano Adventures for all levels, and other resources. She also uses an assignment lesson plan book so that each student will know her clear objectives, what is expected of them and so that communication is established with the student's parents if the student is under 18. Additionally, Karen uses incentives, a point system, and rewards for self-discipline, consistent practicing, musical accomplishment and growth, and a good attitude.
Karen's students learn and perform remarkably well because of her very loving, organized, and comprehensive teaching style. They progress in amazing ways on a weekly and monthly basis. They look forward to coming to their lessons because they are treated with such respect and care. They know that Karen has such a passion and love for music, which is so contagious and is passed on to them. Therefore, these music lessons are enjoyable and enriching for the teacher and student alike.

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Guitar, Kimball piano, CD and cassette players, extensive music literature, Demo and Karaoke CD's.

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I have been classically trained as a voice major at college level. However, I have had so much musical experience (singing, and playing guitar and piano) in varied genres including rock and roll, Broadway and theatrical music, country western, Christian contemporary, folk songs, and children's music. I am very familiar with all kinds of music.
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David A. July 8, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Very punctual, pleasant and able teacher. Detailed-oriented instruction. Very helpful with theory as well.
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Larry Sindle February 20, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Karen is very a very good Teacher, she has patients, very helpful, and makes you feel comfortable.
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Elizabeth N. July 26, 2015
· Piano · In home
I think l have gotten the right piano teach. I was happy with her first lesson.
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Karen R.

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Mesa, AZ 85201
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About Dee F.

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Kalispell, MT

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I have been a Title I summer school tutor for 3 years and have 5 years experience as a reading tutor.

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*** Travel Equipment ***
Books. Students must have their own instrument (keyboards are acceptable for taking piano lessons). I always council students on brand, quality of instrument they are purchasing before they buy it.

*** Specialties *** I have been a public school music educator for over 20 years, and have taught band, orchestra, and choir which enables me to teach many instruments and voice. I also have been a language and reading tutor for over 6 years and have worked with students with special needs for over 10 years.
I studied classical guitar with master guitarist, Christopher Parkening, at Montana State University where I graduated with a B.M.E. I also did graduate work at MSU in composition. I am completing a Masters Degree in Teacher Leadership currently at Grand Canyon University. I teach Suzuki piano and violi
n. I am an accomplished composer/songwriter with many published and recorded songs and instrumental works through ASCAP. I endeavor to make learning fun, and enjoy teaching students of all ages!

Online student requirements: A fast, reliable COMPUTER; HIGH SPEED INTERNET (at least 400 kbps); SKYPE software; WEBCAM (preferably HD); MICROPHONE (most laptops or tablets have mikes built in). Be sure your camera is focused on you and your instrument, if applicable.
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Angel May 19, 2017
· Organ · Online
Dee,at the very beginning has a special way of making my 12 year old comfortable and be herself, and learn. She has made every minute count and yet,made the time pass by so quickly.
The very first day,Angel,my 12 year old daughter said "Mom--I like her"---plus,look at her qualifications ---and you will know that we found a rare gem in her!
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Autumn April 24, 2017
· Violin · Online
Very patient, personable and good at communicating with children
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Vicky May 11, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I have learned so much from her
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Dee F.

Dee F.

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About Maurice S.

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Phoenix, AZ
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Whether it's the words that are difficult to decipher, or the sentences that just don't draw a picture for you, I have specialized, proven techniques that will quickly transform your reading experience from frustration to enjoyment. You can succeed, and I can help you do so.

About Maurice
I taught special education in private schools for over 20 years, and then worked in the insurance industry for a few years before earning my teaching certificate and returning to teaching in the last 3 years.
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Matt May 30, 2017
· Algebra · In home
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Colin M. October 24, 2016
· Hebrew · In studio
Maurice is a blessing to my life and an answer to my prayers. If you are serious about learning Hebrew this man is the man to see. He is on time, good natured, and patient. His teaching method gives quick results.
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Kim Swenson August 6, 2015
· Math · In home
I am in my second year of homeschooling and had prayed specifically for a male teacher to come alongside us and assist in our homeschooling adventure. Although my son, who is six, is not having any difficulties at the moment, homeschooling is still new to me and I was hoping I could find someone who would keep us accountable and help fill in any gaps in my son's schooling. We have found Maurice to be just what we needed. He is engaging and encouraging and has been helpful in sharing strategies and teaching techniques that foster comprehensive learning and not merely memorization.
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Maurice S.

Maurice S.

Phoenix, AZ 85016
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Credentials:
Bachelor's degree from CSU-Sacramento
Speech, Language and Hearing Pathology
California State Licensed SLPA

3 years of experience as a clinic based SLPA; 2 years as an SLPA working in the school district; 1 year as a 2nd grade teacher abroad.
I also have experience as a Behavioral Interventionist in the school district and as a private special needs tutor in home.

Available weekday afternoons and Saturday mornings.
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Kelly H.

Kelly H.

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Peoria, IL
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I love teaching reading to students because it opens up the doors of their imaginations. Good reading is essential and still valued in the United States. I will help those who have small difficulties to not being able to read at all.

About Cathryn
Hello! My name is Cathy and I have been teaching voice (singing) for over 30 years. But don't let that fool you into thinking I'm a stogy old girl who doesn't have a pulse on contemporary music. I teach pop, country, broadway, folk, whatever it is your interested in. I do teach with vocal exercises because without them no changes will be made and that's the whole point right to change your voice? However you do get to sing songs. I teach, so that you will change your voice and succeed in whatever avenue you want. My degree is in Vocal Performance from Northeastern Illinois University and one year of Masters work in Drama from DePaul University.

I also teach ESL, Reading, Writing, History which I have done for the past six years. I use a variety of techniques since no two people are alike to help you learn English or the Ameri
can lifestyle. I presently teach Caterpillar employees, spouses and children. Let me teach you and see how far we can go.

Thank you.
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Riley February 21, 2017
· Singing · In home
I like my teacher very much.
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Ryan Piers January 16, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Cathy is extremely nice and wastes no time getting to worth with her clients. She is fun to work with and packs a lot into a half-hour lessons. I noticed clear improvement in my vocals after just a couple classes. I'd highly recommend Cathy!
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Jackson L. April 21, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Cathryn was prepared, professional and fun. We are thrilled with her!
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Milpitas, CA

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Whether it be reading a comic strip, an autobiography, to reading a mystery novel, a scholarly article, or religious text, learning how to read opens up our mind to limitless knowledge and wonder! Learn how to read a respective work by grasping the author, the main ideas, and literary devices in order to better understand and even master it!

About Austin
Hello! My name is Austin, and my personal life motto is: doing my best to help others realize and reach their best! I have been teaching a number of topics ranging from music, fitness, to technology, writing, and religious texts for over 7 years. Over these years, I have also worked a myriad of jobs to receive invaluable experience as well as learn how to interact with all kinds of people.

It has always been my deep passion and true joy to journey along with someone who is simply willing to learn the many gifts that life has for us to enjoy! I am currently studying for my masters at Western Seminary, interning at a church in Milpitas, and a certified teacher here at TakeLessons.

Time and time again, I have come to realize that life is about serving, teaching, and loving others with what we already have; teaching is such a simple y
et profound way to practice this!

I look forward to doing my best in order to help you realize, reach, and ultimately relish your best!

Best regards,

Austin Ying
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Neha March 27, 2017
· Volleyball · In studio
I am an adult and absolute beginner in volleyball and was looking to learn some basics and Austin did a great job of teaching me.
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Samuel February 25, 2017
· Weight Loss · Online
It was a treat to have Austin guide me toward my personal goals of losing weight while gaining muscle. He displayed constant knowledge and patience. I really enjoyed each session and have learned a great deal from him! Really great tutor to have!!!
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I have a master's degree in Reading. I will assess and determine the level that I need to start my instruction. We will then focus on the needs of the student whether it be comprehension, fluency and/or decoding. Reading will be assigned at home to help the student further his/her reading ability.

About Michelle
I have a bachelor's degree in special education, and a master's degree in reading. I teach special education at Valley Christian High School. I teach mostly math and science to children with special needs. I have 11 years experience in special education. I've taught Pre-Algebra (8th grade math), Algebra 1, and Life Skills Geometry. I have also taught Biology, Earth Science and Physical Science. I have taught English for 3 years as well. I really enjoy working one on one with students. Teaching is my dream and I am happy to say I'm living my dream.
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Michelle J.

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Chandler, AZ 85248
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With just 30 minutes a day I can teach all ages how to read fluently with confidence.

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Born and raised in London UK to Jamaican/English parents. Currently residing in Sunrise Florida. I have a Bachelor's degree in Education and a Professional TEFL Certificate. I have worked in numerous London secondary schools facilitating workshops and several multinational organizations where I developed and facilitated programs for employees at all levels.

I am passionate about developing people, and very much enjoy helping people realize their strengths to achieve their goals. I have 10+ years’ experience in training & development and classroom facilitation. I am currently practicing correctional techniques for accent reduction and English elocution and endeavor to further my studies in this field by completing the Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults.

I have 2 young children, several godchildren, nieces and nephews
to whom I provide language instruction to while remaining patient and consistent. I helped to raise my younger sister who is 12 years younger than me and has a speech impairment, I taught her how to read fluently and speak clearer. I believe this enhanced my love of linguistics, the English language and teaching.

I hope to educate and inspire people from all warps of life and continue my journey of lifelong learning while teaching. My motto is to Love, Share and Build.

As your tutor I will maintain commitment, show you respect and spend time customizing lesson plans for you that are interesting as well as informative. I will expect only the best from you and I will not give up on you.

I look forward to hearing from you.

I am passionate about developing people, and as your tutor I will maintain my commitment, show you respect and spend time customising a lesson plan for you that is creative and informative. I will expect only the best from you and I will not give up on you.
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Roy October 18, 2016
· Accent Reduction · Online
As a small busines owner working in the sales industry, communication is paramount. For this reason, my colleague suggested I take elocution lessons to help with my accent, and recommended someone who had helped him. Initially I was reluctant to call, but am thrilled I did. Charmaine was a Godsend. She was very tentative, patient, and easy to work with. Thanks to her lessons, not only is my accent gone, my clients are more receptive, and sales numbers have improved dramatically. I would highly recommend her services anyone!
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Yohan October 8, 2016
· Speaking Voice · Online
Charmaine was wonderful, she was helped me get back my London accent as I felt I was losing it over time living in the USA.
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Charmaine B.

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Experienced teacher in ESL, English, writing & comprehension, essay composition, and creative writing. Available to teach students of all experience levels and ages.

My ultimate goal will be to prepare you for the exciting journey of becoming a lifelong learner and where that knowledge will take you!

Lessons are ALWAYS structured to be engaging and impactful for my students.

After getting to know the student and their learning goals, I will tailor their learning benchmarks to be comfortably achieved for the student in a meaningful way.

I love working with students from all walks of life and can't wait to hear your story as well!

About Rachel
Rachel has taught private lessons since 2014 and is currently available to teach at your home, local coffee shops and libraries, as well as online. She has successfully helped ESL students learn English by customizing learning activities that are engaging, and stimulate student growth with ease, comfort, and fun.

She has taught for Denver Public School District as a Guest Teacher and volunteered with nonprofit groups as Reading Partners - in which she successfully helped struggling elementary students get on-track with their corresponding reading levels - and working as a camp counselor for underprivileged youth.

No matter what, Rachel always looks forward to helping students achieve their educational goals and objectives. Her teaching style consists of patience, dedication, and discipline.

Actively listening to her student's n
eeds is also an integral component to Rachel's teaching philosophy. Discovering what one student might need from a learning environment could be the polar opposite of the next student might require. (It's not to say that one is necessarily better or worse; it's more like although there are two different roads that a person could choose to take, both will nevertheless take you to your destination).

Listening closely to her students also helps with adapting and designing lessons to not only reflect individual learning styles and preferences, but to also set students up for achieving success and fulfilling their potential.

Rachel received her Bachelors in Communication from Northern Arizona University in 2008 and concluded her radio broadcast internship as Website Entertainment Editor upon graduating.

She went on to University of Phoenix, where she led communication endeavors as a project consultant for a knowledge base renovation and has since been tutoring and teaching for public and private education.
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Giorgio July 12, 2017
· English · In home
Rachel is a very organized and effective English teacher. The curriculum she followed with me has been intelligent and engaging. She is been able to fit the classes with my needs, helping me improving so much.
Highly recommended.
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· Writing · Online
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