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About Karen R.

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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.

About Karen
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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Ms Lee August 30, 2018
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Karen made me feel very comfortable & gave me what I needed so I have a very natural look using makeup. Would highly recommend her to anyone looking for help with cosmetics!
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Megan August 7, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Wonderful teacher for our 12 year old. Very kind, encouraging, organized and knowledable. I would highly recommend!
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Michael T. June 15, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Karen was great with our almost 11 year old son. She does a great job of personalizing lessons to make it more motivating.
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Karen R.

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Mesa, AZ 85202
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About Linda L.

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Tucker, GA

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I am an avid reader myself, and I have experience with students who have dyslexia, ADHD, or for whom English is a second language, as well as students who may just need a little bit of extra practice/help.
I have a good sense of what aspects of reading are difficult for students, and often incorporate music, rhythm, rhyme, drama/acting, and humor, to help struggling readers.

About Linda
*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not typically provide any equipment - but I am willing to select and purchase books for the students to learn from (cost of books to be reimbursed by the student/parent) when requested to do so.

I am also willing to provide stick-on note-names for the keyboard, for young children.

The students must have their own instruments, and provide a folder for sheet music and notes/instructions.

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Guitar, I specialize in the following styles: jazz, rock, blues, folk, bluegrass, and children's songs.
Piano: I prefer electronic keyboard to acoustic piano, but am happy to teach beginning students on a regular piano as well. I teach note-reading, playing by ear, and theory, with en emphasis on rock, pop, and folk music. I include arranging, chord theory, and use of the many features of an elec
tronic keyboard, in the lessons.
Bass Guitar: I teach rock, pop, funk, and country music on bass.
Banjo: I teach bluegrass, country, and some blues and rock music. I also play and teach old-timey frailing/clawhammer style.
Ukulele: I play and teach all styles of ukulele.
English and Reading: I am highly qualified to tutor/teach English (spoken, written, and reading comprehension) to both native English speakers and to those learning it as a second language.
*** I am particularly good at working with children who have a.d.h.d. and other learning disabilities!
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Kyle January 25, 2019
· Banjo · In home
My first lesson with Linda was great. She is very patient and very knowledgeable.
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Sam R. January 6, 2019
· Banjo · In home
Awesome lesson. Teacher could not have been better. I’m really excited.
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Stream December 9, 2018
· Banjo · In studio
So patient
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Linda L.

Linda L.

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About Dale S.

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I received a double BA in Music and English. I am an avid reader and worked in a university writing center for two years editing and proof reading papers. Your student will develop the skills to read quickly and effectively.

About Dale
As a performer I have been playing for over fifteen years on the piano. I have received training at Vanguard University where my teacher's were graduates from Juilliard and Yale. I am now attending Arizona State University where I will be teaching music theory and receiving my Doctorate in Music Composition. I am a published choral composer, and have had my music premiered in the U.S. and Europe.

In August of 2012 I began teaching piano on a part-time basis. My teaching philosophy has always been to make sure the students understand why and not just how to perform something. I emphasize music theory along with piano lessons and expect the students to take the time to practice every week. I have taught children of all ages from 4 to 16 years old.

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Tristan F. May 19, 2016
· Piano · In home
Great first piano lesson experience. My child was fully engrossed in learning, he can't wait till next week!
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clark A. March 15, 2016
· Piano · In home
Great first lesson! We are excited to continue on a weekly basis with Dale.
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Dale S.

Dale S.

Mesa, AZ 85201
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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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Elizabeth G. August 14, 2018
· Algebra 1 · In home
Excellent!
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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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Maurice S.

Maurice S.

Phoenix, AZ 85015
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About Jessica M.

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Plainview, NY
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I teach reading in an elementary school. Due to my qualifications as a speech and language teacher, I know many strategies for typically developing students as well as students with learning disabilities that assist with reading.

About Jessica
My name is Jessica and you can come to me for any of your language-related needs! I am speech-language teacher and English as a Second Language teacher. I have years of experience tutoring the SAT as well as the languages of French and Italian. Please read below for my specific qualifications in each of these areas. I hope we can work together soon!

Speech-Language Teacher:
I currently work with students with various educational needs, including learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, study skills, social skills and speech production. I have undergone special training at Columbia University to work with children who are bilingual.

English as a Second Language Teacher:
I have years of experience teaching English as a Second Language to children through adults. Having worked abroad an
d in New York at a private language school, in addition to pursuing TESOL certification, I am uniquely qualified to teach English in terms of reading, writing, speaking, listening, exam preparation, accent reduction and grammar.

SAT Reading/Writing Teacher:
I have been tutoring the SAT Reading and Writing sections at a private test preparation company for many years. Due to my expertise in language teaching, I am particularly qualified to teach these sections of the exam. I scored in the 98th percentile on the SAT Reading/Writing and in the 93rd percentile on the GRE exam (graduate school level SAT).

French and Italian Teacher:
I tutor French and Italian, which I have been proficient in and tutoring for over 15 years. Having graduated college with a 4.0 in her double major in French and Italian Language and Literature, I have taught these subjects to both children and adults.

Send me a message so we can start working together!
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Wataru March 13, 2016
· ESL · In studio
I enjoyed studying English in her class!
I wanted to improve my pronunciation and took Takelessons.
She taught me how to pronounce English correctly.
I appreciate it!
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Jessica M.

Jessica M.

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About Allison G.

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Cincinnati, OH
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I have been teaching for over 25 years. I would love to give your student that aha moment and help increase the number of those so that eventually my job is done and he or she doesn't need me any more:D

About Allison
I am a woodwind specialist with my primary instrument being the clarinet. But, I also teach beginning to intermediate strings, piano, and percussion. I also have experience with teaching and tutoring reading, Spanish, and Math because of my minor in Spanish and my MBA in Finance.
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Mae August 1, 2016
· Piano · In home
My first lesson in a long time! Allison is very nice and patient and we made great progress in just 45 minutes. Looking forward to my next lesson!
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Allison G.

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My lifelong love of reading and writing has manifested in my authoring two books and being the founder and executive director of a writing organization for children for the past five years. As executive director, I oversee curriculums and facilitate a variety of workshops. My greatest joy is seeing the light in a child's eyes when they have mastered something new. I have taught ages 4-6 in London England as a college intern, I have been the director of an educational program in New York City and I have worked with high school students through a national dropout prevention organization to improve their writing and ability to craft successful college essays. Combined, I have over twenty years working with children and inspiring their greater selves.

Each lesson is personalized and specific to one's ability. Now let's get ready to have some fun!

About Jonita
As a mother of four, my first duty was to be the best and first teacher my children ever had. I have incorporated that love of teaching to other young people.

I believe in setting great expectations and celebrating small accomplishments, they, in turn, lead to bigger ones. I love working with children and have made this my business for over twenty years.

I have a bachelor's degree in psychology, a minor in marketing and am currently working on my master's of fine art's degree in writing. I have self-published two books and am currently working on two more. I have founded the Royal Writers Organization, a nonprofit writing program for children and have brought workshops to children, schools and their community institutions for the last five years.

I was that child who wrote and read under my covers with a flashlight, way af
ter the time my parents told me to go to sleep. I wrote until my pencil forged its resting place on the side of my finger. This passion for writing is what I want for my students, and of which I have succeeded in bringing forth in varying degrees. I enjoy traveling to the worlds that lie within books and look forward to taking my students along with me.
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Greer June 27, 2017
· Writing · Online
My daughter needed help with her writing portfolio for an audition. I knew that the competition was going to be fierce and while I believe that my daughter has real talent I also knew that she needed help organizing here ideas. Needless to say, she was selected to participate in the writing program. We both know that Jonita’s guidance and collaboration helped her achieve that goal. Jonita’s teaching style is exceptional and refreshing. My daughter hopes to work with her again as she transitions to the next stage of her journey as a young writer.
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Schandell June 18, 2017
· Writing · In studio
A great resource for teaching young writers to elaborate and cite evidence. Both are key components to being a successful writer for the state writing Assessment.
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Akindeji June 18, 2017
· Writing · In studio
My kids' school teachers and classmates were very impressed with their writing skills after attending writing workshops with Jonita. She has a gift for inspiring children and they always have a great time.
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About Kris J.

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Do you need help learning how to read the english language? I can tutor you. I have a bachelor's of science degree in communications and can help you fully understand the meaning of the written word.

About Kris
I'm a pretty laid back easy going guy. If you want to learn a variety of things, check out my subjects and I'd be happy to help you.

I have quite a bit of life knowledge and experience that I'm willing to share. I see myself as more of a tutor, helping students along the path to get better grades and understand their subject material better.

Some things to expect during a lesson: We will go over the material and find any areas you are struggling with. We will hone in on those areas and get to the root of the issue, then build you up so that you have a solid base of understanding and can grow from there.

I hope we can partner to enhance your education and knowledge.
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Reading can be challenging for many. I believe in finding new and innovative methods of teaching to help students succeed. Each student is unique and what may work for one may not work for another, that is why I take my time to ensure I prepare lessons that are appropriate for you and will help you develop the skills you need to improve in class.

About Maria
I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. I studied music since 7th grade, I am a singer and I play the flute and saxophone. I am a teacher and tutor with 12 years of experience. I love to teach! It became my passion when I moved to Colorado Springs, CO in 2006. I love to teach in a way that is fun and engaging! The learning experience is for both of us, and you will never feel alone or discouraged! I teach a variety of subjects using my experience and my education. I am available for my students every step of the way.

I have many hobbies like music, dancing, reading, writing and to have new adventure! I love to learn and explore different countries and cultures! Besides my passion to teach, I work as a flight attendant for American Airlines. This job provides me with the amazing opportunity to travel to places I never thought I could go
to and learn about other cultures and people.

I look forward to work with you!
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Michelle January 12, 2019
· Reading · In home
She is caring and professional. She loves working with children. My kids loved her! She helped both to get to grade level in Reading and Writing. I would recommend her to anyone!
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Maria G.

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