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About Ilona M.

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Pompano Beach, FL

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Teaching English to Other Language Speakers

I have MA in TESOL from Florida Atlantic University (2012)

About Ilona
I am experienced (3 years) in home school tutoring. I mostly work with Florida Virtual School students. I overlook their tests and assignments, and help them with preparations for Discussion Based Ass
essmemts (DBA). I also help parents with required annual evaluations and how to sign up with home education department.
For my tutoring sessions I use skills that include goal-directedness, I teach how to organize learning in small steps and how to set them up; I always strive to motivate and engage my students to make them interested in learning and have fun; I also use self-control skills to teach how to avoid distractions and I show how to use different focusing strategies. I use positive mind set skills to teach how to use failures as learning opportunities.

I have Masters in Education (2018) with specialization in English, Curriculum and Education; and Masters in Arts (2012) in Teaching English to speakers of other languages, and Bachelors in Music Education (2010), both from Florida Atlantic University, as well as a degree in violin performance from Chicago.
I studied piano in Chicago for 10 years & taught both piano & violin for over 20 years. I also teach flute & cello for the past 5 years, as I studied them during my Music Education program.
I have taught music for over 24 years using the traditional and Suzuki methods. I am fan of the Essential Elements method and I Can Read Music book for string instruments, and the Alfred's Piano Library for piano. Alfred's piano library can be used for any age as they also have books especially made for adult learners. I also like their music flash cards.
For teaching music theory I mostly used Fundamentals of Piano Theory (9 levels) combined with Master Theory (6 levels) books.

I personalize every lesson, and always set goals for my students. Most of my violin students are members of the Florida Youth Orchestra as well as the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra and my piano students participate in Pompano Beach Piano competition and the annual Piano Guild auditions.
I teach any age and any level, and always stress that learning a new instrument is very similar to learning a new language, it needs a lot of patience, persistence and repetitions. My lessons are customized to my students needs, and are work in progress as they needs may change over time. I always remind my students that music can give them instant gratification when they learn to play favorite songs.
I always encourage my students to tell me about their music preferences, so I can incorporate them in their music lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
All my tutoring sessions include reviews of previously learned material and if possible the use of technology. I use students books but often bring extra study materials if necessary.
All my lessons include technique and reading music. I like to use the Finger Power for piano students and Essential Elements for my string students, and scales for both.
Music theory: I use Master Theory and Fundamentals of Piano Theory books for younger ages, Alfred's music flash cards to support learning notes and musical terminology, and of course the fun part performance.

Besides Essential Elements for strings I also use String Tunes and I Can Read Music to add more fun to the lessons as well as support reading music during the lesson. For piano students I use Holiday Treats book, which comes in 2 different levels: Beginner & Intermediate, so my students have a new songs for a specific holiday.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I always bring violin with me to be able to show what I teach.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The students need to have their books and assigned material ready for tutoring. Instrumental students needs to have their music books, flashcards & instrument available as well as a pencil. I always stress with my students to be organized and prepared for their lesson, this way they will be able to focus better during the lesson. I always bring my violin with me. I also ask that the room where the lesson takes place be free of any distractions, such other siblings or any other noise. The quiet environment helps in faster learning.

*** Specialties ***
I tutor most K-12 subjects and prepare students to take ACT, SAT, GRE tests.
Music genres: Classical, traditional, Suzuki, Popular, Celtic, fiddle, Blues
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Robin June 18, 2018
· Piano · In home
Ilona is a wonderful teacher. She really tunes in to your level and has a vast knowledge of musical repertoire making lessons very exciting. Anyone lucky enough to get Ilona is going to be star!!she is patient and responsive to questions and a very interesting and fun gal
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Howard G. May 9, 2018
· Public Speaking · In home
extremely competent.
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Radha September 29, 2017
· Violin · In home
Experienced, knowledgable and persistent in teaching. I did not think I will be able to learn fast, but Ilona helps in every step. From holding the bow rightly, to using fingers, learning the language of music, she is patient and persistent. I recommend her without reservation..
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About Laurel T.

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San Francisco, CA
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I have taught English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) in Germany, Greece, and Turkey, and English as a Second Language (ESL) in California. In Germany, where I lived and worked for many years, I too had to learn a second language as a beginner to the level where I could function and work in a new society. So I teach from a student's point of view, understanding and sensitive to both the practical and emotional challenges you face.

About Laurel
As a teacher I recognize that all students have a predominant learning style, so I always work with each person as an individual, tailoring our lessons to discover and promote their innate abilities a
nd interests. I am friendly and patient and work well with children of all ages as well as adults.

My background in English language training is extensive. I have a B.A. in English Literature, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification, along with ten years teaching experience in Europe and the Middle East. I also hold a M.Sc. in Biological Science.

My area of special expertise is writing, I can help anyone master the skill of expressing themselves effectively. I love grammar and can make it fun and easy to learn. I have developed curriculum and adapted existing teaching materials to fit students special needs.

These are areas of language training in which I excel:
• Grammar
• Reading Literacy (for both native speakers and ESL learners)
• Business and Vocational English
• Creative and Expository Writing
• English Conversation
• Exam Preparation
• Editing and Proofreading
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Dr. Gregorio S. October 22, 2018
· English · Online
wonderful not only be in touch with a teacher but also with a great human, i hope everything its ok
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sandrine C. October 4, 2018
· English · Online
Laurel is a very kind person to know, good teacher too. She is patient and help to improve your knowledge. I would strongly recommend Laurel.
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Dr. Gregorio S. October 2, 2018
· English · Online
Perfect!
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About Natasha S.

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Kissimmee, FL
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I have been teaching English as a foreign language in Moscow Russia and as a second language for a few months in the USA. In my classes I help students to build their confidence and strengths in their English learning . My students gone from beginning to intermediate level. I structure my lessons so students can enjoy the lessons and at the same time build strong ESL skills.

About Natasha
Hi, my name is Natasha and I cant wait to meet you. I have been teaching private lessons since 1999 and have loved to help my students to learn how to play the piano and enjoy it. I developed my own m
ethod of teaching to positively enhance the student strength ,dexterity, memorization and techniques. I went to Moscow Conservatory of Music and earned a masters degree in teaching and piano performance . Im constantly continue my education by taking different workshops and courses.My students won national competitions and state misic festivals. Lessons are scheduled to best fit to the students schedule.
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Luis Angel Perez November 25, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Natasha is an excellent piano teacher. She is very professional and keeps me motivated to learn. Also, she is very concerned with creating a solid foundation on theory, technicality, and sight reading.
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Sandra N. October 30, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My daughter absolutely loved getting lessons from Natasha. She is very kind and patient.
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Pietra September 14, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Natasha has an amazing knowledge and is very kind.
Just 5 lessons, and I improved a lot.
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About Chryssa M.

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Shrewsbury, MA
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Long experience and determination to lead my student to success. I have a special talent in explaining things.

About Chryssa
ESL/ELA licensed in the state of Massachusetts

I am Greek , I lived in Greece for all my life until recently that I have moved to Worcester MA. I have a Master in Psychology of Education & Didactic
s -my Master thesis and dissertation was on Asperger syndrome- and a Bachelor degree both in English and Greek literature.
I can speak fluent Greek as it is my mother tongue.
I have been working as a teacher for about 26 years and have led many of my students to being successful in their foreign language tests in Cambridge University ESL exams, Michigan University ESL exams, Pearson, TIE, TOEFL . I am patient and I know how to discover the real needs of my students so that I can adapt my teaching. My main teaching fields are ESL, Greek language, and Writing.
I am also an author. I have written a novel published in Melbourne, Australia and I have taken part in two short stories collection, one in London U.K and one in Greece. I have also several short stories published in American and Greek magazines.You can find information about me on my website: avgimeleti.weebly. com
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Kiley B. September 5, 2017
· Greek · In studio
Chryssa has been an amazing teacher so far! She really knows how to teach a difficult language without overwhelming a beginner learner but while still moving at a pace that is comfortable and productive. Chryssa is patient and good at identifying what is difficult for you. I would recommend Chryssa to anyone wanting to learn Greek.
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Matt September 24, 2016
· Greek · In home
Chrysa is very good! Greek is difficult but she knows how to explain, what to explain and why to explain. Nice person, very patient and polite. Funny too!
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Cathy September 24, 2016
· ESL · Online
Amazing teacher. I loved the way she taught me writing, so much enthusiasm and imagination!
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Chryssa M.

Chryssa M.

Shrewsbury, MA 01545
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