Detra Damskov

Detra D.

Omaha, NE

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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Detra delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 3+ and special needs

Teaching since:
August 2006

Tutoring is my passion!! I really enjoy having the opportunity to work one one one with my students to help them attain their individual goals and promote their individual strengths!! I have completed coursework required for a Masters degree to teach English Literature/ Language Arts and English as a second language (ESL) and have 10 years experience teaching in nontraditional settings. I seek to inspire others to accomplish great things academically and to have fun while accomplishing those goals. I am motivated to work with others and fully utilize my creativity and individual skills to promote lifelong learning.


Freelance writing and editing
Aug 2013 - Present

Freelance Tutoring
Mar 2008 - Present

Aug 2014 - May 2015
Classical Conversations

Creates a caring, student-centered environment for learning, encouraging the enjoyment of all subjects to include Grammar, Science, History, Geography, Math, Latin, Fine Arts, and historical timeline within the perimeters of the Classical Conversations model. Designed and delivered engaging lectures and motivating lessons to students. Modified assignments and activities to meet the learning needs of individual students. Prepared students for later grades by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities with a growth mindset.

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Teacher of English as a second Language
Mar 2009 - Aug 2013
QB English School in Hachinohe, Japan

Taught the English language to Japanese students age 4 years old to 77 years old, both in group and individual setting.
Exhibited leadership skills through the preparation and facilitation of a culture through Halloween, Christmas, and Easter parties, summer events, shared cuisine, and cultural experiences. Adapted teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests. Met with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and to determine priorities for their children and their resource needs.Instructed students individually and in groups, using various research based teaching methods such as lectures, discussions, demonstrations, hands on, Collaborative and independent work, utilizing the creativity and individuality of each student to include all of Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences.. Assigned and grade classwork and homework, both Formatively and summatively.

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Master of Teaching with endorsements in ESL and Language Arts
Aug 2014 - Dec 2015
College of St. Mary
Bachelors of Philosophy
Aug 1996 - Aug 2001
University of Scranton
Bachelors of Theology
Aug 1996 - Aug 2001
University of Scranton


Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


ESL certification
Dec 2015
Nebraska Department of Education

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24 Reviews

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Sam Jan 21, 2018
English · Online

Po Sim Dec 23, 2016
ESL · Online

Detra is a good and responsible teacher and she is always well-prepared! And she is interesting to talk with!

Katie Mar 28, 2016
Reading · In home

Detra has been such a blessing to our family. She came to our home to evaluate our 7-year old daughter who has struggled with reading. She had a great rapport with our daughter, made her feel comfortable and even have fun during the evaluation. She has a patient and positive demeanor and put our daughter at ease. She then spent over an hour with me (her mom), going over the results of the evaluation and recommending steps to work on. Since that time, she has answered my many questions, offering additional resources and encouragement. Looking forward to having her work more with our daughter. Highly recommend Detra!

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Eve Mar 23, 2016
Grammar · In studio

Ms. Damskov showed amazing love and care for my child and her job. She enthusiastically learned as much as she could about each subject so that she could teach it back to my struggling 8 year old. She is a wonderful tutor and teacher that I would readily send any of my 4 children to. I have full confidence that any of Ms. Damskov's students will not only do well under her, but far excel any expectations.
Your student will develop a love of learning under Ms. Damskov's teaching.

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Yumi Mar 23, 2016
English · In studio

Detra was really really kind teacher. I took her lessons six years before. I was so nervous when my first lesson because I didn't speak English. But I didn't need wprry, she was very friendly and she was understanding what do I say, what do I know in English. It's very important as a teacher of langeage!!

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Dannial Mar 22, 2016

Detra is doing an amazing job with my daughter. Could not have a better experience.

svetlana Feb 12, 2016
ESL · Online

It was a great first session!I was very pleased, and greatly look forward to future sessions!

Keri Jan 16, 2016
Reading · In studio

When Detra was tutoring my daughter, she really applied herself and put all her energy into preparation. She really enjoys teaching children.

Jack Jan 14, 2016
English · In studio

She was really relaxed and easy to listen to. I didn't feel stressed and it was always easy to figure out what we had to do for homework.

Xenia Jan 13, 2016
English · Online

Detra's very patient, very friendly and a pleasure to work with, a great help and made me understand the material very well, thanks. Detra has been excellent, really helpful. I would not hesitate to recommend her.

Carson Jan 11, 2016
English Literature · In studio

Ms. Damskov was a great teacher that introduced us to culture very well. Would recommend to anyone!!

Xavier Jan 11, 2016
English · In studio

She made learning in class fun. The assignments weren't too hard and she prepped me for the final (given by another teacher) really well. She made it easy to understand the harder texts, and went in-depth on a lot of topics. Overall she is a great teacher to have.

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Nathan Jan 9, 2016
AP English · In studio

Mrs. Damskov's classroom was one of the few that are both fun and educational. She focused on subjects that matter and worked to ensure each student succeeded. She was one of the best teachers I have ever had.

Roxi Jan 8, 2016
Reading · In studio

Patient, caring and knowledgeable are the qualities that describe Detra. She will make learning fun!

Jack Jan 8, 2016
English · In studio

Mrs. Damskov created a fun learning environment in which I learned not only about English, but also about the world. I had a great time and looked forward to English class. I learned a lot throughout the semester in a fun way.

Nathanial Jan 8, 2016
English · In studio

She was a great student teacher. Very in-depth and really improved my English skills. I understood the topics very well. It actually made sense. One of the best I have ever had.

Joe Jan 8, 2016
English · In studio

Ms. Damskov was undoubtedly one of the best English teachers I've had yet. She was a very interactive teacher and we did several story analysis activities during class that stimulated both mental and physical faculties. She was also very good at working with kids who have learning disabilities; she accommodated me very well when I was struggling with my adhd in her class, but didn't coddle me. She was always a very fair person who understood that there wasn't always an objective answer in terms of discipline and homework issues, and she worked with you instead of dishing out punishments. Now, her teaching ability is very good as well, I enjoyed learning in her class and understood all class material very well.

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Kathy Jan 8, 2016
English · In studio

Detra is a passionate and knowledgeable educator. She inspires students to higher levels and thinking and to excel in their work. Detra cares deeply about each of her students and wants to see them succeed. I would highly recommend her.

Michael Jan 8, 2016
Literature · In studio

She taught me a lot about short stories and novels. I really enjoyed the class

Daniel Jan 8, 2016
English Literature · In studio

Seriously, best teacher ever! She refuses to give busy work and cares about her students. She makes things the right difficulty for what they are--her reading quizzes only are hard enough to make you show you read, and her projects were difficult and fun. I really miss her in my class.

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Samuel Jan 8, 2016
English · In studio

Relatable, personal, enthusiastic teacher. Covered topics well. Made the class fair, but not easy.

Patrick Jan 8, 2016


Patrick Jan 8, 2016
English Literature · In studio

New ideas on how to teach. Interactive teaching methods. Loves the subject she teaches. Enthusiastic every day.

John Jan 8, 2016
English · In studio

WOW!!!!!!!! Detra was my favorite English teacher that I'd ever had!!!! I had a great experience.

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