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Suzanna W.


Reading Specialist: mClass/Reading 3D & EOG Prep Expert!

Fayetteville, NC 28314

Female ( Age 42 )

Member since:06/2015

I am a Certified Teacher

Rates from $25 to $35

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  • In-home
  • Group

Will travel up to 20 miles

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About Me

Experience Summary

I graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from UNC-Wilmington. I taught first and second grades for ten years in the classroom. While teaching, I returned to school to receive my Master's Degree in Reading (k-12) and certification as a Reading Specialist. I worked as a Reading Teacher for five years, focusing on grades first through third. I also served as a K-2 Instructional Coach. I have enjoyed guiding children through the stages of reading, beginning with letter recognition and book and print awareness, to successfully completing End of Grade tests.

Teaching Style

I have taught in a first and second grade classroom for ten years, and served as a Reading Specialist for k-5 for seven. I have discovered that the most successful way to teach a child how to read is gaining their interest and full attention, while observing what learning style is best for each individual child. While teaching I use an assortment of manipulatives, repetitive phonics instruction, and books! Whatever works for your child, works for me! This is my first year not teaching in the public schools, and I am very familiar with the assessments and expectations. I have led professional development on mclass for K-3, and have years of successful experiences in preparing students for EOGs. Therefore, I also keep the expectations required from the school in mind when planning lessons. References from local schools available.

My Hobbies

I am from Fayetteville and have enjoyed growing up in Cumberland County Schools myself. I have two children, one beginning Kindergarten this year and my other attending a local preschool. Due to caring for my youngest child, I have decided to work only part time, possibly through tutoring sessions. My husband is a leader in the community and law enforcement, so I am definitely a person to be trusted.

Other Comments

I prefer to tutor in my home, where I have all my materials set and ready to go, so there is very little downtime.. Groups of three or more are offered a discounted rate. You can reach me at suzannasw@gmail.com.


Type Level Year Title Issued By
Certification Reading Specialist (K-12) 2007 Reading Specialist Certification Fayetteville State University
Degree Masters 2007 Master's Degree in Reading Fayetteville State University
Degree Bachelors 1999 Bachelor's Degree in Elementary ... UNC-Wilmington
Award School 2010 Teacher of the Year Owen Elementary

Subject Commentary

ADD/ADHD Proficiency: Expert
I have experienced personal situations in which ADHD has made a task more challenging. I have a great understanding of ADHD and how it can make schoolwork more difficult. One thing I always remember is that it is not the child's fault.
Basic Learning Skills Proficiency: Expert
I have taught elementary students for 17 years.
Elementary Proficiency: Expert
I have taught elementary grades for 17 years.
Elementary Grammar Proficiency: Expert
Having taught elementary school for 17 years, I am very experienced in this area.
Elementary Phonics Proficiency: Expert
As I described earlier in the spelling section, I love phonics! Phonics and spelling is basically the same skill: using letters and their sounds to build words (with the exception of high frequency words)
Elementary Reading Proficiency: Expert
I am a certified Reading Specialist, with almost seventeen years of experience teaching reading in elementary grades.
Elementary Study Skills Proficiency: Expert
As a reading Specialist, I have had the opportunity to help individual students. I find the student's strengths and try to build from that.
Elementary Vocabulary Proficiency: Expert
17 years of experience in elementary schools. I have done extensive research on the most commonly used vocabulary used in current assessments.
Homework Help Proficiency: Expert
One thing I have learned from my own son, is that a child is much more likely to willingly complete work for their teacher than their parent! One helpful hint I use with my own child is playing soft classical music in the background.
Reading This is one of my top subjects! Proficiency: Expert
I love to teach children how to read! I have seen different strategies work best for different children. We all learn best in different ways!
Reading Comprehension This is one of my top subjects! Proficiency: Expert
The goal of reading is understanding written print. I have spent many years as a Reading Specialist working with small groups on their comprehension. Many were having difficulty in their assessments. Whether in K-2 or preparing for benchmark tests in 3-5, I take comprehension one step at a time. I also plan according to students' interests, which always helps understanding the written print!
Spelling This is one of my top subjects! Proficiency: Expert
One of my favorite skills when I returned to graduate school was learning why letters made all the different sounds they do. I love phonics! Whenever I don't have an answer to why a word is spelled the way it is, I make it my challenge to find out! I have used a variety of techniques to teach phonics: repetitive strategies, making it entertaining with drama or rhymes, or using manipulatives to build words and focus on the significance of each individual letter.
Test Preparation Proficiency: Expert
I love EOGs!!! As a child, I did terrible on these standardized tests. I think that is why I am successful in helping to prepare students for EOGs. I understand how difficult it can be. I also have updated information on recently released tests, which helps me know exactly how I should prepare my students.
Testing Skills Proficiency: Expert
I have spent many years working with small groups in k-5 preparing them with skills and strategies to use on their specific assessment. For students in k-3 who are being tested using mClass and Reading 3D, I have worked as part of the "Assessment Team", and also provided professional development for teachers. I have also spent many years working with students in grades 3-5, helping prepare them for eog's. I have collected many materials throughout the years and studied closely the best ways to help prepare for eogs.
Testing Strategies Proficiency: Expert
Testing skills and strategies go hand in hand. As previously stated, I am extremely knowledgeable of the assessments required for k-5 students in public schools. Since this is my first year not working, my knowledge is also current.

All Subjects I Tutor

  • Basic Learning Skills
  • Elementary
  • Elementary Grammar
  • Elementary Math
  • Elementary Phonics
  • Elementary Reading
  • Elementary Study Skills
  • Elementary Vocabulary
  • Homework Help
  • Language Arts
  • Reading
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Special Education
  • Spelling
  • Test Preparation
  • Testing Skills
  • Testing Strategies
  • Writing