Dee is a California native who has taught Prek – Grade 8 in New York, Florida, and California. Raised in the South Bay, Dee received her BS degree in Biology from Cal State University, at Dominguez Hills and her Masters of Education in reading from NOVA Southeastern in Florida. She specializes in the primary grades K-5, in reading, language arts and writing. With over 20 years of classroom teaching experience and one on one tutoring support, Dee is a nurturer at heart. She has a strong belief that all students will learn and achieve with educational content that is purposefully and goal oriented. She feels that it is important to meet the student’s needs where they are, to further enrich their background knowledge towards mastery. Teaching common core and the new generation standards with the “I do, We do, You do” model has presented great success. When asked about her style of delivery, parental feedback has always been, “It’s evident that my teacher cares about my child. Her patience and commitment to supporting my child has meant the world to our family.”
Allison is a native Californian, loving mother, proud wife, and an enthusiastic performance based Master Teacher. She received Magna Cum Laude honors from both universities she attended. At 19, I graduated from California State University, Fresno with a BA in Psychology and went on to become a counselor in a hospital helping at risk youth and their families. She then achieved my MA in Cross Cultural Teaching at 22, and taught in the Silicon Valley. Moving on to San Francisco she was awarded status to the High Quality Teacher Education Act, making her a Master Teacher in the San Francisco School District for 10 years. While teaching, she also privately tutored in Presidio Heights and Laurel Heights to help adolescents achieve their GED and HW support with CA Common Core Strands. Allison is highly proficient in K-12 Math, Reading, Writing, Social Studies and Science. She truly believes education is a key to success, and aspires to help individuals become the productive citizens.
Rachel grew up in the South Bay and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology as well as her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Pepperdine University in Malibu. Furthermore, she studied at Stanford Graduate School of Business for General Management. Rachel has significant teaching experience in Manhattan Beach and Santa Monica Unified School Districts. She teaches Kindergarten through 8th Grade and specializes in math, reading, writing, and social studies. Rachel’s teaching philosophy is to create bright minds while building exceptional character growth. Being an avid traveler, she speaks 4 different languages: Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, and English. Rachel also plays the violin, performing for well-known music halls including New York City’s Carnegie Hall.
Beach Cities Tutoring knows that transitioning to school from distance-learning is exciting, but it will also have its challenges. Many students may be at all different levels due to distance learning. We have experienced and credentialed teachers who can ensure the transition to school is smooth! Don’t wait until your child/teen is struggling. We can help with ALL subjects.
Cynthia was born and raised in Hermosa Beach where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from CSU Long Beach. While working her way through school she taught Pre-K and musical theater. She earned her teaching credential while teaching elementary school in CUSD. There she taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades. After becoming a military spouse she had the wonderful opportunity to travel from coast to coast earning teaching credentials in Texas, North Carolina, and Utah. During that time she was able to teach Kindergarten through 3rd grade, middle school multiple subjects/ special education and substitute teach grades Pre-K through 6th grade. Cynthia loves teaching and engaging children to learn and challenge themselves in all areas of education. In her free time she loves spending time with family, crafting, and playing with her beloved pets.
It is that time again!!! College applications and application essays:). Beach Cities Tutoring can help!! Check out one of our recent reviews from Jennifer Sullivan:)!
We can’t thank you enough. Nate has been dreading this live essay and writing in general is his least favorite practice.However. After every single session with you he comes down beaming and chatty about what he has learned. Regardless of how he does, I am forever grateful for showing Nate that writing can be “fun” and giving him the confidence to tackle it. He absolutely did NOT want to do any extra writing lessons but whatever formula/style you are using makes it a pleasure. True talent.THANK. YOU.
Beach Cities Tutoring is currently offering Mock Interview Prep for private school interviews (ALL AGES) as well as interview skills prep for seniors. These sessions will include how to prepare in terms of sample questions, but also student performance such as eye contact, humility, knowledge of school, display of intellectual curiosity, etc. This type of tutoring will be available throughout the year and summer, but we know that interviews are currently in full swing so we are offering a $15 discount when you book one month of mock interview prep (3 or more sessions) before Nov 10th.
About the Instructor:
Laura is a writer from New Jersey. She graduated first in her class from Stuart Country Day School in Princeton, NJ, and from Georgetown University with a degree in English in 2009. Since then, she has worked in the publishing, theater, and entertainment industries. She is the author of two nonfiction books for Globe Pequot Press, as well as a playwright and magazine contributor. She has worked with children of all ages, from elementary to high school, specializing in English, verbal test prep, and essay writing. Laura’s work in the creative arts makes her especially adept at helping students harness their own creativity to write college application essays that stand out in the crowd. In addition to helping middle and high school students with language arts, she tutors elementary age students in all subject areas.
Sarah is a Multiple Subject Credentialed Teacher. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and teaching credential from California State University, Long Beach. She has been in education for 11 years. She started her career working as a tutor for the Boys & Girls Club. She has taught everything from Preschool to 8th grade. Sarah has spent the last few years teaching 2nd grade with Torrance Unified as well as a daily teacher to her own children ages 2 and 4 years old. She is committed to the well being of all her student’s and values social-emotional education as well as academics. Sarah’s training includes Guided Reading, Cognitively Guided Instruction in Math, Next Generation Science Standards as well as all Common Core State Standards. She is a committed and dedicated educator who truly loves what she teaches and understands that all children learn differently.
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Distance Learning- Thriving or Barely Surviving?
As we have had to adjust to distance learning, we really do not know when or if traditional school will return any time soon. Thus, it is very important we learn new strategies to support our children and teens’ social, emotional, and academic growth during the pandemic. Parents have a large role and responsibility, unless maybe you have a “pod” teacher and/or tutor to teach students academic content, organization/study skills and metacognitive strategies. Beach Cities Tutoring has always supported families, but at this time we want believe it is super important to provide some tips/strategies to help parents with distance learning.
- Create a specialized, quiet space as free from distractions as possible whether it includes a desk, lap desk, moveable box or crate. Additionally, have a plastic box filled with school supplies so that students have easy access to materials and do not have to waste time, energy and focus looking for materials they need. This box should include a calculator for older students, pens, pencils, erasers, sticky notes, highlighters, notebooks, etc.
- Set a routine– Children and teens are used to structure and need a routine. Creating a visual schedule for younger children and a calendar/planner or digital organizer for older students is very helpful to set expectations and manage time efficiently. Students should still eat breakfast, brush their teeth, shower, and get dressed rather than doing zoom school in pajamas. Make sure to include physical activity/exercise during and after the school day.
- Plan breaks- Children, teens and even adults need to recharge and have breaks in order to sustain attention for longer and be able to accomplish larger tasks that require multiple steps.
- Set expectations (rules)- Create rules for distance learning time with your children and teens and post them in their learning area. If they help create the rules they will be more likely to buy in. Creating a list of “must dos” and “may dos” can help students prioritize what work is most important to complete first. Decide how children can ask for help when parents are working (maybe writing a note, or creating a hand signal, setting specific times for questions, etc).
- Turn television, music, and phones off during online instruction. As a teacher students are often on mute but when I call on them to participate I hear a bunch of music, tv, etc. This makes it very difficult for students to fully focus on online instruction which is already hard to begin with.
- Communicate with teachers and encourage students of all ages to self advocate by modeling this communication during the school day. Students need to be taught how to self advocate, the benefits of self advocating, and given examples.
- Teach self love and gratitude- If your child/teen gets caught up saying negative things about themselves, encourage self-kindness by asking them what they would say to a friend in the same situation.Creating a gratitude journal can also help children even at a young age to see the positive side of things. Help them identify and write down 3 positive things they are thankful for or that happened in their day.
Academic Distance Learning Resources:
Geanie has been a resident of Torrance for over 30 years. She has a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and a Teaching Credential from CSULB. She has taught as a credentialed Math Teacher in Torrance for 20 years. Geanie has experience teaching and tutoring high school and middle school students from the South Bay. She has taught PreAlgebra, Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Trigonometry, and Precalculus. Geanie is very patient with her students. Geanie is very knowledgeable and can explain difficult math topics in many ways to her students.