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Kristen is very excited to be a part of the Beach Cities Tutoring team. She has over 10 years of experience working with children as a teacher, after school counselor, and tutor. She specializes in tutoring English (including essay writing), French, and History/Social Studies, but loves working with elementary and middle school students in all subjects. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing, with a Minor in French, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2013 and her Master of Arts in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 2019. She is also a certified substitute teacher for LAUSD. After receiving her BA, Kristen taught English abroad in France with the French Ministry of Education’s TAPIF program, helping students to improve their reading, writing, and speaking ability. As a graduate student, she was part of the Tufts Literacy Corps and tutored students ages 5-15 in all subjects, as well as taught an all-ages poetry workshop to students at a local community center. Kristen is always looking for new ways to engage students’ creative minds. It is her mission to ensure that her students feel empowered to lead in their own learning and find what sparks their curiosity.
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Andrea received her B.A. in Liberal Studies, with Math as an area of concentration, from California State Dominguez Hills. After receiving her degree, she continued her studies and received her Multiple Subject Teaching credential in 2019. During her student teaching, she was inspired by connections she made with the students, which has helped develop her asset-based mindset in the classroom. She is also grateful for her mentors for helping her develop a culturally responsive pedagogy. This year, she received her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Her training includes incorporating UDL/SDAIE strategies, restorative justice practices, differentiation, and technology-based learning in her instruction. She is currently working as a K-12 substitute teacher for multiple school districts and enjoys implementing lessons and working with different students. Andrea also has more than 10 years of experience as an instructional assistant for the special education department and has collaborated with different teachers and parents to meet the needs of the students. Andrea is very excited to motivate students and to help them develop a growth mindset, which will help them overcome challenges in all aspects of life.
Melissa graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Journalism and Communications and also has a Master’s in Secondary Education from Nova Southeastern University. Melissa has been an educator for almost 13 years in a variety of positions from teaching K-12 courses to a Science curriculum coach for a K-5 school. Certifications in Florida: Elementary Education, Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum, English for Speakers of other Languages English 5-9 and she holds a Gifted Endorsement in Florida. In California, Melissa has a Multiple Credential and a single Subject Credential in English. Over the years she has taught Middle School Science, 1st-5th grade, World History, Language Arts Spanish 1 and 2 and AP Psychology. Melissa also trains teachers as a Professional Learning Specialist for Amplify, an online platform for Reading and Science curriculum. In addition, to teaching full time, Melissa has always had clients she tutors and was also a youth advisor for a religious organization for several years. She looks forward to taking on Distance Learning for students and families to help make it as meaningful and as valuable as it can be for all.
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Rosalyn received her BS at UT Austin and obtained her Single Subject Credential in chemistry and foundational-level math from Loyola Marymount. In addition to four years of teaching high school Chemistry, Rosalyn has also taught Algebra and Geometry. Rosalyn was also a college-ready seminar teacher who supported students through the college application process and assisted students with testing strategies for the ACT and SAT. Prior to teaching in the high school setting, Rosalyn has had numerous positions working with students of all age groups including tutoring middle schoolers at Sylvan Learning Center, assistant teaching in a private Christian preschool, leading a class of 3rd graders for Boys and Girls Club of America, and interning at the Texas School for the Blind. For the past four years, she has also served at her church as a 2nd/3rd grade Sunday School teacher.
Rosalyn is always looking for ways to better engage students and to increase their hunger for learning. Her greatest desire is to give her students the confidence to become critical thinkers who can independently problem solve. Lastly, Rosalyn loves to get in involved in her students’ lives. She has been able to share her passion for photography/design as the yearbook advisor of her school and for running as a Students Run LA coach, where she trained and completed the LA Marathon with a group of her students.
Corona virus has forced many districts to re-evaluate the amount of learning screen time using 1 to 1 computing programs. Middle and high school students can focus and work much longer unsupervised; however, elementary students more easily lose focus and attention.
Although students having laptops at a young age can boost their tech skills and possibly allow them to produce more creative work, experts worry that too much screen time may affect brain development. “Researchers from the National Institutes of Health recently offered a glimpse of the answer, based on preliminary data from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study (Radcliff 2018). The MRI scans found significant differences in the brains of some children who reported using smartphones, tablets, and video games more than seven hours a day. Their brains had premature thinning of the cortex, the outermost layer of the brain that processes different types of information. Additionally, children who reported more than two hours a day of screen time got lower scores on thinking and language tests (Radcliff 2018).
At this point parents may not have much choice, but to have their children use laptops/ipads for hours for distance learning. Unfortunately, this will likely have negative consequences. In addition to brain development, students need socialization to thrive and mature. They also need breaks in which they can relate and interact with same age peers. Students may also feel frustrated when asked to complete classwork without much explicit instruction. Targeted lessons should take place before students are expected to complete the assignments and students should be provided with opportunities to ask questions and discuss. At the elementary age, we do not want to stifle curiosity.
Creating learning pods with a teacher/tutor is one solution to reducing screen time and providing students with additional instruction, question time, discussion time, socialization and breaks. Although this may not be ideal in every situation, it will more closely resemble normal classroom interaction that students are lacking during quarantine. Additionally, encouraging children to do other activities that do not involve screens, such as, board games, puzzles, riding their bikes, surfing, walking the dog, doing arts and crafts will help reduce screen time and keep children’s minds and bodies healthy.
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Thank you for your interest in Beach Cities Tutoring. Summer is a great time to take advantage of the most experienced and best tutors as they have more availability!
For Fall, We can definitely help you with one on one tutoring AND small groups, but you would have to find your own group members as we are swamped right now. I have pasted the costs below for the homework/schoolwork part but this does not involve creating additional curriculum so there may be a slight added cost for that. We can also do a combination of individual and group tutoring.
Why is Beach Cities Tutoring So Unique?
Because Beach Cities Tutoring was founded by a special education teacher and many of our tutors are current or former teachers, we have a strong passion for helping students as well as the formal education training and knowledge of curriculum and pedagogy. Also, our director wants to make sure you are completely satisfied with your tutor match so you will receive a follow up call after your first session. We guarantee your satisfaction. We also offer lots of flexibility, accommodate different learning styles and disabilities, as well as do not lock you into a certain amount of months or hours per week. Finally, our tutors/teachers are well screened and selected to make sure they have strong experience and familiarity with South Bay schools and expectations.
How to Sign Up?
- Gather your pod member and decide on the amount of hours and days per week
- Have all members complete their contracts and send together OR send separately with the title being one parent’s name . Ex Sally Smith’s pod so that we can keep the contracts together.
- Based on the hours and TIME RANGE (NOT SPECIFIC TIMES), and days you want we reach out to the tutors and see which are available.
- You will receive an email with available tutors’ bios and exact costs
- You will be prebilled for the upcoming month and receive a credit card receipt. The tutor will receive all your info and you can also call the tutor.
Communication with Classroom Teachers
We do recommend that you provide the tutor/teacher of your pod with the regular teacher’s email and our website so she can see what material is coming up.
Beach Cities Tutoring Reviews
There is no registration fee and the tutors come to your home (backyard, garage with open door and masks) or can do online if you prefer. We will call you after your first session to make sure you are happy. If for any reason you wanted to try another tutor you could. Hopefully, you had a chance to visit our Yelp as well. We have over 60 reviews, but do not pay for Yelp so if you go to the bottom where it says “Currently Not Recommend Reviews” you can see 50 more.
I would be happy to call you on the phone if you like to give you more info, learn more about your daughter/son and answer any questions you have. Our services are not the cheapest, but you are paying for the quality and flexibility. See our one of our recent blogs on private tutoring as an investment and savings. The cheaper option in the short run is often the more expensive one in the long run.
I hope that helps. Please feel free to forward this email. You also can earn $20-40 off one of your hours if you refer a friend that books at least one month separately from you. Also, to move forward I would need the contracts of each family in your pod. I am happy to speak with you on the phone about that. The contracts don’t lock you into a certain amount of months or sessions per week. You just can’t ever pay the tutor directly, talk to them about money or schedule additional sessions with them directly that are not through the company. Look forward to hearing from you.
Ivie Sherman, MA in Special Ed
Founder and Director of Beach Cities Tutoring
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Rebecca has 10 years of experience teaching kindergarten, first grade, and Pre-K in Los Angeles and San Francisco. She has a BA in Psychology from Pomona College and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and M. Ed. from UCLA. In addition to being a classroom teacher, she has tutored students in language arts, math, and social studies in grades first through sixth. She also has experience working with children with learning disabilities, ADHD, and autism. She is passionate about helping young children learn to read and write and works to make learning joyful and fun. After teaching in San Francisco for the past 6 years, she is excited to have returned to the area and work with new students!
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Although there are many negatives of distance learning, there are some positive effects to note as well. Although the rapid shift to distance learning was frustrating for many teachers at first, 87% of teachers reported in an EdWeek Research study that their ability to use educational technology has improved and they plan to use their newfound skills even when school reopens. Teachers have been pushed to innovate and create online resources such as youtube videos, cloze notes, online assignments, and other materials to teach students with and without disabilities outside of school. Although teacher’s opinions about technology are improving they are not quite as positive as administrators’ outlook. On another positive note though many students were given more access to technology and computers than before the pandemic. Greater access to 1 to 1 computing will make high quality teaching easier. Additionally, teachers have had to deal with a wide range of tech issues and as a result have become a lot more competent at troubleshooting tech problems. This skill will help them when they return to in person teaching as well. No one would argue though that teachers do need professional development and training on how to incorporate computers into instruction, but the pandemic may speed up the incorporation of technology into instruction for students across the board rather just in wealthier districts. We would love to hear your views on the impact of technology on your child or teen’s education within the last few months.
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As a teacher I admit that teaching zoom school is easier for me. I don’t have to drive anywhere and get to spend time with my dog on my breaks. Additionally, our hours are less, but I really see the students struggling in regards to maintaining concentration and focus as well as understanding difficult concepts. The school day is shorter and many students do not take advantage of office hours. One on one online (e-learning) and private in home tutors can make an enormous difference in supplementing the “the new normal school.” For some super motivated students who catch up to concepts easily or can self teach, online learning works but many students are suffering.
At first parents may have thought “Oh, it’s only a few months of learning loss,” but this loss makes a very large difference in being prepared for the next grade level and being prepared for college. At this point, no one knows when we will get back to regular school. Having a tutor who can explain and break down concepts as well as engage the student in a one on one setting whether it be online or in person is crucial. Beach Cities Tutoring is unique in that we look at the whole student, personality, learning style, and subject needs to match students with the best tutor fit. We guarantee your satisfaction and if you are not satisfied you can try a different tutor. The tutor-student relationship is most important for us. Summer is near and we will be offering several summer tutoring programs in the South Bay and Manhattan Beach area, but starting now can help students prepare for finals and get the most out of “Zoom School.”