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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Karen earned her Bachelor’s degree from Cal State University Long Beach in Liberal Studies and continued her post graduate teacher education courses at Cal State Dominguez Hills. She has been employed with the Redondo Beach Unified School District, with over 27 years of teaching experience, as both a full time and substitute teacher. Her skill set includes having been specifically trained to teach the EngageNY/ Eureka Math program for K through 5th grade from its inception for RBUSD. Karen also works with students to improve their writing skills to adhere to the mandated writing rubric. Additionally, Karen has been assisting students as a private one on one and small group tutor in the Redondo Beach, Torrance and Long Beach school districts for 14 years. She has a passion for teaching and more so for learning. It is her belief that every student can improve his/her study habits and overall grades, given the proper support and commitment.
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Homeschooling and isolation can present many challenges to children and teens. In addition to struggling with academics, it is important to also pay attention to your child’s mental health. Online or private tutoring can help provide students with a mentor that they can bond with and get extra one on one help to lessen the frustration of learning completely independently. In addition, tutors can help improve a student’s self esteem who may be struggling with online learning.
Beach Cities Tutoring also have credentialed and other experienced professionals that know how to work with students with special needs. If your child has an IEP, we can work to provide the necessary accommodations. Tutors can break down the material and give students additional tools to problem solve. They can also monitor student progress and bring additional resources if needed.
Making sure your child includes some exercise and possibly yoga/meditation during the homeschool day is important to prevent depression. Writing in a journal is another great way for students to get out their feelings of anxiety during this challenging time. Additionally, instrumental music is another way to engage and motivate students who are used to a nosier environment and are suddenly stuck during their work in silence. If your child seems to be struggling with anxiety or depression, there are online support groups for children and teens. It is best to familiarize yourself with the signs that depression does not further progress.