-Sociology and German double major
Experience(note: test preparation ( ISEE / SSAT etc.) tutoring rate at $70/hour; other subjects at a lower rate)
I am an UC Berkeley graduate currently teaching at a private high school in Pasadena. I have extended experience teaching in classroom settings and tutoring one-on-one. I have a genuine passion for teaching and truly care about the academic and social welfare of my students. I like to customize my lesson plans and create worksheets for each student to meet the different levels and learning habits of my students.
Please look through my experiences and qualifications and feel free to contact me if you think I might be a good fit!
1. PRIVATE TUTORING EXPERIENCE
College Essay Writing
-3rd year CSU Fullerton student: September 2012 - current
ISEE upper level
-8th grader: December 2012 - January 2013
-8th grader: December 2012 - January 2013
-9th grader: December 2012 - January 2013
-8th grader: November 2012 - January 2013
-8th grader: August 2012 - December 2012
ISEE middle level
-6th grader: August 2011 - January 2013
ISEE lower level
-5th grader: November 2011 - December 2011
Algebra II / Chemistry / English Literature
-10th grader: September 2011 - February 2012
College Level German Language
-4th year UC Berkeley student: April 2011 - May 2011
Elementary School (all subjects with emphasis on Math and Language Arts)
-5th grader: September 2007 - August 2008
-6th grader: September 2007 - August 2008
-7th grader: June 2013 - current
-5th grader: June 2013 - current
-1st grader: June 2013 - current
2. CLASSROOM TEACHING EXPERIENCE
English Teacher at Excelsior School (college prep boarding school high school) Pasadena, CA
6th Grade Teacher at DATA for Children San Gabriel, CA
September 2012 - February 2013
Program Leader (teacher) for Think Together at Santa Fe Elementary School, Baldwin Park, CA
August 2011 - February 2012
-led and taught group of 25 students of an under-resourced community in academic enrichment, homework assistance, and physical activity
Teacher at Summit Tutorial Center in Monterey Park, CA Summer of 2009 & 2010
-Managed classroom of 15 students and instructed 3 different classes: Math, English, and ESL
-Planned curriculum for 10-week advancement summer school sessions for second grade, fifth grade, and middle-school ESL students
Tutor/Volunteer at Oakland School District Tutoring Center in Oakland, CA
-Coached high school students who are falling behind through homework, projects, and test prep.
Educational Coach at Score! Educational Center in Arcadia, CA
-Supervised groups of students working individually on computerized curriculum and coached them through new material
-Communicated daily with parents regarding progress of their children
Swim Instructor at YMCA in Alhambra, CA
-Instructed children (age range: 5 to 13) and adult group lessons
-Designed lesson progression and content to make sure that the students pass swim level at the end the course
-Ensured safety of students and others in the pool at all times
took and passed with flying colors:
-AP Environmental Science
-AP Literature and Composition
HobbiesI spend my free time eating, jogging, volunteering at Center for Developing Children, exploring and spoiling my little brother.
Client Reviews (9)
Sara was incredible. She worked with my 8th grade daughter (who was applying to high schools)to prepare her for the ISEE. Sara was patient and methodical, and was able to practice and review with my daughter in the areas that Sara felt needed the most work. My daughter felt prepared and confident to take the ISEE, and scored well. When it came time for high school acceptance letters, my daughter was accepted to both schools that she applied to (including one of the most academic and difficult schools to gain entrance to in our area), and she was offered scholarships at both schools. Based on these results, we could not be more pleased with our experience with Sara, and would recommend her without reservation if your child needs help preparing for an exam.
My three kids really enjoy having Sara as a tutor! She tutors Math and English for my 11 & 9 yr old, and works on Reading and Math for my Kindergardener. She's not only knowledgeable, but super organized. I've had many past tutors and non have met my expectations, except for Sara. She's easy to communicate with, addresses my concerns and incorporates my suggestions into her lessons. I would highly recommend her!
I hired Sara to help my daughter improve scores for the ISEEs. My daughter is a solid student but she had also not covered some of the material that is intended for the older kids. Sara was punctual. Sara had a plan. She assessed my daughters needs and did not just force her through a standard approach. She got to know my daughters strengths and weaknesses and she was able to adapt her lessons/her style. My daughter is a tough critic (she gets it from me) but she was thrilled with Sara. My daughter got into the school we wanted her to get into and Sara was an important part of the reason why!! I highly recommend Sara. She knows her stuff and she knows how to find out what your kid needs and cater to it.
I hired Sara to tutor my 13 year-old son to prep him for ISEE exam. She brought an extensive knowledge of the subject matter for ISEE. Sara was always on time and well prepared. She was flexible when possible for appointment changes and a pleasure to work with. A Pena
She's the best tutor. She taught writing. She often gave me many ideas to write my essay. Last semester, I got a good grade. She responds her work. I remember that I do the homework late, and there are only a little time to edit my essay. However, sara always send me back on time.
Sara is an amazingly hardworking and dedicated tutor. Our son did well when he took a practice test for the ISEE nine months earlier--scoring 5s and 6s without studying. But after 4 months of weekly meetings with Sara his scores skyrocketed to 8s and 9s. Our son looked forward to working with Sara each week, and worked hard to meet her high expectations for him. Not only did she have a wide range of knowledge in all the subjects, she also had many valuable insights into the test taking process itself. We highly recommend Sara to anyone preparing for the ISEE.
I am very happy with Sara. She is very professional, smart and sensitive to my son's learning style. She is helping my 15-year old with his Algebra 2&3 homeworks and test reviews; she constanly develops ways and strategies to prepare my son for a big tests. She is so open to comments/suggestions from us.
She tutored my nephrew in Math and English (with writing)and his grades really improved. He caught up and they eventually started working on things ahead of his grade. She's very reliable, nice, and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend her.
This was the first time I've ever been tutored and so I was a little hesitant at first. I looked up 'German Tutor' in the Berkeley area and she came up. Her profile was great and informative so I messaged her. She was very prompt and quick to reply. We scheduled 4 tutoring sessions and they all helped incredibly. What was once my worst subject of all, slowly became one of my strongest. I believe it was directly related to my tutoring experience with Sara. I recommend her to anyone who wants a caring, considerate, and enthusiastic person to help you learn. 5 Stars! -Noah
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