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Cynthia W.


Professional, Experienced, Passionate Teacher and Tutor

Gulfport, FL 33707

Female ( Age 57 )

Member since:03/2013

I am a Certified Teacher

Rates from $40 to $60

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Will travel up to 20 miles

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About Me

Experience Summary

After attending (and teaching in) a graduate program in American/British Literature and Language at L.S.U., I realized that my true calling was teaching. I began teaching English, Journalism, S.A.T. Prep., Latin, and other subjects in Springfield, MA in 2003 in an alternative, urban high school. I taught (and tutored after school) until I moved to Florida in 2009, when my spouse began graduate studies at U.S.F. Since then, I have continued to tutor a wide range of students in subjects ranging from high school Latin, 5th grade Math, college English, S.A.T. and G.E.D. Preparation, and graduate level writing, and I have extensive training and experience with students who struggle with dyslexia, ADD/ADHD and ESL issues, as well as with children diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD).

Teaching Style

I believe that all students can and will achieve academic success given appropriate instruction; i.e., instruction that is differentiated according to students' specific needs, learning styles, interests, and personal goals. As a classroom teacher and as a personal tutor, I have seen almost miraculous results in a relatively short period of time, both in terms of academic achievement and student confidence. Passion and enthusiasm for learning is contagious, and I am a carrier. For a dedicated instructor, nothing is more satisfying than watching a student "catch" the learning bug.

My Hobbies

I love reading; I keep up with most sports, and I like to cook and eat good food. I also love music of many genres--and I am currently re-learning how to play the acoustic and electric guitar.

Other Comments

In 2010, I worked as a full time homeschool teacher for a 13 year-old boy with severe emotional/behavioral issues. I have continued to work with him and his parents as academic advisor, liaison and consultant as he has transitioned from homeschooling to a residential program and, now, into a mainstream high school. I tutor him online, and his latest report card shows 4 A's and 3 B's. I cannot express how proud I am of this young man! Paradoxically, my goal continues to be this: to make my presence-as academic tutor and coach-unnecessary. Facilitating independent academic/behavioral skills is my goal for all students.


Type Level Year Title Issued By
Certification grades 8-12 2000 English State of Massachusetts
Certification grades 8-12 2003 English State of Florida
Degree Bachelors 1999 B.A. English University of Dallas
Degree Masters 2002 English and American Literature ... Louisiana State University
Certification k-12 2013 Fundamentals of k-12 Online Educ... PBS Education
Certification 9-12 2004 Teaching for Moderate Disablities Westfield State University
Certification 9-12 2005 Behavior Management: A New Model Springfield Department of Education
Award 9-12 2004 Teacher of the Month Springfield Department of Education
Degree Masters 2006 Education for Adult Learners Westfield State University

Subject Commentary

ACT This is one of my top subjects! Proficiency: Expert
Have helped over 50 students successfully prepare for and improve scores in the A.C.T. I work well with students who suffer from test anxiety or who believe they are poor test-takers.
Algebra I Proficiency: Expert
8-12th grade, as well as adult learners. Algebra can be fun (I promise)!
ASVAB Proficiency: Expert
Consistently helped raise scores in the AFQT (Language and Mathematics); can also provide strategies for vocational portions of the test.
Biology Proficiency: Experienced
Long-time experience tutoring 6-12 grades in Biology. I use visual, auditory and mnemonic strategies.
Composition Proficiency: Expert
This is an area of expertise. B.A. and M.A. in English; 15-plus years teaching or tutoring writing to all ages. Includes test preparation, academic and business writing.
Earth Science Proficiency: Experienced
Experience tutoring 6-12 grades, online and face-to-face
(Now the FSA). I have had extraordinary success with students who are preparing for state assessments, both in Massachusetts and in Florida. Had a 90% proficiency rate in alternative high school, which served needs of at-risk children.
Florida Writes Proficiency: Expert
Taught state test writing preparation for many years in Massachusetts public alternative schools. Tutor extensively to prepare students for state and college exams.
GED Proficiency: Expert
Work extensively with adult learners.
Geometry Proficiency: Expert
Successfully guided several students through online Geometry courses
Grammar Proficiency: Expert
Taught ELA, including grammar, for 10-plus years in public alternative high schools. I continue to utilize multiple approaches, strategies and resources as a private tutor.
Journalism Proficiency: Experienced
Taught high school journalism and acted as advisor to high school pubications
Latin Proficiency: Experienced
Taught and tutored Latin I and II for 10-plus years
Literature Proficiency: Expert
Graduate degree in English and American Literature. Taught English at secondary and college levels.
Math Proficiency: Expert
Tutored for several years in Supplemental Education Services (SES) to prepare students for FCAT; also provided GED and college readiness classes in basic Math and Reading skills.
Poetry Proficiency: Expert
Graduate studies in English and American Literature. Experience teaching resistant learners in this area in public and private settings
Pre-Algebra Proficiency: Expert
Experienced 6th-adult via face-to-face and online tutoring
Reading Proficiency: Expert
Extensive experience and training in Reading instruction for grades 6-adult, both in and out of classrooms.
Reading Comprehension Proficiency: Expert
Taught ELA in alternative public high school settings for many years, as well as after school classes to prepare students for MCAS (Massachusetts state assessment), S.A.T., and A.C.T. Focused on Reading Comprehension and Writing.
SAT - Math This is one of my top subjects!
Have helped dozens of students prepare successfully for the new SAT. Work especially well with students who suffer from test (or math) anxiety.
SAT - Verbal This is one of my top subjects! Proficiency: Expert
Have helped dozens of students prepare successfully for the new SAT. Work well with students who have test anxiety or who believe they do not test well.
Shakespeare Proficiency: Expert
B.A. and M.A. in English. Taught Shakespeare to high school students and adults. Extensive tutoring experience with Shakespeare and other early modern (Medieval-Renaissance) English writers.
Special Education Proficiency: Experienced
As high school teacher in public alternative schools, I had many students with moderate disabilities. Continue to take classes and pursue Professional Development opportunities to stay current in latest scholarship and best practices for ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, RADD, ODD, and brain injury.
Teacher Cert Exams Proficiency: Expert
Have worked with several students and teachers in preparation for both the Mass. and Fl. certification exams--General Knowledge and English (content and pedagogy).
Writing Proficiency: Expert
This is an area of expertise. B.A. and M.A. in English; 15-plus years teaching and tutoring to all ages. Includes test preparation, academic and business writing

All Subjects I Tutor

  • ACT
  • Algebra I
  • American History
  • Biology
  • Composition
  • Continuing Education
  • Creative Writing
  • Dyslexia
  • Earth Science
  • Elementary
  • Elementary Math
  • Elementary Phonics
  • Elementary Science
  • English ESOL
  • Entrance Exams
  • FCAT
  • Florida Writes
  • GED
  • Geometry
  • Government
  • Grammar
  • GRE
  • Homework Help
  • Journalism
  • Latin
  • Literature
  • Math
  • Poetry
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Algebra
  • PSAT
  • Reading
  • Reading Comprehension
  • SAT - Math
  • SAT - Verbal
  • Science
  • Shakespeare
  • Special Education
  • Spelling
  • Study Skills
  • Teacher Cert Exams
  • Test Preparation
  • Testing Skills
  • Testing Strategies
  • World History
  • Writing