What is the best way to contact you?

The best way to contact me is by email: [email protected].

If email isn't available, you may leave a text or voice message on my cell phone: 512-636-8089.

How long are your tutoring sessions?

Hour-long sessions include assessment, tutoring, and consulting with parents.



What is your tutoring fee?

I charge $50.00 per session and payments are due at or before your appointment. Some parents prefer to pay by the session, others choose to pay by the week, month or semester. I accept checks or cash. 





How do you teach reading?

My reading instruction is guided by your child's needs. I begin by using informal reading assessments to determine areas of needed focus. I use a variety of resources: motivating computer programs, wonderful children's literature, teacher-made and commercial reading skills games/activities, and 37 years of tried-&-true teaching strategies and materials. I borrow teaching methods from Fountas & Pinnell, and Reading Workshop to improve phonics, vocabulary, reading strategies, comprehension, accuracy and fluency. Understanding author's purpose, inference, drawing conclusions, sequencing, cause and effect, and summarizing are important skills that strengthen reading comprehension.

How do you teach math?

My math instruction is guided by your child's needs. I begin by using informal math assessments to determine areas of focus. I use a variety of resources: motivating computer programs, wonderful children's literature, math skills games, and 37 years of tried-&-true teaching techniques and materials. Teacher-made and commercial games as well as 'hands-on' manipulatives are used during math instruction. I focus on problem-solving skills such as brain-storming different strategies to solve the same problem and communicating the problem-solving process to others. Practicing math facts at home is important. Whether you use flash cards, dice games, card games, board games, or computer programs, daily practice will produce results! Automatic recall of basic math facts will help facilitate more complicated concepts to come. Try to use many different learning styles - see, say, write, bounce, clap, etc.

How do you teach writing?

My writing instruction is guided by your child's needs. I begin by using informal writing inventories to determine areas of focus. I try to empower students as writers rather than following a prescribed formula. I borrow teaching strategies and materials from Barry Lane, Ralph Fletcher, and Lucy Calkins, among others. I incorporate principles from The Writing Process (planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing), 6+1 Traits of Writing (ideas, voice, organization, work choice, sentence fluency, and convention) and the Writing Workshop (mini-lesson/teaching point, activities, debrief, active engagement, writing and conferring, share) to build children's enthusiasm for writing.

Anything else?

With your permission, I'm happy to contact your child's classroom teacher(s) to gather their thoughts about academic strengths, interests, areas of concern, etc.