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Private Tutors

Looking for a Private Tutor?

Gail Borden Library has compiled a list of local tutors. Contact the tutor of your choice to set up appointments. If you are a tutor and would like to be included, please contact Candy at 847-289-5818.

Please note: Gail Borden Library, its staff and management do not endorse or approve any individual or service listed in the Tutor section.

Name: April Anderson
Phone: 847-289-9760
E-mail: teamnature@owc.net
Qualifications, including certification information: MS Ed Curriculum & Instruction; experience in gifted education (MCC & NIU), experience in ABE (Adult Basic Education)
Ages/Grades you tutor: All ages
Areas of interest or specialty: Writing-all levels, math (through pre-algebra), other subjects as needed.
Experience with teaching and tutoring: Volunteer teacher's aide (8 years), informal educator for 20 years.
Times available for tutoring sessions:As needed
Fee: Affordable-comparable to other tutors

Name: Linda Armintrout
Phone: 847-373-1493
E-mail: tutoringrocks@comcast.net
Qualifications, including certification information: Illinois Teaching Certificate with Special Ed endorsements
Ages/Grades you tutor: PK-2nd grade
Areas of interest or specialty: Reading and math.
Experience with teaching and tutoring: 5 years teaching; 2 years tutoring
Times available for tutoring sessions: Summer mornings; School year evenings
Fee: $25 per hour

Name: Mary Beckman
Phone: 847-695-0667
E-mail: beckman@toast.net
Qualifications, including certification information: i'm certified to teach K-9. Certificate #526063
Ages/Grades you tutor: 2-6
Areas of interest or specialty: I prefer middle grades: 3, 4, 5 (most subjects), reading, math, science, social science, English, spelling, and phonics.
Experience with teaching and tutoring: I'm a long time full time fourth grade teacher at St. Thomas More School. I currently tutor when needed at an area franchise center.
Times available for tutoring sessions: After school 3:30 - 7:30 pm, Saturdays 9-1.
Fee: $25 per hour, $5 more if not at my home.
Other information: I can tutor in my home (on the west side), your home or at the library.

Name: Lila Birchfield
Phone: 630-291-5873
E-mail: ladytravelbug@sbcglobal.net
Qualifications, including certification information: Illinois 6-12 certification. Bachelors degree in French and Spanish. Also, ESL certification. Masters in Linguistics.
Ages/Grades you tutor: Elementary through college
Areas of interest or specialty: French, Spanish and English As A Second Language; AP Prep for French, Spanish. Reading and writing strategies, college language proficiency tests.
Experience with teaching and tutoring: Retired high school teacher.Classroom and one on one experience. 
Times available for tutoring sessions: Flexible
Fee: Negotiable

Name: Karen Carlson
Phone: 847-488-9271
E-mail: karencarlson5@sbcglobal.net
Qualifications, including certification information: BS in deaf and hard of hearing; BS in elementary education; Masters in Curriculum and instruction plus 60 graduate hours past my masters degree.
Ages/Grades you tutor: PS-8th grade.
Areas of interest or specialty: All subject areas.
Experience with teaching and tutoring: 29 years of teaching preschool through high school; Homebound school tutoring; tutoring in my home for 2 years.
Times available for tutoring sessions: Flexible; will retire in June 2010; Currently teaching 4th grade.
Fee: $30.00 for 45 minutes.

Name: Diana Carter
Phone: 847-802-2580
E-mail: dlcar@sbcglobal.net
Qualifications, including certification information:  As a Licensed Professional Counselor and former Elgin Community College Instructor in College Success Skills, I know the personality traits needed to succeed in school. The ECC course included teaching students their learning style, and what they can do when teachers don’t teach to it.  I can also help your student with any self esteem issues related to having difficulty in school.  As a former substitute teacher with four years of experience in all grades and functioning levels, K-12, I’m comfortable with all young people. 
Ages/Grades you tutor:  I’ve covered and assisted in classes of all grades, K-12, and cognitive and behavioral classifications.  That includes the Behaviorally Disturbed, Exceptional Needs and bi-lingual, (even though I’m not bi-lingual myself.) As a counselor I worked on a hospital psychiatric unit for nine years, four of which were with adolescents. I’ve also worked with adults in an outpatient setting.  My volunteer work with teens includes the Schaumburg Teen Center and being a church youth group leader.
Areas of interest or specialty: I’ve been successful with helping students of all grades improve Reading, English, Writing and Spelling, and elementary students with Math. As a counselor I’ve helped children and teens with the interpersonal subjects, such as sexual behavior, relationships, and family studies, that they often have trouble discussing with their parents.  Young people feel safe discussing anything with me, because they know I won’t judge them, or get shocked or embarrassed.  I’ve published letters in various publications including the Daily Herald and Wall St. Journal. I can make a receptive student a superb writer.
Experience with teaching and tutoring:  Experienced with classroom, small group and one on one instruction. Some schools would call me by special request.  In addition to my work in U-46, I’ve taught speed reading for Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics, as a high schooler taught a fourth grader to read the Hebrew alphabet, and as a college student taught swimming.
Times available for tutoring sessions:  Anytime from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., except Wednesday and Saturday after 6:00 p.m., and Sundays.
Fee:  $35.00/hour, or $20.00/half hour.  Cash or check.  First half hour free.  Part of my fee will help pay for my training to learn to counsel military veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan, and other wars.  Thank you for helping me to serve those who have so bravely served us.
Other information: I’ll help your student in the comfort and familiarity of your own home. (Non-smoking please.)  I’ll drive 15 miles from 31 and Big Timber, Elgin, for no charge.  Each additional mile, 45 cents.  Feel free to call or email for more information. 
 

Name: Kristin Commers
Phone: 612-669-0911
E-mail:kcommers428@gmail.com
Qualifications, including certification information: BA in Finance, MBA in Finance & Math
Ages/Grades you tutor: high school and college
Areas of interest or specialty: Test prep; ACT, SAT, GMAT. Geometry, Algebra, College Essays, English, Reading Comprehension
Experience with teaching and tutoring: 2 years of tutoring experience. References available upon request.
Times available for tutoring sessions:Sunday - Thursday; after school from 3-10 pm
Fee: $70 per hour. Discounts available for groups. 

 
Name: Cheryl Dimer
Phone: 847-707-1413
E-mail: cdimer59@gmail.com
Qualifications, including certification information: Not certified; attending Judson University
Ages/Grades you tutor: K-high school
Areas of interest or specialty: English/language arts; reading; writing; ACT prep for English
Experience with teaching and tutoring: Home school co-ops for 14 years; home schooled own children. Tutoring for past 2 years.
Times available for tutoring: Evenings and after school and weekends.
Fee: Negotiable

 Name:
Gail Gattis
Phone: 847-630-9366
E-mail: gailgattis@u-46.org
Qualifications, including certification information: I'm certified to teach K-9. 10 yrs teaching experience, 6th grade teacher.
Ages/Grades you tutor: 1st-6th
Areas of interest or specialty: Language arts-reading and writing & math up to grade 6.
Experience with teaching and tutoring: Taught 3rd-6th grades. Have tutored 6th graders in math.
Times available for tutoring sessions: Evenings/weekends/summer (flexible).
Fee: $30.00-$40.00 per hour

Name: Mary Genz
Phone: 630-546-6928
E-mail: dimples23@sbcglobal.net
Qualifications, including cerification information: Type 3 Certification. Former middle school teacher.
Ages/grades you tutor: K-8
Areas of interest or specialty: Math and language arts.
Experience with teaching and tutoring: Taught middle school for 10 years. Tutored for 4 years.
Times available for tutoring sessions: Open to students availability.
Fee: Negotiable

Name: Amy Grantham
Phone: 847-845-3025
E-Mail: amygrantham@u-46.org
Qualifications, including certification information: Type 03 Illinois Teaching Certificate K-9
Ages/Grades you tutor: K-6.
Areas of interest or specialty: Math and Reading
Experience with teaching and tutoring: U-46 4th grade teacher at Otter Creek elementary school.
Times available for tutoring sessions: Summer mornings and evenings. School year-evenings
Fee: $40.00 per hour - $20.00 per 1/2 hour
Other Information: Feel free to call or email for more information.

Name: David Greenberg
Phone:  773-634-9894
E-Mail: dgreenberg@parliamenttutors.com
Qualifications, including certification information: Graduate of New York University majoring in economics and history.
Ages/Grades you tutor: K-college.
Areas of interest or specialty: SAT, ACT, AP test prep.
Experience with teaching and tutoring: Tutored through a number of organizations. Call for more info.
Times available for tutoring sessions: open
Fee: $30.00 - $70.00 per hour
Other Information: Feel free to call or email for more information or check the website www.parliamenttutors.com

Name: Hanover Township Youth & Family Services
Phone: 630-483-5799
Website:www.hanover-township.org
Eligibility and Requirements: Student must live in Hanover Township (the Cook County portion of Bartlett, Streamwood, Hanover Park, Elgin, Schaumburg or Hoffman Estates) and must currently be in grades 2 through 9. Out-of-Township residents, please call 630-483-5799 for more information.

Name: Rachel Hekman
Phone: 847-854-4632
E-Mail: rahekman@gmail.com
Qualifications, including certification information: President of Future Teachers Club at Westminster Christian School. Teaching assistant for middle school history.
Ages/Grades you tutor: 6-12.
Areas of interest or specialty: History and Social Studies; I am especially knowledgable in American history and government. Also, I put a heavy emphasis on proper grammar and syntax in writing. 
Experience with teaching and tutoring: Teaching assistant for middle school history: I prepare and present lessons and grade assignments. Tour guide at Elgin Area Historical Society. Two-time teacher of vacation bible school. Teacher in AWANA program at Elgin Evangelical Free Church.
Times available for tutoring sessions: Monday - Friday, 7-10 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 3-8 p.m. March - August
Fee: $10.00 per hour
Other Information: Please note that I am currently a student. I plan to pursue a major in history and a certification to teach secondary social studies.

Name: Sarah Hunt
Phone: 847-464-5864
E-Mail: chrisandsarah04@gmail.com
Qualifications, including certification information: Former teacher K-8
Ages/Grades you tutor: K-3.
Areas of interest or specialty:  Reading, phonetics, basic reading. Math K-3rd grade. 
Experience with teaching and tutoring: Former Kindergarten teacher. 
Times available for tutoring sessions:Evenings and weekends
Fee: Negotiable

Name: Shelley Johnson
Phone: 847-293-8258
E-mail: shelleyjohnson3@yahoo.com
Qualifications, including certification information: Bachelors in Math and Computer science
Ages/Grades you tutor: Middle school, High school and some college.
Areas of interest or specialty: Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Algebra 2, Pre-Calc, Calc, Calc 2, Geometry.
Experience with teaching and tutoring: Tutored for many years, 3 years teaching home school Co-Op.
Times available for tutoring sessions: M, W, F and weekends 
Fee:
Negotiable

Name: Allynn Kairis
Phone: 847-741-3327
E-mail: akairis2000@yahoo.com
Qualifications, including certification information: Retired from U-46 teacher. Illinois Certified Reading Specialist.
Ages/Grades you tutor: K-6th grade reading.
Areas of interest or specialty: Specializing in beginning reading.
Experience with teaching and tutoring: Retired U-46 teacher.
Times available for tutoring sessions: Call for hours.
Fee: $40/hr
Other information: Fee negotiable, depending on individual circumstances.

Name: Margaret Lesniak
Phone: 630-497-8817
E-Mail: molendalesniak@yahoo.com
Qualifications, including certification information: Bachelor of Science in mathematics education
Ages/Grades you tutor: K-12.
Areas of interest or specialty: Math
Experience with teaching and tutoring: Previously taught at Keller Junior High School in Schaumburg; private tutoring for the past 10 years
Times available for tutoring sessions: After school hours and Saturdays
Fee: $20.00 per hour
Other Information: Fluent in the Polish language

 Name: Sandi Lionello
Phone:  630-390-5102
E-mail: eledteacher2@yahoo.com
Qualifications, including certification information: IL Certified type 03, BS & MA in education. Taught various grades k-6 and k-5 literacy
Ages/Grades you tutor: K-6
Areas of interest or specialty: Reading, language arts and math.
Experience with teaching and tutoring: Taught 3rd-6th grade and kindergarten as well as K-5 literacy; Tutoring-K-6
Times available for tutoring sessions: During school year: M-Th evenings. Summer-M-F open availability
Fee: $25 per hour

Name: Cassandra Love-Vaughn
Phone:  847-532-8565
E-mail: clvaughn58@gmail.com
Qualifications, including certification information: Type 03 Elementary Education and Type 10 Reading Education
Ages/Grades you tutor: K-9
Areas of interest or specialty: Reading and Computer education
Experience with teaching and tutoring: 12 years of teaching experience tutoring, one-on-one 12 + years
Times available for tutoring sessions: Mornings, afternoons or evenings. Will consider Saturdays
Fee: $35-40 per hour
Other information: I will travel to your home as well as assess students reading deficit in order to target reading. Use leveled readers to help increase and improve target reading skills. Integrate technology to enhance reading.

 Name:
Lynda Marquez
Phone: 847-695-3557
E-mail: JLMARQZ@yahoo.com
Qualifications, including certification information: Current teacher. IL elemtary Eduation Certificate, IL Middle School Certificate-Language Arts and Social Sciences. Masters in Education: Instruction and Curriculum Development.
Ages/Grades you tutor: K-8th
Areas of interest or specialty: Reading and writing: Reading strategies, reading comprehension, language skills.
Experience with teaching and tutoring: I have been teaching for the past 6 years and have tutored reading before that. Have a lot of experience with different learning styles and teaching strategies.
Times available for tutoring sessions: School year: M-F 5:00 p.m. and later; Summer: M-W-F 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and later. Tuesday and Friday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $30.00 an hour

Name: Tina McCullough
Phone: 847-997-9774
E-mail: TJZM0107@gmail.com
Qualifications, including certification information: State Teacher Certification, Substitute teacher
Ages/Grades you Tutor: Pre-K-8th grade
Areas of interest or specialty: My specialties are reading, math and english. I have the ability to simplify subjects so it is easy for students to understand. I also have a lot of enthusiasm and patience when working with students.
Experience with teaching and tutoring: I have been substitute teaching for seven years grades Pre-K through 12th grade. I have tutored students grades 1 through 6 and have a success rate of over 90% in raising students' scores to either meet or exceed state requirements.
Times available for tutoring sessions: I am available after school, evenings and weekends during the school year and anytime during the summer months.
Fee: Negotiable
Other Information: Prior to substitute teaching, I was a child social worker working with children who had : special needs, learning disabilities, behavioral disorders and ADHD.

Name: Laura Meredith
Phone: 815-762-2844
E-mail: LMeredith930@yahoo.com
Qualifications, including certification information: Type 09 certification for 6-12 in high school English and Psychology, Math through Algebra 1, SAT, ACT, TOEFL prep.
Experience with teaching and tutoring: 10 years experience tutoring students of all ages and skill levels. I taught in a classroom for 3 years, and I am currently teaching at Northwest Community Hospital in the Adolescent Mental Health Unit.
Times available for tutoring sessions: Evenings and weekends
Fee: Negotiable

Name: Renee Owens
Phone: 630-762-6284
E-mail: mewie1@hotmail.com
Qualifications, including certification information: B.S. Elementary Education, Montessori 3-9 certificate. Reading 1st endorsement. 
Ages/Grades you tutor: K-3rd.
Areas of interest or specialty: Reading, math, writing.
Experience with teaching and tutoring: 25 years teaching, 5 years tutoring.
Times available for tutoring sessions: Weekdays 10-5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday evenings 6-7 p.m.
Fee: $20.00 - $30.00

Name: Melissa Perez
Phone:  404-805-6138
E-mail: mperez@frcds.org
Qualifications, including certification information: 1st grade teacher, tutoring experience; Master's Degree in Literacy Curriculum & Instruction
Ages/Grades you tutor: K-5
Areas of interest or specialty: Reading, math, study skills
Experience with teaching and tutoring: 10 years teaching; 5 years of tutoring 1st-5th grades
Times available for tutoring sessions: Weekday afternoons from 4-6 p.m.; Summer mornings and afternoons
Fee: $60 per hour; $30.00/30 minutes

Name: Nelli Pries
Phone: 847-841-8414
E-mail: germanwithnelli@yahoo.com
Qualifications, including certification information: Tutoring Background
Ages/Grades you tutor: High School/Middle School
Areas of interest or specialty: German and ESL, also adult ESL.
Experience with teaching and tutoring: Middle School/High School
Times available for tutoring sessions: Saturday mornings
Fee: Negotiable

Name: Michael A Russo
Phone: 847-695-8630
Qualifications, including certification information: MA English, 4 years of college teaching experience, two terms tutoring experience at Niles Public Library.
Ages/Grades you tutor: High school, College, Adult.
Areas of interest or specialty: Writing & reading - I also have a certificate in leading discussions on the "Great Books".
Experience with teaching and tutoring: Again I have taught college for four years. My last year teaching I was also a tutor on staff.
Times available for tutoring sessions: Weekends
Fee: The average fee


Name: Rosie Stone
Phone: 630-653-7370
E-mail: rosi104062@aol.com
Qualifications, including certification information: Type 03 for K-9. LSBI-Special Ed K-12
Areas of interest or specialty: Special Ed. Language Arts and Social Science (Middle School)
Ages/Grades you tutor: K-8th
Experience with teaching and tutoring: Taught for 5 years, tutored for 11 years
Times available for tutoring sessions: Flexible
Fee: $25.00 an hour

Name: Shannon Swanson
Phone: 815-814-2343
E-mail: nshannonn2004@yahoo.com
Qualifications, including certification information: Pre-Med student
Ages/Grades you tutor: 6th-12th grade
Areas of interest or specialty: Biology, Chemistry and Public Speaking
Times available for tutoring sessions:Flexible
Fee: $30-$50 per hour/negotiable
 

Name: Linda Thiede
Phone: 847-717-6786
E-mail: lindathiede@yahoo.com
Qualifications, including certification information: Bachelor's Degree-graduated with honor, over 30 years experience in education
Ages/Grades you tutor: PS-adult.
Areas of interest or specialty: English, Spanish, reading, writing.
Experience with teaching and tutoring: Worked for School District U-46, District 300, Elgin Community College, Literacy Connection, Club Z tutoring, private tutoring.
Times available for tutoring sessions: Open
Fee: Negotiable
Other Information: Please call for details.

 

Name: Kelly Tutaj
Phone: 847-695-8630
E-Mail: tutaj23@yahoo.com
Qualifications, including certification information: Masters degree in curriculum and instruction. 7th grade math teacher.
Ages/Grades you tutor:  1st-9th
Areas of interest or specialty: All areas
Experience with teaching and tutoring: 10 years teaching 7th grade math
Times available for tutoring sessions: M-F evenings
Fee: Negotiable 

Name:
Joanne VonOppen
Phone: 847-741-2650
E-mail: jovoz@wowway.com
Qualifications, including certification information: Masters degree in business. Orton Gillinham Dyslexia certification. Substitute teacher certificate. 
Ages/Grades you tutor: K-High School.
Areas of interest or specialty: Reading and spelling.
Experience with teaching and tutoring: 5 years tutoring. Former Director of a learning center.
Times available for tutoring sessions: open
Fee: Negotiable

Name: Julie Waller
E-mail: jwaller865@hotmail.com
Qualifications, including certification information: Certified in elementary Education. Hold K-9 certificate
Ages/Grades you tutor: K-5
Areas of interest or specialty: Reading-phonics, word decoding, fluency, comprehension; Math K-5
Experience with teaching and tutoring: Current 2nd grade teacher at Fox River Country Day School. 15 years teaching experience in K-3
Times available for tutoring sessions: Flexible in summer
Fee: $35 per hour

Name: Margaret Watts
Phone: 847-622-7955
Qualifications, including certification information: Elementary education, Secondary education-english, drama, speech. Masters degree in learning disorders/disabilities
Ages/Grades you tutor: K-College.
Areas of interest or specialty: Most high school subjects (no high school math). Elementary-all subjects-emphasis on reading skills.
Experience with teaching and tutoring: 40 years teaching, Tutored at Club Z.
Times available for tutoring sessions: Varies
Fee: Negotiable

Name: Carisa Wendland
Phone: 630-673-0980
E-mail: carisawendland@gmail.com
Qualifications, including certification information: Certified teacher-type 3. 1-year teaching 4th grade.
Ages/Grades you tutor: PK-5th grade.
Areas of interest or specialty: General curriculum.
Experience with teaching and tutoring: 1 year teaching, 4 months tutoring at Huntington.
Times available for tutoring sessions: Varies upon student's need.
Fee: Negotiable

Name: Lewis Wilkins
Phone: 847-207-3968
Qualifications, including certification information: BA in Economics and in International Relations with Honors from William & Mary, 12 years college credit equivalent including study at Oxford and LSE, 4 years TA and tutoring experience at William & Mary, perfect 5/5 star WyzAnt rating, and Tutoring by Lewis, advanced DELF French language diploma.
Ages/Grades you tutor: High School through Masters-level.
Areas of interest or specialty:
Advanced Economics, Math and Statistics, Finance, Test Prep.
Experience with teaching and tutoring: 4 years tutoring experience, William & Mary TA in Econometrics and Derivatives, WyzAnt, and running own tutoring business.
Times available for tutoring sessions: Call for availability
Fee: $80/hour, $45 for 30 minutes. Discounts available, including for extreme financial need.
 
Name: Jamie Williams
Phone: 847-697-6027
Qualifications, including certification information: I am an early childhood education teacher and have been for 16 years
Ages/Grades you tutor: up to 7th grade.
Areas of interest or specialty: Open to all subjects
Experience with teaching and tutoring: Homeschooled grades 1-8.
Times available for tutoring sessions: M-F 2:30 pm-6:30 pm
Fee: $20.00