Hello, is your K-12 child struggling in school or in need of an academic challenge?
I have the background, education, and experience across 30+ years to assist you in developing a plan for your child’s success. I specialize in reading, spelling, writing, and logical thinking. As a teacher, professional tutor, and seven years as a learning specialist on a Student Services Team, I’ve mastered many tricks of the trade. I know how to match and deliver the strategies and instruction each individual student needs, and I make it fun.
- 30+ years ~Teacher, Learning Specialist, Professional Tutor
- Masters in Education & Extensive Professional Development (see side bar)
- Use Multi-Sensory Programs
- Collaborate with student’s teachers
- Positive Client Testimonials (scroll down)
- Free initial consultation.
I look forward to talking to you. Contact me to learn about availability and rates for in-person, remote one- on-one lessons, and small group work.
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~We hired Sherri to help our dyslexic daughter learn how to read. The results have been dramatic. Now, reading is one of our daughter’s favorite pastimes. After a trip to the library or bookstore, she triumphantly returns with a pile of books, which she is eager to consume. Our daughter’s schoolteachers often take note of her strong vocabulary and confident grasp of complex texts. Given where our daughter started, and the significant hurdles she faced, we could not be happier with the outcome. Throughout the process, Sherri was patient and supportive. She made the hard work fun by utilizing a deep toolbox of educational games and techniques. We continue to work with Sherri on other subjects, such as mathematics and writing. Sherri is a “swiss army knife”, an invaluable educator who can do it all without losing her warm smile and positive, calm demeanor. Thank you for everything Sherri!
~ We feel so fortunate to have had Sherri tutor our daughter for the last year. Ever since Kindergarten my daughter hated writing but was well over her grade for reading. There seemed to be a disconnect. We finally tested at the start of the 1st grade and found out that although she was reading well she didn’t have a good grasp of the basics of writing and letter sounds. Sherri was so patient and made writing, which was once a daunting chore, fun! Our daughter is now writing stories and her confidence is up. I could not be happier. It seems a miracle that a year ago my daughter hated writing so much she left assignments undone and now is writing up a storm and enjoying it! Sherri was also great communicating our daughter’s progress and was so easy to work with. A true professional with a golden heart. We are forever grateful! ~Wendy B.
~ I cannot express how the tutoring with Sherri has helped my son. He has a new sense of confidence about his abilities. He knows that if he takes his time he can generally sound out the words and if he is unsure about the meaning he can ask. He has started 4th grade this year looking forward to it and in the first week actually enjoyed writing a story. We had completed the two books with Sherri over the summer and when asked if he wanted to be done he said no. He recognizes how much working with Sherri has helped him and he wants to continue so that he does not fall behind again this year. He will always need to focus and work on his reading and writing but now he knows that he can do it and he no longer thinks he’s just stupid. He understands he has a disability but with work he can overcome that issue. While I don’t think he loves school or school work, he no longer dreads it and for us that is a huge Milestone. ~Sincerely, Colleen
~Sherri was our child’s teacher and helped us identify his dyslexia. An all around lovely person, Sherri was so positive and nurturing of our child. Her many years’ experience with brain-based learning differences and talent with normalizing every child’s differences in the classroom by having tools at the ready to ensure their success is just what young children need in their learning specialist. ~ Kristi Helgeson, parent of gifted/dyslexic/2E, life coach & co-producer “The Super d! Show”
~Sherri is an excellent teacher. Her calm, positive demeanor put my student at ease and enabled him to work to his potential. He may not realize how transformative this time was, but as his parent I could see the change in confidence regarding his academic and social abilities as a result of Sherri’s nurturing guidance. Her teaching toolbox includes a variety of skills and depths of knowledge, allowing Sherri to adapt to each student’s needs and alter her approach when necessary. I highly recommend Sherri for any elementary student looking to improve their academic skills. ~ Parent
~Sherri, You are always “on” and fully present during tutoring. We really appreciate how keen you are to what my children need to learn and practice to help them improve in their literacy skills. Thank you! Lisa
~Sherri has a warm rapport and is a highly effective teacher and tutor. She tailors her lessons to meet the individual learning styles and instructional needs of her students. With her years of experience and extensive training in research based programs, like Orton Gillingham, Lindamood-Bell, and Wired for Reading, she is able to plan learning strategies that help her students, including those with learning disabilities, find success in their schoolwork. ~ Jackie B. former Lower School Head
As a result of working with you, my son is thriving. He enthusiastically applies reading strategies that you have taught and reports feeling well-prepared for group discussions. He is excited about large, long-term projects and easily spends the appropriate time to create a product of which is he is proud.
Prioritizing building trust with my son facilitated your success. Because you attended to his level of comfort in his relationship with you and jointly developed goals for your work together, he readily invested himself. Referring to yourself as his coach, he learned by observing you model your thinking aloud. Rather than telling him what or how to proceed, you asked him if he wanted more information or guidance when he confronted a challenging topic or task.
As a former teacher with expertise in age and grade level appropriate development, you identified priority areas for your tutoring. You deduced why he struggled with specific assignments because of your understanding of his challenges. You recognized that as a gifted child, he is able to engage in more sophisticated content, but struggled to independently read it.
In addition to supporting my son as a student, you have provided me with insightful feedback and concrete suggestions to do between tutoring, to help bring up his reading level.
With immense gratitude,
Dear Sherri, Thank you for working with my son. Your flexibility regarding his ADHD related needs ensures your success. As much as possible, to help make the repetitive nature of the practice he needs more interesting, you use a variety of methods and materials. I appreciate your whole-child approach in which you aim to get to know, see, respect, nurture and teach each student.
You constantly watch for ways to bring kids on board with their own learning and encourage them to advocate for themselves. By taking the time to understand the teaching styles to which my son has been exposed in the past, you provide him with eclectic, customized support drawing on your expertise. By collaborating with his teachers and reading specialist, you compliment and reinforce his overall education goals. You encourage him to bring his schoolwork to your tutoring sessions and invite him to talk about what is giving him trouble because this gives you new insights into how you can help him overall.
I appreciate the support that you provide to me as a parent. You read all of the informal and standardized assessment evaluations about my son, digested the recommendations, and enabled me to see the forest, whereas I was previously lost in the trees. I value your willingness to attend school meetings and pose appropriate follow-up questions. You also helped me select an appropriate summer intensive reading program for my child.
Again, thank you so much for helping my son become a stronger, more self-reliant student. ~ Sincerely, Michelle
“Sherri is a true professional. We highly recommend her to anyone looking for a tutor for their child. She brought great thought and discipline to her assessment of our son’s needs and how to best support him. She communicated well with us and his teacher, providing detailed observations on our son’s progress and challenges and proposing revisions to the tutoring plan as she thought appropriate. She has a wealth of skills and experiences to draw on, which kept her tutoring sessions (and our at-home practice) relevant, interesting and productive for our son.”
I wanted to drop you a line to thank you so much for all the work with my two kids over the course of the last three years. We have two kids with very different learning styles which you quickly identified and adjusted accordingly so both of them benefited from their coaching. They have transitioned to a new school and are excelling in their English and writing classes.
You showed them both how to analyze their work and taught them how to make their own decisions about what to work on and how to apply their knowledge.
My son loved the checklists and writing samples you gave him to help him with his homework. The specific feedback you gave him on work he completed was priceless. He benefited from your input on his areas of strength and areas of challenge which boosted his confidence. One day he needed to write a letter (a lost art these days). He knew how to format and structure the letter. It was a simple process for him while his peers had a harder time putting it together. To see your kid beam with success and confidence has been wonderful and because of his work with Sherri.
My daughter loves to write, but she was kind of stuck on the writing process although she had so much to say. You showed her by breaking it down helped her express herself in a more developed and structured format. We worked through the summer and The Silly Summer Work provided both kids a humorous way to practice their skills.
Thank you for your help and support!