How I Teach

Who Do I Teach?

I am a primary, one-on-one teacher and curriculum designer for children aged eight through 18. I create custom lesson plans in major subject areas and am a replacement for school-based learning. My clients are in the metro Phoenix area - face-to-face interaction is a critical element.

My students have diagnosed, neurologically-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia, autism, and executive functioning disorder.

If you are looking for a part-time tutor to supplement school-based learning, or if your child's struggles are behavioral in origin, I would be happy to refer you to specialists in these areas.

What Do I Teach?

I meet with you and your child and learn what his/her primary learning challenges are. I build a relationship with your son or daughter, a relationship based on trust. And I create a curriculum that encompasses a variety of subject areas centered on your child's interests. Do you have a daughter fascinated by rabbits? Then we will learn anatomy (science), graph facts about different breeds (math), do watercolors (art), and read from Watership Down (English) - all about rabbits. Together we rekindle the joy of learning while giving her a personalized toolkit for success.

How Do I Teach?

I am a vocal proponent of Structured Literacy for those with language-based learning disabilities (also known as mixed receptive-expressive disorder). This is a scientific, evidence-based approach proven to be successful.

Structured Literacy is explicit, systematic teaching that focuses on phonological awareness, word recognition, phonics, decoding, spelling, and syntax at the sentence and paragraph levels.

For a more detailed yet accessible descriptions of Structured Literacy, please click here.

Learning with Kathy Denious