Please describe your student and why you qualify for tutoring.
Sophia is 12 years old and she is a fraternal twin to her sister, Olivia. She also has a 13 year old sister. Sophia is always the life of the party. She is funny, quick-witted and an absolute delight. You would never be able to tell that she has such horrible problems with reading just by listening to her. She is incredibly smart and a great problem solver. She thinks "outside the box" and always has another way to look at things. Sophia is starting defender on her competitive soccer team. She has been playing since she was 6 and is very good. She is a natural leader and often her teammates look to her for direction and advice. Sophia loves to hunt and fish with her dad and grandpa. She loves to do anything outdoors. It breaks my heart to see her struggle so badly because I know she is capable of so much more. She has barely made it through school thus far and I hope this program will be helpful to her. I don't want this hurdle to burn out such a bright light.
What are your greatest hopes for your student?
My greatest hope for Sophia is that she will not only learn to read properly but one day enjoy to read. I hope that she regains some of her confidence and can walk around with her head held high.
What are you most grateful for?
I am most grateful for my family.
Please describe specifically what your student needs help with.
Sophia needs help in reading, spelling and writing. She was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD in 1st grade but didn't start receiving school accommodations until 5th grade. She is very smart and has a keen eye for details but the written word is not her friend. She has been placed in a program at school called Read 180 but it doesn't appear to be helping because of the distractions around her in the room. Her current Lexile score is 362.
According to the student, how can we make the world a better place?
People need to stop being mean to each other.
What is the student's favorite book?
Where the Sidewalk Ends
What does the student want to 'learn to be' when they grow up?
Defender on the US Women's Olympic Soccer Team