Meet Heidi

FAST FACTS

  • Academics/Credentials:  BA in French, UC Berkeley.​

  • Years Tutoring: 14, including working in special ed (TSP and SDC), being a teacher’s assistant for various grades, and currently assisting 9-12 graders at Casa Grande High School.

  • Grades: K-12

  • Subjects: All

  • Specialties: English, Reading, Math. Teaching students with learning disabilities and
    special needs. 

  • Favorite Niche: Tutoring Math and English.

  • Tutoring Style: Gentle, playful, focused, supportive. 

  • Best Part of My Day: Seeing students’ self-confidence and capabilities blossom.

  • Personal Passions: Reading. Beach Combing. Cooking (homemade cookies and popcorn are my specialty). Spending time with family, friends--and my first grandchild!

‘Reaching Them to Teach Them’

After years of tutoring students of all ages and grade levels, I’ve developed a “reaching them to teach them” style that revolves around each child’s personality and needs. 

 

Learning what makes students’ “tick”--their likes and dislikes (favorite foods, superheroes, siblings, books, pets, and movies)--helps me create fun, interactive lessons that keep students engaged. Our goal is still to complete necessary work and assignments, but I give students plenty of wiggle room to share side stories and spontaneous ideas in the process.

 

Students’ academic success grows with their self-confidence (and vice-versa), so I give lots of gentle encouragement and virtual pats on the back in our sessions. I like providing patient, nonjudgmental support that enhances each student’s path to success. 

As a longtime Petaluman and mother of two, I’ve had extensive experience with our local education community--both as a parent and instructor. From both perspectives, I love watching as students begin trusting their ability as capable learners and thinkers, and their confidence blossoms.