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I look forward to meeting with you and your child and answering any questions you may have about your child’s education and how I may be of service.

Have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions below which may help!

Please email me using the form here if you would like to set up an initial consultation.

If you would prefer, you may call me at 413-230-7536

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I have my child work with you 1-1?2023-08-02T23:35:20-04:00

Yes I offer private 1-1 Tutoring for $100/hour. This includes 1-1 learning session, follow up work and lesson prep time, as well as regular parent meetings to discuss how each student is doing and what can be done in between sessions increase learning. 

Is it possible for my child to be in a small group less than 4x a week?2022-08-02T21:17:41-04:00

Your child is welcome to be a part of our classroom for any number of days. It is a good idea to be consistent with their schedule.

When do I make payments for classes?2023-08-02T21:36:05-04:00

Payments are due at the beginning of the week or month prior to classes taking place. All payments will be made through Venmo or PayPal. 

How long is each classroom session?2022-08-02T21:29:02-04:00

Each classroom session is a full 60 minutes of teacher led instruction.

Are there any other teachers that will work with my child other than Mr. Bertsch?2023-08-02T21:34:55-04:00

At this time I am the only teacher who will be working with your child.

What happens if my child is sick on a day that they are supposed to be in class?2022-08-02T21:29:40-04:00

24 hour notice is encouraged.

How many sessions a week are the best for my child?2023-08-02T21:33:56-04:00

This depends on a number of factors. Where your child is according to their age/grade level? What are the goals you have for working with me? Some families are looking for simple additional support to what they are doing through homeschooling. Some families need the additional reading support that the child cannot get at school.  Set up an initial meeting and free reading assessment with me so we can discuss your child’s specific needs.

Can my child make progress if we just do 1 session a week?2023-08-02T21:30:39-04:00

Just 1-2 sessions a week can boost your child’s reading ability dramatically in a very short time. 1-1 instruction with a highly qualified teacher can provide a grade level of  improvement in less that a few months. They will also receive homework assignments and work to complete independently to practice learned skills. I often have success getting students to reach beyond grade level with family support in the home.

What is included in my regular weekly classes for my child?2023-08-02T21:25:10-04:00

Students that are enrolled in regular weekly lessons will receive access to rigorous and engaging learning platforms. Monthly assessments and teacher feedback will be given. Access to parent “how to” videos that walk through the use of each platform will be available. Quality work samples provided for your child’s portfolio for the school district’s student paperwork. Several parent teacher conferences throughout the year. Support for families in finding resources to help your child’s learning path.

What times do classes meet during the day?2023-08-02T21:24:14-04:00

Classes will normally be between the hours of 10am-6 pm EST. Each class is 60 minutes. I can accommodate students at later times if  needed. 

What do I do if my child simply needs a little help to catch up with grade level work?2022-08-02T21:31:23-04:00

Schedule a meeting with me so that we can discuss what works both academically but also financially for you.

If I have more than one child that needs classroom help can I get a discount?2022-08-02T21:31:43-04:00

I am open to discussions about a family discount. This requires prior conversation with me to discuss options.

Are there any scholarships available?2022-08-02T21:32:02-04:00

Each year there are some scholarships available to families in need. An application and interview will be necessary. It is part of the Kindness Ripples philosophy.

What are the benefits of remote learning?2023-08-02T21:22:10-04:00

You do not have to leave the house. You can be anywhere as long as you have WiFi access. You have everything for your child’s learning at your fingertips. Children with attention issues many times are more successful in the remote 1-1 learning environment due to much less distractions occurring from large classrooms with many students. Less time needed in the classroom with direct instruction because we can focus on your child’s specific needs. 

What does the annual calendar look like for classes?2023-08-02T21:20:27-04:00

I currently tutor year round. This allows me to accommodate families that want to help their child catch up during the summer or during school breaks.

Can I change the frequency of classes during the course of the year?2023-08-02T21:18:04-04:00

Of course you can add or subtract sessions based on the needs of your child. 

What platform do we use for live online learning?2023-08-02T21:17:08-04:00

We will be using Google Classroom. Assignments will be stored there as well as family communication. We will use Google Classroom Live for our remote lessons.

Are classes prerecorded or live?2023-08-02T21:16:40-04:00

All classes are live with me 1-1 in Google Classroom. I do have video and reading platforms that support all lessons.

Do I need the internet to have my child be in your classroom?2023-08-02T21:15:58-04:00

Yes you will need a reliable internet service to take remote classes. I use Google Classroom for online lessons.

Are you a licensed teacher?2023-08-02T21:15:14-04:00

Yes. I am currently licensed in the State of Massachusetts which has one of the most rigorous teacher licensing processes in the country and 46 out of the 50 U.S. states have reciprocity with the Massachusetts license. I hold a Masters in education as well as a license and Masters in reading instruction.

How long have you been teaching?2023-08-02T21:14:26-04:00

I have been teaching for 20 years in all. I started by teaching my own three children.  After earning my masters degree in both education as well as reading instruction, I spent 10 years in my own classroom in Ludlow Mass. teaching 1st grade. I have been teaching reading remotely for over 4 years now.

What makes you different from other online tutors?2023-08-02T21:12:00-04:00

I am an experienced teacher with a lot of success working with students who have a hard time learning in a regular classroom. I take the time to understand each student’s learning style and try to align my lessons and teaching to match the interests and passions of each student. I believe that keeping students engaged, excited, and having fun is important to keeping their interest and investment level high. I am a certified teacher and reading specialist, not a large company or organization. 

Why should I spend $100 hr. on reading instruction for my child?2023-08-02T21:46:41-04:00

My tutoring services come with a competitive price tag, ensuring the best instruction for your money. With my 15+ years of experience and expertise as a former 1st-grade classroom teacher and a certified Reading Specialist, I can help close the reading gap in a very short time. In my experience with 1-1 instruction, I have helped students close their reading gap by a whole grade level in as little as 2 months of working with them. 

The first few years of learning to read build the foundation that will dictate each student’s future academic success. K-3rd grade reading instruction is the most important time to close reading gaps or they will not be properly prepared for academic learning later on. 

I want to help your child enjoy learning to read.  I can promise you better results than an impersonal learning center or online curriculum sites that do not provide the direct 1-1 attention your child needs. I will take the time to get to know what they are passionate about and teach them to read, utilizing their preferred learning style. If you are ready to invest in your child’s education I am here to help. 

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