My name is Ellen and I am a retired Fairfax County Highly Qualified Teacher who has been teaching for over 30 years in both private and public school settings. During these thirty years, I have also served as a private tutor and have worked with elementary, high school, adults, and special education students. As an educator, I have had the opportunity to utilize various reading, math and technology programs.
I truly enjoy the advantage of teaching in a one-to-one setting and I feel that my p...
Thank you for your patience with Arnav. Arnav really enjoys learning fro you. He has shared positive feedback about the strategies you have shared with him.
- Arathi S. from Fairfax, VA
Ellen has done an amazing job helping my fourth grader. She keeps the sessions interesting by using different games and activities and is able to hold my son's attention for the entire session. My son can get easily distracted. Ellen is very patient with him and uses different techniques to keep him engaged in learning.
- Kara B. from Centreville, VA
After getting to know my son, Ellen has began working with him to address his weaknesses. She is patient and gets along well with her students. She prepares thoroughly for each session and has helped my son immensely. I wholeheartedly recommend her to those who are looking for a tutor.
- Stephen R. from Burke, VA
The session was great, my son had a great experience. Ellen?s attention to my son?s needs and learning habits via games and various methodologies allowed my son to open up and enjoy learning during his session.
- Veronica U. from Annandale, VA
She was great! My son usually is hesitant when it comes to readin and writing. He warmed up to ellen quickly! They worked on short vowels and consonants. Thank you, Ellen!
- Kelly S. from Manassas, VA
Ellen is accessing where Liliana is so that she can help her become a more confident reader, writer, speller and student. Liliana likes Ellen's engaging personal approach to learning. She makes it fun.
- Marlies L. from Arlington, VA
Ellen did a great job helping me with a psychology lab assignment that was difficult to do. She was able to make each sentences clear and recommend words that have better flow in the page. Overall, I had a great session with her.
- Mason B. from Springfield, VA
My son had a really hard time with tutors until we found Mrs. Ellen. She took the time to have a pre meeting to get to know him and see if they had a connection. I'm so glad to see they work great together. Mrs. Ellen is able to get through to him and make it easy to understand. I'm so thankful we found her.
- Marcela R. from Chantilly, VA
Ellen has been great working with Carrie for over a year now. Her knowledge of the Wilson program, patience and expertise working with my daughter is second to none. I highly recommend her services to anyone looking for Wilson or other reading tutoring.
- Alex B. from Ashburn, VA
We have worked with Ellen for over a year with fantastic results. Ellen has a lot of experience and resources. Her knowledge on teaching reading is enormous. She is organized and plans her lessons well.
- Lisa T. from Reston, VA
Ellen has such a deep understanding of dyslexia! She has hands on experience with several teaching methods and has easily merged different styles to best help my child. She is patient and kind allowing my child to learn at her pace. Her uncanny ability to keep the lesson on track while having fun is fabulous!! I can't say enough wonderful things about her. You won't be disappointed!
- Valerie D. from Lorton, VA
I am pleased with her methods of teaching, her knowledge and success each session in engaging my grandson and keeping his attention.
- Janet C. from Burke, VA
Ellen has been working with our son for about a month now. We are so happy with the results so far! She did a good assessment of his reading at the first session, and decided on what reading method to use with him. She is patient, kind and affirming. Our son had an instant boost in overall confidence after just the first session ("Miss Ellen is going to help me." "She doesn't make me feel like I'm wrong.") Since then, he has made noticeable improvement in his spelling, after only a few sessions (his writing has progressed from incomprehensible to comprehensible, even if still not spelling all words correctly). He is also more confident in his reading and willing to take risks as he reads.
Ellen takes a few minutes after each session to review the lesson with me. She writes up weekly progress reports on the web site, which I can then share with our son's teacher. She is responsive to emails.
We are very happy and look forward to our son's ongoing progress!
- Sandra B. from Washington, DC
Ellen has been tutoring my daughter for the past several months. My daughter has made a lot of progress in this short amount of time. Ellen has helped her with English, Art History and History of Western Civilization. Her writing skills have improved and so has her confidence in her ability to write. Ellen is always easy to reach and has been wonderful at accommodating our ever-changing schedule. Ellen is kind and patient and has been a much-needed addition to my daughters schooling. My only regret is not contacting her sooner! My daughter is going away for school and she has offered to help tutor her via Skype if necessary! I cannot say enough wonderful things about our experience with Ellen as a tutor.
- Ellen S. from Burke, VA
My daughter was struggling with reading comprehension in the 4th grade. Ellen began tutoring her in June of last year. At the time, my daughter's comprehension skills were about 2 years behind her other academic areas. Ellen has worked with her once per week and helped her to develop the skills to improve her reading comprehension skills. My daughter soon saw that there were many different ways she could improve her understanding of what she was reading. Now, she employs the various techniques whenever she reads. Her reading comprehension skills have moved up multiple levels over the last few months. She is now working at grade level and is ready to try flying solo. She earned an A in her last grading period of language arts and is voluntarily reading books for fun.
I would not hesitate to employ Ellen again. She is on time and organized. I always know what they have covered. She is infinitely patient. This was important, especially at the beginning when my daughter was so frustrated by the problems she was having.
- Blaire O. from Vienna, VA
I'm a man of few words. Ellen has helped my
daughter after one session, she has the ability to
make you feel at ease quickly and the focus
on the subject seems easy. She's great!
- Jeff E. from Burke, VA
Even though my daughter has only been working with Ellen for about four months, she has already made significant improvements in her reading comprehension and grammar at school. Ellen is very patient, responsive, and has extensive knowledge in what she is teaching. Ellen often made great suggestions to help improve my daughter's weaknesses.
My daughter has told me that her lessons with Ellen are very useful and helpful. I am very pleased with Ellen's work and would highly recommended her to anyone who is looking for an English tutor. Looking forward to have Ellen continue to help my daughter with her English.
- Tai K. from Fairfax, VA
Ms. Ellen has been tutoring my daughter for a while now. She is patient and nice enough for the kids to love her. Although she has a busy schedule, when my daughter has an exam and needs extra tutoring hours, Ms. Ellen always finds a way to meet our needs. She is professional and sweet and genuinely cares about her students!
- Deema A. from Vienna, VA
Ellen was very easy to deal with in scheduling appointments and was always pleasant to work with. She helped my daughter to develop ways to cope with her dyslexia by recommending specific study habits, books and online tools to deal with her problem while in college.
- Heidi K. from Gainesville, VA
I love all of the information that Ellen gives us about the sessions. My daughter is really wanting to succeed.
- Irene Z. from Vienna, VA