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Ms. Debbie C.

Bachelor in Education · specializes in Writing, Microsoft Offic · 60 or more years old female

red Apple award red apple award - tutoring excellence

"Smile while you learn!


Decades of success with children and adults:

I have taught more than 5,000 students a variety of academic, computer, business and soft skills as a teacher, tutor, trainer, coach, curriculum developer and project manager, during a 30+ year career. A New York state certified teacher and internationally certified Life Coach more...

"Smile while you learn!


Decades of success with children and adults:

I have taught more than 5,000 students a variety of academic, computer, business and soft skills as a teacher, tutor, trainer, coach, curriculum developer and project manager, during a 30+ year career. A New York state certified teacher and internationally certified Life Coach, my students are both adults and children. The adults are individuals or come from corporations and non-profits. My academic clients include elementary, middle, high school and college students, their parents, and education professionals.


A wide range of subjects, experience and expertise:

My academic tutoring background includes all subjects through 8th grade; plus NYS Regents History and English, the college application process and extensive support with university writing assignments. I work with both adults and children from a variety of international backgrounds, and also offer U.S. cultural education and information services to immigrants from South America, South & East Asia, Europe, and Africa.


Successful college and graduate school applications and writing coaching:

For students from both the affluent suburbs and inner city schools, I have managed the college testing, search, and application process. College acceptances for my students range from community colleges to Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, SUNY Binghamton and University College London graduate school.


It requires more than academics to create successful life-long learners.

My tutoring philosophy is about balance.

My obligation to my students - which may include roles as teacher, counselor, coach, mentor, and/or role model - is to foster various traits which increase my students' likelihood of success - in school, professionally, and as human beings.


According to the Johnson O'Connor Foundation, and various other longitudinal studies, the single best predictor of success, in both school and occupation, is A LARGE vocabulary.

A large vocabulary has been shown to enhance reading comprehension and fluency, improve critical thinking, and make communication in all fields more effective. But, it is also crucial to understand that, as absolutely critical as text based literacy skills are, even students with a large vocabulary may still struggle with reading. I know this well from my own daughter's experience and many of the students I have worked with.


So, back to balance - I show balance in my application and understanding of various learning modalities - auditory, visual and kinesthetic - in addition to taking my students' individual personalities and preferences into account. I understand that some students have lots of content knowledge (with accompanying vocabulary), even with poor reading skills. Therefore I balance how content is taught - reading, lecture, multi-media sources, "hands on" experiential learning, and discussion.


Allow me to expand your education horizons! :-)

Beyond my education credentials, I have been the producer for a youth summer theater program, including development of original theater pieces. I am a costume designer (specializing in historic and inexpensive costumes), a teacher and designer of beaded jewelry, an international traveler, skilled improvisational and therapeutic story teller, and have developed various film and museum based curricula.

I am always looking to add more students to my roster of success stories.

Location - I moved from New York City to San Diego." less...


fee: $60 (for 60 min, negotiable)
years of tutoring: 10 and more
students tutored: 50-100
travel distance: 10 miles
meeting type: either in-person or online
member for: 8 years and 4 months
award: Red apple
references: Giovanni - Intellect combined with common sense, patience and practical tutoring....... brilliant!! Math made simple, by mastering the basics....practicing. Non judgmental and individualized techniques. Toni - Amazing Flexibility. She is Microsoft Office Certified and has incredible knowledge ... I received an "A" in my graduate course and could not have done it without Debbie. She is kind and patient and available by phone for questions as well. Ron - I am happy to say that during a five minute period with Debbie I truly received more important information and dollar value than the entire cost of her visit!


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Education and Qualifications

school: Manhattanville
certified: Debbie Cunningham is a certified tutor

Certified Professional Life Coach, ICCA (International Coach Certification Academy), 2015

New York State Certified Teacher, Visual Arts (K-12) and Students with Disabilities (7-12), 2015

St. John’s University, Graduate School of Education, Students with Disabilities, 12 credits, 2013

Microsoft Certified (MOS & MCAS), Word 2003, Office 2010 (Excel, PowerPoint, Word & Outlook), 2011

Online Live Elluminate! certification, Art & Science of Delivering Online Live Classes, 2011

New York State Registered Business School Teacher License (Provisional), 2011

Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) Certified Practitioner, New Jersey, 1989

BA, Art, Manhattanville College, 1977, Minors: Education & Theatrical Design (SUNY, Purchase, NY);

Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (Spanish & Art); St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD (Classics)

San Diego, CA 92104
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Subjects Tutored

Elementary & Junior High School
Computer BasicsElementary Science
Home SchoolingStudy Skills
General Ed
English as 2nd Language
Communication SkillsEntrepreneurship
Presentation SkillsPublic Speaking
Resume WritingTime Management
Computer & Internet
Microsoft ExcelMicrosoft Office
Microsoft OutlookMicrosoft PowerPoint
Microsoft ProjectMicrosoft Word
Word Processing
Craft ArtSewing
World Culture
American HistoryArt History
Career PlanningCommunications
EducationEssay Writing
History (European)History (Medieval)
History (World)Humanities
Liberal ArtsLife Coach
ProofreadingSocial Studies
Term PaperWorld History
Writing Composition
Test Prep