Beth Sullivan

Let me tell you an open secret I have learned after 10 years of teaching public school. School is not always fair. In the classroom, often, everyone gets the same thing – the same instruction, the same assignment, the same test. As a teacher, I could often see exactly what my student needed, but I couldn’t drop everything and give it to them when they needed it. Then I started tutoring and found exactly what I wanted: a way to give students the right instruction at the right time to help them overcome their reading and writing struggles!

And then I started to learn more about tutoring online and realized I could do all this without driving from house to house every evening! I was exhausted from teaching all day, not tutoring enough to make an office space worth it, and unable (and unwilling!) to have students come to my home. 

By working one-on-one with students, I can explore those interests and meet those challenges. I stretch children to build on their strengths and support them in the areas where they are weaker. Sometimes filling gaps in a few key skills is all a student needs! Other times, steady practice brings them closer and closer to their goals.

I love tutoring – being a detective, coach, cheerleader and learning partner all at the same time. Together with the student, we figure out how he or she learns best and we build a toolkit they can use for years to come. With each student, I use a customized combination of approaches, including Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory reading instruction, self-regulated strategy development (SRSD) for writing, technology, and a variety of tools for building fluency, self-monitoring and reading comprehension.

I have worked with students from kindergarten through graduate school, on topics ranging from basic phonics and pre-reading skills to reading and writing in all subject areas to SAT and ACT preparation.

Most of my students, though, are struggling with transitions: from elementary school to middle school, middle to high school, high school to college. They need an extra boost to meet the rising expectations at each grade level. I hold a master’s degree in Special Education, as well as Orton-Gillingham certification in multi-sensory reading instruction.

When I’m not tutoring and teaching, I love to spend time with my children and my husband. I am a knitter, a baker, and a reader. I am a fan of Muppet movies and minor league baseball, Northeastern University hockey and UConn basketball.