Roots for Success Services
Welcome to Roots for Success. I specialize in math tutoring for students in Grades 1-6.
With the outbreak of COVID-19, schools around the globe have been forced to close. As teachers and school systems pivot to deliver instruction online, busy parents are left wondering how best to support their children's learning at home and prevent them from falling behind. Weekly online tutoring sessions can provide students with continuity during these times of change. Students look forward to logging onto tutoring sessions, seeing a friendly face, and engaging in fun math activities that are specifically tailored to them. Tutoring sessions can include any of the following services:
All sessions are $60/45-minutes.
It is as simple as 1, 2, 3!
Book tutoring sessions for the days/times that work best for you. Pay for sessions using PayPal or Stripe.
Use the Zoom link from your session confirmation email to begin your child's tutoring session.
It is easy and fun to meet online!
Here is what parents are saying ...
Sherry is a fantastic tutor and we are lucky to have found her! She tutored our daughter throughout 5th grade, and she has returned for 6th grade tutoring. Our daughter went from struggling with her material and lacking confidence, to embracing its challenges and excelling in this subject area. The benefits to our daughter are evidenced by both her dramatically improved test scores and more importantly, her new found confidence! She now approaches math as a puzzle to be solved rather than a subject to shy away from. Our third grader has also started with Sherry this year. He looks forward to and loves his tutoring sessions. Sherry is an exceptional instructor. She pares her lessons with hands-on activities and real world applications that the kids love. Both the kids report that she makes math fun!
We are so lucky to have found Sherry to tutor both of our children in math. Before going to Sherry our kids thought math was “too hard” and intimidated by it. Sherry has definitely changed their perspective on math and taught them that math can be fun by engaging them in math games, puzzles, activities, etc. Now they are both thriving and have a totally different outlook on math. I would highly recommend Sherry to anyone who is looking for a reliable, nurturing and knowledgeable math tutor. Thanks for boosting our kids confidence in math!
We moved a couple times, which left some holes in our son's math skills. As a result, he felt he simply "wasn't good at math." Really, he just needed those holes filled in, and a better all around number sense. We were thrilled to find Sherry to help get him back on track. Not only is she amazingly well-qualified; she is kind and fun, which made going to tutoring no big deal. His skills and confidence improved to the point he qualified for gifted math! We couldn't be more grateful.
Our son has become passionate about learning math with Ms. Sherry and looks forward to meeting with her and Stella each week. He has been able to gain confidence in understanding math, practical applications, and the positive rewards of grasping new concepts. Sherry is wonderful to work with as a teacher and professional!
Frequently Asked Questions
What's involved in the "meet and greet" session.
The free online "Meet and Greet" session is conducted via Zoom. The purpose of the session is for us to meet each other, ask questions, and see if we are a good fit. I can learn more about your child's needs and you can learn more about how my online tutoring process works. I'll even demonstrate some of the tools I use for online tutoring. There is no pressure to sign up for tutoring sessions beyond the "Meet & Greet," but if you decide to, we'll talk about next steps.
Prior to this session, please sign up for a free Zoom account if you do not already have one (https://zoom.us/signup).
How do I book and pay for sessions?
If we decide to move forward after the "Meet and Greet" session, I will provide you with access to my scheduling calendar so that you can select days and times that work best for you. I ask that you sign up for four or more sessions at a time. Continuity in sessions enables me to develop a relationship with your child and craft sessions that are specifically tailored to their needs. Once you have scheduled the sessions you can pay for them using PayPal or Stripe. Payment must be received before sessions.
How do online tutoring sessions work?
All tutoring sessions are conducted using Zoom. Once you have scheduled your sessions, you will receive Zoom link via email. On the day and time of your scheduled session, simply click on that link and we will be connected. Each tutoring session is customized to meet your child’s needs. Prior to the session I develop a series of activities for your child that will actively engage them in mathematics appropriate for their grade level. I’m a big fan of using virtual math manipulatives to help students develop a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts. Additionally, I frequently use math games and/or children’s literature to help students develop confidence and skill in a fun and engaging way. If you would like for me to go over a specific homework assignment with your child, I ask that you send it to me the night before the session. A pdf or screen shot of the lesson works best but you can also just snap a picture of the lesson with your phone and text it to me.
What technology do I need for online tutoring?
You will need a device (computer, tablet, or phone) and a good internet connection. In addition to Zoom, we will be using a shared online white board. Most students find it easiest to use the combination of Zoom and the online white board when they have a laptop with a mouse and/or stylus.
Do you provide tutoring materials and/or a curriculum?
I will provide all of the materials your child needs for tutoring sessions. As an experienced instructional designer and curriculum developer, I pull from 30 years worth of curriculum materials I have developed or acquired to prepare a lesson that is tailored to your child’s needs. Additionally, I spend time every week curating and vetting new online content.
What education and/or experience do you have that qualifies you to tutor?
I have tutored students in math, on and off, for more than 30 years and I genuinely love working with children. I have a Ph.D in Curriculum & Instruction (North Carolina State University), a Master's degree in Education (Harvard University); and a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics (Sweet Briar College). I have taught online classes for NCSU, developed and researched MOOC-Eds (Massive Open Education Courses for Educators), created and led online learning communities, developed online math curricula and interactive online math tools for elementary students, and developed online and face-to-face professional development courses for elementary math teachers. All of this work has been done through projects for the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, Education Development Center, Harvard University, Boston Public Schools, Chicago Public Schools, the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, North Carolina Public Schools, and more.
How did you get started in this type of work?
As a former middle school math teacher, I saw students coming to middle school with a lack of confidence in mathematics, sometimes gaps in their knowledge, and often a lot of math anxiety. I became interested the mathematical foundations that students were gaining in elementary school and wanted to support the development of that foundation.