Welcome to Roots for Success!
COVID-19 has created a disruptive shift in education. As teachers and school systems pivot to deliver instruction in new ways, busy parents are left wondering how they can best support their child's learning at home. Weekly online tutoring sessions provide students with continuity and depth in learning during these times of change.
Roots for Success offers online math tutoring for students in Grades 2-6. One-on-one sessions enable students to master math concepts at their own pace, develop confidence in problem solving and overcome math anxiety. Drawing on 35 years of experience as an educator and instructional designer, I use an array of strategies, interesting problems, puzzles and games to actively engage students in learning. Students look forward to private tutoring sessions where they can see a friendly face and have fun while learning math.
Cost: $60/45-minute session.
(It is easy to get started!)
Let's get to know each other! Contact me to set up a free online "meet & greet" session. "Meet & greet" sessions enable us to see each other face-to-face and design the perfect tutoring plan for your child. During this call I am happy to answer any questions you might have and tell you a little more about how I approach online tutoring for elementary students.
Book tutoring sessions for the days/times that work best for you. I recommend 2 sessions/week and ask that you schedule sessions out one month in advance. Continuity in sessions enables me to develop a relationship with your child and craft sessions that are specifically tailored to their needs.
All tutoring sessions are conducted using Zoom. Once you have scheduled your sessions, you will receive a Zoom link via email. On the day and time of your scheduled session, simply click on that link. I provide all of the content your child will need for the session.
Stay in Touch
All tutoring sessions are individually designed to meet your child's needs. Because I do not use a prepackaged curriculum, I can be very flexible in adding a little more of this or a little less of that. I will reach out to you periodically to check in and I encourage you to contact me with with any ideas, feedback, or questions you may have.
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 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 are tutoring sessions like?
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 frequently use math games and math apps 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 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.
Do you provide tutoring materials and/or a curriculum?
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.
What is your cancellation policy?
You may re-schedule any booked session up to 24 hours before its start time. No-shows or sessions not rescheduled 24 hours in advance must be paid for in full. Exemptions may be granted for special circumstances.
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 in the mathematical foundations that students were gaining in elementary school and wanted to support the development of that foundation.