Phonics and Reading Intervention
Garrett Austen is a trained Orton-Gillingham Phonics instructor though Orton-Gillingham International. He has been practicing OG in his classroom and with individual students for three years and has seen tremendous growth in fluency, spelling, and comprehension. Kiersten, who has a master's in reading in literacy also uses OG to help students reach grade-level fluency. OG has been proven effective for students diagnosed with dyslexia or dysgraphia in addition to students falling below grade level in reading.
Organization and TAsk Management
Often, students have the ability to be successful, but haven't mastered the necessary study or work skills to succeed. We know it can be hard for busy parents to keep on top of their student's workload. Whether they are transitioning to a new school, falling behind on their work, need someone to coach them through time-management and organization, or your family simply needs a point person to help manage your child's classes, Teton Tutors is here to help. We have experience with Journeys School’s online system, Haiku and their IB or MYP grading system. We also have experience navigating the public school’s system, Canvas.
Our tutoring practice focuses on gaining confidence and number sense. We know that for long term success it's much more important for students to understand the 'why' of math, rather take shortcuts to complete a unit. Garrett has taught elementary math for four years and helped to develop a competency based system, and Kevin is a certified middle and highschool math teacher with an undergraduate degree in mathematics.
Garrett received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland in English Language and Literature. He went on to receive his Masters in Secondary English Language Curriculum and Development from the same institution. Additionally, he has been mentoring International Baccalaureate students in their extended essays for five years. He has taught English in elementary, middle and high school. Kiersten has been teaching literacy to students in grades k-6 and specializes in helping younger students express themselves through writing. Whether your child is a younger student struggling to get ideas onto paper, or an older student working on AP or college essays, we can help.