Tutoring

I offer tutoring for K-8 students who struggle with reading, writing, and spelling.

Email me at krisbkoeller@gmail.com

I am a skilled interventionist, tutor, and reading teacher. I have ten years of experience with evidence based curriculum for improving reading. My passion is teaching students with learning differences in ways that allow them to reach their fullest potential.


Skills

  • Teaching reading using Structured Literacy in small groups and 1-1 settings
  • Ensuring that intervention curriculum is evidence-based, systematic, and aligned with student need
  • Using assessments to pinpoint the area(s) of need and the deficit reading skill(s)
  • Measuring student progress and program effectiveness using data
  • Creating a warm, safe, and supportive learning environment that honors neurodiversity


Educational Proficiencies

  • Structured literacy reading instruction and intervention
  • Data collection and analysis of reading deficits and competencies using research validated assessments
  • Dyslexia screening assessments
  • Diagnostic reading assessments that measure the foundational literacy skills
  • Assistive technology tools like Learning All, SnapType, Read/Write for Google, ModMath, and more
  • Google products and Chrome extensions
  • Tech-based skill practice programs like Read Naturally Live, Inspiration, or Mindplay
  • Leveled reading assessments used by local school districts ( DRA2 and BAS)
  • Trained in various Orton-Gillingham based approaches: Sonday System, Wilson Fundations & Just Words, and S.P.I.R.E.
  • Trained in Structured Word Inquiry which is rooted in etymology and morphology.


Work History

  • Private Reading Tutor ~ 2015 - present
  • Educational Consultant - Sonday Systems ~ 2018 - present
  • TK-12 RTI Instructional Coach – Pleasanton Unified Schools ~ 2014 – 2018
  • Intervention Specialist – Castro Valley Unified Schools ~ 2009 – 2014
  • Elementary Teacher – Castro Valley Unified Schools ~ 1999 – 2009


Credentials

  • IDA Certified Structured Literacy Classroom Educator, OGCE
  • Orton Gillingham Trained, Classroom Educator - AOGPE, Association of Orton Gillingham Professional Educators, Nancy Redding
  • Structured Literacy Trained - Literacy How, Dr. Margie Gillis
  • Dyslexia Certificate, Level 1 - Orton Gillingham, Dyslexia Training Institute, Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley & Tracey Block-Zaretsky
  • California Preliminary Administrative Credential
  • California Multiple Subject Credential, with English Learner authorization
  • DIBELS Mentor, DIBELS Next, Dynamic Measurement Group


Professional Associations

  • DDCA, Decoding Dyslexia California, member 2015-present
    • Educator Outreach Manager ~ 2017-present
  • IDA, International Dyslexia Association, member ~ 2015-present
  • ACRA, Alameda County Reading Association, member ~ 2009-present
  • The Reading League, member - 2018 - present

Education

  • Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential, Elementary Education, Patten University, Oakland, California, with CLAD - Crosscultural Language and Academic Development
  • Bachelor of Science, Information Systems Management ~ Ohio University, Athens, Ohio


Tutoring References

  • Available on request