Help for Struggling Readers
"Susan is an amazing teacher/tutor. She has a strong background in reading and writing and is able to turn student failure into success. I've seen students make multi-grade advances with her tutoring support."
-Joyce Faulks Jackson, Diagnostician, Newman International Academy of Cedar Hill
Executive Director of Special Education, Grand Prairie ISD - retired
My son is currently taking writing lessons from Mrs. Franklin. He has good language arts skills, but the reason I enrolled him in writing lessons is that I subscribe to one of Charlotte Mason's philosophies - Every child deserves training in the best, most rigorous education at an early age. The first time that we had a phone conversation, she asked me, "What are your goals for your child? What would you like to see accomplished?"
Every few weeks Susan would touch base with me to see if we are proceeding in the direction that's commensurate with the goals we have set for our child, or if anything needed tweaking. From a parent's viewpoint, Susan is very objective, focused, and initiative-driven. She focuses on the objectives we have discussed for our child. Based on the end goals, she takes her own initiative to purchase necessary materials online, in order to implement her lessons accordingly.
I would like to mention here, that, for those of you who are apprehensive about taking online lessons, it was indeed a revelation for me to see how writing lessons could be so seamlessly conducted online.
From a child's perspective, Susan is caring, patient, and result-oriented. She knows how to go about eliciting responses from the child, based on the child's caliber and exposure. At the end of each lesson, she will ask my son, "What did you learn today?" or something to that effect.
The quintessence of our association is that we are lucky to have found her, and my son is delighted to learn from her.
"I just want to comment that Susan is amazing! My daughter was really struggling, reading at below grade level, and just didn't want to study because of how difficult it was for her. She was at the point where she was crying even thinking about going to school. After working with Susan, she immediately improved in her spelling and after meeting twice a week for about a year, my daughter is on the A/B honor roll and can read anything you give her. What is most important is she has regained her love of school and ENJOYS reading! If you even think your kid has room for improvement in reading or spelling, hire Susan now! She really knows what she is talking about and you won't regret it."
"I highly recommend CLASSSICAL START TUTORING. My son Matthew, who has struggled
in class with reading/ writing has been working with Mrs Susan and has really benefited. Since he has been attending tutoring (July 2016) his reading skills and confidence have improved tremendously; his school teachers have noticed the change from last year.
In the past, we have tried other various teaching tools from online videos, flashcards and phonics in which became overwhelming. This led to frustration with our son and no direction in place to help him. Matthew and I visited with Mrs. Susan expressing our concerns regarding his reading issues that he has been experiencing at school, she presented a plan on how to approach with comprehensive lessons that Matt has followed. Mrs. Susan has shown flexibility with working with us on scheduling tutoring around soccer practices and other things that may arise. My wife and I are most grateful for the hard work and patience that Mrs. S has shown him
This makes us proud as parents knowing that our son can now read and that we have chosen the right person to teach our son Thank you, Mrs. Susan!"
-Mr.& Mrs. Eli Castorena
Mrs. Franklin is an amazing professional educator, reading Interventionist, and tutor. She not only assists in identifying a child's educational deficiencies but creates an individualized instruction for maximum efficiency. Her results are data-driven and she uses the most current research-based materials and instruction.
- Mary Roland
Reading and Math Interventionist, Newman International Academy at Cedar Hill
"Ms. Susan has been a tremendous help to my daughter academically. She came highly recommended by one of the teachers at the Cedar Hill location. I entered my daughter into a tutoring session with Ms. Susan, twice a week. After the second week, I noticed a tremendous change in her academics. Prior to my daughter going to her, she was two grades behind due to medical illness. Her teacher was amazed at her academic progress.
Her report card grades have also improved significantly. She was in Tier II; now, she is in Tier I. The program that Ms. Susan is using an awesome program for non-readers and struggling readers."
Susan is a very patient kind and loving individual. She did an excellent job last summer tutoring my son. His reading scores went up from prior years on the Star.
Thank you Susan for being such a wonderful tutor to my son Carlos. You really helped build him when it came to his reading skills. Also, you did an amazing job helping him with his cursive writing. Thanks for the job well done.