Why I Left the Classroom and Became a Tutor

Why I Left the Classroom and Became a Tutor

It took me months to realize that my student, Graham*, did not know my name.  Graham was a high school senior with a traumatic brain injury. He knew the names of family members, but no one else. Graham was very good at covering, faking out his friends, teammates, and me.

I was a homebound teacher, working with students who could not attend school for medical reasons. I was Graham’s only teacher, creating the curriculum, writing the lesson plans, creating the assessments, and grading his work. We met one-on-one for hours each week to work on English, US Government, and his college essay.

Graham’s mother, the school, and I were in constant contact. How was he feeling? What was the latest doctor’s report? What progress was he making academically?​ Did he qualify for Special Education? What accommodations should he receive? When would he be ready to return to school?

Leaving Teaching

That year was transformative for me. I had always been a classroom teacher. Teaching one-on-one was a whole new experience, one that I loved. I knew my students inside and out, in a way I never could in the classroom. Additionally, I formed close relationships with parents as we worked in their child’s best interests. I became a liaison between the families and school, easing my students’ transitions back to school. Though I would return to the classroom the next year, I never forgot the experience.Fast forward to 2016. I became a mother and decided to leave my teaching position. However, I still wanted to work with teenagers and their families. Remembering my year teaching homebound students. I realized that I could work with families as a tutor.​

So why do I tutor? I tutor because I want to provide a more personal, individualized experience for my students.

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I want to foster relationships with families. I aim to assist in communication between schools and families. I tutor to help kids.

*The student’s name has been changed to protect his privacy.

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1 thought on “Why I Left the Classroom and Became a Tutor”

  • I volunteer in a kindergarten class once a week and people ask me why since my son is on preschool and my daughter already in 1st. I never thought I’d like “teaching” that young of kids but it’s amazing to see their progress and get some great love in return. Tutoring sounds like a dream job. I may have to consider it in the future!

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