One on One Private Tutoring

Over 30 years in teaching elementary school grades K-12

and over 20 years in Private Tutoring


Mrs. Lisa Zerarka

Private after school tutoring services in Anthem Arizona. Elementary School K-12.

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Nice to meet you! My name is Lisa and I live in Anthem, Arizona and currently teach 1st grade in Anthem Deer Valley School District . My love for children and education stems from a very young age. I am a certified teacher and have a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with over 30+ years of teaching experience. I am a mother of 2 and have been married to a wonderful man for over 20 years. I have had the joy and privilege of teaching grades Preschool-5th grade. I have been a private tutor for 20+ years and truly enjoy what I do. ·

Did you know that Early Identification and Intervention is critical for student success?

I am motivated and excited to help you with your child’s needs.

Whether your child is in pre-k, kindergarten, early grades, or a gifted student, I’m here to support you and your child in whatever needs they require. I provide ongoing progress feedback and keep open communication with parents at all times.

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Dino King

Lisa Zerarka has been tutoring my son for four years now and I wouldn’t want anyone else! My son has ADHD which makes it very hard for him to focus on his homework. She has a way of making him not only focus on his work but actually enjoy doing it! He has been consistently on the honor roll and this semester has all A’s.

Lisa is so kind and easy to work with. She’s flexible and helps accommodate my schedule. She is always on top of what my son needs.

I just can’t express enough how great she has been for us. I would recommend her to anyone.

jill lobry

We absolutely LOVE Ms. Lisa😍 I cannot say enough nice things....she has been amazing for us!!! Our son has struggled with reading the last few years...we found Ms. Lisa and she took the time to figure out exactly what he was missing and started from there. He has improved SO much over the last 5 months and keeps working with her once a week at his tutoring session! She gives us Materials to take home and use- it is exactly what he has needed- she is magical!!!! Miss Lisa....if you read this We cannot thank you enough you are truly a wonderful human being, and we appreciate you so much!!! To watch the difference in our sons confidence is unbelievable.....Thank You, Thank You😍 The Lobrys~

Ashley Nicholls

I would highly recommend Mrs.Zerarka for all your tutoring needs. She has been tutoring my son for one year now and I am amazed at the skills he has developed throughout their sessions. Mrs. Zerarka has been helping him with his reading comprehension, phonics, and his motivation to read more. His grades have improved immensely. He consistently asks me for when he will get to work with Mrs.Lisa. I have noticed my son has began enjoying school more through the confidence that Mrs.Zerarka has built in him. The thing I love the most about Mrs.Zerarka’s tutoring services is how she tailors all lessons to my sons needs and finds great resources for him as well as making learning fun!

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My Teaching Experience

Trained in teaching advanced phonemic awareness skills which are critical for reading success in grades pre-school through 4th grade.

Providing customized early childhood educational activities.

Programs using research-based methods and materials to jump start to learning.

Experience in reading/writing and math instruction.

Customized phonemic awareness, phonics instruction and reading comprehension.

Experience working with wide range of reading challenges and learning disabilities.

Experience in working with gifted students providing stimulating activities and helping them reach their true potential and go above their grade level.

Why One-on-One Tutoring is Important?

Reading can be a challenge for some children. The letters can look all jumbled on the page or the child just got a late start in the literacy game. No matter where your child may be, a reading tutor is a fantastic option for any child that needs to learn to read. Private tutoring can be an incredible tool. Here are some reasons of what a private tutor can offer your child. One on one support, make reading fun, help increase comprehension and most important, increase their reading confidence.

There is a huge difference between what a student gets out of a classroom and how they can benefit from one-on-one tutoring. A teacher has to cater their lessons to a group of students, and those students come from many different backgrounds, learning styles and interests. While teachers do phenomenally well at one of the toughest jobs, a student that receives one-on-one tutoring, catered to their individual needs, can make leaps and bounds academically.

One-on-one tutoring also allows for the lesson to be catered to their particular learning style. Every student learns differently. They can be a visual learner where they learn through seeing. Others need repetition to help them retain the information. While auditory learners learn through hearing. One-on-one tutoring really helps them grasp the subject in a way that is most beneficial to them.

Lastly, a tutor can really get to know their student. Who they are as a person, what their interests are, families and events going on in their lives, all affect their academics. There is no substitute for a good teacher. However, the benefits of one-on-one tutoring are invaluable for a student’s academic achievement.

We Focus On...

Phonemic Awareness

Phonemic Awareness is the ability to hear, identify, manipulate and substitute phonemes in spoken words. Students work to build an auditory understanding of sound to word knowledge.

Phonics is the nuts and bolts of the reading process. Even if a student does not know what a word means, they will still be able to phonetically sound it out. They can make the connection between letters and sounds.

Vocabulary is the meaning of words within the context or in isolation. A students’ vocabulary will grow as they read and are introduced to new words. Students with broader vocabularies are more confident when reading challenging or unfamiliar material.

Fluency and Comprehension

It's reading with accuracy, speed and understanding. They are very closely tied. Students cannot fully understand the meaning and ideas behind a story without the ability to read it fluently. It's the culmination of all of the reading skills and the goal of learning to read.

Individual and unique learning experience?

Customized lessons and activities for your child is the key is to help them enjoy what they are doing and keep them engaged. Most importantly they gain enthusiasm and confidence as they are learning more skills and strategies to succeed in school. With that their grades improve and they strive for high achievement.

Improve self-esteem and confidence?

Your child’s self-esteem and confidence will increase through one on one tutoring by providing them with the resources and skills they need to excel in school. They will be able to cover a lot of details in a short amount of time and this saves parents and students’ time and effort on projects and homework. This builds a feeling of success for them.

Positive attitude towards learning and school?

With constant encouragement and praise, learning will become fun for your child and they will no longer feel overwhelmed or frustrated with reading. They feel good about themselves and they are able to grasp complicated concepts more easily.

What Our Families are Saying

Mrs. Zerarka is truly a great teacher. My son was struggling with his math and reading and I didn't know how to help him. One of my friends recommended Mrs. Zerarka and I immediately reached out to her. I could right away tell she was very polite and professional. My kid has improved tremendously and I couldn't be more happier. Thank you Mrs. Zerarka... you a truly the best. I would highly recommend you in heart beat. Best to you!

Avery Thompson

My son came home and told me that the trick Mrs. Zerarka taught him for math has helped him so much and his teacher gives him paper worksheets now instead of using his white board so he can use his trick to feel confident. I also wanted to share that we got his mail folder Friday and he had 6 worksheets/quizzes and not a single one was under a 95%. He is killing it with reading and comprehension. Thank you so much for changing our world and rooting for Chase to succeed.

Amanda Heath

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