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Taught subjects
  • Academic English
  • Reading
  • Essay writing
  • Test Prep
  • Literacy
  • Dissertation and thesis writing preparation
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Advanced Technical Certificate
  • College / University
  • Adult Education
  • MBA

Being the best we can be is not optional. Being the best we can be is a part of our mission on Planet Earth. ;)


I like to ask questions because most often we know the answer/s and the answers are inside of us. Often, I give the answer because that is okay, also. I like one-on-one instruction; as that allows for the opportunity for the student to learn without distractions. Group instructional classes are fun and that gives learners a chance to have collaborative learning experiences.


I have a Doctorate of Philosophy in Education. My PhD allows me the opportunity to research, instruct and publish; all of which I have done. I have a passion to teach and I am driven to teach/instruct. For me, teaching is the equivalent of learning. My Master of Arts in Education is a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction. The Bachelor of Arts (I hold is) in Liberal Arts and Sciences is in Communications.


Rate for online lessons : $15/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $175
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $120


Rates for tutoring will vary and are negotiable.

Lessons offered by Cathy
The lessons will be held
at her home
Taught subjects
  • Academic English
  • Reading
  • Essay writing
  • Test Prep
  • Literacy
  • Dissertation and thesis writing preparation
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Advanced Technical Certificate
  • College / University
  • Adult Education
  • MBA

Cathy's resume

Cathy L. Shaffer, Ph.D.
Toledo, OH 43614
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SUMMARY: Over 10 years of experience in education: consultation and instruction. Personally dedicated to professional development, as demonstrated by a commitment to higher learning. Skilled in administering diagnostic assessments and collaborating with, families, schools and communities. Possesses strength and experience in working with individuals of many backgrounds, cultures, disabilities and age groups. Author and motivational speaker; life coach.


Capella University - Minneapolis, MN Doctorate of Philosophy in Education
Specialization: Professional Studies in Education PhD, School of Education
Grade Point Average: 3.75 February 2011
Honors: Magna Cum Laude

Argosy University - Chicago, IL Master of Education
Specialization: Curriculum and Instruction October 2005
Grade Point Average: 3.54
Honors: Cum Laude

University of Illinois at Chicago - Chicago, IL Bachelor of Arts
Major: Communications June 1999
Grade Point Average: 3.57
Honors: Cum Laude


Curriculum Design
Scoring Diagnostic Assessments
Instructor of Hearing Impaired Students
Special Education/Gifted & Talented
Classroom Observations
Group Facilitator
Motivational Life Skills Coach
Research Assistant
Substitute Teacher
Communications Intern
Teaching Assistantship

ENGAGEMENTS: Guest: Guest/Ringing Stone Network 10/30/16
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Talk Show Host: The Script with Dr. Sam
Panel Guest: Various Diverse Topics
Most Recent: Is Being 50 and Single Sexiness or Loneliness?
Cumulus Radio: 1470AM

Speaker: YMCA Whitmer/Washington Local Program Center
Toledo, OH
Topic: Diversity

Panel Guest: Power of Positive Thinking ~ We Change Our Language and We Change Our Lives
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Panel Guest: Healing from Sexual Abuse
(concealed information)

Duncan YMCA, Chicago, IL
Panel Guest: National Healthcare Benefits
Participated in Healthcare discussion along with Mrs. Hillary Clinton, Ms. Barbara Lumpkin (Treasurer, City of Chicago), and other parents.

Panel Guest: Malcolm X College, Chicago, IL
Women’s History Month
Participated in weekly Women’s History discussions, with the Vice-President of Malcolm X College, and other distinguished guests.

AFFILIATIONS: Karatbars, International; African-American Leadership Caucus; Spokesperson: YMWFC Youth Organization; Past Member: Business Advisory Council for Crane Tech Prep Common School; Business Partners Advisory Council for Manley Career Academy High School

AWARDS: UT Honorable Mention IE Business Plan, Behavior Therapy App
Stearns Foundation Scholarship, CU, Capella University
Institutional Scholarship, AU, Argosy University
Golden Key National Honor Society, UIC, University Illinois at Chicago
President’s Leadership Program, UIC, University Illinois at Chicago

VOLUNTEER: Facilitator/Trinity House, Chicago, IL
Facilitator/Alvis House, Toledo, OH
UT, Volunteer/Eberly Center for Women, Toledo, OH
Volunteer/Election of Attorney Tyrone Riley for Councilman
Councilman~1st District, Toledo, OH


Cashier: 09/21/2017 - Present
WalMart Superstore, Holland Sylvania, OH
• Receive payments by cash, check, credit cards, vouchers, or automatic debits. Issue receipts or change due to customers. Package groceries and insure that there is adequate change at cash register at all times.

Collections Center Conversationalist: 01/2016 – 02/2017
AllianceOne, Maumee, OH
• Manage, negotiate, and collect delinquent accounts in a fast-paced, inbound call center.
• Answer inbound telephone calls of delinquent clientele to obtain payment commitments and bring resolution to unpaid accounts.
• Communicate with individuals by telephone.
• Negotiate and recommend action on accounts based on information gathered.
• Obtain confidential information while accurately updating computer files while conducting each call.
• Demonstrate effective skip tracing techniques through programs and policies implemented by AllianceOne.
• Ensure compliance with industry regulations and client specific procedures.
• Follow and maintain compliance, quality assurance, and client specific standards on all accounts handled.
• Decisions expected: Resolutions to consumer accounts following client guidelines and all rules and regulations.
• Recommendations Expected: Recommendations for ways to improve client experiences, along with organization efficiencies.

Education Consultant: 2007-Present
Education Matters IV, Chicago, IL
• Evaluate/assess educational level of learners (St. Patrick of Heatherdown).
• Provide instructions, lessons, and teachings relative to the power of positive thinking.
• Motivate and give Life Skills Training in group and one-on-one sessions.
• Clients have included: Radio Personality, Author, Magazine Publisher, YMWFC CEO

Language Trainer: 2015 – Present
Cartus Corporation, Perrysburg, OH

• Cartus Corp. is the premier provider of global mobility management and workforce development solutions serving corporate, government and affinity markets.
• Through its industry-leading outsourcing, consulting, intercultural and language training, Cartus Corp., helps the mobile workforces of organizations of all sizes achieve success worldwide.
• With more than 60 years of experience, Cartus Corp. helps clients achieve cost reductions and enhances service performance to accomplish their organizational objectives.

Virtual Dean/Substitute Teacher/ParaProfessional: 2010 – 2015
National Heritage Academies/Winterfield Venture Academy, Toledo, OH
• Under the supervision of Principal, Dean, and/or classroom teachers the Virtual Dean provides assistance to a student or group of students who are in need of behavioral intervention services.
• Under the supervision of a classroom teacher the paraprofessional provides instructional assistance to students in need of academic intervention services.
• The services provided by the paraprofessional leads to a significant growth in the fall to spring testing and assessment scores of the students. Paraprofessionals have a personal character/knowledge of and the ability to assist in teaching reading, writing, or mathematics (and other academic subjects).
• Sub-teachers have good personal character and should also have knowledge of and the ability to assist in teaching reading, writing, or mathematics (among other subject areas).
Title One Teacher: 09/2013 – 01/31/2014
Star Academy Charter School, Toledo, OH

• Support the school’s Title 1 program by offering content and instruction that ensures student achievement.
• Maintains the school philosophy that values continuous learning for adults tied into student learning and other school goals.
• Scaffold the use of multiple sources of data collection to analyze barriers to student achievement and to access, identify and apply to instructional improvement.
• Sustains all efforts to provide opportunities for the community to be involved in student and school success.
• Assists, as a consultant, in determining the academic abilities of all students, as defined by the current grant specifications and to assist in identifying those needing special help.
• Works primarily with children identified as most at-risk of failing to meet high educational achievement standards as defined by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), and provides educational instruction consistent with Title 1 and NCLB provisions.
• Participates, as a consultant, in individual case conferences as requested. Identify student reading, writing, math, science and social studies skills. Monitor most at-risk student’s progressive learning skills. Documents suspected student learning deficiencies and supplementary learning activities and diagnosis results. Supplements, as an instructor, the existing curriculum through collaborative planning with classroom teachers and/or specialists. Supplements, as an instructor, and/or provides individualized, small group and whole class instruction to meet academic needs.
• Investigates, as a resource consultant, and recommends to the staff varied instructional materials to supplement curriculum, including, but not limited to textbooks, reference works, manipulatives, trade books and audiovisual aids.
• Upon request of school personnel, as a colleague, observes instruction in elementary classrooms to assist in improving instruction. Administers, as an instructor, assessment (formal/informal) to contribute to student profiles, as needed. Maintains professional competence through in-service education activities as outlined in the Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP). Identifies student needs and cooperated with other professional staff members in assessing and helping students solve health, attitude, and learning problems.
• Organizes, as a parent liaison, and facilitates workshops/activities (Paragon Night) to increase parent involvement in the school. Demonstrates exceptional classroom techniques which include: the art of questioning, clarity of assignments, communication in large and small groups and with individual students, an atmosphere of mutual respect, independent thought and expression, student and teacher experiences. Share responsibility for professional, cooperative staff relations and for out-of-class activities important to operation of school. Identify and participate in professional development opportunities.
• Display pride in being a member of the charter school team by displaying positive behavior and fully participating in the school culture. Attend faculty meetings and participate on committees as requested. Work with Head of School (HOS) to ensure building security and implement Emergency Response Plan. Adheres to all procedures and policies as outlined in the Employee Manual.

Science Education Coordinator: 2012
University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
• Responsible for working with the faculty members and community resource people in the creative process of grant writing and facilitating the implementation of grants already funded: UT3 Noyce/$1,045,213-National Science Foundation; IMPACT/$937,261-Dept. of Education; IMAGINE/$749,000-Howard Hughes Medical Institute).
• Serve as a liaison among the science education faculty and the science education program and science education lab.
• Provide support with recruitment of participants/graduate students for grant funded programs.
• Responsible for overseeing and facilitating educational outreach efforts.
• Assist with undergraduate student science organization.

PBS Instructional Coach: 2012
University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
• Professional facilitator with expertise working with teachers in Toledo Public Schools, Monroe County Schools, and Toledo Catholic Schools teaching inquiry science curriculum.
• Informed in development of plans to create a network of support within each of the school districts; and provided guidance/support to Teacher Leaders in implementing the plans. Visited classrooms throughout the academic year. Assisted teachers with overcoming roadblocks and with review in meeting deadlines for Project Based Science (PBS) implementation.
• Focused on inspiring teachers to enact change through inquiry-based science instruction by providing ongoing support both in and outside of their classrooms.
• Counseled with project director, Principal Investigators, scientists, and staff to assist Teacher Leaders to improve science education making it relevant to students throughout the incorporation of PBS (linked to renewable energies industry and its environmental impacts).
• Planned and facilitated weekly online professional learning communities during evening hours.
• Assisted district Teacher Leader in creation and implementation of professional development workshops running on selected Saturdays throughout the academic year engaging camaraderie.
• Advised teacher plans and implementation of Family Nights (focused on renewable energy topics and PBS). Contributed to other areas of the grant: work with business liaison to connect school community to business and industry; planning and implementing aspects of Summer Institute.

ABLE Instructor: 2011 - 2012
Owens Community College - Toledo, OH
• Manage ABLE classroom according to Student Experience Model.
• Establish a friendly, supportive classroom atmosphere conducive to adult learning.
• Develop and use lesson plans in the classroom.
• Assist students in development of their individual learning plans.
• Practice diverse teaching strategies to accommodate students’ learning styles.
• Use basic technology in the classroom to enhance student learning.
• Assess, monitor, and track students’ progress.
• Maintain appropriate student documentation and submit monthly reports to Manager as scheduled.
• Submit monthly summary reports to Director.
• Attend staff meetings.
• Maintain teaching schedule.

Substitute Teacher: 2010 – 2015
St. Patrick of Heatherdown – Toledo, OH
• Consultant: Kindergarten Screening ~~ Hearing/Vision; Speech/Language; Social Skills/Body Awareness; Fine Motor Skills/Academic Skills; Gross Motor Skills
• Instruct classrooms of children K-8.

Instructor/Substitute Teacher: 2009 - 2015
Winterfield Venture Charter Academy - Toledo, OH
• Instruct classrooms of children K-8. Also, children with learning disabilities/emotional disorders.

Instructor/Substitute Teacher Archdiocese of Chicago: 2000-2007
Children of Peace-Holy Trinity School, Chicago, IL
• Instructed classrooms designed with inclusive and differentiated learning environments.
• Instructed educational programs for deaf and hard of hearing children.

Substitute Teacher: 2000-2007
Chicago Public Schools/State Certificate Information: #1639309/Type 39, Chicago, IL
• Instructed on a day-to-day basis.
• Followed lesson plans to educate students in central geographic area (Region 3); creatively communicated with Bi-lingual classrooms without the assistance of a certified interpreter. Instructed special education and emotionally challenged population students.

Instructor: Summer 2004
Marconi Guglielmo Elementary School, Chicago, IL
• Instructed Math and Literacy education in small groups.
• Administered and scored Math diagnostic assessments; conduct regular student assessments; communicated with parents/family.

Education to College (ETC) Coordinator/Tutor: 2001-2004
Malcolm X College, Chicago, IL
• Coordinated activities of the Tech Prep Program (TPP), which included, and was not limited to, providing direction and consultation to High School students. Primary focus was to assist students with bridging the gap from High School to College academia life.
• Provided leadership and determined the direction of plans for technical and vocational education programs.
• Responsible for Board Report to governing agency and submission of Fiscal and Mid-Year Report concerning Tech Prep annual functions. Increased the summer graduates in the TPP program from previous years.
• Participated in College Bridge, and Consortium Partners Committee.
• Participated in Business Advisory Council - Crane Tech Prep Common School; Business Partners Advisory Council - Manley Career Academy High School.
• Tutored Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Educational Development (GED) students in the subjects of English (100,101,102), Reading, Speech, Behavioral Sciences and Humanities.
• Tutored Latino students in English as a Second Language (ESL) program.

TECHNICAL SKILLS: Microsoft Word/ Microsoft Excel/PowerPoint/ Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) software.


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