About Kate's Experience
Kate Hackett, Maryland native and California resident, is the founder and president of Kate's Tutoring. She graduated with honors from an elite school in Maryland in just three years and then did it again, graduating cum laude from Boston University in just three years with a Bachelors in History and an academic scholarship.
Ms. Hackett has over 15 years of tutoring and teaching experience with thousands of hours of both one-on-one and classroom teaching. She has worked as a private tutor, test prep coach, and classroom teacher coach. She specializes in the SAT, ACT, ISEE, and SSAT test prep as well as a bevy of academic subjects. Ms. Hackett particularly enjoys teaching English and history, is a member of the American Tutor Association, and holds a teaching certification from the state of California.
In 2012, after many years working for leading test prep and tutoring companies, Ms. Hackett decided that individual programs designed specifically for each student mattered so much more than all of the "cookie cutter" approaches the larger companies took.
She struck out on her own and founded Kate's Tutoring, where she has been able to make the most of her personal teaching philosophy: one size definitely does not fit all.
Ms. Hackett emphasizes creativity in the learning process, which makes sense given her background in the performing arts. It helps her connect with many different students and find new and different ways to approach problems or questions. She really believes in developing a friendly rapport while pushing students' minds to analyze for themselves. Bottom line: your kid will enjoy the session AND make improvements.
Kate is a licensed and certified teacher with the California Teaching Commission, CTC #120563373. She is a mandated reporter and has updated fingerprinting / LiveScan certifications.
When she's not teaching, Ms. Hackett lives with the best dog in the world (sorry other dogs), two cats, and sometimes foster kittens. She enjoys hiking, camping, swimming, reading, and writing. As of March 2020, her sessions have moved almost exclusively online.
Why Choose Kate's Tutoring?
1) I'm an expert in my field. I have been tutoring for nearly fifteen years and have over thousands of hours of tutoring under my belt.I graduated top of my class with honors at both my high school and the illustrious Boston University. My scores on the SAT, ACT, AP tests, and subject tests have been near perfect or perfect. I know these subjects.
2) I am creative, conscientious, and a stickler.
Creative: I pride myself on being able to adjust and connect with all students. Part of being a great teacher is being able to adapt lessons to individual students. It's also one of my favorite parts of teaching; I can listen to my students and adjust ideas so they better understand a subject.
Conscientious: We work together thoughtfully and thoroughly. I care about your child's work being done well as much as I care about her enriching her education.
Stickler: While I am absolutely personable and promote fun during our sessions, I also know when I need to be tough -- so you don't have to!
3) I am a lifelong student. The world is ever-changing and, fortunately, so is our understanding of it. I seek to never stop learning, never stop wondering, and I'm happy to say that I don't think I ever will.
4) Your success is critical to me. Unlike large tutoring companies, my size means that your happiness -- and your student's success -- matters tenfold to me. You will never get lost in the shuffle here, you KNOW who your tutor is every single day, and I take pains to be there above and beyond for all my clients. I know my services are not cheap -- but they are designed to be worth every penny.