Racquel W.

Racquel Ward

Educational Therapist - Reading, Writing and Phonics

Los Angeles, CA

156.80 /HR


Racquel's areas of expertise include reading and writing intervention for both fiction and non-fiction, generating ideas for writing, grammar instruction K-12, phonics instruction and guided reading.

As an educational therapist, Racquel is also equipped to delve into the social and emotional aspects of her student's education. She uses a variety of interpersonal tools to ensure students are developing healthy new work habits.

Teaching Methods

Racquel uses a variety of instructional tools to ensure students achieve their goals. Some of Racquel's tools are:
-Wilson Reading Program (phonics)
-Lindamood Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing (reading for the visual learner)
-grammar instruction via tailor made worksheets
-Reading A-Z's leveled reading program
-Common Core standards as a reference guide
-Mentor texts for writing instruction
-Google docs for writing instruction


  • Master's of Science in Teaching (MST) from Fordham University in Early Childhood and Special Education in 2011
  • Masters of Science in Teaching (MST) from Fordham University in Special Education and Teaching in 2011
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) from The New School University in Culture and Media Studies in 2009
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from The New School University in Jazz and Contemporary Music in 2009
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from The New School in Jazz and Contemporary Music in 2009
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) from The New School in Culture and Media Studies in 2009

Professional History

  • Curriculum Content Writer at Curriculet in New York City from 2014 - 2016
  • Learning Specialist at Achievement First in Brooklyn, New York from 2011 - 2014
  • Corps Member Advisor at Teach For America in from 2011 - 2011
  • International Humanitarian Law Instructor at American Red Cross in from 2010 - 2011
  • Learning Specialist and ELA teacher at Teach For America in 2009 New York corps member from 2009 - 2011

About Me

Racquel is an Educational Therapist and holds a Master's of Science in Teaching in Early Childhood and Special Education from Fordham University. She teaches children with a variety of academic and social needs. She has her permanent certification and has been teaching children for over seven years.

Racquel started her career as a Teach For America 09' corps member then went on to teach Special Education and English Language Arts in rigorous charter schools in the New York City area. She now has her own private tutoring practice in Los Angeles. Racquel teaches in-person sessions at her student's homes as well as FaceTime sessions for students who need more flexibility in their schedules.

References (4)

Gabrielle S.

15:42 PM 19/May/16

Relationship: Parent

Raquel Ward has been tutoring my son (now age 9) since Oct. 2014. My son has learned how to read, write and spell under her tutelage. She is dedicated to ensuring my son's academic success and is completely responsible for taking my son from a 1st grade reading, writing and spelling level to a 4th grade level - something the public school system could not do. She is responsible and professional, bringing with her years of teaching experience and knowledge. I highly recommend Raquel and know that anyone who hires her as a tutor will not be disappointed.

Caroline R.

15:42 PM 19/May/16

Relationship: Educator

Racquel has an incredible ability to identify scholars exact point of error and then identify how to address the error. She has a long Special Education background, which means that she effectively breaks down information for scholars--no matter how complex the material, Racquel finds a way for scholars to access it. Finally, Racquel builds strong and caring relationships with her students. When I worked with her, kids would often ask for "Ms. Ward" both for extra help but also to spend time with an adult they trusted and loved.

Rebecca P.

19:44 PM 13/Apr/16

Relationship: Educator

I was fortunate to work as a teacher alongside Racquel at Achievement First. She is one of the most engaging, detail-oriented, and effective educators I have ever met. Students love Racquel and not because she is easy on them or lets them get away with low quality work. They love her because she is tough and expects their best and therefore her really praise means something. Racquel is also highly effective because she is wonderful at tracking data and personalizing lessons for individual students based upon their needs. In her guided reading groups, she would know each student's strengths and weaknesses and personally tailor instruction to them. It was inspiring. Racquel is also extremely funny and her sense of humor and positivity have helped even struggling students love school and find joy in the classroom. I cannot recommend her as a tutor more highly and students lucky enough to learn from her will no doubt be set up for academic success.

Anna R.

11:22 AM 13/Apr/16

Relationship: Educator

I coached and supervised Racquel for many years when she taught at Achievement First Endeavor Charter School. She was an incredibly thoughtful and intelligent special educator. She motivated and formed strong relationships with her students. Racquel brings a sense of joy and humor to the classroom- and we miss her as a teacher at our school!