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Kelleen Farrell and her team of tutors work one-on-one with students. Excel Professional Tutoring helps students at every grade level and with any subject. Photo by Noel Stack

From page A1 | February 27, 2013 | Leave Comment

To some, math is a mystery and science makes the brain hurt. If your child struggles with these, or any subjects, call Excel Professional Tutoring.

Owner/tutor Kellen Ferrell, a retired teacher with 21 years of experience in the classroom, and her fellow tutors work one-on-one with students, helping them fill in the gaps and find their focus.

“It makes a huge difference in the kid’s ability to succeed in school … and whether or not they decide to go to college,” Farrell said of professional tutoring, “and (it) encourages lifelong learning.”

The process starts with a free 30-minute assessment. Farrell or a designated tutor talks with the student, identifies strengths and weaknesses, prioritizes goals and evaluates the student’s homework and recent tests. They also talk about the school environment and how the student feels about his/her teacher, something Ferrell calls “a really important” factor.

From there, the tutor and the family plan a tutoring schedule. “I’m working for (the student),” Ferrell said. “It’s nice to have a relationship with kids that’s positive.”

Ferrell and her tutors don’t use “canned materials.” Their individualized lessons are based on what the student has available to them at school. They work with local teachers’ curriculum, she explained, and not against them. They also help home-schooled students.

With a Master’s degree in Math and a Bachelor’s in Biology, Ferrell primarily tutors students needing help in math and science, but she has tutors on staff who can help with any subject at any grade level. The retired teacher bought Excel Professional Tutoring in 2011. “Once I retired I discovered that I really missed kids and I really missed teaching,” Ferrell explained. “(Children and teens) are really interesting people. They have great ideas.”

Tutoring builds confidence, she continued, and it’s rewarding to help a student find that confidence and find the solutions that eluded them before. This opens doors for students, Ferrell explained, and can make a big difference in their lives.

To ensure students stay on track over the summer, Excel Professional Tutoring offers summer enrichment classes that prepare them for the next grade level. Tutors also help students prepare for standardized tests, finals and college entrance exams.Understanding the financial constraints a family might have, Ferrell offers a range of rates to fit within their budgets.

Tutors are available after school and on Saturdays. For more information about Excel Professional Tutoring call 530-622-3227 or visit


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