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Kevin G.

Albany, CA

$47/hr

Credentialed Teacher Specializing in Reading and Math

Background check passed as of 2/12/14
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Credentialed Teacher Specializing in Reading and Math

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Over the last seven years I have worked as an educator in a variety of fields and instructional settings. These experiences make me a qualified tutor for a variety of students.

As a paraprofessional at an elementary school in Davis, CA, I enjoyed working with students who had special academic and social needs. Developing relationships, modifying coursework for each individual student, and infusing course content with their interests made this role very rewarding. This job required unique problem solving within the inclusion program in which students with special needs were mainstreamed in general education classrooms. It gave me a lot of experience working with students who have special needs.

After earning my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from CSU Sacramento, my wife and I moved to Washington, DC, where I began working with an education non-profit. The Literacy Lab allowed me to use my skills and content knowledge to improve their programs when working with small groups of students. After a year serving as an Instructor, I was soon in charge of training other instructors and managing school-wide programs in high need urban school and shelter settings. My role as an instructor also allowed me to pilot a program for 5th grade math students struggling with word problems.

I also spent a year in DC working with 9-10th graders on all subjects as a tutor, but particularly spent a lot of time working on math because I have a strong background from high school and college.

I have recently relocated to the CA bay area and am considering pursuing a masters degree with the longterm goal of working as a speech and language pathologist in an elementary school setting. In the mean time I would love the opportunity to use my talents to continue to help students succeed!

My instructional style is fast-paced with lots of short activities that help students feel accomplished, productive, and engaged in their learning. I love to incorporate quick game activities related to academic goals to keep lessons interactive and fun! I have a strong background in the arts - music, drama, and film - and love to incorporate those disciplines into my lessons when appropriate. Intrinsic motivation helps students to see the progress they are making, so I like to include activities that are measurable and can be graphed to show students their growth and improvement in a visual way to help keep them motivated.

Testimonials

"Great tutor with sophisticated interpersonal skills!"

- Anne, Berkeley, CA on 11/30/14

"Very smart and patient teacher"

- Holly, Alameda, CA on 3/11/14
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra
English:
English, Grammar, Reading,
Vocabulary
Computer:
Video Production
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics,
Special Needs
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th),
English, Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading,
Study Skills
Corporate Training:
Grammar

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential for the state of California. Before earning my credential, I spent 3 years working with special needs students as a paraeducator in an inclusion program. These students were mainstreamed in general education classes at an elementary school in Davis, CA. After earning my credential, I worked as a literacy instructor with students K-8 in Washington DC. After doing that for a year with an education non-profit, they promoted me to coordinator and then again to program director. In these roles I was in charge of training other tutors to work with elementary age students on their reading.

Film

My BA is in technocultural studies, which is a fancy way of saying film studies at UC Davis. There I focused on film production and took courses on cinematography, editing, screenwriting, soundtracks, and the various software that coincide with these disciplines. I also took several college courses on film theory, which involved writing about existing films.

In addition, I have worked professional as the writer, director, cinematographer, and editor for filmed public service announcements for the Albany Unified School District. These videos covered topics from bullying to drug use and were for middle school audiences.

Phonics

While earning my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at CSU Sacramento, I was lucky enough to have Dr. John Shefelbine, who was responsible for writing part of the CA standards on phonics and literacy instruction before Common Core, as my literacy professor. He was the reason I would pursue literacy as a focus in DC.

In Washingon DC, I worked as a literacy instructor with students K-5 focusing on phonics with regard to phonemic awareness, decoding, fluency, & comprehension. After working for a year with an education non-profit in that role, I was promoted to coordinator and then again to program director. In these roles I was in charge of training other tutors to work with elementary age students on their reading. I lead professional developments on phonics for all tutors with the non-profit as well as developing curriculum for two literacy education websites.

Reading

While earning my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at CSU Sacramento, I was lucky enough to have Dr. John Shefelbine, who was responsible for writing part of the CA standards on phonics and literacy instruction before Common Core, as my literacy professor. He was the reason I would pursue literacy as a focus in DC.

In Washingon DC, I worked as a literacy instructor with students K-5 focusing on phonics with regard to phonemic awareness, decoding, fluency, & comprehension. After working for a year with an education non-profit in that role, I was promoted to coordinator and then again to program director. In these roles I was in charge of training other tutors to work with elementary age students on their reading. I implemented professional developments on phonics for all tutors with the non-profit as well as developing curriculum for two literacy education websites.

Special Needs

My Multiple Subject Teaching Credential for the state of California is a CLAD certified credential which included coursework about teaching exceptional children and those with special needs. Before earning my credential, I spent 3 years working with special needs students as a paraeducator in an inclusion program. These students were mainstreamed in general education classes at an elementary school in Davis, CA. This included modifying and adapting coursework in all subject areas with elementary aged students with a variety of special needs and circumstances.

I also spent one year working as a High School tutor where I worked with a Sophomore with special needs on math, science, and English.

Video Production

I have worked professional as the writer, director, cinematographer, and editor for filmed public service announcements for the Albany Unified School District. These videos covered topics from bullying to drug use and were for middle school audiences.

My BA is in technocultural studies, which is a fancy way of saying film studies at UC Davis. There I focused on film production and took courses on cinematography, editing, screenwriting, soundtracks, and the various software that coincide with these disciplines. I also took several college courses on film theory, which involved writing about existing films.

UC Davis
Film Production
CSU Sacramento
Other

Education

UC Davis (Film Production)

CSU Sacramento (Other)

Great tutor with sophisticated interpersonal skills! — I have been really impressed with Kevin's work with my 16 year old. He is quite skilled in assessing the interpersonal issues that are part of the tutoring experience. He was careful to foster trust and positive feelings about the tutoring with my son who was very resistant to the idea that he needed a tutor. Not only is he skilled in teaching/tutoring, he has a sensitivity that is vital. I fe ...

— Anne, Berkeley, CA on 11/30/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $47.00

Cancellation: 10 hours notice required

Travel policy

Kevin will travel within 20 miles of Albany, CA 94706.


About Kevin

Over the last seven years I have worked as an educator in a variety of fields and instructional settings. These experiences make me a qualified tutor for a variety of students.

As a paraprofessional at an elementary school in Davis, CA, I enjoyed working with students who had special academic and social needs. Developing relationships, modifying coursework for each individual student, and infusing course content with their interests made this role very rewarding. This job required unique problem solving within the inclusion program in which students with special needs were mainstreamed in general education classrooms. It gave me a lot of experience working with students who have special needs.

After earning my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from CSU Sacramento, my wife and I moved to Washington, DC, where I began working with an education non-profit. The Literacy Lab allowed me to use my skills and content knowledge to improve their programs when working with small groups of students. After a year serving as an Instructor, I was soon in charge of training other instructors and managing school-wide programs in high need urban school and shelter settings. My role as an instructor also allowed me to pilot a program for 5th grade math students struggling with word problems.

I also spent a year in DC working with 9-10th graders on all subjects as a tutor, but particularly spent a lot of time working on math because I have a strong background from high school and college.

I have recently relocated to the CA bay area and am considering pursuing a masters degree with the longterm goal of working as a speech and language pathologist in an elementary school setting. In the mean time I would love the opportunity to use my talents to continue to help students succeed!

My instructional style is fast-paced with lots of short activities that help students feel accomplished, productive, and engaged in their learning. I love to incorporate quick game activities related to academic goals to keep lessons interactive and fun! I have a strong background in the arts - music, drama, and film - and love to incorporate those disciplines into my lessons when appropriate. Intrinsic motivation helps students to see the progress they are making, so I like to include activities that are measurable and can be graphed to show students their growth and improvement in a visual way to help keep them motivated.

Testimonials

"Great tutor with sophisticated interpersonal skills!"

- Anne, Berkeley, CA on 11/30/14

"Very smart and patient teacher"

- Holly, Alameda, CA on 3/11/14
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Education

UC Davis
Film Production
CSU Sacramento
Other

Education

UC Davis (Film Production)

CSU Sacramento (Other)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
10 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Albany, CA 94706

Kevin’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra
English:
English, Grammar, Reading,
Vocabulary
Computer:
Video Production
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics,
Special Needs
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th),
English, Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading,
Study Skills
Corporate Training:
Grammar

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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