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My name is Tim Potter. I hold a current California State Teaching Credential in Social Science and am a Level 1 certified tutor under the auspices of the College Reading and Learning Association (U.S.).I have ten years of regular classroom experience and sixteen (essentially full-time) years service as a substitute teacher, including long-term and semester length summer school sessions. Subjects that I have taught as year-long or semester-length (including summer session) courses include: U.S. History, World History, Sociology, and 9th, 10th, and 11th grade English. In addition, I have coached sixteen seasons of high school track & field and twelve seasons of cross country, including nine season as head coach and three league titles in both sports. Areas of personal interest in which I can claim an above average level of expertise include Creative Writing (I have two publications to my credit), Ancient Near Eastern and Classical / Medieval European History, American Frontier History, Native American History and Culture, Military History, and American, Irish, Russian, English, and Classical Greek Literature.
My tutoring method consists of the following (in order): 1) determining the level of subject proficiency expected of the student, 2) evaluating the student's knowledge / ability in the particular area to be tutored in (i.e. - determine strengths, weaknesses, and possible interests), 3) assist the student in establishing a set of goals to be achieved in the subject, and 4) working closely with the student (i. e. - monitoring, advising, reviewing, editing) as he / she performs homework assignments, carries out research projects, prepares for presentations, and studies for examinations. In addition, all graded work, tests, etc. would be reviewed in detail to see where the student may have erred or underachieved, so that those deficiencies can be rectified. Furthermore, POSITIVE verbal reinforcement and motivation (encouragement)is applied in all stages of the learning / tutoring process. In other words, the student is encouraged to believe that they can and will succeed. In my experience as both a long-time teacher and track coach this ingredient is indispensable. Some methodology (read: tactics) will, of necessity, vary to a degree according to the individual student and subject area.
As a regular instructor I taught United States History for two years (as well as World History for nine). In addition, during my 16 years as a substitute I covered U.S. History many times, frequently by request, and for multiple day assignments, both on the middle and high school levels (including AP courses). My bachelors degree is in HISTORY (English minor) and my teaching credential is in SOCIAL SCIENCE. As an undergraduate my areas of specialization within my major were UNITED STATES, Modern European, and Latin American History.
In the realm of American History my areas of expertise include westward expansion/history of the frontier (including Native American history and culture), the Civil War, and the 20th Century. One of my two published works is a historical novel dealing with veterans in Southern California during the mid 1960s to the mid 70s. My initial interest in the field was generated by a curiosity in America's past (including my family's), and my first ventures into the subject were in regards to the United States.
My name is Timothy. In addition to being an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Army, I have, split between regular and substitute teaching, 26 years of classroom experience. I am also a Level 1 Certified Tutor under the auspices of the College Reading and Learning Association, as well as a published poet and novelist. My main areas of expertise are History/Social Science and English. However, my Math skills, in regards to the sort required for successfully passing the ASVAB, are very good. On the CBEST exam (required of all credentialed teachers in California) I scored very high on the Math section (Mathematics and elementary Algebra/Geometry). As a sub I covered virtually every subject taught, grades K-12. When I took the ASVAB many years ago I scored high enough to qualify for every job in the Army (then, being young, volunteered for the infantry, airborne, and the Ranger course).
My bachelors degree is in History, but my minor is in English. My credential is in Social Science. I am currently studying to pass the last three of four subtests for the CSET English exam to gain a second credential in that field. In addition to substitute teaching every level of English from 1st grade to 12th grade AP courses, I have taught, either during the regular school year or for the summer semester, 9th, 10th, and 11th grade English. Furthermore I have published a historical novel and a poetry chapbook, and have had a number of poems printed in periodicals. I DO know my way around the English language, particularly Standard American English (i.e. -- grammar, usage, idioms, and elocution), and am more than qualified for most English tutoring needs.
I have an extensive literature background. My bachelor's degree is in History; my minor is in English. I have taught 9th, 10th, and 11th grade English for either year courses and/or semester-length summer school assignments. In my extensive experience as a substitute, I have taught every level of English from the early elementary grades through AP seniors in high school. All of these areas require knowledge of and skill in literature and literary interpretation. Greek and Roman Classical, American, British, Irish, and Russian literature are special areas of interests for me, not to mention subjects of no small expertise. Furthermore, I am a published author, with a poetry chapbook and a historical novel to my credit.
My track & field experience is extensive. In addition to competing in the sport all four years in high school (including earning two varsity letters and winning the high jump in the Angeles League my senior year), I competed two seasons for Long Beach City College lettering my second year). As a high school coach I have 16 years of experience, during which time many of my athletes became varsity league champions. As a head coach my boys varsity teams won three league titles. Several of my runners and jumpers went on to do well in college competition, including such schools as Long Beach City College, California State University Long Beach, UC San Diego, USC, and the University of St. Louis. Furthermore, I coached high school cross country for 12 seasons (three league team titles). As a recreational distance runner I have successfully completed seven marathons. I feel qualified to assist track & filed athletes in nearly every event, both filed and running.
My bachelor's degree is in History and my California State teaching credential (current) is in Social Science. In addition to teaching U.S. History and Sociology, I taught World History on the high school level for nine years (including an honors class each of those years). During my time as a substitute I taught World History (including a semester-length long-term assignment at Arcadia H.S., spring 2011) many times. World History, particularly the history of the ancient Near East (including Egypt), Ancient Greece, the Roman Republic and Empire, and Medieval Europe, is more an avocation for me than a teaching specialty. It is a subject that I have a passion for.
Clear and effective writing is a vitally inherent part of my areas of expertise (History, Social Science, English). In college and university I received "A" grades in both in my lower division and advanced Creative Writing courses. Over the last three decades I have edited hundreds of student papers and many adult writing efforts. Furthermore, I am a published author, with a poetry collection and a historical novel to my credit. I feel more than qualified to assist any burgeoning writer, be they elementary or secondary student, or college undergraduate, with improving their writing skills.
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