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Doug C.

San Mateo, CA

$50/hr

Elementary and ESL teacher with experience in USA and China

Background check passed as of 12/9/13
Usually responds in about 8 hours

Elementary and ESL teacher with experience in USA and China

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Hello! I'm a trained elementary and ESL teacher with experience in middle school math and science. I come from a family of fourteen teachers, so it's the family business. I love teaching and helping students grow in confidence and ability. I tend to use an active style with students (rote repetition puts everyone to sleep,) and am always looking for new ways to help that one student master that one thing. In public schools, I have taught pre-K through seventh grade. As an ESL/EFL teacher, I have taught from preschool to university to senior citizen classes in America and China. Drawing on my personal experience, my professional training, time spent abroad, and lessons learned from classroom time, I hope to help you achieve.

Testimonials

"Very Patient"

- Nozomi, San Mateo, CA on 5/2/14
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Prealgebra
English:
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, Nutrition, Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics, Sociology
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Russian,
Speech, TOEFL
History:
American History, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Religion,
Social Studies,
World History
Art:
Art History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL,
Physics, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
CBEST,
SAT Reading, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Russian

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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CBEST

I passed CBEST in 2006 as part of the legal requirements to become a credentialed teacher in the state of California. This means I was able to perform well in language arts, math, science, and some physical education and human development topics. I found the test to be at about middle school math level, which I taught at the seventh grade level.

Elementary (K-6th)

I hold a multiple subject credential from the state of California.

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL/EFL since college including 3 years in Asia. As a credentialed teacher in America, I have taught students from pre-K to graduate school level, focusing on reading, listening, and speaking skills. As an ESL teacher, I have taught "business English," as well as helped students with accent reduction/problematic phonemes, grammar and syntax, and idiomatic English.

Phonics

I am a trained elementary school teacher from the state of California, meaning I passed CBEST, all three parts of CSET, as well as the intense RICA test. I also have experience with curricula that emphasize phonics.

Public Speaking

I have taught more than 300 students from diverse language backgrounds to speak in front of small groups and large audiences. The styles ranged from comedic to a serious discussion of weighty matters in expository and impromptu forms. I have also given lectures courses to groups larger than 100 students.

Religion

My master's degree focused on Augustine's use of time on his "Confessions" to prove/disprove religious arguments and their temporal implications. I am familiar with the "Patristics," focusing on Augustine and his close contemporaries, as well as some of the ties to modern philosophical arguments, as well as the "Neoplatonists." Using my knowledge of early philosophical thought (and more importantly, the politico-religious importance that went with them,) I have helped students identify and grapple with thorny theological issues and create links to the rhetoric/borrowed ideas of today.

Russian

I majored in Russian, focusing on 19th/20th literature (Lermentov, Turgenev, and the Maria movement) as well as post-Soviet politics. Using knowledge from graduate courses in the subject, I performed cultural and political analysis on the post-Soviet republics for the US government.

Social Studies

As a credentialed teacher, I developed and implemented curricula from kindergarten to eighth grade. Using my background in political science, I have tutored groups from Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa in preparation for the American citizenship test. In China, I developed a course on American history and politics, including lectures to groups of more than 150 students. I have also focused on the early exploration of the western United States, with an eye towards the positive and negative effects upon local populations.

Study Skills

As an inner city school teacher, a lot of my life was spent helping students getting organized for success. Simply writing down assignments and not missing deadlines go a long way. The ability to effectively use knowledge of text structure helps students to review/comprehend weighty material in a short period of time.

Vanderbilt University
Russian and Polisci
St. Mary's College, Moraga
Master's
CSU East Bay, Hayward
Other

Education

Vanderbilt University (Russian and Polisci)

St. Mary's College, Moraga (Master's)

CSU East Bay, Hayward (Other)

Very Patient — My daughter got a great score today. Thank you very much for your great assistance and we really appreciate your cooperation! ...

— Nozomi, San Mateo, CA on 5/2/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Doug will travel within 10 miles of San Mateo, CA 94401.


About Doug

Hello! I'm a trained elementary and ESL teacher with experience in middle school math and science. I come from a family of fourteen teachers, so it's the family business. I love teaching and helping students grow in confidence and ability. I tend to use an active style with students (rote repetition puts everyone to sleep,) and am always looking for new ways to help that one student master that one thing. In public schools, I have taught pre-K through seventh grade. As an ESL/EFL teacher, I have taught from preschool to university to senior citizen classes in America and China. Drawing on my personal experience, my professional training, time spent abroad, and lessons learned from classroom time, I hope to help you achieve.

Testimonials

"Very Patient"

- Nozomi, San Mateo, CA on 5/2/14
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Education

Vanderbilt University
Russian and Polisci
St. Mary's College, Moraga
Master's
CSU East Bay, Hayward
Other

Education

Vanderbilt University (Russian and Polisci)

St. Mary's College, Moraga (Master's)

CSU East Bay, Hayward (Other)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of San Mateo, CA 94401

Doug’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Prealgebra
English:
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, Nutrition, Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics, Sociology
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Russian,
Speech, TOEFL
History:
American History, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Religion,
Social Studies,
World History
Art:
Art History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL,
Physics, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
CBEST,
SAT Reading, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Russian

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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