The picture I posted was taken not too long ago of my sons and me. I've spent a good part of my life teaching them, my nephews and others. My oldest son has a patent pending for medical research in hearing aids (and two more being filed) while the other runs a small, but very successful, plumbing business (at age 24). While he stayed with me for a short while, I introduced my nephew to my college Japanese course and he is now student at San Jose State majoring in Mandarin and Japanese, and is fluent on both; written and spoken.
I've always enjoyed teaching. As a 16-year-old I worked with a neighbor foster kid who was going to held back and maybe put in special needs class. At the end of the summer, he passed a test and was allowed to return to his grade and continued on. I left for the service a couple of years later, but later, while on leave, I met him on the street. He enthusiastically thanked me for my help. He was soon graduating high school and had football scholarship to a local junior college. He later graduated from a major university and had a career in the military. I taught saxophone in high school and my two students, after a bit, sat first and second chair in the select band. At first the band director was uncertain of me as I had "closed book" portion of the lesson, but he soon became enthusiastic with the results. While coaching Little League, I gave free saxophone lessons to a kid who wanted to do that instead. He still plays, just graduated from college, and recently thanked me for "opening doors" for him with music. I could go on a bit more, but the point to this as that I've always tried to help a kid out. Perhaps more importantly, I've always encouraged them to think for themselves, understand what it takes to be successful at their endeavor, and to NEVER accept others' limits placed on themselves.
As for me, I am a pseudo-retired technician/engineer who has spent thirty years working and going to school in Silicon Valley (it took twenty years after high school for me to get my bachelors degree - but I did). I originally got into electronics in the Coast guard at age nineteen, hold BS degree in Computer Science, and recently finished a Certificate in Technical Writing. While I do not profess to be good at any of these things, I have won numerous company awards and bonuses over the years, primarily for creative solutions to sticky problems. I also taught scores of technicians and engineers various jobs and tasks. I used to tell folks, "It's not the machines we build today that are so important, it's the people we are teaching to build them. They will build the machines of tomorrow."
So you see, while I am new to this tutoring thing, I am not any stranger to teaching. I am starting out with the more elementary subjects to see how this works and will most likely stay there. I've always enjoyed teaching kids. They will build the world of tomorrow.
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