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David A.

Vallejo, CA

$30/hr

Competent, Experienced, and Caring

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As an experienced multi-subject classroom teacher for 14 years, I often devised effective one-to-one strategies for my students. Students learn in a variety of ways, and I am interested in helping them to discover their own potential. I have been successful in combining encouragement and support with solid academic skill development.

Some of the qualities that I feel make me personally suited for teaching/tutoring include: a genuine interest in providing positive educational experiences for others; a belief that my role as a teacher/tutor can make a difference in a student's life; a desire to facilitate a student's learning; an ability to draw on my own life experiences to enrich presentations; keen observational skills and an ability to provide meaningful feedback; and strong organizational skills that promote good preparation and presentation of educational material.

I obtained a B.A. degree in Liberal Arts/Music, and an M.A. in Counseling and Guidance. I also obtained a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (CLAD), a Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential, and a certificate in ESL.

Math:
Prealgebra
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
Art:
Theatre
Business:
Public Speaking
Test Preparation:
GED,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading,
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ADD/ADHD

Many of my classroom students had diagnoses of ADD/ADHD, and I successfully captured their attention and devised learning experiences for them.

Aspergers

I have worked successfully in the classroom with students who have been diagnosed with Aspergers, devising plans that both interest the student and promote learning experiences.

Dyslexia

From my own experiences with dyslexia and learning how to compensate successfully in my academic programs, I feel I can relate to other's dyslexic experiences and assist them in developing good skills.

Elementary (K-6th)

I taught successfully in K-6 classrooms for 14 years, facilitating individual student's learning in a variety of academic subjects: math (including pre-algebra), Language Arts (English), social studies, and science.

Elementary Math

I taught elementary math to grades 4-6 for many years. The content included all basic math functions, geometry, and prealgebra. It is especially interesting to guide students through "word problems," extracting essential information and putting it into logical and understandable mathematical formats.

English

I taught English/language arts to students for many years. Content areas included reading comprehension, grammar, syntax, vocabulary building, writing exercises, and spelling. I believe it is essential to start with the student's strengths and expand his/her competency from that point.

ESL/ESOL

I have a certificate in teaching English as a second language and have worked successfully with groups and individuals of various backgrounds, ethnicities, and levels of competence. In classroom settings, I successfully integrated English language learners into mainstream teaching, building confidence and competence.

GED

As an experienced classroom teacher and a tutor 1:1, I am capable of facilitating a student's learning in math, Language Arts (reading and writing), history, and science. I am interested in expanding a student's knowledge in subject areas, as well as preparing them to pass standardized tests, such as the GED.

General Music

I taught general music classes for several years in the public schools. I am a pianist, singer, and musical director.

Grammar

I am interested in improving student's grasp of grammar through direct usage in speaking and writing (improve as you work). As a student, having studied many foreign languages, I have a solid grasp of how students learn and apply grammatical structures.

Literature

I began reading at the age of five and have never stopped. Every evening, I read for at least an hour, alternating the classics with other literary forms. I hope to instill and inspire students to read every day, starting with something they find of interest (such as a short story or essay), then expanding into other longer forms (such as a novel).

Music History

I majored in music in college and took courses in music history. I am also a performing classical musician very aware of music styles and eras.

Phonics

I taught in public school elementary classrooms for many years and phonics study was a part of all Language Arts programs.

Piano

People keep mentioning to me that they always wanted to learn to play piano. Or that they played as a kid and want to try again. Or that they could use someone to give them some solid musical direction and encouragement to elevate their current pianist skills.

So, here’s my response: I am an experienced and caring teacher and LOVE working with students of all ages. I was a music major in college and have worked as a pianist, teacher, and collaborator for many years in NYC and California, in both classical and popular-music realms (no rock music). I will offer you individualized lessons at an extremely reasonable price.

Prealgebra

I taught math for several years to classroom students, including basic functions, geometry and pre-algebra. It was especially gratifying to be assigned the pre-algebra students when students were grouped by ability. Watching a student grasp a concept and apply it was a great joy.

Proofreading

It is essential that students learn to accurately proofread what they write, since even the most brilliantly written piece loses impact when it contains grammatical, structural, or spelling errors. I have proofread materials for decades, from student essays to doctoral theses.

Public Speaking

As a former public school classroom teacher, I taught public speaking and debate in all of my Language Arts classes. I have spoken before many different groups through the years. I am also a music performer, so I am aware of capturing an audience's attention and interest.

Reading

Learning to read with competence is the cornerstone of all academic achievement. The ability to organize and comprehend what is read is essential, as is learning to enjoy what is read.

SAT Reading

I have taken and successfully passed many standardized tests through the years, both as a student and in preparation to becoming a teacher. I possess the ability to accurately read, comprehend, analyze, and reason out correct answers on tests. Facilitating students in learning to perform the same tasks with great success is one of my primary tasks as a tutor.

SAT Writing

I have taken and successfully passed many standardized tests through the years, both as a student and in preparation to becoming a teacher. I possess the ability to accurately read instructions, comprehend, analyze, and reason out correct answers on tests. Facilitating students in learning to perform the same tasks with great success is one of my primary tasks as a tutor.

Social Studies

I taught social studies for many years in the public schools. I love history and geography and possess an ability to bring it to life for students.

Special Needs

I worked effectively with students with special needs in all of my public school classrooms. I have great patience and the ability to present educational concepts in many different ways.

Spelling

It is possible to improve one's spelling ability by learning to observe and analyze what is being written. There are also mnemonic devices which a student may learn to apply when writing. When writing using a word processing program, which is required even in the mid-grades of elementary school, the use of automatic spell checking is a great tool.

Study Skills

As a classroom teacher, I taught students how to read and analyze, differentiate concepts, prioritize tasks, and maximize test taking skills.

Theatre

I have worked in theatre since early childhood, as an actor, director, technical consultant, set designer, etc.

TOEFL

I have a certificate from Cambridge University to teach English to foreign students, and I have taught English to students both in the U.S. and abroad. It is very satisfying to introduce vocabulary, structure, grammar, etc. and watch students begin to use and build upon their knowledge.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary development is an essential element for a student's academic achievement. As a student progresses through the grades, into college, or into the workforce, a broader and more exacting descriptive vocabulary is essential. It is important, even in the earliest grade levels, to challenge students to choose an alternate vocabulary word which more accurately conveys meaning.

Voice (Music)

Want to sing or want to learn to sing better?

I LOVE working with voice students! Learn some solid vocal technique, music reading, song selection for your voice, singing in a foreign language, preparing an audition piece, or just have FUN! I was a music major in college (voice/piano) and have worked as a vocal coach, pianist, and collaborator for many years in NYC and California, in both classical and popular-music realms (no rock music). My lessons are individualized and very reasonably priced.

Writing

One learns to write and improve writing by writing. I encourage students to write about anything, all the time. There is virtually no profession that does not require writing as part of the work day. When one puts something down in written form, it may be referred to countless times. Therefore, it is essential to strive for a competent, coherent, and complete written product.

Concordia College
Liberal Arts Music
Oakland University
Master's

Education

Concordia College (Liberal Arts Music)

Oakland University (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

David will travel within 8 miles of Vallejo, CA 94590.


About David

As an experienced multi-subject classroom teacher for 14 years, I often devised effective one-to-one strategies for my students. Students learn in a variety of ways, and I am interested in helping them to discover their own potential. I have been successful in combining encouragement and support with solid academic skill development.

Some of the qualities that I feel make me personally suited for teaching/tutoring include: a genuine interest in providing positive educational experiences for others; a belief that my role as a teacher/tutor can make a difference in a student's life; a desire to facilitate a student's learning; an ability to draw on my own life experiences to enrich presentations; keen observational skills and an ability to provide meaningful feedback; and strong organizational skills that promote good preparation and presentation of educational material.

I obtained a B.A. degree in Liberal Arts/Music, and an M.A. in Counseling and Guidance. I also obtained a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (CLAD), a Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential, and a certificate in ESL.

Education

Concordia College
Liberal Arts Music
Oakland University
Master's

Education

Concordia College (Liberal Arts Music)

Oakland University (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 8 miles of Vallejo, CA 94590

David’s Subjects

Math:
Prealgebra
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
Art:
Theatre
Business:
Public Speaking
Test Preparation:
GED,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading,
Public Speaking

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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