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My name is Alex. I love to teach & also enjoy learning from those I teach. I am a native New Yorker, who has been an enthusiastic resident of California for 2 years. I have a great wife, a ball of energy in the form of my 3 year-old son named Teddy, and a precious year-old daughter. I have Ten years of teaching experience, but I really started to educate when I was ten. My mom bought me a chalkboard & materials to "tutor" my younger brother & sister in every possible subject, from History to Science. We even made a newspaper for my parents to read covering the news, sports, movies, you name it.
I taught for seven years at New York's Tenement Museum, focusing on immigration history. I led all of the museum's educational programs in both English & Spanish. I went off-site and taught at schools for kids with disabilities. I led presentations in senior centers, did a keynote speech at a College in Pennsylvania about the importance of knowing the heritage of our country - I even taught at a prison!
I was the Social Sciences Chairperson at Catherine McAuley High School in Brooklyn, NY from 2010-2012. I taught History, Economics, Government (civics), and Law. I was also involved with extra-curricular things like the Christmas & Cinco de Mayo celebrations. I always had tutoring & cram sessions for state exams. I received a Bachelor's degree in History, and a Master's degree in Education.
I spent the last 15 months working with the Learn after school tutoring Program at both Bassett & Whittier High Schools - that is my day job. I have also spent nearly 2 years happily working as a Wyzant tutor in everything from History & Spanish, to English Lit & Religion.
And for fun: Sports (too many different sports to list),movies, chatting with friends about everything, astronomy, & writing. I'm looking forward to sharing my knowledge & time - hey, maybe we can both learn a thing or two!
During my senior year in high school, I was awarded the AP Scholar Award (for mastery in at least three honors classes). One of these classes was American History. I was one of 3 students in a school of 4,800 to receive the award.
My Bachelor's degree is in American History. Although I love history in general, American History is the most fun & interesting to me. I also taught a semester of American History (Spring 2010) at the Brooklyn College Academy in New York.
I spent an exciting seven years teaching the public & preparing my staff at the Lower Eastside Tenement Museum in New York, NY, which is all about our immigration history. I would like nothing more than to have the opportunity to tutor you in this subject that I care so much about.
I've been fascinated by the stars since I was a little kid. I was even an astronomy major during my first year of college! But, I enjoy it so much (and I don't love math as much as I love the stars)that I keep it as a beloved hobby.
Among the courses & areas that I specialized in: introduction to the solar system, general planetary science, & the very fun & exciting Search for life in the Universe.
My enthusiasm for astronomy would be a great asset if you would be willing to take me on as your tutor.
I spent two years teaching a college-level high school elective on business & personal law. Part of the curriculum that I created consisted of an entire unit of criminal law and tort law.
I showed movies, mediated fun mock trials & debates, and brought in Lawyers to talk to the class. I'll never forget the fact that two of my former students want to become lawyers, mainly because of my course.
Hire me as a tutor & we can explore the complicated, yet fascinating subject of criminal justice.
English is such a great language, especially because it has words & phrases from other languages. That's why it's fascinating, also not very easy to master.
I grew up in a household where Spanish was the main language, though I was born in New York. My parents always stressed the importance of an education & a mastery of the English language. Being able to manipulate the language in a positive way can open many doors as a college student, & as a professional.
I would welcome a chance to tutor you on the nuances of the English language.
One of the awards I received as a high school senior was the Advanced Placement Scholar award, given only to students who mastered at least three honors courses. European History was one of the courses that I excelled at.
I also taught European history for more than two years. Although American history is important, we have to look at the history of other nations to better understand what's happening in the world today.
I got it covered: from ancient man & hunter-gatherers, to the bad economic times in Europe in 2012. Let me be your guide!
I taught World History & Geography for the past two school years at an area high school. I think geography is a subject that our schools in general do not prioritize as much as they should.
So many people make fun of Americans for not knowing basic geography. I want to work with you to change minds, & maybe give you the self confidence to be able to talk with people about geography without hesitation, no matter where you are in the world.
Politics can be a very confusing & dirty game. I taught government for two years at Catherine McAuley HS in NY & used famous campaign speeches, films, & creative activities. For example, I gave my class the 1962 Alabama State literacy test which was designed to deny the right to vote for minorities. The class was blown away by the kinds of obstacles people faced in order to participate in our government. And, more importantly, this lesson is vital to what's happening today with all of the cases involving voter rights restrictions for the 2012 presidential election.
If you know enough about the government & how our political system works, you can make a big impact on the future of our country. As your tutor, I'd love to help you become part of positive change by becoming a better informed citizen.
Whether you read from a paperback or a Kindle, great literature can be as satisfying as a fun movie. And, you can use your knowledge of literature to impress others!
I have taken courses in everything from Shakespeare, Greek Mythology, & the Bible, to Female Afro-Caribbean literature, Spanish classics, & early American Colonial works. Let me share this knowledge with you as your tutor.
I spent seven years proofreading documents for the Tenement Museum in New York City. I also proofread countless essays from students as a high school teacher for two years, along with reading & grading essays for state exams in history & geography (boy, were those long days!). Nothing bugs a Professor or possible future boss more than "typos" in your essays, papers, & resumes.
I'd be more than glad to help you express yourself in writing with as few errors as possible. We all know that Microsoft Word's grammar & spell check really only focuses on spelling. I want you to be your own editor. :)
I have a ton of experience in public speaking. For seven years, I worked at the Lower Eastside Tenement Museum in NY. I spent all day giving public & private tours, both in English & Spanish. I spent almost three of those years training museum employees on presenting to the public.
I have given tours & presentations to diplomats, foreign government officials, college grad students, senior citizens in assisted living facilities, kids with severe physical impairments, young prisoners, and even celebrities (Mike Myers has a really big head, Julianne Moore's kids are great-so are Clive Owen's)I also ran workshops to help teachers make learning fun.
I was a keynote speaker during immigration week at Cabrini College (Oct.2006) in Philadelphia. And, I presented in front of 2,000 students at Lincoln Center on the topic of modern migration/immigration. I also served on a Q & A panel afterwards with a member of the U.N. Security Council.
I love to talk almost as much as I love to teach. Allow me to tutor you on the fine art of talking in front of people, & cure that dreaded stage fright once & for all!
I did not like reading as a kid; I would rather have watched a good documentary about a book instead of reading the book itself. But, once I started to pick up the habit (I started with short stories), I enjoyed it, even outside English & Literature class.
I want to aid you in the art of reading with confidence, not just for your teachers, but, more importantly, for yourself.
When I began teaching at the high school level in 2010-2011, the passing rate for the Global History & Geography NY State regents was just over 50%. Under my guidance as the teacher, the students (and the school) enjoyed an 11% increase in passing marks for the 2011-2012 regents.
It would be awesome to be your tutor & pass on a few of the tricks I learned to master Regents & state exams. As a high school student, I passed every regents with at least a 90 with one exception: chemistry (barely an 80, but I fought through it).
As an undergraduate at SUNY-Stonybrook, one of my minors was religious studies. There was a particular emphasis on the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible, or also known as the Five Books of Moses) and the origin of evil. My final 25-page mini-thesis was on the subject of St. Paul, Jesus, Adam & the Adamic Myth. It also took into account the Gnostic interpretations of Adam & Eve's fall from grace.
I also studied the Bible as a piece of great literature, putting aside its importance as sacred, divinely inspired text.
As a teacher, I spent the Fall 2009 semester at Midwood High School in New York on the subject of "other" religions, especially Islam & Hinduism.
This world is filled with truly fascinating beliefs, traditions, & religions. As you tutor, I would gladly navigate you through these complicated waters.
Learning a new language can be tough. But, as our world becomes smaller & smaller because of things like the internet, people are communicating across nations & oceans in many languages.
I grew up in a household in Brooklyn, NY where Spanish was the first language; in fact, I was sent home from Kindergarten for refusing to speak English! Although I was born & raised here in the U.S., my father made it one of his life's missions to insure I had an excellent grasp of at least two languages. He stubbornly ignored me when I spoke to him in English, only responding when Spanish flowed out of my mouth. It is due partly to his persistence, that I became a bi-lingual speaker. I also had to read a Spanish Newspaper as a "student" in my dad's Spanish class!
As a high school student, I took honors Spanish Literature, reading everything from Don Quixote to Garcia Lorca. I excelled enough to win an award as an honors scholar.
I can proudly say that I can read, write, & speak fluently in both Spanish & English.
It's always a great thing to know more than one language, & I can be the tutor to help you with that. :)
Although it can sound boring, vocabulary is important. It feels good to know a variety of words that can express a feeling or thought. This would help to build confidence in you ability to speak in many different circles, ranging from the classroom to the workplace.
And, having a big vocabulary can help you big-time when being part of an interesting conversation, or to simply keep up with another smart (intelligent, bright, perceptive...) person with a big vocabulary or who is verbose; that's a good vocabulary word right there!
World history can be boring & complex, especially when you think about all of the events that have taken place in the world just over last few weeks!
My Bachelor's Degree is in History; I've taken courses involving Russian history, Southeast Asian History, Modern African history, British History, Caribbean History, & the history of modern Spain (just to name a few).
My Master's degree is in Education with a focus on history, & I want nothing more than the opportunity to show you that history is not just about about a bunch of dead guys, old kings, & wars & battles. History can help us to understand our past so we can deal with the present; maybe we can shape the future in a positive way by knowing about what happened before.
You can also use your world history knowledge to show off every once in a while :)
Someone told me a long time ago that the key to success in school (junior high, high school, college & beyond) is the ability to write well. I took that advice all the way to Bachelor's & Masters degrees. In both high school & college, I took novel writing, short story writing, Science Fiction writing, creative writing... you get the picture. I even wrote some articles for my high school newspaper!
The ability to write well also helped me big-time in the work place. I edited & wrote programs & activities for the Tenement Museum in New York for seven years. Let me aid you in becoming the best writer you can be as your humble tutor.
Improvement 101 — I have met with Alex three times, and I am already improving in English and AP European History. In English I am able to elaborate on my my topics and analysis information. I am still working on my writing structure, but it's in the progress of improving. In AP European History the information is quite tricky, but Alex has been able to simplify and explain the information to a level of where I am ...
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