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Jay S.

Technology Tutor for Adobe Suite, Web, Sketchup, Microsoft Office

Peyton, CO (80831)

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My main areas for tutoring relate to technical areas of 3d modeling, rendering, and animation with Sketchup; most web and graphic technologies, focusing on the Adobe Suite of tools (especially Photoshop and Dreamweaver), HTML5, and JavaScript; and the English language (including teaching English to speakers of other languages).

I've been involved in tutoring since entering university in 1974. Graduating with an English major and Computer minor, I found I was one of the only computer specialists I knew that could spell or put together a coherent composition in English.

My students at that time were in typically secondary school and older who needed help with English composition or English literature. My most notable success was the blind girl who I helped to raise her grade in English literature. I learned a great deal from her and the process as well.

I studied numerous technical topics related to programming and computers such as Donald Knuth's "The Art of Computer Programming." I studied Pascal and used it on the latest thing of that day - a microcomputer called the Apple ][ around 1979.

Technical instruction has always been part of my work, whether written in my job description or not. Early on, I created the DECStart customer training program for Digital Equipment Corporation, writing the entire curriculum and being its sole presenter. I delivered this to small groups of 2-5 students over the course of about a six month period. My efforts were praised with the highest feedback from the customers to whom I delivered the training.

Later, I got to write my own job description, creating and heading up the Worldwide Training group at SQRiBE. I designed and then delivered training to corporate partners across the globe over multiple years. As with DECStart, I wrote the entire curriculum and all course materials, then delivered them personally. This was presented to larger groups - perhaps half a dozen to a dozen, in classroom settings. Performance ratings were gathered after every class. I received an average rating of 9.4 on 10-point scale.

In the 90s my wife and I put together a little web company called Atyzyk. We had some great successes, including creating the logo for Outlook Express for the Mac (I still have the original proposal art). I used Photoshop and Illustrator for image creation and retouching, and later added Dreamweaver.

During this period I carried on individual tutoring in web technology and the Adobe suite. It was gratifying to see those I had tutored taking on roles in the web or graphic design industry.

It was at this time I gained a Laubach Literacy certification in TESOL, applying it in the Pacific Northwest to the many immigrants in that area. Meetings were always one on one and characterized by mutual respect and cooperative tutoring.

The most fun I've had recently is using Sketchup for 3d modeling and animation. It's easy and fast and all sorts of fun. I've used it since about the time Google bought it from @Last software - perhaps 6 years or so, and am considered a subject matter expert in the product.

I have tutored several people in Sketchup, always individually, for the last several years. Sessions have been as frequent as daily. The tutoring requested has always been at the introductory level, which is just fine, and lasts less than a few months. Feedback has been universally positive, without a single refund request. I look forward to the student that wants to gain expert level skills!

Let me discuss my approach to tutoring. I offer a free consultation for our initial visit in which we can discuss approach, scheduling, location, and anything else you wish to cover. In the same vein, I will constantly work with you to make sure you are completely satisfied with tutoring sessions. If you are not satisfied, and I cannot make it right, then I will not bill you for that session.

I am always on time for tutoring sessions and expect the same punctuality from you. If you cannot make it, or are delayed for some reason, please let me know in advance and we can schedule alternate or make-up sessions. I am available to travel to the location of your choice, or we can work out a schedule that takes advantage of other meeting places as you are inclined.

It should be obvious that I have long experience and broad conversance with my fields, but that is only part of the equation. I'll continually evaluate the proper approach to make sure I am presenting ideas in a manner you can profit from. Do you thrive with audio learning? Mayhap you are a visual or kinetic learner, or some unique combination of those. All of that plays a strong role in how I will approach your tutoring.

My unofficial family motto "Just have fun with it," which is something I would hope to apply to our tutoring sessions. Learning can be a delight, and that is how I intend to approach it with you.

I hope you can enter into that spirit with me and just have fun with whatever tutoring you need and I can give. When your time and inclination combine, I'd like to hear from you to get started on our tutoring project together.

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Jay’s subjects

Corporate Training:
General Computer, Grammar, HTML, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Web Design
Homeschool:
English, Writing
Business:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
Art:
Adobe Photoshop, Photography
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Vocabulary
History:
American History
Computer:
Adobe Photoshop, Computer Programming, Computer Science, Dreamweaver, General Computer, HTML, JavaScript, Linux, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Photography, Web Design
Math:
Probability
English:
English, Grammar, Proofreading, Vocabulary, Writing

Computer Programming

I am a University graduate majoring in English with a minor in computer science (learning Pascal, FORTRAN, Basic, and Assembly language).

In my first job at TRW, my manager sat on the ANSI X3J9 committe (Pascal) and we worked together on that.

I've used programming languages in most of my jobs professionally to the present day.

Of the range of progamming languages, I have used: SQL (declarative language); Pascal, Fortran, and C (procedural languages); and Ruby and PHP (object oriented languages).

Computer Science

I have a BA degree in Computer Mathematics (major) and English (minor) from UC Riverside. I have worked as a Systems Manager/Administrator for VAX, Sun/SPARC UNIX work stations, and Windows servers in an Active Directory domain.

My experience includes scientific programming for the LandSAT program.

I have been a member of the ACM - Association for Computing Machinery - and I have worked on the team with Roger V. who sat on the ANSI X3J9 committee which defined the Pascal programming language.

I have studied computer science in some of the classics of the field, most notably Donald K.'s series ("The Art of Computer Programming") and Edsger D. (e.g. "Structured Programming").

Dreamweaver

I have used the Adobe Suite since long before Dreamweaver was brought in during the purchase of Macromedia and Dreamweaver for the last several years.

I have written several sites using Dreamweaver alone, with varying levels of success.

I currently use Dreamweaver CC and am benefiting greatly from the CSS Designer feature, which is worth the price of admission alone.

JavaScript

I have worked on web-related development since the late 1990s with extensive activity in dynamic web sites and the programming to support them - CSS, HTML/DHTML/XHTML, and JavaScript from several versions past.

My current work includes hand-coded animations in JavaScript including use of blank functions and other interesting features of the language. Work samples are available upon request.

I have read, thoroughly enjoyed, and applied Nick Zakas' book in this realm, keeping my skills sharp and up to date (Professional JavaScript for Web Developers).

Linux

I've worked with Linux since the mid-to-late 90s. Who else but a real Linux head would know who Linus Torvalds is?

My editor of choice to this day is vi (in its incarnation as VIM). Its complex regex expressions give it a power unequaled by its Windows analogs (Notepad, Wordpad, and Word) even though Word does allow regular expressions to some degree.

Scripting is far, far easier in Linux than in Windows, even with PowerShell. I've written any number of shell scripts (more Bash nowadays, though sh/ksh/bsh in earlier times) in my career, as recently as a month ago.

I have a copy of Linux Mint/Cinnamon running in a virtual machine on my desktop.

Microsoft Outlook

I have been IT director, and the entire IT staff, for a small company (about 40 employees) for the last 6 years or so.

Our corporate standard for email is MS Outlook, though we allow use of other email, calendar, and contacts clients, most notably web-based. I have supported Outlook 2003, 2007, and 2010 for Windows and 2011 for the Mac.

I think it's fair to say that I am reasonably conversant with Outlook in those versions, and am well equipped to provide troubleshooting and helpdesk-style support for them.

Microsoft Windows

I am a professional in the IT field, having worked in it for almost four decades.

I have been a power user of Windows since before Windows 95, and have supported Windows/PC users for more than the last decade.

For the last seven years or so I have been the sole provider of helpdesk/end-user support for a mixed collection of (mostly) Windows machines, some Macs, and a few running Linux. My duties included installing, configuring, maintaining, troubleshooting, and updating an Active Directory domain with about fifty desktop and laptop computer domain members.

Photography

I began with photography in the 1980s with a manual-focus manual-exposure Yashica camera with beautiful Contax glass. Much study attended the use of this lovely camera, and many rolls of film passed through it before I moved to the next thing - an automatic exposure camera.

Using a manual-focus manual-exposure camera forces one to be aware of depth of field, variations in light that require tricky exposure choices, and all of the craft of photography now handled by automated systems. These systems are certainly a help, but relying on them solely leads to ignorance of the underlying interplay of light/focus/depth-of-field/shutter-speed which can in turn lead to less control over the final image.

I opened my own studio in the mid 1980s, focusing on portraiture and wedding photography.

By then I had progressed to auto focus camera systems such as the pro model Canon EOS 1 with its magnificent EF-series lenses.

The high point of my public photographic attainment was in 1991 when I entered the Los Angeles County Open photographic contest and won first prize.

I have continued with photography, more as a hobby of late, but I also continue to teach, usually in small group or one-on-one settings.

Web Design

I have been involved in web work at various levels since 1998. My wife and I co-founded a new media (web) design firm primarily aimed at data-driven backends for web sites, in 1998 and operated it through 2001.

In that period we won contracts with, and provided the designs for, portions of UCLA (the school of Neuroscience), Thermador, LongacreRacing, GutterTongs, babylinens, idxmart and many others. Those that still exist on the web have been updated many times in the intervening decade, we are quite sure!

We created the logo for Microsoft Outlook Express 3.5 for the Mac and designed the online banner campaign for the product.

We specialized in cold fusion and ASP-based sites.

More recently we have created baptistroad, westsideplan, saxconsulting, and g-nss.com.

I am most closely involved in the creation of the HTML/CSS/JavaScript portions of sites, along with image enhancement and retouching via Photoshop. I also create and deploy video assets, mainly relying on Sony Vegas.

My more recent studies have taken me into the PHP arena.

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Education

University of California (Comp Sci and English)

Great Tutor! I am learning so much with Mr. S. His breakdown of lessons is very helpful in the learning process. He not only teaches the subject, but also the history, which is very interesting and very important. The thing I like the best is the way he checks learning. He is a great tutor! ...

— Rufus from Colorado Springs, CO on 6/26/14);

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