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Gaston D.

Visualjournalist and Photo Educator

Miami, FL (33173)

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Gaston's Tutoring Subjects

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Corporate Training:
Grammar
Spanish
Sports/Recreation:
Martial Arts more »
Swimming more »
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th) more »
English
Prealgebra
Reading more »
Spanish
Study Skills more »
Special Needs:
Dyslexia more »
Phonics more »
Art:
Adobe Photoshop more »
Art History more »
Drawing more »
Film more »
Photography more »
Video Production more »
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th) more »
Elementary Math
Elementary Science
Grammar
Phonics more »
Reading more »
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Study Skills more »
Vocabulary
History:
American History
European History
Geography
Religion more »
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World History
Language:
Spanish
Computer:
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Photography more »
Video Production more »
Math:
Prealgebra
English:
Bible Studies more »
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Adobe Photoshop

As a editorial assignment photographer and visual journalist with more than 20 years' experience, I have work with Adobe Photoshop since version 1.5 as well as Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premier.

Art History

I have a BA in Communication Arts and Photography, with a foundation in Fine Arts, Design and photojournalism from both St. Thomas University and Miami Dade College. I have a large library on art, design, fine arts.

Bible Studies

Understanding the messages in the the Bible and their importance in our daily lives requires patience. I was raised Roman Catholic but consider myself non-denominational. I attend church every Sunday at even when I travel, and I have studied the Bible for years as well as finding guidence in it pages. I have attended many religous retreats including a medical mission to Guatemala in 2007.

My undergraduate education included studies in religion. My previous coursework includes:

World Religions
Christian Theology
The History of Christianity
Early and Medieval Theology

Drawing

As a visual artist and photographer who continues to learn and grow by using and combining and embracing new media, my approach is to use drawing as a way to improve communication skills. Drawing is the single most accessible form of art available. All you need to start is a pencil or pen and a sheet of paper.

Drawing provides the foundation for other creative activities - like painting, sculpture photography and printmaking. Like music it also provides a direct link with reading, writing and especially mathematics. I have a BA in Communication Arts and Photography, with a foundation in Fine Arts and Photojournalism.

Dyslexia

Dyslexic students are highly visual. For dyslexic individuals, visual thinking and artistic expression can be absolutely critical to their academic success.

I am dedicated to helping students reach their maximum potential in ways that best meet their individual learning styles. I believe all students have the ability to learn. I've always loved learning new things. As a photojournalist and martial artist, I'm constantly learning, and trying new techniques.

Having struggled with dyslexia has given me the background and motivation to work with
parents and adults who deal with these issues everyday of their lives.

Elementary (K-6th)

I am experienced in teaching children how to study and be efficient at how to study and get the material, based on how questions are asked and material expected. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Arts from St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida. The subjects I have the most fun are: reading, writing, mathematics, phonics, grammar, and social studies -- particularly history and geography.

My goal is to help students achieve academic excellence. It is important that in tutoring one helps the student progress at their own level.

Film

As a working media professional for over 30 years I created a Film and Media Arts class where students will learn about the history of movies, music, television, and the internet. Students will also learn skills that will help them master the writing and reading standards.
Today's school students are bombarded with messages, both good and bad. Now more than ever, they need the tools to help them make sense of all the information they are seeing and hearing.

Martial Arts

I began my martial arts training in Judo at the age of 12. When I was 14 I studied Shotokan Karate with sensei Saito at JKA of Miami. Always seeking more I began training in Tae Kwon Do at Choi's Tae Kwon Do and Judo School. I have studied some Jeet Kune Do, and Eskrima (Kali). About eight years ago I began training with GrandMaster Diego Perez at Better Families Through Tae Kwon Do in Miami, attaining my second degree black belt in the Jhoon Rhee system of Korean Martial Arts.

Always looking to broaden my martial art knowledge have begun studying some hapkido to apply the techniques to my tae kwon do. With the basic premise of that in a fight there are no rules. So incorporating techniques to remove a threat as quickly as possible through the seizing the initiative and using a free-flowing variety of kicks, punches, throws, joint breaks, and pressure points to exploit an adversary's natural reactions.

Phonics

I have a degree in Communication Arts and as a elementary student I was diagnosed with dyslexia and struggled with school especially with reading and phonics. I went to a tutor twice a week and was given one on one instruction.

Having this hand on experience has given me the background and motivation to work with students who deal with these issues everyday of their lives.

My teaching style is very easy going. I use a variety of materials to teach phonics. I truly believe all kids can be good readers.

Photography

I am photojournalist and commercial photographer in the Miami, Florida and a former 18 year staff photographer at the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. I was also a member of the Miami Herald´s and El Nuevo Herald's multimedia team, which helped define multimedia storytelling on the MiamiHerald and ElNuevoHerald websites.

I have created images for companies such as; The Associated Press, USA Today, Marie Claire Magazine, The Miami Herald, Time, The Ronald McDonald Children's Charities, Univision, Paramount Pictures, Warner Music Group, and Miami Children's Hospital among others.

My portfolio includes: portraiture, news, sports, architectural, food, still life.

I have a BA in communication arts and photography, with a foundation in fine arts, design and photojournalism from both St. Thomas University and Miami Dade College.

Reading

I love to read as well as working with kids. Getting help with reading doesn't have to be difficult it just requires some patients. Whether reading to a child, sharing reading, or listening to a child read aloud, there are many strategies a I can use to improve the skills of a young reader.

Religion

Religion and Philosophy are such broad subjects I have taken courses in religion, history of the church and philosophy during my undergraduate studies at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida. Religions and religious practices have always been a really fascinating subject to me and I would like to help any student learn more. I am a product of the Miami archdiocesan education from elementary through high school, and college.

Social Studies

I have always had an love for the social sciences, history, world cultures, geography and I have implemented specific memorization methods and techniques that have helped me will during my academic life. Whether students are studying for a social studies test, or researching, outlining or proofreading their history papers I can help. I have a BA in Communication Arts and Photography, with a foundation in Fine Arts and Photojournalism.

Study Skills

As an artist I am constantly thinking outside the box as well learning new techniques that I can apply in everyday life both professionally and personally. I believe all students have the ability to learn. I can help you identify your strengths and weaknesses and create your plan for success! I try to incorporate fun and engaging techniques so that each student may quickly achieve their full potential.

Swimming

I have been swimming since the age of three. I am a native Miamian who has grown up in and around water.

I am a PADI Certified Scuba diver as well as an underwater photographer and videographer.

For me water is second nature.

Video Production

As an award winning visual journalist I have created images for companies such as; The Associated Press, Getty Images, USA Today, Marie Claire Magazine, The Miami Herald, Time, The Ronald McDonald Children's Charities, Univision, Paramount Pictures, Warner Music Group, Pfizer, Zuma Press, EFE News Services and Miami Children's Hospital among others.

I am a staff photographer at El Nuevo Herald and member of the Miami Herald´s and El Nuevo Herald's multimedia team, which helped define multimedia storytelling.

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts, and Photography with a foundation in fine arts design and photojournalism.

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