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Leonardo R.

Doing what I love: teaching, training, interacting with people.

Tampa, FL (33614)

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I just retired from the army after 28 years of active and reserve military service, so now I have time to do privately what I did for the army for so many years: teach and train people. I love the Spanish language and culture, and it is my culture. I was raised and educated in that culture and language so I know it intimately. For many years I presented seminars in Spanish in Central and South America as well as the Caribbean on many subjects to adults of all ranks, from the youngest to the general officer level or government ministers, professors, students, etc.

I hold a Florida teacher's certification for Spanish. My Bachelor's degree is in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico, and I hold minors in History and French (naturally all of these studies were done in Spanish, except the French and English classes). I continue to challenge myself by continuing my French courses. I am presently (since 1993) a licensed stock broker and financial advisor, which is my other passion and area of expertise. I would love to help you get your license as a broker and see you help folks get ahead financially in this tough economic times. As you can see, my true love is to teach and to interact with people. My style of teaching is completely interactive so that we can constantly exchange information and learn, and with great variety, so that it never gets boring or tedious, as sometimes we tend to think about learning. This tutoring for me is not a job; it is a passion, just another way I do what I love - teaching, advising and interacting with people. If this sounds like what you want, hope to hear from you soon.

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History:
European History, World History
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English:

ASVAB

I am a retired U.S Army officer; retired in 2010, after 28 years of service. I served in support of the Navy and with the Marines. I can help pupils with their preparation for the ASVAB, which my son and step-son just took and scored 86 and 89, respectively. My step-son is now serving in the Air Force and my son decided to be a doctor first (cross your fingers). I can also help them prepare to pass the physical fitness tests and achieve the proper height/weight standards. But what I can do best is pass on to them my experience and knowledge about the services, so they can make a much more informed decision about joining and which service to join.

ESL/ESOL

I have being taking English classes since I was 6 years old, all the way to the second year of college. It ranged from the basics, of course, to grammar, phrases, and literature. Some of the requirements for graduation were to write poems, essays and opinions on novels or scripts and the history of literature in the United States, Spain and Puerto Rico. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Political Science with minors in French, Spanish and English. I have been teaching English as a second language (ESL) for over 2 years now. It started with a friend and fellow teacher's request to teach 2 Spanish-speaking small business owners which wanted to speak English fluently to communicate with their customers. They are the ones who have inspired me to add this subject here at WyzAnt to give others the opportunity to learn with me. They were very satisfied and are doing better in their businesses. What they like the most about my lessons is that I don't teach using boring grammar, verb conjugation and other ineffective school methods. I add to their vocabulary, follow a dialog-based English-teaching method, emphasize conversation over writing and I especially explain to them, in Spanish, the origin and meaning of the many American phrases. They constantly hear these phrases and understand the words, but not the meaning. We use lots of phrases in the USA and not knowing them is knowing only half of the language and not understanding important parts of the culture. I also tell them and explain parts of the culture they have questions about. A Spanish immigrant's point of view is very different from other culture's views. I know it because I am from that culture too, but I am also part of this one. Having said that, I am more than willing to teach folks from other cultures and languages, such a Russian. Main reason I emphasize teaching Spanish speakers is that I also speak the language. But I can also read and/or write French, Portuguese and German, so I might be able to help a bit there too. Hope to hear from you!

Finance

PRINCIPLES OF FINANCE. I am presently (since 1993) a licensed stock broker and financial advisor, which is my other passion and area of expertise. I would love to help you get your license as a broker and see you help folks get ahead financially in this tough economic times. But I also have been tutoring University of South Florida (USF) students in the "Principles of Finance" class. I have been using the CFIN2 book by Beasley as the text book. The best way I help finance students is by explaining how finance works, making sense of what the book says. By having a better understanding of how it works in real life, explained by a person that works in one of the finance fields, you get to understand it instead of just memorize data or having a foggy idea to just pass the tests. I also help with the online quizzes with the same objective, so that you understand and know the subject, not just pass.

Series 7

I am a stockbroker and have been licensed, series 7, since 1993. In 1994, I got my insurance license which allows me to provide advice on annuities, life and health insurance in the state of Florida. Shortly after, I took and passed the series 63 license, which allows me to work in all fifty states of the union. So, as you can see, I have been improving my skills and knowledge ever since I left active duty with the Army. I continued my service in the Army as a Special Operations Reserve officer while getting the licenses mentioned above. That tells you about my discipline, methodology and tenacity in achieving goals. So, I bring you experience as a veteran broker, the methods to achieve your goals and the selfless desire to help you get your broker license and start a tough, but rewarding career as a stockbroker or financial advisor. I am experienced in: preparing financial plans, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), UITs, stocks, bonds, compliance, mutual funds, basic options, annuities, life insurance, and many other products. The series 7 test is one of the longest and hardest tests in the country. It can take a whole day, morning and afternoon, and the stockbroker’s manual used to be one volume and last I looked it was two volumes now. I studied for a month straight, every day, to pass it. But I did not have any experienced person helping me. I just took a two-week course with a broker and several sample tests until I scored over 70% and felt ready. Very few people take the test only once and pass the first time; it is common to take it several times. I passed the first time. Hope to hear from you soon. Let’s do it.

Spanish

I teach children and adults of all ages. My youngest students are a 3-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, my oldest was about 65. Most of the rest are high school teenagers and adults. My method is simple and straight forward: it is tailored to your needs or your child's needs. If you wish to become fluent in the language in a certain amount of time, we develop a plan that is flexible but should achieve your goal in the available time. If all you want is for your child to get better grades, pass a class or other more limited goal, then we develop a simpler plan to achieve that. What I don't do, is to follow routine school methods which use grammar and verb conjugation exercises which are boring, ineffective and usually a waste of time. My intent is to help you achieve goals, not teach once a week and hope it works or does something for you or you kid. Learning another language depends a lot on having a talent for languages. If it isn't there, then we just work a bit harder, but it is always achievable if you are willing and give it a realistic effort. Hope you try, let's learn!

TOEFL

I have being taking English classes since I was 6 years old, all the way to the second year of college. It ranged from the basics, of course, to grammar, phrases, and literature. Some of the requirements for graduation were to write poems, essays and opinions on novels or scripts and the history of literature in the United States, Spain and Puerto Rico. I hold a bachelor's degree in Political Science with minors in French, Spanish and English. I have been teaching English as a second language (ESL) for over a year now. It started with a friend and fellow teacher's request to teach 2 Spanish-speaking small business owners which wanted to speak English fluently to communicate with their customers. They are the ones which have inspired me to add this subject here at WyzAnt and to help folks with their TOEFL, to give others the opportunity to learn with me. They are very satisfied and continue to meet me once or twice a week for lessons. What they like the most about my lessons is that I don't teach using boring grammar, verb conjugation and other ineffective school methods. I add to their vocabulary, follow a dialog-based English-teaching method, use a balanced approach between conversation, writing, listening and reading. Also, very important, I especially explain to them, in Spanish, the origin and meaning of the many American phrases. They constantly hear these phrases and understand the words, but not the meaning. We use lots of phrases in the USA and not knowing them is knowing only half of the language and not understanding important parts of the culture. I also tell them and explain parts of the culture they have questions about. A Spanish immigrant's point of view is very different from other culture's views. I know it because I am from that culture too, but I am also part of this one. Hope to hear from you!

World History

History is by far my favorite subject in terms of reading, watching documentaries and discussions. I hold a minor in World history and European history. Ever since I graduated I have continued to read history, especially military history, to complement my military career.
History is important because it provides you with a perspective and understanding of present events not available to those that do not know history. In teaching or tutoring history I concentrate in summarizing historical periods and providing a clear understanding of events, causes and consequences so that those who want to know, can do so easily and in the shortest possible time. I don't concentrate on specific dates or events, but on general periods and on explaining the importance of events and historic periods.

Writing

I hold a bachelor's degree in Political Science, with minors in languages (Spanish, English, French) and History. As you can imagine, you have to write a lot and very well to graduate in political science and history, not to mention languages, since most of the tests are general questions answered usually by very elaborate essays. I also served, for 28 years, as a military officer until my retirement in 2010. As such, writing is a skill without which one can't survive, let alone thrive. It is quite common to write personnel reports, at least one per subordinate per year, and sometimes several. An officer is also expected to prepare briefings, all types of presentations (using PowerPoint, excel and word), and training materials. We also attend some sort of continuing education and training, usually every two years, which also implies writing reports, briefings of several types, operations orders, plans and other forms of writing. The officer is also expected to be able to do so in Spanish and English. So, I believe that I can help most folks in becoming proficient writers, while still following their own style of writing, which we all have. I also write poems, in Spanish and English, in case you are interested.

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Education

UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO

University of Saint Mary, Austin, Texas (Graduate Coursework)

Great Help Leonardo really helped my daughter get a better understanding of a Spanish assignment. She was completely lost after her regular teacher's instructions and then Leonardo cleared up the confusion. Thanks ...

— DIANA from Tampa, FL on 2/19/14);

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