As a tutor in an after school program for challenged youth in a struggling community of Atlanta, I was introduced to a young man named Harry.Harry was tall, athletic, clean cut and gracious. He was also timid, unsure, distracted and as awkward as a fifteen year old could be. Harry had been socially promoted due to his age and athletic prowess, so when we met he was in the seventh grade reading at a fourth grade level. I never thought of the words shame or embarrassment. I thought: I've got to make this engrossing, amusing, worthwhile and empowering. Harry needed to feel totally at ease in our learning environment, that he was not going to be judged or hurried and that I was totally on his side. I always assume double positions-the tutor and the cheering squad. I have a far reaching background in theater and that incorporated with literary text and human interaction is a can't miss. I also listen intently. Together Harry and I brought his literary comprehension up three grade levels in as many months. His confidence in all his scholastic endeavors soared and his father made a special trip from out of town to meet me and thank me personally. His school's guidance counselor called commenting on the change in his approach to his schoolwork. I am a dedicated, flexible, reliable, punctual, and organized team player. With rigorous, engaging, high quality instruction I reinforce learning and enable struggling students to thrive. I encourage curiosity and most of all thinking "outside of the box."
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