Are you struggling with classwork night after night and you want a better grade? Well, now you know who to call. THE GRADES BOOSTER. Me. I started out as an 8th grade country school teacher. I taught all subjects. Recently, I ran into one of my first students and she told me that I had inspired her to become a teacher. Wow! Reward enough. I always loved teaching. And I loved the kids, too. But I married a Chicago girl who didn't care for life in "the sticks", so I wound up in Chicago. Sometime later I became a copywriter at the Leo Burnett Company, a big ad agency where I wrote commercials for Tony the Tiger, Tucan Sam, The Pillsbury Doughboy, Charlie the Tuna, The Keebler Elves, The Little Green Sprout, and a lot of other stuff. They thought I was pretty good and put me in charge of some other writers. When somebody wrote a good commercial, I used to go and put a star on their door. Sure, they scoffed and ducked around the corner. But they loved it. Later, I was put in charge of a lot of creative people. About 350. That was a mistake. So I quit and went out to Hollywood to become a screenwriter. Another mistake. So then I came back to Southern Illinois where I started a vineyard and winery, but I sold it because I don't like walking sideways all the time. I also taught advertising briefly at SIU. 60 students in a huge auditorium with a lot of intimidating technical equipment. Yessir! That was not for me.
I am best at one-on-one relationships. It's a thrill to me when the "light bulb" goes on and the student "gets it". Anyway, pick out something from the following areas that I can claim to know something about and let's get started. And Thanks.
Up to 8th grade, most subjects
Writing, all kinds
Advertising copywriting, Marketing.
Literature - I was an English major at SIU and I have a minor in French. I also am semi-fluent in Spanish, which I learned in night school at Berlitz, down in Mexico City.
Photography - I did some commercial directing in my career and my son is currently the camera man on the TV show Criminal Minds so if I don't know the answer, I'll recruit him.
Art - watercolor or oil. I do a technique called encaustic where I melt bees wax and powdered paint together and paint with it. There are a lot of steps but it has a great texture and depth to it.
Thanks again, and here's looking forward to meeting you. Sincerely, Don.
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