Why I tutor/mentor: I derive great pleasure in helping others develop their skills and talents, overcome obstacles and achieve goals. I have traveled in Europe, Southeast Asia and, of course, America. I lived and studied in Florence, Italy, for a semester while in college. Afterwards I traveled throughout Europe and the calmer, safer parts of the Mideast (Israel and Egypt). In between careers, at the ripe old age of 30, I took a 6-month sabbatical and traveled throughout Southeast Asia. I am married to a lovely woman from Sweden. I am curious about the world, about different cultures and I very much enjoy meeting and helping people.
What makes me an effective tutor/mentor: I am 53 years old. I have a lot of life experience. I grew up in Dallas, Texas, went to college in Los Angeles and began my career in New York City. I have been a banker, an acquisitions guy for a film company, started my own business and been involved with commercial real estate. The common thread in all of these experiences is my interaction with people in a client service capacity. This requires active listening and providing solutions to problems and obstacles. Much like a tutoring relationship. I have enjoyed exposure to many different people and ideas. So, while I have specific job-related skills to bring to your table (or your child’s), these are accompanied by many “soft” skills (see below).
What makes me an effective service provider: I am focused on living a life of accountability, authenticity, compassion and generosity. This sounds good, and I am not perfect. But I am aware. Aware of the many layers of a person’s life, and how they might interact with and support (or inhibit) one another. This is especially true for children. My own upbringing has taught me the impact of a child's sphere of influence in their personal development. If I can provide a positive force then I have served my clients well. My understanding of sensitivity to a person's sphere of influence is an integral part of my toolkit and success.
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