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Rick O.

Childhood Obesity Prevention/Rehabilitation/Motivation Specialist

Naperville, IL (60565)

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ACT English

I've been a professional writer for the past 20 years. I've written and published hundreds of articles, a half dozen books (check Amazon and Barnes and Noble), for five years served as the Managing Editor of publications for one national trade and one national consumer magazine. I was also a journalism minor in college (Northern Illinois University).

Thus, I'm well versed in English and I'd be interested in helping anyone who needs to brush up on their ACT related English skills.

Autism

During the six months I've spent substitute teaching in Naperville School District 203, most of it has been spent working with special needs kids. This includes significant time spent with autistic kids primarily at the high school and junior high level. I get along well with these kids because I take pains to convey respect for them, I can usually get them to focus, and I'm willing to be patient and to repeat things over and over again until they sink in. I find autistic kids to be an interesting challenge.

Career Development

Career development is primarily a matter of thoroughly exploring and coming to understand your self, your interests, your strengths, and how you can relate that knowledge to the market most efficiently and effectively.

Having taught and coached for 17 years of my life I've had many an opportunity to advise kids on career development considerations. In my view it's all about helping kids come to know themselves and learning how to take full advantage of their natural born strengths and interests.

Chess

During the 5 years I spent teaching at the elementary school level I was the faculty sponsor for the after school chess club, an activity that gave its participants a great deal of confidence in their ability to think and to plan strategically. It was always great fun for me as well as the kids.

Dyslexia

During the six months I've spent substitute teaching in Naperville School District 203, most of it has been spent working with special needs kids. This includes significant time spent working with dyslexic kids primarily at the high school and junior high level. I get along well with these kids because I take pains to convey respect for them. I can usually get them to focus, and I'm willing to repeat things over and over again until those things sink in. I find special needs kids to be an interesting challenge.

Elementary (K-6th)

Almost half of the 17 years I spent in the teaching and coaching profession were spent at the elementary school level. I started at the elementary level, graduated on up to junior high, high school, and the college level. But I eventually came back to the elementary school level because it had become clear to me that this was where the battle was being won or lost. By the time kids reach high school and college most kids are pretty well baked. At the elementary level however, they're just going into the oven. That's where a teacher can make a real difference.

English

My qualifications for teaching English begin with the fact that I was a Journalism minor in my undergraduate years at Northern Illinois University. Since then I've written and published hundreds of articles, a half dozen books (all are currently available on Amazon), and I also served as the Managing Editor of publications at Aquascape Designs, Inc for five years. I would look forward to the opportunity of working with anyone who needs to improve their English language skills.

Fitness

I have a BS (NIU) and a MA (WIU) in Physical Education, and I spent 17 years in the teaching and coaching profession. I've written two books on childhood obesity prevention, both of which are still available at Amazon.com. I also currently serve as President of the Pull Your Own Weight Foundation which is an Illinois based 501c3 not for profit organization dedicated to the systematic reduction and eventual elimination of childhood obesity in the US.

GED

I also have 17 years of teaching/coaching experience under my belt, and I've spent many an hour counseling kids on various topics, including those covered in the GED.

Golf

For four years I wrote copy for Dalton's Guaranteed Straight Shootin' Golf, a very successful infomercial project that sold in excess of $30,000,000 worth of golf lessons, video tapes, and clubs. This experience caused me to analyze the golf swing in detail and to understand the mechanics in a way that I never would have without it. I've also successfully taught friends to hit the golf ball "As straight as they could point," and would gladly tutor anyone who was interested in mastering these techniques.

Government & Politics

A large part of my graduate (WIU) and my post-graduate work (ASU) was spent in the philosophy department. When studying philosophy one inevitably studies politics (i.e. justice) which in turn leads to the study of government and its role in the development of society. My two favorite topics of discussion are politics and religion, despite the fact that, according to conventional wisdom, both are to be avoided.

Grammar

I was the eldest son of two teachers, and I grew up in a household that valued education. I've also written professionally for the past two decades and these kinds of experiences lend themselves to developing a good sense of grammar as well as a strong vocabulary.

Philosophy

It wasn't until I was halfway through my Masters degree at WIU that I encountered characters like Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, DesCartes, Rousseau Hume, Kant, Nietzsche, Hegel, and Sartre. But once the encounter occurred, the term education took on an entirely new meaning for me.

At this point I now contend that education without a sound philosophical foundation is a fairly shallow, disconnected, meaningless, and directionless experience. In other words education without a sound philosophical base is pseudo-education and this void accounts for many of the problems that we're currently experiencing in our modern, 21st Cenury educational system. For my money, philosophy IS education.

Phonics

I attended elementary school in the late 50's when everyone learned to decipher words phonetically. Because of this experience I'm comfortable teaching others to do the same.

Proofreading

Anyone who's done much writing knows that 90% of the work is done in the editing, polishing, and proofreading aspects of a project. That is to say, I'm most comfortable in helping anyone learn the ins and outs of proofreading.

Public Speaking

I've done a significant amount of public speaking on topics ranging from childhood obesity prevention to marketing, water gardening, and employee stock ownership programs. On these occasions I've almost always used Power Point for organizational and visual purposes. I am very comfortable helping anyone learn to confidently get up in front of an audience and to speak effectively.

Reading

I was a journalism minor in college (NIU) and I've written professionally for the past 20 years. This experience includes hundreds of published articles, and a half dozen books (check me out on Amazon or Barnes and Noble). That is to say, I'm well versed in the reading and writing of English, and I'd look forward to the opportunity to help anyone who's interested in mastering the language.

Spelling

I'd look forward to helping anyone who's interested in learning the spelling aspect of the reading and writing of English.

Study Skills

I have a BS and a Masters degree in Education which required the ability to organize, focus, and to study effectively. I'm also a strong proponent of "intrinsic motivation," a concept which I consider to be at the very heart of effective learning.

Vocabulary

I was the eldest son of two teachers, and I grew up in a household that valued education. I've also written professionally for the past two decades and these kinds of experiences lend themselves to developing a strong vocabulary.

Writing

I've written professionally for the better part of 2 decades. I've written and published a half dozen books on topics ranging from childhood obesity prevention to binary economics, animal assisted therapy to internet marketing, all of which are available online at Amazon.com. When teaching I also sponsored a "Write, Publish, and Get Paid" after school club at Jefferson Elementary in which the participants took great pride and actually made a little money. Both of my children were professional columnists growing up. Most kids can write well if they get good advice.

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