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Don M.

Reliable, Knowledgeable and Patient Teacher, Mentor, and Grandpa

Elkhart, IN (46517)

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As an educator for over twenty years, I have always believed that individualized instruction is the most effective way to teach. Because of this, I established a professional tutoring service nine years ago that has also focused on the "mentoring" aspects of students and their families. The need for gaining a rapport with students and their families is always on my mind, in addition to teaching concepts. I believe that it is vitally important that educators understand that the future of this great land lies with our children.

My pedagogical methods can utilize many electronic sites as well as more traditional approaches, and since I have been an adjunct professor in mathematics and English at a local community college for the past seven years, I have access to all the latest educational techniques.

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Don’s subjects

ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Finite Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English, Grammar, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary
ACT Science
American History, Criminal Justice, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Music History, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Music History
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Aspergers, Dyslexia, Phonics, Special Needs
Career Development, Public Speaking
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, English, Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics, Study Skills
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, Career Development, GED, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TEAS
Corporate Training:
Career Development, Criminal Justice, Grammar, Public Speaking, Statistics


I received a Master's Degree in Special Education (Mild Disabilities) in August 2006 from Indiana University at South Bend, which included study of methods and best practices when teaching Attention Defecit Disorder children. Prior to that honor and during my study, I taught at a residential school where I worked one-on-one with numerous ages of students with ADD and ADD/HD for approximately four years. I found the most effective instruction occurred when teaching with a computerized courseware program (closed internet system) in a lab situation. I have transferred that valuable experience to my individualized tutoring style in which I have been successful in helping students focus when suffering from the intensity of a myriad of stimuli from ADD/HD.

Algebra 1

I am currently in the thirteenth week of teaching a sixteen-week semester of an Algebra I course, so concepts concerning exponent rules, all functions of polynomials and quadrant graphing of slope-intercept form are paramount on my mind. I am sure that learning these concepts will be important for your daughter as well.


Of the most recent young men I have tutored, one Goshen High School graduate has successfully gone on to the United States Army and a Concord graduate, aiming for the Navy SEALS Program which is quite demanding, missed the cut-off by only ten points. With my experience and qualifications, I am certain that I can assist you.

Elementary Math

When achieving my Master's of Science Degree in Education in 2006 at Indiana University at South Bend, I had the privilege to work with students in a classroom in East Porter County (Indiana). During that period, I worked hard at gaining a rapport and trust with a young fellow suffering from brain trauma (automobile accident at approximately the age of your fourth-grader). We focused mainly on mathematical concepts and I saw improvement with repetitious practice. I believe that I can transfer that same knowledge to your struggling student.

Finite Math

As a mathematics professor at a local community college, I tutored individual students in understanding concepts in the course, Finite (or Applicable) Math. I utilized the software website, MyMathLab (Pearson Publishing) to teach insurance and compound interest formulas, graphing for the boardroom and various other concepts found in the workplace and consumer economics. My "step-by-step" approach (with the help of electronic aids) was well-received and highly successful.


I teach a Geometric Concepts unit in my Fundamentals of Algebra class every semester. Also, I am presently tutoring a Bangladeshi couple in these concepts:Linear and Angle theory, Perimeter, Area, Volume and Surface Area. Later, we will be working on the Pythagorean Theorem (basis for Trigonometry) and Right Triangle Theory.


I have spent the past seven years teaching Fundamentals of Algebra, and am exceedingly strong in breaking down the process of solving equations and calculating other mathematical solutions in a patient step-by step approach, which my students love.


In reading, it is important to help a child develop a system of reading for optimal comprehension. One way is the SQ3R approach that can be crafted to her developmental growth. The acronym stands for Survey, Question, Read (Actively), Recite, and Review.

Social Studies

When I began teaching in 1991, I taught Secondary Social Studies courses of World History, United States History and American Government at Elkhart Memorial High School. I was certified by the state of Indiana to teach Grades 5-12. Since then, I have also tutored high school sociology, anthropology, economics and psychology courses. My extensive experience in developmental disabilities also extended to social studies classes in the elementary grades.

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Goshen College (Music Violin)

Indiana University at South Bend (Other)

Indiana University at South Bend (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

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Don will travel within 40 miles of Elkhart, IN 46517.

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