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I have been working in the field of education since 1986. During this time, I have worked as a K-8 elementary/middle school teacher (covering all subjects Language Arts, Math, History, Science, etc.), K-12 Spanish teacher, college-level Spanish and teacher education professor, K-8 principal and high school assistant principal in both public and private schools. I have also served as a student teaching supervisor for some local colleges and done private tutoring in the areas of Spanish, English, Reading, Writing, Elementary grade subjects, and computer/technology for a variety of companies and individuals, as well as having worked with ESL and ENL students, teaching and working with them on their English speaking, reading and writing.
I hold a BA degree from a major university, in Spanish and education, an MS degree, and have completed additional graduate work in secondary and elementary language arts/math, computer/technology education, Spanish and English. I am licensed to teach in 5 states, including Indiana. I work full-time during the school year as the department chair and lead Spanish teacher and as the world literature teacher at a high school in Indiana, and I work part-time in the evenings teaching at several major universities. I have traveled to Spain, Africa, Mexico and Portugal.
I am married and my wife is an English teacher and published author. We have three children; our oldest son, who is a special needs person, currently lives in a group home, our daughter is a junior in college, and our youngest son is a junior in high school.
I coached high school baseball for 4 years as a varsity assistant coach. I won 2 sectionals and a regional championship. I had one student drafted straight from high school into the major leagues. I have also coached summer league teams and umpired as well.
My background at the elementary level includes 5 years of teaching all subjects at the K, 2nd, 4th and 6th grade levels as well as an additional 5 years of serving as a K-8 building principal, in which I had to oversee the delivery of instruction, supervise and evaluate teachers and help them to improve, if needed. In addition to my undergraduate degree, I hold an advanced degree in elementary and secondary school administration, and have completed additional graduate level courses in elementary reading, language arts and math. Furthermore, I have also taught graduate level education courses at various universities to students who either wanted to become teachers and/or were teachers working on improving their skills.
Jeff gets the Golden Apple — The Golden Apple is given to the teacher of the year in college. Jeff K is an excellent teacher who has made studying the Spanish language exciting and rewarding. He individualized my lessons, instructing me in areas in which I was deficient. .Prior to working with Jeff I could make simple sentences using the present and preterit tenses . Now my sentences are complex and I find that ...
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