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David R.

MBA/PhD to coach writing, editing, biology, general science, business

Leominster, MA (01453)

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I enjoy working one-on-one with people who want to improve themselves. I won't do your work for you, but I will coach you so you can do it better and with greater confidence. I am passionate about learning and persistent to 'get the job done,' optimistic that we can often work better together than alone, yet realistic that we are responsible for our own results. Sometimes it just takes an objective outsider to help see how we can improve. My mother, the English teacher, emphasized integrity and accuracy in my work, which are values that have long been a part of me.

I earned BA and MSc degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and later earned an MBA and a Ph.D. in business, with a concentration in organization and management. I am also a project manager, a certified PMP who takes a systems approach to consider the 'big picture.' As a former small business owner, I appreciate the opportunity to be independent yet work as a team member.

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David’s subjects

Adobe Photoshop, Desktop Publishing, General Computer, Macintosh, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Networking (Computer), Photography
Adobe Photoshop, Photography
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Corporate Training:


After 30+ years in the business world, I turned to teaching and tutoring 5 years ago. I worked as corporate controller for a small public firm in the 1980s, where I led the conversion from One-Write [manual] to an integrated computer-based system. I prepared quarterly SEC reports as well as the usual monthly closings, but I became far more involved in operations than just accounting, so I try to tie things into the bigger picture.

I have sold, installed, and trained users in accounting software, inventory, and point of sale for more than 20 years. Most of my clients are smaller firms and individuals who have specific goals in mind when we start.

I earned an MBA and a PhD in business and am a certified project manager, so I understand business systems and how they interact. I have taught various kinds of business courses at the college level, both online and on the ground.

Adobe Photoshop

My experience dates to early Photoshop versions, but I now have CS5.5 on Windows 7, and an earlier version on MacOS. In my work I have started with high resolution digital photographs in color or black & white, applied color correction, & modified the images for inclusion in advertisements, brochures, & product catalogs. I also do 'extreme editing' to restore very old and damaged images, to bring out detail through understanding how to enhance certain tonal ranges with filters and basic Photoshop tools. My guru was a RISD grad and professional photographer, who really learned to 'paint with light.'


I majored in biology and geology [dual majors] as an undergraduate and then earned a Master's in geology, writing a dissertation on paleobotany and paleoecology. I have taught Intro to Environmental Science at the college level, and passed the national Praxis II exam for biology and general science content in 2012.

Desktop Publishing

I was deeply involved in product design and manufacturing at a firm that issued an annual product catalog and other marketing materials. Desktop publishing & digital photography replaced all that by mid 1995. I used Adobe PageMaker, InDesign, and CorelDraw to set type, design marketing materials, scan artwork, and incorporate images using laser & inkjet printers to proof jobs. In 1990, I founded a separate division to support our then-50 desktops and servers.

Today I use Adobe CS modules to perform the same sort of work, such as business cards, flyers, postcards, mailers, and portfolios to hold sales materials.

General Computer

After 25+ years in the business world, I turned to teaching and tutoring 6 years ago. Although I had programming classes in college, my general computer background really dates back to when I worked as corporate controller for a small public firm in the 1980s. I introduced microcomputers and networking over the years, and later started a consulting division of our company to sell hardware and software, install it, and train clients in many different industries. I have been working since then with people to adapt technology to accomplish more, have fun with it, and overcome fear of change.

I have been a Microsoft Registered Partner for many years. As a freelance editor relying on Microsoft Word and Excel, tutoring individuals and small groups is very natural for me. I also help folks 'clean' their computers, install and train on new software, and upgrade hardware when needed.

I earned an MBA and Ph.D. through online programs, so I have a great deal of experience with Internet issues and general computer matters.


I earned a BA in biology and geology [double major] and then a Master's degree in geology at the University of Pennsylvania. My dissertation dealt with paleobotany and paleoecology. I also worked as a research assistant and teaching assistant, and was the curator of Brown University's fossil plant collection, on loan to the University of Pennsylvania.

I have taught introduction to environmental science at the college level, and qualified to teach biology and general science at the high school level by passing the national Praxis II content exams.


When I teach introductory college courses, I seem to spend a great deal of time 'reviewing' basic English grammar. Although students often feel this is a real waste of time, they need to understand the fundamentals in order to write well. I can share the benefits of good grammar, something that I think is an exceptionally worthwhile investment of time.


I attended a Torah U'Mesorah Day School for grades 1-8. I scored 630 out of 800 on the Achievement Test in Modern Hebrew in 1970, placing out of 3 Hebrew course at the University of Pennsylvania. I studied Jewish liturgy with a local cantor for 5 years before college, who taught me to chant all liturgical prayers, as well as the Torah, Haftorah, and Megillot. I had a job chanting the Sabbath Torah portions each week for Congregation Beth El Suburban in Broomall, PA my entire freshman year in college, as well as for High Holiday services at Temple Emanu-El in Providence, RI for many years. I served as a director for 7 years and president in 2003 of the Bureau of Jewish Education of RI. I also had an Israeli-born business partner for three years, with whom I conversed in Hebrew daily.


In 1980 I redesigned our graphics department to use Aldus PageMaker [later Adobe PageMaker, InDesign and CorelDraw] on Macintosh computers to set type and design marketing materials, write copy, and even incorporate images. Once Apple released their Laserwriter series of laser printers that printed on plain paper, we replaced expensive phototypesetting with several Laser printers and never looked back! Within a few years, we generated all the artwork for screen printing and chemical etching on flat materials, such as metal plates, as well as to deep-etch glass and etch and color-fill brass plaques, nameplates, and other materials. We also scanned and digitized organizational logos that we then edited and engraved using CAD and CAM in many materials, which we programmed using laser engravers and computerized engraving machines.

In 1990, I founded a separate company division to support our then-50 desktops and servers. Our graphics department was fully networked with numerous Macintosh and Windows machines. In addition, I developed standards for incoming digital client artwork, databases for logos and color-separated images keyed to production process, procedures to estimate charges to adapt for production processes reducing quotation delays, designed templates for forms, stationery and other documents. I also developed procedures, wrote instructional manuals for image conversion from raster to vector, color separation for screen printing and CAD, and operation of computerized milling, engraving, and laser machines such as Domiteaux, New Hermes, Solustan, TLC, and Epilog using Macintosh computers. I have been training users and setting up Macintosh machines to share files, as well as repairing/replacing parts since that time.

I am familiar with many versions of the MacOS and dozens of software programs that operate on the platform. I routinely coach users and repair their systems to function within normal parameters.

Microsoft Excel

Excel is a very versatile and powerful tool for all sorts of tasks. I have been a Microsoft Registered Partner for a number of years, and often coach people to learn and better use a wide range of Excel features.

Microsoft Word

As a Microsoft Registered Partner, I have been using this outstanding tool myself for years. As a college instructor, I often see evidence that students do not understand the basics of the program, and do not realize that it is such a powerful tool, too powerful at times. There are easy ways to build templates and shortcuts, to maximize your productivity with any version of the program.

Physical Science

I majored in botany and geology, then earned a master's in geology at UPenn. I was a teaching assistant for the paleobotany course (fossil plants) and taught the laboratory part of Introduction to Mineralogy, a hands-on introduction, while a grad student. I have taught Introduction to Environmental Science at the college level. I qualified to teach this subject at the high school level by passing the Praxis II exam in 2012.


I am one of those odd people who simply enjoys helping people improve their written communications so the message will be clear and memorable. As a freelance editor, I use Microsoft Word extensively with book manuscripts and academic papers for conferences, journals, and publishers. I also comment extensively when I edit student papers in courses I teach.


If you know the meanings of more words, then you can use them to make your conversations more precise. This should lead to people understanding what you truly mean to say. People have more respect for others when they understand them. It is also important to know the differences between words that sound similar but have radically different meanings, and also to know the correct ways to use words to mean what you say.


Writing is an essential skill for practically everyone today. If you already have good keyboarding skills [they used to say 'typing'], then you need to learn how to organize your thoughts in the written form. Many people do not realize that written communication should be considerably different from the written form. I can help explain the hows and whys, and make writing a more enjoyable task. As a freelance editor, I use Microsoft Word extensively with book manuscripts and academic papers for conferences, journals, and publishers. I also comment extensively when I edit student papers in courses I teach.

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University of Pennsylvania (Botany and Geology )

University of Pennsylvania (Master's)

Capella University (PhD)

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Standard Hourly Fee: $48.00

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David will travel within 30 miles of Leominster, MA 01453.

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