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Having worked towards a Ph.D in Educational Psychology, I am a firm believer in matching a student's learning style with the instructor/ tutor's teaching style. Through having taught at the college level and the high school level, I can readily assess how a student learns best, i.e., visual learner, tactile learner, or auditory or a combination of these learning styles. Once I determine the student's learning style, I can easily adapt my teaching style.
In addition, I raised three sons, as well as two step children, whom I love as my own: each as different in their learning styles as their personalities, which are reflected today in their adult careers and lives: one is a family man and CEO of a software company in Ohio; one is a confirmed bachelor and manager of a ski resort shop in South Lake Tahoe, who spends his time mountain biking, skiing and playing music in a band; the other is a graduate of a culinary arts school and an excellent sous chef; my step son holds a Masters in Supply Chain Management and is quite successful here in Michigan, and my step daughter is the international marketing director for a company down South.
One son also had learning difficulties, which stemmed from having been hit by a car as a young boy, so I know what it takes when cognitive loss is a factor.
In addition, being a father of a blended family of five, and grandfather of seven with another arriving soon, I understand children and teens and thus demonstrate patience, kindness and a sense of humor to help with any frustrations, angst or lack of confidence.
I am also an accomplished IFR private pilot, married over 21 years to a now retired high school teacher and love of my life and am a member of the American Legion, Toastmaster's International and an area church member. I am an enthusiastic life long learner and can help students feel good about their accomplishments and self-worth while teaching valuable learning skills while tutoring in keeping with a paraphrase of "Give others a fish, and they can eat once; teach them to fish, and they can feed themselves for a life time."
I have completed all of my coursework for my PhD in Educational Psychology with a focus on child and adult development. Besides knowing the subject matter, I also understand the motivation behind adolescent learners.
I taught Marketing education for 32.5 years with Toledo Public Schools. My students won many State and several National awards in the youth group DECA.
I taught BASIC programming at Owens community College as well as Word Perfect, DBIII, and misc application software
Having been a member of Toastmasters throughout most of my 32 year teaching career, I utilized the skills learned in these groups to teach students in DECA to compete at the State level in Ohio in public speaking competitions, role playing scenarios and marketing/ promotion simulations. I had many students win at the State level and qualify for Nationals. In addition, I was the MC for over 30 years for an American Legion post, trained teams in Success Motivation and its subsequent public speaking program, as well as coaching several marketing employees to be able to deliver speeches at Grand Openings, Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies and Award Banquets. I am patient, give excellent constructive criticism and can help people to build confidence, as well as to identify their audience and shape their presentation accordingly.
I used Quickbooks to run a foreclosure company for 4.5 years. We utilized it for payroll, invoice tracking, and tax reporting.
Having taught Private and Public Education for 32.5 years on Secondary and Post-Secondary Levels, promoting study skills was second nature to me.
I have done all work associated with obtaining a Ph.D in Educational Psychology; thus, I am proficient in writing at all levels as required by the intensity of such a program. Likewise, I have taught Business English for over 30 years, which meant I taught students how to revise, how to proofread and how to write well.
Bowling Green Stae University
Bowling Green State University (MBA)
University of Toledo (PhD)
Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00
Cancellation: 24 hours notice required
Gary will travel within 40 miles of Brooklyn, MI 49230.
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