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Michael O.

Tutor for English/TOEF/Adobe InDesign/Photoshop/Illustrator

Union City, MI (49094)

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I have a BA in English and Communications from Western Kentucky University, home of the Hill-Toppers, and received my Masters in Educational Technology from Michigan State University. In 2011, I finished my Master's in TEFL by BridgeTEFL, a division of Bridge-Linguatec. As an adjunct professor, I currently teach classes in developmental writing at a community college

I recently retired from teaching 18 years of English, literature, and graphic arts, where I was the yearbook and video advisor. I currently own a small graphic design and photography business.

In addition to English, I am also proficient in using and teaching various software applications, Adobe Creative and Production Suite, which includes Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. With my work as a yearbook adviser, I have many years of experience with desktop publishing.

I have not taught all of my adult life; I owned an athletic sales rep company for 25+ years, lived in Minneapolis, and extensively traveled the world both for pleasure and business.

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Michael’s subjects

Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, General Computer, Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Reading, Writing
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Desktop Publishing, General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Video Production
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Writing

Adobe Illustrator

Learn to create your own flyers, postcards, announcements, learn the ins and outs of Adobe Illustrator.

Adobe InDesign

For the past 7 years, I have used InDesign CS2 and now CS 5 to create a high school and middle school yearbook. I taught Adobe InDesign both CS2 and CS5 and created a student yearbook as well as some others. From the cover, introduction and contents to the index in the back I have created a number of yearbooks using Adobe InDesign.

Adobe Photoshop

Take better photos, learn to process your photos better, learn to create your own flyers, postcards, announcements, learn the ins and outs of Adobe Photoshop.

Desktop Publishing

Over the past 8 years, I was the adviser for the high school yearbook. If you have any idea the work that goes into creating a yearbook you would understand what desktop publishing is all about.

We begin with the cover, table of contents, and all of the various pages in the book. In addition, we create flyers, announcements and various other items which are mailed to student body.


Taught English with literature, grammar, writing and reading for many years.


I have a master's certification to teach English as a foreign language from BridgeTEFL, a division of Bridge-Linguatec. I have 18+ years as a native English teacher and feel I can assist non-native speakers to become better at reading, listening, speaking and writing. Please review a quick example of the beginning of a lesson plan for writing.

Lesson Type & Subject: Writing a standard paragraph essay. (Skills: Reading, Listening, Speaking & Writing)

Lesson (Student-Centered/Measurable) Objective:
How to write an essay is our objective for this class. Using the photos as writing prompts, students are to break up into small groups of twos, brainstorm and discuss the content of the photos. The students are told nothing about the photos and have to make up details about the photos. Students will create an essay about one of the photos. By the end of the lesson, students will be able to write an essay with correct structure. (remembering that ” one skill or system is ever taught separately. They are all bound up together in an integrated lesson in the classroom as they are in any natural usage of the language.”)

General Computer

For an overview of how to interface with a computer, let me help you to success. I have taught computer applications for many years and feel that I can help you in the digital age.


Learn to write better and receive better grades on your high school or college papers. With my background of over 18 years of experience in teaching English, I feel that I can help you write better.


American Lit, British Lit, Shakespeare, or World Lit are sometimes very hard to comprehend. With my background of over 18 years of experience in teaching English, I feel that I can help you comprehend literature and prepare you for better grades in high school and college.


With over 18 years of experience in teaching English, I will not only help you become a better reader but also help to prepare you to comprehend what you are reading.


Just finishing with my Master's in TEFL. With over 18 years of English teaching experience and background, I feel I am able improve your English speaking, reading and listening for comprehension as well as prepare your writing so you are able to gain success writing high school and college papers.

Video Production

Taught video class for 5 years and used Adobe Production Suite. We created a yearbook video as well as numerous other videos for class and student productions. We spent hours in creating highlight videos for our football, basketball and volleyball teams. In addition, we shot and produced a "sing-along" video.


With over 18 years of experience in teaching English and writing, I will help you prepare to write those high school and college papers.

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Western Kentucky University(Ky)

Michigan State University (Master's)

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Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

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Michael will travel within 40 miles of Union City, MI 49094.

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