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Gary D.

Hi, I'm Gary, Teacher of English, History and More in New York City.

Nashua, NH (03060)

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Hi all,

I am a very hard-working and diligent teacher who is skilled at discovering and understanding student learning problems and in helping students to sharpen their study skills by teaching them to apply specific strategies.

I can travel if need be but I can also tutor online-discounted prices would usually apply-and I can also meet students and parents at Manhattan libraries, such meetings also available for discount off my published prices.

As a professional writer, English teacher, reading/writing teacher and literacy specialist, I am able to quickly diagnose student reading and writing problems and set them on their way toward adopting more efficient learning styles. Modeling is a very important aspect of my teaching. I show how to do something, then guide the student in doing it, then let the student do it herself. It's basically the strategy of: "I do, you watch. You do, I watch. You do." I am results orientated and I engage every student in setting goals and guide them toward achieving them.

I have taught all levels from k-12 in Manhattan over my 13-year teaching career. I have two daughters who excel in their high school work. I also am tutoring a Columbia University graduate student in the English language and have taught ESL (I am not certified in ESL though) in various NYC high schools. My certification is in English but I also have taught quite a lot of history courses. Additionally, I can teach most subjects from k-8.

I received my BA in English and in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts, my MA in Literacy (teaching degree) from Touro College in Manhattan and had course work at Harvard University and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

As a journalist, I wrote news copy for 12 years before my teaching career and ten of them were spent specializing in court news for about 30 Boston-area news organizations.

My students in the city like working with me because they know I am extremely persistent, firm when I need to be and I demand results and get them. This earns their respect.

I hope you will give me a try.

Best,
Gary

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Gary’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Criminal Justice, ESL/ESOL, General Computer, Grammar, Microsoft Word
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, GED, Regents, SAT Reading
Homeschool:
Business:
Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
History:
American History, Classics, Criminal Justice, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Political Science, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Language:
Science:
Ecology, Nutrition, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Word
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Reading, SAT Reading, Vocabulary, Writing

ACT English

In New York City high schools over the past 12 years, I have specialized in teaching students how to write great essays. I can assist your child in obtaining good scores on this college entry test which focuses on Punctuation (13%), Grammar and Usage (16%), Sentence Structure (24%), Strategy (16%) (how well topic is developed), Organization (15%), and Style (16%).

My abundant experience in teaching Regents English in NYC has shown me quite convincingly that students do much better when they know how to take a state test and when they know, generally, what aspects of their learning will be tested.

I will teach your child how to be ready for this important exam.

ACT Reading

In New York City high schools over the past 12 years, I have specialized in teaching students how to interpret text to find central themes, conflicts, insightful nuances, and to compare/contrast characters when the genre is fiction, all of which enables a student to have a basis to write a great essay. I can assist your child in obtaining good scores on this college entry reading test.

My abundant experience in teaching Regents English in NYC has shown me quite convincingly that students do much better when they know how to take a state test and when they know, generally, what aspects of their learning will be tested.

I will teach your child how to be ready for this important exam.

American History

Although not certified to teach history in New York I have taught Global and US History over several years in NYC public schools and have helped numerous students to pass the state regents tests in Global and US History. I actually have the college credits to become certified in history but have not done so because I primarily teach English.

Art History

Art history is a subject that involves students studying the art and art movements of the past and the political and cultural forces that shaped such as the Renaissance, Neo-classicist or post modernist eras.

I took studio art classes at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in oil and acrylic painting and figure drawing, two terms of 19th Century European Art at Harvard University, art appreciation courses at other colleges and I also continue to draw and paint. I live across Central Park from the MET and go there whenever I get the chance.

Classics

Classics refer to the art, music and literature of the ancient world and the modern world. Studies in classics generally refer to literature. A literary classic, for instance, usually is a novel that has "stood the test of time" such as Tolstoy's "War and Peace," Shakespeare's "The Tempest," or Dostoyevsky's "The Brother's Karamazov". The classics are the great books in world literature.

In college, I took several author courses including Beckett, Joyce, Shakespeare, Major British Writers, Major Russian Writers. I have also read extensively in the classics including: The Illiad and the Odyssey, The Peloponnesian War, The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire, and biographical accounts of Aristotle, Socrates, Julius Caesar, Marcus Aurelius and many others. I have read all of Dostoyevsky's books, several of Gogol's and Pushkin's and most of Tolstoy's including "War and Peace" twice.

Criminal Justice

Criminal justice is about the study of criminal law and procedure preparing one for a career in law enforcement. Students prepare for this career by studying forensic science, court procedure and police work.

As a journalist I specialized in state and federal court coverage in Massachusetts for ten years and covered thousands of criminal court cases including 500 murder trials. I have conducted mock trials in my high schools classes. I wrote and had published about 7500 articles relating to criminal trials and pretrial proceedings. I covered superior court, federal court and appellate court proceedings. I also had daily access to any of the 80 assistant district attorneys at the Middlesex County Courthouse in Cambridge, Mass., knew various judges some of who invited me into their chambers for "chats," and was able to gain quick access if necessary to the district attorney and, at times, the attorney general.

Elementary (K-6th)

Elementary k-6 is a course of study that leads to certification to teach at these primary levels. K-6 teachers need to be able to teach basic math, English, geography and history and various other subjects.
I have taught at all levels k-6 in the New York City School system. During the year 2000, my first year teaching in NYC, I substituted nearly every day at elementary schools in the East Village, Lower East Side, Chinatown and the Upper West Side. Mostly I taught kindergarten through grade 4.
My responsibilities were to read in groups, do guided reading, and monitor students when they were reading independently. I most always would have a writing assignment along with the reading. I usually had my own lesson plans. Additionally I would conduct basic math and science lessons-some schools had science teachers-and I monitored (and played sports with) students while on the playgrounds.
Later I taught seventh grade at a very good Upper West Side school, and also later taught social studies to 5th and 6th graders at what is often considered to be one of the best elementary schools in the city. My Masters of Science degree from Touro College in Manhattan was in Literacy, k-12, which consisted in a rigorous curriculum focused on diagnosing and repairing reading problems in k-12 students.

English

I have been an English teacher in New York City for 12 years, having taught Regents English for three years. During this time I have developed a host of strategies in trying to assist students to excel in English Language Arts. The best one that I am aware of is to know the students' strengths and weaknesses in the subject. I specialize in writing because, along with writing usually comes a fair amount of research, at least at the upper grade levels. Thus reading and writing almost always go together. Writing compositions well and being able to research information and properly use that information by sourcing and crediting authors is an extremely valuable skill. It is basic to performing well in all other subjects, in my opinion, and provides a child with the best tools to tackle other academic projects. I also have taught in the classics of world literature. To me classics refer to the art, music and literature of the ancient world and the modern world. Studies in classics generally refer to literature. A literary classic, for instance, usually is a novel that has "stood the test of time" such as Tolstoy's "War and Peace," Shakespeare's "The Tempest," or Dostoyevsky's "The Brother's Karamozov". The classics are the great books in world literature. In college, I took several author courses including Beckett, Joyce, Shakespeare, Major British Writers, and Major Russian Writers. I have also read extensively in the classics including: The Illiad and the Odessey, The Peloponnesian War, The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire, and biographical accounts of Aristotle, Socrates, Julius Caesar, Marcus Aurelius and many others. I have read all of Dostoyevsky's books, several of Gogol's and Pushkin's and most of Tolstoy's including "War and Peace" twice. Please contact me and I will help your child to excel in the study of literature.

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL is an area of concentration involving the teaching of English to students whose first language is not English. Although not certified in ESL, I have had ESL programs during several years of my teaching in NYC including a full program during my first year in 2000 at a junior high school in Manhattan (Grades 7 and 8), and again in 2011 when I had three ESL classes, grades, 9-11.

Additionally, I have had ESL students in perhaps all of my classes in NYC over 12 years. I have been very successful in ESL programs and use online programs as the basis for teaching ESL students. In addition, a NYC English or ESL teacher must prepare ESL students to pass the state ESL tests. I have been very successful in helping ESL students to pass the state tests.

European History

I took graduate courses in European history at Harvard University. Currently, I am about to have published a novel about resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland during World War II. I have taught Global and US History (I have the credits for New York State certification in history but have not applied for certification as I am certified in English)in New York City high schools and middle schools. I also frequently include history in my English curriculum. Please give me a try tutoring your child and I believe you will like the results.

General Computer

I have taught general computer hardware and software skills to my high school students for a number of years. Using technology is central to my teaching. Students know better than most teachers that using technology well is critical to their futures. They are generally enthusiastic about learning anything new about computer technology. I have taught students over a dozen years how to use Google Documents to write, store and rewrite their essays; Adobe tools to annotate and interact in visually colorful ways with their writing while saving all of their annotated drafts; using search engines to research as precisely as possible what they need to find; to set up basic web sites; use of Microsoft Office programs such as Word and Excel; using email attachments to streamline work, communicate with other students and with their teacher; and to use ESL and other online web sites such as Regents test Prep sites to enhance their learning. Please contact me and I will try my best to help your child to learn these critical skills well.

Best,

Gary

Literature

I have been an English teacher in New York City for 12 years, having taught Regents English for three years. During this time I have developed a host of strategies in trying to assist students to excel in English Language Arts. The best one that I am aware of is to know the students' strengths and weaknesses in the subject. I specialize in writing because, along with writing usually comes a fair amount of research, at least at the upper grade levels. Thus reading and writing almost always go together. Writing compositions well and being able to research information and properly use that information by sourcing and crediting authors is an extremely valuable skill. It is basic to performing well in all other subjects, in my opinion, and provides a child with the best tools to tackle other academic projects. I also have taught in the classics of world literature. To me classics refer to the art, music and literature of the ancient world and the modern world. Studies in classics generally refer to literature. A literary classic, for instance, usually is a novel that has "stood the test of time" such as Tolstoy's "War and Peace," Shakespeare's "The Tempest," or Dostoyevsky's "The Brother's Karamozov". The classics are the great books in world literature. In college, I took several author courses including Beckett, Joyce, Shakespeare, Major British Writers, and Major Russian Writers. I have also read extensively in the classics including: The Illiad and the Odessey, The Peloponnesian War, The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire, and biographical accounts of Aristotle, Socrates, Julius Caesar, Marcus Aurelius and many others. I have read all of Dostoyevsky's books, several of Gogol's and Pushkin's and most of Tolstoy's including "War and Peace" twice. Please contact me and I will help your child to excel in the study of literature.

Reading

I can help your child to greatly improve his/her reading skills. I received a Master's Degree in Literacy, k-12, from Touro College in Manhattan several years ago and have since then worked with hundreds of students to improve their reading/writing skills, both struggling and gifted students. In addition to high school students, I have worked with very young students from k-2 and am especially skillful in captivating their attention while having them participate in the reading. I have extensive experience in diagnosing reading and correcting problems. I hope you will give me a try.

Regents

"Regents" refers to the New York State tests that high school students need to pass at at least a 65 in order to receive a "regents" diploma. These tests, passed with a 65, are considered to indicate the minimum educational level of achievement that a student needs to attain to graduate.

I taught Regents English at the School for the Physical City in midtown Manhattan for three years, substantially improving the school's scores for each of those years. In the last year, I had an 87% passing rate. When I began as the school's Regent's English teacher, the school had a 43% pass rate in the previous year. I am very methodical in my approach to the Regent's test and try to make sure that each of my student's understands how to take the test and how to prepare for it.

I also helped prepare students to pass the Global and US History Regents over five years that I worked at the School for the Physical City in midtown. I taught English and history at SPC during each of those years.

Social Studies

I have taught social studies - primarily U.S. and global history - for several years in Manhattan high schools, have written an historical fiction novel - Comrade Anna - and am in the process of publishing the first in the trilogy called "Jack" - a coming-of-age novel in antebellum Charleston. As an English teacher, I often combined the study of history with my literature courses. Although I did not ever seek a New York social studies or history certification, I do have the credits to get the certification.

Writing

I have authored some 10,000 articles during my news career in the Boston area and am the author of several adult novels and children's books. Since the year 2000 I have been teaching writing on a daily basis at all levels and at various schools in Manhattan. I can help your child to score significantly higher on the state English tests at any level. Most of my teaching has been at the high school level-three years of 11th grade English Regents-and I have a demonstrated achievement in significantly increasing the ELA state scores in each of the three years that I taught regents English. My teaching is strongly based in the use of technology. As a published writer for many years, I bring strong skills to my teaching. I also was the supervisor/facilitator at a high school in midtown Manhattan for the school newspaper and magazine. Grant me an opportunity to work with your child and I think you will like the results.

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Education

Amherst University of Massachusetts (English Journalism)

N.Y./Touro College (Master's)

Harvard University Extension School (Graduate Coursework)

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Standard Hourly Fee: $70.00

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Gary will travel within 5 miles of Nashua, NH 03060.

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