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Teaching more or less full time at three of New Jersey's outstanding public and private schools has given me considerable experience with middle school and high school students. I have completed the Praxis exams in social studies and English reading and writing, and have taught on a regular basis most of the English specialty areas: writing, drama, poetry, literature (American and world), the basic sciences (biology, chemistry and physics), as well as photography and art. I have experience substitute teaching IB history classes. Further, I am the author of two published novels with a subsidiary of Random House, and have lectured on writing at six graduate university writing programs. I have also counseled graduating juniors and seniors on college choices because of my extensive experience in American colleges and universities. I prefer tutoring middle school and high school students.
My first ballroom dancing experience came at age 8when I took my first lessons. A few years later, I was assisting my ballroom teacher (I was 14!) teaching younger children. More lessons, more teachers, more students for years. Then I discovered country western two-stepping, which I taught with a great partner for four years as the country dance craze swept the northeastern US. My Texas experience served me well as I taught two-stepping, the Texas waltz, the Cotton Eye Joe and other dances to eager New Yorkers and New Jerseyites. I'm still dancing and eager to help you learn the fox trot, waltz, Lindy and other current crazes.
I began playing baseball in elementary school, and continued through high school. I played intramural softball in college and played and coached for five years in San Antonio TX. I am a lifelong fan of the Brooklyn (now LA) Dodgers, the NY Mets and NY Yankees. Good at coaching, good at trivia.
As the CEO of three different companies over a 25-year span, that experience alone should qualify me for approval in the "Career Development" field. I interviewed new employees, I hired, them I fired them, I conducted their training programs. Occasionally I administered the Briggs personality test or the well-established Kuder preference test. In 2011, I attended a college counseling program sponsored by the NJ College Counselors Assn. I have been counseling mature employees and students for many years.
After attending an annual conference of the NJ College and Career Counseling Assn., I felt equipped to begin counseling high school students on their way to college. My background includes lectures in creative writing at colleges and universities throughout America: from New England to the South,from the East Coast to the West. All told more than 30 colleges and universities, which gives me some deep insights into the climate (intellectual) and student bodies of major universities throughout our country.
When in junior high school I joined the Junior Chefs Club through my high school and on into my college years I studied culinary techniques and prepared meals for my family and friends. I have edited for publishers more than a dozen cook books. My wife is a graduate of Cordon Bleu, the famous school for chefs in Paris, France. I have attended lectures at the Culinary Institute of America in Poughkeepsie, NY and publicized and promoted a fine dining restaurant in Union NJ.
I learned to cook at age 11 when my mom asked me to help her. I was preparing meals for our family with a year of her request. I still cook every day at home.
For the past five years, I have assisted an English language literacy class at Columbia HS in Maplewood NJ. I am confident I can help you become more comfortable at speaking and understanding conversational English, if that is your goal.
I am now and have been all my life an active student of film-making and movies. I have co-written and edited screenplays. My movie attendance began at age 6 with "The Wizard of Oz" and continues now via DVDs. I have visited many studios in Hollywood as an agent for screen writers.
For three years, in San Antonio TX, I was publisher of a company that produced books on legal practice for lawyers and law school. While running the company, I set up a call center to market our products. I have spent many years in public relations and advertising, analyzing market potential for products and services. I co-authored an important book on selling at retail that sets forth the principles and practices of face-to-face marketing.
I began painting in my junior high school art courses and continued art as an elective in high school and in college. Later, I took courses in New York City at the Art Students League and at the New School. I have won prizes for my watercolors. I have also studied art history, which culminated in my five years of work as public relations director for Sotheby's, the fine art auction gallery in New York City and London, England.
When I learned to read, "phonics" was the common method used to teach reading and spelling. "Run Spot, run," from Dick and Jane, my first reader, helped me master spelling. Although, it was discovered much later that I was dyslexic, a not-uncommon condition for naturally left-handed people. So, memorizing the sounds of words and committing them to memory was my way of earning all those Gold Stars on my grade school spelling tests. I still sound out the spelling of complicated words, of which there are a legion in the English language.
For the past seven years, I have taught photography in a public high school. I began my own photography hobby at age 12, with a camera borrowed from a photographer friend. Soon, I had my own camera, which allowed me to become a staff photographer on my high school newspaper. Later, majoring in journalism in college, I continued shooting film, processing it and printing it in the darkroom. I have studied the works of world-famous photographers: among them Ansel Adams, Robert Capra and the great French photographer, Cartier-Bresson.
As a TV journalist, I have worked at six presidential national nominating conventions; I have been a delegate at a state political convention; I have appeared before the NY State Supreme Court in an election matter as a plaintiff, because my opponent in a township election forged his petitions. I have been an active participant in the political process at the local level, the state and the national. I was also accepted at the Georgetown University graduate program in international relations, but was unable to attend.
As a holder of two high-scored Praxis exam results: in social studies, my score, marked "E" for excellence was 185/200; my score in the Reading and Writing test of the English exam was 172/200 (passing was 152), I am confident I can teach students how to study for a good score in any Praxis subject. I also scored high in the California teacher exam "CBEST." The Praxis is both an aptitude test and an achievement test, which sets it apart from most other tests of one's knowledge.
In high school, the speech I gave when I ran for junior class president helped me get elected. Since then, I have often participated in public speaking venues: conducting writing workshops at writers conference and at university graduate schools. For two years in college, I produced and broadcast my own radio news program. I got an A in my speech course in college. Since 2010, I have had a regular community access TV program that appears on You Tube.
From age 8 through my senior year in high school, I attended Sunday school every week; first in the Lutheran church, later in the Methodist, where I sang in the junior choir and participated in youth group activities. As an adult, I was confirmed in the Episcopal church and became a lector (reading aloud from the Bible during services). Besides Christianity, I have studied Hinduism, Judaism, Confucianism, Shinto, Islam, and Taoism. I have read widely and attended services in many of these faiths.
I scored very high on the SAT reading test. I'm sure I can help you.
After playing softball throughout my elementary and high school years, I continued the game in intramural competition in college.
Many years later, I was a player coach for five years in a church softball league. My favorite position back then was catcher, so I could see the whole field when my team was not at bat.
When I was a teenager, I was on a swim team in Connecticut and won ribbons and trophies for my achievements. My coach was a famous swimming coach at Yale University whose teams won many Ivy League championships. I have continued to swim and have competed in several Senior Olympics meets. Three of my grandchildren are carrying on my example, as well-trained members of their high school and community swim teams.
I began playing tennis in junior high school. I was a member of my high school's tennis team. I continued playing in college and regularly thereafter. I am a serious fan of professional tennis. I have worked with high school tennis players as a substitute in North Jersey for the last few years.
I performed in my first play as Hansel in 4th grade. Continued to perform through high school and into college. In 2004, a director persuaded me to return to theatre by casting me in Chekhov's "The Seagull." Besides performing (I added "The Miracle Worker" and Neil Simon's "Fools" to my acting repertoire after "The Seagull"), I have co-written screenplays and been a lifelong attendee of live theatre and film. I have also taught drama in high school.
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