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Hi there, my name is Alfonso. I am a published author and adroit educator with seven years of successful experience teaching English at the collegiate, secondary, intermediate, and elementary levels, including: teaching various English and Liberal Arts classes at Monroe College; tutoring students in grammar and essay writing at the Monroe College Writing Center; working as a special education teacher with a focus in English in the competitive New York City Teaching Fellows program; and tutoring students of all grades and abilities through WyzAnt, other agencies, and independently.
While English is my specialty, I enjoy working with students with difficulties in other subjects, including: mathematics; social studies; and general research. Throughout the course of my educational career, I have been afforded many opportunities to teach a wide variety of subjects, always with the same sterling results. A bit of background in that respect: I've been a member of Brooklyn Tech's Math Team; I was a mathematics major at Mark Twain Intermediate School for the Gifted and Talented; I've raised math scores as measured by standardized testing by as much as 50%; I've tutored math up to the SAT Math level; I've taught math, social studies, and science as a resource room teacher in the New York City Teaching Fellows program; I've tutored students for the Global and U.S. History Regents; I've worked in partnership with a social studies teacher at the East New York Family Academy; I was a social science major at Brooklyn Tech; and I've conducted in-depth research studies as a social science major at Brooklyn Tech, as a McNair Scholar at Beloit College, and while pursuing my MLS at Queens College.
My educational philosophy is that students learn best in a relaxed environment with a knowledgeable, creative, and amiable instructor. I tailor my lessons to the interests and inclinations of my students, while adhering to state standards and educational objectives. My goal is to obtain results, and oftentimes that requires getting more creative and fun than can be had in a regular classroom.
I work well with all types of students, including those with disabilities (given my experience in the Teaching Fellows), gifted students (as a lifelong product of gifted schools, I understand the special needs of this population), and with English language learners and recent immigrants (a large percentage of my students).
I have a Bachelor's in English from Beloit College (noted as a "College That Changes Lives" and ranked in the top ten in the U.S. in teaching by the U.S. News & World Report), an MLS from Queens College, and an M.Ed. in progress from Long Island University.
I could write more, but former supervisors, parents, and students possess an eloquence that I'm afraid I lack in regards to discussing my credentials:
"Alfonso has always conducted himself with the utmost professionalism, dedication, and dependability. He is able to bring students a wealth of experience, vibrant energy, fresh ideas, and information. He has demonstrated great expertise working with foreign students, honors students, and students with ESL issues. In addition, Alfonso had a cult-like following of students who refused to turn in their assignments unless he edited them first. It was a pleasure working with Alfonso because of his wonderful personality and friendly approach to everyone who walks in the door. He also demonstrated on a daily basis his academic ability and work ethic. Although this is an incredibly demanding and highly skilled position, Alfonso has exceeded expectation and always receives glowing reviews by his co-workers. I would highly recommend Alfonso C. for any teaching or tutoring position. His skills, professionalism and dedication are outstanding." - Lauren D., Assistant Director, Monroe College Writing Center
As a former New York City special education teacher, I had the pleasure to work with one student with ADHD. While the other teachers regularly could not control this young man, I found him quite pleasant, and was able to motivate him to do work by using creative approaches (teaching math via computer games, teaching reading comprehension through video game magazine articles). My patience, affability, and familiarity with youth culture allows me the opportunity to breach the wall that hinders many educators from being able to effectively instruct students with ADHD.
As a New Yorker I attended college at the University of Wisconsin, and then transferred to Beloit College. Using the Peterson guide, I evaluated colleges and universities on a variety of factors to find the right fit for me of an institution that was both academically challenging and within a pleasant community (both external - like Madison, consistently ranked one of America's most livable cities - and internal, like Beloit, where I had the opportunity to have the small private liberal arts experience, obtain a degree in creative writing, and work at the radio station in an "alternative" atmosphere.) I believe that I can help students find the right fit academically, socially, and financially (the evaluation of the generosity of financial aid heavily influenced my decision to choose my institutions, both heavily bestowing scholarships and grants.)
At Brooklyn Technical High School, an academically elite institution, I was a social science major. There, I took a course in Sociology. While at Beloit College, I continued my study of sociology, taking a general survey, a class in social statistics, and a number of classes on race, gender, and culture. I applied and was admitted (I declined the offer) for Ph.D. level study in Sociology at the University of Virginia and Master's level study at Portland State University.
I am a former New York City Teaching Fellow selected for work with special needs populations. I have worked at a District 75 school in New York City working with students with mental retardation, emotional disabilities, and learning disabilities. I have also worked as a resource room teacher and in collaborative team teaching settings at a mainstream middle/high school under the Teaching Fellows program where I worked with students with ADHD, learning disabilities, and emotional disabilities.
In regards to study skills, I believe that I am qualified to teach this subject for two main reasons. The first reason is my educational attainment. I obtained a 4.0 GPA in one Master's program, and a 3.89 in another Master's program, while balancing work, social, and academic responsibilities. The second reason is that the bulk of my educational career has been spent working with students who need a significant push (including as a special education teacher). I have found it important that before teaching any specific subject, it is often wise to instruct my students on the proper way to study and prepare.
Great tutor, very patient — Alfonso spent a lot of time getting to know my son. He made several suggestions to help him with his reading comprehension. Alfonso seemed to be very patient and I think it should work out well. ...
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