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Jay P.

Oakland Gardens, NY

$45/hr

Effective Educator, Computer Consultant and Interpreter/Translator

Background check passed as of 9/25/12
Usually responds in about 6 hours

Effective Educator, Computer Consultant and Interpreter/Translator

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I have more than 23 years of aggregate experience in public education, computer support, interpretation and translation in a range of fields including English, ESL, Mandarin Chinese and math for grades K - 12, general computers and Microsoft Office, classical music, etc. I've also served as a resource for parents, colleagues and administrators in the identification of gifts, program placement and promotion and all my students in the past have been performing well in regular, accelerated and competitive programs school, city and state wide, e.g., Gericho High School, Hunter College High School, and Bronx High School of Science.

I studied engineering, English Language and Literature and French in college and have been called a true bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese by many of my revered mentors, clients and friends here in the U.S. Also to my credit is the many awards I've won when I was a student and an extensive collections of letters of commendations and recommendations, especially by a number of leading figures such as Sir Michael Tippett, Maurice Gendron, Joseph Bloch, Rudolf Firkusny, Stephen D. Krashen, Samuel Pickering, and Joseph Renzulli, to name a few.

I'm currently on assignment with children for major academic subjects in grades 2-5, 10 and 12 in a number of capacities outside WyzAnt and have a couple of openings to fill. My most recent work was in test preparation for the 2012 New York State English Language Arts and Math Tests and Reading/Writing and Math enrichment where I have consistently earned exemplary ratings from my students and parents with continued assignment based on their requests. I'm scheduled to teach the 2013 NYS ELA and Math test prep. in March.

Math:
Prealgebra
English:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
General Computer, Macintosh,
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint,
Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word,
Networking (Computer)
Language:
Chinese,
ESL/ESOL
History:
Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Corporate Training:
Chinese,
ESL/ESOL,
General Computer, Grammar, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Word,
Networking (Computer)

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Chinese

I am a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese with accomplished competencies in the "Common Speech" or official language in China, college level reading, writing and published translations. I also hold certifications from the University of Southern California and New York University. Over the past several decades, I have designed and taught Mandarin courses in grades K-12, and evaluated students to qualify for university foreign language credits. Since 2011, I've been tutoring a high school junior with significantly improved test grades and class standing. I've also recently been asked to teach Mandarin to two students in Grades 1 and 3.

Elementary (K-6th)

I held bilingual common branches certificates and have taught English, math, science and social studies for elementary grades for many years. At home I monitor and tutor my own children throughout their elementary years and beyond and have become thoroughly familiar with the curricula and relevant state tests. At present I'm also working with children in grades K-5 in an after school program in addition to teaching Reading and Math on Saturdays at the Kids College Division of a local college. Earlier this year my test preparation classes in Grade Three ELA and Math were very well received by the students and their parents based on the anonymous surveys administered.

Elementary Math

Lately I've had the great fortune to work with children on math in grades 1-3 and also teach it at a kids division of a local community college. The low teacher to student ratio affords me ample opportunity to observe the thought processes of different children and derive great insight into the challenges they face. To my great surprise how little do we teachers know about their innate intelligence, how quickly do we jump to incomplete conclusions about the great potential of these young minds, and how much more encouragement we must give to these young, fragile souls! While each student has his or her issues, there is great promise to be uncovered if we handle it with care!

ESL/ESOL

I hold a permanent teacher certificate for English as a Second Language in New York State and have taught ESL for grades K-9 and college in the U.S. for about 20 years. All my English Language learners have moved on to regular and accelerated programs city wide with some being accepted by specialized high schools and Hunter College HS in New York City and others by prestigious universities here in the States.

Not only do I have a Master of Arts degree in Education, which encompasses training in English, linguistics, and language acquisition. I also have completed Ph.D. level coursework in Educational Psychology in Gifted Education and Talent Development. My unique pedagogic approach is designed to identify and meet the needs of individual students, esp. if they are serious about learning and getting ahead.

Macintosh

I started using the Apple IIe in the 80's, moved onto the IIgs, and later, the Mac Classic, PowerMac, etc. I was the network administrator of two Apple computer labs, one K-8 school, and another junior high school, and led trouble-shooting enrichment activities school wide and used high end software for exchanges with colleagues abroad in the early days when Apple/Macintosh computers dominate the lower grades and one city school vendor used to say to me "Your reputation precedes your name." I was also in one summer trainer for integrating computers into the curricula using Macs.

Mechanical Engineering

I majored in mechanical engineering, worked for a number of years as one, and designed a ventilation system for a casting production line.

Microsoft Excel

It's been my successful experience that the best way to learn a tool such as MS Office is via the context of a task. For example, Word is a text processor via some writing. Excel is a spreadsheet via personal finances such as budgeting. Etc.

I started helping others using "primitive" versions of the above-referenced programs in the late 80's to create products, went through generations of the hardware and software until I had my own computer labs in a number of schools, collaborated with my colleagues school, city, and world wide.

I have further helped customers over the phone in a large state university in the U.S. and have boasted an extensive collection of references. I still help out a wide variety of clients, including the elderly.

Microsoft PowerPoint

It's been my successful experience that the best way to learn a tool such as MS Office is via the context of a task. For example, Word is a text processor via some writing. Excel is a spreadsheet via personal finances such as budgeting. Etc. On the other hand, MS PowerPoint combines features of both Word and Excel if one wants to create a presentation on a fun family trip across the U.S. which includes descriptions of attractions, photos, and budget information!

I started helping others using "primitive" versions of the above-referenced programs in the late 80's to create products, went through generations of the hardware and software until I had my own computer labs in a number of schools, collaborated with my colleagues school, city, and world wide.

I have further helped customers over the phone in a large state university in the U.S. and have boasted an extensive collection of references. I still help out a wide variety of clients, including the elderly.

Microsoft Word

It's been my successful experience that the best way to learn a tool such as MS Office is via the context of a task. For example, Word is a text processor via some writing. Excel is a spreadsheet via personal finances such as budgeting. Etc.

I started helping others using "primitive" versions of the above-referenced programs in the late 80's to create products, went through generations of the hardware and software until I had my own computer labs in a number of schools, collaborated with my colleagues school, city, and world wide.

I have further helped customers over the phone in a large state university in the U.S. and have boasted an extensive collection of references. I still help out a wide variety of clients, including the elderly.

Reading

Nowadays we hear all kinds of talk about so-called "poor readers." But it is my experience and firm belief that the ability to read is deeply rooted in everyone's endowment and the trick is how to draw it out. Before reading instruction takes place it is vital to understand the prospective reader's play structure and make it relevant to his or her life. The selection of materials is also critical in that once a child is drawn to a subject it is already in the process of reading and only reading makes good readers. Finally, a better reader is one who reads widely, is not restricted by the “level,” subject or genre of the material, thinks for himself or herself, and takes pleasure in putting down his or her thoughts on paper to be shared with others. Reading is not drudgery but a way of life.

Social Studies

I've taught social studies in connection with other subjects, e.g. English, math and science, etc., in elementary and middle grades in the public systems for several years. In addition, I've tutored students on the side, all of whom are doing well in regular and competitive programs state wide.

Study Skills

I've taught study skills to 6th grade students, which included goal setting, time management, note-taking, test preparation, etc. with an emphasis on critical thinking, problem-solving, comparison, critical reading and discussion, and critique/review writing. One example is that I used a news report on a topic of common interest and had my students compare reports on the same incident and find discrepancies between them and identify the causes. Later we did moot court in the classroom, dividing it into the "For" and "Against" groups and those undecided became the judges. An exercise then followed to test high order thinking skills, which ended up with a writing exercise in the form of a persuasive essay.

Writing

A good reader makes a good writer but how is "good" defined? To me, having broad interests and reading a wide variety of topics and genres may put one on the right track. But what is the "right track?" Perhaps there is more than one. If you are a critical thinker, have an open mind, and are not afraid to ask questions in search for answers, you are on your way to being a "good" writer.

Know your audience and perfect your writing by re-reading, revising, and re-writing. This is how I do and teach writing.

Shanghai University
Mechanical Engineeri
Cal. Stat, L.A.
Master's
Univ. of Connecticut
Graduate Coursework

Education

Shanghai University (Mechanical Engineeri)

Cal. Stat, L.A. (Master's)

Univ. of Connecticut (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Negotiable based on need, commute, frequency of lessons and content.

Travel policy

Jay will travel within 15 miles of Oakland Gardens, NY 11364.


About Jay

I have more than 23 years of aggregate experience in public education, computer support, interpretation and translation in a range of fields including English, ESL, Mandarin Chinese and math for grades K - 12, general computers and Microsoft Office, classical music, etc. I've also served as a resource for parents, colleagues and administrators in the identification of gifts, program placement and promotion and all my students in the past have been performing well in regular, accelerated and competitive programs school, city and state wide, e.g., Gericho High School, Hunter College High School, and Bronx High School of Science.

I studied engineering, English Language and Literature and French in college and have been called a true bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese by many of my revered mentors, clients and friends here in the U.S. Also to my credit is the many awards I've won when I was a student and an extensive collections of letters of commendations and recommendations, especially by a number of leading figures such as Sir Michael Tippett, Maurice Gendron, Joseph Bloch, Rudolf Firkusny, Stephen D. Krashen, Samuel Pickering, and Joseph Renzulli, to name a few.

I'm currently on assignment with children for major academic subjects in grades 2-5, 10 and 12 in a number of capacities outside WyzAnt and have a couple of openings to fill. My most recent work was in test preparation for the 2012 New York State English Language Arts and Math Tests and Reading/Writing and Math enrichment where I have consistently earned exemplary ratings from my students and parents with continued assignment based on their requests. I'm scheduled to teach the 2013 NYS ELA and Math test prep. in March.

Education

Shanghai University
Mechanical Engineeri
Cal. Stat, L.A.
Master's
Univ. of Connecticut
Graduate Coursework

Education

Shanghai University (Mechanical Engineeri)

Cal. Stat, L.A. (Master's)

Univ. of Connecticut (Graduate Coursework)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Negotiable based on need, commute, frequency of lessons and content.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Oakland Gardens, NY 11364

Jay’s Subjects

Math:
Prealgebra
English:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
General Computer, Macintosh,
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint,
Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word,
Networking (Computer)
Language:
Chinese,
ESL/ESOL
History:
Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Corporate Training:
Chinese,
ESL/ESOL,
General Computer, Grammar, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Word,
Networking (Computer)

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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