I have been a teacher and tutor for more than 20 years. Today, I am an Instructional Aide at a local high school, and have assisted special education and regular teachers from grades K through 12. As such, I am very familiar with course content, assessments, standardized testing, ACT, SAT, PSAT, PSSA, and the Keystone. I assist students daily in all subjects: math, physics, chemistry, English, the sciences, World History.
Additionally, I tutor college level courses in physics, mathematics, and English Language Learners (ELL): my students have been from Republic of Georgia, Italy, Mexico, Honduras, China, and Nepal.
My first career was in business as a Vice President, consultant, and trainer. During this time, I taught Business Management at the University of Wisconsin and Chestnut Hill College. I hold BS, MS, and MBA degrees. After completing a 3-year certificate in Gestalt Psychotherapy, I am a trainer in communications and motivation. I often use these skills to mediate between parents and students to get commitment to study and goals.
I describe my tutoring style as: patient, focused on reducing anxiety, willing to explain in small steps to build confidence/competence, and then working to master the content.
Student focus is essential! I have high expectations of student effort. It's up to the student to cut back on Facebook, Twitter, social media, computer games, TV, and put in the time studying! I can't do it alone! Parents must be involved in this effort. Hard work pays off!
My wife, Maureen, and I have spent summers in the Himalayas teaching English and art. The photo is me at a Buddhist School in Jharkot, Nepal.
I served as a Lieutenant with the US Army 8th Special Forces in Latin America building schools and water supplies, and am proud of my service.
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