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I spent three years teaching ESL in Japan after completing my undergraduate studies. Since then, I have been working in information technology, teaching Sunday School to elementary age students, earning my Masters degree in Education (specialized in special education), and tutoring locally as opportunities arise. I have a passion for helping kids overcome their challenges, and helping them build confidence in their own abilities.
One of the reasons elementary students struggle with school is that teachers forget to tailor the subject to the interests of the students. I have a Master's Degree in Education, concentrating in elementary education and special needs. I do not currently teach in public school (and consequently do not have public certification) frankly because I make better money in the business world and do not have the luxury of downgrading at the moment.
I have successfully tutored elementary students of all grades (pre-K through 6) in English as a foreign language, math, reading, and writing. I aim to make lessons interesting and fun, sometimes to the point that students do not realize they are learning. You want your child to do better in school, but perhaps they've lost their motivation. I can help, and have the skill and experience to make the time enjoyable and productive.
I have been IT Director for a clothing company for many years. My daily job responsibilities include analyzing networking issues related to Cisco and Brocade hardware, cabling problems, and performance issues. I regularly use software tools provided by Praessler, Wireshark, Barracuda, and Cisco to determine the cause of issues. I have programmed libraries using Berkley sockets and have a thorough knowledge of IPv4 IETF protocols.
I have been programming with PHP since 2004. I have built several websites using Drupal and Ubercart, including the coding of themes and modules to support them. I have taught a PHP and MySQL course at the local community college for 4 semesters before other commitments forced me to lay the position aside. I am one of only a handful of PHP programmers who is Zend certified in the state of Pennsylvania.
Results from Tutoring — I was waiting until all of the test results were in to give Michael a final review. Michael tutored our daughter for about 2 1/2 months because she was seriously behind in math. Now that all of the results are in, I wanted to give a follow-up. Her SAT math score jumped a lot. She went from the 23rd percentile to the 45th percentile and after his tutoring, she was able to retake the math portio ...
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