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Joseph S.

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Lake Ariel, PA (18436)

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Hi students and families,

Thank you for taking the time to review my profile. I am an eager and energetic teacher with over 15 years of teaching and tutoring experience including teaching in Special Education and in college. I've tutored and taught students from kindergarten through college as well as taught and tutored many adults.

I have a Master of Science Degree in Communicative Disorders and hold state and national certifications in education including regular and special education, foreign language, communication, and assistive technology.

I speak Spanish fluently and have traveled and volunteered professionally in Central America. In addition, I am a Specialist in Accent Modification and a Licensed Speech Therapist. I am very adept at and experienced with professional teleconferencing as well and would love to discuss the option of tutoring via the Internet if you are interested.

I am an enthusiastic and eager tutor with many different educational strategies to help you. Let's talk about what we can do together to achieve your learning goals.

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Joseph’s subjects

Math:
Prealgebra, SAT Math
English:
Bible Studies, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Anatomy, Biology, Physical Science, Physiology, Sociology
Language:
History:
American History, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Special Needs:
Homeschool:
Biology, Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Spanish, Writing
Test Preparation:
ASVAB, CBEST, GED, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:

ADD/ADHD

When a student has a diagnosis of ADHD/ADD the most affected areas in regards to education tend to be the cognitive areas of attention and memory, the communication areas of language processing and social skills, and the executive functioning skills of organization, and self-motivation. Tutoring a student with this diagnosis is based on helping the student understand what is being asked of them in their assignments, helping them organize the work, and keeping them on-track while they complete it. Although sometimes there is direct instruction and reinstruction of concepts, it is more related to the big picture of helping the student find the path they need to be on to do their work and helping them stay on it until it is done.

Anatomy

I hold a Bachelor and a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and my Bachelor of Science degree is also in Biology with an emphasis in general human anatomy and the anatomy of bodily systems related to communication such as respiration, sound and speech production, hearing, and neurology.

ASVAB

The ASVAB covers 4 domains in the areas of Verbal knowledge, Math skills, Science knowledge and Technical, and Spatial knowledge and skills and is used to help test-takers and recruiters determine potential military success and military job placements. Broad-based general knowledge in language, math, and science and specific knowledge in technical areas are what is needed for success on this exam. With my Master of Science degree in Communicative Disorders I have specific training in the aspects of language addressed in the verbal component of the exam. In addition, I have extensive experience in tutoring math, language (verbal), and science and can help you understand the intricacies of the exam process.

Bible Studies

I hold a two-year undergraduate certificate in Christian and Missionary studies, with focus on the Old and New Testaments, eschatology, systematic theology, epistology, hermeneutics, Christian apologetics and world religions.

Biology

Biology is the study of living organisms and life systems. As a healthcare professional (Speech and Language Pathologist) I have extensive training and experience in the areas of the biological sciences including structures, functions, growth, evolution, biological behaviors, and naming among other aspects.

CBEST

The CBEST is the California Basic Education and Skills Test and is a means of complying with the California Basic Skills Requirement required by state law for all new teachers (including substitute teachers) in California. The Basic Skills Requirement must be demonstrated in order to receive a California state teaching certificate from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. It is a test that measures an individual's knowledge of reading, writing, and mathematics.

I have taken the CBEST and the general education PRAXIS exams and achieved an honors score (meaning I scored within the highest percentile of the exam takers) on the PRAXIS-Elementary Education exam which compares significantly to the CBEST. I can easily tutor other potential teachers on how to achieve their highest possible score.

Elementary (K-6th)

I hold a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders with teaching certifications in California, Florida, and Pennsylvania for students K-12. In addition, I passed the Praxis 2 exam, Elementary Education: Content Knowledge with a score high enough to achieve honors from ETS, the organization responsible for creating, administering, and scoring the Praxis exams for teachers. Passing this exam in addition to the 3 Praxis 1 exams (which I've also passed) are what's required in some states for the Multisubject Elementary Education credential.

ESL/ESOL

When you are learning English as an additional language, book-work has its place but direct interaction and real-world application including culture and conversation are key and essential. That's what we'll focus on. I have a Masters degree in Communication and hold Pennsylvania teaching certification for second language instruction. I have taught second languages in various contexts and with various types and ages of students for over 15 years. In addition, I'm an Accent Modification Specialist and a licensed Speech Therapist, with training and experience helping individuals who are learning English to perfect their pronunciation, intonation, and other speech qualities to sound more professional and fluent. Let's do this and help you conquer your English goals!

GED

I hold a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders and teaching credentials from California, Florida, and Pennsylvania for students in K-12. In addition, I've worked with the K-12 curriculum in different states and can help you prepare for the GED exam, which requires that you have a working knowledge of the Pennsylvania high school curriculum in Reading, Writing, Social Studies, Science and Math.

Grammar

I hold a Master of Science degree in Communicative Disorders and am a Licensed Speech and Languagae Pathologist. I teach grammar on a regular basis to students including word structure, tenses, regular and irregular word forms, sentence construction, word choice, complex and compound sentences, paragraph construction and numerous other aspects of both oral and written gammar to help my students improve their language and communication skills. My students include children struggling in regular education classrooms, special education students, and learners of English as a second language.

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet and simple data-base processing software application that is a part of the Microsoft Office suite of programs. It allows the user to create and edit spreadsheet documents to create, organize, and manage data in spreadsheets. I have used the program extensively to create numerous types of documents including professional and school reports, information management, and assignments among others. I can insert and edit text, modify formats and layouts, insert, edit, and modify graphics and photos, create documents and templates, create mail merge items (including envelopes, labels, and documents), manage many functions, and use many other features. I am adept with versions 2003, 2007, 2010, and 2013. I can teach you how to use many of the features of any of them.

Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Outlook is a software application that is both a part of the Microsoft Office suite of programs and also has a web-based version. It is both an email management program and a calendar manager. I have no formal training on the software; however, I have used the application extensively in many of my previous employers as well as in my current job. I am adept at using the intricacies of the application including linking accounts, creating contacts, setting up events, printing calendars, and managing multiple calendars among many other features.

Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft PowerPoint is a software application that is a part of the Microsoft Office suite of programs and allows for the creation, management, and display of presentations including text and multimedia. I do not have formal training on the software; however, I have used the application extensively when creating and giving educational presentations to students and professionals on numerous educational topics. I am very capable with the software including creating presentations, using templates, adding slides, using custom animations, inserting multi-media such as photos, graphics, and videos, using many other features, and actually giving the presentations in front of small and large groups.

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is a word processing software application that is a part of the Microsoft Office suite of programs. It allows the user to create and edit text documents. I have used the program extensively to create numerous types of documents including professional and school reports and assignments among others. I can insert and edit text, modify formats and layouts, insert, edit, and modify graphics and photos, create documents and templates, create mail merge items (including envelopes, labels, and documents), and use many other features. I am adept with versions 2003, 2007, 2010, and 2013. I can teach you how to use any of them.

Phonics

Phonics is the area of literacy development that deals with structures and rules related to the development and application of the Alphabetic Principle to achieve reading and writing. It involves learning the rules for attaching sound meanings (both spoken and in thought) to the letters of the alphabet in American Standard English and the rules that must be followed when stringing those sounds together to create words. Because I am multilingual I have a keen understanding of and experience with mentally manipulating sounds and letters in diverse ways to develop, achieve, and expand literacy skills. In addition I hold a Master of Science degree in Communicative Disorders, which deals extensively with phonics and other areas of language (e.g. vocabulary and grammar) that are the basis of literacy development. I have extensive training and experience with phonology (language rules for sounds) and phonological awareness (language rules for sounds in literacy) both of which are essential for supporting phonics development.

Physiology

I hold a Bachelor and a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and my Bachelor of Science degree is also in Biology with an emphasis in general human physiology and the physiology of bodily systems related to communication such as respiration, sound and speech production, hearing, and neurology.

Proofreading

You want your ideas to be transmitted effectively and appropriately. Vocabulary, spelling, punctuation and other mechanics, flow of ideas and content, and organization of your message are all areas that can be reviewed in the context of proofreading. I hold a Master of Science degree in Communication and have worked extensively in helping students formulate and effectively express their ideas both orally and in writing. Various aspects of my employment history involve creating medical, vocational, rehabilitative, and other types of reports that entail the efficacious integration of all of these features of document creation for my own documents and those of colleagues and I can expertly use them in proofreading yours.

Reading

Literacy is a language-based task that is essential for academic success and I have extensive experience both teaching and remediating language. I have a Master of Science degree in Communication with 12 years of Special Education teaching experience. I hold teaching credentials for students in K-12 education as well as Special Education Speech and Language. I've tutored reading for many students in both regular and special education.

Spanish

Spanish is among the most prevalent languages spoken on our planet. It even surpasses English in the number of people around the planet who speaks the language. Having an academic knowledge of the rules and the words of the language is not enough to be a proficient Hispanohablante (Spanish speaker). It is a challenging and fun path to being a functional communicator in the language. I speak Spanish fluently and have been studying, speaking, and teaching Spanish for over 20 years. I hold a bachelor of Science degree in Spanish, have translated and interpreted for many events and groups, and have traveled extensively and worked and studied in Central America, immersing myself in the Latino cultures to improve my Spanish skills. I hold a K-12 Teaching Certification from the State of Pennsylvania in Spanish. I am also a licensed Speech and Language Pathologist with training in accent modification and have provided speech therapy while in Central America. Let me share with you and help you understand the intricacies of the various cultures that encompass the Spanish communities and their languages.

Special Needs

I have a BS and an MS in Communicative Disorders with an add-on teacher preparation program. I hold state credentials in California and Pennsylvania to teach in P-12 public schools in special education with an emphasis on supporting the academic and communication needs of students with speech and language impairments and the communication needs of any student with special needs. I have also worked in special education for more than 10 years.

Speech

I have a BS and an MS in Communicative Disorders. I hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech and Language Pathology from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. I have state licenses to practice speech pathology in Pennsylvania, California, and Florida. I also hold state credentials to teach in P-12 public schools in special education for speech impaired students. I have worked in special education for more than 10 years both as a service provider and as a provider assistant.

Spelling

Spelling is an essential skill for literacy development. Despite the abundance of spell-check features in many word-processing programs, it is still a very important skill for students. In order to spell proficiently, your student must be able to recognize letters and sounds and sequence them correctly: orally, in writing, and also within his or her mind. Memorization is important but is not the only factor that impacts spelling success; there are strategies and rules that when learned will increase your student's spelling effectiveness. I hold a Master of Science degree in Communicative Disorders, which involves mastery of the language skills that are the basis for effective communication and literacy including teaching sounds and meaning. I have worked extensively with students who needed phonological and phonics support and have taught correct spelling and decoding skills to students from kindergarten through high school. I have provided this support for students with varying skill needs including students with learning disabilities through students with simpler needs in these areas.

TOEFL

I have a master's degree in Communicative Disorders and am a trained Accent Modification Specialist with experience in helping people perfect their English pronunciation and the overall sound of their English production. I've taught languages including English and Spanish to numerous individuals and have worked with many people to perfect their conversational skills. I've also helped a couple people pass the TOEFL.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary development involves overcoming difficulty with the concrete understanding of words, their meanings, and their relationships. When students have difficulty with vocabulary they tend to learn only parts of words and hold onto only partial word meanings and it tends to be very difficult for them to use words flexibly and in varying contexts. In addition, they often struggle with efficiently organizing words and meaning in their minds and have difficulty retrieving words when they need to in both academic and conversational situations. I hold a Master of Science degree in Speech Pathology and have extensive knowledge in vocabulary development and experience in helping students overcome their barriers in this area. When I help students with vocabulary I not only teach them to both understand and use new words but I teach them how to manipulate words and build relationships between words such as those related to categories, feature exclusion, comparisons, contrasts, antonyms, synonyms, multiple meaning words, definitions, and absurdities. These are skills that I have taught to hundreds of students in my decade of supporting children with communication disabilities.

Writing

I have a Master of Science degree in Communicative Disorders with extensive training and knowledge in sentence grammar, vocabulary, and communicative organization. I've also helped many students learn and perfect their writing skills. Writing success requires good control of word and sentence grammar, vocabulary, idea sequencing, conversational flow of ideas, mechanics like punctuation and the structure of organized writing. Although writing is similar to other aspects of literacy like reading and speaking, it is a completely independent form of communicating that must be nurtured and developed.

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Education

Marywood University, Scranton, PA (Spanish and Biology)

California State University Northridge (Master's)

California State University Dominguez Hills (Graduate Coursework)

Very Good Tutoring Sessions For ASVAB — I was very pleased with Mr. Joseph S.'s tutoring service. I needed a tutor for algebra/math and Joseph spent about 8 hours teaching me how to do algebra for an ASVAB test. I'm happy to say that I passed my ASVAB with good scores in math thanks to Joseph. I definitely recommend Joe. He is very knowledgeable and also has very flexible tutoring times which was nice for me since I work until 6pm. ...

— Matthew from Hamlin, PA on 5/5/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 5 hours notice required

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Joseph will travel within 40 miles of Lake Ariel, PA 18436.

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