My name is Donald. I taught algebra, geometry and computer science in Chattanooga Tennessee Public Schools and Hamilton County Schools before I was employed by the Tennessee Valley Authority. I had at one time teaching certificates in Tennessee and Georgia for grades K - 12 in mathematics and instrumental music.
I have worked on both sides, as a teacher and as a parent and advocate for students who needed modified resource help. By having goal mileposts and working with the student and resource teacher, I am able to accelerate the student in grade level or mainstream curriculum with an improved GPA and a high school diploma.
My musical training started very early. I had accompanied my sister to her piano lessons and she was learning to play the first movement of Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata". I went to the piano and played "by ear" without a score what she had been learning. The piano teacher was intrigued and tested me and told my parents that I had "perfect" or "absolute pitch". Years later, I toured with the Chattanooga Boys Choir. My first visit to Pennsylvania was in 1966 during the 225th anniversary of York. After touring with the Boys Choir, having learned to play musical instruments, I played with the Youth Symphony Orchestra and later the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Association. Our church, Red Bank Baptist, had a sanctuary orchestra where I played for years.
I enjoy teaching and tutoring and I would really love the opportunity to instruct. Since retiring from TVA and moving to Pennsylvania with my wife, I have been seeking the opportunity to teach by enrolling in the Praxis series tests and applying for my Pennsylvania Teacher Certificate. I thank you for the chance to start this endeavor.
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