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Michael M.

Allen, TX

$50/hr

Credentialed Elementary and Middle School Tutor

Background check passed as of 1/10/12
Usually responds in about 27 minutes

Credentialed Elementary and Middle School Tutor

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I have been teaching at the elementary school level for eight years. I have experience teaching in California and Texas in all subject areas. I taught in California in both fourth and sixth grade classrooms for six years and I have been teaching sixth grade in Texas for the past two years. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies from Cal State University Long Beach and a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from Cal State University Fullerton. I am credentialed to teach Kindergarten through the sixth grade but I feel confident to work with middle school students as well.

My mother is a teacher and has been for almost my whole life. She instilled in me a respect for the teaching profession and a commitment to help children learn. Being a teacher is one of the few professions that allow me to influence the lives of so many children. For many children, teachers are the ones providing stable care and concern as well as giving students the necessary skills for living in today’s society. The classroom should be a place where they can be inspired, exercise their talents, and be encouraged to follow their dreams.

I believe that all children have the capacity to learn and be well educated. Those students who are thought of as “low” or “at risk” can make so much progress and learn so much with patience and support. Every child has the right to learn and gain knowledge about the world. The basic skills that are taught are very important; however, I feel that every child has the capability of being an artist, a poet, a scientist, or any other professional that they desire, if it within reason. I want to show students that they have the capability to be happy contributing citizens, even if they have physical disabilities, limited English, or learning disabilities. All students deserve a teacher who believes in each child individually and supports their interests, learning styles, and capabilities. Children also need to be respected.

Students have different talents and ways of learning. Some students will learn through art or music, while others might need math or a physical activity. As a teacher, I want to provide curriculum that gives every child the ability to learn in the way that they can succeed.

A teacher must develop a repertoire of strategies so that the classroom is an interactive and dynamic place, where the teacher facilitates learning. Teachers have to motivate student learning through engaging instruction that not only helps students acquire knowledge and skills, but helps them develop strategies to think about and reflect upon their learning.

My ideal classroom will be a safe, happy, and colorful environment in which the students feel comfortable to participate actively in learning. I believe it is necessary to validate every student’s efforts and have a classroom management system based around praise and intrinsic motivation rather than bribes or punishment. Differentiated instruction is important so that both the slower and faster learners will be able to learn and be challenged simultaneously.

At this point in my career, my goal is to teach in grades 4, 5, or 6, and I would enjoy working in a school located in a lower socioeconomic area. I am enthusiastic, a very hard worker, and will do everything and anything it takes to make my class a zealous learning environment. I work well with children, enjoying watching them grow and learn, and treat them with the respect each child deserves. I truly believe that I can be an asset to you or your child, and I look forward to working with you.

Math:
Prealgebra
English:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
History:
American History, Social Studies
Music:
Guitar
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
Prealgebra, Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
SSAT, TAKS
Corporate Training:
Grammar

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Elementary (K-6th)

I have been teaching at the elementary school level for eight years. I have experience in teaching math, reading, writing, social studies, science, health, physical education, and social skills. I have a strong desire to see all of my students succeed and will use a variety of strategies to get them to reach their potential in whatever area they need help in.

Phonics

I have been working with students in grades kindergarten through the sixth grade to develop their language skills. I will help your student understand the letter and sound relationship which is the foundation of grasping written language. I will use a variety of exercises and strategies to help the student develop this essential skill.

Social Studies

I have taught social studies for eight years in an elementary classroom. I have a solid understanding of geography and its impact on civilizations, world cultures, religion, government, and different types of economies. All of these things impact the success or failure of the countries of the world. We live in a global community now and so it is so important for the student to understand the world that surrounds them.

Study Skills

Study skills are essential for success in the classroom. It is amazing how many students come to me each year without the tools needed to perform on an exam or understand the content. I work with my students all year long and get them to a point where they know how to approach the content so that they master it at a deeper level. Studying requires more than just reading a textbook; it requires approaching the material from a variety of ways and using a variety of resources. I am confident that I will be able to help the student develop the tools and strategies needed to perform in the classroom.

TAKS

I have worked with students in fourth through sixth grade in all subject areas for the past eight years. Each year I work with students on their test taking strategies and give them practice with released TAKS questions and other questions that have been developed that are in a similar TAKS format and challenge the students in the content area. I have had tremendous success with my students over the years and feel confident in working with the student to find ways to overcome their fears and anxiety around the test.

CSU Long Beach
SCU Fullerton
Master's

Education

CSU Long Beach

SCU Fullerton (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 15 miles of Allen, TX 75013.


About Michael

I have been teaching at the elementary school level for eight years. I have experience teaching in California and Texas in all subject areas. I taught in California in both fourth and sixth grade classrooms for six years and I have been teaching sixth grade in Texas for the past two years. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies from Cal State University Long Beach and a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from Cal State University Fullerton. I am credentialed to teach Kindergarten through the sixth grade but I feel confident to work with middle school students as well.

My mother is a teacher and has been for almost my whole life. She instilled in me a respect for the teaching profession and a commitment to help children learn. Being a teacher is one of the few professions that allow me to influence the lives of so many children. For many children, teachers are the ones providing stable care and concern as well as giving students the necessary skills for living in today’s society. The classroom should be a place where they can be inspired, exercise their talents, and be encouraged to follow their dreams.

I believe that all children have the capacity to learn and be well educated. Those students who are thought of as “low” or “at risk” can make so much progress and learn so much with patience and support. Every child has the right to learn and gain knowledge about the world. The basic skills that are taught are very important; however, I feel that every child has the capability of being an artist, a poet, a scientist, or any other professional that they desire, if it within reason. I want to show students that they have the capability to be happy contributing citizens, even if they have physical disabilities, limited English, or learning disabilities. All students deserve a teacher who believes in each child individually and supports their interests, learning styles, and capabilities. Children also need to be respected.

Students have different talents and ways of learning. Some students will learn through art or music, while others might need math or a physical activity. As a teacher, I want to provide curriculum that gives every child the ability to learn in the way that they can succeed.

A teacher must develop a repertoire of strategies so that the classroom is an interactive and dynamic place, where the teacher facilitates learning. Teachers have to motivate student learning through engaging instruction that not only helps students acquire knowledge and skills, but helps them develop strategies to think about and reflect upon their learning.

My ideal classroom will be a safe, happy, and colorful environment in which the students feel comfortable to participate actively in learning. I believe it is necessary to validate every student’s efforts and have a classroom management system based around praise and intrinsic motivation rather than bribes or punishment. Differentiated instruction is important so that both the slower and faster learners will be able to learn and be challenged simultaneously.

At this point in my career, my goal is to teach in grades 4, 5, or 6, and I would enjoy working in a school located in a lower socioeconomic area. I am enthusiastic, a very hard worker, and will do everything and anything it takes to make my class a zealous learning environment. I work well with children, enjoying watching them grow and learn, and treat them with the respect each child deserves. I truly believe that I can be an asset to you or your child, and I look forward to working with you.

Education

CSU Long Beach
SCU Fullerton
Master's

Education

CSU Long Beach

SCU Fullerton (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Allen, TX 75013

Michael’s Subjects

Math:
Prealgebra
English:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
History:
American History, Social Studies
Music:
Guitar
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
Prealgebra, Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
SSAT, TAKS
Corporate Training:
Grammar

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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