Michael D. passed a background check on 1/9/14. The check was ordered by another user through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.
After sending a message to Michael, you will be able to order a new background check for $7.99. As part of your tutor selection process, we encourage you to run updated background checks. Please also review the safety tips for hiring tutors.
I am a certified secondary math teacher (State of Texas) who also had a successful career in business and accounting. I have been the coach of my High School's UIL accounting team, which won its District meet, and I have had over a decade's experience in tutoring students for the SAT, the PSAT, ACT, TAKS and STAAR in all sections of those tests. As a grandfather, with 6 grandchildren, I have a great deal of experience and patience in dealing with young people. As an individual who ran businesses with over 4000 employees, I have experience dealing with adults of all types, as well as customers with many needs. I have had experience tutoring adults in a variety of subjects including the previously mentioned academic subjects, as well as US History, Politics and Government, and writing. During my business career, I was a guest instructor at several universities and I am the author (or co-author) of two technical books in healthcare administration, as well as numerous magazine and journal articles in a variety of subjects.
I am a careful listener and I vary my techniques to match the needs of my students. I do not believe that "one size fits all"; however, I do believe that capability can increase by exercising the mind. No student should ever believe that their future is limited by the past.
During a long business career after my formal education, I developed deep expertise in accounting. I have served on many Boards of public and private companies as the Chairman of Audit and Finance. I still serve in that role for two companies. I have hired, supervised and trained hundreds of accounting and finance personnel during my pre-teaching career. I have also managed several successful SEC approved Public offerings.
As a State Certified Secondary Math Teacher, I have had the opportunity to prepare students for all aspects of their ACT, SAT, PSAT, GED and other standardized exams. I have also tutored privately for more than the last 14 years.
My tutoring includes math, English Language Arts, essay writing (when appropriate) and specific subject improvement. I also work with my students to help them become better "test takers", as many lack the careful reading skills and strategies to demonstrate their achievement on standardized exams. All of my tutoring is geared to the individual needs of my students.
I have taught hundreds of Algebra I students, who have been successful, during the last several years. I help my students achieve success by simplifying the subject so my students are able to understand the "why things are true", rather than just the "what is true" in Algebra. Understanding how math works allows students to see how learning math prepares them for real life. I have tutored algebra to students of all ages, from middle school through adults in their careers.
I am a State Certified Secondary Math Teacher who has successfully taught hundreds of Algebra II students during the last few years. Additionally, I have tutored many Algebra students from middle school through graduate school for over 14 years.
I have studied how students learn (recent continuing education at UTA and through the FWISD), so that I can make algebra logical and simplified, so that my students can learn why things work, not just memorize formulas and procedures, which make math overly complicated. I believe that the better the instruction, the simpler the material becomes and the longer the material will be retained.
I also make efforts to engage my students in the learning process by relating the math to the real world, not just to abstract concepts.
As a Certified Secondary Math Teacher, I was required to pass the State Tests to qualify me as a teacher. That required a knowledge of social studies, in addition to math and general pedagogy.
I have been a student of social studies as a natural part of my life. I have tutored social studies both within the AISD and FWISD, as well as privately, for over 13 years. Most elementary and middle school students that I tutor also require support in all core subjects.
I have been a director of about 30 different Corporations and CEO of 6 of those companies. I am currently still the Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee of ADA Enterprises, Inc of Northwood, IA. and non executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of ARS Enterprises, Inc of Sante Fe Springs, CA.
I have been a guest lecturer in the graduate schools of management at St Louis University (Healthcare Administration) and the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) in Healthcare Administration. I am a former director of Professional Examination Services of New York City, having served 6 years as a Director of that Nationwide Non - Profit Organization responsible for testing and certifying numerous credentialed professionals in all 50 States.
Prior to my second career as an educator, I spent over 40 years developing and managing several major enterprises, including public companies, private companies and non-profit organizations. My major areas of developed expertise were corporate finance, accounting, economics, and business management. I have operated businesses in North America, Europe and Australia and developed expertise in both micro and macroeconomics. My formal education included studying math, industrial engineering, economics, accounting and finance, as well as psychology and education. I have had experience tutoring economics since I have entered my second career as a state certified secondary teacher.
Although I am a certified secondary math teacher, I worked as a substitute and tutor for the AISD from 2000 to 2011. The majority of that work was for K-6 students. Additionally, I have privately tutored K-6 students during that same period. I have also passed WyzAnt's exam for elementary math and have passed the exams for geography and government, which pertain to elementary grades as well as secondary level students. In order to obtain my secondary certification, I also was required to pass the State Exam in Pedagogy, which covers K-12.
I have tutored elementary math to students for over 14 years, both privately, as well as for the AISD and FWISD. Usually, this tutoring activity included all elementary subjects, not just math. Because I provide FREE voice phone support between scheduled lessons, I am able to properly support the development of daily homework and study habits for my students.
Naturally, I have passed the State certification exams, which include Pedagogy K-12, in addition to my certification in secondary math. Last year, I also successfully completed the UTA Summer Institute training in the Gifted and Talented, as well as well as similar training provided by the FWISD. During this year, I have had the opportunity to frequently work with Special Education Students attending FWISD schools.
Prior to my second career as a teacher and tutor, I had a very successful business career for over 40 years. I started and was the CEO for several public and private companies. I have been the chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee of the Board of Directors for a wide variety of companies, and I still serve in that role for two companies. I have lead several SEC approved public offerings for both debt and equity, as well as numerous private private placements. I have led and advised bank negotiations, as well as data disclosures to a variety of lenders. I have hired, trained and supervised hundreds of accounting and finance personnel, as well as recently tutoring accounting and finance at the college level, graduate students, and individuals already in careers who needed to learn accounting and finance.
As a State Certified Secondary Math Teacher, I have had the opportunity to assist students who (for one reason or another) have been unable to complete their normal high school education. I have also tutored for more than the last 14 years.
My test preparation tutoring (GED, SAT, PSAT, ACT, TAKS, STAAR) covers all subject areas (not just math) and is geared to the specific needs of my individual student. No two students are the same and sometimes "classes" do not provide the opportunity to meet the specific learning needs of the individual student. My students are successful because of their hard work, supported by my dedication to find the ways to connect all new learning to what they already confidently know.
As a State Certified (and background checked) Secondary Math Teacher, I have been involved in teaching and tutoring Geometry for over 14 years. I have learned that Geometry has to be taught for "understanding", not just for memorization of formulas and methods that can be quickly forgotten if the basic understanding has not occurred. I have successfully tutored geometry to support students in their normal classes, for STAAR, PSAT, SAT and ACT test prep, as well as for students requiring Geometry knowledge for other subjects. As I also tutor reading and writing (as well as other core subjects), I help my students learn how to read and understand word problems, as well as to interpret the questions they are trying to answer. Reading comprehension as a very important part of mastering mathematics.
I have had considerable experience in Governmental activities, including testifying before Senate committees, causing bills to be introduced in Congress. I have also interacted with the White House OM&B, as well as the department of HHS and many of its sub-agencies. I have also been active in a variety of elections (Federal, State and Local and had personal meetings with many members of the Federal congress (both houses). I have had the opportunity to tutor US Goverment, US history, economics and politics and I have published and spoke on these subjects.
Linear Algebra is the study of linear equations and their applications. I have taught and tutored linear algebra (for the last 13 years) at a variety of levels including pre - algebra, algebra I, Algebra II, pre - calculus and college algebra. I hold my BS degree as a math major, and I am currently a State of Texas Certified Secondary Math teacher.
As a State Certified Secondary Math Teacher, I have not only passed the State competency exam that includes pre-algebra, I have had the opportunity to teach and tutor the subject for over 14 years. My experience includes students through the AISD and FWISD, as well as individual tutoring students, including those through WyzAnt that I have been privileged to support.
During my career, I have personally been a public speaker. I have spoken to small groups, as well as to large groups of more than a thousand people. In total, I have been a public speaker at over 1000 events including presentations to business groups, international organizations meeting in both the USA and Europe, testimony before Committees of the US Senate and House of Representatives, Town Meetings where I was the featured speaker, as well as a speaker for Community Organizations such as Rotary Clubs. I have also addressed many Wall Street Meetings as part of both "IPO road shows" and educational forums. To be successful as a State Certified Secondary Teacher, I have to personally be a public speaker to my classroom. Additionally, I have professionally written speeches and created presentations, which were delivered by Business Executives and Political Candidates, as well as by attorneys in legal proceedings.
I have also been selected as a participant in public debates and, on multiple occasions, I served as a judge for competitive debate activities.
I have had the experience of being hired as a public speaking coach in private industry for several senior executives.
In the course of my formal education, as well as my careers in private enterprise and Education, I have learned to be an avid reader and a writer of numerous published non-fiction articles, speeches and essays. Since I began tutoring, over 14 years ago, I have always focused on literacy, in addition to the teaching of mathematics, accounting and business. I have taught reading and writing as stand alone subjects, as well as for SAT, PSAT, ACT, GED, TAKS, STAAR and other standardized test preparation. I have worked with students of virtually all age groups.
As a State Certified Secondary Math Teacher, I have had the opportunity to prepare students for SAT exam through both my school system and privately. I have successfully supported many students in their preparation for all aspects of the SAT and ACT exams, as well as for other standardized tests. In addition to my focus on math, I have supported students in reading and writing preparation, including the creation of persuasive essays.
In addition to being a State Certified Secondary Math Teacher who has prepared hundreds of students for math STAAR exams, as well as being trained to administer those exams, I have tutored students for TAKS, STAAR and EOC exams in math, social studies and English at various grade levels for over 14 years. I have also tutored students for SAT, PSAT, GED, ACT and other standardized tests for the same number of years.
I am a State Certified Secondary Math Teacher, with over 13 years of experience in tutoring students in all core subjects, as well as focusing on their study skills and habits. I have been specifically trained (and received certificates) in Gifted and Talented Teaching by both the UTA summer institute and the FWISD program. I currently teach in a variety of areas, including working with the FWISD in the handling of Special Education Students and Behavioral Improvement Classes.
I provide FREE voice phone support in the evenings and weekends between regularly scheduled lessons as part of my program to make studying and homework a daily habit for my tutoring clients.
I have specifically worked in TAKS tutoring as an extension of my certified high school math teaching for the FWISD. Although my primary tutoring for the FWISD was in math and accounting, I also had to support the reading/writing testing program, particularly for my Language Center and Transition students. I have also tutored privately for TAKS math and ELA for the last several years. All tutored students ultimately passed the TAKS exams.
I have been a student of history and social studies for my entire career. As an avid collector and reader of world history, US history and geography books, I have remained up to date with my knowledge. Naturally, I have been required to be knowledgeable in social studies to be an effective State Certified Secondary Teacher. I have tutored a variety of social studies students both within the FWISD and AISD, as well as privately during the last 13 years.
Don't Pass This Tutor UP! — My first meeting with Mr. Michael D. was wonderful. He is truly God sent and wished I had met him before my first financial accounting exam. I had so much difficulty understanding how to post journal entries, along with comprehending depreciation and what that meant in business terms. For some reason a light bulb clicked on as Mr. D. began to explain and provide examples. He didn't make me feel du ...
Your first hour with any tutor is protected by our Good Fit Guarantee: You don’t pay for tutoring unless you find a good fit!
Usually responds in about 2 hours
Send Michael a message explaining your needs and you will receive a response by email. Have you already emailed Michael or another tutor? If so, you have an account! Sign in now
If selected, WyzAnt will ask interested tutors to contact you by email if they are able to help. A maximum of five different tutors will email you and none of your personal information, including your email address, will be released.