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Hello. I may not be the right tutor for you or your kids ... if all you're looking for is a professional tutor or professional teacher.
On the other hand, if you're looking for a professional, experienced writer, editor, journalist, and public relations professional who can share his knowledge of real-world skills, then please consider me. I do have the educational credentials you may be looking for - an MA in journalism, a BA in English literature, and a certificate in information technology. I am also accredited by the Public Relations Society of America.
I have experience with testing from the test construction perspective. I've written, edited, and administered certification exams for one national association. Additionally, I've reviewed test questions developed for a national online testing organization.
However, my real strength - and the skills I can share with clients - is based on 30+ years of editing, writing, marketing, and public relations experience for multiple Washington-based national and international organizations.
Thank you for your consideration.
Academically, I have a BA in English literature from George Washington University. I also have 4 years of high school Latin--an essential building-block to English comprehension and communication.
More important, however, I have more than 30 years of experience in English writing and editing.
But the real question is: What does all this mean for you? It means that I offer you the benefit of both an academic foundation in English and 30+ years of real-world experience in English communications. You'll know that your tutor has not only technical command of the English language, but also extensive practical experience.
My son was diagnosed with ADHD when he was in the fourth grade. That began my involvement with organizations involved with special needs, especially ADHD, and in particular Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD). My wife and I pursued, initially, a 504 plan, then an IEP (individualized education plan) with our son's elementary school and then with the county. We immersed ourselves in the entire special education field--extensive testing for our son, educational consultants, lawyers, and so on.
I became active in CHADD--first as a member, then as a volunteer of the local chapter. I initially was responsible for public relations and communications for the chapter. I then was elected Coordinator-elect (equivalent to vice present; "Coordinator" is the highest elected volunteer position), and then was elected Coordinator. I served in that position for two years. Following that, I've continued to serve the local chapter in a variety of communications positions. I'm also responsible for maintaining its web site.
My son (who has ADHD and is also a skilled martial artist) and I developed a program: "Martial Arts for Kids With ADHD." We worked with several martial arts schools in Northern Virginia and have presented the program (a 4-6 week program) 4 times. It is offered at no charge to members of the local CHADD chapter.
I also was involved with a partnership program--an alliance of persons involved with ADHD issues and county teachers and administrators--to help inform teachers about educational issues involving ADHD.
Academically, I have a BA in English literature (from George Washington University), as well as an MA in journalism (from the University of Missouri-Columbia).
More important, however, I have more than 30 years of writing, editing, and public relations experience. I've been employed by a number of Washington-based national and international organizations in such positions as Director of Information, Director of Communications, and Editor.
The focus in all of those jobs has been to communicate clearly and accurately to varying public arenas: association members, the public, legislators and regulators, and others.
Subject matter has been as varied as trucking and health care, small business and janitorial services, railroads and technology.
But the real question is: What does all this mean for you? It means that I offer you the benefit of both an academic foundation in English and 30+ years of real-world experience in English communications. It means you won't have to worry about whether your tutor has any experience beyond the classroom. You'll know that your tutor has not only technical competency but also practical competency.
Although my degrees are in English literature (BA) and journalism (MA), I took a number of undergraduate and graduate-level courses in government.
More important, though, I've been involved in various levels of government and politics for 40+ years. For example, I was a volunteer with Hubert Humphrey's presidential campaign (against Richard Nixon) in 1968, working for one of Humphrey's speechwriters.
I've also worked as a volunteer on a number of other national campaigns--for example, John Anderson's 1980 presidential campaign.
I've volunteered on statewide campaigns as well. For example: Henry Howell's run for governor of Virginia in 1973.
From an employment standpoint, I've worked for the government in two summer positions with the Agency for International Development.
Professionally, I've worked for a series of Washington-based national associations, all of which have sought to influence national legislators and regulators. In those roles, I've written filings that were submitted to regulatory agencies. I've also attended a large number of Congressional hearings and regulatory meetings.
What all that means for you: In addition to the academic credentials to tutor in government and politics, I also have real-world experience in the political arena and in the executive and legislative branches of government.
Academically, I studied Latin for 6 years (grades 6-7, then 9-12)--a great foundation for understanding grammar. I earned a BA in English literature (with some emphasis on grammar), and then an MA in journalism (with more emphasis on grammar).
I have 30+ years of editing experience, much of which has involved cleaning up the grammatical mistakes and errors of others.
Although I'm not a lawyer, I've taken various courses on law in multiple subject areas.
For example, while employed by a transportation association, I audited multiple transportation law courses at Georgetown University.
While pursing an MA in journalism, I took several communication law courses at the University of Missouri.
I am currently a Realtor. The pre-licensing and post-licensing exams both include real estate law, as do mandatory continuing education programs.
I've also represented myself--successfully--in Small Claims Court.
Academically, I have a BA in English literature from George Washington University. However, dating back even earlier, I studied American and world literature. In grades 5-6 and 8-12, I studied Latin, reading Caesar, Cicero, and others in Latin.
During my first two years of college (Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York), I studied world literature covering, chronologically, everything from pre-Socratic Greece to the French Revolution.
When I transferred from Ithaca to George Washington, I lost a few credits. I made those up by taking literature courses at George Mason--studying Ibsen, Strindberg, and Pirandello . . . among others.
Since graduating, I've largely read for pleasure.
I've been involved in public speaking for more than 30 years. This largely has been in connection with my positions as Director of Public Relations, Director of Information, and Director of Communications with five large Washington-based national and international organizations. I've spoken before groups ranging from 10 people to more than 1,000 people. In addition, I'm an accredited member (APR) of the Public Relations Society of America. One of the elements for becoming accredited is demonstrated public speaking ability.
Academically, I have an MA in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, focusing on news writing.
I have more than 35 years of writing experience. I've been employed by a number of Washington-based national and international organizations.
What sort of writing have I done? Everything from news releases to newsletters, magazine articles to books, speeches to copy for Web sites. And, of course, academic papers.
Here's something important to consider when choosing a writing tutor: Each of these media requires a different skill set. Writing a classroom assignment isn't the same as writing a magazine article, for instance. (As many first-year journalism students have found out the hard way!)
But the real question is: What does all this mean for you? It means that I offer you the benefit of both an academic foundation in writing and 30+ years of real-world experience in written communications.
It means you won't have to worry about whether your tutor has any experience beyond the classroom, or any abilities beyond writing an "A" paper. (While those are important--and may be what you're initially looking for--remember that your teacher or your child's teacher probably has seen more and expects more.)
Regardless of the assignment or task, you'll be working with someone who's "been there, done that."
Academically, I have an MA in journalism (with an emphasis on newspaper writing/editing)from the University of Missouri-Columbia). I also have a BA in English literature.
More important, however, I have more than 30 years of writing experience ranging from newspaper articles to position papers, and from magazine articles to books. I've also written my fair share of school papers--high school, college, and graduate level.
What does all this mean for you? It means that you'll benefit from both my academic foundation in writing and 30+ years of real-world experience in written communications.
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