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Victor S.

Kent, WA

$30/hr

Former radio and dance DJ turned school teacher and tutor!

Background check passed as of 4/16/12
Usually responds in about 22 hours

Former radio and dance DJ turned school teacher and tutor!

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How did I get into tutoring after dreaming of hosting a nationally syndicated top 40 countdown? Good question! I planned to major in math in college. But I changed my mind half way through my major after discovering the radio station in my dorm! From then on, my focus turned to DJing on the air and at dance parties. I majored in communications to prepare for a career in radio. But it didn't grow nearly as fast as I wanted! I found my way into substitute teaching to earn extra money. I discovered being a DJ with a solid math background came in handy! It gave me a knack for connecting with kids on a personal level because we could talk about popular music and videos. It also enabled me to take math problems, reveal the big picture, and break down those problems into easy to understand pieces so kids could understand what's up!

I became a popular sub in three school districts and a private school around my Indiana college town. I moved to Seattle in the 90s and went back to school to earn a graduate degree and get teacher certification so I could teach in the public schools and prepare to be a school leader at some point! I worked for the Seattle district for several years, first as an elementary school instructional assistant, then secondary school mathematics teacher. So I have experience at the elementary, middle, and high school level, teaching reading, writing, and mathematics at the elementary level and teaching mathematics at the secondary level!

Testimonials

"Great tutor!"

- Donyale, Kent, WA on 3/11/13

"Very Patient, Very Nice"

- Janet, Renton, WA on 5/8/13

"Super First Lesson!"

- Betty, Seattle, WA on 3/9/12
Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Trigonometry
English:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
Spanish
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading, Spanish, Study Skills,
Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Spanish

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.

Algebra 1

Algebra 1 transitions students from concrete thinking about numerical relationships to abstract thinking about numerical relationships. It does this by giving students number sense and problem solving strategies with expressions, integers, equations, inequalities, relations and functions, linear equations, polynomials, factoring, systems of equations, data analysis, and square roots.

Elementary Math

Elementary mathematics should prepare students to transition from the concrete thinking of arithmetic to the abstract thinking of algebra and geometry. To do this, teachers should build a solid foundation of number sense and problem solving strategies based on the students' firm grasp of operations (+, -, x, /), numerical and geometric patterns, time, rounding, 12 month calendars, common fractions, decimal fractions, percents, and money.

Study Skills

Study skills involve the use of strategies that facilitate retention of information needed to learn subject matter in formal and informal learning environments. The goals are to excel in a class or on a test of some sort, or even complete a project. They are important for success in school and career and family and personal life.

Having taught in the public schools for several years, I am called upon to teach not just subject matter, but also study skills that optimize the learning of that subject matter. There have been a variety of study skills to teach, which involve organization of information, retention of information, and performance on tests (such as essays, exams, auditions, interviews, etc).

Most of these skills involve optimizing reading comprehension. They include summarizing, rote learning, critical thinking, mnemonics, visual cues, note taking, marking (underlining, highlighting, circling, etc) key parts of exam and essay question, and SQ3R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review).

But some of these skills involve optimizing time management to complete tasks that need to be completed in order to make time for learning and to make learning possible. These skills involve assigning tasks that need to be completed low, medium, and high priority ratings so the student knows what's most to least important to address to get work done and facilitate learning.

Victor’s Resources

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How do you make sure that all high school graduates can solve complex problems of work and family life before they enter work and family life? Help elementary school students develop number sense and learn problem solving strategies. In a word: numeracy! Number sense is the knowledge of how numbers relate to each other and how to use that knowledge to solve problems. Instead of relying on traditional... read more

American popular culture teaches us mathematics is a discipline only nerds and geeks can get! But the truth is math is a discipline anyone can get! The 1988 movie Stand And Deliver portrayed the true story of an inner city Los Angeles public high school teacher named Jaime Escalante. He took several undisciplined ill prepared students and lead them to shocking success in a calculus class and... read more

Purdue University
Communications
Seattle Pacific University
Master's

Education

Purdue University (Communications)

Seattle Pacific University (Master's)

Great tutor! — Victor is a great tutor to my son. He is patient and explains algebra problems in the easiest and simplified way for a person to understand. He also observes if the person is focused and confident. ...

— Donyale, Kent, WA on 3/11/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

$30/hr with a complimentary 5 to 10 mins. for debriefing. I do not rush off after the 60th minute! $10 cancellation fee.

Travel policy

Victor will travel within 10 miles of Kent, WA 98042.


About Victor

How did I get into tutoring after dreaming of hosting a nationally syndicated top 40 countdown? Good question! I planned to major in math in college. But I changed my mind half way through my major after discovering the radio station in my dorm! From then on, my focus turned to DJing on the air and at dance parties. I majored in communications to prepare for a career in radio. But it didn't grow nearly as fast as I wanted! I found my way into substitute teaching to earn extra money. I discovered being a DJ with a solid math background came in handy! It gave me a knack for connecting with kids on a personal level because we could talk about popular music and videos. It also enabled me to take math problems, reveal the big picture, and break down those problems into easy to understand pieces so kids could understand what's up!

I became a popular sub in three school districts and a private school around my Indiana college town. I moved to Seattle in the 90s and went back to school to earn a graduate degree and get teacher certification so I could teach in the public schools and prepare to be a school leader at some point! I worked for the Seattle district for several years, first as an elementary school instructional assistant, then secondary school mathematics teacher. So I have experience at the elementary, middle, and high school level, teaching reading, writing, and mathematics at the elementary level and teaching mathematics at the secondary level!

Testimonials

"Great tutor!"

- Donyale, Kent, WA on 3/11/13

"Very Patient, Very Nice"

- Janet, Renton, WA on 5/8/13

"Super First Lesson!"

- Betty, Seattle, WA on 3/9/12

Education

Purdue University
Communications
Seattle Pacific University
Master's

Education

Purdue University (Communications)

Seattle Pacific University (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
2 hours notice required

$30/hr with a complimentary 5 to 10 mins. for debriefing. I do not rush off after the 60th minute! $10 cancellation fee.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Kent, WA 98042

Victor’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Trigonometry
English:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
Spanish
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading, Spanish, Study Skills,
Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Spanish

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.


Victor’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Victor. View all of Victor’s resources

How do you make sure that all high school graduates can solve complex problems of work and family life before they enter work and family life? Help elementary school students develop number sense and learn problem solving strategies. In a word: numeracy! Number sense is the knowledge of how numbers relate to each other and how to use that knowledge to solve problems. Instead of relying on traditional... read more

American popular culture teaches us mathematics is a discipline only nerds and geeks can get! But the truth is math is a discipline anyone can get! The 1988 movie Stand And Deliver portrayed the true story of an inner city Los Angeles public high school teacher named Jaime Escalante. He took several undisciplined ill prepared students and lead them to shocking success in a calculus class and... read more


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