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Hi I'm Phil. As I said in my introduction, I've been working with kids my whole adult life, actually since I was a teenager. From the time I was old enough to drive I have been working with church youth groups - in Southeast Missouri, Chicago (where I received my bachelors) and now in East Tennessee (where my beautiful girlfriend graduated and works with children herself). My Junior and Senior year I volunteered with an after-school program for college credit. It was then I first fell in love with teaching. I tutored 5th grade up to 8th in Math, English and Spelling, and Music.

After high school I continued working with middle school church ministries as counselor, small group leader, and, at one point, interim youth director. My latest ministry experience was as Youth Worship Director to middle school students at Willow Creek Community Church in West Chicago, IL. I held that position for 13 months until I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design. Currently, I am involved with ministries at Sevier Heights Church in Knoxville, TN. My girlfriend, Sunny, has a degree in American Sign Language and works with children and adults in the church’s Deaf Ministry. (I try to support that ministry as best I can although I'm tragically inept at sign language.)

For the last two-and-a-half years that I was completing my second degree, I worked at the college tutoring students in a wide range of subjects, from math and science to Microsoft Office and basic computer skills, career management, writing and test taking skills. I also tutored students in my own program at the suggestion of several of my instructors. I tutored Adobe Flash, Illustrator, Photoshop ( and have worked on several extracurricular projects with Adobe After Effects and Dreamweaver) as well as 3D modeling programs, such as 3ds Max and Maya.

Now, professionally, I am a freelance Web designer. I have always loved all elements of Web development and I love teaching what I know. As chief Web editor for my high school website, I tutored other students in using Flash and HTML as well as other programming languages including C++. In junior college I studied Visual Basic .NET and contributed articles on programming techniques to other students. During my BAS program I picked up several other programming languages including Flash Actionscript, PHP, XHTML/CSS (and now HTML5) and MySQL. I was a coding consultant for one of my instructors as an extracurricular exercise, working with a nationally-known amateur game development group.

To wrap up this overly-long post, I want to say thanks for reading and for your interest in finding a tutor. In that respect, I hope to get to speak with you soon. Happy learning!