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Donald O.

Surprise, AZ

$35/hour

Patient Tutor: ESL-GED-Excel-Word

10+ Hours
Background check passed as of 9/21/13
4.3 average from 7 ratings
Awesome instructor and very patient!
— Lairi, Peoria, AZ on 10/8/14

$35/Hour


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State University of New York, Buffalo
Bachelor of Science
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff
Master's

Education

State University of New York, Buffalo (Bachelor of Science)

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff (Master's)

About Donald

My professional experience as a tutor, with a Bachelor's and Master's degree, provides a wide breadth of abilities, I have a TEFL teaching certificate and taught English in Mexico for four years. In that venue I concentrated on teaching correct conversational and English with correct pronunciation and sentence syntax. One of my underlying premises in teaching is that I believe there is better retention of the concepts if the student is guided to the answer rather than just being told.

I also teach Excel, Word, English, ESL, the GED, or prep for the naturalization test.

My primary satisfaction in teaching occurs when I see that my student expresses interest, smiles, and they "get-it." My facilitation skills help students stay engaged in the subject and they are building blocks for retention; while for me it is a source of satisfaction and enjoyment in seeing someone learn.

I look forward to meeting you and the opportunity to enhance your skills.
My professional experience as a tutor, with a Bachelor's and Master's degree, provides a wide breadth of abilities, I have a TEFL teaching certificate and taught English in Mexico for four years. In that venue I concentrated on teaching correct conversational and English with correct pronunciation and sentence syntax. One of my underlying premises Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

My rate policy is to give an initial discount to new students. This is something we can discuss online once the potential student has entered payment information into the WyzAnt system.

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Surprise, AZ 85388
Background Check: Passed

"Awesome instructor and very patient!"

- Lairi, Peoria, AZ on 10/8/14

"Great Tutor"

- Bonnie, Surprise, AZ on 1/13/15
Science:
Physical Science
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
GED,
TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Study Skills

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.

ACT English

My comprehension of English is substantiated by having a Master's with distinction, obtained by completing all my post graduate classes with a 4.0 GPA.

While teaching English for over four years in Mexico to employees of American owned companies I gained insight into lesson planning. It is my belief that effective lesson plans need to focus on the student's assessments before starting classes.

That applies to students classified as beginners through advanced business levels.

My text for preparing lesson plans is "The Grammar Book, An ESL/EFL Teacher's Course" by Marianne Celce-Murcia.

English

My belief regarding teaching English is to focus on the conversational aspects of the language. Specifically how to convey thoughts using the various tenses in English and creating sentences that use prepositions properly for clear communications.

During my four-year tenure as a teacher of English in Mexico I developed several hundred lesson plans that helped students comprehend how to use English in their employment. My students were using the language on a daily basis in communications across the global Hewlett-Packard network of companies.

ESL/ESOL

My experience teaching English as a second language stems from successful student learning for the Guadalajara employees of Hewlett-Packard, Hershey Foods, and several small businesses across four years in Mexico.

My ESL classes have had class sizes from six to one-on-one individual tutoring.

I pride myself on being able to teach correct pronunciation as well as grammar.

GED

As an educated, experienced, and licensed professional engineer with a master's degree I have the knowledge base to help students pass the GED.

I prepare my own lesson plans based on the student's needs. That methodology was used across four years of teaching English in Mexico and continues to be successful also across all my subjects taught as a WyzAnt tutor.

Grammar

In teaching EFL/ESL I prepare my own lesson plans based on the student's language assessment made before starting classes.

It is my belief that by utilizing the methodology in Marianne Celce-Murcia's text "The Grammar Book, An ESL/EFL Teacher's course" all my students benefit.

I prepare my "student-specific" lesson plans such that they challenge and motivate students.

Microsoft Excel

I have been using spreadsheets since the introduction of MS Excel. Those spreadsheets involved over a dozen sheets each and were capital budgets for nine factories with Kraft; or single capital budgets for construction projects exceeding $15,000,000 each.

Microsoft Word

I have been using MS Word since it was first introduced. Some examples of significance were capital project requests that were to comply with Kraft's submission standards, review of requests by subordinates while I was Engineering Director, and my Master's degree capstone paper for installation of SIP housing in the Caribbean.

Physical Science

My knowledge of physical science has been used throughout my career as a professional engineer and while obtaining my masters degree. Therefore, I have an ample number of examples to assist a student to learn the subject material.

Reading

My belief in teaching English reading has the basic premise of student interest.

When teaching English reading to Spanish speakers in Mexico, it was imperative that the material being used hold the students interest. To that end, I use material that I am certain the student will have some knowledge of so it can spark some conversation to follow. The point being that conveying thought through written material can be retained by conversation that follows -- perhaps even in a debating format.

Study Skills

My study skills teaching experience covers four years of teaching students how to study English, improve math skills, proofread their writing, make presentations, use of MicroSoft programs, and preparation for acceptance exams.

My ability to have organized, efficient study skills of my own enabled me to obtain a Master's degree with distinction.

It would be my pleasure to pass that methodology over to any student who wishes it.

TOEFL

During my tenure in Mexico teaching English as a foreign language to groups of six I also tutored young persons one-on-one who wished to attend colleges in the USA.

My tutored students were particularly challenged considering the ETS TOEFL workbook has a strenuous approach to receptive and productive skills in English at an academic level rather than only a conversational level. In addition I stressed pronunciation at the vowel level using a list of 200 difficult words I had prepared from my ESL classes. That list was focused on decreasing the tendency for a Spanish speaking student to have a deep Spanish accent that pronounced cognates in a Spanish manner.

When completing three months of classes those tutored had improved their English skills to the level capable of being accepted in an American college.

State University of New York, Buffalo
Bachelor of Science
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff
Master's

Education

State University of New York, Buffalo (Bachelor of Science)

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff (Master's)

Awesome instructor and very patient!

Don has a way of slowing my mind (and me!) down and explaining what I need to do in simple terms. Then, he "tests" me over and over, to make sure I have grasped the concepts. He doesn't give me the answers, just helps guide me there. And he teaches me computer keyboard shortcuts. I am 46 years old and currently taking an online Intro to Computers class where I am struggling with MS Office Excel -

— Lairi, Peoria, AZ on 10/8/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

My rate policy is to give an initial discount to new students. This is something we can discuss online once the potential student has entered payment information into the WyzAnt system.

Travel policy

Donald will travel within 30 miles of Surprise, AZ 85388.