NEW FEATURES MORE

Bruce S.

Encinitas, CA

$60/hour

Substitute teacher who makes learning fun

In-person lessons

Message Bruce

Send Bruce a message explaining your needs and you will receive a response shortly. Have you already emailed Bruce or another tutor? If so, you have an account! Sign in now

 Checking availability…
Please enter the tutor's email address.
Please enter the student's email address.
Please describe how you heard about us.

Receive responses from additional tutors

If you select this option, 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.

B.S. University of California, Davis
Zoology
California State University, Hayward
Graduate Coursework

Education

B.S. University of California, Davis (Zoology)

California State University, Hayward (Graduate Coursework)

About Bruce

I love helping students of all ages and abilities become successful learners. I studied marine science and art in college and graduate school, and have worked professionally as a marine biologist, teacher, and artist.

My career included developing, overseeing and evaluating education curricula and programs for students (pre-K-12 and college), families, adults and teachers for institutions like Monterey Bay Aquarium, UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science, and the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Over the years, I have led a number of marine ecology field studies for high school students and adults in California, Texas, Grand Cayman and Belize.

For the past 2 1/2 years, I have enjoyed teaching hundreds of students (pre-school through 6th grade) in North San Diego County as a substitute teacher. These assignments have allowed me to become familiar with current curricula and learning goals (including Common Core). I also have enjoyed working with students with students with special needs in Special Day Classes and Learning Resource Centers, and would be happy to provide references who will attest to my abilities to work effectively with students of all ages and abilities.

I have had a wealth of science academic training including years of graduate studies and experience conducting, teaching and supervising marine science field research. I have developed marine ecology curricula and programs for a wide range of age levels and abilities - pre-K through adult and have trained K-12 teachers in effective science teaching. In 1992, I received the National Marine Educators Association's James Centorino Award for excellence in marine science education.

In addition to having developed curricula and programs for all levels during a career in informal science education, I have enjoyed teaching hundreds of K-8 students as a substitute teacher over the past 2 1/2 years, with overwhelmingly positive results from students, teachers, resource specialists and administrators.

I believe anyone who wants to can learn to draw. I have excellent drawing skills, have published biological illustrations, and won awards locally for my art. Over the past 10 years, I have taught drawing to hundreds of students of all ages from North San Diego County in classrooms and in the field.

I believe learning should be rewarding and fun. I really enjoy helping students of all ages and abilities achieve their goals, and look forward to helping you with your studies.
I love helping students of all ages and abilities become successful learners. I studied marine science and art in college and graduate school, and have worked professionally as a marine biologist, teacher, and artist.

My career
Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Encinitas, CA 92024
In-person lessons
Science:
Biology, Zoology
Art:
Drawing
Special Needs:
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Science

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.

Drawing

I have had extensive training in art throughout my school years. I minored in art at UC Davis, and worked professionally as a graphic artist and illustrator in San Francisco, where I also studied illustration at the SF Academy of Art. A number of my biological illustrations were published in Seashore Plants of California (UC Press), and I've taught drawing and art to hundreds of students (grades K-12) in North San Diego County and taught biological illustration sessions for science students at California State University, Monterey Bay. I would be happy to supply samples of my work if desired.

Elementary (K-6th)

I am credentialed to teach K-6. I have completed hundreds of hours of substitute teaching at the K-6 level over the past 2 1/2 years (mostly in the Del Mar and Encinitas Unified School Districts in the San Diego area), and have received excellent reviews from students, parents, teachers and administrators. In addition, I have decades of experience in the field of education developing, delivering, and evaluating K-6 school curricula and programs. I have also developed and led many teacher workshops to help elementary teachers improve their teaching techniques. I would be happy to supply recommendations and references if desired.

Special Needs

For the past 2 1/2 years, I have been teaching elementary school special needs students both as a substitute teacher and substitute instructional assistant. Ages have ranged from 3 - 12, and behavioral and physical special need levels have ranged from mild to severe. I have provided instruction and guidance for special needs students in Special Day Classes, Learning Resource Centers and in Gen. Ed. classes. Many of the students I work with have ADD or ADHD. Others have autism, Asperger's, cerebral palsy, or Downs syndrome. I have a special affinity for children with special needs and very much enjoy working with them - and vice versa. I would be happy to supply references and recommendations on request.

Zoology

I earned a BS in Zoology from the University of California, Davis, and excelled in graduate marine biology and ecology studies at CSU's Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. I have developed, taught and directed related programs and curricula for all levels, K - adult, and helped develop and review science frameworks and standards. I have developed and taught numerous science teacher workshops and developed, directed, and co-taught docent training courses for student and adult volunteers for public aquariums (Monterey Bay, Texas State, and Birch Aquarium at Scripps). My positions at public aquariums have provided me the opportunity to work with the husbandry aspects of zoology, as well. I have directed zoological and ecological field research for the Oceanic Society for over a decade (including Howler Monkey Research and Coral Reef Monitoring projects in Belize). I have taught marine biology sessions for hundreds of K-12 students in North San Diego County in recent years both in the classrooms and in the field. In 1992, I was awarded the National Marine Educators Association's James Centorino Award for excellence in marine science education. I would be happy to provide references and recommendations if desired.

B.S. University of California, Davis
Zoology
California State University, Hayward
Graduate Coursework

Education

B.S. University of California, Davis (Zoology)

California State University, Hayward (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Bruce will travel within 20 miles of Encinitas, CA 92024.