St. Joseph's College, Mountain View, CA (Humanities)
Holy Names University, Oakland CA (Master's)
Major Seminary, San Luis Potosi, Mexico (Other)
Directly after college I worked for two school years at a High School in Yuba City California. I worked with truant students who did not want to be in school. Working with the students and their parents, I discovered that if the students do not feel a part of the culture of the school; if they feel that they do not fit in, then the importance of academic learning soon becomes a low priority for them. When creativity and joy are stifled by the rules and regulations of public schools that 'teach to the test' rather than for learning that will prepare students for the future, then it is clear that we must find new and creative ways to engage students with educational programs that are relevant to them.
After that High School, I worked as a Counselor at Yuba-Sutter Juvenile Hall, in Marysville California. Following that, I taught K-12 as a substitute teacher. Eventually I moved to the SF Bay Area, where I worked with so called 'at-risk youth' at a number of different non-profit organizations. Eventually, I got two teaching credentials from the State of California, to teach Performing Arts and Physical Fitness & Conditioning. I have found that maintaining our health and engaging in creative arts helps us to discover who we are and why we are here. Performing Arts have been the means through which I have been able to engage and motivate people in the communities in which I have lived and worked over the years. It is a joy for me to be able to work with students and watch them grow in creativity and passion via a number of different disciplines of learning. This has been a major part of my journey of life-long learning. I strive always to awaken students to the joy of learning.
I use creativity (Music, Poetry, and Writing) to teach English, ESL, and Public Speaking. It is important that students learn that making mistakes is part of the learning process. Never be afraid to make mistakes or to ask questions. That's how we learn. Delivery and confidence grow as we share what we learn with others. Also, doing your homework and self-discipline are key ingredients of the recipe for success.
I have more than twenty years of experience teaching a number of different disciplines, including ESL, Public Speaking, Performing Arts, and Physical Fitness & Conditioning. I am a good listener with lots of experience working in diverse cultures and settings, including Not-For-Profit Community Organizations, Juvenile Hall, Parks and Recreation Centers, Senior Centers, and private clubs.
I am a published Singer/Songwriter and Recording Artist. I have a Master's Degree in Culture and Spirituality. Creativity and listening are critical elements to success in the key of life.
My many years of experience with public speaking and the performing arts, in the settings of community work and life itself, have given me much inspiration and insight into the creative process of writing songs. My strong writing skills in English and Spanish, help me to craft lyrics to accompany the creative melodies that manifest through imagination and experience.
I have been practicing T'ai Chi Ch'uan for more than 30 years, and teaching for more than twenty years. When a Latino guy like me is recruited by the Chinese community to teach T'ai Chi Ch'uan at an Acupuncture School, my expertise speaks for itself. I have studied a few other martial arts, but T'ai Chi is what I teach, because of its overall body/mind conditioning and health benefits.
Intelligence and talent are the raw materials for success in whatever you choose to do with your life. Creativity, thought, and imagination are the doors that you must keep open so that your intelligence and talent can flourish.
Using your intelligence and developing your talents requires hard work and self-discipline. Your confidence and self worth will increase as you master the learning process. Contact me so I can help you learn to explore and realize your potential. Perpetual learning keeps you young. Let's coordinate our schedules and continue down the road of life-long learning! Directly after college I worked for two school years at a High School in Yuba City California. I worked with truant students who did not want to be in school. Working with the students and their parents, I discovered that if the students do not feel a part of the culture of the school; if they feel that they do not fit in, then the importance of
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