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Ulrich K.

Petaluma, CA

$42/hour

Experienced German language and ESL instructor, Social Studies teacher

Background check passed as of 8/14/13
5.0 average from 62 ratings
Easy to speak and learn with
— Larissa, Sebastopol, CA on 3/29/16

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Germany
Elementary Education
International College for Applied Linguistics
Other

Education

Germany (Elementary Education)

International College for Applied Linguistics (Other)

About Ulrich

For more than two decades, I have been passionate about instilling in students a true interest in life-long learning, in learning languages, and in exploring other cultures. Beyond that, I have experienced special satisfaction in developing my students’ social skills, their creativity and analytical thinking, along with a focus on idealism and social justice.

As a native of Germany, raised by parents who taught internationally and exposed me to a wealth of cultures and approaches, I continue to aspire to teach in environments in which the natural learning capacity, creativity, and spirit of the learner can be encouraged and explored.

During the course of my career, I have had the opportunity to teach at various schools in Germany, Texas, Pennsylvania, and California. Most of the years I have taught in both public and private schools in the United States were as a generalist, especially in 5th and 6th grades. In Texas, I taught English, Social Studies, Science, Math, Computer Literacy, and German. I was chosen to teach High School German at one of the nation's best public high schools in Pittsburgh, PA and, upon moving to California, became a teacher for Math, German, and Humanities at a private international school in Menlo Park, CA. Now residing in Petaluma with my family, I teach one-on-one, online, and small groups in Sonoma and Marin counties. Besides offering my own online learning environment, students from 25+ nations have valued the interdisciplinary connections I strive for, my multilingual communication skills, my structured and well-planned approach as well as my ability to react to changing requirements in flexible, creative, and efficient ways.
For more than two decades, I have been passionate about instilling in students a true interest in life-long learning, in learning languages, and in exploring other cultures. Beyond that, I have experienced special satisfaction in developing my students’ social skills, their creativity and analytical thinking, along with a focus on idealism and Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required

Students in ZIP codes 94952 and 94954 are eligible for a $39/hr. rate. Online classes are $38 per hour.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Petaluma, CA 94952
Background Check: Passed

"Easy to speak and learn with"

- Larissa, Sebastopol, CA on 3/29/16

"Patient instruction from a native speaker"

- Heather, Novato, CA on 10/19/16

"Knowledgeable and very patient!"

- Rajiv, San Francisco, CA on 8/23/16

"Patient and encouraging."

- Andrea, Pacifica, CA on 3/29/16

"Very Experienced"

- Michi, Sebastopol, CA on 3/8/16

"Excellent, Interesting and Patient Tutor"

- Kay, Corte Madera, CA on 2/16/16
Test Preparation:
TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
German,
Russian,
TOEFL

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Elementary (K-6th)

I have been a teacher since 1987 and taught as a generalist at public elementary schools in Texas from 1995 to 1998 and from 2007 to 2010. Service records can be provided on request. More recently, I taught 5th and 6th grades at a private school in California as well as home schooled 2nd and 3rd graders.

Elementary Math

I have been a teacher for 28+ years and taught as a generalist at public elementary schools in Texas from 1995 to 1998 and from 2007 to 2010. Service records can be provided on request. More recently, I taught 5th and 6th grades at a private school in California and home schooled 2nd and 3rd graders. Math has always been one of my favorite subjects to teach and tutor, and my students loved it as well.

Elementary Science

I have been a teacher since 1987 and taught as a generalist at public elementary schools in Texas from 1995 to 1998 and from 2007 to 2010. More recently, I taught 5th and 6th grades at a private school in California. Science can be really fun! I would love to help you master it.

ESL/ESOL

I have been teaching ESL/TESOL since 1991 in Germany and the U.S. to students of all ages, various backgrounds and countries. My students have come to appreciate my blended conversational approach and the fact that I have my own website which they can use to practice the language in between sessions. I author and code everything myself and develop my own classroom materials as well. If you wish, however, we could use textbooks and materials already in your possession.

Geography

I have been a teacher since 1987. Besides English and world languages, Geography and Social Studies have always been my favorite subjects to teach. I taught as a generalist at public elementary schools in Texas for six years and more recently at a private school in California. My students came to love Geography, not only because I have lived in various countries and traveled a lot myself. It can be really fun!

German

German language learning can be so much fun! I know because I have been helping students understand and master my native language since 1987. During my career, I taught students of all ages, various backgrounds, and from 25+ nations. As a native speaker, I can promise to get you a feel of the language along with valuable background information of German culture and history. Students have come to appreciate my blended approach and a dedicated interactive practice website which I code and author myself for you.

Grammar

I have been a teacher since 1987 and taught as a generalist at public elementary schools in Texas from 1995 to 1998 and from 2007 to 2010. More recently, I taught 5th and 6th grades at a private school in California and home schooled 2nd and 3rd graders. Even grammar can be really fun and make sense! I know because I have been helping students understand and master the grammar in their English and German language classes since 1991.

Reading

I have been a teacher since 1987 and taught as a generalist at public elementary schools in Texas from 1995 to 1998 and from 2007 to 2010. More recently, I taught 5th and 6th grades at a private school in California and home schooled 2nd and 3rd graders. My students enjoy their additional reading practice in either English or German - it sure makes a difference.

Russian

I studied Russian for four years at university level and taught basic and business Russian for three years. Furthermore, I offered exploratory courses in Russian.

Social Studies

I have been a teacher since 1987 and taught as a generalist at public elementary schools in Texas for six years and as a German language instructor at one of the nation's ten best public high schools in Pittsburgh, PA. More recently, I taught 5th and 6th grades at a private school in California, supported the home schooling of 2nd and 3rd graders, and taught German language, U.S. History, and World History at an independent school in the North Bay.

Study Skills

I have been a teacher since 1987 and taught as a generalist at public elementary schools in Texas from 1995 to 1998 and from 2007 to 2010, followed by high school German in Pittsburgh, PA. More recently, I taught 5th and 6th grades at a private school in California and home schooled 2nd and 3rd graders. I also tutored students K-6th in English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and general test preparation.

TOEFL

I have been a teacher since 1987 and taught as a generalist at public elementary schools in Texas from 1995 to 1998 and from 2007 to 2010, followed by teaching high school German in Pittsburgh, PA. More recently, I taught 5th and 6th grades at a private school in California. My students truly enjoy their language sessions with me, I provide additional resources and my own website (authored and coded by myself) for practice. I have taught ESL/EFL in Germany and the U.S. since 1991.

Germany
Elementary Education
International College for Applied Linguistics
Other

Education

Germany (Elementary Education)

International College for Applied Linguistics (Other)

Easy to speak and learn with — Ulrich is a knowledgeable, experienced, easy going, and patient tutor. His German is clearly spoken and easy to understand. I am happy with the fact that we could immediately begin with instruction that fit to my level and needs. I highly recommend him, a great alternative for me instead of taking classes! ...

— Larissa, Sebastopol, CA on 3/29/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $42.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Students in ZIP codes 94952 and 94954 are eligible for a $39/hr. rate. Online classes are $38 per hour.

Travel policy

Ulrich will travel within 20 miles of Petaluma, CA 94952.