Steven R.

Sacramento, CA


Fun, active learning; History, social science and languages

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UC Berkeley


UC Berkeley (Anthropology)


About Steven

Hi, I'm a former college professor. Right now I'm a stay-at-home dad, raising two girls, 9 and 11, by myself. I'm a part-time consultant in the food and bakery business. I miss teaching though so I really enjoy the opportunity to work with the occasional student or classroom. A couple of the key things about my teaching and learning philosophy. The first is that the greatest chance of success for you is when I can help guide you to learn how to learn and to see how or why a topic is important or relevant to your larger goals. I find that this leads to greater success and also more long-lasting proficiency in the topic. The second is that learning, to the degree possible, should be as fun, interactive, and interesting as possible. Of course, there's a lot of hard work, memorization and discipline needed but if learning can't be at least a little bit fun, what's the point?

In terms of subjects, I'm super-enthusiastic about history, any topic in the social sciences, and languages. I've taught english as a second-language to both kids and adults and I'm also really good at teaching Spanish. In terms of K-12, I can help with anything related to the social sciences or language. Specific topics might be history, geography, English, Spanish, political science, government, speech and debate or critical thinking. In terms of what I've specifically taught, I was an assistant professor at Cal State Northridge for seven years and I taught various topics related to history, politics, community service, research methods and ethnic studies. In addition, I'm a native English speaker but also fluent in Spanish after having lived in Peru, South America, for a total of seven years. While in Peru, I trained and then taught English as a second language using a methodology based on USC professor Stephen Krashen's L+1 language acquisition theory. I also did a lot of workshops and community organizing in the active learning tradition of Latin America, going back to the work of Brazilian educational pioneers Paolo Friere and Augusto Boal.

I am generally flexible with time but I really, really appreciate punctuality and advance notice in case of changes or cancellations. I ask that you let me know at least 24-hours if you need to cancel.

In terms of where and when, I have a study space set up for my kids, if we are talking about the afternoon or weekends. I can also travel to your location or a public location but that generally has to be during the day or on Saturdays. However, I'm flexible so I'll try and work with you to find something that is convenient for both.
Hi, I'm a former college professor. Right now I'm a stay-at-home dad, raising two girls, 9 and 11, by myself. I'm a part-time consultant in the food and bakery business. I miss teaching though so I really enjoy the opportunity to work with the occasional student or classroom. A couple of Read more

24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Sacramento, CA 95822
In-person lessons
Anatomy, Anthropology,
Archaeology, Ecology, Philosophy, Physical Science, Physiology, Sociology
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ESL/ESOL, Spanish,
American History, Anthropology,
Archaeology, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Political Science, Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Public Speaking

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I have a bachelor's degree in anthropology from UC Berkeley (1993). I have a MA and PHD in cultural anthropology from UCLA (2003). I taught for seven years at Cal State University Northridge in the Asian American Studies department using my background and approach from anthropology with a focus on Asian American populations in the Americas. I have worked on numerous research programs and projects in the United States as well in South America.



I have 3 years of coursework in Spanish at University of California, Los Angeles (1996-99). I completed a training program in secondary language acquisition theory and methodology at the Instituto de Idiomas, Universidad La Catolica, Lima, Peru (1999).


I have near-native fluency in Latin American Spanish, and seven years of residency in Peru, South America. I have 5 years of part-time experience tutoring native English speakers in all levels of Spanish from basic to advanced. In addition, I've completed 10 years of part-time experience teaching and tutoring English as a second language to Spanish speakers, along with 3 years of part-time teaching experience at the college level as a graduate student. Lastly, I have 7 years of full-time teaching experience as an assistant professor at California State University, Northridge.

UC Berkeley


UC Berkeley (Anthropology)


Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Steven will travel within 15 miles of Sacramento, CA 95822.