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Kentora M.

San Diego, CA

$30/hour

Exceptional Science tutor and karate teacher w International exp

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4.5 average from 2 ratings

$30/Hour


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The University of Toledo
Science Instruction
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
Graduate Coursework
Cleveland State University
Graduate Coursework

Education

The University of Toledo (Science Instruction)

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (Graduate Coursework)

Cleveland State University (Graduate Coursework)

About Kentora

Hi! I'm Kentora, a licensed Paramedic with ten years experience combined with fourteen years experience as a science-math teacher and tutor. After teaching in the classroom for a year, I entered the EMS Fire Service, where I added training in Anatomy and Physiology, Pharmacology, and Interpersonal Communication. Currently, I am a graduate student in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Pacific College in Mission Valley.

I have also been a student-practitioner of jujutsu and karate (Japanese) and kung fu since age 14 (I will be 42 in several months). Three years of training were spent in Japan, where I earned a brown belt in shotokan-ryu karate-do while teaching English to people age 3 to 75. During this time, I taught a medical English course to junior college students at Aso Juku College of Rehab in Fukuoka, Japan. Even now, I continue practicing Karate, Qi Gong, and doing Japanese and Chinese calligraphy. (hence the reason I am registered as a handwriting tutor).

My teaching experience began in 1995 as a tutor for the University of Toledo Student Development Center. While at Toledo, I also worked as a Mathematics Teaching Assistant for an Algebra I course. Since graduating college in 1999 with a B.Ed in Science Ed. and a B.S. in Math, I entered the EMS-Fire service after one year of classroom teaching in chemistry at a private high school. However, I would continue my teaching career as a tutor and classroom instructor in science and math for the Upward Bound program at Cuyahoga Community College and TRIO program at Chancellor University. (both in Cleveland, Ohio). Teaching at these institutions involved constantly innovating new ways to present course material, both to gifted students and those who experience academic challenges.

Now, while working full time as a Security Guard, I am seeking not only to make physics, math, and chemistry relevant to my students by showing them how to apply what they are needing to learn (the EFFECTIVENESS component), and also how to use martial arts to build their personhood. (spiritual, mental, and physical) Martial arts helps a person become balanced, and then more efficient. Success is the sum of efficiency and effectiveness, and I am able to develop in my students all of the elements needed on the right side of this equation.
Hi! I'm Kentora, a licensed Paramedic with ten years experience combined with fourteen years experience as a science-math teacher and tutor. After teaching in the classroom for a year, I entered the EMS Fire Service, where I added training in Anatomy and Physiology, Pharmacology, and Interpersonal Communication. Currently, I am a graduate student Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required

1. will offer 10% discount per referral 2. will offer 30% discount for students who meet four or more times per month.

Travel Radius
Travels within 0 miles of San Diego, CA 92108
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus,
Differential Equations,
Finite Math,
Geometry, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Microbiology, Nutrition,
Physical Science, Physics,
Physiology
Art:
Drawing, Painting
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, SAT Math
Language:
Japanese
History:
American History, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, World History
Elementary Education:
Handwriting
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking, Fitness,
Martial Arts

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.

Calculus

Performance Award in Writing and Mathematics on The ACT/College Board's Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency

Ohio Teacher Certification

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Bachelor of Education in Science Instruction

Teaching Assistant in Algebra, University of Toledo Mathematics Department

Twelve years of experience as Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics tutor and classroom teacher, including working for Trio and Upward Bound Programs at Cuyahoga Community College (Cleveland Ohio), where I designed curriculum and taught it for enrichment courses for academically challenged high school and college students.

Differential Equations

Given that I was a math major during my undergraduate career, I took the Differential Equations course and earned an A-. While it honestly has been awhile since I took the course and utilized the discipline, I have acquired the materials for review and definitely can prove myself an asset to a student who needs assistance.

Finite Math

During my undergraduate career, I took a course in Introduction to Analysis, as well as Abstract Algebra. I did quite well in both classes, and can provide documentation in the form of official transcripts.

Given my practical angle on things, coupled with my teaching and tutoring experience, I can be a great asset to students needing support in this discipline.

Fitness

Recently, I became certified as a Personal Trainer within the World Instructor Training School (affiliated with the American College of Sports Medicine). Every two years, I take courses in order to maintain the certification.

Further, I have been involved in martial arts training over the past eight years consistently; this involves a significant fitness component, especially considering my regularly engaging in competition.

Currently, my supervised training in Chen style Tai Ji Chuan and Chinese sword demand new and more broad fitness components in order to perform well in these art forms. This training, especially including fitness as a primary focus, supports life balance while expounding upon the conceptual foundation required to fully learn and appreciate Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Theory, Philosophy, and Clinical Practice.

Handwriting

I particularly am referring to my proficiency in Chinese and Japanese calligraphy. I have been exposed to it, and have been taught by Japanese colleagues while living overseas for three years. Since then, I have continued practicing and producing elements within this art form, both as meditation and for business while also utilizing it to expand my understanding of the Chinese language for my studies in Acupuncture.

I have acquired many insights into how the language works as a result of practicing calligraphy, which has benefited me in numerous ways. Such training, enlightenment, and insight is not typically gleaned from conventional handwriting training during the elementary and junior high school years. I would embrace the opportunity to not only teach this, but incorporate it into my martial arts and Qi Gong meditation training programs.

Martial Arts

I have been receiving formal education in various styles since I was 14, starting with Japanese jujutsu under Dr. Tetsuya Higuchi. (1989-1991). From 2003-2005, I trained in Long Fist Wu Shu (Kung Fu). From 2006-2009, I trained in the Shotokan-ryu karate do tradition while living in Japan with various teachers, attaining the level of brown belt (san kyuu). My teachers trained me with a different angle on the art because they knew I was a teacher and wanted to be an instructor upon gaining a higher degree of mastery in the art.

Since then, I continued in a related style with the Lakeland Community College (Kirtland, Ohio) under Shihan Lawrence R. Feldman M.Ed, 8th Dan Kwanmukaikan. I was part of the karate club until moving to San Diego to commence my acupuncture and Oriental Medical training. I took formal college classes [karate I and II, plus Self Defense] at Lakeland, earning A's in each class. I was awarded a bronze medal for the Men's division in the Kwanmuzendokai-USA Karate Federation Northeast Ohio Tournament. I currently train in Chen style Tai Ji Chuan, including a sword art form, as these are in line with both my martial arts philosophy at this point in my life, and are in harmony with my training in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I plan to use them to help patients when I begin practicing, especially including the use of Qi Gong.

Nutrition

The education required for my becoming a Personal Trainer for the World-Instructor Training School certification involved a nutrition component. Further, in order to remain certified, coupled with my on-going training in school toward my First Professional Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, I am constantly learning about nutrition therapy for both restoring health and preventing disease. Next year, before graduation, I will have taken two classes in nutrition (which is more than medical doctors receive as far as compulsory training in nutrition).

Physics

Performance Award in Writing and Mathematics on The ACT/College Board's Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency

Ohio Teacher Certification

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Bachelor of Education in Science Instruction

Teaching Assistant in Algebra, University of Toledo Mathematics Department

Twelve years of experience as Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics tutor and classroom teacher, including working for Trio and Upward Bound Programs at Cuyahoga Community College (Cleveland Ohio), where I designed curriculum and taught it for enrichment courses for academically challenged high school and college students.

Tutor for The University of Toledo Student Development Center

The University of Toledo
Science Instruction
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
Graduate Coursework
Cleveland State University
Graduate Coursework

Education

The University of Toledo (Science Instruction)

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (Graduate Coursework)

Cleveland State University (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

1. will offer 10% discount per referral 2. will offer 30% discount for students who meet four or more times per month.

Travel policy

Kentora will travel within 0 miles of San Diego, CA 92108.