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Zachary L.

Southbury, CT

$50/hour

Experienced English teacher, writing and creative disciplines.

In-person lessons
20+ Hours
Background check passed as of 9/25/15
4.7 average from 19 ratings
What a relief!!!
— Michelle, Southbury, CT on 9/14/16

$50/Hour


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UC Santa Cruz
Multiple NYC
EdD

Education

UC Santa Cruz

Multiple NYC (EdD)

About Zachary

I hold a BA in English and have years of professional teaching experience as a full-time, licensed teacher in public and private schools since 2000. I have taught English, Literacy, Music Experience and workshops in creative/ screenwriting, moviemaking, 'blog writing and self-publishing. I am a self-published writer, a produced screenwriter and playwright, trained musician (voice, clarinet, oboe, self-taught on drums and some piano and guitar), trained actor and director of movies and theater, self-taught photographer and artist, and nature lover. I have worked with homeschool students, literacy and special needs students (including Autism, Aspergers, ADD and others), and tutored in multiple subjects (including full-day, all subject homeshool mentoring).

As a tutor, my greatest strength is in all areas of reading and writing English. I can effectively increase proficiency and student grades in these areas, can help prepare for standardized tests such as the SAT, and I can help students improve their writing proficiency and reading fluency. I recommend 1 and 1/2 hour sessions at least once weekly for optimal results.
I hold a BA in English and have years of professional teaching experience as a full-time, licensed teacher in public and private schools since 2000. I have taught English, Literacy, Music Experience and workshops in creative/ screenwriting, moviemaking, 'blog writing and self-publishing. I am a self-published writer, a produced screenwriter and Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

$20 travel fee additional if tutoring outside of Southbury.

Travel Radius
Travels within 35 miles of Southbury, CT 06488
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"What a relief!!!"

- Michelle, Southbury, CT on 9/14/16

"SAT Tutor"

- Keely, Wolcott, CT on 11/11/15
English:
English,
Literature,
Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Computer:
Photography, Video Production
Language:
Reading,
Writing
History:
Writing
Elementary Education:
ADHD,
Phonics,
Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
Writing

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.

ADHD

I was a paraprofessional in Special Education at Pomperaug High School (Region 15, Southbury, CT), working specifically with ADD/ADHD as well as autistic and Aspergers students one-on-one and in small-groups. Before that, I taught in public and independent schools as English and Literacy teacher (over six years total), in mixed classrooms. In Literacy class, I dealt with multiple learning disabilities and underwent specialized, ongoing training as well as teaching weekend classes for special needs. I have established tutoring and small-group learning services in NYC and here in CT, working with all-age students, including those with various special needs, over more than six years.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

I have worked specifically with autistic and Aspergers students, one-on-one and in small-groups, during my time in the Special Education department at a High School in CT. In my independent learning service business, offering one-on-one and small group instruction in NYC and here in CT for a total of over six years, I have worked with a number of special needs students, including those on the autism spectrum. I have also worked in public and independent schools as a licensed English and specially-trained Literacy teacher, over a period of more than six years.

Composition (Music)

I worked for three years at a NYC high school in Music Experience, emphasizing original music composition and reading/writing music notation. I have taught multiple instruments and voice, had musical training from childhood myself, and have taught music and lyric composition in elective workshop and one-on-one contexts multiple times in NYC and here in CT over a period of over five years. My degree is in English, and lyric-writing is a particular area of expertise I can offer. I have worked with all-age students, from elementary through high school.

English

I hold a BA in English, taught and Literacy (I have three years of specialized professional Literacy training) in as a licensed public school teacher in NYC, and taught three years in an excellent upstate NY private school where I taught English and led writing workshops to elementary and high school ages.

I have also run learning services (including one-one-one mentoring and tutoring) for over six years in NY and CT, serving all elementary ages and specializing in English/Literacy skills and writing workshops.

I have worked closely with Special Needs students including ADD/ADHD, Aspergers/autism, dyslexia and others.

Film

I have trained in California and NYC in acting, directing, play- and screenwriting, and co-founded a bi-coastal independent theater and DV moviemaking collective in which I co-produced, directed, wrote or co-wrote and/ or acted an often lead role in a number of feature independent movies and/ or original theater productions. In my university years, studying modern literary theory and theater arts, film analysis and theory were a regular part of my studies.

General Music

I taught public high school Music Experience and led elective music clubs and workshops focusing on original composition. I was raised with a musical training including voice (choral soloist), clarinet, oboe (on which I played in county-wide youth symphony), self-taught on drums and basic guitar, piano composition.

Literature

I hold a BA degree in Modern Literary Studies, and have studied many of the classics in the English and translated literary canon. I have taught English in public schools (high school), independent schools (elementary through high school) and as a tutor and writing-workshop teacher, for over a decade.

Phonics

I taught a public school Literacy course in which I had ongoing, specialized training in all aspects of reading, comprehension, phonics and other skills-building relevant to struggling/reluctant readers. I taught a weekend program as well as in a specialized double-block classroom, working with the same students over two full school years. Since then, I have frequently taught all ages of struggling readers, using phonics and other proven reading and comprehension strategies.

Reading

Reading tutor qualifications:
BA degree, English
Licensed English teacher in NY state, worked 3 years
Specialized Literacy trainiing and teaching experience, NYC public schools, 2 years
Long-term English and reading/writing tutor and mentor, NY and CT, over 8 years experience

SAT Reading

BA English, licensed English and Literacy teacher for three years in public school (NYC), three years private school, and as a tutor and small-group teacher for over six years in CT and NY state.

SAT Writing

I hold a BA in English, have taught English at the high school level, and can assist in all academic areas related to writing well. I can help in all areas of the SAT related to English.

Songwriting

I taught a high school Music Experience class in NYC for three years, including establishing and running an elective Music Club which focused on original songwriting. I have taught musical notation (reading and writing), lyric-writing, and multiple instruments. I have also individually instructed students in all aspects of songwriting and music literacy.

Special Needs

I worked a full year as a paraprofessional in Special Education at Pomperaug High School (Region 15, Southbury, CT), and worked specifically with autistic and Aspergers students one-on-one or in small-groups. I have also worked in public and independent schools as English and Literacy teacher, in mixed classrooms. In Literacy class, dealt with multiple learning disabilities and underwent specialized, ongoing training as well as teaching weekend classes for special needs.

Theater

I have performed University and professional-level training in California and NYC in acting, directing and playwriting. I produced and directed two plays in Santa Cruz, CA as founder of Four Star Productions, and co-founded an ensemble independent theater and DV movie production company in NYC called Inspiration Conspiracy. And I wrote the one-act play "See This Play" which has been produced at the Edinburgh Festival, Scotland. Intensive Shakespeare training at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon, with Oxford Shakespeare editors. I have also taught numerous acting and theater arts workshops in elementary and high school settings.

Video Production

I co-founded NYC movie-making collective Inspiration Conspiracy, and collaborated with Living Fiction Films in the making of DV feature movie Which Way, Por Favor? in which I played a lead role. I wrote the feature screenplay New to New York, and directed the production of the DV movie created from the script. I have taught numerous DV moviemaking workshops. I am proficient in computer editing on iMovie, familiar with older versions of Final Cut Pro. And I am a professional-level screenwriting training in NYC, I have completed numerous feature screenplays, and taught screenwriting workshops to students from elementary through high school.

Writing

Writing is a particular strength, which I can assist with greatly. As described in my message accompanying this, I have years of teaching experience-- but writing is my particular strength, love and area of greatest expertise.

UC Santa Cruz
Multiple NYC
EdD

Education

UC Santa Cruz

Multiple NYC (EdD)

What a relief!!!

Zack was awesome! My son was reluctant to be tutored but Zack gave him the confidence to accomplish his goal with great organization and understanding. We are all very grateful!

— Michelle, Southbury, CT on 9/14/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

$20 travel fee additional if tutoring outside of Southbury.

Travel policy

Zachary will travel within 35 miles of Southbury, CT 06488.