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Jacksonville University (Ancient History)
University of Wyoming (MBA)
Jacksonville University (2004) (Graduate Coursework)
For most of my adult life, I've been a teacher, counselor, instructor, mentor, or tutor. My passion is effective communications with others, and the special bond of mutual trust and satisfaction that develops between student and tutor. An unusual mix of experience, education, and training uniquely qualifies me for this effort:
-Undergraduate degree emphasis in history, ancient and modern languages, & sociology;
-MBA degree, emphasis in finance, systems analysis, and business policy/communications;
-Partial coursework completed toward master of arts in education/state teaching certification;
-Retired Commander, US Navy; decorated combat veteran of Vietnam, Gulf War, and Somalia; Muslim and African Cultural Specialist, with basic language ability in Arabic, French, German, Greek, and Swahili;
-14 years' experience as a program manager, mentor, and children's volunteer program coordinator with the Florida Dept. of Children & Families (DCF);
-State-Certified Instructor (Broward County, FL) in multiple business/communications topics;
-Certified martial arts/self-defense Instructor; graduated 700+ students since 1977;
-Over 7 years' law enforcement experience as Deputy Sheriff (Laramie County, WY);
-Over 30 years' experience as a platform instructor, motivational speaker, and tutor.
My specialty is English language arts: written and oral communication, grammar, reading, writing, and ESL. I can also tutor effectively in business topics, history, general liberal arts subjects, physical sciences, and different levels of self-defense training. I also provide individualized career counseling and skills/needs assessments.
Excellence is my hallmark; I apply a lifetime of maintaining the highest ethical and performance standards to my work. Since I'm now retired from careers in the Navy, state of Florida, and federal government, my tutoring schedule is quite flexible. I have an office in my home near Jacksonville Beach, but can also travel to a student's location. I appreciate 24-hour cancellation notice.
For an extraordinarily rich learning experience, I encourage any student interested in my exclusive brand of "high-caliber" assistance to contact me for an interview. I can guarantee the outstanding results that come from close and personal attention to each individual student's needs. My satisfaction comes from exceeding your expectations. For most of my adult life, I've been a teacher, counselor, instructor, mentor, or tutor. My passion is effective communications with others, and the special bond of mutual trust and satisfaction that develops between student and tutor. An unusual mix of experience, education, and training uniquely qualifies me for this effort:
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Steve taught my son so much in a two hour lesson. My son was focused the entire time, as Steve kept his interest. I saw immediate improvement. Steve was organized and prompt. We look forward to our next lesson! Steve does tutoring to sincerely help his clients, not for the money...
Intelligent and patient with a vast amount of experience. Steve tutored me to improve my public speaking and presentation skills. He explained the psychology behind what is happening during these moments which really helped. He coached me on body language, voice inflection, how to capture the audience, and twenty other subtle details I hadn’t thought of previously. You can’t beat the one on one coaching in an environment and with a person that ensures your success. I highly recommend Steve.
I'm having great time learning english with Steve. He showed me new concepts how to do astonishing presentations and effective communication. He also explained origins of words or idioms which helps me to remember. I want practice with him more conversation and learn all the stuff he knows :)
During my time with Steve, he was attentive with that attention on my granddaughter. He gave her some homework which, hopefully, her mother will handle. Most importantly at this early stage, my granddaughter likes him and wishes to continue lessons with him.
He is an excellent teacher, very punctual, responsible and respectful. always try to adjust to my learning needs, highly recommended
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I was a linguist in the Navy for many years, and have been a tutor/instructor for most of my adult life. I also home-schooled my own daughter (who had moderately severe ADHD) successfully in English and test preparation.
I hold a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wyoming. I also have significant private sector experience as a small business owner, corporate officer, Treasurer of a large state credit union, and as a manager/administrator of a gov't organization consisting of 4,000+ employees with a $2M budget. I have also taught business subjects at the college level.
I have completed 12 graduate-level semester hours of Organizational Development-related courses. I performed collateral duty as Career Counselor for my U.S. Navy unit (227 personnel) from 1988-1992. As Director of Community Services for the Florida Dept. of Children and Families (1998-2003), I was in charge of mentoring, career counseling, and job preparation programs for some 4,000 minority/disadvantaged youth in Broward County, FL. During this period, I also created two comprehensive career development seminars, "Career Goal-Setting & Achievement" and "Coaching for Success" for the School Board of Broward County (FL), and subsequently taught these seminars to over 300 young adults over a five-year period.
I completed 12 semester hours at the graduate level in elementary education-related topics toward my Master of Arts/Teaching degree at Jacksonville University, and I am a (FL) state-certified instructor. As a Community Services Director for the Florida Dept. of Children & Families, I was program and curriculum coordinator for after-school learning programs for over 4,000 disadvantaged youth (1999-2002). I also served as a contracted substitute teacher (grades K-8) for Duval County (FL) Public Schools from 2003-2004.
I have completed 18 semester hours of graduate-level coursework in Marketing at the University of Wyoming, from which I earned an MBA. These courses include: Marketing Systems Management 601D; Marketing Management 643D; Consumer Behavior 824D; Marketing Statistical Analysis 701F; Business Policy and Strategy 8853D; and Advanced Problems in Marketing Management 890M. I have also founded and operated my own successful company, applying marketing strategies and techniques to achieve market penetration and market share.
I began studying martial arts at the age of 15, taking judo classes at the YMCA in Jacksonville FL (attained rank of brown belt). I studied for 3 years under Godan Shotokan Master Michael King and was awarded a 1st Degree Black Belt (Shodan) in Shotokan karate in 1969. I also hold a 2nd-degree black belt (Nidan) in Kendo (awarded 1977, Denver, CO) under 8th-dan Master Senjuri Umemoto, US Olympic Team. I have taught numerous personal self-defense classes for the YMCA, government employees, US military personnel, and various private sector organizations. I have graduated over 700 students in the past 25 years.
I taught Public Speaking classes for the Broward County (FL)School District from 2001-2008, as a contract provider. I was also an active member of Toastmasters International (Wyoming) from 1975-1983. As a Florida state-certified adult educator/instructor, I have facilitated literally hundreds of platform presentations, motivational seminars, and interactive workshops over the past 20 years. I was also a political speechwriter for the successful Wyoming State Auditor campaign of 1980 (Jim Griffith, 1980).
Sociology was my minor for my Undergraduate Degree (Jacksonville University). I have passed a total of 15 semester hours in undergraduate Sociology courses: General Sociology 203; Statistical Analysis for Research Workers 401, Urban Sociology 202, Culture and Personality 203, and Minority Groups 321. I have also completed two graduate-level (University of Wyoming) courses, Seminar in Organizational Behavior 853 and Seminar in Group Dynamics 824D, for a total of 21 semester hours in Sociology-related topics. I taught sociology-related topics as a contract instructor for the Broward County (FL) School Board for 8 years, from 1995-2003.
As a Master of Arts/Teaching (MAT) candidate at Jacksonville University, I completed 9 semester hours of coursework in Andragogy/Pedagogy, Cognitive Dialogue Learning Theory, and ESL/EOSL Training. I am the author of two academic papers, "Effective Learning Tools and Techniques", and "Effective Test Preparation". These two papers were the basis of a series of 2-week courses which I developed for the School Board of Broward County (FL). I taught these courses, with lesson plans and supplemental materials that I derived from the papers, for multiple student groups drawn from the government and military sectors, for over 3 years (1995-1998). I was invited by the UK government (London, 1998) to apply my course material to the British Army's Basic Arabic course. My course material is still in use there to this day.
I hold an MBA, with emphasis in Finance and Accounting, from the University of Wyoming; I was subsequently employed for 9 years by the Wyoming State Auditor, where one of my regular duties was to conduct performance and tax audits of selected private and public entities in accordance with state and federal tax regulations. I have operated my own consulting business, under the auspices of which I work as a paid tax preparer, for 19 years. I'm a graduate of H&R Block's 75-hour Tax Preparation Course, and have performed tax preparation as a part-time seasonal worker for professional tax firms since 1998.