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Steve M.

Jacksonville, FL

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Very patient and very knowledgeable, a brilliant man.
— Elizabeth, Atlantic Beach, FL on 1/2/17

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Jacksonville University
Ancient History
University of Wyoming
MBA
Jacksonville University (2004)
Graduate Coursework

Education

Jacksonville University (Ancient History)

University of Wyoming (MBA)

Jacksonville University (2004) (Graduate Coursework)

About Steve

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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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Jacksonville, FL 32224
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Very patient and very knowledgeable, a brilliant man."

- Elizabeth, Atlantic Beach, FL on 1/2/17

"Great teacher, well informed, humorous and fun"

- George, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL on 10/4/17

"Extremely helpful and caring tutor"

- India, Jacksonville, FL on 9/24/17

"Steve related very well with my son. He talked on his level.."

- Holly, Jacksonville, FL on 8/28/16

"Steve is a fantastic Tutor"

- Mike, Jacksonville, FL on 6/28/16

"knowledgeable tutor"

- Michal, Easton, MA on 3/5/16

"Great reading lesson"

- Linda, Jacksonville Beach, FL on 1/13/16

"Great teacher!"

- Azucena, Jacksonville, FL on 12/8/15
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Reading,
Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Martial Arts

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

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.

ACT Reading

I'm a retired US Navy linguist, published author, lecturer, proofreader, and editor with over 30 years' experience in the field. I have taught English, ESOL, grammar, general linguistics principles, literature, poetry appreciation, and psychology of sentence construction to literally thousands of students over this time period.

American History

History was my undergraduate major, and it has been a lifelong passion for me. I have over 30 years of teaching experience in the subject, covering all sub-divisions: ancient, modern, European, American, etc. I also have the advantage of having traveled to many of the places in the world where history was made, enhancing my understanding of the importance and relevance of events.

Business

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.

Career Development

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.

Elementary (K-6th)

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.

Elementary Science

I have always had a love of science, and I have a successful track record of helping children to understand the world around them in terms they can understand. I have been successfully tutoring this topic to kids for over five years. Partial credit toward Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and state-certified instructor in multiple science-related topics.

English

I'm a retired US Navy linguist, published author, lecturer, proofreader, and editor with over 30 years' experience in the field. I have taught English, ESOL, thesis construction, grammar, and in-depth expository analysis to literally thousands of students over this time period.

ESL/ESOL

I'm a retired US Navy linguist, conversant in six languages. I've traveled the world with the military in that capacity, and have specialized in bridging cultural gaps by learning the language of local peoples, and teaching them English in return. I've successfully taught natives from Russia, India, Saudi Arabia, Latin America, Ethiopia, Slovakia, Ukraine, & more.

European History

History was my undergraduate major, and it has been a lifelong passion for me. My military career as a linguist allowed me to travel to, and live in, all major European countries. This experience allowed me to immerse myself in local customs and views, giving me special insight into each region's rooted history and origin.

GED

I have successfully trained over 120 students over the past decade in preparation for the GED, SAT, AVSAT, and ACT examinations. Many of these students did not speak English as their native language, which made their cases much more challenging. I am the author of several study guides, including" Effective Test Preparation" and "Winning Communication Techniques and Strategies" seminars. I also served for several months as a contract grader/evaluator for the Writing portion of the SAT.

Geography

I completed 15 undergraduate college hours in Geography, Cartography, Cultural Anthropology, and related courses. My 30-year career as a US Navy linguist has allowed me to travel to all regions of the Earth except Antarctica. This experience gave me on-site knowledge of the topographical features of the Continents, and their cultural and environmental impacts on indigent populations.

Government & Politics

My expertise with Government and Politics comes from a long public service career spanning over 40 years (state, federal, and US military), and my status as a Certified Parliamentarian. In that capacity, I served as both the Roberts' Rules of Order authority for multiple deliberative bodies, and also privately tutored elected officials in parliamentary procedures and protocols. I also ran for and won election to a single term in local government office.

Grammar

I have taught English, ESOL, thesis construction, grammar, and in-depth expository analysis to literally thousands of students over this time period.

Martial Arts

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.

Proofreading

I served as the Senior Editor/Proofreader for my state government district (Florida Department of Children & Families, South Florida) from 1988-2003, responsible for the accuracy and grammatical correctness of all outgoing official correspondence from the Administration Office.

Public Speaking

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).

Reading

I'm a retired Navy linguist, published author, lecturer, proofreader, and editor with over 30 years' experience in the field. I have taught English, ESOL, thesis construction, grammar, and literature appreciation to literally thousands of students over this time period.

SAT Writing

I have also worked as a contract employee for the publishers of the SAT as an Expository Writing Test Section grader/evaluator.

Social Studies

I have completed 42 semester hours in social studies-related subjects, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, at Southeast Missouri State College, Jacksonville University, and the University of Wyoming. They include: Gen. Sociology 203; multiple foreign language courses; Anthropology 207; Western Civilization 166; Humanities 201; Advanced Humanities 202; Human Behavior Theory 305; Geography and Environment 207; and Seminar in International Relations 823. As a teaching intern (MAT candidate) I taught High School Social Studies for one semester at Oceanway High School, Duval County, FL (2004).

Sociology

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.

Study Skills

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.

Vocabulary

As a close student of word origins over a lifetime of teaching, vocabulary enhancement is one of my favorite areas in which to tutor.

World History

My undergraduate major was History, with special emphasis on ancient civilizations. I've written and lectured on the subject for over 30 years.

Writing

I'm a retired US Navy linguist (six languages), published author, effective communications lecturer, proofreader and editor with over 30 years' experience in the field. I have taught English, ESOL, thesis construction, grammar, and in-depth expository analysis to literally thousands of students over this time period.

Jacksonville University
Ancient History
University of Wyoming
MBA
Jacksonville University (2004)
Graduate Coursework

Education

Jacksonville University (Ancient History)

University of Wyoming (MBA)

Jacksonville University (2004) (Graduate Coursework)

Very patient and very knowledgeable, a brilliant man.

Mr. M was extremely helpful to me. He more than helped me with my appeal letter, It was perfectly done, I could not have asked for better, he is very nice and polite. I have great respect for him and am very grateful for his time and knowledge, I will definitely use him again and will definitely refer him to others. Thank you Mr. M.

— Elizabeth, Atlantic Beach, FL on 1/2/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $25.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Steve will travel within 20 miles of Jacksonville, FL 32224.