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Robert F.

Aurora, IL

$50/hour

Expert in Middle/High School English, Speech, and Drama

4.9 average from 98 ratings
Excellent English Teacher
— Sean, Bolingbrook, IL on 4/29/16

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University of Michigan
Computer Science
National Louis University
Master's

Education

University of Michigan (Computer Science)

National Louis University (Master's)

About Robert

Hi all. I teach English, Speech, and Acting. If you're looking for someone who is a strict taskmaster, teaches through fear, and uses a ruler to rap the hands of your child when they get something wrong, read no further. Alas, I am not that person. I believe in instilling the joy of learning (yes, tell your child, it can actually be fun!) and finding the connection with your children that will make English and English-related subjects meaningful and enjoyable.I have taught both formally and informally, in the classroom and in business settings, for over 35 years. Most recently, I taught English and speech classes at a High School for the 2014/2015 school year.
In addition to a Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree, I come with a huge background in practical English, too! I am a professional playwright and actor, for the past three decades or so, having over thirty published plays, and have performed in over 70 plays. Being a playwright means that I can help your son or daughter not only learn to write effective essays, but also to play and be creative with words if their class calls for it. My acting background means that not only am I a little crazy (after, all NO ONE can make a living acting...okay, maybe Tom Cruise), but I also can help your child communicate verbally in speech classes. To go one final step, I absolutely would love to work with your aspiring actor on perfecting his/her monologue or simply learning the basics of acting.
Hi all. I teach English, Speech, and Acting. If you're looking for someone who is a strict taskmaster, teaches through fear, and uses a ruler to rap the hands of your child when they get something wrong, read no further. Alas, I am not Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required

May vary based on distance.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Aurora, IL 60505
Background Check: Passed

"Excellent English Teacher"

- Sean, Bolingbrook, IL on 4/29/16

"Knowledgable and patient"

- Sabrina, Carol Stream, IL on 11/23/16

"Reliable and Helpful"

- Kirti, Naperville, IL on 8/14/16

"Great tutor"

- Joel, Bolingbrook, IL on 6/8/16

"Great tutor!"

- Helen, Naperville, IL on 5/23/16

"Great tutor!"

- Karen, Naperville, IL on 4/10/16

"Great English Tutor"

- Monica, Aurora, IL on 3/23/16

"Very patient"

- Joshua, Naperville, IL on 2/17/16

"Good Tutor"

- David, Naperville, IL on 2/16/16

"Great lesson!"

- Denise, Downers Grove, IL on 2/7/16

"Knowledgeable and good teacher"

- Grace, Barrington, IL on 1/5/16

"A great help"

- Rosanne, Naperville, IL on 12/11/15
Math:
ACT Math
Science:
ACT Science
Art:
Theatre
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading,
ACT Science
Elementary Education:
Grammar

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

I have a Master's degree in teaching English for grades 6-12. I am also a professional playwright, having written over 30 published plays. I retired from a 27-year career with IBM. During that time, I wrote numerous business briefs and many pieces of marketing literature. In addition to the above, I have taken specific ACT prep training via a private company.

ACT Math

I have a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan. As part of that degree, I took numerous math classes - from algebra to calculus. I then worked for IBM for 27 years, beginning as a computer programmer using my extensive math background. I have also taken specific instruction in teaching ACT-style math.

ACT Reading

I am a certified high school English teacher and have a Masters degree in teaching. In both public school and private tutoring situations, I have worked with many students to help them read more deeply and analyze texts more insightfully. I have also taken specific courses on the reading section of the ACT to understand both its content and strategy requirements.

English

I have a Masters degree in teaching English for grades 6-12. I have taught in two different area high schools. I am also a professional playwright, having written over 30 published plays. I retired from a 27-year career with IBM. During that time, I wrote numerous business briefs and many pieces of marketing literature.

Grammar

I have a Masters degree in teaching English for grades 6-12. I have been a high school English teacher at two area schools. During those stints, I taught units on famous literature such as "Catcher in the Rye," "Of Mice and Men," and "Merchant of Venice." I am also a professional playwright, having written over 30 published plays. I retired from a 27-year career with IBM. During that time, I wrote numerous business briefs and many pieces of marketing literature.

Literature

As a certified high school English teacher, I have taught units on many famous pieces of literature such as "Catcher in the Rye," "Of Mice and Men," and "Merchant of Venice." In achieving my Masters degree in teaching English (grades 6-12), I took classes in both English and American literature. I am also a professional playwright, having written over 30 published plays.

Microsoft PowerPoint

During my 27-year career with IBM, I led seminars designed to teach the effective use of MS Powerpoint presentations. I also produced numerous Powerpoint presentations as a marketing manager and customer educator, and continue my work with Powerpoint during a weekly class I teach on Public Speaking.

Microsoft Word

During my 27-year business career, I used MS Word extensively to craft business and marketing briefs. I am a certified high school English teacher. And I continue to work with MS Word to design supplementary documents for classes that I teach.

Public Speaking

I taught two Sophomore speech classes at the prestigious Barrington High School in the 2014/2015 school year. The year prior to that, I taught drama at Lake Forest High School. I have been a professional actor for 35+ years, as well as a motivational speaker at IBM throughout my 27-year career there.

Theatre

I have been a professional actor for 35+ years appearing in over 70 plays. I have directed several plays as well. I also am a professional playwright of over thirty plays.

Writing

I am a professional writer and playwright, having written over 30 published plays. I had a 27-year career with a large computer firm where I was responsible for writing numerous professional-level business briefs and many pieces of marketing literature. I also have a Masters degree in teaching English for grades 6-12.

University of Michigan
Computer Science
National Louis University
Master's

Education

University of Michigan (Computer Science)

National Louis University (Master's)

Excellent English Teacher — Bob has tutored my son several times in the past two months on Sophomore Honor English. He is a very experienced, knowledgeable, and very patient teacher. The My son score and school work start to improve noticeably. Bob is flexible to adapt what are needed steering my son in critical reading, annotation, writing, speaking skills. We will definitely continue to work with Bob for my son's English s ...

— Sean, Bolingbrook, IL on 4/29/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

May vary based on distance.

Travel policy

Robert will travel within 15 miles of Aurora, IL 60505.