Dan K.

Cary, IL


Dan for Social Studies, Film, Criminal Justice, Psychology

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Illinois State University, Normal
Associates Degree - College of DuPage
Governor's State University


Illinois State University, Normal

Associates Degree - College of DuPage (Other)

Governor's State University (Master's)

About Dan

Hello, my name is Dan, and I have been a lifelong educator in a number of teaching, tutoring, and training settings.

From the time I was in high school, I knew that I wanted to teach history, geography, and psychology. It has allowed me to not only be creative in the classroom but also to strive to build new life skills within my students.

I was fortunate to attend Illinois State University in the teacher education program and successfully completed both the academic requirements and the student teaching program at Provios HS in Maywood and Hillside, Illinois.

I went on to teach full-time social studies classes on suburban HS campuses for seven years. Along with teaching conventional classes in American history & American government, I was able to select and teach curriculum content classes in psychology, geography, criminal justice, cinema studies, and consumer education. My approach with students was always interactive, aiming to motivate and stimulate the individual student in applying classroom knowledge to everyday life.

Designing and developing appropriate study skills to match the students' level and comprehension has always been a primary responsibility of mine. I look at the goals and objectives of tutoring and help create a comprehensive plan to go forward with the student that will help them meet their learning goals.

In addition to teaching, I was actively involved in coaching HS basketball and a variety of programs supporting students' individual needs. I was fortunate to be identified in "America's Who's Who of High School Teachers." I have also taught at the junior college and the university level as an adjunct, helping adult learners master the skills and competences for working in the world at large.

I have a master's degree in educational technology and have designed and developed courseware for schools, businesses, and educational programs. These programs have included training and academic content in print, video, web-based, and e-learning delivery systems. I have a strong computer background and multimedia skills in both the PC and Mac environments.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I enjoy the opportunity to work with your student. My personal motto is, "Readers are Leaders."


Hello, my name is Dan, and I have been a lifelong educator in a number of teaching, tutoring, and training settings.

From the time I was in high school, I knew that I wanted to teach history, geography, and psychology. It has allowed me to not only be creative in the classroom but also to strive to build new life skills within my
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Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Cary, IL 60013
Background Check: Passed
Archaeology, Geology, Psychology,
Test Preparation:
Career Development
American History,
Archaeology, Criminal Justice,
Geography, Government & Politics, Religion,
Social Studies,
World History
Career Development,
Microsoft PowerPoint,
Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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American History

I have taught US History at the high school level for seven years, providing customized learning tools to students to help them understand the topics and impact on current day events in the US.

I taught night classes at the junir college level for three years for AP History using current study tools and exam prep devices to support individualized instruction for test prep and short and long essay development.

I taught two years at the university level for specialized classes in foreign policy, world wars, and constitutional law and the courts.


Took two anthropology classes at the university level with three months field work at river site in central Illinois supervised by PH.D. Candidates in Native American Indian studies.

Helped map site and initiate beginning dig at three and six foot levels to determine type of settlement, and how many groups had used the location in the estimated 700 year time frame. Uncovered both pottery and arrowheads from two distinct settlement groups.

Studied extensively Middle Eastern and Chinese historical sites from about 4000 years ago. Enjoy reading abstracts on digs, finds and restoration of ancient sites and human habitation. Linked to studies in sociology, and human psychology classes.

Career Development

I taught week long classes at high school and junior college level on career development using web, library, federal, state and local resources to identify careers and select job skills that promote future hiring in academic, business and government setting. Clients/students would have to meet with potential employers and interview or job shadow opportunities for employment. Follow-up with student/clients and link to training and education paths. It included budgeting and timelines to visual cost benefit analysis for choices.

Criminal Justice

I completed a associates degree in Police Sciences from College of Dupage.

I was hired by the police department as a full time officer and successfully completed 16 weeks basic training at the PTI (Police Training Institute) at University of Illinois Champaign.

I acted as both a full time officer for three years as a training officer working, neighbors, streets, records systems, detective activities and Officer Friendly for School presentations and child finger printing.

I then took a job as a full time officer for the Forest Preserve District as officer, trainer and records system management. I supported public access and safe management and use of facilities for general public and special groups across Will County, Illinois, for four years.

I designed and developed training programs for handgun safety, urban and Tactical Shooting, certification course for police dog and handler course, and Record Systems Management.


I attended Willowbrook High School and successfully completed the American Cinema Studies program at the school and acquired a lifelong appreciation for critical film studies.

I taught the program at Lincoln Way High School as well as special semester on Science fiction films in the 11th and 12th grade programs of the social studies curriculum.

I utilized techniques learned in formal development of instructional films and business productions; producing scripts, selecting actors and film teams to produce and deliver video products via VHS, DVD, Webcast, and E--learning platforms.

I enjoy both both foreign and domestic films and have attended the Chicago film festival on numerous occasions to access a variety of venues and artists. I like to challenge a new viewer with a couple of recommendations and discuss their view of the film as a spectator and as a future critic.

General Computer

I have taught computer skills the past three years at the Hanover Township Senior Center in Bartlett. I have classes on PC and Mac platforms along with email and Office- Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. I have experience using Adobe Suite products for PDF's, Photoshop and Premiere video production.

When I'm not teaching classes I work with clients on tutoring, problem resolution and technology issues. I have worked on Web site maintenance and development along with platforms that you can use and manage based on budget.

My education includes teaching High School, Junior College and Graduate programs at each level. I have designed and developed training programs as an instructional designer in specialized in a variety of software programs to support business and not for profit organizations.

I enjoy teaching, tutoring and helping clients with technology. I'm in the Who's Who of American Teachers and students rate me as both accomplished and knowledgable in the areas I instruct.


As an instructional designer, used Mac's from the 1980's to the present to create training packages for academic and programs in business and industry. Currently am a computer instructor at the Hanover Township Senior Center and teach PC & Mac usage along with IPads. Design classes in the computer lab and individual tutoring for seniors.

Microsoft PowerPoint

I have previously designed custom training for PC and MAC usage in academic and business settings. In addition, I have designed and developed training using PowerPoint presentations using animation, audio, video and application links to external sources. I have tutored students using PowerPoint in junior High, high school, graduate school and in a business setting for presentations and course presentations.

Microsoft Windows

Designed and developed training for Windows platform from the early 1990's for business and industry. Designed quick references and update training for individuals for MS platform changes and skill building for end users in a business setting. Did training in stand-up, blended learning and e-learning platforms.

Am currently a computer instructor for the Hanover Township Senior Center and designed and deliver group training in a lab setting and individual tutoring for clients using a MS platform using XP, Windows 7, Vista and Windows 8.1 Starting in May. Utilize Widows Tools to maintain clients laptops and tablets to resolve user issues.


General, Social and Abnormal Psychology


I taught history course on Comparative Religions at the high school level and designed course content of Western religions, Middle Eastern and Asian religious practices. I can discuss at length Islamic, Buddhist, and Taoist practices both historical and modern day I pacts as they apply to human development.

Social Studies

I completed degree in education at Illinois State University and was certified to teach 6th to 12th grades in Illinois after completing student teaching in Social Studies at Proviso HS in Hillside & Maywood Illinois.

I taught classes in World History, American History, Geography, American Government, Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Social Psychology, American Cinema Studies, Anthropology, Criminal Justice and Consumer Education for 9th to 12th grades for seven years.

I worked with staff to develop course content to promote study skills, library skills and critical reading and writing to support a variety of student learning styles and capabilities.

I was selected in American's Who's Who of Teachers. Have taught at both the high school and junior college level, as well as an adjunct for masters level courses in course design and development. I've been a lifelong learner and my motto is "Readers are Leaders."


I have a minor in psychology and sociology and taught class for a semester at the high school level and two years as an adjunct at Joliet Junior college. Students were required to complete observations and a week long research project in the field to complete semester class requirements. Projects included investigation in aspects of neighborhood blending in areas of social mobility for minority groups of less than two years in the United States.

Feedback included recommendations in creating local block groups to meet new neighbors and support common interests for all in immediate area. Created three local area events to support findings.

World History

I taught World History on the High School level, 9th to 12th grades and specialized classes in Far East and Middle East courses to high school and junior college students. As an instructor I also taught geography, and anthropology courses that impact the understand and knowledge related to World History topics.

I designed testing for multiple choice, short answer, essay, and research topics and work with clients to research topics and outline content prior to writing projects.

Illinois State University, Normal
Associates Degree - College of DuPage
Governor's State University


Illinois State University, Normal

Associates Degree - College of DuPage (Other)

Governor's State University (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Dan will travel within 40 miles of Cary, IL 60013.