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Brendan D.

Forest Park, IL

$60/hr

Math, Dyslexia, Sped, Unusual Situations.

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Background check passed as of 3/20/15
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Prepared, easy to get along with, stays on task, very effective.
— York, Mount Laurel, NJ on 6/29/15

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Beloit
Philosophy
Dominican
Master's

Education

Beloit (Philosophy)

Dominican (Master's)

About Brendan

I love working with students and enjoy tackling unusual and difficult problems. I have a wide range of experience teaching, and I've worked with students of many different ages, backgrounds, and ability levels. I have a no-drama, tortoise-beats-the-hare approach to teaching, and no matter what your situation, there's a good chance I've dealt with something like it before.

I'm comfortable teaching and tutoring math through high school trigonometry. I am certified in Orton-Gillingham reading instruction and with methods of teaching reading, writing, and vocabulary to all ages and ability levels. I have experience working with adults, high school students, middle school students, and students in elementary school, and I have worked with students with a variety of physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities.

I've been working as an educator in one capacity or another for most of my life. Prior to becoming a tutor, I worked for five years as a special education teacher in the Chicago public schools. Before I got my teaching certification, I worked at the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University, where I helped teach philosophy to gifted high school students, and worked as a GED and Literacy tutor at the Illinois Youth Center in Warrenville, a maximum security prison for young women aged 14-21. While I was at IYC Warrenville a dozen students passed their GED test (it was previously considered unusual for a single student to pass the test in a year). My success at the prison caused me to decide on teaching as a career-- I worked as a paraprofessional (largely with profoundly developmentally disabled students) while working towards my masters, and immediately went to work in the city once I had my degree. I spent my first few years in CPS teaching LD math classes to high school students, and have more recently taught reading to elementary and middle school students. Throughout my career I've heard from coworkers, parents, administrators, and students that I often have success with students that have had difficulty working with other teachers.

There are a couple of non-academic areas I'm also comfortable teaching. I'm an author who has published short stories in a number of professional markets and performs publicly on a regular basis. As a high school teacher I would sometimes have students referred to me informally who were interested in improving their writing or in submitting their work to publication. I've also worked part time as an instructor at a martial arts studio and taught martial arts as an after school program. I have a black belt in Hapkido and experience with other styles. These are both fields that I enjoy teaching and I'm willing to offer discounts to students interested in lessons in these areas.

I usually meet with students at either the Oak Park or Forest Park public library. My profile lists my approximate availability for regular weekly sessions. I'm also available for one-time sessions for things like upcoming tests and essays, and I'm usually available on weeknights and weekends for those. I will provide all necessary materials for each tutoring session, including assessments so that every student and parent can keep track of the progress they are making. Finally, I hold myself to a high standard and do not charge for any session in which a student or parent is unhappy with their experience. Please let me know if you have any questions-- I'm happy to speak with you by phone or in person free of charge if you have any questions. Thank you for your consideration and I hope to hear from you soon!
I love working with students and enjoy tackling unusual and difficult problems. I have a wide range of experience teaching, and I've worked with students of many different ages, backgrounds, and ability levels. I have a no-drama, tortoise-beats-the-hare approach to teaching, and no matter what your situation, there's a good chance I've dealt with Read more

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Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 2 miles of Forest Park, IL 60130
Background Check: Passed

"Prepared, easy to get along with, stays on task, very effective. "

- York, Mount Laurel, NJ on 6/29/15

"Wonderful Math Tutor!"

- Kate, Downers Grove, IL on 6/8/15

"Brendan is passionate about his work and provides great feedback"

- Annette, Oak Brook, IL on 5/29/15
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
English,
Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary,
Writing
Science:
ACT Science,
Philosophy,
Psychology
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Grammar, Handwriting,
Phonics,
Reading, Spelling,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Sports/Recreation:
Martial Arts
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

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ACT English

I've worked with students to prepare them for the ACT, and scored in the top 90% in the English portion when I took the test myself.

ACT Math

I've worked with students to prepare them for the ACT, and scored in the top 90% in the Math portion when I took the test myself.

ACT Reading

I've worked with students to prepare them for the ACT, and scored in the top 90% in the Reading portion when I took the test myself.

ACT Science

I've worked with students to prepare them for the ACT, and scored in the top 90% in the Science portion when I took the test myself.

ADD/ADHD

I have a masters degree in Special Education and have worked as a special education teacher for five years. In this capacity I have worked with students with attentional difficulties in pullout and inclusion classes.

Algebra 1

I've worked with students on basic Algebra in regular classrooms, special education classrooms, and in one-on-tutoring settings with both children and adults. I'm experienced in using multiple approaches to teach Algebra, and have had success with students who have had difficulty with the subject before.

Algebra 2

I've worked with students on advanced Algebra in regular classrooms, special education classrooms, and in one-on-tutoring settings with both children and adults. I'm experienced in using multiple approaches to teach Algebra, and have had success with students who have had difficulty with the subject before. I also scored in the 95% percentile on the math section of the GRE, which prominently features problems at this level of Algebra.

Aspergers

I have a masters degree in Special Education and have worked as a special education teacher for five years. I've worked as a one-on-one paraprofessional with a student with Aspergers and had students on the spectrum in my classes.

Autism

I have a masters degree in Special Education and have worked as a special education teacher for five years. I've had students on the spectrum in my classes and worked as a paraprofessional with students more heavily affected by the disorder.

Dyslexia

I have a masters degree in Special Education and have worked as a special education teacher for five years. I am also certified in Orton Gillingham reading instruction, and have worked with adult learners with reading difficulties.

Elementary (K-6th)

I student taught fourth and fifth grade students and have worked with 2nd, 4th, and 6th grade students for the past year at my current school.

Elementary Math

I've worked with students from 2nd grade on up, and have used many different strategies with students at many different ability levels. I have experience with using manipulatives and other techniques to teach basic math skills and concepts.

English

In addition to being a professionally published fiction writer, I have written papers on a variety of different subjects as part of my undergraduate and masters level education. I also love books and writing and language and am enthusiastic about sharing that love with others.

Geometry

I've taught Geometry in the classroom to regular ed and special education classes. I've also taught the subject in a one-on-one tutoring setting. I use multiple approaches to teach Algebra, and even if you've had trouble with the subject before I'm confident we can find something that works for you.

Handwriting

I am certified in Orton Gillingham reading instruction, which has a handwriting component, and have worked with elementary school students on improving their handwriting.

Literature

I'm a professionally published fiction writer and I'm very widely read. I love books and love to share that love with other people.

Logic

I've taken formal and informal logic as part of my undergraduate philosophy degree. I've also taught formal and informal logic to gifted students, and as part of my pullout math class for high school seniors.

Martial Arts

I've earned Black Belts in Hapkido and Tang Soo Do and have experience with other styles. I've worked part time as an instructor at a martial arts studio. I founded and ran the Martial Arts after-school club at Perspectives/IIT Math and Science Academy.

Philosophy

I have an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, where I earned a cash prize my senior year for being one of the top students in the department. I've continued to read and discuss Philosophy and related subjects off and on since college.

Phonics

I am certified in Orton-Gillingham reading instruction and received training in reading instruction as part of my masters degree.

Prealgebra

I've taught Prealgebra in whole class, small group, and one-one settings, to students of all ages and ability levels.

Probability

I've taught Probability as part of an Advance Math class for high school seniors, and as part of a test prep curriculum.

Special Needs

I have a masters degree in Special Education and have worked as a special education teacher for five years.

Spelling

I use a number of different strategies to teach spelling, including kinesthetic techniques that are often successful with students who have trouble learning in other ways.

Study Skills

I have a masters degree in Special Education and have worked as a special education teacher for five years. Many of the students I've worked with have had improving their study skills as an IEP goal.

Trigonometry

I've taught trig in whole-class, small group, and one-on-one settings, to students of different ages and of different ability levels.

Vocabulary

I've taught reading to students of many different ages and ability levels, and have always included vocabulary instruction as part of my reading instruction.

Writing

I've written research and persuasive papers as part of my undergraduate and master's education, I've tutored students in their writing, and I've had short stories published in professional markets.

Beloit
Philosophy
Dominican
Master's

Education

Beloit (Philosophy)

Dominican (Master's)

Prepared, easy to get along with, stays on task, very effective. — Brendan is using the Orton Gillingham method to help my son, who has dyslexia. Brendan has brought all the needed tools and tons of extras to make sure my son engages and gets the full learning from each session. He really has my son working hard! ...

— York, Mount Laurel, NJ on 6/29/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Brendan will travel within 2 miles of Forest Park, IL 60130.

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