Experienced & Dedicated in English, Writing, Literature, Test Prep
Experienced & Dedicated in English, Writing, Literature, Test Prep
"Lessons to look forward to."
Alex, 71 lessons with David
I enjoyed a nearly three-decade career as an English teacher of middle school and gifted high school students. During that time, most of which I also served as a department chair at a local Day School, I created and administered material covering every aspect of the English curriculum, including, most importantly, composition and literature, as well as grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and speech. I also inaugurated and led several interdisciplinary initiatives, sometimes administering a program...
I enjoyed a nearly three-decade career as an English teacher of middle school and gifted high school students. During that time, most of which I also served as a department chair at a local Day School, I created and administered material covering every aspect of the English curriculum, including, most importantly, composition and literature, as well as grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and speech. I also inaugurated and led several interdisciplinary initiatives, sometimes administering a program for the entire school, as well as special projects and events within the English department.
My students at L.F.C.D.S. ranged from gifted and talented to members of our Learning Development Department who were main-streamed and invariably went on to great success in high school, often at the honors level. Many of our alumni returned to tell me of their success in high school and college, and a high percentage went on to become English majors. I have established a reputation with a large portion of my students as the individual who gave them their foundational skills of writing as well as sharing my passion for literature. I also enjoyed 16 summers teaching literary analysis to gifted and talented high school students at Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development; a great many of these students have also stayed in touch, many of them tutoring with me. Working with my private clarinet students, their performances and achievement, has also been a staple in my life.
Retirement from one phase of my career was the beginning of another. I continue teaching my English tutorial students and private clarinet students of all ages. I am very enthusiastic about helping students better learn to read, write and think, and my own passion for literature continues to grow. I enjoy the many successes both my English and instrumental students have achieved, including several who have 800's on the SAT or 36's on the ACT, many award winners, and countless with college scholarships.
In addition to tutoring, I currently consult with educational research and test-prep companies, writing ACT-like tests and leading workshops on the ACT for teachers. I have also done free-lance writing and editing, including the editing of a seven-volume grammar series for Perfection Publications. I also recently taught a college composition course at Le Cordon Bleu, an accredited culinary college.
My latest experience, and adventure, has been to work online with middle and high school students in China in several classes on English writing and literature. These are individuals who intend to go to college in the United States. I was privileged to be asked to come to China with my wife in August of 2016 to teach many of these students in person, an experience that I will remember as being educational as well as welcoming and warm.
I have always felt that teaching is the one service profession through which one can help others to grow positively, one that does not depend on a person's previous problems in order for the teacher to contribute. I continue to feel that my life is worthwhile as a teacher. I will never stop being one.
David hasn’t set a schedule.
Lessons to look forward to.
I initially started working with David after he immensely helped my sister with her reading and writing for the ACT. He taught my sister various tricks on how to scan the passages for the reading portion, as well as reviewed numerous grammatical tactics for the English and writing sections. In the realm of mentally draining ACT prep courses, David’s teaching approach, through the use of humor, sheds his interest to lighten the rigorous practices of the ACT. Which overall make the lessons more enjoyable. We continued our lessons with David after the ACT to discuss important literary works as well as some poetry (primarily Shakespeare’s pieces). Our lessons sparked thought provoking discussions that broadened our interests in literature. My sister wasn't typically interested to read in her leisure time, though David has helped ignite a curiosity in her to discover books that would pertain to her liking. Although literature is something I am passionate about, I’m very thankful to have encountered David; for not only has he helped me prepare for the ACT, but our discussions have cultivated me to become a more fruitful learner. David’s ability to teach literature, as well as make the ACT a bit less stressful through light-hearted jokes has ultimately expanded my thinking. Lessons with David became something to look forward to and I certainly would not be intellectually curious, or motivated by the knowledge of literature, without his unique ability to make learning enjoyable.Alex, 71 lessons with David
He has been tutoring me in all four subjects of the ACT test. He focuses on understanding each question in the test in order to know exactly what to do if a similar question were to come up later. He has been helping me cut down the time it takes me to take each test, which has allowed me to raise all my practice test scores a couple points.Aneta, 7 lessons with David
Great teacher with extensive knowledge of the subject
David is very knowledgeable and uses his wealth of experience and expertise in guiding the students to identify their strengths and areas of opportunities. My daughter felt totally at ease with David's style of teaching and really appreciated the way he came prepared to help her.Sabu, 8 lessons with David
Patient and knowledgeable tutor
David taught me a lot methods and strategies for the act which are very helpful and I think he is a very good tutor.Xiangming, 7 lessons with David
Good for Reading and English
David is a very knowledgeable teacher who obviously knows how to teach all types of students. Although in almost all cases this is a good thing, he can get distracted. He is also VERY flexible with time which is very important for me. Overall I think he is a good teacher to learn English and Reading.Sharada, 7 lessons with David
ACT Tutor Session
David is excellent at organizing the material so that it does not seem so overwhelming. He is extremely patient and encouraging.Christopher, 4 lessons with David
Super Fantastic Tutor
My daughter said he was great in helping her review for the ACT. But more than that she said he really listened to her, was patient and took his time when he saw she was still puzzled by something. She really liked him and this - more than anything is what I look for in a tutor - their connection with my teenage daughter - doesn't matter how qualified someone is if they can't make that connection and make them feel important and that they are there to help. David did all this and his background is stellar to boot! ... I would recommend David to anyone and this is only after one session!Tom, 8 lessons with David
Great coach for college essays
David is proving to be a great coach and patient advisor as my daughter works to assemble her college essaysNancy, 20 lessons with David
David has been very helpful to my Son.
David teaches my son ACT English and other subjects my son (11th) grader needs help with. He is learning and has improved over last few months.Shelly, 11 lessons with David
He was very patient, knowledgeable and understanding.
Although I only saw David a couple of times, he gave me some helpful hints that I was able to use for the reading section of the ACT.Lucas, 2 lessons with David