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Don A.

Machesney Park, IL

$50/hour

Humanities: English, History, Classics, Music

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Seattle University
University of Washington
PhD

Education

Seattle University

University of Washington (PhD)

About Don

I am a mature professional educator with teaching/tutoring experience at all academic levels ranging from Kindergarten through graduate school. I have a doctorate from a major university as well as more than twenty years of teaching experience. I have teacher certificates in Washington, West Virginia, and Illinois as well as pending certification in Kentucky. I have taught both traditional classes (ranging in size from 10 to 100) as well as private studio teaching, one-on-one tutoring and private tutoring in the language lab for ESL students.) I was voted "Teacher of the Year" at Mill Creek elementary (WV) in 1998. This should adequately speak to my qualifications.
As for areas of expertise, my academic training is both broad and deep including a wide diversity of subjects in the Humanities. This would include Philosophy and Theology, Classics, Music, Language Arts and Literature, Drama, and History. (The class which I have most enjoyed teaching was a course entitled "Western Civilization in the Arts" in a private college. It integrated all of the above subjects into a year long course and showed the relationships between all of them and their impact on the development of civilization from ancient Egypt to the present.)
Favorite teaching moment: At Mill Creek School there was a young student who was learning impaired and the class understood his problems. One day I was able to use guided questioning to elicit from him a correct answer to a series of questions. The whole class cheered for him. It made my day.
Teaching style is dictated by the learning styles of the student. I will vary techniques and approaches to meet those needs. (For example, when assisting my 12 year old son with his math, I don't just see to it that he gets the right answer, I make sure he understands the process of how to get the right answer. I take him step by step through the process questioning him each step of the way to be sure he understands what he has just learned.) Furthermore, I want students to be able to integrate what they have learned into a broader spectrum of learning. Their knowledge must not become "compartmentalized" and isolated from other subject and life itself.
In short, I love the search for knowledge, I love my subject matter, and I love teaching - for life-long learning. As Chaucer put it, "And gladly would he learn and gladly teach." I care about each student that I teach; I want each and all of them to succeed and strive to present them with the means to do so.
I am a mature professional educator with teaching/tutoring experience at all academic levels ranging from Kindergarten through graduate school. I have a doctorate from a major university as well as more than twenty years of teaching experience. I have teacher certificates in Washington, West Virginia, and Illinois as well as pending certification Read more

Policies
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Machesney Park, IL 61115
In-person lessons
Music:
General Music,
Music Theory
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
Grammar, Literature, SAT Writing,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Writing
History:
American History, World History
Special Needs:
ADHD
Elementary Education:
Grammar

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

English

Language Arts - both Grammar, Composition, and Literature. Improving writing skills, assisting in research writing process as well as creative writing, and technical writing. Comprehension and analysis of Literature (short story, novel, non-fiction, drama, poetry.) General language skills for academic preparation as well as daily "work skills."

General Music

I have a graduate degrees in music, and have spent more than ten years teaching general music and music appreciation at middle school, high school and college levels. Certified to teach Music in Illinois, Washington, and West Virginia K-12. I have taught in college Music Education departments training teachers to teach general music. Learning includes a basic understanding of music: structures, history, ability to listen to music with an educated ear, and to enjoy it in a more knowledgeable manner.

SAT Writing

Language Arts - writing. Over a dozen years experience teaching composition and grammar. Correct grammatical usage, effective style and word choices, organization skills, finding the most effective way to express ideas in written form.

Seattle University
University of Washington
PhD

Education

Seattle University

University of Washington (PhD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Travel policy

Don will travel within 15 miles of Machesney Park, IL 61115.