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Eleanora D.

Boston, MA

$50/hour

Tax Law/Legal Specialist with Math Teaching Experience

Background check passed as of 7/19/11
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Excellent tutor
— Jennifer, Boston, MA on 4/22/16

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University of Chicago
Economics
University of Miami School of Law
J.D.
New York University School of Law
Master's

Education

University of Chicago (Economics)

University of Miami School of Law (J.D.)

New York University School of Law (Master's)

About Eleanora

MATH - Middle School through Pre-Calc and problems on the Real Estate Sales Agent Licensing exam;
STANDARDIZED TEST PREP: GED, SAT, LSAT, GMAT; Real Estate Sales Agent exam; Writing; Editing; Software.

I have a BA in Economics from U of Chicago, a Juris Doctorate from the U of Miami School of Law, and a Masters of Laws in Taxation from New York University School of Law. I am a Licensed Attorney, Member of
the Massachusetts Bar, and a Professional Editor with expertise on Tax, Estate Planning, Trusts, Bankruptcy.

2005 - 2015 I was a certified Math teacher, and taught Math full-time for over 5 years, for grades 5-8 and 9-12, in residential DYS settings and Boston Public Schools working with at-risk urban youth. I have also taught Biology, Chemistry, and Computers (MS Office with some HTML programming) in private schools K - 8.

My students describe me as "patient and precise". I can communicate with people from all walks of life on all learning levels. I am careful to fill any gaps in knowledge. I encourage independence and critical thinking.

My greatest asset is an infectious love of learning. I treat exam prep as an opportunity for learning content not only test-taking strategy. The best tutor is the one who brings out the best in the particular student.

Process is key.
MATH - Middle School through Pre-Calc and problems on the Real Estate Sales Agent Licensing exam;
STANDARDIZED TEST PREP: GED, SAT,
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Minimum lesson time 2 hours. Travel expenses to be agreed upon if a distance. Rate negotiable for level of difficulty. 24 hour notice required for cancellation or 1 hour fee.

Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Boston, MA 02128
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"Excellent tutor"

- Jennifer, Boston, MA on 4/22/16

"Very Patient"

- Vanessa, Winthrop, MA on 11/11/14

"Great Listener"

- Laurine, Everett, MA on 11/27/12

"Very Helpful"

- Anthony, Allston, MA on 1/12/12
Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Elementary Math, Geometry,
Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math,
Trigonometry
Science:
Psychology
English:
English,
Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Writing
Test Preparation:
GED,
GMAT,
ISEE, LSAT,
PSAT, SAT Math,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT
Computer:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading
Business:
Economics, GMAT,
Law,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Tax Preparation

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Algebra 1

Algebra 1 includes using variables, solving equations for unknown variables, representing relationships between quantities as equalities (or inequalities) in graphs, symbols, and meaningful word problems, recognizing and describing relationships and patterns such as ratios and proportions, direct and inverse variation, and introduction to functions, slope/intercept formulas of linear functions (y = mx + b), standard form for linear functions (Ax + By = C), distinguishing between linear and exponential relationships, representing exponents symbolically, including negative and fractional exponents, and solving problems involving exponents such as compound interest calculations. I utilize multiple representations such as graphic, symbolic, and verbal, even rhythmic and spatial, to unify an understanding of geomtry with algebra and real world applications.

English

English can be taught on all levels; language is an art.

Beginners, including young people and those learning it as a second language, would focus on vocabulary and grammar. Fundamentals include the parts of speech, sentence construction, punctuation, writing paragraphs, short essays and reports, and simple poetry.

Advanced work includes longer reports and essays, with more organization including contents and bibliographies. High school students could also read and write plays and songs or lyrics, and more poetry. On the adult level, I would put published works, and interoffice communications, legal and business documents.

All students practice reading, writing, and speaking with increasing sophistication.

GED

I have so much to offer my GED Math students. From my years of teaching Middle and High School Math in alternative settings, I got skilled at simplifying subjects and filling "gaps" in learning. I can do this quickly, in a fraction of the time other teachers take. Speaking of fractions, the GED Math involves a lot a basics. I review with my students from the ground up, from Number Systems up to Equations and everything in between. Some students come from different countries that use different symbols and we go over that. In the end, it is necessary to be able to use math to solve problems. Answering the GED questions right is the beginning of a new confidence in Math.

Geometry

I taught fundamentals of Geometry, starting with points, lines, line segments, planes, parallel lines, intersecting lines, rays, angles, polygons, common polygons like triangles, squares, rectangles, etc. special triangles (isosceles, equilateral, 30-60-90, 45-45-90, how to find the sum of interior angles, how to prove congruence and similarity, how to find area and perimeter of regular and irregular shapes. I had the privilege of working with software called "Geometer's Sketch Pad", which allowed students to construct shapes and figures and then manipulate them on the screen while viewing measurements of constant relations, such as the ratios between side lengths. I also spent time sharing about "Sacred Geometry" to my class, or about the "Golden Ratio", in Art, Architecture, and Nature.

GMAT

Students preparing for the GMAT should review essential skills as well as emphasize test- taking strategy. Verbal skills include grammar because the rules of grammar impact comprehension. Logical analytical techniques include making comparisons and questioning assumptions, for example. Essential Math skills include ratios, percents, exponents, graphs, statistics, data analysis, probability, Geometry, Algebra 1 and Algebra 2. This is only high school material however the questions are challenging and get progressively difficult as you keep answering them correctly. I prepare students to encounter the "hardest" Math questions typically presented on the GMATs.

Law

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, MASTERS OF LAWS IN TAXATION, 1990

Completed part-time program over several years while living in New York and working as:

Research Assistant to Professor Harvey Dale, Chairman, Program on Philanthropy and the Law; and

Tax/Legal Researcher to Faye Polayes, Vice-President & Tax Counsel, Republic National Bank of New York

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI SCHOOL OF LAW, JURIS DOCTORATE, 1985

Class rank: top third. GPA 1.9/3.0. Articles and Comments Editor of Entertainment & Sports Law Journal.

Winner of American Jurisprudence Awards in (1) Elements of Legal Reasoning and (2) Remedies

Research Assistant to Professor T. Anderson (organized pleadings in extensive judicial impeachment litigation)

LEGAL WORK EXPERIENCE


ATTORNEY, GRANTHAM & CENCARIK, 271 CAMBRIDGE STREET, SUITE 203 CAMBRIDGE, MA 02141

• I practiced Bankruptcy law, primarily Chapter 7, representing clients through all phases from Intake, Interviewing, Completion of Petition and Schedules for Filing, Credit Counseling, and attending 341 Administrative Hearings.


VOLUNTEER LAWYER, SUFFOLK COUNTY PROBATE COURT, 24 NEW CHARDON STREET, BOSTON, MA 02114

• Served as “Lawyer of the Day” helping pro se parties to prepare for court, on multiple occasions during the years


TRUSTS AND ESTATES ADMINISTRATOR, SPENCER & STONE, ATTORNEYS AT LAW, 50 BEACON STREET, BOSTON, MA

Accounting for over $15 million in trust assets, recording all income and expenses, responding inquiries, maintaining files, and worked on team to complete Federal Estate and Trust Tax Returns.


ATTORNEY IN PRIVATE PRACTICE/FREE-LANCE LEGAL WRITER, NEW YORK, NEW YORK, 1991 – 1994.

• Representing clients in Tax Court, Housing Court, and Federal District Court, negotiating housing extensions and rent abatements for tenants, litigating at trials and settlements to reduce corporate tax assessment by as much as 50%, and providing customized research and analysis for various commercial clients including S.G. Warburg Investment Bank.I also published several chapters of treatises on Estate Planning, Charitable Trusts, and Civil Procedure under contract with prestigious legal publishers like Matthew Bender & Co., and Tax Analysts.

ESTATE TAX ATTORNEY, INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, MANHATTAN DISTRICT, 120 Church Street, New York, NY

• Completed comprehensive and intensive 4-month training, then audited a small case load of Federal Estate & Gift Tax Returns, reviewing evidence especially of property valuations such as bank records, tax returns, and historical data.

TAX/LEGAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT TO TAX COUNSEL OF REPUBLIC NATIONAL BANK OF NEW YORK (NOW HSBC),FAYE POLAYES, 452 FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY, 1/1988 TO 6/1990, (part- time replacement for attorney on Maternity Leave).

• I researched and wrote memoranda on various corporate and individual Federal Income Tax Law questions, regularly attended and participated in departmental meetings; and revised the bank’s Annuities Sales Training Manual.

RESEARCH ASSISTANT – NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, 139 MACDOUGAL STREET, #110, NEW YORK, NY 10012, 6/1986 to 5/1990, part-time

• I helped Professor Dale to publish a monthly bibliography on International Taxation for Tax Analysts, Inc.

ATTORNEY, RUSSO & BURKE, ATTORNEYS AT LAW, 600 THIRD AVENUE, 15TH FLOOR, NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10016, 6/1988 to 12/1989.

• Estate Planning Associate, drafting sophisticated wills and trusts for clients with multi-million dollar estates, and also provided research and support for Civil Litigation cases.

LSAT

I took the LSAT and got into good law schools. I graduated and passed 3 Bar Exams on my 1st try. I practiced law and was a professional legal writer and published author. I also taught math and science for 10 years as a licensed educator, improving my facility with logic.

SAT Math

I got a start in SAT Test Prep with a larger company called Summit, where I was trained on test taking strategy and using a series of practice tests with measurable improvement. As a full time math teacher for almost 10 years working with students at various levels, I also tend to try to locate any gaps in learning to fill them. There are certain math topics that get tested repeatedly on the SAT and I am able to review those with my students in a practical way so that they can attempt all or most questions with confidence.

Tax Preparation

I have a Masters of Laws in Taxation from New York University School of Law, or an "Ll.M". I took courses in income taxation for individuals, for corporations, estates and trusts. I worked for a large bank in NY a tax legal research assistant, and I worked in publishing editing tax textbooks. I have represented clients in tax court. I can show a person to make sense of incomes, deductions, credits, various schedules, and the policy reasons for the rules, sometimes just be reading the free publications put out by the IRS or state.

University of Chicago
Economics
University of Miami School of Law
J.D.
New York University School of Law
Master's

Education

University of Chicago (Economics)

University of Miami School of Law (J.D.)

New York University School of Law (Master's)

Excellent tutor — We went over important concepts, so I have a greater understanding of the subject. I also learned some study methods, and found them helpful. ...

— Jennifer, Boston, MA on 4/22/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Minimum lesson time 2 hours. Travel expenses to be agreed upon if a distance. Rate negotiable for level of difficulty. 24 hour notice required for cancellation or 1 hour fee.

Travel policy

Eleanora will travel within 25 miles of Boston, MA 02128.