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Western Washington State College (now University)
English
University of Arkansas
Master's
Kent State University
PhD

Education

Western Washington State College (now University) (English)

University of Arkansas (Master's)

Kent State University (PhD)

About Don

I have taught college courses like freshman English, introduction to poetry, speech, and advanced writing, in addition to producing and directing plays; at Kent State, I helped set up and served in a writing clinic. I have also substituted in middle and high school in pretty much everything from English and history through auto shop. Having lost my last teaching position from a college that shall remain (deservedly) nameless by my refusing to pass everyone so the school could get more money from the state legislature, I supported myself and my family as a freelance writer, editor, and voice talent for a decade. I am presently in my 20th year as a Writer/Editor in the Federal government.

To me, the only educational standard that matters is graduate performance. If the graduate of the first grade does reasonably well in the second, he/she has had a good first grade education. The high school graduate doing reasonably well at a first job or in college has had a good high school education, etc. I am not easy, and I reserve the right to reject applicants, but I can guarantee that my students who pay attention and do the work do see an improvement in their knowledge and abilities in whatever subject we study together.
I have taught college courses like freshman English, introduction to poetry, speech, and advanced writing, in addition to producing and directing plays; at Kent State, I helped set up and served in a writing clinic. I have also substituted in middle and high school in pretty much everything from English and history through auto shop. Having lost Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Columbia, MD 21045
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking,
Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

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.

Public Speaking

I taught speech for three years at Richard Bland College, Petersberg, Virginia, and worked on-air for radio stations WGRM, Greenwood, Mississippi, and WRFK, Richmond, Virginia. I have Taft-Hartleyed SAG for a film speaking role, and, in a decade of freelancing, voiced numerous radio and television commercials as well as narrated short films, in addition to writing speeches for others to deliver. I also I coached physicians and lawyers for television appearances.

Here at the VA, I have anchored a number of VA News programs over the past dozen years, and I have made half hour presentations at business conferences for Tower Software (recently acquired by Newlett-Packard).

Western Washington State College (now University)
English
University of Arkansas
Master's
Kent State University
PhD

Education

Western Washington State College (now University) (English)

University of Arkansas (Master's)

Kent State University (PhD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Don will travel within 5 miles of Columbia, MD 21045.