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John S.

Salsbury Cove, ME

$45/hour

Experienced English Tutor Specializing in Literacy and Literature

In-person lessons

$45/Hour


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University of Scranton
English
University of Scranton
Master's
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
MEd

Education

University of Scranton (English)

University of Scranton (Master's)

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (MEd)

About John

I have been teaching English since 1986. I started out teaching Composition and Public Speaking at Lackawanna Jr. College in Scranton, PA when a professor went on sick leave. In 1987, I accepted a position as Senior and A.P. English teacher at Bishop Hannon High School in Scranton, PA. In 1989, my father became ill, so I left teaching and helped him in his real estate business. In 1990, I was asked by the English Department at the University of Scranton to teach three sections of Composition per semester. Over the years at Scranton, I taught Composition, Italian Cinema, and gave oral exams on James Joyce for the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Program. In 1993, I helped get the fledgling College Radio Station, WUSR-FM off the ground and on the air. In 1998, I was asked by Northeast Intermediate Unit #19 to help start a Charter School for At Risk Teens in Archbald, PA. Later that year, I started the "Scholar of the Year" radio show. Each week I interviewed the top academic student from every school district in five counties. I wrote, produced, and conducted every interview and presented the awards at an annual dinner. In 2001, I was recruited to teach at Susquehanna Community High School in Susquehanna, PA. During my tenure at SCHS, I taught 7th-12th grade English, 7th-8th grade reading, Dual Enrollment 11th grade English, Dual Enrollment 12th grade English, and Public Speaking. I am a PA certified Reading Specialist (K-12) and Secondary English Teacher (7-12). I also started and advised the Sabers News Network, a student run, daily morning t.v. news broadcast from 2001-2013.

My teaching methods vary depending on the student, but there a quite a few constants. I always evaluate the student's skill level before beginning instruction. This is done both formally -- Word Lists, Quiz, Writing Sample -- and informally -- IRI and Progressive IRI, Conversation. I believe that all students are capable of learning and that no two students are completely the same, therefore not everyone learns the same way. That is why I use a combination of reading, writing, speaking, and listening strategies to insure both academic and real world success.

I retired from public education in the Spring 2013, but have never stopped being a teacher.
I have been teaching English since 1986. I started out teaching Composition and Public Speaking at Lackawanna Jr. College in Scranton, PA when a professor went on sick leave. In 1987, I accepted a position as Senior and A.P. English teacher at Bishop Hannon High School in Scranton, PA. In 1989, my father became ill, so I left teaching and helped Read more

Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Salsbury Cove, ME 04672
In-person lessons
Music:
Guitar
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
GED, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, 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.

Guitar

I have been playing guitar since I was fourteen years old. I studied music theory for twelve years. I am also a professional musician and currently perform twice a week in Otter Creek and Bar Harbor, respectively. I can teach chords, scales, modes, circle of fifths, and basic theory.

Phonics

I am a PA state certified Reading Specialist (K-12). I have experience using the following decoding strategies: Syllable Study, Letter Tiles, and Wilsom Method. I also have experience in adult literacy instruction, clinical diagnosis and prescription, and at risk strategies.

Public Speaking

I have taught Public Speaking since 1986 on the college and high school levels. My instruction focuses on the six step speech making process and can be applied to a variety of public speaking situations. I also specialize in Socratic Circle discussion and formal debate, as well as broadcast media.

University of Scranton
English
University of Scranton
Master's
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
MEd

Education

University of Scranton (English)

University of Scranton (Master's)

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (MEd)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

John will travel within 30 miles of Salsbury Cove, ME 04672.