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John S.

Experienced English Tutor Specializing in Literacy and Literature

Experienced English Tutor Specializing in Literacy and Literature

$45/hour

  • Salsbury Cove, ME 04672

About John


Bio

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...

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.


Education

University of Scranton
English
University of Scranton
Masters
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
MEd

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $45
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 30 miles of Salsbury Cove, ME 04672
  • Lesson cancellation: 4 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

Schedule

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Subjects

Business

Public Speaking

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.

Corporate Training

Public Speaking,

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.
Grammar

Elementary Education

Phonics,

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.
Grammar, Reading

English

Public Speaking,

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.
English, Grammar, Literature, Reading, SAT Reading, Writing

Homeschool

English, Reading, SAT Reading, Writing

Most Popular

English, Reading, Writing

Music

Guitar

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.

Special Needs

Phonics

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.

Summer

Reading, Writing

Test Preparation

SAT Reading

$45/hour

John S.

$45/hour

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