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Donald J.

Ann Arbor, MI

$35/hour

Retired high school teacher

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University of Iowa
Journalism Sociology

Education

University of Iowa (Journalism Sociology)

About Donald

I attended high school in the factory town of Camanche, Iowa on the Mississippi River, graduating in 1973. After attending a local junior college for a year, I joined the U.S. Navy in 1974 and spent three years in the Western Pacific, mostly the Philippines, but also Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan. Soon after discharge in 1978, I enrolled at The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. I majored in sociology and journalism, receiving my BA in 1981. After two years working at small town newspapers, I went back to the University of Iowa to obtain my teaching certificate.

I moved to Houston in 1985, teaching history, English, journalism, and geography in four different area school districts. I coached girls basketball and volleyball briefly in 1990. When I retired from teaching in 2008, I worked as a limousine driver, a profession I still work at part time here in Ann Arbor.

I take a linguistics approach to learning. Although grammar and style are important, so is developing a unique voice that can transcend such artificial boundaries. Through writing, one becomes conversant with the world. My strong point is analyzing a students writing, then suggesting paths to expand perspectives.

Teaching history is more than simply compiling dates and facts. I ask my students to explore the time periods from the perspective of one who lived there and experienced it. While people and societies evolve, they do so from different beginnings. It is essential to understand how geography and outside forces interact toward a present and future. First person accounts are essential for developing the empathy necessary to become interested in the story of humanity.

I know the game of basketball both as a bench player and a coach. Despite my size, I was not particularly gifted, so that I needed to analyze the game more closely if I was to play. Every player has a facet of the game that needs work. I am adept at analyzing performances and pointing out areas that can be improved.
I attended high school in the factory town of Camanche, Iowa on the Mississippi River, graduating in 1973. After attending a local junior college for a year, I joined the U.S. Navy in 1974 and spent three years in the Western Pacific, mostly the Philippines, but also Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan. Soon after discharge in 1978, I enrolled at The Read more

Policies
Cancellation
1 hour notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Ann Arbor, MI 48104
In-person lessons
English:
ACT English, English, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, SAT Writing, TAKS
Language:
Reading,
Writing
History:
American History, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Political Science,
Social Studies,
World History, Writing
Special Needs:
Reading
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Basketball

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Basketball

I coached girls basketball in Pasadena Texas in 1990. I played one year of junior college basketball at Clinton Community College, Clinton, Iowa. I also played extensively in the Navy. At the University of Iowa, I played and refereed Intramural basketball for three years.

Political Science

I have at least twelve credit hours in Political Science courses as well as a major in both journalism and sociology. It's definitely a long suit for me.

I've taught government in high school and am currently up-to-date on all things political.

Reading

During my 23-year teaching career, I was often faced with students whose reading levels were far below that needed to successfully meet the requirements of my course. Whenever I spent time with these students individually, I would first identify their reading level, then find materials slightly about that level that would provide a challenge, not a disincentive to improve their reading levels. I would search for high-interest, low level readings that I could ramp up as the student improved.

Social Studies

I've taught all social studies subjects on the high school level. I have a major in Sociology and journalism. I'm up-to-date on all things political.

TAKS

I have actually taught classes in (TAKS) test preparation and understand what types of skills need to be developed. My method would vary according to the particular students' needs, but all would involve a development of reading skills.

The more I know about what is actually on the test, the better I will be able to prepare a student to maximize their abilities when taking it.

University of Iowa
Journalism Sociology

Education

University of Iowa (Journalism Sociology)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

Donald will travel within 40 miles of Ann Arbor, MI 48104.