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Richard G.

Newly retired science teacher with success at individualized help

Newly retired science teacher with success at individualized help

$35/hour

About Richard


Bio

I retired this June from my work as a full time science teacher at Marshall Academy, a charter school in southern Michigan. I will still be helping the Academy part of the time this coming year, directing a state-funded savannah restoration project which I initiated this spring and conducing field trips and acting in other capacities.

Laboratory and hands-on work played a major role in my curriculum at the Academy, and I used the outdoors as a laboratory when I taught earth science and...

I retired this June from my work as a full time science teacher at Marshall Academy, a charter school in southern Michigan. I will still be helping the Academy part of the time this coming year, directing a state-funded savannah restoration project which I initiated this spring and conducing field trips and acting in other capacities.

Laboratory and hands-on work played a major role in my curriculum at the Academy, and I used the outdoors as a laboratory when I taught earth science and biology. I tried to give as much individualized attention as I could to students who were economically or developmentally handicapped and devoted my planning periods exclusively to working with them. An article I published in the fall 2018 Michigan Earth Scientist documents the way I asked many of these students to give short talks about the different geological formations we saw on our annual trip to the Upper Peninsula and the way I used their talks to trigger group discussion. Three years ago, before I was hired at the Academy, I worked with autistic students as a paraprofessional at Doris Klaussen Developmental Center in Battle Creek, teaching teenagers and young adults whose reading and oral and mathematical skill were often at a third grade level or less and succeeded many times in bringing them to higher plateaus They responded to me, as my more recent students have, because I stayed on their own plane without condescending and kept them interested and involved.

I hold a B.A. degree in English and a M.A. in comparative literature. I completed all English Ph.D. requirements except my dissertation and also worked three years towards a B.S. in chemistry. Earlier teaching experience encompassed many years of middle school science teaching in public and parochial systems as well as adjunct work as a college English composition instructor and work in the National Park Service as an interpretive ranger.

Students whom I have worked with as individuals and members of small groups have always advanced, often dramatically. I feel I am qualified to assist students of every age and ability in a wide variety of different disciplines and help them progress.


Education

Dartmouth College, Hanover NH
English
Indiana University, Bloomington
Masters
Washington University in St. Louis
Graduate Coursework

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Hourly Rate: $35
  • Travel policy: Within 40 miles of Battle Creek, MI 49037
  • Lesson cancellation: 8 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 6/20/2016

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

French, Grammar

Elementary Education

Elementary Math, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

English

Literature,

Literature

I have a near Ph.D. in English literature and an M.A. in comparative literature, with concentration on French and German as well as English writers. I was an English Honors student at Dartmouth College and am the author of an article which was published in the journal Comparative Literature.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I was exempted from first semester freshman English at Dartmouth College on the basis of my verbal SAT score. In my senior year of college I was ranked in the 99th percentile on the Graduate Record Examination.
English, Grammar, Reading, SAT Writing, Spelling, Vocabulary, Writing

History

American History, European History, Geography, World History

Homeschool

SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I was exempted from first semester freshman English at Dartmouth College on the basis of my verbal SAT score. In my senior year of college I was ranked in the 99th percentile on the Graduate Record Examination.
Algebra 1, English, French, Geometry, Reading, Spelling, Writing

Language

French

Math

Algebra 1, Geometry

Most Popular

Algebra 1, English, French, Geometry, Reading, Writing

Other

Geography

Science

Astronomy,

Astronomy

I am an amateur astronomer. I asked my middle school students to identify the major constellations and all the first magnitude stars when I projected them on a screen and to recognize the stage of stellar evolution of each of these stars. I own a six inch refracting telescope and do most of my serious viewing at the International Dark Sky Park near the Mackinac Bridge. I enjoy the sport of locating invisible deep sky objects simply through my finder and align my mount to a precise celestial latitude and longitude only when I am taking pictures.
Ecology,

Ecology

I conducted field trips for ecological and geological field study throughout the Midwest when I was teaching science in middle schools and later worked for the National Park Service in exotic species control and as an interpretive ranger.
Geology

Geology

I have conducted three annual excursions each year I taught at Marshall Academy to enable my students to see and investigate sedimentary and igneous formations and glacial depositions in Michigan. One of them, a trip to the Keweenaw Peninsula and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, has been funded by a grant from the Michigan Science Teachers Association and was the subject of an article I wrote in the Fall 2018 edition of the MSTA's journal. We received assistance from the staff at Michigan Technological University when we studied the basaltic flows and cliffs which were the outcome of the Mid-Continental Rift and then moved upward in geologic time as we traveled across the pre-Cambrian and Cambrian and Ordovician formations at Pictured Rocks.

Summer

Algebra 1, French, Geometry, Reading, Writing

Test Preparation

SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I was exempted from first semester freshman English at Dartmouth College on the basis of my verbal SAT score. In my senior year of college I was ranked in the 99th percentile on the Graduate Record Examination.
SAT Writing

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$35/hour

Richard G.

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