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Johns Hopkins University (Molecular Biology)
Covenant Theological Seminary (Master's)
I have a degree in Biology (Molecular), graduating with Departmental Honors (1988-1993) from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.
I grew up in Kalispell, Montana, but lived in the Baltimore-Washington corridor from 1988-1998 (with a one-year hiatus in Alaska) and in Norfolk, Virginia, from 1998 until I moved to St. Louis in 2007 to work on a graduate degree.
While I am new to WyzAnt, I am not new to tutoring or teaching. I first began tutoring in college through the chaplain’s office in a program for underprivileged children. I married my college sweetheart and for a sabbatical we decided to spend our first year of marriage exploring Alaska where I taught and tutored at a small school in Wasilla, Alaska, where my wife was also the 7th grade English teacher.
After our year of living adventurously in Alaska we moved back to Maryland where I took two jobs at two separate schools in northern Metro Washington, D.C., as primary school teacher for half of the day and a high school chemistry teacher and PE coach.
After one year of splitting between two schools I took a full-time position at one of the schools and taught 6th and 7th grade, all subjects except art, PE, and music.
In 1998 I began a career as a teacher, trainer, and problem solver for a software company. When I left that career to attend grad school in St. Louis, I was the director of training for an academic software group that specialized tools for research in the fields of Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Studies. Used in universities and seminaries worldwide such as Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Duke, Oxford, Cambridge. Their software is widely acclaimed in international journals to be the premier software for research and exegesis of the ancient Greek and Hebrew scriptures.
In addition to my career I have had numerous other interesting education experiences:
I was the Christian Education director for my church in Norfolk for nearly seven years. A congregation of ~300, I taught both adult and children. I developed a recruitment and training program for all children’s teachers. I trained and oversaw the paid Christian Ed staff. I led a weekly discussion group of 10-14 adults. And I was elected by the congregation to sit on the governing board.
I was a guest instructor at La Escuela Presbiteriana de Teología, in Trujillo, Peru, where I designed and taught a month-long course in computer-assisted exegesis (in Spanish). I taught a similar one-day course at a seminary in Lima, Peru and in Santiago, Chile and at a conference near Jerusalem, Israel.
For two months at the San Agustín Language Institute in Trujillo, Peru, taught an adult advanced English conversation course.
I studied Hebrew for two months at an Ulpan (immersion language school) on a kibbutz in Israel, through the The Biblical Language Center.
In my my early 20's (i.e. the early 1990's) I started “Ironman Expeditions,” in Western Montana. For seven summers during and after college I recruited, planned, and lead week-long backpacking expedition of 4-6 college-age men across the largest wilderness complex outside of Alaska.
For almost three years in college I was a Research Laboratory Technician in a Human Genetics lab at Johns Hopkins Medical School, Baltimore, where we worked on understanding cancer cell metastasis.
I took a one-year leave of absence from college between my freshman and sophomore years (1989-90) where I was a ski instructor at The Big Mountain Ski Shop in Whitefish, Montana. This was my first teaching job!
While in college I spent two months living in Turkey, studying Islam and Turkish language and culture.
In high school I lived for a month in Mexico City where I studied Spanish and lived with a Mexican family.
And last but certainly not least, I am the father of five children. I have a degree in Biology (Molecular), graduating with Departmental Honors (1988-1993) from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.
I grew up in Kalispell, Montana, but lived in the Baltimore-Washington corridor from 1988-1998 (with a one-year hiatus in Alaska) and in Norfolk,
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My daughter has gained a lot of confidence thanks to her tutoring sessions with Charlie. She got a 98 on her last AP chemistry test and had very little stress going into the test.
Having tried tutorial places without exceptional results, I found myself seeking a private one on one tutor. A google search led me to WyzAnt. Charles responded quickly and worked my daughter into his schedule without delay. I feared disappointment when I asked how it went, as she has been struggling for so very long. To see my child's eyes brighten with enthusiasm and have her eager to return to soak up more of Charles' gift of imparting knowledge was PRICELESS! We have had only one session so far, but what a giant leap of trust and pure excitement for continued learning and understanding!
It is a rare and valued gift for one to be able to ignite the spark of self value and worth in a subject where it has gone out, and the joy has been lost. I am already considering ourselves very blessed to have found this service, and this instructor.
Mr. G. is a great tutor. He knows chemistry and can explain the subject in many ways so that my daughter understands it. He checks to make sure she understands each concept before moving on. He is approachable and kind. We feel blessed to have Mr. G. as a teacher :)
Charles was focused on where I was at, (skill set) then ensured we outlined a plan to learn things in a thorough manner. I am confident I will improv my GRE score.
Mr. Charles is a great tutor. He cares about his students and not only helped me with preparing for the ACT, but also helped me boost my confidence. I highly recommend him!
Really enjoyed learning from Charles. Excellent and patient. I look forward to learning more about my computer. Very prompt and knowledegeable.
Our son's GPA is up .6% since working with Charlie this year. He is gaining confidence as well. We couldn't be more pleased.
More than anything, Charlie cares about my son as both a student and a person. He seems to have a vested interest in their success and truly takes the time to make they understand. Their success is his success!
When my daughter first began her chemistry lessons with Charles, she was convinced that it wouldn't make a difference. Chemistry was like an unknown foreign language to her and she was failing. The anxiety and stress she was experiencing was affecting all of her classes and her self esteem was at an all-time low. Within a few weeks, her entire outlook changed. She told me that she couldn't believe how much of a difference there was with her understanding of Chemistry. After a few more weeks she made the statement "Chemistry is actually kind of fun once you understand it". I almost passed out when I heard it! My previously sullen 16-year-old little girl was actually excited about a subject that scared her to death only a couple of months earlier. Her heightened confidence level was amazing. I am so impressed with Charles' ability to patiently teach someone who truly believed they could not be taught. He is patient and kind and really knows how to reach his students. He is also easy to deal with, very flexible and understanding. I could never thank him enough for his help.
Our son ran into trouble with Honors Geometry this year, so my wife suggested that we get him a professional tutor. We really lucked out when WyzAnt found Charles for us! In slightly less than two months, not only has Charles helped our son with Geometry (helped raise his class average by 11 points), he has been an exceptional resource for Honors Chemistry, too (helped raise our son's class average by 9 points).
Charles has the perfect temperament to work with our son, and our son has really responded well to Charles' methods. In addition to the obvious and tangible improvement in class performance, we've noticed our son enjoying his classes more and exuding a higher level of confidence.
I can't recommend Charles highly enough!
You know it's a successful session when your 12 year old son has a smile on his face after!! Charles is great with our two boys.
My son has been working with Charles on Chemistry for the past couple of months and it has been a great help.
He is very knowledgeable on many subjects, has an innate ability to find the best way to work with your child's learning style and makes the sessions and homework interesting and relevant.
Very glad we found him on WyzAnt as this will definately improve my son's GPA!!
Charlie has been an asset with our daughter and her reading challenges. She has been more attentive at home, and is building more confidence through private tutoring. Charlie has been more than reasonable meeting us in our neighborhood, far from his own home. Couldn't recommend anyone better. Very pleased.
I just wanted to comment on my daughter's tutor, Charles G. He was extremely organized and helped my daughter raise her ACT score by 6 points. He worked with her to develop a plan that she could manage and stick to and he was great at their tutoring sessions. Thanks, Charlie!!
Charlie has helped many people prepare for standardized tests, this was obvious when I met with him to prepare for one myself. He knew great strategies for maximizing my score and saving time. Charlie fit the right amount of material into our tutorial. It was very helpful to meet with him.
Our 10 yr old loves Charlie!!! He looks forward to learning and is totally at ease with Charlie's teaching style, and always comments, "I really like Charlie!!!" Charles makes learning fun and is a wonderful mentor for our son!!! I can't express how far his smile and warm charming countenance influences our child!! Our son has a new inspiration for learning!!!
Charlie started working with my son this summer in Spanish. It has been a great experience so far. Charlie has brought the calm and fun back into a subject that had been very challenging for my son. I also selected Charlie because he tutors other subjects. That is proving to be of great help because Charlie has been very willing to work with my son on other subjects such as biology. Charlie's feedback emails after the lessons are especially helpful because of the guidance and suggestions Charlie makes for continued self study in between the tutorial meetings with him. Charlie emphasizes helping his students develop a "workable" study strategy that helps students achieve their academic goals in a way where school work doesn't consume all of the home life. Charlie has been 100% reliable. He has also been flexible in working with my family on arranging a suitable tutorial meeting schedule.
My son said he really likes Mr. G because he is calm, patient, and makes the "stuff" fun. My son also said Mr. G says it's okay to try even if your answer is wrong because a good way of learning is figuring out your errors. My son said Mr. G says trying and seeing where your errors are helps you know where to spend your study time. Listening to my son, I am very pleased observing my son learn about and develop a study process and strategy that works for him with Mr. G's help. The study skills Charlie emphasizes are useful beyond the particular subject Charlies happens to be tutoring a child on.
Thank you Charlie!
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I specialize in helping students prepare for standardized tests. The key to being prepared for ACT English is starting as far in advance as possible. This is true for any subject area but especially for English and Reading. If you are able to give it the time needed to follow my plan I can guarantee an improved ACT verbal score. I have been an educator for over 20 years and have extensive experience the teaching language and reading skills necessary to master the ACT English exam.
I specialize in helping students prepare for standardized tests. The key to being prepared for ACT Math is taking practice tests and going over the problems you got wrong. This is true for any subject area but especially for Math. If you are able to give it the time needed to follow my plan I can guarantee an improved ACT Math score. I have been an educator for over 20 years and have extensive experience the teaching the Math skills necessary to master the ACT Math exam.
I specialize in helping students prepare for standardized tests. The key to being prepared for ACT Reading is developing a love for reading by finding lots of good books and reading them. If you do not love reading I can help you begin to develop your reading skills enough to see a significant improvement in your ACT Reading scores, but to really excel on the ACT Reading Exam you must be willing to become a reader. Good reading skills will also help you with your ACT Science since the ACT Science Exam is actually just a reading comprehension test that includes tables and graphs (see my blog post on ACT Science). If you are able to give it the time needed to follow my plan I can guarantee an improved ACT verbal score. I have been an educator for over 20 years and have extensive experience in teaching the language and reading skills necessary to master the ACT Reading Exam.
I specialize in helping students prepare for standardized tests. The key to being prepared for ACT Science Exam is developing good reading comprehension skills. This is true for all subject areas but especially for the ACT Science and Reading Exams. If you are able to give it the time needed to follow my plan I can guarantee an improved ACT Science score. I have been an educator for over 20 years and have extensive experience teaching the science and reading skills necessary to master the ACT Science exam.
Understanding Algebra is so important to all subsequent levels of math. Learning how to handle unknown numbers is foundational but is also very intimidating when a student first hears a teacher talking about adding and multiplying letters of the alphabet. Unfortunately many students never have anyone help them through this initial stage of intimidation. They are convinced even before they begin that Algebra will be over their head. Well it isn't. I have had hundreds of students and I have yet to find one who did not have more than enough mental capacity to do Algebra as long as they are given adequate instruction and help with the foundations.
Understanding Algebra is so important to all subsequent levels of math. Learning how to handle unknown numbers is foundational, and built on that foundation of Algebra I. Algebra II takes it to the next level and prepares the student for what he/she will need for the calculus. Many students are convinced even before they begin that Algebra II will be over their head. Well it isn't. I have had hundreds of students and I have yet to find one who did not have more than enough mental capacity to do both Algebra I and II as long as they are given adequate instruction and help with the foundations.
My degree was very heavy on Chemistry and I have taught High School Chemistry. I am particularly fond of this subject and enjoy helping others discover how cool it really is.
In addition to adequate prep for the ACT or SAT, I help my clients with counsel on researching schools that fit their academic goals (engineering, pre-med, liberal arts, etc.) and their academic capacity. I also help with essays, applications, and finding financial aid. Most parents and students get far too worried about the process of choosing a college. Many don't even know where to start. Regardless of where my client is I can help them navigate this process successfully.
I was an elementary classroom teacher for three years in suburban Washington DC. I can provide references, upon request.
I also worked as a tutor for at-risk children in Baltimore through the Johns Hopkins University's chaplain's office.
My wife and I have five children all of whom are doing exceedingly well educationally. My oldest was recently accepted into Washington University here in St. Louis.
The study of applied linguistics (how we learn languages) has been a large part of my life. I have found it to be one of the most fascinating subjects ever since my father introduced me to German which he learned from living in Germany during the US occupation in the 1950's.
It is really not until you learn a second language that you can begin understanding your first language. My second language was Spanish (not counting the little German my father taught me). I studied Spanish for four years in high school with an exchange trip to Mexico city in 1986 where I discovered the huge difference between studying a language in a classroom and actually learning to speak a language.
I studied Spanish further in college where I had a native speaking classroom teacher for the first time. During college I also spent a summer in Turkey to study the Turkish language, my first non-Indo-European language.
After college I studied Latin as a way to better understand grammar in general. I also spent three years as a Latin teacher in a private school just outside Washington D.C.
In 1998 I took a job with an academic research software group that required me to spend regular time each day studying Greek and Hebrew (this "requirement" was one of the main reasons I took the job). I spent 9 years with that organization. I have since taken over 40 graduate level credits of course work in Greek and Hebrew. I have also studied Hebrew at a language school in Israel that uses the most current findings of research in applied linguistics. I took the course primarily to see how they incorporated these findings into their curriculum.
I have traveled not only to Mexico, but also Chile and Peru. In both Chile and Peru I taught (in Spanish) a graduate-student workshop on how to use the research software from the organization I worked for.
I have spent almost 5 months living in Trujillo, Peru where I not only studied Spanish but also taught English as a second language to Peruvian high school students and adults using curriculum from Oxford University. This was at the San Agustin Language Institute (SALI).
I am still actively involved in teaching English as a second language, Spanish and now Greek and Hebrew.
My experience studying and teaching so many different languages has given me genuine insight into language acquisition and has been particularly important for my teaching of English as a second language. Having experienced the frustration and the joy of learning to communicate in a "foreign" tongue, I am uniquely qualified to teach my first tongue to those studying it as their second.
I am glad to give even more examples of my qualifications upon request.
My degree from Johns Hopkins required a lot of genetics related courses and I also took an upper-level graduate course on the genetics of the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) in my senior year. I spent two years working in a lab in the Dept. of Human Genetics of the Johns Hopkins medical school studying the expression of a membrane protein thought to play a role in whether or not a particular instance of cancer would spread through the body.
Of all the standardized tests, the GRE math section is really the most fun. I know that sounds weird, but honestly, the GRE is not a test to fear. The GRE math section actually covers only math lower than a 10th grade level. Nearly all of my GRE students have been adults wanting to get an advanced degree after 5 or more years out of college. They are convinced that they have forgotten most of the math they learned in high school and college. Yet in reality all the math skills they need for the GRE are skills they have been using and developing since they left college. The hardest part of the GRE math is learning to read the question and understand exactly what is being asked. Once I help them with that skill they are surprised at how easy the solution becomes.
I have many years experience in teaching languages (Latin, Spanish, Greek, Hebrew, and English).
I worked for 9 years for an academic organization (BibleWorks dot com) that created software used by universities and seminaries to aid in the exegesis of Greek and Hebrew biblical texts. I wrote the curriculum, trained employees and regional trainers, and I represented the organization at international academic conferences.
I have finished 6 masters level credits in Greek, and 10 credits in New Testament studies requiring the use of Greek in translation and exegesis. These courses were part of the MDiv program at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis.
I have many years experience in teaching languages (Latin, Spanish, Greek, Hebrew, and English).
I have studied Biblical Hebrew for about 10 years now.
I participated in a 6-week intensive "Biblical Hebrew Ulpan" conducted by The Biblical Language Center in Israel.
I have finished 6 masters level credits in Hebrew, and 9 credits in Old Testament studies requiring the use of Hebrew in translation and exegesis. These courses were part of the MDiv program at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis.
I also worked for 9 years for an academic organization (BibleWorks dot com) that created software used by universities and seminaries to aid in the exegesis of Greek and Hebrew biblical texts. I wrote the curriculum, trained employees and regional trainers, and I represented the organization at international academic conferences.
The MCAT expects science proficiency in biology, physics, general chemistry, and organic chemistry. I not only studied all of these subjects at Johns Hopkins University, I have also successfully tutored students in all of these subjects over the past 20 years.
The MCAT verbal reasoning and essay sections also cover subject matter in which I have had extensive experience as a student and a teacher: reading comprehension, logic, and writing.
I have also helped prepare quite a number of students for standardized tests ranging from the SSAT to the GRE.
I've used Outlook on a professional level for over 13 years as the director of technical support and client training for a software company. I used to train employees on optimizing their use of Outlook, Office and other software tools during a 15 min daily training class I taught for the company.
I worked for 9 years as the director of technical support for an academic software group that created the world's leading research software tools for the fields of Near Eastern and Biblical Studies. I have also taken several classes on computer programming so I understand what's under the hood, so to speak. When I was in college (1989) I spent one summer working as a computer hardware technician at Olympic Computers in Seattle, WA.
I took full year of Organic Chemistry in High School and then again in college, each time receiving an A. I worked for 2 years as a lab tech in a research lab in the Dept of Human Genetics of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. I also taught High School General Chemistry for one year.
I have taught reading for nearly 20 years (see my profile) and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, more important than reading. It is such a privilege to help both children and adults discover the wonder of reading. Most of the students who come to me for help with science are actually struggling with reading. I can guarantee at least a grade-level jump in reading in just a month of meeting with me weekly and working at least 15 minutes a day. There is no charge for your reading assessment.
I have successfully finished a degree at a top university known for its painfully rigorous academics (3.35 GPA, Johns Hopkins) and 3 years of graduate study (3.75 GPA). I have 3 years experience as a primary school classroom teacher, and one year as a high school teacher. I have worked as a general tutor for underprivileged students in Baltimore through the chaplain's office at JHU. I tutored algebra for 5 months in AK successfully helping a problem student pass. I have helped teach a class on study skills to high school students. I am currently working as a Hebrew tutor for graduate students at Covenant Theological Seminary. I have taught English as a second language in Trujillo, Peru. I have helped my own children with their own study skills and they are all in the 95th percentile or higher on all standardized tests. I have 5 years experience in curriculum development and teacher training. I have had extensive experience in education and technical training as can be seen in more detail in my profile.
I have been writing and helping students with writing for well over 20 years. While my own education and experience should speak for my skills, my own kids do as well. My children have loved reading and writing from an early age. My oldest son began writing his first novel when he was 9 years old. My oldest daughter, now at Washington University, got a perfect score on her ACT verbal and writing sections. Of course I cannot claim credit for their gifts, but my teaching philosophy did play a significant roll in helping them to develop those gifts.