Susquehanna Univeristy (Psych, Secondary Edu)
Penn State Harrisburg (Master's)
St. Louis University (PhD)
As a recent resident to the St. Louis area, I am originally from Pennsylvania where I received my educational training in teaching. I hold a bachelor's degree in psychology/secondary education and PA Instructional teaching certificates in Social Studies and English for grades 7-12. My public school teaching experience includes: American history, civics, and English literature at the middle school level, as well as American/world history, intro to psych, and AP Psych at the high school level. In addition to my public school teaching experience, I also worked as a tutor at a tutoring franchise where I taught students in grades elementary thru college/adulthood in various areas, including reading/writing, statistics, and GED/ACT/SAT/GRE prep. With this same organization, I worked as the part-time Associate Director of Education, where I supervised other tutors and met with parents/families to discuss their students' progress.
Since my initial teacher education program in undergrad, my passion has been to aid as well as instill an interest in learning to my students. Currently, as I pursue my PhD in Clinical Psychology, my long-term goal is to eventually serve in the role as faculty at a college/university in order to continue to share my love for learning. Overall, my teaching/tutoring philosophy is to assist my students in whatever ways possible to further their knowledge and understanding in areas where they may be struggling.
As your tutor, I hope to instill a feeling of mastery and success for your particular class or standardized exam you may be pursuing. Please contact me with further questions or interest. As a recent resident to the St. Louis area, I am originally from Pennsylvania where I received my educational training in teaching. I hold a bachelor's degree in psychology/secondary education and PA Instructional teaching certificates in … Read more
Zach was patient during the lesson never rushing to get through a reading passage but, helped where he saw there was a struggle. Very knowledgeable and motivational throughout the lesson.
Zach did a great job helping my daughter prep for an upper level Psychology class. He prepared for their session and was knowlegable on the subject matter. He also followed up to find out the results of the test.
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In addition to my Pennsylvania Instructional teaching certificate in Social Studies grades 7-12 allowing me to teach general/cultural anthropology, I also took a comprehensive Cultural Anthropology course during my undergraduate education. Along with this course, my training in psychology has given me general knowledge in the area of linguistics, a sub-discipline of anthropology. Lastly, I have personal study abroad and service learning experiences living in various cultures (e.g., Spain/Western Europe, Costa Rica, Nicaragua), which have exposed me to various cultures.
In addition to my Pennsylvania Instructional teaching certificates in English and Social Studies grades 7-12 allowing me to teach literature and history from the classical era of ancient Rome and Greece, I also completed projects and assignments for my world history college courses focusing on this time period.
I have held several careers, both within and outside of teaching, with schools and companies who have used Microsoft Outlook as their default program for email. From this direct experience, I have gained advanced-level skills in the ability to navigate through the Microsoft Outlook program.
In addition to my Pennsylvania Instructional teaching certificate in Social Studies grades 7-12 allowing me to teach courses in political science/civics, I also took various courses related to the study of government. Some of these courses included American Government and Comparative Government & Politics.
In order to earn my Pennsylvania teaching certificate, I had to take several of the Praxis exams, which compare to the requirements expected for Missouri teachers. In total, I took: the Praxis - Core Academic Skills for Educators (formerly called the Praxis Is), Praxis II - Social Studies Content Knowledge, and Praxis II - English Content Knowledge. I have direct experience tutoring both the general Praxis as well as Subject Praxis exams as well in my previous role as a tutor with Sylvan Learning Center.
In addition to undergraduate coursework with public speaking, I have direct experience engaging in different public speaking settings, including as a former public school social studies teachers, as well as for several undergraduate and graduate level seminars.
In addition to my Pennsylvania Instructional teaching certificate in Social Studies grades 7-12 allowing me to teach general sociology, I also took several classes both in my undergraduate and graduate training in sociology. Along with Intro to Sociology, I also took a course in Sociological Theory and Crime & Delinquency. While obtaining my master's degree, I also took a course in Sociological Foundations of Education.