stanford school of education (Master's)
UC Berkeley Law School (J.D.)
I have a varied career background that includes 4 years as a public school teacher and 20 years in education related work as an attorney, education reform specialist, and as a researcher. I enjoy working directly with students and tailoring the sessions to the student's individual needs and learning style.
I've also published 30 short stories and am currently working on a book. I have a varied career background that includes 4 years as a public school teacher and 20 years in education related work as an attorney, education reform specialist, and as a researcher. I enjoy working directly with students and tailoring the sessions to the student's individual needs and learning style.
I've also published 30 short
Marko is very patient in exploring what my deficiencies are. He is quick to point out my weaknesses and makes really useful suggestions, He's very friendly and in one session I have learned and improved a lot.
My teenage kids had a lesson with Marko and they want to keep working with him. He is very calm and collected, and we would love to have more lessons together. He is a wonderful teacher!
I've only had the chance to meet with Marko once but will keep on meeting with him throughout the year. He read my answer to a past final and was able to tell me what I was doing wrong and what we need to work on this year.
Teaching style is very engaging,
Took time to get to know the student and the needs of the student. Set goals for the next meeting. Overall a very good experience
Marko was very good at identifying my weaknesses in my public speaking. He also taught me a lot of good skills in public speaking.
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I taught US History at both the high school and middle school level in public schools and have a bachelor's degree in history and a masters in education from Stanford with a social studies emphasis. In addition, I'm an attorney and have a strong background in constitutional history.
I use a variety of resources, visual, musical, and personal to help students understand American history as something that impacts their lives on a daily basis. I also use primary sources from ordinary people like letters, journals, and account books to help convey the impact of events on ordinary people.
I played chess competitively in high school at the local and national level. I have a background as school teacher and worked in special education. I've taught chess for a number of years to children and beginners, both as an introduction to critical/strategic thinking and as a bridge to socialization for the disabled. I primarily use Capablanca's principles of the game which he turned into a book in the 1920's which I still consider the best articulated guide for moving from knowing how the pieces moves to thinking about tactics and style.
I worked as an ESL consultant helping schools assess their limited English speaking students, but more significantly I grew up in California in a community of immigrants from China.
Over the years, I noticed that there were a number of members of that community who were very successful despite the fact that that their English skills were still developing. It was my first lesson in the fact that being an effective communicator isn't always about the words or fluency with words.
We communicate with more than the words we speak. It's how we say them and when that makes the deeper impression. As an ESL teacher, I emphasize both the rules of English and the rules of communicating well in American culture.
I specialize in helping writing students develop and strengthen their 'voice' as the key to wirting with clarity and precision.
I've published dozens of fiction and non-fiction stories over the years and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times. In addition to teaching language arts, I've written and edited for both George Lucas and the U.S. Department of education. I also have a masters in education from Stanford.