My parents gave me the love of reading at an early age. My childhood heroes came from books, my love of science as well. Reading proficiency opens up so many doors to our lives. It teaches us about other cultures and peoples and broadens our view of the world. As a young man I never dreamed I'd one day work on the teams that helped to build the space shuttle, the Hubble telescope and the International Space Station.
I've enjoyed a leadership role in training and developing people in great companies like Hewlett-Packard and L-3 Space and Navigation. As an Adjunct Professor with Northampton College and as a private consultant, I've learned how to take the fundamentals of learning and adapt them to achieving personal and organizational goals. I hope to help you or your child develop the skills to become a great reader.
Tutoring will be shaped to the individual and their goals. Since no two people learn exactly alike it's important to have a lengthy conversation about interests and current competencies in order to build on past and current successes. This tutor will provide the time, coaching and mentoring necessary. The student must provide the attitude and the effort. My parents gave me the love of reading at an early age. My childhood heroes came from books, my love of science as well. Reading proficiency opens up so many doors to our lives. It teaches us about other cultures and peoples and broadens our view of the world. As a young man I never dreamed I'd one day work on the teams that helped to build the
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A trivia question, "what is the only bone in the body that cannot move?" Answer: The hyoid bone because it is not attached by ligament, muscle or cartilage. As an artist and an athlete and just being curious, I've gotten to know and can name most of the 206 bones and muscle groups in the body. The ability to build a human from the bones up with a pencil correlates to how an athlete works certain muscle groups specific to a sports function. It gives the individual a deeper understanding of how the body is constructed and what it's potential is.
I've played and coached at all but the professional ranks in organized baseball. I was the starting catcher from little league through Babe Ruth and high school. We were NJ State Champions and went to nationals one year as part of an all-star team. I know the game intimately and enjoyed coaching kids at all levels.
I come from a background of artists in my family. Grandmother Grace started me out as a very young man (age 6) by having me draw animals and portraits, cartoons and action figures. I've been doing it on and off since. I've sold quite a number of drawings, some pencil, some pencil and ink and still others in pastels. With young kids my fantasy drawings seem to bring a smile to their faces. It's fun to do and to teach.
I started playing football for the Wharton Hornets when I was eight and played through high school and two years in college. I played both ways for a number of years as a linebacker, defensive back, quarterback and punter. I've coached at the recreational level, three years undefeated, the high school level, district and regional champions and watched more than a few of my kids play division I and II in college. I also have a super bowl winner that came from one of my teams. James Mungro, Colts.
I played Judo for a number of years in order to help with balance and hand control while I was wrestling in high school. After graduation, I took up the sport on a competitive level and won several large tournaments as both a white belt and later in the black belt categories. I also coached for a number of years with junior age judo players at the Morristown and Madison YMCA. I was awarded a purple belt which is an honorary instructors belt and the highest belt awarded in the white belt classes.
Painting was the next step in my Grandmother Gracie's education for me. We started out by sponge painting trees and shrubs in all the various colors of the seasons in her oil landscapes. I've since moved from oils to acrylic paints for all of my landscapes and still life work. I've experimented with using egg tempura and water color in my fantasy paintings. They work extremely well if the original pencil sketch is outlined with pen and ink.