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Nick N.

Plainfield, NJ

$50/hour

Certified Educator in Art, Elem. Ed.K-5, Graphic Design

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Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA
Art History
Kean University
Graduate Coursework
Kean University
Other

Education

Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA (Art History)

Kean University (Graduate Coursework)

Kean University (Other)

About Nick

I am a dedicated educator with experience teaching in the classroom and tutoring a range of students one-on-one in math, science, social science, art and language arts. I establish trust through patient listening and by recognizing each success that is achieved. My experience has shown me how to provide additional levels of increasingly difficult challenges so the student acquires confidence in themselves and their abilities. A well-designed course of study sets the learner up for “wins” that keep them coming back for more.

I vary my teaching methods according to the individual student, the nature of the material and the individual ways the student best acquires knowledge. I may achieve the objectives of the lesson by delivering the same content in several ways so that the information is learned on various cognitive levels (hearing, seeing, touching, memory, reasoning) and to keep the lesson interesting.

During the tutoring process, I acquire an understanding of how I may structure a tutoring session by learning the individual student’s best way of acquiring knowledge and by making lessons relevant by involving the student’s personal interests (i.e., video games, sports, family activities, music).

More recent work experience as a substitute teacher has brought me into classrooms in several school districts in central New Jersey with students of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds and varying levels of cognitive and social development. I have had success in engaging students with individual educational programs and with classifications that require special accommodations in their classroom environment including: ADHD, cognitive LD, autism spectrum, and emotional and social challenges. I have also worked with precocious children, gifted & talented and advanced placement students who require more challenging work and creative ways to engage in the material. ??I keep the sessions challenging, fun and goal-oriented. I always “check in” with the student and determine if goals are reachable so as not to overwhelm. Homework is required to reinforce learning and to introduce new material between sessions. I provide periodic assessments and progress reports.?
After a twenty-year career in the graphic arts with several companies in New York City, I returned to school and acquired a teaching certificate. I teach with the awareness of the competitive nature of the workplace and the necessity of being organized, focused and on task to achieve and succeed. I am a working artist, art tutor and art teacher with an NJ standard license in Art Education, K-12. I also have standard licenses in Elementary Education, K-5 and Teacher of Graphic Design.

The art education program I completed focused on writing and reflection on art, art making and teaching. This emphasis on reflection is a useful tool that I employ to gauge the effectiveness of my instruction and how I may revise my lesson plan to achieve the lesson objectives. Analytical thinking and writing also supports me in tutoring language arts.

I enjoy cooking meals for my family, running and biking, and playing blues, jazz and classical music on the piano. I grew up in a bilingual Italian family and have visited the major museums of Paris, New York City and Italy. I enjoy reading science fiction, art, history and how-to books.

If my friends were to describe me they would say I was patient, kind and curious about Life in all its forms and behaviors. ??My ultimate goal as a tutor is to cultivate a genuine curiosity, and a respect for, the endlessly fascinating Universe of the physical world and the creations of our own minds. Possessing this curiosity is what will make us lifelong learners who are confident and capable of adapting to the challenges that will continue to present themselves throughout our lives. ??I look forward to hearing from you and assisting your student in achieving success in their studies.

Adobe Photoshop: Daily use of this "deep" application has been focused on retouching of digital images, design and production of print and web/computer-based media, planning of murals, and personal work (fine art)

Adobe Creative Suite
25 years of applying digital applications including: Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Photoshop. I worked in graphic design, retouching, advertising, marketing and art departments for direct mail, financial and retail companies based in New York City. These companies include Fortune 500 businesses. Part of my responsibilities included instructing team members in workflow solutions to expedite production in deadline-sensitive work environments.

B.A. in Art History with samples of my writing on art history topics including: Conceptual Art; Contemporary Art of China; art of various historical periods, artists and cultures; critique reports based on museum visits, personal philosophy of how to experience art and its value to us as individuals and to our society

Graphic Design: Some of my lesson plan designs focus on the acquisition of skills required to effectively organize images and text to communicate, influence, persuade and motivate end users to form an opinion or choose a specific action. These skills may be applied to printed matter and digital media. All lessons are based on NJCCC Standards and the acknowledged Elements of Art and the Principles of Design.

Drawing, Painting, Three-Dimensional Design: I have designed and implemented lessons for students K-12 that have resulted in their acquiring confidence and abilities in the use of various traditional and non-traditional media including: graphite; colored pencils; tempera and acrylic; mixed media; found objects, recycled product packaging, cardboard

I invite you to contact me and discuss how I may participate in achieving your educational and personal goals.
I am a dedicated educator with experience teaching in the classroom and tutoring a range of students one-on-one in math, science, social science, art and language arts. I establish trust through patient listening and by recognizing each success that is achieved. My experience has shown me how to provide additional levels of increasingly difficult Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 13 miles of Plainfield, NJ 07060
In-person lessons
Math:
Elementary Math
Art:
Adobe Photoshop, Art History, Art Theory, Drawing, Graphic Design
English:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Test Preparation:
Common Core
Computer:
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Desktop Publishing, Graphic Design, Web Design
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Common Core, Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Vocabulary

I have an NJ Teacher of Elementary Education, K-5 that includes the teaching of language arts
I have achieved an above average score in the Praxis Exam in this subject area.
I have worked one-on-one in public school classrooms to implement lesson plans and have and have tutored as an aide in this subject area.

Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA
Art History
Kean University
Graduate Coursework
Kean University
Other

Education

Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA (Art History)

Kean University (Graduate Coursework)

Kean University (Other)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Nick will travel within 13 miles of Plainfield, NJ 07060.