University of Wisconsin-Madison (Communication Arts)
CUNY Grad Center (Other)
I have been a private teacher and tutor for over twenty years, and am passionate about teaching all subjects to all ages, and making a personal connection with every student, from age four to sixty-four. I strongly believe in always working toward the development of one's full potential, and my mentoring process has yielded working relationships that last for years and students who move on into life with confidence and authority in their academic and artistic skills.
I have created and taught many private educational enrichment workshops to enhance a student's
understanding of the richness and diversity of the world, and that learning, reading and asking questions are life skills that will carry you far beyond school. I have taught courses and workshops for the homeschooling community, and developed and led Summer Field Trip Camps, taking young students
out in the world to see new things and meet amazing people.
I have also led cultural group outings to NYC, and also led two private tours to Spain for my students.
I have also been an independent teacher at several private schools, including Head Teacher (3rd-6th) at Our Montessori School (NY), Social Studies and Spanish teacher at the Randolph School, for middle and high school levels, (NY), and Spanish for pre-K, at Bounous Montessori School (NY). I have also taught students in communities as diverse as middle school in inner-city New Orleans, high school in Key West and in the runaway youth community, and my students have come from every range in life, across all the spectrum of talent and ability.
My father was a professor and taught Spanish language and literature, and I grew up on campuses, imbued with the understanding that learning is as natural as breathing, and should be just as easy.
I have been teaching Spanish language and culture for decades, in classes, private workshops and as
a private tutor. My father is from Spain, and I lived there for several years when I was a boy, and have
a natural sense of the language and its people, and believe a natural sense of conversational ability
and pronunciation is as important as getting the right answers in a workbook.
These same applies to public speaking, and English as well. Correct pronunciation, understanding
the vocabulary you have built up and are using, and then expressing yourself to others with clarity
and conviction. I have worked with some wonderful teachers on voice, confidence and expression,
and always try to share all I know.
I have been a serious writer since I was a teen. Critical reading, writing in every form, language itself,
the origin of not just words, but how we think and communicate--these have always driving my studies.
I have been granted many honors, awards and fellowships for my writing and continue to perform my own work in public and see it go into print. It is a passion for me, and I have an ear and the decades of experience to help anyone better understand a difficult book, or how to read with more comprehension, and most importantly, how to write and express your best easily and with confidence.
Teaching and learning are two sides of the same coin--I want to work with you! Whether it is basic homework, confidence-building or academic enrichment, teaching for me is a natural vocation, and my accumulated knowledge and experience are here to be shared, to be passed on to those who will teach it to others when it is their turn.
I always offer free initial consultations to better understand the goals and challenges of each potential client and can only hope my new students will become as motivated as I am--and if they are already, that they will soar with the new horizons that our work will open to them.
Please contact me and begin that journey. I have been a private teacher and tutor for over twenty years, and am passionate about teaching all subjects to all ages, and making a personal connection with every student, from age four to sixty-four. I strongly believe in always working toward the development of one's full potential, and my mentoring process has yielded working relationships
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