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John C.

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SUNY Buffalo
Canisius College
Master's

Education

SUNY Buffalo

Canisius College (Master's)

About John

My name is John and I have been a teacher for more than 30 years. During that time I have taught in two languages, English and Spanish, and in three countries, the United States, Germany, and Spain. I have taught Social Studies to grades 7 to 12, Spanish to grades 9 to 11, and GED (high school equivalency) to students aged 17 to 40. My students have been Americans in the U.S., newly-arrived Latin Americans to our shores, the children of American military in Germany, and Spanish students in the Canary Islands, Spain. My wife and I lived in Europe for more than four years and have traveled extensively throughout South America. I also lived in Mexico for a half year.
Since childhood, I have been fascinated with the doings of the past - with how earlier people lived and thought - and I read lots of history and biography, transporting myself to the Battle of Quebec, watching the tumbrels roll in Paris, seeing Jefferson struggle over slavery, and observing the homesteaders on the prairies.
I have always loved the English language, and I filled my college days with literature, poetry, philosophy, art, politics, and my beloved history. When I was 38, I took another turn. I fell in love with the warm Hispanic people, and embarked upon the adventure of learning their language. I studied Spanish with diligence, reverence, and love, and came to speak it well and to understand Hispanic culture.
In 1990, I married a returned Peace Corps volunteer from Paraguay who shared my love for Spanish and my dream to live in Europe. We did just that for more than four years. Today we visit our friends in the Canary Islands every second summer, and we plan to live there someday in the future.
For the present, I look forward to tutoring the subjects that I love: Social Studies (History) and Spanish. If I can impart my love on my students, then my teaching will be successful. If I can bring to my tutoring all the wonders of Spanish and of history, be it European or American, then learning will take place and we will all succeed.
If I am asked to tutor English, I am confident that I will do it well. English was my minor at SUNY at Buffalo, and I was a feature writer and copy editor at the Niagara Gazette (Niagara Falls, N.Y.) for three years. I am also able to tutor grade 9 and 10 math. I am strong in math and have taught it for 12 years in my GED course. In the university, I scored an A in Differential Calculus.
I have given you my teaching career in brief. My many experiences and my bilingualism (I speak much German as well) give me a background that perhaps few teachers have. I submit that this has deepened my knowledge and has helped me to be a more interesting, more successful teacher. I hope that I may teach for you. In this hope, I present my customary enthusiasm and hard work, as well as my respect for those whom I am entrusted to teach.
My name is John and I have been a teacher for more than 30 years. During that time I have taught in two languages, English and Spanish, and in three countries, the United States, Germany, and Spain. I have taught Read more

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Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Prealgebra,
SAT Math
English:
English,
ESL/ESOL, Grammar,
Proofreading,
Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary
Science:
Physical Science
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Spanish
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading, Vocabulary
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, English,
ESL/ESOL, Prealgebra,
Reading, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
Spanish
Test Preparation:
GED,
Regents, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar,
Proofreading,
Spanish

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Algebra 1

I have been teaching GED [high school equivalency courses] for the past 12 years. I have taught GED in both the English and Spanish languages because I am bilingual. As a GED teacher, I teach reading comprehension, writing, grammar, math, science, social studies, and literature.
After helping more than 100 mostly disadvantaged students earn their GED certificates on Buffalo's West Side, I can safely say the following. I know the GED curriculum extremely well in all the subject areas and have a good success record in getting students to pass their exams.

American History

I have taught history for more than 30 years, and it has been my love since childhood. I have a B.A. degree in history from S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo, with American history as my specialty.
For the past 12 years, I have taught American history as part of my curriculum as a GED teacher, [high school equivalency].
Before this time, I taught American history for two years to the high school children of our military in Germany and for six years to Puerto Rican students in the Buffalo Public Schools. I also taught American history for six years to eleventh and twelfth grade gifted students within an award-winning program that I ran through Niagara-Orleans B.O.C.E.S.
In my leisure time, I play sports and read lots of history, most recently David McCullough's "Truman" and Edmund Morris' "Theodore Rex" about Teddy Roosevelt at the height of his power as president.
My first job, before teaching was as a copy editor and feature writer for the Niagara Gazette in Niagara Falls, N.Y. I interviewed famed trail lawyer F. Lee Bailey, Sen. James Buckley [R-NY], and Capt. Ernest Medina, the man involved in the My Lai Massacre during the Vietnam War. I also wrote historical pieces on the "Stolen Election of 1876," the Battle of the Little Bighorn, and about the Niagara area on Dec. 7, 1941, the day that the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.
Thus, I have always had a fascination with the history of our nation, have taught American history for many years and have written about some of its more interesting facets.
I hope, therefore, to tutor American history to your son or daughter. As a teacher and tutor, I bring many years of experience, a great love for American history, and a strong desire for learning success.

English

For three years, I was feature writer and copy editor for the Niagara Gazette in Niagara Falls, N.Y. I sat "on the rim" of a copy table each morning and edited news reporters' stories for grammar, syntax, spelling, and word usage mistakes. Every Saturday, I was the chief copy editor, or "slot man," a job I had ascended to despite my low seniority because of my mastery of English grammar. The other editors "on the rim" fed me copy for my final approval.
Every afternoon, I wrote feature articles for my paper. I interviewed and wrote stories
about trial lawyer F. Lee Bailey, "Buffalo Bob" Smith, Capt. Ernest Medina of MyLai Massacre notoriety, U.S. Sen. James Buckley (N.Y.), and daredevil Philippe Petit, who had walked a tightrope between New York City's Twin Towers and sought to do the same between the cataracts of the Niagara.
I wrote an extended piece about the Niagara area on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. I wrote an article about some of the most remarkably useless inventions under patent, including a diaper for parakeets, spectacles for chickens, and an automatic patting device for babies' bums. I kept company with taxi drivers, bartenders, wrestlers, and strippers, and wrote about their lives with empathy and flair. I reviewed plays, films, art shows, music concerts, and a cat convention. I wrote historical pieces about the stolen Election of 1876, the first attempt to found a Jewish state (on Grand Island in 1825), the Battle of the Little Big Horn, political dirty tricks since our nation's founding, and the history of tennis, a sport I've played since childhood.
Oh, how I wrote about matters great and small!
My article about the area on Dec. 7, 1941, made the Sunday paper's front page. My articles on tennis and useless inventions were put onto the Gannett News Service for publication in their chain of newspapers. Thus, my background includes a great deal of published writing.
At the SUNY at Buffalo, however, I earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in History. English was my minor. In my English classes, we read William Shakespeare's plays and sonnets and Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" in the Middle English of his time. We also read the poetry of Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Byron, Tennyson, Whitman, Dickinson, Kipling, Yeats, Frost, Sandburg, T.S. Eliot,
e.e. cummings, the Harlem Renaissance poets, Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti, and many others.
I have written poetry to complement the many published articles from my newspaper days. My poems, all unpublished, have often drawn their inspiration from our four years overseas, especially our time in the Canary Islands, Spain, with its rich culture and warm, inviting climate.
A large part of my teaching of more than 30 years has been in the area of the Social Studies. For the past 12 years, however, I have taught GED, or high school equivalency, to students aged 17 to 40 on Buffalo's West Side. I have taught in both the English and Spanish languages since I am bilingual.
The GED curriculum emphasizes the comprehension of fiction and non-fiction works such as plays, novels, short stories, poems, newspaper articles, and samples of manuals, college guides, government publications, and the like. It also requires a written composition and the successful completion of a 50-question multiple choice test on grammar, syntax, spelling, and word usage.
Given my many years of teaching and of journalism - both editing and writing - I am very competent to tutor English, Grammar, Proofreading, and Vocabulary. I hope that I may work for you. In this hope, I bring my varied work and life experiences. I lived in Mexico for six months, I have traveled throughout South America, and I lived in Europe (Germany and Spain) for more than four years.
I also bring my customary enthusiasm and hard work, as well as a deep respect for the students I am entrusted to teach.

















































European History

My wife and I lived in Europe [in Spain and Germany] for more than four years while I taught history and Spanish. During that time we visited most of the countries of Western Europe. I am fluent in Spanish. My German quickly became conversational because of my college German and the fact we lived in an exclusively German town. I submit that my background adds an understanding of modern Europe that the great majority of teachers probably do not have.

GED

I have been teaching GED [high school equivalency courses] for the past 12 years. I have taught GED in both the English and Spanish languages. After a dozen years and more than 100 GED graduates, I can safely say the following- I know GED curriculum extremely well in all the subjects areas. Also, I have a record of success in students passing the exam.

Geography

As a Social Studies teacher for more than 30 years, geography has been an important component of my teaching. I should mention that I have lived abroad – in Germany for two years, Spain for more than two years, and Mexico for six months – and that I have traveled widely in Europe, Morocco, Costa Rica, and South America – throughout Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Paraguay.
Thus, my teaching of geography carries firsthand knowledge of many geographical locations: the White Cliffs of Dover and the English Channel, the Rhine and Danube Rivers, the Straits of Gibraltar, the Sahara Desert and Atlas Mountains, the Costa Rican rainforest, the enormous Amazon River, the towering Andes, the Pampas of Argentina, the Atacama Desert, the world’s driest, and the breathtaking Iguazú Falls.
I often bring my personal experiences of geography into my teaching of the Social Studies. In this way, I strive to make my teaching more interesting and to thereby improve learning. I think that, by and large, I have been successful.

Government & Politics

I have a B.A. in history, an M.S. in Education, and have taught Social Studies for over 35 years. Government and Politics as well as languages (English and Spanish) are my favorite subjects to teach and to study.

I am willing and highly qualified to tutor you or your child in Government and Politics.

Grammar

For three years, I was feature writer and copy editor for the Niagara Gazette in Niagara Falls, N.Y. I sat "on the rim" of a copy table each morning and edited news reporters' stories for grammar, syntax, spelling, and word usage mistakes. Every Saturday, I was the chief copy editor, or "slot man," a job I had ascended to despite my low seniority because of my mastery of English grammar. The other editors "on the rim" fed me copy for my final approval.
Every afternoon, I wrote feature articles for my paper. I interviewed and wrote stories
about trial lawyer F. Lee Bailey, "Buffalo Bob" Smith, Capt. Ernest Medina of MyLai Massacre notoriety, U.S. Sen. James Buckley (N.Y.), and daredevil Philippe Petit, who had walked a tightrope between New York City's Twin Towers and sought to do the same between the cataracts of the Niagara.
I wrote an extended piece about the Niagara area on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. I wrote an article about some of the most remarkably useless inventions under patent, including a diaper for parakeets, spectacles for chickens, and an automatic patting device for babies' bums. I kept company with taxi drivers, bartenders, wrestlers, and strippers, and wrote about their lives with empathy and flair. I reviewed plays, films, art shows, music concerts, and a cat convention. I wrote historical pieces about the stolen Election of 1876, the first attempt to found a Jewish state (on Grand Island in 1825), the Battle of the Little Big Horn, political dirty tricks since our nation's founding, and the history of tennis, a sport I've played since childhood.
Oh, how I wrote about matters great and small!
My article about the area on Dec. 7, 1941, made the Sunday paper's front page. My articles on tennis and useless inventions were put onto the Gannett News Service for publication in their chain of newspapers. Thus, my background includes a great deal of published writing.
At the SUNY at Buffalo, however, I earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in History. English was my minor. In my English classes, we read William Shakespeare's plays and sonnets and Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" in the Middle English of his time. We also read the poetry of Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Byron, Tennyson, Whitman, Dickinson, Kipling, Yeats, Frost, Sandburg, T.S. Eliot,
e.e. cummings, the Harlem Renaissance poets, Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti, and many others.
I have written poetry to complement the many published articles from my newspaper days. My poems, all unpublished, have often drawn their inspiration from our four years overseas, especially our time in the Canary Islands, Spain, with its rich culture and warm, inviting climate.
A large part of my teaching of more than 30 years has been in the area of the Social Studies. For the past 12 years, however, I have taught GED, or high school equivalency, to students aged 17 to 40 on Buffalo's West Side. I have taught in both the English and Spanish languages since I am bilingual.
The GED curriculum emphasizes the comprehension of fiction and non-fiction works such as plays, novels, short stories, poems, newspaper articles, and samples of manuals, college guides, government publications, and the like. It also requires a written composition and the successful completion of a 50-question multiple choice test on grammar, syntax, spelling, and word usage.
Given my many years of teaching and of journalism - both editing and writing - I am very competent to tutor English, Grammar, Proofreading, and Vocabulary. I hope that I may work for you. In this hope, I bring my varied work and life experiences. I lived in Mexico for six months, I have traveled throughout South America, and I lived in Europe (Germany and Spain) for more than four years.
I also bring my customary enthusiasm and hard work, as well as a deep respect for the students I am entrusted to teach.
























Prealgebra

I have been teaching pre- algebra and algebra for 12 years as a GED [high school equivalency] teacher in Buffalo. For four years, I lived and taught overseas with my wife in Germany and in the Canary Islands, Spain. I mention this because in Spain my students were 6th and 7th graders.
I know pre- algebra well, and have taught it for a dozen years, and am sure that your child can learn it. Please contact me if you are interested in my help.

Proofreading

For three years, I was feature writer and copy editor for the Niagara Gazette in Niagara Falls, N.Y. I sat "on the rim" of a copy table each morning and edited news reporters' stories for grammar, syntax, spelling, and word usage mistakes. Every Saturday, I was the chief copy editor, or "slot man," a job I had ascended to despite my low seniority because of my mastery of English grammar. The other editors "on the rim" fed me copy for my final approval.
Every afternoon, I wrote feature articles for my paper. I interviewed and wrote stories
about trial lawyer F. Lee Bailey, "Buffalo Bob" Smith, Capt. Ernest Medina of MyLai Massacre notoriety, U.S. Sen. James Buckley (N.Y.), and daredevil Philippe Petit, who had walked a tightrope between New York City's Twin Towers and sought to do the same between the cataracts of the Niagara.
I wrote an extended piece about the Niagara area on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. I wrote an article about some of the most remarkably useless inventions under patent, including a diaper for parakeets, spectacles for chickens, and an automatic patting device for babies' bums. I kept company with taxi drivers, bartenders, wrestlers, and strippers, and wrote about their lives with empathy and flair. I reviewed plays, films, art shows, music concerts, and a cat convention. I wrote historical pieces about the stolen Election of 1876, the first attempt to found a Jewish state (on Grand Island in 1825), the Battle of the Little Big Horn, political dirty tricks since our nation's founding, and the history of tennis, a sport I've played since childhood.
Oh, how I wrote about matters great and small!
My article about the area on Dec. 7, 1941, made the Sunday paper's front page. My articles on tennis and useless inventions were put onto the Gannett News Service for publication in their chain of newspapers. Thus, my background includes a great deal of published writing.
At the SUNY at Buffalo, however, I earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in History. English was my minor. In my English classes, we read William Shakespeare's plays and sonnets and Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" in the Middle English of his time. We also read the poetry of Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Byron, Tennyson, Whitman, Dickinson, Kipling, Yeats, Frost, Sandburg, T.S. Eliot,
e.e. cummings, the Harlem Renaissance poets, Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti, and many others.
I have written poetry to complement the many published articles from my newspaper days. My poems, all unpublished, have often drawn their inspiration from our four years overseas, especially our time in the Canary Islands, Spain, with its rich culture and warm, inviting climate.
A large part of my teaching of more than 30 years has been in the area of the Social Studies. For the past 12 years, however, I have taught GED, or high school equivalency, to students aged 17 to 40 on Buffalo's West Side. I have taught in both the English and Spanish languages since I am bilingual.
The GED curriculum emphasizes the comprehension of fiction and non-fiction works such as plays, novels, short stories, poems, newspaper articles, and samples of manuals, college guides, government publications, and the like. It also requires a written composition and the successful completion of a 50-question multiple choice test on grammar, syntax, spelling, and word usage.
Given my many years of teaching and of journalism - both editing and writing - I am very competent to tutor English, Grammar, Proofreading, and Vocabulary. I hope that I may work for you. In this hope, I bring my varied work and life experiences. I lived in Mexico for six months, I have traveled throughout South America, and I lived in Europe (Germany and Spain) for more than four years.
I also bring my customary enthusiasm and hard work, as well as a deep respect for the students I am entrusted to teach.
























SAT Math

My major course of study in college was history, not mathematics. However, unlike most students who majored in the humanities, I have always loved math. In high school,I received high grades in my math courses, and scored a 640 on the math section of the SAT exam. I therefore decided to take Differential Calculus at SUNY at Buffalo,
despite my major and got an A.

Thus, I am one of those rare ducks in the humanities, a writer who really like math. When I took the test to qualify for teaching SAT math, I scored 100%. I enjoy math immensely because it makes me think logically to solve problems, and often creatively as well. I also like math because there often are two, three, or four ways to solve a problem, all of them correct.

I find that in my teaching of GED [high school equivalency], I have brought many students to appreciate and to like mathematics where once they disliked it and saw no use for it.

SAT math, a step up from GED math, is more challenging, interesting, and rewarding, especially when I see my students learning the higher concepts and putting them to use. Such higher math disciplines the young mind and fosters logical thinking for use in other endeavors.

I have taught GED math for the past 12 years and have tutored students in SAT math for the past four years. I have had very good success preparing students for their SAT exam in math. I am confident, therefore, that I can do the same for you son or daughter.

SAT Reading

I have been a writer for most of my life. For more than three years I was a feature writer for the Niagara Gazette in Niagara Falls, N.Y. I wrote more than 100 published stories, many of them extended pieces on almost every subject under the sun.

I interviewed and wrote articles about famed trial lawyer F. Lee Bailey, Ernest Medina, who had been involved in the
My Lai Massacre in Vietnam, "Buffalo Bob" Smith, US Sen. James Buckley (R-N.Y.), and Philippe Petit, who had walked a tight- rope between New York's Twin Towers and wanted to do the same between the Niagara's cataracts.

I wrote affecting pieces about bartenders, cabdrivers, and wrestlers. I reviewed music, art and movie events, and a large cat show. I wrote historical pieces on the first attempt to found a Jewish homeland, on Grand Island in 1825, and on the Niagara area on Dec. 7th, 1941, the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.

Through all of my writing and my experience administering the SAT exam, I have developed high expertise in the SAT Reading sections. Though I am very good in math, reading and vocabulary are my true talents.

Thus, I am confident I can improve your child's score in SAT reading.

SAT Writing

I taught SAT Writing to a recent high school junior. He improved his score on the SAT writing exam in October of his senior year. Since my background is in writing, I am confident that I can improve a student's writing for the SAT.

Social Studies

I am certified in Social Studies, grades 7 to 12 (Permanent Certification - N.Y.S.). I taught Social Studies, grades 7 and 8, for six years. I have taught GED Social Studies for 12 years. I should also add that my B.S. is in History, and my Master's is in Education. Hence, I am qualified to tutor students in Social Studies.
I have taught history for more than 30 years and have loved it since I was a boy. I greatly enjoy reading, and in my leisure time I read many history books, such as David McCullough's "Truman" and "King Leopold's Ghost" about Belgium's killing of millions of natives in the Congo in the 1880's and 1890's.
I have always striven to inject the human side of history into my teaching to foster interest and learning. For history is much more than facts and dates. It is men and women striving, with all their strengths and weaknesses, all their good and evil, to reach their chosen goals. The strivers may be homesteaders, cowboys, housewives, industrialists, popes, generals, and U.S. Presidents.
Whatever the goals, people, or countries may be, the progress of history involves many things. It involves character. George Washington's, for example, the president who always did what was right for his country and gave very little thought to how it affected him.
History involves luck. Napoleon's good luck in battle until a sudden severe attack of hemorrhoids delayed his arrival at Waterloo.
History involves the quirks of personality.
Samuel Tilden's, for instance, the Democrat who almost certainly won the Election of 1876. Weak-willed, sickly, and hypochondriacal, Tilden decided not to contest the highly doubtful results in three states. He conceded to Republican Rutherford B. Hayes, who pulled all federal troops out of the South, leaving the African-Americans without their rights until the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's.
So when I teach history, I present my students with all the human aspects of the people of a time and place. Harriet Tubman's dauntless courage. Kaiser Wilhelm's club foot. Abraham Lincoln's ability to command men. Winston Churchill's remarkable foresight.
I hope to tutor history to your son or daughter.
History is the story of humankind: of our striving always for better, sometimes achieving and sometimes failing. If history is taught in a human and interesting way, even the incurious student can be brought in to see its relevance and worth.

Spanish

I am fluent in the Spanish language, and have traveled and lived in the Spanish speaking world. My wife and I lived in Germany for two years, during which time I taught Spanish to the high school children of American military personnel. After that we worked in Spain for more than two years where I was the Spanish-speaking counselor at my school. I have traveled widely throughout South America. Since 2000, I have taught GED [high school equivalency] in Spanish to Cuban and Puerto Rican immigrants. In that capacity, I teach Spanish writing and grammar, comprehension of reading, and the like. My wife and I visit Spain and our Spanish family and friends. As you can see, my knowledge is broad and deep and current, and my enthusiasm is strong.
Your son or daughter will learn because I love to teach this subject. Learning a language opens up a whole new world in a person's life.

Vocabulary

For three years, I was feature writer and copy editor for the Niagara Gazette in Niagara Falls, N.Y. I sat "on the rim" of a copy table each morning and edited news reporters' stories for grammar, syntax, spelling, and word usage mistakes. Every Saturday, I was the chief copy editor, or "slot man," a job I had ascended to despite my low seniority because of my mastery of English grammar. The other editors "on the rim" fed me copy for my final approval.
Every afternoon, I wrote feature articles for my paper. I interviewed and wrote stories
about trial lawyer F. Lee Bailey, "Buffalo Bob" Smith, Capt. Ernest Medina of MyLai Massacre notoriety, U.S. Sen. James Buckley (N.Y.), and daredevil Philippe Petit, who had walked a tightrope between New York City's Twin Towers and sought to do the same between the cataracts of the Niagara.
I wrote an extended piece about the Niagara area on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. I wrote an article about some of the most remarkably useless inventions under patent, including a diaper for parakeets, spectacles for chickens, and an automatic patting device for babies' bums. I kept company with taxi drivers, bartenders, wrestlers, and strippers, and wrote about their lives with empathy and flair. I reviewed plays, films, art shows, music concerts, and a cat convention. I wrote historical pieces about the stolen Election of 1876, the first attempt to found a Jewish state (on Grand Island in 1825), the Battle of the Little Big Horn, political dirty tricks since our nation's founding, and the history of tennis, a sport I've played since childhood.
Oh, how I wrote about matters great and small!
My article about the area on Dec. 7, 1941, made the Sunday paper's front page. My articles on tennis and useless inventions were put onto the Gannett News Service for publication in their chain of newspapers. Thus, my background includes a great deal of published writing.
At the SUNY at Buffalo, however, I earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in History. English was my minor. In my English classes, we read William Shakespeare's plays and sonnets and Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" in the Middle English of his time. We also read the poetry of Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Byron, Tennyson, Whitman, Dickinson, Kipling, Yeats, Frost, Sandburg, T.S. Eliot,
e.e. cummings, the Harlem Renaissance poets, Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti, and many others.
I have written poetry to complement the many published articles from my newspaper days. My poems, all unpublished, have often drawn their inspiration from our four years overseas, especially our time in the Canary Islands, Spain, with its rich culture and warm, inviting climate.
A large part of my teaching of more than 30 years has been in the area of the Social Studies. For the past 12 years, however, I have taught GED, or high school equivalency, to students aged 17 to 40 on Buffalo's West Side. I have taught in both the English and Spanish languages since I am bilingual.
The GED curriculum emphasizes the comprehension of fiction and non-fiction works such as plays, novels, short stories, poems, newspaper articles, and samples of manuals, college guides, government publications, and the like. It also requires a written composition and the successful completion of a 50-question multiple choice test on grammar, syntax, spelling, and word usage.
Given my many years of teaching and of journalism - both editing and writing - I am very competent to tutor English, Grammar, Proofreading, and Vocabulary. I hope that I may work for you. In this hope, I bring my varied work and life experiences. I lived in Mexico for six months, I have traveled throughout South America, and I lived in Europe (Germany and Spain) for more than four years.
I also bring my customary enthusiasm and hard work, as well as a deep respect for the students I am entrusted to teach.
























World History

I have taught history for most of my 35 years as a teacher. During that time, I have taught Latin American, American, and World History. I have taught school in the U.S., Spain, and Germany.
I studied and lived in Mexico and traveled widely throughout South America. I speak fluent Spanish and conversational German. I am willing and able to teach and/or tutor World History.

SUNY Buffalo
Canisius College
Master's

Education

SUNY Buffalo

Canisius College (Master's)

Amazing! Five Stars!! — Let's just put it this way before I met with John I got a 47% on my first exam. After meeting with him once I got 100% on three quizzes and a 83% on my second exam! I have almost a B in the class now and with his help I think I'll get there! I just had my second meeting with him and he once again cleared up everything I was confused on in class. I'll be meeting with him right up until my final in ...

— Katie, Buffalo, NY on 4/8/15

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