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Gary M.

Lagrangeville, NY

$24/hour

Patience And Maturity To Work With Children to feel more confident

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 8/18/14

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Texas A &M University
English, Sociology
2013-2014 On-line (see profile)
Graduate Coursework

Education

Texas A &M University (English, Sociology)

2013-2014 On-line (see profile) (Graduate Coursework)

About Gary

If you are patient with young children, teaching almost comes naturally. The first step is to converse with the student in clear, easy to understand sentences, correcting and repeating those words that are more difficult for the student to enunciate in a manner that is neither embarrassing nor intimidating.

Other steps include using the alphabet and the vowels as pronunciation guides including for example, having the student write the letter A and then pronounce it. Other fun connections are practicing writing, defining and pronouncing homonyms such as to, too, two; eight, ate, 8 and blue and blew.

Using my tablet as a change of pace, I would bring in web sites geared for teaching and practicing phonics. Finally, I would limit the topic to 20-30 minutes and end just before the student becomes bored or tired of the subject.

Straight out of college, I began work as a reporter for a major Dallas newspaper and later a news writer for a CBS TV affiliate. During the 90s, I fell in love with computers and trained for a second career and successfully transitioned as a Microsoft network engineer in NYC and and later for IBM in Binghamton, NY.

I support the concept of the Common Core Elements and I am an excellent coach for reading, vocabulary, spelling and learning the parts of speech including verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions and interjections. I also coach science, elementary math, geography and history. In retirement, I work for the Arlington Central School District and actively work to help students to avoid being bullied or resorting to bulling.

I spent over six years with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization and recently was a manager of a local non-profit that focused on working with stressed young families to keep their children out of foster care. I am married and have children, grandchildren.

Member of the National Afterschool Association

Current post-graduate courses:

Clinical Psychology of Children and Young People
The University of Edinburgh,
Post Graduate Study, 2014 MOOC Certificate

Emerging Trends and Techniques in the Virtual K12 Classroom
The University of California, Irvine
UCI Extension, Continuing Education
Post Graduate Study, 2014 MOOC Certificate

Tapping into Multiple Intelligences
Rhode Island's Regional School District's M.I. Smart! Program
Thirteen|edOnLine 2014 Workshop

The American Revolution, History 116
Yale University, Open Yale
Post Graduate Study, 2013, 25-week MOOC

Parenting in the Digital Age
7-weeks: Canvas.net 2014

University of Colorado Mini Medical School
7-Weeks: Cellular, Immune system, Circulatory system, digestive system, lungs and airways, bones muscles and joints and neuroscience.
Canvas.Net 2014
If you are patient with young children, teaching almost comes naturally. The first step is to converse with the student in clear, easy to understand sentences, correcting and repeating those words that are more difficult for the student to enunciate in a manner that is neither embarrassing nor intimidating.

Other steps include using the
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Policies
Cancellation
1 hour notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Lagrangeville, NY 12540
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Math:
Elementary Math
English:
English, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
Career Development
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook,
Microsoft Windows,
Microsoft Word, Networking (Computer),
Photography
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Aspergers, Autism, Dyslexia, Hard Of Hearing, Phonics,
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting,
Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Business, Career Development, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Elementary (K-6th)

I currently work with K-6th and I am in the process of qualifying for acceptance into a post-graduate certificate in Education focusing on elementary education and special needs. I have added those 2013-2014 completed courses to my profile and will be adding others as I complete the requirements.

Handwriting

Twice each day, I ask my K and 1st graders to help me fill in a required form. If I cannot read their handwriting I give them an example and ask them to work on it at home and show me their efforts the following day. Usually their penmanship improves within a few day. Part of the effort is peer pressure, everyone wants to fill in the form and part of it is repetition and practice. Additionally, I have studied Dysgraphia online at the National Center for Learning Disabilities in order to be prepared when I think I have encountered that disability in a student.

Microsoft Outlook

I am Microsoft Certified for Microsoft Exchange, which of course, includes the Outlook Client. I have configured Outlook in complex environments including Scholastic Corp Chase Bank customer service and several law firms. My Exchange training was at Valinor Technical in NYC. Other related training includes Lotus Notes at IBM in Binghamton.

Microsoft Windows

In addition to the qualifications submitted for networking, I have installed at least a thousand desktops with either MS-DOS, Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows XP and Win7 and trained at least a thousand users how to navigate their respective OS. Before Dell, Compaq and HP changed the landscape, I built and sold hundreds of ‘whitebox’ computers using hardware commonly available at the time from Taiwan importers.

I have been trained by Novell, WinFrame and Microsoft.

Networking (Computer)

Since the 90’s I have been employed as a network engineer working as contractor for IBM in Binghamton, Geotek Cellular as well as Chase Bank in NYC and several financial companies including Capital Counsel. I have certified for both Novell and Microsoft Networks including Exchange Server, Business Server, Radius, Active Directory and TCP/IP as well as several router and firewall implementations.

Phonics

If you are patient with young children, teaching pronunciation almost comes naturally. The first step is to converse with the student in clear, easy to understand sentences, correcting and repeating those words that are more difficult for the student to enunciate in a manner that is neither embarrassing nor intimidating.

Other steps include using the alphabet and the vowels as pronunciation guides including for example, having the student write the letter A and then pronounce it. Other fun connections are practicing writing, defining and pronouncing homonyms such as to, too, two; eight, ate, 8 and blue and blew.

Using my tablet as a change of pace, I would bring in web sites geared for teaching and practicing phonics. Finally, I would limit the topic to 20-30 minutes and end just before the student becomes bored or tired of the subject.

Photography

At one time, I was a staff photographer for the Dallas Times Herald and for 'Dallas' a regional four color magazine. I have also photographed bridal events, shot photographs for brochures and web sites. Now an avocation, I actively use Adobe Photoshop and Light Room to digitally manipulate images and I own and use several 'pro' version cameras including a Leica and Nikon 35mm and Nikon Digital.

Public Speaking

As a broadcast station manager, a primary role was to make presentations to client groups, advertising agencies and local community groups. I have done that successfully in positions with NBC in Los Angeles and Chicago as well as CBS and ABC in Providence. I currently make community presentations for an Elks Club chapter.

Study Skills

I have suggested to students that they find a consistent space where they are not distracted by TV, music or other influences. In some cases, I have actually encouraged students to begin work on math, reading or spelling assignments on the bus even with the distractions. Some actually complete an assignment on the bus and others because we discussed it on the way, remember that their homework comes first when we arrive at their home.

Remembering these are primary grade students, sometimes it as easy as asking, "How many ears are on the bus?" and encouraging them to think through how to solve the problem.

Second, I encourage some organization for the students to insure the materials and instructions they need are 'at hand' when they sit down at home.

One student from years past wrote "As a leader who not only taught me traditional media skills, he was an inspirational mentor, and encouraging teacher. Gary has the intrinsic ability to recognize talent, instill confidence and challenge people to do their best. Gary’s wit and humor made the most difficult challenges seem fun. Thirty years later to this day, I still speak of how Gary Masters was one of the most inspirational leaders I’ve known."

Texas A &M University
English, Sociology
2013-2014 On-line (see profile)
Graduate Coursework

Education

Texas A &M University (English, Sociology)

2013-2014 On-line (see profile) (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $24.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

Gary will travel within 5 miles of Lagrangeville, NY 12540.