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Gary B.

Niagara Falls, NY

$50/hour

Elem.-most Subjects; Math 6 & 7; French; Writing

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 10/21/14

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University of St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Paul MN
French, Philosophy
University of St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Paul MN
MEd

Education

University of St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Paul MN (French, Philosophy)

University of St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Paul MN (MEd)

About Gary

For the Elementary child who struggles with motivation or interest level in reading or math... For the Junior High student who struggles with the same, or with writing... For High School students who have difficulty writing essays: I would love to help out! I have years of experience leading students to grow in all these areas. My students know me as serious, fun, engaging, creative, challenging, and encouraging. I have a Master's degree in Education through the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in St. Paul MN, with Elementary and K-12 French Certifications. I taught in Public and Private schools for nearly 10 years, including (Public) French Immersion School (Grade 3), where I became tenured, and I taught Math, grades 6 through 8, beginning algebra, and even religion. I am very comfortable discussing social studies, history, and government. With my background in Philosophy, I challenge the child or adolescent to think critically about the ideas being presented, to avoid emotionalism, and to be intellectually honest. On the other hand, my theatre background helps me animate the subject, and to draw out the child's true interests. My most advanced assistance lies in assisting students as they write essays; I encourage them to write in an organized, thoughtful, smooth, and persuasive manner.

No matter the subject, my method is both resourceful and creative: I learn about the current lessons being studied, I note the students' weaknesses and strengths, I analyze the difficulty, and I assist the student in building knowledge and confidence. I am highly verbally interactive. I approach the topic from several angles, I provide baby-step problems, and then I push the child to confidently launch into the classroom homework at hand.

Perhaps the clearest measure of success is when, despite tiredness and frustration, the student exudes a renewed sense of calm... and a subtle smile of confidence returns to his/her face.

Please contact me to set up a chance to meet with your child. I do not promise instant success. But I do promise to deliver encouragement and a challenge, with the many teaching gifts that I've been given.
For the Elementary child who struggles with motivation or interest level in reading or math... For the Junior High student who struggles with the same, or with writing... For High Read more

Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 12 miles of Niagara Falls, NY 14305
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Math:
Elementary Math
Art:
Theatre
English:
Bible Studies, English, Grammar, Public Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
French
History:
American History, European History, Government & Politics, Religion, Social Studies
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Social Studies

I have taught Social Studies, Grade 7, for one year. I have also taught this subject for five years at Grade 3 level. But insofar as I am engaged in Social Studies material, I have been working Full Time in politically active organizations over the past five years. I have been a researcher for a nationally syndicated TV news program. I have also run for public office, so I understand a lot of what goes on in elections and politics. I am constantly studying current events, and I am able to analyze such events through the lens of history and philosophy.

University of St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Paul MN
French, Philosophy
University of St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Paul MN
MEd

Education

University of St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Paul MN (French, Philosophy)

University of St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Paul MN (MEd)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Gary will travel within 12 miles of Niagara Falls, NY 14305.