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Pennsylvania State University
Kinesiology

Education

Pennsylvania State University (Kinesiology)

About Jack

I have been on many journeys throughout my life and have tons of different experiences; ski instructor, varsity football, lifeguard, home health aide, little league announcer, treasurer, etc,. One of these led me to be a student at Penn State University. While I was there I changed majors and bounced around trying to decipher what it is that I wanted to do with my life. This led me to becoming a TA (teaching assistant) for biology 127.

A teaching assistant is responsible for having office hours every week to aide any and all students in questions, concerns, commentary, or tutoring. In addition we are responsible for running all of the labs, reviewing concepts from lecture, developing and administering quizzes and exams, as well as leading lecture when the professor is not available. Helping young minds achieve their goals and watching them grow and learn is what make teaching and tutoring worth every minute spent on the student. My favorite subjects to tutor are math and science.

I am a creative and innovative person who loves problem solving and challenges. There is always a second road/route to any destination that you set your mind on. My job is to find that dusty old trail that is going to wind through the mountains and to have its ups and downs if the interstate is shut down due to a chemical spill. The journey may be tougher at first but I can assure you that the majestic views that you will get by going off the beaten path are well worth the effort.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, whether it is tutor related or a personal question.

I hope to hear from you and see you with your thinking cap on. Let's get you to your goal and where you want to be.
I have been on many journeys throughout my life and have tons of different experiences; ski instructor, varsity football, lifeguard, home health aide, little league announcer, treasurer, etc,. One of these led me to be a student at Penn State University. While I was there I changed majors and bounced around trying to decipher what it is that I Read more

Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Ashland, PA 17921
In-person lessons
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Common Core, Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra
Science:
ACT Science, Astronomy, Biology, Botany,
Elementary Science, Geology, Physical Science
English:
Reading
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, Common Core
Computer:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Language:
Reading
Special Needs:
ADHD,
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD),
Common Core, Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Reading,
Special Needs,
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
ADHD,
Common Core, Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Handwriting, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills
Business:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Sports/Recreation:
Swimming

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.

ADHD

While working in the special needs world, it is quite common to come across ADD/ADHD along with another diagnosis. The key to working with students who have ADD/ADHD is to create a stimulating and creative learning environment in which they can thrive. While at the IU, I helped develop a way in which to keep the attention of our students while doing a craft. This idea was called "creative station craft." A craft was broken up into three parts and there was an activity correlated to that portion of the craft, i.e. a snowman would have a clip from Frosty the Snowman play. This method kept the students engaged for a much more substantial time frame. I was also assigned to aide in the redirection of students who have fallen off task and try to bring them back on topic.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

I have worked with Bayada Home Health Care since 2011 as well as the local intermediate unit for over 4 years. Structuring lessons and activities to be fun and keep the interest of our students is vital to our success rate. It is also essential to know how to diffuse a situation before it escalates out of control. With over 8 years of experience in dealing with Autism, I have developed many different skill sets as well as techniques. The use of communication boards, ipads, dinavox, sign language, writing and speech are all forms of communication that had to be adapted into daily activities and curriculum. I work closely alongside speech pathologists, teachers, aides, occupational therapists and parents to ensure that consistency is established across all fronts.

Botany

While at Pennsylvania State University, I was a TA (Teaching Assistant) for biology 127, Plant biology. I reported to Dr. Carolyn Jensen and was in charge of running labs, holding office hours for questions concerns and tutoring. We also had to give tours of green houses and lead lecture when Dr. Jensen was not available. We have done experiments ranging from studying cells to collecting DNA from the cells themselves.

Reading

I have been in the teaching spectrum for over 17 years. Throughout my career it has been my goal to better my students no matter what the task may be and to develop creative and innovative teaching techniques and styles that specifically reflect my student. I have worked with students in a vast array scenarios spanning from 4 year old special needs students to college level biology. Whether you are looking for test prep, review of a specific lesson, or a school long tutor, I believe I can be of some sort of service.

Special Needs

I have worked with Bayada Home Health Care since 2011 as well as the local intermediate unit for over 4 years. Structuring lessons and activities to be fun and keep the interest of our students is vital to our success rate. It is also essential to know how to diffuse a situation before it escalates out of control. With over 8 years of experience in dealing with special needs, I have developed quite the bag of tricks.

I have been responsible for not only the physical care and well-being of the child, but also their academic growth as well. Working alongside of colleagues and peers to enhance the quality of life of the child through a steady means of communication, whether it be through communication board or speech, is just one feat accomplished. Aiding in teaching no verbal children to count by using desirable items such as pretzels instead of pegs on a board or spatial recognition by using wooden puzzles or shape boxes are but just a few of the techniques that I utilize to boost my clients' physical and mental wellness.

Swimming

I was a swimming instructor at the local high school for 5 years. This was a summer instructional program that was sponsored by the American Red Cross. Each student that passed the qualifications deemed by the Red Cross for that specific level would get a certification card stating that they have met the requirements. In order to be an instructor, one must be life guard certified (which I was for 6 years at the time) as well as CPR and first aid certified (which I am still currently up to date with). I have taught every level from infants all the way up to junior life guarding. I was also on the local swim team for 4 years growing up.

Pennsylvania State University
Kinesiology

Education

Pennsylvania State University (Kinesiology)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Jack will travel within 20 miles of Ashland, PA 17921.