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Leon R.

Experienced teacher, writer, historian

Experienced teacher, writer, historian

$35/hour

  • 25 hours tutoring

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Bio

I worked as a US Senate aide, a defense consultant, and, for 10 years, as a US History and English as a Second Language teacher in a large public high school in Prince William County, VA. For the last six years I have lived in Gettysburg, where I write history books, run my own small publishing company (which has now published 5 books, with a sixth on the way in May), and volunteer at the National Park visitor center. I also work as an editor for a publishing company and have edited nine...

I worked as a US Senate aide, a defense consultant, and, for 10 years, as a US History and English as a Second Language teacher in a large public high school in Prince William County, VA. For the last six years I have lived in Gettysburg, where I write history books, run my own small publishing company (which has now published 5 books, with a sixth on the way in May), and volunteer at the National Park visitor center. I also work as an editor for a publishing company and have edited nine books for them.

I have a passion for writing, editing, photography, the English language, and US History. Equally, I love to pass my interest on to others. I do not believe these subjects have to be dry and I work hard to create engaging lessons for my students.

First, generally I think people learn best by DOING. Writing helps a person learn how to write, speaking English helps teach English, and lots of practice speaking is the key to becoming an effective public speaker. I have always been a good writer and have had a lot of experience helping people understand the principles of writing. I have worked both with students and also professionally, with people who worked for me. There are some simple basics that not all writers manuals cover. But if you understand the basics of the craft and have a good understanding of what your purpose in writing is and what you want to say, you are halfway there. I have written speeches, press releases, letters to the editor, newspaper articles and editorials, magazine articles, technical reports, and history books. Each is different and understanding the requirements of each is the key to being a good writer.

From working (10 years) as an ESL teacher, I came to understand the challenges of the English language; studying three semesters of Spanish as I was taking my licensure classes also gave me an appreciation of the challenges of learning a new language.

I have always been comfortable speaking in public and have developed a casual speaking style that is very effective. Being co


Education

Antioch College
Journalism
George Mason
Other

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $35
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Subjects

Art

Photography,

Photography

I worked for ~10 years as a freelance photographer for a chain of newspapers in the Washington suburbs and was the photo editor of the Maryland Soccer News. I had more than 1000 photographs published on sports, community events, nature, and other topics. My photographs have also appeared in magazines, ads, and museums. I have published two photo books entirely with my photos.
Art History

Business

Public Speaking

Public Speaking

I have made speeches to small groups or as many as 1000 people, presenting to students as well as US Senators and senior government and industry executives. I have spoke on government policies and programs, presented research findings at government and education conferences, and described the books I've written. I have good presentation skills but also organize the presentations well and practice a lot.

Computer

Photography

Photography

I worked for ~10 years as a freelance photographer for a chain of newspapers in the Washington suburbs and was the photo editor of the Maryland Soccer News. I had more than 1000 photographs published on sports, community events, nature, and other topics. My photographs have also appeared in magazines, ads, and museums. I have published two photo books entirely with my photos.

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Certified in ESL in Virginia. Taught ESL for 10 years at the high school level. Taught all levels from students just beginning to learn English to students who had been in the country 4-5 years and were about to exit the ESL programs.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

Edited, copy edited, proofed nine books for Savas Beatie. Currently editing two more. 20+ years experience supervising research staff and editing technical reports written by non-professional writers. Written numerous articles and conference presentations (American Educational Research Association, National Council of History Educators, VA Council of Social studies, others) in APA format. I am good at the typos, grammar mistakes, and other technical problems but can also help conceptualize and review basic outline and approach.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I have made speeches to small groups or as many as 1000 people, presenting to students as well as US Senators and senior government and industry executives. I have spoke on government policies and programs, presented research findings at government and education conferences, and described the books I've written. I have good presentation skills but also organize the presentations well and practice a lot.
Grammar

Elementary Education

Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

I have strong math skills and have taught math at the elementary school, middle school, and high school (up through Algebra 1) levels. Even though most students these days will use a calculator for many of their math tasks, I think it is important to lay a basic foundation of skills (add, subtract, multiply, divide, fractions and decimals, order of operations, etc.) and also to teach estimating so that they can have a check on what the calculator tells them.
Reading,

Reading

I have taught reading at a variety of levels from rising 2nd graders to adults. I have taught a wide variety of skill levels, including students just learning the English language, students who are a year or more behind grade level (including some who were basically unable to read), and students with already well developed skills.
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Spelling, Vocabulary

English

English,

English

Formerly certified in VA in English and ESL. Taught in VA public high school for 10 years with further experience in private/summer schools. I have a strong track record teaching reading and writing plus literature as well as the technical elements of English (grammar, basic linguistics, etc.)
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Certified in ESL in Virginia. Taught ESL for 10 years at the high school level. Taught all levels from students just beginning to learn English to students who had been in the country 4-5 years and were about to exit the ESL programs.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

Edited, copy edited, proofed nine books for Savas Beatie. Currently editing two more. 20+ years experience supervising research staff and editing technical reports written by non-professional writers. Written numerous articles and conference presentations (American Educational Research Association, National Council of History Educators, VA Council of Social studies, others) in APA format. I am good at the typos, grammar mistakes, and other technical problems but can also help conceptualize and review basic outline and approach.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I have made speeches to small groups or as many as 1000 people, presenting to students as well as US Senators and senior government and industry executives. I have spoke on government policies and programs, presented research findings at government and education conferences, and described the books I've written. I have good presentation skills but also organize the presentations well and practice a lot.
Reading,

Reading

I have taught reading at a variety of levels from rising 2nd graders to adults. I have taught a wide variety of skill levels, including students just learning the English language, students who are a year or more behind grade level (including some who were basically unable to read), and students with already well developed skills.
Writing,

Writing

Experienced writing professional: 40+ years experience writing speeches, press releases, technical reports, research studies, magazine and newspaper articles, and books (five published with two more in final preparation). I am also an experienced writing teacher, with 10 years public school teaching experience at the high school level.
Grammar, Literature, SAT Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

History

American History,

American History

Certified US history teacher Professional writer. Five history books published.
Political Science,

Political Science

25 years experience with national security and economics. Experienced writer and coach.
Social Studies,

Social Studies

10 years teaching Excellent record with test prep Enthusiastic Full time writer: 5 books published.
Art History, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, World History

Homeschool

English,

English

Formerly certified in VA in English and ESL. Taught in VA public high school for 10 years with further experience in private/summer schools. I have a strong track record teaching reading and writing plus literature as well as the technical elements of English (grammar, basic linguistics, etc.)
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Certified in ESL in Virginia. Taught ESL for 10 years at the high school level. Taught all levels from students just beginning to learn English to students who had been in the country 4-5 years and were about to exit the ESL programs.
Reading,

Reading

I have taught reading at a variety of levels from rising 2nd graders to adults. I have taught a wide variety of skill levels, including students just learning the English language, students who are a year or more behind grade level (including some who were basically unable to read), and students with already well developed skills.
Writing,

Writing

Experienced writing professional: 40+ years experience writing speeches, press releases, technical reports, research studies, magazine and newspaper articles, and books (five published with two more in final preparation). I am also an experienced writing teacher, with 10 years public school teaching experience at the high school level.
SAT Reading, Spelling

Language

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

Certified in ESL in Virginia. Taught ESL for 10 years at the high school level. Taught all levels from students just beginning to learn English to students who had been in the country 4-5 years and were about to exit the ESL programs.

Most Popular

English,

English

Formerly certified in VA in English and ESL. Taught in VA public high school for 10 years with further experience in private/summer schools. I have a strong track record teaching reading and writing plus literature as well as the technical elements of English (grammar, basic linguistics, etc.)
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Certified in ESL in Virginia. Taught ESL for 10 years at the high school level. Taught all levels from students just beginning to learn English to students who had been in the country 4-5 years and were about to exit the ESL programs.
Reading,

Reading

I have taught reading at a variety of levels from rising 2nd graders to adults. I have taught a wide variety of skill levels, including students just learning the English language, students who are a year or more behind grade level (including some who were basically unable to read), and students with already well developed skills.
Writing

Writing

Experienced writing professional: 40+ years experience writing speeches, press releases, technical reports, research studies, magazine and newspaper articles, and books (five published with two more in final preparation). I am also an experienced writing teacher, with 10 years public school teaching experience at the high school level.

Other

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Certified in ESL in Virginia. Taught ESL for 10 years at the high school level. Taught all levels from students just beginning to learn English to students who had been in the country 4-5 years and were about to exit the ESL programs.
Geography, Government & Politics

Special Needs

Phonics

Sports/Recreation

Soccer

Soccer

First, I spent 37 seasons as a soccer coach, including one team that I coached all the way from first grade through high school graduation. I coached at every level from introductory "chase the ball" soccer to travel. I was also active in administration of the game, serving on the board of directors of one of the largest youth soccer clubs in the country (14,000 players) for 20 years and president for 5. I was also the first vice president for recreational programs for Maryland State Youth Soccer Assn. and created its rec program, including serving as tournament director for recreational tournaments at four locations around the state. Awards received include the John A. Schmid service award for contributions to the sport from "Maryland Soccer Legends" and I was one of 12 people honored as a "Builder of MSI" in the club's 50 years of existence.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Certified in ESL in Virginia. Taught ESL for 10 years at the high school level. Taught all levels from students just beginning to learn English to students who had been in the country 4-5 years and were about to exit the ESL programs.
Reading,

Reading

I have taught reading at a variety of levels from rising 2nd graders to adults. I have taught a wide variety of skill levels, including students just learning the English language, students who are a year or more behind grade level (including some who were basically unable to read), and students with already well developed skills.
Writing

Writing

Experienced writing professional: 40+ years experience writing speeches, press releases, technical reports, research studies, magazine and newspaper articles, and books (five published with two more in final preparation). I am also an experienced writing teacher, with 10 years public school teaching experience at the high school level.

Test Preparation

PSAT, SAT Reading

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Leon has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 21 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

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Knowledgeable and Proficient in Writing

He provided me with insightful questions and helped me understand concepts clearly with crisp and clear explanations. He was always on time. I would recommend everyone in need of a passionate and interactive tutor to go to him!

Shan, 5 lessons with Leon
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