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Humacao, PR

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Art, Education, Language Learning, and Technology

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Thomas Edison State University, Trenton, NJ (USA)
BA, Liberal Arts and AA, Liberal studies
Trident University International - Master of Arts in Education (Adult Education and Training)
MEd
Trident University International - PhD Student of Educational Leadership (Educational Technology)
Enrolled

Education

Thomas Edison State University, Trenton, NJ (USA) (BA, Liberal Arts and AA, Liberal studies)

Trident University International - Master of Arts in Education (Adult Education and Training) (MEd)

Trident University International - PhD Student of Educational Leadership (Educational Technology) (Enrolled)

About Osvaldo

Education, learning, and skills training are my passion. Instead of spending our precious time with lessons, you will be assigned unlimited practice drills and lessons online where I can follow your progress in reading, writing, listening and speaking--our face time together will be dedicated to putting into practice what you have learned through everyday conversation and personal interaction for the home and for the workplace.

I taught English as a Second Language to Spanish-speaking students for three years in West New York. In my class we touch multiple subjects in your target language. I trust that you will discover our journey through learning together to be a joyful one and am also looking forward to working and learning together.

Beyond that, I have also successfully taught aspiring musicians to play the guitar, and the piano. Young artists learned serigraphy and how to print T-shirts. Aspiring IT professional came to my classroom for before taking their CompTIA A+ and Network+ certification exams.

I have performed simultaneous interpretation for guest preachers at my church for several years. Though I consider both English and Spanish as my native languages, I am no stranger to the difficulty in learning a new language. I am an avid student of the Russian language.

I have also held courses of instruction for students of all age groups and walks of life in art, serigraphy, photo glossing and lamination, pyrography, calligraphy, ESL, Basic Internet and Computer Technology, Windows, and Office software suites.

I give back to the community as a volunteer teaching basic smart-phone technology to the elderly at a local American Legion post--our elderly are probably the most neglected sector in our society. Language learning prevents loneliness, depression, and suicide among our senior population.

Internet and Computer Technology learning fosters independence and increases self esteem There are still many elderly citizens that do not use online banking and bill payments because they lack the confidence and the skills to use a smart-phone, laptop or PC.

Looking forward for our first lessons together.
Education, learning, and skills training are my passion. Instead of spending our precious time with lessons, you will be assigned unlimited practice drills and lessons online where I can follow your progress in reading, writing, listening and speaking--our face time together will be dedicated to putting into practice what you have learned through Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Make learning fun and save money by creating groups; rates remain the same for up to 10 students at a sitting.

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Humacao, PR 00791
Background Check: Passed
Math:
Elementary (K-6th), Microsoft Excel
Science:
Elementary Science
Music:
Guitar
Art:
Adobe Photoshop, Drawing,
Painting
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
Adobe Flash, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Computer Science,
Desktop Publishing, DOS, Dreamweaver, General Computer, HTML, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows,
Microsoft Word, Networking (Computer),
Web Design
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Reading, Russian,
Spanish, Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Science, Reading, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
ESL/ESOL, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Martial Arts

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.

Computer Science

As you can see from my resume, I am also a Certified CompTIA A+ PC Technician. I became Certified in the year 2000.

A local school needed instructors. The condition for consideration for employment was to pass the A+ Certification exam.

Even though I had my certification from the year 2000 and had field experience as a computer technician, the director was unsure that the 2000 standard was enough to qualify. I decided to ante up and re-took the modern test in 2010.

It was totally different from the 2000 exam, but I was the only candidate in a group of 30 candidates to pass the certification exam once again. I landed the job as an instructor at the technical college and continued teaching in Puerto Rico.

While teaching at the school, I continued to study hard and take as many international certification exams as possible. I passed the CompTIA Network+ exam, CompTIA STRATA exam, IC3 Office User exam, IC3 Educator exam, and the written CompTIA CTT+ IT Instructor exam.

I offered classes for the IT challenged and computer illiterate, offered IC3 lessons for students interested in MS Office skills, and offered CompTIA A+ and Network+ exam crams and reviews--teaching students what skills sets to focus on in order to pass the test.

I continue to offer IT lessons to technical colleges through my own corporation through its own website.

Drawing

At the age of sixteen, I graduated from High School ahead of my class and decided to Attend the School of Fine Arts (Escuela de Artes Plásticas) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was a difficult school, classes were long and drawn out--no pun intended. A normal day begins at 7:30AM; classes were an intense three to four hours long.

I learned enough to begin selling my work and quickly began painting signs and murals at a time when there were no computerized signs--every letter and every image was a masterpiece done by hand.

Soon, a local technical college noticed my skills and offered me a job as an instructor. I began teaching pyrography, photo mounting, screen printing and calligraphy.

I also started offering drawing and painting lessons at home. Very soon I was able to secure my own studio in a new business venture with relatives and continued working from there.

I've worked as a Graphic Designer for the Screen Printing, Sign, Awning and Monument industries in New Jersey and Puerto Rico.

Today, I continue to offer design and illustration services via my own website since 1996.

Guitar

back in 1982 at the age of sixteen I found an old guitar in my father's attic. My Dad only knew how to play three chords. It did not take more than a few hours to learn to play 3 chords, but that was enough to play a myriad of songs in Puerto Rican folklore--especially around Christmas time.

I went along and bought Mel Bay's beginner and intermediate guitar. They taught me the basics on how to read a pentagram. I moved on to Carcassi's method, but had an interest in learning how to play by ear. I achieved this by purchasing yet another book on common chord arrangements from A to G#. I practiced by the radio and soon found how exciting it was to play by ear.

I began playing with old High School friends that went into music; playing late evening serenades to old girlfriends--getting chased by irate fathers. During the Holidays, I would join them for some traditional Puerto Rican style Christmas caroling. At the same time, I played regularly at my local church.

People would walk up to me and ask if I could offer lessons. I jumped at the opportunity and have taught countless musically challenged and tone deaf individuals successfully how to play the guitar. The guitar offers me yet another medium of expression and release that clears my mind when I am confronted with any tough challenges.

Microsoft Windows

I'm an autodidactic at heart; when I get the sense that I do not have enough knowledge on a subject, I'll go out and buy a book.

At the beginning of the rise in popularity of the personal computer, I could not help feeling out of touch with the times when I saw my own father clicking away at his new PC running Windows 3.0--and I had no idea what he was doing.

I had been running a design studio where I made banners, signs and painted murals. I had read about how computers were beginning to help artists create and replicate their work, but did not see a reason to jump on the technological bandwagon until I saw my old man with his PC.

When I purchased my first used 66MHz PC, the man who sold it to me taught me how to use it the way he used it. I quickly noticed that it had many icons representing applications that I did not have the slightest idea what they were, so I went out and bought several books; the first being "Windows 3.11 for Dummies."

My new book began teaching me everything I needed to know about Windows for Networks--a lot more than the seller of my PC was able to teach me. Soon, I was customizing my user experience and later was able to network another computer to our little Small Office Network.

When Windows 95 appeared, it promised to change the computing world forever--including the blundering debut with Bill Gates himself for the world to see. I finally had enough courage to purchase a licensed copy and bought another book on Windows 95. By that time Windows 98 was beginning to peer its ugly head at the fence. When I got a hold of a Windows 98 Second Edition CD, it was time to buy yet another book.

Windows 98 SE was wonderful. The ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) feature saved my family from certain feuding for internet access. I had such a great time with SE, I was reluctant to switch over to Windows XP until they came out with their first service pack.

By that time, I had taken the CompTIA A+ Certification exam. The test had tons of Windows technical core questions at a time when I was still tweaking Windows config.sys and autoexec.bat DOS commands, assigning IRQ settings and assigning memory addresses. Meanwhile, I was taking an MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) course and was studying heavily on Windows NT4 with an NT network at home. This proved to my advantage when I applied for a Field Engineer position with an IT company in East Rutherford, NJ--I was hired because I was the only candidate to pass the Windows NT4 entrance exam as well as the computer configuration exams.

At the company in East Rutherford I was fortunate enough to work with a great boss. I had a great time there while supporting the NY-NJ-CT tri-state area. Evidently, Windows XP passed the test of time and proved to be a solid operating system. I never imagined it would hold out so well. Windows XP SP3 is still my operating system of choice for small office computing environments and a delight to work with. In order to provide support, I went through the same process of intense study with Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Even though I am using Linux in my SOHO at home and at work, I continue to get service calls thanks to Windows.

Networking (Computer)

I went into networking with the arrival when my own father came to live with me for some time in New Jersey. Several year prior to that, while I held a design studio in Puerto Rico, I had paid my father a visit. The personal computer was really beginning to take off and I had never touched a PC keyboard and mouse and my father was using something called Windows--a mystery to me at the time.

He began talking about how much money he was making by publishing his works on the desktop with a program called Wordperfect. He went on to tell me about how many kilobytes this and megabytes that. He looked triumphant when he told me how he would never run out of disk space with his new Hard Disk Drive with a whopping 400MB--replacing 400 floppy disks, and how his new processor ran at 66MHz. Those were the days.

I was in my twenties at the time and my father was in his 50s and was determined to learn about what he was talking about. A year later, I snatched up my first PC--a used 66Mhz PC with 32mb of EDO RAM, much like the one my father had--but mine ran Windows 3.11 for Networks which allowed me to connect up to 10 computers, even though we only had two.

The first time my PC misbehaved, I had to call a technician and felt $150 was too much money for him to run something called CheckDisk and Defrag. I started doing what I always do--I bought a book about Windows 3.11 for Dummies, PC Upgrade and Repair for Dummies and Networking for Dummies.

Fast Forwarding back to New Jersey, I had already taken a course for Computer Technicians, and had passed the CompTIA A+ certification exam. The course included a great section on on Networking with Windows. I was the only student of my class to take the test--and passed, so I ended up working as an instructor for the same school.

When my father came to live with me, he never took his computer online and knew very little about the internet. I had an AOL Dial-up connection and showed him how to log in and surf the web. There were two computers in the house and only one phone line. When my wife and I needed to access her email, my Dad playing Free Lotto online soon became a problem. I had to find a way to share the connection.

I found my solution with ICS (internet connection sharing). I shared the internet connection with a crossover cable connecting the computers directly to each other. When my wife got her first laptop, I set up a Hub. As broadband became available, I began setting up a home network with Windows NT4, that allowed me to connect up to 25 nodes--even though we only had four.

I worked as a graphic artist for a for a monument and tombstone design company. They had hired me on the spot because I was an artist that spoke English, Spanish, Russian and somehow had the time to become a computer technician to boot. They had four computers, none of them were networked and none of them were online. It was my job to create designs, work with clients and bring the company into the 21st century.

I had the experience working as a computer instructor and as a field engineer supporting the NY-NJ-CT tri-state area for an IT company in East Rutherford. Here was an opportunity to create a great network from scratch.

At the monument company I setup a SOHO (Small Office/Home Office) Network connecting all the computers. I put an end to the line behind the fax machine and had everyone receiving faxes digitally through a Networked all-in-one printer and promoted the use of online fax services via email in the event that a fax was absolutely necessary. Other than that, everyone slowly began getting use to printing to PDF and sharing digital copies.

At first we used a network hard drive up until the company did so well, they bought out a competitor. Now we needed two servers, one at each location, running a trust and sharing files in a single directory. Life is good.

I never got my CompTIA Network+ certification until after I left the company and moved to Puerto Rico. When I landed a job as an IT instructor, I began taking as many certification exams as I could. I took the: CompTIA Network+ exam, CompTIA STRATA exam, IC3 Office User exam, IC3 Educator exam, and the written CompTIA CTT+ IT Instructor exam.

At the school I began teaching computers to the PC illiterate, PC upgrade and repair lessons for aspiring technicians, Network+ classes for technicians holding their A+ certifications, IC3 and STRATA lessons for Office users.

I continue to support network users that have connectivity issues and problems with their broadband and WiFi connections. I recently setup a SOHO network with 5 exam workstations at my own place in order to become a certified Pearson VUE Exam Administrator and certified my establishment as a Pearson VUE Private Testing Center. Local residents no longer have to travel 50-100 miles to find a testing center to take their certification exam.

Painting

I graduated from High School in 1983 class and went to study art at the School of Fine Arts (Escuela de Artes Plásticas); a school that belongs to the Cultural Institute of Puerto Rico--the entity in charge of the preservation of the island's art, music, folklore and historic sites in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Classes at the school were very intense and the lessons focused around all aspects of art: Drawing, painting, sculpting, serigraphy, lithography, color theory, layout and design. It was a difficult school to attend, classes were three to four hours each day (a normal day begins at 7:30AM and ends at 5:00PM), but there was a great deal of independence as well. Once attendance is taken at each class and after the professor is done with his instructions for the day, students were in charge of their own time and you could take as many breaks as you felt needed. Like Google, the only requirement is that you finish your assigned projects on time.

I thought I knew enough until I attended that school. Every lesson made me realize how much more there was to learn about drawing and painting. My dedication was reflected in my work. Soon I felt confident enough to start selling my work commercially. I drifted from the puritan form of fine art and began painting signs, banners and murals commercially at a time when there were no computer drawing and illustration programs--every job was unique and done totally by hand. I have been an admirer of the late great graphic artist Lorenzo Homar ever since.

I acquired teaching skills very early at a local technical college. They needed art instructors and noticed had noticed my work and was hired as their main art instructor. I there I taught serigraphy, calligraphy among other artistic skills sets. I had to teach students fundamentals of design, layout, drawing, color theory and painting so they could create an original that would be recreated by printing spot colors together in layers--a technique that divides a design into individual color plates that blended together to create other colors.

I offered drawing and painting lessons in my own home. In time, I was able to open the doors of my own studio in the center of my hometown in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico in conjunction with my father and my aunt.

Before computers, I had to paint every design myself--even the proofs. I have done work on the island as well as in New Jersey as a Graphic Designer. Things got a lot easier with the advent of computer aided design programs, but the foundations I learned throughout my life gives me the edge.

Now I create images for the web that have a painted look and offer fee based design and illustration services out of my own website that I have authored.

Russian

At the age of 20 I had the desire to learn a new and challenging language. My father was one of the remnants from the 60s and 70s when Russia was considered to be a modern day Utopia; to him everything Russian was marvelous.

I noticed he had plenty of magazines and books in Russian, so I asked him if he could read any of it. He said, "No. I don't even know how to read Cyrillic." I had impressed my father by advancing at playing the guitar, giving him the sense of satisfaction by achieving his goals through me. So, I decided to fulfill yet another item on his to do list for him--I decided to learn how to read Russian.

I made the mistake that many language enthusiasts: I bought a grammar book. Grammar is boring, tedious and time consuming. After several weeks, I could only mechanically make out the alphabet and simple phrases, but had no clue about the pronunciation. I decided to put aside the grammar book and bought a set of phrase cassettes...yes, cassettes were the thing back then.

Needless to say, I drove my family out of their mind while repeating every day phrases and mimicking the Slavic accent. At the time, I was already married and living in Puerto Rico. My father was delighted to hear the phrases even though he had no clue of the meaning of the words except "Net and Da."

Interesting to note how often I hear "no" as the common first word in the Russian positive and negative affirmation word pair--as opposed to English and Spanish where I commonly hear yes/no or si/no and wonder if it has any social meaning.

Russians are very scarce in Puerto Rico. I continued talking to myself in a language that I did not know if I was speaking it correctly for years. This stunted my progress for a few years until I moved to New Jersey in 1998.

I quickly landed a job as a computer aided designer for a sign company. I was very happy to find that many clients from Brooklyn were Russian, Ukrainian or belonged to an exiled Jewish Russian community. The same week I was hired, a native Russian speaker was applying for a Job. He seemed startled when I greeted him in a proper formal manner. I only knew very few greetings and phrases, but was delighted to learn that I was from Puerto Rico.

After my divorce, we became great friends and room mates for several months until he married a girl from Finland. In the meantime, I took advantage of the free Russian language lessons my buddy had to offer. His friends and relatives would enjoy how I struggled with the language like a young toddler. I bought folk music cassettes and began singing the songs of the Bards like Vladimir Vysotsky, Bulat Okhudzhava and Master Grisha and playing the familiar minor chords I had learned in Puerto Rico on my guitar.

In New Jersey City University, I took formal Russian lessons and shook the class up by singing playing these songs in class for my oral assignments.

When I applied for a designer job at a monument company, my ability to read, write, chew Russian and type Cyrillic (20 wpm) was the determining factor to landing my a high paying job. Before that, transliterating Russian text was a painstaking process because no one in the company could read or write the language. Now with the company I could easily process monuments with text in English, Spanish and Russian while interacting with Russian speaking customers and noting mistakes in the wording for the monuments.

I am in Puerto Rico and like to get together with a very small group of Russian-Puerto Rican descendants that get together in City Hall in San Juan once a year. To stay in tune with the language, I visit Russian chat rooms, read and write Russian Bible verses and teach novices the Cyrillic alphabet and phrases.

I intend to tutor beginning enthusiasts in the language or to help any Russian speakers on the island that are having trouble with the English or Spanish language that is spoken in my area. In any event, over the years I have discovered that I learn tenfold more by teaching than studying a subject with another instructor or on my own.

Thomas Edison State University, Trenton, NJ (USA)
BA, Liberal Arts and AA, Liberal studies
Trident University International - Master of Arts in Education (Adult Education and Training)
MEd
Trident University International - PhD Student of Educational Leadership (Educational Technology)
Enrolled

Education

Thomas Edison State University, Trenton, NJ (USA) (BA, Liberal Arts and AA, Liberal studies)

Trident University International - Master of Arts in Education (Adult Education and Training) (MEd)

Trident University International - PhD Student of Educational Leadership (Educational Technology) (Enrolled)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Make learning fun and save money by creating groups; rates remain the same for up to 10 students at a sitting.

Travel policy

Osvaldo will travel within 30 miles of Humacao, PR 00791.