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Thomas B.

Maryville, TN

$20/hour

Retired Education Specialist/Attorney

Background check passed as of 8/26/14
4.9 average from 13 ratings
Thomas is a knowledgeable and patient tutor.
— DENNIS, Duncan, MS on 1/6/16

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Oberlin College
WNEC School of Law
J.D.

Education

Oberlin College

WNEC School of Law (J.D.)

About Thomas

Looking for that experienced professional to help your child achieve his/her potential? Searching for someone in the top two percent of test scores in the country? I am a retired attorney with over 30 years of experience in the education field; including teaching middle school, high school, and college. As an attorney, I specialized in Juvenile Law; including delinquent children, abused/neglected children, children with special needs, and children with educational problems.

My guiding principle as a teacher is to enable students to understand what they are learning in focused and logical steps. For example, in teaching writing, I stress the idea of the three c's: concise, concrete, and clear writing. In addition, I focus on hands-on learning; that is, the student who is intimately involved in his/her learning is: 1) better able to grasp the concepts involved; and 2) likely to be more motivated.

I was an active trial lawyer who also wrote legal briefs and argued in Appellate Courts such as the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. I can help your child read, speak, and write better. S/he will know how to present his/her ideas to the world in understandable terms and, more importantly, s/he will be more confident about his/her abilities. Being able to attack and understand problems in a logical and focused manner makes for a better learner and a better human being who can face the travails of life.

Thank you for your time and your attention.
Looking for that experienced professional to help your child achieve his/her potential? Searching for someone in the top two percent of test scores in the country? I am a retired attorney with over 30 years of experience in the education field; including teaching middle school, high school, and college. As an attorney, I specialized in Juvenile Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required

Multiple lessons (3 or more lessons) will receive a ten percent discount.

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Maryville, TN 37803
Background Check: Passed

"Thomas is a knowledgeable and patient tutor."

- DENNIS, Duncan, MS on 1/6/16

"Patient and Caring Tutor"

- Meilynn, Maryville, TN on 11/13/13
Math:
Elementary Math, Logic
Science:
Philosophy, Sociology
Art:
Drawing, Film, Painting, Theatre
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, ASVAB, Bar Exam, GED, GRE, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Computer:
Computer Science, General Computer
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
History:
American History,
Classics, Criminal Justice,
European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading,
Spelling, Vocabulary
Business:
GRE, Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Baseball, Soccer, Softball

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

I am a former National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist for the SAT (top 2 percent of the country). I have taught English in high school and it is generally considered to be my area of greatest expertise by those who know me. There is little doubt that I can help your child and I can also give your child 'tips' on how to do well on the ACT.

American History

Retired lawyer. Well-versed in US history, world history, intellectual history, and cultural history.

Criminal Justice

I am a licensed lawyer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I have taught criminal justice classes at the college level. In my practice in Massachusetts, I primarily practiced criminal/delinquency law and areas related to such.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have taught middle school, high school, and college level classes. Further, I have also been a consultant in Massachusetts to schools in the area of special education. Hence, I am well-versed in the various methodologies used to educate students from kindergarten through college. There is no doubt that my experience and my methods will allow for your child to prosper at the K-6 level.

English

I am a lawyer licensed in Massachusetts but not practicing here in TN and I graduated with a BA in English from Oberlin College. In addition, I have scored in the top 2 percent of the country on verbal/writing exams. I am a former teacher (high school/middle school/college) who has over 20 years in the education field. I can help you write clearly, concisely, and concretely.

ESL/ESOL

Grew up in a multi-lingual neighborhood and understand the need to learn English properly in order to function properly in today's society.

Literature

Please note that I posses the following attributes: highly skilled in analyzing and understanding literary works and literary criticism; writing skills honed through years of teaching and legal work; and 30 plus years of experience working with students of all abilities.

Reading

I taught reading at the elementary, middle school, high school, college, and ESL levels.

Theatre

I was a theater Major at Oberlin College. I performed in many plays and also did some script work. I also have taught drama/theater at the HS level. I helped prepare my son's audition to Chapman University's prestigious Theater Dept, and he was accepted.

Writing

I have taught English in high school and middle school. I have written numerous legal briefs to various local and appellate courts in Massachusetts. Also, in all courses I have taught at the college level, I have always taught proper writing techniques; including sentence, paragraph, and essay structure.

Oberlin College
WNEC School of Law
J.D.

Education

Oberlin College

WNEC School of Law (J.D.)

Thomas is a knowledgeable and patient tutor. — Thomas has worked all his life for this one moment to be my tutor. I love a good answer and lesson as much as I enjoy a well played Bronco's football game. Thomas is like a good wine preparing itself for the time it will be enjoyed. His lessons are not like 2+2=4. In fact I framed my last lesson so I could always see it when I got ready to work on something the lesson pertained to. I always look f ...

— DENNIS, Duncan, MS on 1/6/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $20.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Multiple lessons (3 or more lessons) will receive a ten percent discount.

Travel policy

Thomas will travel within 30 miles of Maryville, TN 37803.