Missouri State University
University of Memphis (Master's)
My name is Michael S. but I like to be called Mike. I live in Memphis, TN. When I first went to college back in another century I wanted to be a football or baseball coach. When I realized you pretty much had to be a teacher to get a job as a coach in a public school setting, I decided to do other things with my life. Some of those "other things" include referee/umpire, insurance salesman, and probation & parole officer.
But that was then. I have since finished my Masters in Instruction and Curriculum; everything for licensure in English grades 7-12 but student teaching. I am eligible for alternative route teacher certification. I am interested in being a tutor because I enjoy working one-on-one with a student who really wants to do his or her best. I am also actively searching for the right classroom teaching/coaching opportunity. My two sons are entering 7th and 8th grade this fall (2012). Raising them and in particular helping them with their school work has given me the confidence to know I can help other kids too. I am particularly interested in helping tutoring for any writing or speaking related activity. I can also help a student prepare for a standardized test, such as the ACT, SAT, or TCAP.
Thanks for checking out my profile and I hope to hear from you soon. My name is Michael S. but I like to be called Mike. I live in Memphis, TN. When I first went to college back in another century I wanted to be a football or baseball coach. When I realized you pretty much had to be a teacher to get a job as a coach in a public school setting, I decided to do other things with my life. Some of those "other things"
The English section of the ACT seems to intimidate a lot of young people. It shouldn't. If a student can just relax and think of the test as an ordinary conversation between friends, but without such things as slang, he or she will be able to figure out the proper answer to any question on the test.
I have been an umpire since 1986. I officiate baseball at the youth, high school, and amateur adult levels as an independent contractor. I have served as a coach of my sons' teams in youth ball and middle school (7-8 grades) I am actively seeking a coaching position.
I was a member of the debate teams in both high school and college. Individually, I competed in original oratory and extemporaneous speaking.
I have often been told I have a talent for writing, and encouraged to pursue a career n the craft. I have, in fact, published a short story and been Sports Editor of my college and one small-town newspaper. I'm no John Grisham, but I do know how to get my point across!
That said, being able to express your thoughts and/or opinions, on paper or by the spoken word, is an extremely valuable skill to have, to learn, and to develop in today's world. Even if a person doesn't endeavor to write a novel or other book for publication, he or she needs to know how to communicate coherently and effectively.
I believe I have the experience and desire to help students learn this valuable skill, and I look forward to the opportunity.