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Christopher S.

Houston, TX

$30/hour

TEFL / TESOL Certified

In-person lessons

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University of Houston - Downtown
Fine Arts

Education

University of Houston - Downtown (Fine Arts)

About Christopher

I have primarily taught 10 - 12 year olds for at least six years in the public education arena and have just recently expanded into teaching adults. I find it important to exhibit enthusiasm and confidence while presenting a friendly, cheerful and cooperative attitude toward students as well as displaying positive teacher-to-student interactions and keeping students on-task. It is my belief that a teacher should quickly review expectations and be sure students understand what is expected of them while being fair, friendly, firm and consistent. As a teacher, I explain consequences of student behavior and how I can best prepare my students for the future while using praise generously and showing respect to my students. I take an active interest in my student's education and treat each and every one of them with dignity because every student can learn, it's just a matter of finding the correct learning style that is right for them.

I earned my TEFL/TESOL Certification from the International TEFL Academy which is based in Chicago, Illinois. My teaching practicum was completed at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church in Houston, TX. The ESL program was totally FREE to all attendees and separate from the church and was completely financed via grants and consisted mostly of Hispanic, Russian, Yemeni, Turkish, and Azerbaijani immigrants of all ages. The youngest student I had the pleasure of teaching was a fourth grader and the oldest was well over 60 years of age. The program is very organized with every student being required to take an entrance assessment which consists of an oral and written exam before proceeding to any of the classrooms. There were five different levels of instruction ranging from Basic to Level 4 and I filled in as a substitute teacher one-night for the Basic Level class. The program director offered me a Level 3 classroom after observing how knowledgeable I was and how interactive I was with the students and I taught the class for 13 weeks.

The traits that I believe make an effective teacher are sincerity (going above and beyond the call of duty) and encouragement (helping students identify what they are great at and praising them when appropriate). The thing I love the most about tutoring is the joy that I get before, during, and after each class. The students come to class prepared and ready to learn and they are so attentive and inquisitive.

The very first teacher I remember whom had a very distinct impact on me academically was my fifth-grade mathematics teacher, Mr. Clarence Bennett. He helped me identify that I was great at mathematics and he went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that I was accepted into a Vanguard Program which was specifically for those would are gifted and talented. I had no idea that mathematics didn’t come as easy to everyone else as it did to me. It was my mother who didn’t understand the importance of such a program and she’s the person that prevented me from attending the program.

I didn’t really identify another distinguished educator until I studied geometry in tenth-grade. Mr. Langston Knowles embodied the very definition of distinction. As the founder of the GENTS Organization whose motto is “The Role Models” and which is based upon the principles of good citizenship, high moral standards, and high academic achievement, he encouraged me to strive for excellence in everything that I pursued while in high school. I learned a lot from observing Mr. Knowles and how he balanced his responsibilities as a teacher and founder of a school organization but he was also an entrepreneur with a successful business.

Mr. Bennett’s character of going above and beyond is a trait that has stayed with me well into adulthood and is possibly the one reason that I have always sort to be a high achiever in everything that I have pursued. I carry that same character trait with me everyday I step foot into a classroom. Mr. Knowles’ determination and persistence to ensure that all of his affairs were giving enough attention to flourish really influenced me to always strive for a healthy balance between planning and implementing tasks in my life and my classroom. As a teacher, I have sometimes found myself caring too much because I want my students to be more successful than they want to be themselves. I demand a higher level from my students because I hold myself to a higher standard and this is what I believe are strong characteristics of what makes a highly effective teacher.

My first experience with theatre was in a seventh-grade production of A Christmas Carol where I played the character of Peter Cratchit. Most of the theatre that I have been involved with has come from my own hard work of finding out when, where, and at what time an audition will be held. I have performed in the Houston, TX at Theatre Suburbia, Theatre Southwest, and Country Playhouse just to name a few. I have also been involved with independent theatre production companies where we performed at the Stafford Centre in Stafford, TX as well as at the Chinese Community Center in Bellaire, TX. I have been behind stage running lights and sounds as well as assistant stage managing and performing various voices simultaneously. I've also earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston-Downtown’s Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts program. I was signed with a talent agency for two years at which time I was afforded the opportunity to appear on the 20th Century Fox show, Prison Break.
I have primarily taught 10 - 12 year olds for at least six years in the public education arena and have just recently expanded into teaching adults. I find it important to exhibit enthusiasm and confidence while presenting a friendly, cheerful and cooperative attitude toward students as well as displaying positive teacher-to-student interactions Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Group Rates (2 Hr Min) 2-5 people = $25/hr 6-10 people = $20/hr 11-15 people = $15/hr 16-20 people = $10/hr

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Houston, TX 77022
In-person lessons
Math:
Elementary Math
Art:
Theatre
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Homeschool,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Tax Preparation

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Elementary (K-6th)

I have primarily taught 10 - 12 year olds for at least six years in the public education arena and have just recently expanded into teaching adults. I find it important to exhibit enthusiasm and confidence while presenting a friendly, cheerful and cooperative attitude toward students as well as displaying positive teacher-to-student interactions and keeping students on-task. It is my belief that a teacher should quickly review expectations and be sure students understand what is expected of them while being fair, friendly, firm and consistent. As a teacher, I explain consequences of student behavior and how I can best prepare my students for the future while using praise generously and showing respect to my students. I take an active interest in my student's education and treat each and every one of them with dignity because every student can learn, it's just a matter of finding the correct learning style that is right for them.

Homeschool

I sit down at the dinner table with my family to help them with their homework every evening. I use different skills and techniques that I've learned throughout the years as a student and educator to help them gain a better understanding of the content that troubles them. It is my belief that my numerous years as an educator qualifies me to become a tutor for this subject.

Study Skills

There are many different study skills that a student can use to get ahead in their assignments. The study skill that I use most frequently relates to reading comprehension and context clues. I teach my students to circle words they don't know and underline nearby words, phrases, or sentences to help them identify unknown words while reading. This reading strategy is also helpful with identifying the main idea of a story or reading passage.

Tax Preparation

I have my own income tax preparation business. I started Stafford Tax Prep and Consulting back in 2015 after 15+ years of preparing taxes for family and friends. I can handle a variety of returns, starting with Self-Employment Taxes, Education Tax Benefits, and Capital Gains & Losses.

Theatre

I have performed in the Houston, TX at Theatre Suburbia, Theatre Southwest, and Country Playhouse just to name a few. I have also been involved with independent theatre production companies where we performed at the Stafford Centre in Stafford, TX as well as at the Chinese Community Center in Bellaire, TX. I have been behind stage running lights and sounds as well as assistant stage managing and performing various voices simultaneously. I've also earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston-Downtown’s Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts program. I was signed with a talent agency for two years at which time I was afforded the opportunity to appear on the 20th Century Fox show, Prison Break.

University of Houston - Downtown
Fine Arts

Education

University of Houston - Downtown (Fine Arts)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Group Rates (2 Hr Min) 2-5 people = $25/hr 6-10 people = $20/hr 11-15 people = $15/hr 16-20 people = $10/hr

Travel policy

Christopher will travel within 30 miles of Houston, TX 77022.