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Chris S.

Leander, TX

$48/hour

Certified Teacher and Ph.D., UT alumnus

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State University of New York
Russian
Georgetown University
Master's
University of Texas at Austin
PhD

Education

State University of New York (Russian)

Georgetown University (Master's)

University of Texas at Austin (PhD)

About Chris

I have over five years of teaching experience and a diverse academic background that includes a B.A. and M.A. in Russian language and history, as well as a Ph.D. in government from the University of Texas at Austin. As a graduate student at UT, I worked as a teaching assistant for several undergraduate government courses and also taught my own class (GOV 312). After graduation, I worked in Washington, DC, for a non-profit organization, where I put into practice much of what I learned about government and international politics.

Since returning to Austin, I have developed an avid interest in special education. I am a certified teacher in Special Education (EC-12) as well as Social Studies (8-12). I currently teach students with Autism and Down Syndrome, in addition to students with specific learning disabilities. Helping special needs students to achieve their potential and to gain confidence as learners is extremely rewarding.

I have a B.A. and M.A. in Russian language and history, and have spent a total of four years studying and working in Russia. I have attained near-native fluency in written and oral Russian, and have an excellent understanding of Russian grammar and syntax. Most importantly, I really enjoy the Russian language!

My academic background is writing intensive, including a Master's thesis and Doctoral dissertation. As a teaching assistant at UT, I evaluated essays and research papers, and coached students in writing skills. My work experience has also involved professional writing on political, economic and historical issues.

I have studied history as both an undergraduate and graduate student. I am especially interested in 19th and 20th century US and world history. I have a teaching certification in Social Studies for grades 8 to 12.

I am a certified teacher in Special Education (EC-12) and have experience working in a functional academic classroom as well as in resource and inclusion settings. My teaching experience includes math and English language arts, as well as social and life skills.

I believe that a good teacher will make learning interactive and engaging, which is one of the many reasons that I enjoy tutoring. I love teaching and would like to help you to achieve your full potential. Please contact me to learn more and schedule a lesson.
I have over five years of teaching experience and a diverse academic background that includes a B.A. and M.A. in Russian language and history, as well as a Ph.D. in Read more

Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Leander, TX 78641
In-person lessons
English:
Writing
Language:
Russian
Special Needs:
Special Needs

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Political Science

I received a Ph.D. in Government (Political Science) from the University of Texas at Austin. As a doctoral student, I taught an undergraduate political science course for two semesters.

I also have three years of experience as a teaching assistant for the University of Texas, Dept. of Government. I led discussions on the lecture material and tutored students during office hours. I helped students understand how to apply abstract ideas and principles to their daily lives in order to make political science more engaging and meaningful. I also assisted them with essay writing and developing informed opinions about political issues.

Russian

I have an undergraduate degree (BA) in Russian and a Masters degree (MA) in Russian Area Studies.
I also took advanced Russian courses at Moscow State University as a graduate student. I have a solid grasp of Russian grammar, which can be particularly challenging for native English speakers.

I lived and worked in Moscow, Russia, for over three years, and spoke Russian on a daily basis. My work experience includes translating from Russian to English.

Social Studies

Last year I received my Texas teacher certification in Social Studies, grades 8 to 12. I have experience in teaching grades 9 and 10.

I believe that is important to help students connect history, geography and government with their prior knowledge and daily lives. I use graphic and comparative organizers, note-taking and reading comprehension strategies to improve learning. I also encourage students to reflect on their progress in order to find which study methods best suit their own learning styles.

Special Needs

I am a certified teacher in Special Education, EC-12. I have experience teaching life skills, math and reading to special needs students at the middle and high school levels. I am currently working with students with multiple learning disabilities, autism and Down syndrome.

My goal as a teacher is to validate students’ individual strengths by using a differentiated curriculum that reflects their learning styles and ability levels. My experience in special education has shown me the value of helping students develop self-esteem and confidence through positive reinforcement, ongoing assessment and constructive feedback.

State University of New York
Russian
Georgetown University
Master's
University of Texas at Austin
PhD

Education

State University of New York (Russian)

Georgetown University (Master's)

University of Texas at Austin (PhD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $48.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Chris will travel within 30 miles of Leander, TX 78641.