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Steven S.

San Antonio, TX

$35/hour

Certified math, science and reading tutor with admin exp!

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Background check passed as of 11/19/14
5.0 average from 664 ratings
Exceptional!!
— Cameron, San Antonio, TX on 12/15/14

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Yale University
Biology
University of the Incarnate Word
Master's

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Yale University (Biology)

University of the Incarnate Word (Master's)

About Steven

Hello and good day! I am currently working as the At-Risk coordinator for a local public school district, with 7 years prior as the Math coordinator, 3 years as Math/Science middle/high school facilitator, and 7 years of teaching math and science to middle and high school students in a public alternative school.

I have a lot of experience working with kids who are experiencing difficulty in passing state tests (TAKS Exit Level, STAAR EOC, even old TAAS!!!) and nationally-administered college tests (SAT, ACT, some ASVAB help) as well as local certification tests like the GRE. I can help you on both sides of the equation - I have extensive experience in math and science content teaching, have worked in consulting positions for math and science software providers, graded national tests in reading and science for companies such as Pearson and Harcourt, and have also worked with kids who have significant learning and behavior challenges to help them succeed in their studies.

I have also written math and science questions for companies such as Examgen and McGraw-Hill at the secondary level, so I am very familiar with how and why questions are asked on standardized tests. Finally, I have sat on a review panel for elementary grade math test creation for the Texas Education Agency, and am familiar with the process by which test questions are selected for Texas standardized tests.

I tutor in a "formally informal" manner. I can come to you or meet you in a neutral location (such as a Starbucks or public library), and request only a few formal rules: be on time, ask any question that comes to mind, and never leave with a question unresolved. I will spend as much time as needed on any topic until my student UNDERSTANDS the material - I don't let kids tell me they have it if they don't! I'm patient and can work with a wide variety of kids - ADD/ADHD, special needs, regular education and G/T students.

I am great with kids AND parents, and will get you the results you need. If you're going to invest in your student's education... invest in someone who cares about it as much as YOU do!

Thanks, and I hope to talk to you soon!
Hello and good day! I am currently working as the At-Risk coordinator for a local public school district, with 7 years prior as the Math coordinator, 3 years as Math/Science middle/high school facilitator, and 7 years of teaching math and Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

$30/hr for 10 or more lessons with the same student in a one-year period. Rates can be discussed on case-by-case basis directly with me.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of San Antonio, TX 78209
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Exceptional!!"

- Cameron, San Antonio, TX on 12/15/14

"Amazing!"

- Kianna, San Antonio, TX on 4/24/16

"Personable and enthusiastic"

- Ann, San Antonio, TX on 1/7/16

"Very patient tutor, accommodates request."

- Ravneet, San Antonio, TX on 10/14/15

"Highly knowledgeable and good tutoring technique"

- Garry, San Antonio, TX on 9/2/15

"Knowledgeable"

- Malinda, Boerne, TX on 8/17/15

"Patient tutor"

- Brandon, San Antonio, TX on 7/4/15

"His approach is spot on with teens"

- Sherry, San Antonio, TX on 6/30/15

"Great Tutor and lots of fun"

- Aries, San Antonio, TX on 4/6/15
Steven replied on 4/7/2015

Thank you so much for that very kind note! Aries is a GREAT kid, and his warm and giving heart is matched to a real perseverance that has helped him get to where he needs to be. He's worked hard, and I give that little guy a TON of credit for staying the course. Aries is always a joy to be around, and I thank you again for the encouraging words - I really appreciate it!

"Wonderful SAT math tutor"

- Clara, San Antonio, TX on 1/12/15

"Wonderful tutor"

- Ronald, Floresville, TX on 12/4/14

"Extremely Helpful, Patient, Encouraging, and Rewarding!"

- Monika, San Antonio, TX on 9/27/14

"Very Patient and Engaged"

- Dianna, San Antonio, TX on 9/18/14

"The Best!"

- Carla, San Antonio, TX on 8/29/14

"Great tutor"

- Allison, San Antonio, TX on 8/29/14

"Great Tutor!"

- Stacey, San Antonio, TX on 8/27/14

"Awesome Tutor"

- Annabelle, San Antonio, TX on 8/16/14

"Made Algebra Simple and Fun"

- Tracy, San Antonio, TX on 7/13/14

"Steve is excellent! Responded very quickly!"

- Cyndi, San Antonio, TX on 6/30/14

"Best thing we ever did."

- Aaron, Universal City, TX on 1/31/14
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Discrete Math, Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Genetics, Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics, Zoology
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Public Speaking,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, Career Development,
GED, GMAT, GRE, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TAKS
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Special Needs:
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Career Development,
Finance, GMAT, GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Basketball

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

I have spent 17 years in the mathematics educational field, including 7 years as a teacher, 3 years as a teacher leader for my district in mathematics, and 7 years as the head coordinator of mathematics in my district.

I have written test questions for companies such as Examgen and Pearson, and have reviewed mathematics materials and tests for Pearson, Houghton-Mifflin and the State of Texas.

I have trained and worked with schools in the use of Algebra I software materials in classrooms nationally for the AgileMind/ThinkFive corporation.

Basketball

I have played competitive basketball throughout middle school, high school and college. I currently coach my son and daughter's club teams for a local MS/HS-aged organization. fundamental skills, such as ball handling, shooting technique and footwork are always part of my tutoring/training regimen for any player. Advanced skills, such as low post moves, moving without the ball, pick and roll, and position-specific attributes are also part of what I teach my students.

Career Development

I have successfully navigated several positions of increasing importance in both private and public industry. I have counseled students as part of my Yale alumni club committee here in San Antonio regarding course schedules, areas of study, and job threads based on the student's interests. I have also helped peers become successful private consultants based on my expertise and work in the private educational industry (Pearson, McGraw Hill, AgileMind, etc.).

Elementary (K-6th)

I have extensive experience in administration of K-12 programs in mathematics and in at-risk student populations. I am the current K-12 At-Risk district coordinator in my district, and served as the K-12 Mathematics district coordinator for 7 years previously. I have a great deal of experience working with K-6 students in mathematics and in general intervention programs for reading, writing, and science as part of my at-risk work. Finally, I have directly taught 6th grade math and science in my previous stint as a middle/high school teacher.

Public Speaking

I have over 25 years of public speaking experience, and have been recognized for my accomplishments over much of that time. During my high school and college career, I won awards in UIL Extemporaneous Speaking, Creative Writing, and Spelling competitions, and participated as a speaking delegate in numerous Model United Nations forums. Additionally, I have spoken on a wide range of professional development topics in mathematics and science at state and national conventions (NSTA, CAMT, TSTA, more) for the past 10 years. My audiences have ranged in size from a handful of attendees to over 300 conference goers.

Special Needs

I have worked with special needs children in various capacities since I began teaching in 1997. My experience includes work with 504, mildly autistic/Asperger's, Down's Syndrome, and LD children. I have used a variety of techniques to work with differently a led children in my classrooms, and am always patient and seek long-term gain while providing short-term progress. Special needs children tend to have many of the same inherent social needs as other children, and I interact with my special needs students differently than other students only as it is necessary to address the particular student's unique condition.

Study Skills

I have taught study skills to a wide variety of middle and high school students during my teaching career in mathematics and science. I have also taught study skills specific to standardized tests (STAAR, TAKS, SAT/ACT) to students in need of more targeted help in studying. I help students both with general study skills and habits - time, organization, lists, so forth - as well as more specific study skills in math and science courses. I have had great success with students in middle and high school grades becoming much more efficient in getting work done and organizing themselves in a practical, durable manner.

TAKS

I have tutored students in TAKS math and science at all levels of MS and HS, from 6th grade mathematics and 8th grade science to Exit Level for both subjects. I have taught TAKS-driven courses in public high schools for both math and science, and have helped create intensive short courses to help students reach mastery of the TAKS test. As the TAKS phases out for the new STAAR testing, the high school seniors who still fall under the old TAKS guidelines require the attention to formula charts, understood knowledge, and testing procedures that my TAKS tutoring background provides.

Zoology

I have extensive knowledge in the zoological sciences - my B.A. from Yale includes a double major in Organismal Biology, which covers most of the zoological approaches to science. I have taught Environmental Science at the high school level as well, which integrates a significant amount of zoological content in the Texas standards. Finally, I have direct experience in the taxonomic and organizational side of zoology from my student work as a assistant student curator at the Peabody Museum of Natural Sciences at Yale University during my senior year in college.

Yale University
Biology
University of the Incarnate Word
Master's

Education

Yale University (Biology)

University of the Incarnate Word (Master's)

Exceptional!! — We have had 4 tutoring sessions so far with Steve, and he is nothing short of amazing. He obviously loves to tutor, and it shows. Our 12 year-old son Cameron LOVES the time he gets to spend with Steve and looks forward to his bi-weekly lessons. Steve has the innate ability to describe/explain the subject material in a manner which is very easy to understand, and is very encouraging. In this short ...

— Cameron, San Antonio, TX on 12/15/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

$30/hr for 10 or more lessons with the same student in a one-year period. Rates can be discussed on case-by-case basis directly with me.

Travel policy

Steven will travel within 40 miles of San Antonio, TX 78209.