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Dean L.

Tomball, TX

$50/hour

Bringing joy to learning

1500+ Hours
Background check passed as of 11/6/15
4.9 average from 735 ratings
Very Patient!
— Lori, Cypress, TX on 3/27/14

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Hamline University, St. Paul
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Hamline University, St. Paul

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About Dean

Before I began teaching, I spent over twenty years in private practice, counseling adults, adolescents and families with addiction problems. I went from counseling to education when my family began a "special function" school, which specialized in teaching kids who didn't fit well into the mainstream of education. Because we only had a few teachers, all of us had to be able to teach all subjects, although, I specialized in math and science. When the school day was over, I would change hats and begin tutoring after schools and in the evenings.

I have tutored hundreds of students of all ages in the nearly 25 years I have been tutoring. My students taught me some very important things, at the heart of which is that tutoring is about the student, not the subject. I teach students, not subjects. Knowing this, I am able to facilitate change in my students, and improved grades and study habits follow.

I demonstrate to my students that learning is not only possible, but fun, and once they begin to pick up the idea, they succeed. I strive for simplicity and clarity in my explanations and teach students to approach their studies in the same way. Motivation comes from both challenge and success, and my tutoring sessions experience both.

I meet students in my office in Tomball, TX, as well as online, and I schedule appointments afternoons and evenings, Monday through Thursday.
Before I began teaching, I spent over twenty years in private practice, counseling adults, adolescents and families with addiction problems. I went from counseling to education when my family began a "special function" school, which specialized in teaching kids who didn't fit well into the mainstream of education. Because we only had a few Read more

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Travels within 0 miles of Tomball, TX 77375
Background Check: Passed

"Very Patient!"

- Lori, Cypress, TX on 3/27/14

"Knowledgeable and patient"

- Juana, Tomball, TX on 5/16/17

"Amazing Tutor !"

- Lindsay, Spring, TX on 4/13/17

"Best thing to happen"

- Matthew, Houston, TX on 1/29/17

"Highly recommended tutor"

- Maria, Tomball, TX on 9/23/16

"Very understanding teacher!"

- Soma, Edison, NJ on 6/30/16

"positive and encouraging"

- Susan, Spring, TX on 6/7/16

"Awesome and amazing tutor!"

- Dona, Tomball, TX on 5/25/16

"Magician in reading"

- Rachelle, Spring, TX on 5/22/16

"Very Pleased!"

- Thomas, Spring, TX on 3/4/16

"Very Helpful"

- Shae, Tomball, TX on 2/7/16

"A patient and a gentle teacher"

- Nakul, San Ramon, CA on 2/4/16

"Knowledgeable and patient"

- Elisabeth, Magnolia, TX on 1/7/16

"Off the charts"

- Zak, Southlake, TX on 1/7/16

"Amazing Man!"

- Susan, Pinehurst, TX on 11/28/15

"Knowledgable and Patient"

- Dawn, Conroe, TX on 11/18/15

"Understanding tutor"

- Cooper, Spring, TX on 10/21/15

"Amazing"

- Michael, Spring, TX on 7/27/15

"Fantastic tutor"

- Heather, Katy, TX on 7/6/15

"Helpful and patient, expert in tutoring and math"

- Lisa, Martinez, CA on 6/17/15

"Excellent tutor"

- Andrea, Spring, TX on 6/13/15

"Awesome tutor"

- Enely, Spring, TX on 6/9/15

"Confidence abounds"

- Sarah, Pinehurst, TX on 6/2/15

"Really connects with his students!"

- Yvonne, Spring, TX on 11/1/13

"Superior!"

- Ann, Spring, TX on 10/8/13

"ADHD whisperer!"

- Granger, Magnolia, TX on 9/20/13

"My 9 year old looks forward to our tutoring"

- Tabitha, Florissant, MO on 9/10/13
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Geometry,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Chemistry, Physical Science
English:
ACT Reading,
English,
Grammar,
Public Speaking,
Reading, Vocabulary
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ACT Reading,
ACT Science, ASVAB,
GED
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT Math

When I tutor students in the ACT/SAT process, the subject matter is only part of the process. Most of the students I have tutored had anxiety to some degree and learning to manage such things is as important as the subject. I also believe that student should enjoy the tutoring process, so my private expectation is that, if the student doesn't leave smiling, I haven't done my job.

ACT Reading

Besides facilitating ACT/SAT Prep classes for 12 years, I have taught speed reading, vocabulary and comprehension to students taking these tests and others. I have also worked with students on test anxiety and attitude problems. These tests should be fun, not stressful. I can help you with that!

ADHD

Of the two thousand or so kids I have taught or tutored in the years I have been doing this, I am sure the nearly three fourths would have been or had been diagnosed as ADD/ADHD. The assumptions surrounding these diagnoses suggest that there is a focus problem which can be alleviated if we can make the child somehow try harder. I have found these assumptions to be unwarranted. ADD/ADHD kids apprear to be more aware of what is going on around them an every level, and so subdivide their thought processes among those things crying for attention. When force is applied and the child's nose is forced to the grindstone, the desired effect is seldom achieved. If a teacher or tutor creates an environment where the student is "allowed" to learn, the results quickly change. This is not soft, lese faire approach. It does require that the work be done and learning happen, however, my techniques involve bringing out the learning rather than inculcating it on the child. It has worked for hundreds of my students in the past.

Algebra 1

Algebra 1 is filled with the "basics" of math to come, so it is pretty important that it be learned well. Fortunately this can be done with ease, if the pressures usually associated with the class are removed. As a tutor, my job is to help eliminate the the blocks to learning the material. Once that happens, Algebra is sensible and fun. How does it get better than that?

Algebra 2

I have taught and tutored Algebra II for nearly 20 years. Students who struggle with math are often in the throes of self defeating mind-sets rather than being devoid of potential. Over the years, I learned to look for means of changing these mindsets as I work through assignments with students. Algebra II becomes something lighter and more achievable and the student begins to enjoy it. And the grades improve as well.

ASVAB

I have been helping young people prepare for the ASVAB for nearly 20 years. The ASVAB is bit of a practical thinking kind of test and requires a little different approach. I teach students how to understand what is being asked for in the questions and how to read them, and they are surprised at how much they know!

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

I have taught Autistic kids individually, in a classroom and in home settings. I have carried out education and care plans for autistic students in all three places. With the point of view that my role in teaching these kids is to facilitate their learning, I created and carried out specialized curricula that would utilize their strengths and manage their weaknesses.

Because of the behavioral components, it was necessary for me to direct the other teachers (or parents) to learn and have an awareness for the signs that precede behaviors and deal with them proactively.

I was often able to communicate with students where others were not. Recognizing the difficulty that Autistic children have with social cues, I did not place judgments or expectations on them for not picking up "my signals", but rather, I learned to communicate with them by means that they chose for themselves.

While tutoring Autistic students, I would expect to have a parent watch me and perhaps share my methodology with them, so that they can continue along the same vein to enhance their child's academic success.

Dyslexia

I have been working with dyslexic students since the early 1980's when I was a staff training consultant at a number of tutoring centers and schools around the county. Since 1997, I have been testing students and creating prescriptive programs for them at a number tutoring centers. Beyond the surface dysfunction of this diagnosis and its effect on reading, there is a whole host of adaptive behaviors that students develop that must also be taken into account when working with them. When I tutor dyslexic students, I also work with them to create a new set of tools to ease their way through the process. I just got off the phone with a student who had very severe dyslexia and still has symptoms. He called me from his office, where he is a public health official after having completed a master's degree in public health. Dyslexia can be dealt with.

Elementary (K-6th)

As a counselor and educator, I have tutord children from ages 4 and up. During the time I was tutoring, I was a consultant to the Headstart Programs in a four-county area and on the child readiness teams. I have administered and interpred a variety of testing pursuant to that including CAT, WRAT, PPVT, Gates-McGinnity (Reading) and so on. I had great success with the K-6 kids in all subjects, where, besides addressing the subject matter, one had to address the classroom style and teaching style of the teacher. I have been engaged in tutoring for approximately 12 years.

English

For 12 years, I taught and tutored a variety of English courses, including literature (American and English), composition, poetry, and to students from primary through college (I had a special arrangement with a local college to tutor students trying to pass college writing 101 courses.) Much of teaching English is about changing attitudes about the subject and about the student. When I am tutoring, I address these attitudes as we are studying and the students seem to respond quickly and well and start to appreciate the language.

Geometry

I taught and tutored Geometry for over 12 years. Once the students got over their fear of Geometry and all the strange terms, it became fun and rewarding. I truly like to see their kids develop reasoning skills. Geometry is a useful subject on a variety of levels, but it is truly easier to learn if one is confident. My question, as always, is: What would it take for this to be fun?

Grammar

Grammar is often taught by rote, and can be dull and grinding. In my experience, kids had a better time learning grammar, when they could see how it all fit together: that sentence structure could enhance or obscure the message they were trying to put forth; punctuation is a means of accurately getting ones ideas across; language is a code for which grammar is the key As I do a lot of writing, White's Elements of Style is never out of arms reach. Even at my august age, I know the importance of grammar.

Physical Science

I taught both physical science and algebra to ninth graders for 10 years prior to retiring into tutoring.

Prealgebra

I have taught and tutored all levels of high school math, including pre-algebra for over 12 years. Because every teacher teaches math differently, I am mindful of those variances and teach with an eye to what is actually expected in the classroom.

Public Speaking

I have been a lecturer, an entertainer, a motivational and banquet speaker for over 40 years. I taught public speaking to Juniors and Seniors and tutored it my former school. The elements of speaking that I have found most useful are recognize myself as the "instrument of the talk", clarity of message, organization, connecting with the listeners and development of speaking style.

Study Skills

I devised and administered study skills for students in numerous schools. The programs were centered on having been conditioned for studying to be difficult, hence stressful. When meeting with students, we would address both the inhibiting thought patterns and the resulting stress. Then, we would move on to subject-specific study techniques.

Hamline University, St. Paul
music
Other

Education

Hamline University, St. Paul

music (Other)

Very Patient!

Thank you Dean!! For the first time someone is actually helping him LEARN!! Your care and patience with him makes him WANT to learn and he feels good about himself! Great teacher!!!

— Lori, Cypress, TX on 3/27/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Dean will travel within 0 miles of Tomball, TX 77375.