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David S.

Appomattox, VA

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Liberty Baptist College
Pastoral Ministry
University of Virginia
MEd

Education

Liberty Baptist College (Pastoral Ministry)

University of Virginia (MEd)

About David

I am a retired high school teacher, from Rustburg High School in Campbell County, where I taught Art, Art History, and Photography. I was also a Homebound Instructor for Campbell County for nine years, mostly for middle and high school students, and covered all of the core subjects. I was particularly successful in helping students understand Algebra and Geometry. My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree from Liberty Baptist College in Pastoral Ministries, and a Master of Education in Instruction degree from the University of Virginia. I have also taken the prerequisite courses to maintain my license and certification for teaching from the state of Virginia.
Tutoring has always been a joy for me because it provides an opportunity to help a student achieve success in his or her academic career. Tutoring allows me, as an instructor, to match the instructional method with the student, and allows me to guide the student in the comprehension of the subject content on a personal level, with immediate feedback, which is often not able to be duplicated in a classroom setting. As in all teaching, I like it when I see the look in a student's eyes when "a light bulb comes on," and the student "gets it!" I have always been a lover of learning, and I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with students.

I was an exceptional math student, and since I understand the subject very well, I am able to communicate the concepts to the student. I help a student understand that Mathematics is a structured series of concepts through which we work with numbers, and that, especially in Algebra, the process is more important than the answer (which is why I encourage students to leave the calculator turned off).

My undergraduate major was in Pastoral Ministries, with a minor in Biblical Languages, and I have pursued the study of Scriptures since my salvation in 1979.

I have a great affinity for photography, both as an artist who appreciates the intuitiveness of the medium, and as an instructor who enjoys passing on the knowledge needed for a student to be successful in photography.

I have a passion for teaching, and I am willing to work along side of any student who is striving to master any subject; is seeking to sharpen his or her learning skills; and is moving toward a successful completion of an academic career.
I am a retired high school teacher, from Rustburg High School in Campbell County, where I taught Art, Art History, and Photography. I was also a Homebound Instructor for Campbell County for nine years, mostly for middle and high school students, and covered all of the core subjects. I was particularly successful in helping students understand Read more

Policies
Cancellation
3 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 35 miles of Appomattox, VA 24522
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Elementary Math,
Geometry
Computer:
Photography
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Reading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

My experience with Algebra I has been as a Home-bound Instructor for Campbell County Schools, Virginia for 9 years. As one of the core subjects for high school students, I often taught Algebra I, and was very successful with my students, as they improved in both understanding and test scores, including the Virginia SOL. Students seemed to respond very well to my tutoring methods. Algebra has always been one of my favorite subjects to teach.

Bible Studies

I graduated Summa cum Laude (3.946 GPA) from Liberty Baptist College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pastoral Ministries and a minor in Biblical Languages (Greek and Hebrew). As an ordained minister for 16 years, I have both studied and taught the Scriptures to others. I have since earned a Master of Education Degree in Instruction, which I believe improves my skills in teaching Bible Studies to any student at any level.

Elementary Math

I am currently licensed to teach in the state of Virginia, with one of my endorsements being in Elementary education. I have experience with teaching Math at the Third through Sixth grade level in a classroom.

English

I am a retired High School teacher from Campbell County Schools, with a current Professional Teaching License for Virginia. I have a Master of Education Degree in Instruction from the University of Virginia, and bring with me 12 years of classroom instruction experience. I also have 9 years of one-on-one tutoring experience as a Homebound Instructor for Campbell County Schools, and have taught Secondary School level English as part of that experience. English has always been one of my favorite subjects.

Geometry

I have 9 years of experience tutoring students as a Home-Bound Instructor for Campbell County Schools, Virginia. This involved teaching high school students core subjects, including Geometry. I have always enjoyed helping students gain an appreciation for Geometry.

Photography

I operated my own photography business, including weddings and location portraiture, before entering teaching. I have photographed in both Canada (Prince Edward Island) and Africa(Botswana and Zimbabwe), with some of my images being used in photographic safari brochures. The feedback from previous students has always been positive, with some students returning to share that they learned more from my class than they could have learned from a different source. I currently use all digital equipment, and I have also taken a course in Adobe Photoshop as part of my professional development as a teacher.

Reading

I am currently licensed to teach in the state of Virginia with one of my endorsements being Elementary education, including reading (I passed the Praxis Reading for Teachers Examination required by Virginia for all Elementary educators). I have a Master of Education Degree in Instruction from the University of Virginia, and I am familiar with differentiated instruction. I have nine years of experience as a homebound instructor for Campbell County Schools, including students at the Elementary School level. I also taught an after-school remedial reading course for middle school students in Campbell County.

Liberty Baptist College
Pastoral Ministry
University of Virginia
MEd

Education

Liberty Baptist College (Pastoral Ministry)

University of Virginia (MEd)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

David will travel within 35 miles of Appomattox, VA 24522.