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Michael B.

Experienced as licensed English teacher, & tutor at top VT high school

Experienced as licensed English teacher, & tutor at top VT high school

$50/hour

  • 177 hours tutoring

  • Essex Junction, VT 05452

About Michael


Bio

Thank you for your interest in my tutoring services! I formerly worked as a certified English Language Arts teacher for grades 7-12 in Vermont, having attained the "Highly Qualified Teacher" ("HQT") status. I double-majored in English Literature and Fine Arts—Music at St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont.

I have worked at a top Vermont high school as a professional tutor in its Learning Center — a place where students would come for assistance in any subject. I have helped many...

Thank you for your interest in my tutoring services! I formerly worked as a certified English Language Arts teacher for grades 7-12 in Vermont, having attained the "Highly Qualified Teacher" ("HQT") status. I double-majored in English Literature and Fine Arts—Music at St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont.

I have worked at a top Vermont high school as a professional tutor in its Learning Center — a place where students would come for assistance in any subject. I have helped many students on topics in English including giving grammar help for SAT testing; doing literary analysis and proofreading essays in Advanced Placement Language and Literature; editing short stories in Creative Writing; and helping students write essays — from five-paragraph essays to college admission essays. I enjoy teaching the whole range of skills and ability levels. At this same high school, I also worked in a small group program that supports students with challenges in basic skills such as reading and writing. The feedback I have received about my tuition has been enthusiastic and positive. I teach with energy. I am easy-going, which helps students to feel comfortable from the start. My biggest strengths in tutoring English Language Arts are building relationships, communication skills, content knowledge, positive approach, and patience.

I love literature and language. I have taken classes in St. Michael's College's Master's degree program of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). I come from a family with bilingual heritage — I have a deep appreciation of multiculturalism. I've worked frequently with English Language Learners (ELLs) at my high school.

I coached for ten years in local sports organizations and have two teenagers of my own, and this greatly informs my approach to dealing with youth. Working to help people improve reading and writing skills are two of my greatest joys.

Please contact me if you are interested in my tutoring a student in any of the areas above. I'm here to help students to succeed, and, I hope, to enjoy the reading and writing journey.

Sincerely,
Michael


Education

Saint Michael's College
English Literature
Saint Michael's College
Graduate Coursework

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $50
  • Rate details: I will consider case-by-base scheduling sessions outside of my regular hours. Different rates will apply.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 15 miles of Essex Junction, VT 05452
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 1/18/2018

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

Grammar,

Grammar

The English language is my strongest suit. I've loved reading, writing, and yes, grammar, since a young age. I have a diverse background as I was in business for fourteen years before becoming a classroom English teacher and then a tutor. I also have experience as a production editor in the publishing services industry. I've worked with students in general and special education (as teacher, tutor, and paraeducator) and truly enjoy helping them to improve their reading and writing skills in the English language, through a highly positive, patient, and supportive approach.
Proofreading

Proofreading

Regarding my proofreading qualifications, I have a lot of experience with giving (as well as receiving, when a college student in English Literature) feedback through proofreading, as an English teacher, a tutor in a top high school in my area, and recently as a production editor in the publishing services industry.

Elementary Education

Grammar,

Grammar

The English language is my strongest suit. I've loved reading, writing, and yes, grammar, since a young age. I have a diverse background as I was in business for fourteen years before becoming a classroom English teacher and then a tutor. I also have experience as a production editor in the publishing services industry. I've worked with students in general and special education (as teacher, tutor, and paraeducator) and truly enjoy helping them to improve their reading and writing skills in the English language, through a highly positive, patient, and supportive approach.
Reading,

Reading

The English language is my strongest suit. I've loved reading, writing, and yes, grammar, since a young age. I have a diverse background as I was in business for fourteen years before becoming a classroom English teacher and then a tutor. I also have experience as a production editor in the publishing services industry. I've worked with students in general and special education (as teacher, tutor, and paraeducator) and truly enjoy helping them to improve their reading and writing skills in the English language, through a highly positive, patient, and supportive approach.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I worked, in a top public school in my state, as a tutor with several students to help them with executive functioning strategies. Further evidence of my having good study skills myself: dean's list, magna cum laude for Bachelor of Arts degree; A's in graduate courses; passing with honors the teachers' Praxis II exam on English Content Knowledge. I've also read on the pedagogy of teaching study skills and have attended professional training on helping students with executive functioning challenges to use strategies to help them stay organized and focused in order to do well in class and with study skills.
Vocabulary

Vocabulary

The English language is my strongest suit. I think of words as metaphors for or symbols of human thought. And communicating begins with a thought; therefore, we must know many meaningful words in order to effectively communicate. Since taking a Creative Writing class in high school, I have often cracked open a dictionary to read straight down the pages. As my teacher had said, "From what better place can you learn words"? Having graduated with a BA in English Literature with honors qualifies me to tutor in vocabulary in that English Literature majors are constantly exposed to and must learn meaningful and consequential vocabulary words that are contained in high-quality texts. In addition, I have been a certified classroom English teacher; and in the process of becoming a licensed English teacher (grades 7-12) in 2011, I passed the teachers' Praxis II exam, "English Language, Literature, and Composition: Content Knowledge" with honors. As one would expect, there are many important vocabulary words included in the Praxis II exam and in texts used in the teacher certification process that a person must know in order to be successful. In my classroom teaching, I spent time teaching key words in context in lessons, such as teaching literary terms when we discussed literature and literacy strategies. I also taught from Elizabeth Osbourne's "Vocabulary from Latin and Greek Roots" book series to focus on important words (and their roots) that students should know to be literate. Beyond the above verifiable qualifications, please know that I have continued to immerse myself in literature and poetry. In this pursuit, I continually am exposed to important words, representing the best of human expression.

English

English,

English

The English language is my strongest suit. I've loved reading, writing, and yes, grammar, since a young age. I have a diverse background as I was in business for fourteen years before becoming a classroom English teacher and then a tutor. I also have experience as a production editor in the publishing services industry. I've worked with students in general and special education (as teacher, tutor, and paraeducator) and truly enjoy helping them to improve their reading and writing skills in the English language, through a highly positive, patient, and supportive approach.
Grammar,

Grammar

The English language is my strongest suit. I've loved reading, writing, and yes, grammar, since a young age. I have a diverse background as I was in business for fourteen years before becoming a classroom English teacher and then a tutor. I also have experience as a production editor in the publishing services industry. I've worked with students in general and special education (as teacher, tutor, and paraeducator) and truly enjoy helping them to improve their reading and writing skills in the English language, through a highly positive, patient, and supportive approach.
Literature,

Literature

Having graduated with a BA in English Literature with honors (magna cum laude; dean's list; Delta Epsilon Sigma honor society) from Saint Michael's College qualifies me to tutor in English literature. In addition, I have been a certified classroom English teacher; and in the process of becoming a licensed English teacher (grades 7-12) in 2011, I passed the teachers' Praxis II exam, "English Language, Literature, and Composition: Content Knowledge" with honors. Beyond these verifiable qualifications, please know that I have continued to immerse myself in literature, and I read not only for my own enjoyment and edification but also actively from the point of view of a teacher and a student. I am intrigued by all types of literature and poetry. I also have proficiency in tutoring in poetry. In my free time, I enjoy writing my own poems and fiction. In my tutoring approach, I show students literacy strategies (i.e. practical methods for comprehension and analyzing texts for meaning), often using graphic organizers and teaching note-taking and study skills. I highlight the most important reasons for reading literature: for learning to think critically, for learning about humanity and the world, and for gaining wisdom. And I do this with clarity, enthusiasm, respect, and humor.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

Regarding my proofreading qualifications, I have a lot of experience with giving (as well as receiving, when a college student in English Literature) feedback through proofreading, as an English teacher, a tutor in a top high school in my area, and recently as a production editor in the publishing services industry.
Reading,

Reading

The English language is my strongest suit. I've loved reading, writing, and yes, grammar, since a young age. I have a diverse background as I was in business for fourteen years before becoming a classroom English teacher and then a tutor. I also have experience as a production editor in the publishing services industry. I've worked with students in general and special education (as teacher, tutor, and paraeducator) and truly enjoy helping them to improve their reading and writing skills in the English language, through a highly positive, patient, and supportive approach.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

The English language is my strongest suit. I think of words as metaphors for or symbols of human thought. And communicating begins with a thought; therefore, we must know many meaningful words in order to effectively communicate. Since taking a Creative Writing class in high school, I have often cracked open a dictionary to read straight down the pages. As my teacher had said, "From what better place can you learn words"? Having graduated with a BA in English Literature with honors qualifies me to tutor in vocabulary in that English Literature majors are constantly exposed to and must learn meaningful and consequential vocabulary words that are contained in high-quality texts. In addition, I have been a certified classroom English teacher; and in the process of becoming a licensed English teacher (grades 7-12) in 2011, I passed the teachers' Praxis II exam, "English Language, Literature, and Composition: Content Knowledge" with honors. As one would expect, there are many important vocabulary words included in the Praxis II exam and in texts used in the teacher certification process that a person must know in order to be successful. In my classroom teaching, I spent time teaching key words in context in lessons, such as teaching literary terms when we discussed literature and literacy strategies. I also taught from Elizabeth Osbourne's "Vocabulary from Latin and Greek Roots" book series to focus on important words (and their roots) that students should know to be literate. Beyond the above verifiable qualifications, please know that I have continued to immerse myself in literature and poetry. In this pursuit, I continually am exposed to important words, representing the best of human expression.
Writing

Writing

The English language is my strongest suit. I've loved reading, writing, and yes, grammar, since a young age. I have a diverse background as I was in business for fourteen years before becoming a classroom English teacher and then a tutor. I also have experience as a production editor in the publishing services industry. I've worked with students in general and special education (as teacher, tutor, and paraeducator) and truly enjoy helping them to improve their reading and writing skills in the English language, through a highly positive, patient, and supportive approach.

Homeschool

English,

English

The English language is my strongest suit. I've loved reading, writing, and yes, grammar, since a young age. I have a diverse background as I was in business for fourteen years before becoming a classroom English teacher and then a tutor. I also have experience as a production editor in the publishing services industry. I've worked with students in general and special education (as teacher, tutor, and paraeducator) and truly enjoy helping them to improve their reading and writing skills in the English language, through a highly positive, patient, and supportive approach.
Reading,

Reading

The English language is my strongest suit. I've loved reading, writing, and yes, grammar, since a young age. I have a diverse background as I was in business for fourteen years before becoming a classroom English teacher and then a tutor. I also have experience as a production editor in the publishing services industry. I've worked with students in general and special education (as teacher, tutor, and paraeducator) and truly enjoy helping them to improve their reading and writing skills in the English language, through a highly positive, patient, and supportive approach.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I worked, in a top public school in my state, as a tutor with several students to help them with executive functioning strategies. Further evidence of my having good study skills myself: dean's list, magna cum laude for Bachelor of Arts degree; A's in graduate courses; passing with honors the teachers' Praxis II exam on English Content Knowledge. I've also read on the pedagogy of teaching study skills and have attended professional training on helping students with executive functioning challenges to use strategies to help them stay organized and focused in order to do well in class and with study skills.
Writing

Writing

The English language is my strongest suit. I've loved reading, writing, and yes, grammar, since a young age. I have a diverse background as I was in business for fourteen years before becoming a classroom English teacher and then a tutor. I also have experience as a production editor in the publishing services industry. I've worked with students in general and special education (as teacher, tutor, and paraeducator) and truly enjoy helping them to improve their reading and writing skills in the English language, through a highly positive, patient, and supportive approach.

Most Popular

English,

English

The English language is my strongest suit. I've loved reading, writing, and yes, grammar, since a young age. I have a diverse background as I was in business for fourteen years before becoming a classroom English teacher and then a tutor. I also have experience as a production editor in the publishing services industry. I've worked with students in general and special education (as teacher, tutor, and paraeducator) and truly enjoy helping them to improve their reading and writing skills in the English language, through a highly positive, patient, and supportive approach.
Reading,

Reading

The English language is my strongest suit. I've loved reading, writing, and yes, grammar, since a young age. I have a diverse background as I was in business for fourteen years before becoming a classroom English teacher and then a tutor. I also have experience as a production editor in the publishing services industry. I've worked with students in general and special education (as teacher, tutor, and paraeducator) and truly enjoy helping them to improve their reading and writing skills in the English language, through a highly positive, patient, and supportive approach.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I worked, in a top public school in my state, as a tutor with several students to help them with executive functioning strategies. Further evidence of my having good study skills myself: dean's list, magna cum laude for Bachelor of Arts degree; A's in graduate courses; passing with honors the teachers' Praxis II exam on English Content Knowledge. I've also read on the pedagogy of teaching study skills and have attended professional training on helping students with executive functioning challenges to use strategies to help them stay organized and focused in order to do well in class and with study skills.
Writing

Writing

The English language is my strongest suit. I've loved reading, writing, and yes, grammar, since a young age. I have a diverse background as I was in business for fourteen years before becoming a classroom English teacher and then a tutor. I also have experience as a production editor in the publishing services industry. I've worked with students in general and special education (as teacher, tutor, and paraeducator) and truly enjoy helping them to improve their reading and writing skills in the English language, through a highly positive, patient, and supportive approach.

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills

I worked, in a top public school in my state, as a tutor with several students to help them with executive functioning strategies. Further evidence of my having good study skills myself: dean's list, magna cum laude for Bachelor of Arts degree; A's in graduate courses; passing with honors the teachers' Praxis II exam on English Content Knowledge. I've also read on the pedagogy of teaching study skills and have attended professional training on helping students with executive functioning challenges to use strategies to help them stay organized and focused in order to do well in class and with study skills.

Special Needs

ADHD,

ADHD

Greetings. I taught in a middle school and worked with a special educator to help strategize in helping learners with ADHD. My teaching certification program extensively covered special needs. I worked as a Mainstream Teaching Assistant in a high school with students with Asperger's syndrome, and I worked as a job coach with a young man with autism. I'm intimately familiar with ADHD due to family experience. In addition, a family member is a psychologist and I have learned as much from consulting with her as from any training program concerning ADHD and special needs. I'm familiar with the various strategies of minimizing distraction, for instance, in such ways as using sensory devices for some students who are impelled to move a lot or by reducing the number of sources that can cause distraction. There are also techniques that I would use to assist executive functioning. Thank you.
Study Skills

Study Skills

I worked, in a top public school in my state, as a tutor with several students to help them with executive functioning strategies. Further evidence of my having good study skills myself: dean's list, magna cum laude for Bachelor of Arts degree; A's in graduate courses; passing with honors the teachers' Praxis II exam on English Content Knowledge. I've also read on the pedagogy of teaching study skills and have attended professional training on helping students with executive functioning challenges to use strategies to help them stay organized and focused in order to do well in class and with study skills.

Summer

Reading,

Reading

The English language is my strongest suit. I've loved reading, writing, and yes, grammar, since a young age. I have a diverse background as I was in business for fourteen years before becoming a classroom English teacher and then a tutor. I also have experience as a production editor in the publishing services industry. I've worked with students in general and special education (as teacher, tutor, and paraeducator) and truly enjoy helping them to improve their reading and writing skills in the English language, through a highly positive, patient, and supportive approach.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I worked, in a top public school in my state, as a tutor with several students to help them with executive functioning strategies. Further evidence of my having good study skills myself: dean's list, magna cum laude for Bachelor of Arts degree; A's in graduate courses; passing with honors the teachers' Praxis II exam on English Content Knowledge. I've also read on the pedagogy of teaching study skills and have attended professional training on helping students with executive functioning challenges to use strategies to help them stay organized and focused in order to do well in class and with study skills.
Writing,

Writing

The English language is my strongest suit. I've loved reading, writing, and yes, grammar, since a young age. I have a diverse background as I was in business for fourteen years before becoming a classroom English teacher and then a tutor. I also have experience as a production editor in the publishing services industry. I've worked with students in general and special education (as teacher, tutor, and paraeducator) and truly enjoy helping them to improve their reading and writing skills in the English language, through a highly positive, patient, and supportive approach.
GED

Test Preparation

GED

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Knowledgable patient tutor

Michael is a skilled professional tutor who successfully adapts his teaching methodology to the needs of his student. His strengths are in teaching reading, writing and study skills. He is patience, persistence, and caring. He successfully develops trust and confidence in his student while helping him/her to achieve optimum results. Michael is reliable and communicates well with teachers, parents, and students. I highly recommend Michael as tutor.

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