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David G.

Expert Software Engineer with 30+ Years of Programming Experience

Expert Software Engineer with 30+ Years of Programming Experience

$60/hour

  • 523 hours tutoring

  • Kirkland, WA 98033

About David


Bio

I am a married (over 30 years!) father of two wonderful daughters (23 and 28) and have enjoyed working with children and young adults since I was a teenager. I put myself through school by tutoring elementary and high school students. I also coached 8-15 year old boys, football and hockey, and worked at summer camps for a number of years teaching 6-16 year old (male and female) photography (camera and darkroom). I was a teaching assistant for 2.5 years for an introductory computer programming...

I am a married (over 30 years!) father of two wonderful daughters (23 and 28) and have enjoyed working with children and young adults since I was a teenager. I put myself through school by tutoring elementary and high school students. I also coached 8-15 year old boys, football and hockey, and worked at summer camps for a number of years teaching 6-16 year old (male and female) photography (camera and darkroom). I was a teaching assistant for 2.5 years for an introductory computer programming class for non-computer science students while working on my Masters degree.

I hold both Bachelor of Computer Science, with Distinction (Honors) and Master in Mathematics (specializing in computer systems) degrees and have worked in the software industry for over 30 years. Throughout my career I have held a variety of development (programming), design, and management positions, up to and including executive management. Many of these were as an independent contractor, which I have been for over 20 years, which has honed my ability to quickly assess and focus on critical needs.

I am flexible on scheduling time and am comfortable tutoring both remotely (online) and in person. I am also very quick at answering questions sent to me in email.

Both professionally and personally I have been told that I am an excellent mentor, very easy to learn from, and a great listener.

I look forward to helping you achieve your academic, personal or professional goals!


Education

Concordia University
Computer Science
University of Waterloo
Masters

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Hourly rate: $60 for in-person / $60 for online
  • Travel policy: Within 40 miles of Kirkland, WA 98033
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 7/17/2015

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Photography

Photography

I have been interested in photography for many years and even considered a career as a photographer until I became interested in computer software;-)! I have worked as a semi-professional photographer and taught many summer campers (6-16 year olds) both camera and (B&W) darkroom skills. I have taken a number of photography courses and have a good understanding of composition, lighting, shading, highlighting, cropping, etc. I can teach camera, as well as black and white darkroom, techniques.

Business

Business,

Business

I have over 25 years of experience providing broad, technical and business expertise and leadership, based on experience working on large, complex software projects as a full time employee, consultant and part-time employee. Positions have ranged in responsibility from individual contributor through executive staff. I hold a Bachelor of Computer Science, Minor in Business Administration (With Distinction/Honors) from Concordia University and a Master of Mathematics, Computer Science from the University of Waterloo.
Career Development,

Career Development

I have over 25 years of experience providing broad, technical and business expertise and leadership, based on experience working on large, complex software projects as a full time employee, consultant and part-time employee. Positions have ranged in responsibility from individual contributor through executive staff. I hold a Bachelor of Computer Science, Minor in Business Administration (With Distinction/Honors) from Concordia University and a Master of Mathematics, (Computer Science) from the University of Waterloo. Additionally, throughout my career, I have managed, led and mentored many employees, including full-time (from individual contributors to Director level), part-time and interns. I have also held all of these position types as an employee and independent consultant. Finally, I have performed hundreds, if not thousands, of phone and in person interviews and have been complimented many times by interviewees that my interview was "the best" that they have ever had.
Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

Having been a Microsoft employee when Excel was first released, I have used it since its first inception. Prior to Excel, I made use of Multiplan and Chart (and Lotus 1-2-3), so I have extensive history using spreadsheets. I have created fairly complex spreadsheets ranging from sophisticated budgets to employee directories using Excel's table feature.
Microsoft Word,

Microsoft Word

Having been a Microsoft employee when (Windows) Word was first released, I have used it since its first inception. Prior to it's market introduction I used the DOS based version of Word. I have both created and reviewed fairly complex documents using a number of Word's features including change tracking, table of contents, headers/footers, etc.
Microsoft PowerPoint

Computer

C,

C

I have both a Bachelor's and Master's degree specializing in computer science. I have been in the software industry for over 30 years and have programmed professionally, on and off, throughout my career. I have been programming even longer as a hobbyist. The programming portion of my Masters thesis, "The Host Environment for a Multiprocessor Machine: Waterloop V2/64" was written in the "C" programming language.
C#,

C#

I have both a Bachelor's and Master's degree specializing in computer science. I have been in the software industry for over 30 years and have programmed professionally, on and off, throughout my career. I have been programming even longer as a hobbyist. As an independent consultant I have been using "C#" for prototyping and proof of concepts since the .net framework was originally introduced.
C++,

C++

I have both a Bachelor's and Master's degree specializing in computer science. I have been in the software industry for over 30 years and have programmed professionally, on and off, throughout my career. I have been programming even longer as a hobbyist. I started using "C++" as a designer/developer on Windows NT in 1989 using AT&T's Cfront interpreter.
Computer Engineering,

Computer Engineering

I have both a Bachelors and Masters degree specializing in computer science. I have been in the software industry for over 25 years, holding a variety of development, design and management positions up to and including the executive ranks. The title of my Masters thesis is, "The Host Environment for a Multiprocessor Machine: Waterloop V2/64" and offered a virtual environment (e.g., screen, keyboard, file system, etc.) for a 64 processor "systolic" multiprocessor computer.
Computer Programming,

Computer Programming

I have both a Bachelor's and Master's degree specializing in computer science. I have been in the software industry for over 30 years, holding a variety of development, design and management positions up to and including the executive ranks. The title of my Masters thesis is, "The Host Environment for a Multiprocessor Machine: Waterloop V2/64" and offered a virtual environment (e.g., screen, keyboard, file system, etc.) for a 64 processor "systolic" multiprocessor computer.
Computer Science,

Computer Science

I have both a Bachelor's and Master's degree specializing in computer science. I have been in the software industry for over 30 years, holding a variety of development, design and management positions up to and including the executive ranks. The title of my Masters thesis is, "The Host Environment for a Multiprocessor Machine: Waterloop V2/64" and offered a virtual environment (e.g., screen, keyboard, file system, etc.) for a 64 processor "systolic" multiprocessor computer.
DOS,

DOS

I have both a Bachelors and Masters degree specializing in computer science. I have been in the software industry for over 25 years and have programmed professionally, on and off, throughout my career. I have been using DOS since DOS 3.x as I was employed by Microsoft in 1986 and was a designer/developer on the initial versions of OS/2 of Windows NT, both of which were compatible with DOS.
General Computer,

General Computer

I have been told by many friends and colleagues that I have a knack for being able to communicate computer concepts, within the context of the person I am teaching, in a fun, age relevant way. I hold both Bachelor's and Master's degrees specializing in computer science. Additionally I have been both a developer of, and for, Windows and have used most of the Office applications since they were first introduce to the market.
Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

Having been a Microsoft employee when Excel was first released, I have used it since its first inception. Prior to Excel, I made use of Multiplan and Chart (and Lotus 1-2-3), so I have extensive history using spreadsheets. I have created fairly complex spreadsheets ranging from sophisticated budgets to employee directories using Excel's table feature.
Microsoft Outlook,

Microsoft Outlook

Having been a Microsoft employee when Outlook was first released I have used since it's first inception. In reality, when employed by Microsoft, I used internal email clients that were the genesis of many features eventually implemented in Outlook. I have also made extensive use of NetCentrics' "Getting Things Done" Outlook Add-In. Since I had a pretty good user experience with Outlook Web Access (OWA) to access Exchange based email, I started using Outlook.com this past year.
Microsoft Project,

Microsoft Project

As a Project Manager I made extensive use of Microsoft Project to keep track of multiple, simultaneous, geographically dispersed projects. As part of these efforts I also used Project for baseline project modeling as well as tracking of project and individual calendars, other resources (e.g., lab equipment) and costs.
Microsoft Windows,

Microsoft Windows

I have both a Bachelors and Masters degree specializing in computer science. I have been in the software industry for over 25 years and have programmed professionally, on and off, throughout my career. I have been using Windows since it's early inception as I was employed by Microsoft in 1986 and was a designer/developer on the initial version of Windows NT.
Microsoft Word,

Microsoft Word

Having been a Microsoft employee when (Windows) Word was first released, I have used it since its first inception. Prior to it's market introduction I used the DOS based version of Word. I have both created and reviewed fairly complex documents using a number of Word's features including change tracking, table of contents, headers/footers, etc.
Pascal,

Pascal

I have both a Bachelors and Masters degree specializing in computer science. I have been in the software industry for over 25 years and have programmed professionally, on and off, throughout my career. I have been programming even longer as a hobbyist. I used Pascal extensively in my early programming days as it was the teaching language at the university where I completed my undergraduate degree.
Photography,

Photography

I have been interested in photography for many years and even considered a career as a photographer until I became interested in computer software;-)! I have worked as a semi-professional photographer and taught many summer campers (6-16 year olds) both camera and (B&W) darkroom skills. I have taken a number of photography courses and have a good understanding of composition, lighting, shading, highlighting, cropping, etc. I can teach camera, as well as black and white darkroom, techniques.
Visual Basic,

Visual Basic

I have both a Bachelors and Masters degree specializing in computer science. I have been in the software industry for over 25 years and have programmed professionally, on and off, throughout my career. I have been programming even longer as a hobbyist. As an independent consultant I have been using Visual Basic (starting with VB5 and continuing with VB6 and now VB.NET) since my first client in 1996.
Java, Microsoft PowerPoint

Corporate Training

Business,

Business

I have over 25 years of experience providing broad, technical and business expertise and leadership, based on experience working on large, complex software projects as a full time employee, consultant and part-time employee. Positions have ranged in responsibility from individual contributor through executive staff. I hold a Bachelor of Computer Science, Minor in Business Administration (With Distinction/Honors) from Concordia University and a Master of Mathematics, Computer Science from the University of Waterloo.
C++,

C++

I have both a Bachelor's and Master's degree specializing in computer science. I have been in the software industry for over 30 years and have programmed professionally, on and off, throughout my career. I have been programming even longer as a hobbyist. I started using "C++" as a designer/developer on Windows NT in 1989 using AT&T's Cfront interpreter.
Career Development,

Career Development

I have over 25 years of experience providing broad, technical and business expertise and leadership, based on experience working on large, complex software projects as a full time employee, consultant and part-time employee. Positions have ranged in responsibility from individual contributor through executive staff. I hold a Bachelor of Computer Science, Minor in Business Administration (With Distinction/Honors) from Concordia University and a Master of Mathematics, (Computer Science) from the University of Waterloo. Additionally, throughout my career, I have managed, led and mentored many employees, including full-time (from individual contributors to Director level), part-time and interns. I have also held all of these position types as an employee and independent consultant. Finally, I have performed hundreds, if not thousands, of phone and in person interviews and have been complimented many times by interviewees that my interview was "the best" that they have ever had.
General Computer,

General Computer

I have been told by many friends and colleagues that I have a knack for being able to communicate computer concepts, within the context of the person I am teaching, in a fun, age relevant way. I hold both Bachelor's and Master's degrees specializing in computer science. Additionally I have been both a developer of, and for, Windows and have used most of the Office applications since they were first introduce to the market.
Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

Having been a Microsoft employee when Excel was first released, I have used it since its first inception. Prior to Excel, I made use of Multiplan and Chart (and Lotus 1-2-3), so I have extensive history using spreadsheets. I have created fairly complex spreadsheets ranging from sophisticated budgets to employee directories using Excel's table feature.
Microsoft Project,

Microsoft Project

As a Project Manager I made extensive use of Microsoft Project to keep track of multiple, simultaneous, geographically dispersed projects. As part of these efforts I also used Project for baseline project modeling as well as tracking of project and individual calendars, other resources (e.g., lab equipment) and costs.
Microsoft Word,

Microsoft Word

Having been a Microsoft employee when (Windows) Word was first released, I have used it since its first inception. Prior to it's market introduction I used the DOS based version of Word. I have both created and reviewed fairly complex documents using a number of Word's features including change tracking, table of contents, headers/footers, etc.
Java, Microsoft PowerPoint, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

While working on my Bachelor's of Computer Science degree I put myself through university by successfully tutoring elementary (and older) students. I specialized in math (arithmetic for elementary aged children) and science subjects but also helped students to be successful in reading, writing and spelling.
Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

I tutored elementary and high school students to help pay my way through university. Since then I have had a successful career and have been told by many interns and employees that I am an excellent teacher and mentor. I have a knack for being able to communicate with children and enjoy conveying math concepts in a fun, age relevant way.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

By developing my own techniques (e.g., note taking, proofreading, test taking, etc.) for dealing with issues relating to concentration, interest, etc. I went on to earn an undergraduate degree "With Distinction" (GPA of 3.94) and a graduate degree that required both coursework and the approval of an original thesis. I also ran a successful independent consulting business for over 14 years which furthered honed my organizational, focus, problem solving and time management skills. All of these (and more) are also essential for exceptional Study Skills and I can (and have) shared them with others for over 25 years.
Elementary Science, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

English

English, Proofreading, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Writing

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

While working on my Bachelor's of Computer Science degree I put myself through university by successfully tutoring elementary (and older) students. I specialized in math (arithmetic for elementary aged children) and science subjects but also helped students to be successful in reading, writing and spelling.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

By developing my own techniques (e.g., note taking, proofreading, test taking, etc.) for dealing with issues relating to concentration, interest, etc. I went on to earn an undergraduate degree "With Distinction" (GPA of 3.94) and a graduate degree that required both coursework and the approval of an original thesis. I also ran a successful independent consulting business for over 14 years which furthered honed my organizational, focus, problem solving and time management skills. All of these (and more) are also essential for exceptional Study Skills and I can (and have) shared them with others for over 25 years.
Algebra 1, English, Prealgebra, Reading, Spelling, Writing

Math

Logic,

Logic

I have both a Bachelors and Masters degree specializing in computer science. I have been in the software industry for over 25 years and have programmed professionally, on and off, throughout my career. Since the mathematical branch of logic is critical for computer programming I have used it extensively, academically, professionally and personally for close to 30 years.
Algebra 1, Prealgebra

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

While working on my Bachelor's of Computer Science degree I put myself through university by successfully tutoring elementary (and older) students. I specialized in math (arithmetic for elementary aged children) and science subjects but also helped students to be successful in reading, writing and spelling.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

By developing my own techniques (e.g., note taking, proofreading, test taking, etc.) for dealing with issues relating to concentration, interest, etc. I went on to earn an undergraduate degree "With Distinction" (GPA of 3.94) and a graduate degree that required both coursework and the approval of an original thesis. I also ran a successful independent consulting business for over 14 years which furthered honed my organizational, focus, problem solving and time management skills. All of these (and more) are also essential for exceptional Study Skills and I can (and have) shared them with others for over 25 years.
Algebra 1, English, Prealgebra, Reading, Writing

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills

By developing my own techniques (e.g., note taking, proofreading, test taking, etc.) for dealing with issues relating to concentration, interest, etc. I went on to earn an undergraduate degree "With Distinction" (GPA of 3.94) and a graduate degree that required both coursework and the approval of an original thesis. I also ran a successful independent consulting business for over 14 years which furthered honed my organizational, focus, problem solving and time management skills. All of these (and more) are also essential for exceptional Study Skills and I can (and have) shared them with others for over 25 years.

Science

Computer Engineering

Computer Engineering

I have both a Bachelors and Masters degree specializing in computer science. I have been in the software industry for over 25 years, holding a variety of development, design and management positions up to and including the executive ranks. The title of my Masters thesis is, "The Host Environment for a Multiprocessor Machine: Waterloop V2/64" and offered a virtual environment (e.g., screen, keyboard, file system, etc.) for a 64 processor "systolic" multiprocessor computer.

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

By developing my own techniques (e.g., note taking, proofreading, test taking, etc.) for dealing with issues relating to concentration, interest, etc. I went on to earn an undergraduate degree "With Distinction" (GPA of 3.94) and a graduate degree that required both coursework and the approval of an original thesis. I also ran a successful independent consulting business for over 14 years which furthered honed my organizational, focus, problem solving and time management skills. All of these (and more) are also essential for exceptional Study Skills and I can (and have) shared them with others for over 25 years.

Sports/Recreation

Football,

Football

I have been a football fan for years, initially of the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL but for the past 25 plus years, of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks. Besides playing for a few years as a teenager, I also coached (offensive coordinator and co-head coach) for five years. This was for teams in a full contact city league with players ranging in age from 7-15 years old. In all five years that I coached my team made it to the playoffs. Three of the five years that I coached my team won provincial championships for their respective age groups.
Poker

Poker

I have been an avid poker player since I was six years old and my grandmother taught me how to play! I have played in "home" games since I was a teenager. In these games we played a variety of "real" games (e.g., Stud, Draw, Hold'em, Hi/Lo, etc.) as well as "count" games (e.g., 3/33, 7/27) and a variety of others (e.g., Acey-Deucey). I have played in live casino games regularly but now mostly play online in "play money" games.

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

While working on my Bachelor's of Computer Science degree I put myself through university by successfully tutoring elementary (and older) students. I specialized in math (arithmetic for elementary aged children) and science subjects but also helped students to be successful in reading, writing and spelling.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

By developing my own techniques (e.g., note taking, proofreading, test taking, etc.) for dealing with issues relating to concentration, interest, etc. I went on to earn an undergraduate degree "With Distinction" (GPA of 3.94) and a graduate degree that required both coursework and the approval of an original thesis. I also ran a successful independent consulting business for over 14 years which furthered honed my organizational, focus, problem solving and time management skills. All of these (and more) are also essential for exceptional Study Skills and I can (and have) shared them with others for over 25 years.
Algebra 1, Reading, Writing

Test Preparation

Career Development

Career Development

I have over 25 years of experience providing broad, technical and business expertise and leadership, based on experience working on large, complex software projects as a full time employee, consultant and part-time employee. Positions have ranged in responsibility from individual contributor through executive staff. I hold a Bachelor of Computer Science, Minor in Business Administration (With Distinction/Honors) from Concordia University and a Master of Mathematics, (Computer Science) from the University of Waterloo. Additionally, throughout my career, I have managed, led and mentored many employees, including full-time (from individual contributors to Director level), part-time and interns. I have also held all of these position types as an employee and independent consultant. Finally, I have performed hundreds, if not thousands, of phone and in person interviews and have been complimented many times by interviewees that my interview was "the best" that they have ever had.

Ratings and Reviews


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Excellent and spot on

I've worked with David both for technical computer science mentorship as well as career mentorship for my journey as a software engineer. He's a terrific communicator, conveys a deep sense of care, and is always one step ahead with his questions. I appreciate his attitude and approach tremendously, and I'd wish anyone a chance to receive his guidance.

Jared, 5 lessons with David

Patient, good listener and incredibly knowledgeable.

David does a great job of understanding personal skill level and adapting lessons based on previous knowledge. His lessons are well-paced and is personally very patient. I would recommend him for anyone just starting out or a seasoned veteran.

Drew, 3 lessons with David

Excellent C tutor

David is exceedingly helpful at learning C - as a beginner he does a wonderful job of understanding what it is that I know, and what a good course of action might be for next steps. He is very patient, provides good explanations of topics, and excels at providing just enough challenge to keep things interesting and force you to think without becoming frustrated. Highly recommended.

Noah, 58 lessons with David

Great teacher easy to understand.

David G has been my tutor for some time now and has taken me from knowing almost nothing about the C programming Language to being able to write my own functional programs. I hope to keep him as my tutor for the months and years to come because I can tell he has a very great understanding of the C programming Language and can make me an advanced C programmer. David is always very kind and helpful when a problem occurs in a program but does a good job of making me figure it out myself. I also believe that over the first couple of lesson we had he gained a understanding of what I knew and was able to construct my lessons to my ability’s and did not ask me too do things I did not know how to do but still challenged me based on my skill level. When ever I don’t understand a topic David will go over the concept with me again in a different way. This gives me the ability to tell him if the way he is teaching is helpful to me or not because everybody learns in different ways. Over all David has been nothing but helpful and kind while I make my way through C concepts and problems.

John, 52 lessons with David

A dedicated and knowledgeable teacher and career advisor

David has been an immense help with furthering my programming career. Through polishing my resume and cover letter to vastly improving my C++ knowledge and interview acumen, he improved and sharpened my skill set. We covered concepts such as OOP design, RAII, multithreading, unit testing, and many other topics. David works tirelessly to make sure the information you receive is accurate and useful. Cannot recommend him enough.

Brendon, 63 lessons with David

massive leap forward after one lesson

In one hour, David helped me cut through some clutter I'd been stuck on for the past week. David is organized, thoughtful, and knowledgeable. Looking forward to our next lesson.

Matthew, 24 lessons with David

Great tutor, absolutely focused on my c++ concerns while providing insights into Visual Studio

David did a great job preparing for my tutoring session. He spent the time to review my code and offered a solution that solved my immediate problem even before our session. Great value add! Our tutor session focused on several areas I was concerned about in the application. Never rushed, he answered specific questions and offered insights into Visual Studio, C/C++ differences and nuances. He educated me on C++ classes and made me aware of several potential pitfalls. All of this great information in just an hour! A great future resource for me.

Darrell, 1 lesson with David

Patient and understanding tutor

First, speaking to David, you can tell he has a lot of industry experience. He took time to understand my questions before we even met. He wanted to make sure he fully understood the assignment and how he could help me. During our session, he was great in explaining a difficult concept. Then after our session, he reached out to me to see if I had an quick questions. He is very attentive and I will be working with him again!

Rachel, 2 lessons with David

Excellent C# tutor

I have been working with David for almost six months and I have found him to be highly knowledgeable and very patient. He has demonstrated a genuine concern for my well-being and makes me feel like he is as invested in my educational goals as I am. He’s been a valuable source of information and advice and I’d highly recommend him to learners of any skill-level.

Ryan, 20 lessons with David
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