Hello! My name is Andrew, and I am a skilled and experienced writing and reading tutor. I have a Master's in Education from Portland State University and a Bachelor's in Broadcast Journalism from State University of New York at Brockport. I have experience teaching writing and reading at the community college level. I have a great deal of experience teaching and tutoring minority and ESL students- especially Latino, Asian, and Native American students. I have also had experience teaching and ... [more]
I have always loved the written word and I have been a voracious reader since childhood. I am a graduate of the Graduate Teacher Ed program at Portland State, and a major part of my studies were in the teaching of writing, reading, and study skills to children in grades 4 through 12. I also have training in, and strong knowledge of, children's literature.
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My Graduate degree is a Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction. It was a program designed to prepare educators to teach in the public schools in grades k - 8. My studies in this program included coursework in teaching writing, English, spelling, grammar and other subjects to students in grades k - 8. I also have done a lot of tutoring of elementary aged students in these subjects.
My father is a retired music teacher and classical violinist, and I played upright bass from age 8 to about age 21. My father began teaching me, and I then began taking private lessons at the Eastman School of Music. I was a member of a youth orchestra that performed symphonic music. For the past twenty years, I have been reading and studying jazz music, and I am currently the host of a weekly jazz radio show in Portland Oregon on KMHD 89.1 FM. I consider myself a jazz historian, and I have taught a college course in jazz history. As a result of my father's influence and my own studying, I am also very knowledgeable on general music history.
I feel that I am more than qualified to tutor in Study Skills. My most recent teaching job was teaching Developmental Writing and Reading at the community college level. These students either just barely graduated high school or had been out of school for many years and lacked basic study skills, time management, how to balance family/personal life and studies. I have a great deal of experience and success in this.
I feel that I am fully qualified to tutor people on the CBEST exam because I took the CBEST exam myself in 2006. I was required to take the CBEST as part of the Graduate Teacher Education Program at Portland State University, and to prepare for student teaching that fall. I do not recall my exact CBEST score, but I did pass it and received a score in the average to above average range.
As I have stated in previous sections, I worked for Xerox from 1994 to 2000 in networked printer tech support. During these years I had access to multiple operating systems including Mac OS 9, OS 10, and all subsequent versions of OS 10. I have owned two Macbook computers (both Macbook Pros) over the past three years and I consider myself not an expert user, but an above-average user.
I worked for Xerox Corporation from 1994 to 2005 in technical support for laser printers in which I did troubleshooting of network connectivity problems involving printers. From 2002 to 2005 I did "E-Mail Support" in which I answered e-mail inquiries from customers and salespeople who wanted to know if a printer would print correctly from a specific software application or operating system. This e-mail support was done using Microsoft Outlook Professional. I quickly became an expert user and I have maintained this proficiency to this day.
I have been using computers and Microsoft Windows since the early 1990's, and I worked for Xerox Corporation from 1994 to 2005 in technical support for laser printers in which I did troubleshooting of network connectivity problems. During these years, I used Windows 3.1, Windows NT, NT server, Windows 2000, Windows 95, and all subsequent versions up to Windows XP on a daily basis. Since then I have used all versions of Windows up to and including Windows 8.