SO WHO AM I? Long story short, I am Dr. Monroe M., PhD, Esq, MBA, ME, LLM, EMT. A little less short: I am an 8-time published Barnes & Noble # 1 best-selling book author; a lawyer with an MBA; a dude who holds a PhD in psychology who recently produced, co-wrote, and co-starred in the recent comedy feature film, "You Can't Kill Stephen King", who also received a bronze-star nomination from the US Army for his combat service in Iraq; a former college professor turned English teacher in Shangh... [more]
I scored in the 99th percentile on the ASVAB test, a large part of which has basic algebra. I have taught many students how to easily understand what it means to "solve the equation". I hold an MBA in finance.
I am a native English speaker who has written 8 published books, including one Barnes & Noble bestseller. I do all of my own editing and proofreading on my books. I am a trained and certified English teacher. I most recently taught English for one year at the prestigious Wall Street English in Shanghai, China. I just recently finished writing my first novel and am currently pursuing publishers.
I run The Fluency Project in Manhattan via Meetup. I have lived many times in France/Switzerland (once for 2 straight years). I have taught in France, at a French high school, using only French, in multiple subjects. I have been a foreign language teacher for over 15 years.
I am an 8-time published book author. My book, co-written, was a Barnes & Noble # 1 bestseller, and is still for sale on Amazon and BN.com. My first book is and has been a top-ten bestseller at drama book shops across the USA for the last ten years. I am an accomplished and sought after contract attorney, specifically known for my contract writing ability. I am in the final four-month phase of my PhD studies at Capella University and will have my dissertation in psychology completed by summer 2015.
I am a certified TEFL teacher (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). I worked from March 2014 - March 2015 in Shanghai, China teaching English to over 2,200 students at the famous Wall Street English training center. I was ranked 9.7 out 10 by the students in terms of 'teacher effectiveness'. I am an 8-time published book author, all books of which are currently for sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites; one of which was a # 1 Barnes & Noble bestseller.
I am the author of five psychology success books. I am currently pursuing my PhD in psychology at Capella University and will receive my degree in August, 2015. I am also an attorney who has worked extensively with Westchester County mental health professionals and clients in my capacity as a public defender.
I have been an attorney since 2010, licensed to practice law in New York, New Jersey, and in the federal courts. I passed both the NY and NJ bar exams the first time. I am both a criminal defense and entertainment attorney. I also hold an LLM (Master of Laws) degree in Commercial Real Estate Transactions. I have taught business law before at the collegiate level, and also at seminars for small business owners.
I am a bronze-star nominated Iraq war veteran. I was an intelligence officer in the US Army. I scored in the 99th percentile on the ASVAB. I've helped hundreds of young men and women get into the military by helping them improve their ASVAB scores.
I am a former 6th grade Italian teacher in the Westchester Public School System (particularly Port Chester Middle School). I was also for a time a substitute middle school teacher, teaching a wide variety of subjects. I use to volunteer at Big Brothers Big Sisters, where a number of the children I worked with were of elementary age.
I have studied music for the last twenty years at various institutions, schools, and conservatories including Furman University, Hoff Barthelson Music School, Westchester Conservatory of Music, and Scuola Della Musica - Lugano, Switzerland. I can play the guitar (classical, Spanish, and rock), play harmonica, sing as a baritenor, and am a pop and classical songwriter. I can also play basic violin, piano, base guitar, drums, and recorder. My full length album is available on iTunes and a number of my music videos are available on YouTube.com. All of my training has included how to I have helped tens of clients get into the college of their choice by helping them create a dynamic application package. I can read music, write music, and explain music theory.
I have been playing classical guitar, fingerpicking acoustic guitar, and electric guitar for the last 20+ years. I have performed as a guitarist in 100+ shows around the world. My band's music (which I wrote) can be found on iTunes. I played guitar on all of these songs. I have taught 14 people how to play guitar over the past 20 years.
I am a certified TEFL English teacher. I have been teaching English and phonics at the prestigious Wall Street English in Shanghai, China for the last nine months. I am a language student myself, and speak three foreign languages. I am repeatedly told by students that my diction is amazing, and they take my pronunciation classes regularly to improve their speaking voice. I am also a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts where I took a course in English phonics.
I am a graduate of American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. I am a member of Screen Actors Guild/AFTRA, and Actors Equity. I am the CEO of a company which has released a number of films, including feature films. I have taught many clients through my company how to improve not only their acting abilities, but also their business savvy.
I have been a foreign language teacher for many years, and specifically as an English, French, Italian, and Chinese teacher/tutor. I lived in Shanghai, China for one year, studying Chinese full time, and working part-time as a foreign language teacher. I have passed HSK4. According to HanBan, the organization that writes the test, "Test takers who are able to pass the HSK IV can converse in Chinese on a wide range of subjects and are able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers." I am able to teach reading, writing (pinyin and hand-written characters), speaking, and listening. Given my background as a musician (and music teacher), I am able to effectively teach the four tones necessary to properly communicate in Chinese. Unlike many Chinese teachers, I believe that students should learn how to read and write at the same time one learns to speak and listen, fully convinced that this method results in faster Chinese language acquisition. As a non-native speaker, I know and understand the struggles English speakers encounter when learning Chinese. I am eager to share my love of the Chinese language with you.
I am the founder and former owner of a full filmmaking program teaching writing, producing, acting, directing, and editing. I taught all classes. The school was written up in a full-page article in The Journal News (a Gannett paper). I am the owner of a film company and the producer of an internationally released feature film and also the producer/director of three music videos, one of which was picked up by Much Music in Canada for distribution. I am a graduate of New York's Digital Film Academy's Digital Filmmaking Program (2006).
I hold an MBA in Finance. I hold a Masters of Entrepreneurship. I am a lawyer, focusing on business contract law. As such, I am also a guest lecturer at Pace Law School in White Plains, NY, focusing on feature film production law and book publishing law. I have over the years, started, owned, and operated a number of businesses, including my own law firm, a film school, a film production company, and a consulting firm. I am now laying the foundation for the start of a new breed of foreign language schools.
I have been using QuickBooks to run my life and small businesses for the last 10 years. I am currently using QuickBooks to do all the accounting for my feature film. I am one of the few QuickBooks coaches who can help people use QuickBooks to run not only their business, but also their life. I have an MBA in Finance from Lubin School of Business in New York City.
I have a consulting firm through which I have helped hundreds of clients create dynamic and fulfilling careers for themselves. I have, as a public defender, helped hundreds of indigent clients find a better way to make a living. I have helped tens of clients get into the college of their choice by helping them create a dynamic application package. I am a certified Guerrilla Marketing Coach for small businesses and entrepreneurs, certified by the Guerrilla Marketing Association.
I have helped tens of clients get into the college of their choice by helping them create a dynamic application package. The key is the application essay, which needs to show off the student's personality and clearly delineate why this student is perfectly matched at that particular school. I have a consulting firm through which I have helped hundreds of clients create dynamic and fulfilling careers for themselves. Often, this work has involved helping students choose which education programs at which colleges was best suited for them. To this end, I use the "What Color is Your Parachute Workbook" to help students discover what they truly want to do with their lives. I have, as a public defender, helped hundreds of indigent clients find a better way to make a living instead of stealing from and robbing others. Often this work too has involved helping students choose and apply to a college, which helped them leave their lives of crime. I am a certified Guerrilla Marketing Coach for small businesses and entrepreneurs, certified by the Guerrilla Marketing Association. Often, a college application is about marketing oneself in the best possible manner. To this end, I can help students put their best face forward.
Getting good grades in law school does not mean you can pass the bar exam. They are completely different animals, and I can help students focus on what will actually help them to pass the bar exam, regardless of their grades. I passed the NY bar exam the first time, when many of my straight A student friends failed. I helped many of those aforementioned straight A students pass the bar exam the second time. I am now a lawyer admitted to practice law in both NY and NJ, as well as in the federal district courts.
I hold an MBA in Finance (which also required successfully completing many marketing classes). I hold a Masters of Entrepreneurship degree. I am a former publicist and personally helped clients get appearances on Ellen, the Today Show, Good Morning America, the Dr. Keith Show, ABC News, Fox News, and more. I am a certified Guerrilla Marketing Coach, certified by the Guerrilla Marketing Association.
I am a licensed criminal defense attorney in the states of New York and New Jersey, and in the federal district courts. I worked for two years as a felony-only criminal defense attorney at Westchester County Legal Aid in White Plains, New York. I also have worked as a private criminal defense attorney, the highest profile case of which involved the Singapore Police, the Singapore Attorney General's Office, and New York Police Department. I have recently been offered a job working in federal law enforcement in the United States.
I am a professional filmmaker, producer, director, actor, and screenwriter. I am a graduate of NY Digital Film Academy. I am the creator and former owner of Actors Film School in New York City.
My full length album is available on iTunes. I am the producer of the album, and orchestrated all details from putting the band together, writing the songs, and finding music engineers to recording the songs, editing the songs, and marketing the songs. A number of my music videos are available on YouTube.com. I am the producer and director of the videos, and in this role orchestrated all details from writing the scripts, casting the roles, and recruiting the crew, to directing the shoots, editing the videos, and promoting them. One of the videos was picked up by MuchMusic in Canada and played on their music video station. I have studied music for the last twenty years at various institutions, schools, and conservatories including Furman University, Hoff Barthelson Music School, Westchester Conservatory of Music, and Scuola Della Musica - Lugano, Switzerland. I can play the guitar (classical, Spanish, and rock), play harmonica, sing as a baritenor, and am a pop and classical songwriter. I can also play basic violin, piano, base guitar, drums, and recorder. I can read music, write music, and explain music theory.
When I began studying Chinese calligraphy, and began writing essays in Chinese characters, many Chinese natives began to note how beautifully I write my Chinese characters. In elementary school, I wrote so messily, but I began to take art classes in drawing, and today, many people also comment on how nice my written English handwriting is. I have in the last six months been helping English speakers improve their Chinese character writing by helping them learn how to draw straight lines, fluid curves, and appropriate angles. I have also, in the last nine months, been helping all of my English students with their English penmanship as well [I am currently in Shanghai, China teaching English, with an expected return date in March to New York City].