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I view writing as an adventure across a blank canvas.

Plano, TX 75093

Male ( Age 57 )

Member since:12/2011

I am a Certified Teacher

Rates from $30 to $50

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Will travel up to 20 miles

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About Me

Experience Summary

I am foremost a writer whose 29-year, award-winning career is rooted in journalism. However, I also have an extensive teaching background. I have taught writing labs at St. Thomas University – Miami, Florida (1987-88), Mississippi State University (1988-89) and Texas A&M University (1989-93); and I currently offer tutoring services to 10th- and 11th-grade foreign exchange students from all over the world. Some of my tutoring involves preparing students to take the college-entrance SAT. I am particularly qualified to do this from a writing perspective, because the College Board contracts me each year to assess the essays students submit as part of their SAT testing. In a similar fashion, Pearson Education, Inc. employs me each year to assess essays that students -- grades 4, 5, 7, 9 and 10 – submit as part of standardized testing in the states of Arizona, California, Texas and West Virginia. Pearson retains my services largely due to my not only having taught composition at the college level, but also at the fifth- through eighth-grade levels. As for my accolades as a writer, they include a Katie Award and three “Council for Advancement and Support of Education” awards. I have been published in newspapers and magazines throughout the country, and have crafted stories for several websites. My syndicated column, “Lone Star Legends,” has appeared in 48 Texas newspapers. Additionally, I have worked as a journalist in radio and television broadcast (most recently with CSPAN).

Teaching Style

I advocate a "hands-on" approach that affords students an opportunity to feel as if they are teaching themselves and I am there only to facilitate the process.

My Hobbies

I play the drums and read up to 200 pages a day.

Other Comments

I love to learn and get as much from my students as they get from me.

Credentials

Type Level Year Title Issued By
Degree Bachelors 1982 Journalism The University of Oklahoma
Degree Masters 1989 Sports Marketing St. Thomas University (Miami, Fl...
Award Column-writing (circulation 500,... 1984 Katie Award Dallas Press Club
Award Most Outstanding 1992 CASE Award for Science Writing Council for Advancement and Supp...
Award Most Outstanding 1993 CASE Award for Feature Writing, ... Council for Advancement and Supp...
Award Most Outstanding 1993 CASE Award for Spot Coverage Council for Advancement and Supp...
Award Distinguished Service 1993 MHA Texas Service Award Mental Health Association in Texas

Subject Commentary

Composition This is one of my top subjects! Proficiency: Expert
My award-winning writing career spans 29 years. Accolades include a Katie Award and three “Council for Advancement and Support of Education” awards. I have been published in national newspapers and magazines, as well as on-line. My syndicated column, “Lone Star Legends,” has appeared in 48 newspapers throughout Texas. Additionally, I have worked as a journalist in radio and television broadcast (most recently with CSPAN). Teaching experience includes having supervised writing labs at St. Thomas University -- Miami, Fla. (1987-88), Mississippi State University (1988-89) and Texas A&M University (1989-93). I have also taught composition at the fifth through eighth grade levels and currently tutor 10th and 11th grade foreign exchange students in all areas related to writing. Additionally, the College Board contracts me each year to assess essays students submit as part of their SAT testing. In a similar fashion, Pearson Education, Inc. employs me each year to assess essays students -- grades 4, 5, 7, 9 and 10 – submit as part of standardized testing in the states of Arizona, California, Texas and West Virginia.
Creative Writing Proficiency: Expert
Although the bulk of my career has involved writing as a journalist, I have -- from time to time -- ventured into fiction and feel perfectly comfortable tutoring in that subject area as well.
English Proficiency: Expert
As one whose combination writing and teaching career spans 29 years, I have evolved an advanced expertise in English, which proves essential as I tutor ESL foreign exchange students from all over the world.
Grammar Proficiency: Expert
As one whose combination writing and teaching career spans 29 years, I have evolved an advanced expertise in grammar.
Journalism This is one of my top subjects! Proficiency: Expert
My award-winning writing career spans 29 years. Accolades include a Katie Award and three “Council for Advancement and Support of Education” awards. I have been published in national newspapers and magazines, as well as on-line. My syndicated column, “Lone Star Legends,” has appeared in 48 newspapers throughout Texas. Additionally, I have worked as a journalist in radio and television broadcast (most recently with CSPAN). Teaching experience includes having supervised writing labs at St. Thomas University -- Miami, Fla. (1987-88), Mississippi State University (1988-89) and Texas A&M University (1989-93). I have also taught composition at the fifth through eighth grade levels and currently tutor 10th and 11th grade foreign exchange students in all areas related to writing. Additionally, the College Board contracts me each year to assess essays students submit as part of their SAT testing. In a similar fashion, Pearson Education, Inc. employs me each year to assess essays students -- grades 4, 5, 7, 9 and 10 – submit as part of standardized testing in the states of Arizona, California, Texas and West Virginia.
Language Arts Proficiency: Experienced
As a writer/teacher whose career spans 29 years, I offer advanced expertise in literature and a fundamental understanding of linguistics.
Literature Proficiency: Expert
A solid literary foundation facilitates my 29-year career as a teacher who continues to earn most of his living as a writer.
Reading Proficiency: Expert
As a tutor of 10th- and 11th-grade foreign exchange students, I have found that advancing their reading and reading comprehension skills serves as a prelude to massaging their competency in writing. I am also hired each year by Pearson Education, Inc. to assess the reading comprehension skills of fifth graders taking the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA test).
Reading Comprehension Proficiency: Expert
As a tutor of 10th- and 11th-grade foreign exchange students, I have found that advancing their reading and reading comprehension skills serves as a prelude to massaging their competency in writing. I am also hired each year by Pearson Education, Inc. to assess the reading comprehension skills of fifth graders taking the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA test).
Spelling Proficiency: Expert
As a journalist who routinely faces deadlines that loom only five minutes away, I have never had the luxury of casually running a spell-check or referencing a dictionary. Internalizing the correct spelling of countless words serves as an indispensable skill in my profession. And for what it's worth, I know the tricks needed to assume spelling mastery, which I suppose accounts for my having advanced to regional spelling-bee competition as a youth.
Writing This is one of my top subjects! Proficiency: Expert
My award-winning writing career spans 29 years. Accolades include a Katie Award and three “Council for Advancement and Support of Education” awards. I have been published in national newspapers and magazines, as well as on-line. My syndicated column, “Lone Star Legends,” has appeared in 48 newspapers throughout Texas. Additionally, I have worked as a journalist in radio and television broadcast (most recently with CSPAN). Teaching experience includes having supervised writing labs at St. Thomas University -- Miami, Fla. (1987-88), Mississippi State University (1988-89) and Texas A&M University (1989-93). I have also taught composition at the fifth through eighth grade levels and currently tutor 10th and 11th grade foreign exchange students in all areas related to writing. Additionally, the College Board contracts me each year to assess essays students submit as part of their SAT testing. In a similar fashion, Pearson Education, Inc. employs me each year to assess essays students -- grades 4, 5, 7, 9 and 10 – submit as part of standardized testing in the states of Arizona, California, Texas and West Virginia.

All Subjects I Tutor

  • Composition
  • Creative Writing
  • English
  • Grammar
  • Journalism
  • Language Arts
  • Literature
  • Poetry
  • Reading
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Shakespeare
  • Spelling
  • Writing