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James S.

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Lawrence, KS 66049

Male ( Age 28 )

Member since:09/2018

I am a Certified Teacher

Rates from $30 to $50

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About Me

Experience Summary

I went to Penn State University to pursue a degree in social studies education and also to obtain a minor in Spanish. Once I considered teaching Spanish as a potential career option, I studied abroad for a semester in Spain where I lived with a host family, took classes that were taught in Spanish, and I traveled throughout the country. I graduated from Penn State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Education and minors in history and Spanish and obtained teaching certification in social studies in grades 7-12 in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and in Spanish in Kindergarten through 12th grade. I am in the process of obtaining a teaching certification in the state of Kansas. I have spent the last 4 years teaching Spanish in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to students of all levels from Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Teaching Style

My teaching style consists of a combination of direct instruction, active student participation, and frequent and differentiated assessment. I begin by presenting students with the information they will need to know for the unit that they are studying. I do this through the use of PowerPoint presentations, the SmartBoard, and video clips. I will often stop at several points throughout the lesson to see if students have any questions. I will also make sure that they are paying attention and will ask them questions about information they just learned, so I expect them to be paying attention and taking notes. Throughout the unit, I offer students plenty of opportunities to show me what they know through a variety of different formative assessments, such as textbook activities, homework, Tickets-Out-The-Door, group activities, presentations, and review game. At the end of the unit, I evaluate their mastery of the content through summative assessments such as quizzes, tests, essays, and projects. To ensure success on each of these assessments, I expect my students to be consulting their notes and studying on a regular basis.

My Hobbies

When I am not working with students, I can found spending time with family and friends or working out at the gym and lifting weights. I enjoy going for long walks, running, hiking, biking, swimming, and kayaking. I love exploring new areas and traveling throughout the United States. I have been to all 50 states and have visited several presidential birthplaces and homes as well as numerous museums, national monuments, battlefields, and national parks.

Other Comments

I have taught social studies and Spanish to students through many positions I have held as a teacher, tutor, and home bound instructor. I have also worked with students of all ages through other positions I have held as a camp counselor, camp director, and mentor. These positions have given me the training and skills I need in order to become the best tutor possible.

Credentials

Type Level Year Title Issued By
Degree Bachelors 2014 Education Pennsylvania State University
Certification Grades 7-12 2014 Social Studies Pennsylvania Department of Educa...
Certification Grades 7-12 2014 Social Studies New Jersey Department of Education
Certification Grades K-12 2014 Spanish Pennsylvania Department of Educa...
Certification Grades K-12 2014 Spanish New Jersey Department of Education

Subject Commentary

American History This is one of my top subjects! Proficiency: Expert
I have taken many classes in American history, have traveled to many historically significant sites throughout the United States, and did my student teaching in an 8th grade American history class.
Government Proficiency: Experienced
I have taken classes in college about government and have provided tutoring in this area.
Political Science Proficiency: Experienced
I am certified to teach political science and have provided tutoring in this area in the past.
Social Studies This is one of my top subjects! Proficiency: Expert
This is my primary area of certification and the bulk of the classes that I took in college were geared toward teaching social studies. I hold a degree to teach social studies in grades 7-12.
Spanish This is one of my top subjects! Proficiency: Expert
This is a certification that I added on through tests that I had taken and passed. I have had 14 years of experience with Spanish through classes I had taken as a student in high school and college, my experience studying abroad for a semester in Spain, and my 4 years of teaching experience to students of all levels from Kindergarten through 12th grade.

All Subjects I Tutor

  • American History
  • Government
  • Political Science
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish