I am a dedicated, experienced, and most importantly patient teacher and private tutor, who has been working in education for the past six years. After I gradated from UCLA in 2009 with a B.A. in English Literature, I decided I wanted to challenge myself and live overseas on my own for a few years. My parents had worked with the State Department when I was in high school, so I was no stranger to living overseas, but I wanted to live abroad on my own. I quickly learned that teaching English abroad would give me the unique opportunity to travel the world while also working to educate other people. I received a TELF certification through the TEFL Institute of Chicago and accepted my first overseas teaching position in Seoul, South Korea, in the Spring of 2010.
In Seoul, I primarily worked as an ESL teacher. I taught pre-kindergarten age students in the mornings. I helped this age group develop basic English speaking. In the afternoons, I worked with middle school age students. I focused on more complex reading and writing with this age group. After I finished each day at the hagwon, or private English academy, I would privately tutor adult students throughout the city in business English and professional English writing. I worked as an ESL teacher and private tutor in South Korea for two years.
In the fall of 2012, I relocated to Shanghai, China and accepted a position at an established International School, Shanghai High School International Division, or SHSID. For my first six months in Shanghai, I worked with the graduating seniors, assisting them in writing and editing their college admission essays and personal statements. I would also edit writing composed by the Chinese faculty. This position, which is unique to China, was referred to as the “library teacher,” it was like a combination of a copyeditor and a college advisor. After the college admissions period was over, I was assigned my own homeroom class in the 4th grade. It was an International School, so my students came from all over the world. Some of them spoke English as a first language, while other students spoke English as a second or even third language. While at SHSID, I also tutored a vast number of private students, from young learners to professional adults. I worked in China as an International School teacher and private tutor for three years.
In the fall of 2015, I relocated once again in Asia, this time to the Kingdom of Thailand. I lived in both Chiang Mai and Bangkok for a year, working as a private tutor and a freelance writer. In 2016, I decided I wanted to return to the United States.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy writing, film/television, personal fitness, cooking, and travel. But one of my favorite hobbies is conversing with new people and learning new things. Every new person you meet knows something you don't and I think it best to learn from them.
I have relocated in Los Angeles and hope to pursue new and exciting career opportunities in the field of education. I am sincerely confident my educational background and experience will make me a beneficial tutor to any student.
Thank you for your consideration.
Christopher James Shelton
UCLA - Bachelors, English Literature (B.A.)
College Level American History
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School Level American History
High School World History
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is one of patience. Advanced subject knowledge and stern discipline can be effective ways of keeping a student on track, but a true teacher needs to be a nurturer. Learning is a process, and all processes take time. Some students will need more repetition and attention than others, but a true educator already knows this before he/she steps in the door.