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Hi, my name is Rick and I would like to assist as a personal tutor.

After a couple of decades working as a publicist, yearbook advisor, newspaper publisher and communications specialist for the student government corporation at my alma mater, Cal State Northridge, I reset my career goals and pursued teaching beginning in 1996. Before I earned my teaching credential at a satellite campus of Chapman University, I worked as a substitute teacher in the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys. Then I spent several years teaching for the Los Angeles Unified and Antelope Valley Unified School Districts. Most of my teaching career was spent working with high school students in English language arts. I taught regular English classes plus Strategic Literacy for ninth graders and a specialized course known as Senior Project. As a substitute teacher I worked in almost every core curriculum subject for secondary education and grades 1-6 in elementary schools. In 2011 I retired from teaching.

Aside from my ease with English literature and writing coursework, in college I discovered about three years in that I had additional skill sets that drew me to theatre arts. While I applied myself to all areas of theatre and enjoyed acting and dancing the few times I found myself onstage performing, I became more intrigued with technical theatre specialties, particularly stage lighting and management. Due to my proficiency with lighting and stage work, I ended up working on several rock concerts as a roadie and follow spot operator in the 1980s for bands like Stephen Stills, Dave Mason, Missing Persons and The Babys. While I ended up earning a bachelor's degree in theatre arts from CSUN, it was my core experiences in English and communications that paved the way for my eventual career in public relations and education.

Except for two semesters spent in the Northern California town of Chico during my college freshman year, I have spent my entire life in Southern California.

Undergraduate Degree:

 California State University-Northridge - Bachelors, Theatre Arts

ACT Composite: 24

SAT Composite: 830

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