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Greg

I am a recent veteran of the U.S. Air Force, studying Criminal Justice at Brandman University, where I had a 4.0 GPA in my Junior Year. I exited the Air Force as a Staff Sergeant (E5) after six years of service. During my years with the Air Force I came to realize that a high school education can only take you so far in today's economy, and that to truly succeed one must attain some level of higher education.

My military experience is in aircraft maintenance, and when I help students I use that background to relate the real life applications of many subjects such as reading, writing, verbal communication, and basic math. The entire working world relies on these skills which is why I feel they are so important for our youth to excel at in school.

Undergraduate Degree:

Brandman University - Bachelor in Arts, Criminal Justice

freshwater aquariums, gardening, Star Trek/Star Wars, music (all sorts), dogs/pets, baseball, hockey, security, military, Disney/Disneyland

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade Reading

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

Art

ASVAB Prep

College English

College Geography

College Level American History

Criminal Law

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

Handwriting

High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History

High School Writing

Law

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing

Other

Quantitative Reasoning

Social Sciences

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I like to get to know the student and family, while assessing the student's general knowledge. There are a few short-story games I use to get the wheels turning, regardless of subject.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I try to relate it to everyday life; math for example reaches a point where it’s less about where you'll use the Pythagorean Theorem, and more about complex problem solving skills.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I try to pain the picture of what's going on in the story; the physical surroundings. What's wafting on the breeze; what technology is available and how common (or mind boggling) is it? The significance of "Steamboat Willie," and the importance of movie theaters in the first half of the 20th century.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I break into my sessions with story cubes. Dice with pictures on them, used to form a very short story. No matter the subject of the day, they're a great way to break the ice and get the wheels turning.