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I am in my 4th year teaching Social Studies at the middle school level for Virginia Beach Public Schools. I have taught all 3 levels of Social Studies (U.S. History I & II and Civics and Economics). I am currently licensed to teach Language Arts (English) as well. I have worked with children from all age levels from kindergarten to high school for the past 8 years. I also serve as a football and wrestling coach at my school. I believe that all students are capable of success. I try to express my passion and skills for teaching while creating a welcoming and engaging environment. I want all the students I teach or tutor to understand that learning is a lifelong venture of positive and fulfilling experiences. My experience, educational background, and personality will encourage my students to incorporate class material into real world applications.

Andrew’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: James Madison University - Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies

Graduate Degree: James Madison University - Masters, Middle Education

Hobbies

Sports (Basketball, Football, Wrestling), music, playing guitar, the beach, exercising, and my puppy Caesar!

Tutoring Subjects

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Writing

African History

African-American History

History

Business

Civics

College Business

College Economics

College English

College Geography

College Level American History

Economics

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

Geography

Gifted

High School Business

High School Economics

High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History

Macroeconomics

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing

Other

Persuasive Writing

Reading

Social Sciences

Social studies

Special Education

STAAR Grades 3-8 Prep

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep

US Constitutional History

US History

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that all students are capable of learning and can achieve great things. Students need to develop the proper mindset, and need to be shown the necessary tools to help them during their educational journey.

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

We would need to get to know each other. I would need to figure out how the student learns best and adapt my strategies to help this specific student.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Teach them that learning is a life long skill required to be successful in life. Whenever starting something new, one has to learn; whether it be new experiences or a new class or topic. Learning is essential to life.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Stay positive! Keep my student positive and on the right track. I would have the student look at the bigger picture. Motivation comes from within. It is only my job to help identify and start that passion.