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I am a passionate, experienced teacher with excellent references. I have been teaching for the past ten years in Miami Florida and just moved back to Fairfield County where I grew up and attended school. While I am a social studies teacher, I have tutored a variety of subjects. I am constantly looking for new teaching resources and strategies. My students have placed in the top 10 of all middle schools in Florida (over 2,500) on their state-administered Civics exam. I have also been rated "highly qualified" by my previous school and district with a perfect score the last two years.

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Jeff’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Roanoke College - Bachelor in Arts, History

Graduate Degree: Arizona State University - Online - Masters, History


Music, skiing, hiking, yoga & life

Tutoring Subjects

AP Comparative Government and Politics

AP U.S. Government & Politics


College Level American History

College World History

European History


High School Level American History

High School World History



Social Sciences

Social Studies

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

US History

World History

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I am a firm believer in differentiated instruction, which incorporates a variety of activities and lessons in order to cater to different learner types. In a one-on-one setting, I work tirelessly to determine what type of learning style your child accelerates at, in order to maximize their accomplishments.

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

I think it is important to set realistic goals with a student and to LISTEN to them as to what their expectations are. I also like to communicate these goals with a student's parents to ensure that we are all on the same page.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Teaching students how to become better learners is one of the most important aspects that an instructor can impart on a student. This goes back to a previous question about setting appropriate goals, but it is so much more. Learning strategies and techniques is something that is often overlooked in a classroom setting, and can be an incredibly beneficial aspect of one-on-one tutoring.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I believe it is important to lead by example when pushing students to stay motivated. This is where my passion for learning and life is beneficial and contagious on the students I work with. I work with students to look beyond the day-to-day grind of school, and to consider the "big picture" of where they want to take their education.

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

Student difficulties require the instructor to research different techniques and strategies for a student to master a skill or concept. There are usually many different paths to mastery, and it is the instructor's job to find that path!

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