Hello! My name is Dan, and I'm an English teacher. I don't always enjoy being photographed. I do, however, enjoy teaching students how to become better readers, writers, and learners in general.
I have been an English teacher for 13 years, and I have taught students in grades 7-12. I pride myself on my ability to develop a rapport with my students, and I enjoy laughing as much as possible. (See my photo for proof.)
I teach in a small town outside of Buffalo, NY. It is a wonderful district, and I have learned a lot from my students.
I truly hope we can work together. Please contact me with any further questions!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Canisius College - Bachelors, English Education 7-12
Graduate Degree: SUNY College at Buffalo - Masters, Humanities w/ English concentration
I love dogs. I own two and volunteer for a foster organization. I enjoy reading, writing, and spending time with my friends and family. In the summer months, I like to spend time on my boat and work in my garden.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I would like to get to know the student as not only as a learner but also a person. I firmly believe in understanding a student's personality helps develop a working relationship between tutor and student. I would then discuss with the student what he/she wants to accomplish with tutoring and how I can best help him/her.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is simple and straightforward: ALL students, regardless of age, ability, or learning style, deserve an equal education.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I hope to help students become independent learners by guiding them through the learning process and showing them why learning and understanding is fundamental to life.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I will help a student stay motivated by focusing on the positives rather than the negatives. We will learn from the student's mistakes rather than dwell on them.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student is having trouble grasping a concept, I will present the skill in a different manner. It will, however, take a conversation between the student and me.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
To help students with reading comprehension, I will ask the student his/her interests. I will then utilize online and professional resources to find reading passages that appeal to the student. We will then read, analyze, discuss, and eventually assess using this strategy.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
One of the best strategies with working with students is developing a trusting relationship and a good rapport. Learning is based on trust.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would provide my students with real life reasons and examples of why the subject he/she is struggling with is important to life. Moreover, connecting the subject to the student's own life is paramount to success.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Assessing a student is more than a paper and pencil test. While it is ONE tool used to assess understanding, discussions and other informal assessments throughout the learning process will guide me, as a tutor, to reaching elevated learning.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I will build a student’s confidence in a subject through praise.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Evaluating a student's needs comes from a frank discussion with him/her as well as informal and formal assessments.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt to how a student learns.