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I'm a teacher that lives in Southwest Florida. I've earned a Master's Degree and a Specialist's degree in Education. I have taught 4-6 grades as well as high school math and social sciences, GED preparation, and even worked with teachers and other professionals in preparation for exams. My classes and I have also won several academic awards too! I'm originally from Indiana but I've lived all over! I lived for two years in Japan and 2 years in China. I also have been to many other countries including Korea, Canada, Panama, Costa Rica, and Mexico. My family and I love to travel and we plan a couple of trips every summer. HIstory and culture are very important to us. I take my job seriously and that means that I will do what I have to in order to help you become more successful. I strive to make learning fun but I also want to make the time we have together meaningful and worthwhile.

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Mike’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Indiana University-Bloomington - Bachelors, General Studies

Graduate Degree: Nova Southeastern University - Masters, Curriculum and Instruction


Theme Parks, Travel, Fishing, Shooting, Airsoft.

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Science

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Science

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

AP Japanese Language and Culture


College English

College Essays

College Level American History

Conversational Mandarin

Elementary Algebra

Elementary Math

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

European History

Florida EOC Assessment Prep

GED Prep

High School

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Writing


Homework Support

Human Geography




Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing


Persuasive Writing


Public Speaking

SAT Subject Test in World History

SAT Subject Tests Prep


Social Studies

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep


US History


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is to utilize educational standards as a basis to teach a subject while tapping into a student's background knowledge to design an individualized lesson plan that will facilitate the student's success.

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

In a first session with a student, I would get to know a little about the student and what their short and long term goals are. Then I would work with them to develop an educational plan based on the standards and instructional goals developed from the pretest and conferencing.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I will not do the work for the student. I teach methods to learn that promote independent learning. I believe in providing the methodology rather than an answer to each problem.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I believe in positive reinforcement and motivation along with patience and determination is what learning is all about. Mistakes are just another opportunity to learn!

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

It's important to offer several different ways to learn as well as solve problems. In math, there are usually 4 different ways to solve a problem and if presented, most students are able to grasp one way if they are an independent learner.

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

I teach methods to assist with comprehension, especially since most subjects (including math) include a fair amount of comprehension. Teaching the importance of decoding, fluency, and context clues are important to comprehension.

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

I believe developing a plan that is a "living document" is important. revisiting the plan periodically and making changes are important to the success of a student. Consistent utilization of strategies throughout subjects is important as well.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Praise is important when students are struggling. It's important to celebrate what they know and praise a student for learning what they didn't know. I like to make learning fun and engaging!

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Students often learn well when they can teach the material to others. I like to have students "teach" me the lesson at the end to show me they are mastering the lesson. Review of the previous lesson during a lesson is important too.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Constant praise and motivation during a lesson is important. Students usually don't respond well to negativity. Starting out with smaller steps in a lesson and gradually growing the lesson while pausing to ensure understanding also builds confidence.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate a student's needs by reviewing a pretest at the beginning and building a plan with the student (and sometimes the parent). Each lesson will have an "exit ticket" to ensure that the student's needs are met during the lesson.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I am trained to utilize differentiated instruction to accommodate different types of learning styles.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I typically use traditional methods as well as electronic methods during my instruction.

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