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I have a variety of aspirations that stem from my interest working with people - from forming relationships to interacting amongst different cultural backgrounds. I believe in discipline and challenge and hope to incorporate my leadership abilities and ambitions into a positive educational experience.

My purpose is to incorporate both engaging and meaningful content into the tutoring experience. We all learn in different ways, so I make sure to listen closely to you! After all, learning should be fun!

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Derek’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: The University of Tennessee - Bachelors, Psychology

Test Scores

ACT Reading: 32


My number one interest is in travel. Nothing beats exploring a foreign country! I also love to go bowling, competing in trivia, watching TED talks, balloon art, working on projects. I love photography and video editing, reading and writing

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

College English

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

High School English

High School Writing


Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing


Public Speaking


Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

During a lesson, I believe in compassion, hard work, and setting goals. I understand that learning is not always easy and requires a great deal of effort. This means that I sincerely care about your progress with each lesson. I teach so that you, too, can match my enthusiasm and love of learning.

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