Julia H. D.
Julia is currently in the fourth year of her BAH at Queen’s University, majoring in History and minoring in Philosophy. She has previously tutored for high school English and can assist with any English, Social Science, or writing-based courses. Julia also has a broad music and music theory knowledge, completing her grade 12 Music and Music Repotoire courses, as well as her Grade 7 RCM vocal exam.
With an unwavering passion for education and a rich background in teaching AP History, Ruben brings over five years of dedicated experience to the realm of academic mentorship. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University, where his commitment to history and pedagogy blossomed into a lifelong pursuit of enriching students’ understanding of the past.
Ruben’s journey in education has been marked by a deep-seated commitment to helping students excel regardless of their backgrounds. His adeptness in closing achievement gaps among students from diverse socio-economic and
cultural backgrounds stands as a testament to his dedication and expertise.
Beyond the classroom, Ruben finds solace and rejuvenation in the rhythm of his feet hitting the pavement. An avid runner, he not only participates in races but also relishes the process of training and pushing his limits. This dedication to physical fitness mirrors his approach to teaching – a disciplined and consistent effort to reach and exceed goals.
While history and running captivate Ruben’s professional and personal interests, nothing compares to the joy he finds in spending quality time with his wife and two dogs. Their support and encouragement fuel his drive
to continually evolve as an educator and mentor.
Ruben’s tutoring sessions go beyond mere instruction; they are an immersive experience where historical narratives come to life. His expertise in AP History combined with his skillful approach to bridge educational
disparities makes him an invaluable resource for students seeking to conquer academic challenges.
Join Ruben on a journey through time and knowledge, where the complexities of history unfold, achievements are unlocked, and potential is realized. With Ruben as your guide, history becomes more than a subject – it becomes
an engaging and enlightening exploration. Empowering students to conquer history, one lesson at a time.
Najee R. H. served in the United States Air Force as an Electrical and Environmental Systems Aircraft Mechanic. He graduated from Excelsior University with a degree in Liberal Arts and is currently a Juris Doctorate candidate at Trinty Law School. He specializes in Standardized Testing (ACT, SAT, LSAT, ASVAB), and subjects such as English, History, Science, Social Studies, and College Essay Writing. He enjoys cooking with his wife, volunteering, hiking, fishing, and reading. With hard work and determination, he believes anyone can achieve what they set their mind to.
Andre T. is a professional academic tutor who holds most of his degrees from the University of Texas system in Far East Asian History and Foreign Languages. He is also currently enrolled as a Doctoral student at the University of Phoenix, pursuing an Ed.D in Education with a specialization in Virtual Reality Educational Technology. Andre has had the distinct privilege of studying all over the world. His specialty is in Far East Asian dialects, having studied extensively in China, Japan, and S. Korea. In his free time he is an avid enthusiast of the great outdoors enjoying hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, etc. As a martial artist, with 45+ years of experience, he serves as an adjunct/civilian instructor for law enforcement officers in self-defense tactics. He served seven years as a law enforcement officer. As an amateur Musician, he plays several instruments but his absolute favorite is playing blues music which he plays on his beloved guitar, Blu Eponine. Music, Reading, and Art are also very great passions of his. He is a huge fan of Far East Asian Cinema. He is quite the ‘otaku’ which is Japanese for a Manga and Anime fan. Since 1999, he has instructed courses in every area of the US, Far East Asia, and various Military Histories.
Andre is also an Advanced Facilitator and Faculty for the College of Humanities University of Phoenix. He is presently certified to teach in multiple University level courses of US and World History, World Civilization, Philosophy, Political Science, Economics, and Psychology. He has collaborated and developed courses and curriculums for all Undergraduate and Graduate levels and written and developed exams for all college-level courses under these disciplines.
Languages: English (Native), Japanese (Conversational), Spanish (Basic), Chinese (Mandarin, conversational).
Hobbies / Activities: Martial arts, Hiking, Camping, Fishing, Weightlifting, Drawing, and playing Blues guitar.
Books: Enjoys all books but especially those in his areas of expertise!
Movies: A dedicated fan of the cinema being produced in the Far East. A huge fan of Jean Gabin Films as well as Akira Kurosawa. A huge fan of Hollywood film noir.
Music: 80’s New Wave and 90’s Grunge! Love it!
Conor is an accomplished educator, who has demonstrated a considerable commitment to fostering academic success in a variety of essential subjects.
Conor has a background in the Social Sciences, History, and Politics, and studied these subjects deeply during his time at Queen’s University. Conor then dedicated himself to improving his teaching skills and pedagogical approaches by obtaining his Bachelor of Education degree at Nipissing University.
Conor firmly believes that patience is the cornerstone of any effective tutoring metholdology. Recognizing that each learner progresses at their own pace, he can provide unwavering support and encouragement specifically tailored to the learning style of each of his students.
Conor believes in the incorporation of innovtative teaching strategies, leveraging technology, as well as utilizing real-world examples to make lessons relevant and engaging for his students.
Ultimately, Conor’s dedication to the holistic learning experience, combined with his years of experience and expertise, positions him to be an effective tutor capable of unlocking the full academic potential of his students.
My name is Yvonne. I am a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Education program at Ontario Tech University. I am certified through the Ontario College of Teachers. I am certified to teach History and English at the intermediate level and the secondary level. My hobbies include softball, umpiring softball, curling, and knitting.
Terry is a recently retired elementary school teacher who taught third grade for 13 years and second grade for the past 9 years with Naperville School District 203. After receiving his master’s degree in teaching from National-Louis University in 2001, he received a certificate of advanced studies in reading and literacy from NLU in 2016. Prior to his teaching career, Terry used his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Illinois Wesleyan University to work in the retail training and marketing fields for movie theaters and video and music establishments. Terry grew up in nearby La Grange, Illinois, and has lived in Downers Grove with his wife for the last 27 years. Their daughter, Emma, is a recent graduate of Western Michigan University where she followed in her father’s footsteps and is now teaching second grade in suburban Detroit. Terry is currently substituting one day per week at the school where he taught for 22 years. He is passionate about working with students individually or in small groups in the areas of mathematics, reading and writing, as well as with social-emotional and executive functioning skills. Terry’s hobbies include gardening, cooking, writing poetry and songs, and he is currently teaching himself to play the piano. He also enjoys researching his family’s heritage and exploring antique stores and small towns with his wife.
Ana is a young professional & educator. She has a combined experience of 10+ years teaching all ages in varying subjects such as French, music, social sciences, and junior level math & sciences. She completed her French Immersion Certificate in 2016 & graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor in Public Affairs & Policy Management in 2021. Throughout her time at Carleton, she worked as an Economics Workshop Facilitator where she was constantly coming up with creative ways to present information to students- catering to all different types of learning styles. Ana is an incredibly skilled communicator & has a love for teaching that is evident in her work. She believes an individualized approach is the key to the success of her students. In her spare time she likes to read, sing in choir & spend time with friends & family!
Shaun F. graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. degree in Sociology with minors in English and Honors Studies in 2013. Shaun completed his first M.A. in 2015, and he was awarded a second M.A. in Philosophy and Ethics in 2017. Shaun has been a professional tutor for over eight (8) years, tutoring sociology, English, reading, writing, history, and statistics. Shaun has taken personal pride in helping his students reach their goals, and has coached students to successful entry into prestigious college programs at U.T. Austin, Fordham, Purdue, and Stanford. He takes special pride in coaching students toward college admission and preparation, whether aiding in SAT/ACT prep, consulting on college admission essays, or providing advanced college advising. In his free time, you’ll find Shaun working on his creative non-fiction memoir, tutoring underprivileged youth, leading community writing programs, volunteering with animal rescue organizations, or making plans to avoid going to sleep early.
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Heather A. graduated from Cornell College Suma Cum Laude with dual BA majors in Economics and Art. She subsequently received her Texas Secondary Teaching Certification from Southwest Texas State University in Social Studies with an emphasis in Economics and World Geography. Heather has a TEYL Certificate -teaching English to young learner- and a TEFL Certificate-teaching English to foreign learners- and enjoys one-on-one teaching in person and online. Her passion for teaching and love of children took her to South Africa, where she voluntarily created and facilitated a learning program for previously disadvantaged children ages 3-18. She has over 6 years experience teaching Chinese children and adults English online. During the past 20 years she has held a variety of teaching positions from swimming lessons and aerobics to high school economics and business school courses; in every position she has developed an ever-deepening passion to teach children. She takes delight in seeing each child reach their full potential and help them explore their interests. Her classes are personal, interactive, engaging and most of all- supportive and caring. She fervently believes that learning can be a positive and fun experience and her teaching effectiveness can be seen in her students’ academic achievements. She enjoys outdoor activities and participating in sports as well as doing all types of arts and crafts projects.
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“Miss Heather is a perfect teacher! My kids like her class very much!” – Ying
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