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!
David M. was born and raised in Corpus Christi where he graduated from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi with a degree in Health Science. He went on to pursue the medical field as a phlebotomist during COVID while tackling my teaching certificate. David started his teaching journey in 2021 in Rockport TX where he successfully lead the sixth grade math team into teaching them several different ways of solving math problems and implementing different strategies to their learning. David then left and came to San Antonio to teach at a local middle school and coach various sports. He have taught all levels of middle school math all the way to Algebra and is certified in Math and Science through 8th grade. He has tutored College Algebra during his time in University and enjoys teaching and being a lifelong learner. David’s favorite subjects are that of science and math, especially A&P and Algebra. During his downtime, David enjoy’s listening to music, especially of the rock genre. His favorite artists include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, and State Champs. Davis is in a band and plays bass. Music has and will always be a life long passion of his.
David S. is a retired certified teacher and administrator in San Antonnio, Texas. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from St. Mary’s University and a Master’s degree in School Administration from Texas A&I University. He has thirty-four years of teaching and administrative experience. He has also taught American and Texas government as an adjunct instructor in the local community college district. He is very good at helping students feel comfortable in the learning process and implements a variety of instructional techniques geared to the individual learner.
Stephanie graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies. Since completing her bachelor’s degree, she currently teaches reading at a local charter school and enjoys working one-on-one with students in her spare time. When not working, she loves spending time with her friends and family, listening to different types of music, and of course, reading lots of books!
Ebany G. is an experienced tutor and substitute teacher with a passion for education. Born and raised in the small town of Othello, Washington, she attended high school there before embarking on her academic journey. Ebany pursued her undergraduate degree at Washington State University, where she double majored in Strategic Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations and Criminal Justice. However, her thirst for knowledge remained unquenched, prompting her to further her education.
Determined to enhance her expertise, Ebany earned her master’s degree in Strategic Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations from Washington State University in May 2023. Equipped with a comprehensive educational background, she sought to broaden her horizons by exploring different opportunities around the country. This led her to Texas, where she relocated independently in search of professional growth.
Throughout her life, Ebany has harbored a deep love for travel, which she embraced after completing her studies. However, her true passion lies in giving back to the younger generation and helping them excel in their educational journeys. With extensive experience in tutoring and substitute teaching spanning back to her high school days, she has honed her ability to connect with students on a personal level. Ebany specializes in one-on-one development, taking pride in identifying each student’s unique learning style and tailoring her approach accordingly.
Ebany brings a diverse skill set to the table. Her commitment to excellence, dedication to helping others, and unwavering passion for education make her a valuable asset in any professional setting.
David L. is a certified teacher. He was an educator for 22 years in Southern California. He then moved to Texas and continued his profession as an educator. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in English. David is passionate about being a mentor to his students. Having experienced many challenges in his own personal education, He had determined to become an educator who would come alongside students to guide them on their academic journeys. As a teacher, he understands the importance of building on the student’s strengths and understands the need to establish a sound relationship with his students that fosters a student’s personal interests. David uses many of the techniques he has gained as a basketball coach to guide his teaching practices. He believes in partnering with his student on the academic goal just as if he were on the same athletic team and working together as collaborative unit. Some of his other experiences include working as a Project Designer for an architectural firm, leading a scout pack as Cubmaster, tutoring algebra and geometry, and instructing students in Revit and AutoCAD. With all of his experience, he is able to relate to many different professions and provide some needed and valuable information to his students. David considers it a pleasure to be able to come alongside his students and support their needs.
David graduated from California State University Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He completed his teaching internship at Whittier College and Azuza Pacific University. David then began his teaching career as an English teacher at a high school for grades 9 through 12. He became a head coach for the high school varsity basketball team and was involved as a team leader in the school’s technology program where he implemented several teaching strategies that incorporated the use of technology to support instruction. Through these experiences, David has developed a wealth of knowledge that he has been able to use to foster his passion for teaching and mentoring his students along their academic journey.
The most valuable aspect of David’s teaching ability is his determination to help every student become successful and to help build-up self-confidence. David fully believes that every student is capable of becoming successful. He has personally witnessed the success of students that were provided a positive direction and a sound relationship. He has tutored many students in English, math and other subjects while fostering a relationship that exhibits a true caring heart for what concerns his students and this has made a difference.
Beth grew up on the east coast and moved to Texas as a young adult. She first thought of teaching after working with special needs kids at summer camp, and that led her to study special education. Not long after, she got married and started a family, and stayed home to teach her four children, two of whom received generous scholarships. She originally started tutoring as a way to make some extra money while still homeschooling her kids. After her own kids were launched, she spent three years as a math interventionist at Great Hearts Classical Charter School. Her students often say that she makes math less scary, that they don’t cry any more, that she explains things in a way that makes concepts more clear. Prior co-workers have exclaimed, “This was the most engaging example of math tutoring I have ever seen. The pacing was quick and vigorous, but the scholars were met just at their right level.” Her students at Great Hearts showed definite improvement in test scores, and her private students often bring up their SAT or ACT scores, or raise their grade in class. Though math is her strongest subject, she has also taught Spanish and some ELA. She lives for the moment when the light goes on and a student “gets it”! She also loves giving cooking classes and sewing lessons. In her free time, Beth enjoys gourmet cooking, gardening, and swing dancing.
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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