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San Gabriel, CA

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'Dr. Cliff,' a part-time college/university professor, teacher and tutor with 5 master's and 3 doctoral degrees in a variety of topics: Mathematics, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Management Information Systems, MBA, Leadership, Education and Administration. He has always used proven educational techniques to instruct undergraduate students, graduate students and school children/teenagers (K-12). In addition, Dr. Cliff is a Certified Tutor by American Tutoring Association and National Tutoring Association (Math); he holds California Teaching Credentials in Math (CSET I,II,III), Business (I,II,III), and Educational Technology/Computers (I,II); he is a Sylvan Certified Teacher in Math and Arts/Language K-12.

About Clifford
'Dr. Cliff,' a part-time college/university professor, teacher and tutor with 5 master's and 3 doctoral degrees in a variety of topics: Mathematics, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Management Information Systems, MBA, Leadership, Education and Administration. He has always used proven educational techniques to instruct undergraduate students, graduate students and school children/teenagers (K-12). In addition, Dr. Cliff is a Certified Tutor by American Tutoring Association and National Tutoring Association (Math); he holds California Teaching Credentials in Math (CSET I,II,III), Business (I,II,III), and Educational Technology/Computers (I,II); he is a Sylvan Certified Teacher in Math and Arts/Language K-12.

Dr. Cliff believes that, although many professors and teachers do an admirable job in the classroom, many students
and children do not learn well in traditional institutions. Many students and children don't respond to the assembly line nature of most institutions. He believes that a student's or child's strengths and natural abilities need to be the foundation of learning. Dr. Cliff often warns against a "cookie cutter" approach to educating students, teenagers and children. You or your child is seen as an individual, and natural strengths are identified and built upon. Therefore, individual one-on-one tutoring or help is the key approach to each student who has any challenges difficulties in a given subject.

In today’s environment and economic challenges, with shorter budgets for the education, larger classes sizes and pressure of performing well in all kind of standard tests, I often see many students lacking true knowledge and skills in a given subject, since they cannot get individualized attention during the class session. That’s where a tutor comes into the picture, not only uncover major “holes” in students’ knowledge set but also teach students how to study, how to learn and through proper guidance “fill” those knowledge and skills holes.

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ACADEMIA
California Southern University: Member of the Faculty Senate, Member of the Curriculum Committee, Member of the Personnel Committee, Member of the IT Committee, Core/Lead Faculty, Business & Management.
Northern University: Commencement Speaker, MBA/DBA programs, 2008-2013, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau.
California Institute of Advanced Management: Guest Lectured and Honored Speaker, MBA programs, May, 2012, El Monte, CA.
Pacific State University: Commencement Speaker, MBA/DBA programs, 2007-2012, China and Singapore.
California American University: Commencement Speaker; 2004-2009, China.
California Southern University: Commencement Speaker, Graduation Ceremony, 2011, Irvine, CA.
Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) - International Institute of Business Analysis, 2013.
DETC Evaluator – The Distance Education and Training Council, 2012.
ACICS Evaluator – The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Scools, 2012.
BPPVE Auditor – California’s Bureau for Private, Postsecondary and Vocational Education, 2000.
Senior Global Partner – The Academy of Business Strategy; 2012.
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing: CSET Math (I, II, III), Business (I, II, III), Preliminary Education Technology (I, II), 2010-2012.
Certified Site Reviewer/Auditor, Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education, California, 2002.
Certified Professional Tutor, American Tutoring Association and National Tutoring Association, 2011.
Educate, Inc.: Sylvan University – Certificate of Mathematics Content Proficiency for Directors of Education; May, 2010
Tier I California Preliminary Administrative Credentials, 2006.
University of Southern California, Graduate level courses (master’s) in Systems Engineering/Management, 2005-2006.
Certified School Director, Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education, California, 2004.
California Community College Lifetime Teaching Credential, 1993.

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HIMS (Healthcare Information & Management Systems), CPHIM (Certified Professional Healthcare Information Management); 2013.
Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) - International Institute of Business Analysis, 2013.
Security Innovation, Certificate in Enterprise IS/IT Security – part of the CISSP prep; 2012.
L. A. County: Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP) training; 2012.
Senior Global Partner – The Academy of Business Strategy; 2012.
Harvard Business School, Certificates in: Leadership & Management, Creativity and Innovation, Global Business and Technology, Business Acumen, Communications, Marketing, Strategy, Technology, Leading Change; 2010.
Master’s Certificate in Project Management, George Washington University/ESI, 2009.
Disney University, Training and Certificate in ITIL Service Management; 2009.
ESI Int’l Executive Education in: Contract Management, Business Analysis, Information Systems Security, Business Intelligence, IT Service Management/ITIL, ROI Methodology, Intercultural Management, Internet/Digital Marketing, Sales Force Management, Supply Chain Management, Leadership, Negotiations, Business Process Management, Business Sustainability, Enabling Technology.
George Washington University Master’s Certificate in Project Management, through ESI classes, 9/2009.
CMU/SEI, S/W Architecture Professional Certificate, 2006.
Delivered College/Corporate Training: Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA), Systems Engineer (MCSE), Professional/Application Developer (MCPD/MCAD), Solution Developer (MCSD), IT Professional (MCITP); 2004-2007.
S/W Architecture Professional Certificate, CMU/SEI, 2006.
Member Board of Directors, National Management Association, 2005.
Scrum Alliance: CSM, CSP and CST, 2010.
Project Management Institute - PMP certification., 2010.
Malcolm Baldrige and Balanced Scorecard training; Software Cost Estimation training; Developing Software
Architectures for Multi-platform and Network Centric Environments/Operations training, 2005.
Six Sigma Black Belt Certification, JPL, 1996-2002.
Certified Information Systems Auditor, Information Systems Auditing Association, 2000.
Certified Project Manager, American/National Management Association, 1999.
Certificate in Supervisory and Management Skills, National Management Association, 1991. Extensive PMP teaching.
Certified Quality Analyst, Quality Assurance Institute, 1990.
Certified Computer Programmer, Institute for Certification of Computer Professionals, 1989.
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Leighton R. August 20, 2017
· Grammar · In home
amazing professor easy to work with and is understanding
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Josethine L. August 24, 2015
· French · In home
Very detail and nice, my daughter love it.
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Clifford K.

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San Gabriel, CA 91775
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About Martina Z.

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I have been teaching Italian for 3 years in British public and private schools. My students develop not only knowledge of the language but also understanding of the Italy. I am passionate about my country and I like to teach Italian for that reason! With a degree in teaching I have learn to use a variety of learning methods to best suite my students: mnemonic, musical or using movements. Languages don't need to be boring!

About Martina
I am an Italian living in Las Vegas since 2013. I have started teaching in 2010, first as an outdoor instructor and then as a language teacher in both private and state school in the UK, and as a private tutor in the USA. I am passionate about languages, in particular my mother tongue Italian, and Spanish, because they open new doors and allow for better communication and intercultural understanding. I aim to engage my students with a variety of teaching techniques to keep them interested, challenged and having fun!

I love the outdoors. I am a climber, ski instructor and a professional photographer.
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Lara October 30, 2017
· Italian · Online
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Olivia September 20, 2017
· Italian · Online
She explained everything thoroughly and made sure I was saying it correctly.
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Christina September 13, 2017
· Spanish · Online
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Martina Z.

Martina Z.

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About Mark G.

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Aurora, CO

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I love Italy and lived there for about 1 month. As Italian is very similar to Spanish I was able to pick it up with relative ease and can help beginner learners take their first steps!

About Mark
Hey everybody! Hola and Ni Hao. My name is Mark and I'm a Language Tutor, Yoga Instructor & Organic Farmer with an International MBA and minors in both Spanish and Mandarin. With over 20 years of foreign language study, and 10 years teaching foreign languages to others, I know exactly what works and what doesn't when it comes to learning a new language.

I recently moved to Aurora, CO in order to be closer to my family since I have spent the past 12 years traveling the world.

I am a certified K-12 substitute teacher in the state of Colorado, and am in the process of obtaining the credentials to teach Spanish full-time K-12. I have the flexibility to work with you around your schedule and will create a customized lesson plan that fits your needs and unique learning methods.

My main requirement of you as a student is to be comm
itted and dedicated to learning the language we are studying and to work on the homework assignments I provide.

Hope to talk to you soon!

Mark
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Jill S. November 15, 2017
· Mandarin · Online
VERY GOOD
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Christina M. November 9, 2017
· Mandarin · Online
Mark is one of the best teachers I've had. He has very modern teaching methods. Which is great for young people like myself
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· Mandarin · Online
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Mark G.

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About Antonietta A.

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San Jose, CA
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I have been teaching for several years. Initially, teaching was just a way to earn some money during the university, but gradually I discovered that it was a real passion. In Italy I used to be a lawyer, so my job allowed me to get a rich and refined vocabulary. I am passionate, patient and I am very happy when my students thank me for my help. My strong point is that I can understand my student 100%: I am a student too (I am learning English) and I know what they expect from a teacher.

About Antonietta
I have just moved to the Bay Area from Italy, where I used to be a lawyer. During my studies, I used to give private lessons of law and help children doing homework. My passion has always been teaching: I love my language, I am patient and I am very happy to help you learning Italian and my culture.
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Rose September 29, 2017
· Italian · Online
Antonietta is favolosa! I've been taking lessons with her since the beginning of summer and each time has been truly enjoyable and invigorating. She is very patient, knowledgable and has high expectations. I look forward to working with her each week.
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Susan S. March 29, 2017
· Italian · Online
Really great teacher!
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Tony C. February 22, 2017
· Italian · Online
Antonietta has been wonderful with my 11 year old daughter, who is studying Italian in preparation for a summer trip to Italy. Antonietta is patient and ensures my daughter understands the lesson before moving on. She provides effective exercises that reinforce the concepts, which then can be used as a study guide between lessons. And just as important, my daughter likes working with her. I'm glad we chose Antonietta!
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Antonietta A.

Antonietta A.

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About Ronald Chaz B.

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Los Angeles, CA

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A graduate with a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Education with majors in Spanish (Native Speakers' fluency) and German
( Native Speakers' fluency) in Language, Literature, and History, and Piano/Vocal Performance (Music); and minors in French Studies (Language and Culture), Italian, Linguistics, and Interpreting/Translation.

He has spoken German and Spanish since the age of 11 due to his German upbringing with a German step-father as well as his Hispanic background from his real father. He also studied at
Die Hochschule der Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Wien, Osterreich (Vienna, Austria) and has been active in the Latino communities in the USA. He speaks Spanish at home and Italian with his Italian friends.

He has a B.A. and M.Ed. (majors in Spanish, German, Music (Vocal/ Piano Performance); minors in French, Italian, and Interpreting/Translations ). He is fluent-native speaker fluency to teach all the above languages in addition to Tagalog and Cebuano (Visaya). He

About Ronald Chaz
As a music and foreign language education specialist Ronald structures and restructures educational programs for leisure, college matriculation, and as degree course components administered by the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Testing-USA), ACT (American College Testing), HSC (Higher School Certificate-Australia), Trinity College London (external studies dept for Music, Speech, Drama, and English as a foreign language), the Certificate of Merit program (MTAC), and other music examinations boards such the R.S.M. and R.C.M. His subjects of expertise are: Music Theory, Composition, Piano and Vocal Performance - taken up in either English or as a Music program immersed in language programs in either Spanish, Italian, or German; and language courses from Beginner's to Advanced Conversational / Literature in English, Spanish, Italian, and German;
as well as French from Beginner's through Advanced levels.

He is a graduate with a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in EDUCATION in the fields of Music, Spanish and German Literature, with a minor in Linguistics, French, and Italian Studies from UNSW (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia).

He is fluent (native speaker fluency) to teach Music in language immersion programs in these languages: English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Tagalog, Cebuano (Visaya).

He also has advanced students with an Associate Degree (A Mus TCL) and B Mus candidates teaching at much lesser rates.
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Maria J. February 17, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Excellent! knowledgeable, friendly, easy to follow. Great introduction for a total beginner.
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Angelika April 1, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio
I have taken lessons with Ronald since I was 6, I am now 23. In my 17 years of taking lessons I have learned to play piano, sing and am proficient in music theory. In the more recent years I have even had the opportunity to teach music through Ronald. Throughout the years, I have experienced and witnessed the patience and kindness Ronald consistently shows his students. He encourages his students to become better and shares in their enthusiasm due to their accomplishments. Ronald genuinely cares about his students and is dedicated to making sure his students improve. I fully recommend Ronald for students who have parents who want to be involved in the learning process and especially for young children who are just starting out. Ronald works well with families, includes parents every step of the way and is very patient with young students helping them learn in an open and encouraging environment.
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Sarah March 8, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Mr.Chaz is really dedicated to his profession. He started to teach my seven year old son over one year ago and he has motivated him to sing his best and he started piano with him last year which has been a phenomenal experience for my son. Chaz really focuses on the detail, theory and groundwork necessary to excel in music. If you are lucky enough to get your child started with him you will never regret the experience. He is simply the best! My son sings all the time now and loves to play piano. I am so happy for my son to have found someone to expand on his talents!
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Ronald Chaz B.

Ronald Chaz B.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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About Luke R.

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Marana, AZ

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My whole life I was drawn to Italy since my father's parents were born there, and I always wanted to learn everything about that side of me, especially the beautiful language. In spring 2005 I studied abroad in Florence and rapidly became fluent, and in fall 2005 I returned to Florence University to study Latin literature with other Italian students.

Thanks to my father who speaks Italian, I could converse before I arrived in Florence, but many students who came after me were not so lucky. When I returned to Lehigh University in 2006, budget cuts had forced the cancellation of the Italian language program, despite the high volume of my fellow students who annually go to Florence. Awful though this was, the Study Abroad Department hired me to teach Italian night classes at Lehigh for my remaining two years in college, permitting a hundred students to study abroad in Florence with basic Italian language skills. Since 2006 I have also tutored dozens of students one-on-one.

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About Luke
I am deeply passionate about sharing knowledge with others and have been lucky to be teaching my entire adult life. There are so many enriching experiences available to us when we learn more about the world.

Foreign languages are among my favorites, and I have specialized in teaching Latin, Italian, and Japanese. As a geologist, I am also profoundly interested in the sciences. When I teach I like to understand where my students are coming from, what really inspires them, and help them to enjoy and love what they want to learn. For me, learning is always fun, so whether you like to study or you are having trouble motivating yourself to concentrate, together we will discover the joy and fun in what you are studying.
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Spencer C. April 28, 2017
· Japanese · Online
Really informative and interesting
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inna March 24, 2017
· Italian · Online
Luke is amazing!! He is patient and wants you to learn and get better. I'm going to keep taking Italian with him until I learn everything there is to know!!! :) Best decision ever!
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Rubi March 8, 2017
· English · Online
Excellent teacher!
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Luke R.

Luke R.

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Charleston, SC
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Gina has a BA and MA in Italian language and literature. She has taught adults and children since 1990.

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Gina has been teaching and tutoring foreign languages since 1990. She has a BA and MA in Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and French language and literature.
She has taught both adults and children, in private lessons and in schools.
Gina is a violinist and pianist, performs around the southeast US and teaches violin and piano- in all musical genres.
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Gina G.

Gina G.

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About Natasa L.

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I am a native Italian speaker who has lived in Italy until I moved to the US for my undergraduate degree. I have been living in the US for the past 10 years and returning to visit my family and friends in Italy several times a year.
I believe learning Italian with me will be fun and effective because aside from my first language which is Italian, I speak several different languages and I know what learning a foreign language entails.

About Natasa
I am a native Italian speaker that moved to Southern California a few years ago for my University degree and decided to stay and build a life here. I love living in the US but I also miss my country and my family and I enjoy connecting with people that want to learn or improve their knowledge of the Italian language.
I also have a 2 year old daughter to whom I speak only Italian and it has been a fun process so watch her learn and now speak to me in my own language.
I customize my teaching sessions based on the student's goals and current language proficiency to maximize their time and efforts and get them speaking Italian step by step.
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Natasa L.

Natasa L.

Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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