'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.
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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), Busin
ess (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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*** Specialties *** 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.
INDUSTRY 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.
I was born and raise in Italy, moved to the US few years ago. I have been an Italian teacher for many years. I can teach you from the basic to an advanced level
I was born and raised in Italy. When I moved to the States in 2005, I barely spoke English. That's why I decided to start teaching Italian. I know how difficult it is to go to a foreign country and not be able to buy something as simple as bread.
I will send you links, we will read together, watch videos, talk to each other. No need to buy any book with me, I will send you everything.
Are you ready to learn? Because I am happy to teach you.
Next week, I am leaving for Italy for three weeks. Although I am still not fluent in Italian, my lessons from Simona have greatly improved both my competence and my confidence in using the language. Simona is a wonderful teacher, with wonderful tact as well as a thorough knowledge of English as well as Italian.
I strongly recommend her to anyone near the early intermediate level of Italian.
October 3, 2019
Simona did a great job with my first lesson. She got me speaking Italian right away, and that is very helpful. The 45-minute lesson was fun and also challenging. I recommend her highly,
Learn phrases and vocabulary you will be able to use right away and strengthen your knowledge about the multi-faceted and rich Italian culture.
Learning while having fun is guaranteed. I enjoy working with students of all ages and from all countries. Eacvh of you is special and deserves a special curriculum and lesson plan. Talk with you soon. I look forward to meeting you.
She is very kind,knowledgeable teacher and she is very good with kids.
August 29, 2018
I have been taking German lessons from Susan Gibbs for 4 yrs ,she is a great teacher I have learn a great deal from her ,she is very good at her work.I can now speak German fairly well.
August 29, 2018
Susan is a wonderful French teacher both for adults and kids. We have had her as an in-home teacher for both over the past few years during the school year. She is very patient with the kids and keeps it fun for them, and also is a great conversationalist with the adults. I can’t recommend her enough. She is also versatile enough to teach German as well.
I'm a Certified Interpreter in Italian (along with Romanian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese) by the Defense Language Institute Monterrey, California. Since middle school I loved foreign languages which proved to be very rewarding starting with high school when traveling around the world with shooting competitions.
Study groups are welcome at a special rate. Living in Italy and traveling countries on five continents allowed me the affinity of learning more about the culture but also develop preferences for myself.
I guarantee results.
Learning any foreign language opens doors in life whether on personal or professional level, and I sincerely believe that anybody can learn anything disregarding their age; in fact, I have friends who late in life decided to learn foreign languages or various skills that they always wanted to learn, so, I encourage you to do the same.
Before reading about me, I'd like to share up front the honor that my newest student, R., has brought to me by choosing to learn Romanian. Nothing special so far except that he is 100 years old!!!! Yes, you read that correctly: a century old. He is the outmost inspiring person in my life by teaching me that age is just a number and that learning can happen any day if we choose so. R is a medical doctor, a psychologist, a chemist and biologist. Words can't even define how great of a man he is and how grateful I am to learn from him, too. For instance, about a famous language called "esperanto", a language created in the late 19th century.
I'm an enthusiastic learner even after 19 years of formal education (two Masters, one Bachelor) earned on two continents continued by US military education in various forms, and formally tested studen
t who needed to document skills that were not formally captured on paper (like the foreign languages I know).
I love interacting with people and pass on my knowledge from five visited continents, instill love for learning and continuous curiosity for any subject out there. Nothing is impossible when you set your mind to it. Failing once doesn't mean that you'll never win (proof in my athletic years and life ever since); determination, hard work, self-motivation and a good supporting system can bring to reality even the most insignificant dreams that we believe may not come true, and especially those in which we passionately trust.
I believe in breaking down a goal into objectives, assigning tasks to each one of them, and then sticking to achieve them.
I'm a Certified Instructor with the Department of Homeland Security. My hobbies include practicing foreign languages (and proper grammar rules which highly reflect on one's education) by speaking them, learning about cultures and slangs, etymology, watching foreign movies, traveling internationally, taking photos, reading (a lot), carefully planning with room for error and impulsive decisions (to take the boredom out of things), meeting with life long friends, drawing, painting, and spending time outdoors for inspiration and health.
I'm elated at the opportunity of brainstorming with you and giving you tools to be an independent learner.
Hello students! I'm Delia, and I was born and raised in Italy! I am attended the "Liceo Classico" in Catania. Due to its rigorous curriculum and numerous notable alumni, my high school is considered the most prestigious secondary school students can attend throughout Italy. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs of each student. Not only will you be speaking Italian "presto presto," but you will be able to enjoy and feel the Italian culture like a real "paisan"!. PS. Of course, Italian food and recipes are included in the classes!
Ciao Ragazzi! I am Delia! I am from Sicily, and I have been living in Pensacola (FL) for two years! I am deeply in love with Italy and with Italian food, and I am also a good cook too (don't worry I love to share my recipes!). I can't wait to share with you the beauty of the Italian language!
It was so nice meeting Delia this morning. She already feels like an old friend and is very willing to be flexible with schedules.
August 10, 2019
Delia is a great teacher. She has helped me understand what to expect in certain situations and how to ask for things. For example, when I go to order a drink in a special way, or when not to order certain things, etc. She is providing me with very relevant words and phrases that I will use a lot while visiting Italy. This is going to help me a lot. I'm looking forward to our next lesson!
I am an Italian and English bilingual speaker and have been teaching for 20 years.
Hi, my name is Daniela, I’ve taught for 20 years in schools, companies or privately to students any age. I’m bilingual and I can teach Italian and ESL English. Currently I’m living in Italy and I’m very often in the US. Studying a foreign language can be challenging but I’m convinced that learning can be much easier and more effective while you’re having fun! Let me share a small hint: studying is like eating, better leave the table while you’re still hungry and eat only what you like: next studying session you’ll remember all the fun you had and not how tired or bored you were the previous time.
I started teaching Italian in 1985, in McAllen, Texas, as a private tutor. I again kept tutoring Italian, this time for freshmen college students in Sugar Land, Texas in 2015. I am an Italian native speaker, and at the present time I am writing short stories in Italian.
My name is Robert M. I have a Spanish Teaching Degree from The Netherlands and I started teaching since 1973. I also have an Associate Degree in Applied Arts in Advertising Design from the Art Institute of Houston. I combine art with any language to teach children up to 2nd grade to make it fun. For any other student, I use my innovative method without books, some sites in the net and we immediately start speaking the language the student wants to learn. But I still have the best books on demand if needed. I customize my lessons to the needs of my students and I am available 24/7 for any questions to make it as easy as possible for my students, no matter their age. I make learning fun and interesting for all my students because I love what I am doing!
I am very passionate about my language and culture. I've taught Italian classes in various countries. My goal is to watch you succeed and I will put in extra efforts to create content that is beneficial to you. My teaching style is tailored to each student. It's important for me to have a clear understanding of the student's goal to create appropriate and beneficial lessons accordingly.
Hello! My name is Francesco S. and I'm from Italy. I am very passionate about my language and culture. I've been an Italian teacher in higher education for the past 5 years. I helped students improve their conversational and grammatical skills. I love what I do and I am confident I can help you. My goal is to watch you succeed and I will put in extra efforts to create content that is beneficial to you. My teaching style is tailored to each student. It's important for me to have a clear understanding of the student's goal to create meaningful lessons. I hope to hear from you!
Francesco is the definition of a natural born teacher. He is very attentive and plans very engaging lessons. I am really happy with the progress I made with him. I can't recommend him enough.
July 17, 2019
I highly recommend to have Francesco as an Italian teacher. He is very engaging. When I don't understand things, he always finds ways to explain things to me until I understand. He is very passionate and its very easy to see that with the lessons he prepares. Thanks for everything!
July 17, 2019
Francesco is an approachable and enthusiastic person. I was an absolute beginner when I started and now I am able to have basic conversations. I am really happy with my progress and our lessons together. He is a great teacher who is very attentive and wants you to succeed. I would highly recommend having him as your teacher, you will not be disappointed.
"Silvana’s enthusiasm is contagious!! Can’t wait to continue forward towards becoming fluent so I can enjoy my new country to its fullest—she’s my extra sp
ecial ingredient to make that happen!!"
"I took lessons with Sabrina over several years in small group settings. She always made the meetings fun and addressed the group's individual needs. She
was always prepared with great ideas. Sabrina gave me confidence to engage in conversation in Italy on my early trips and then helped me prepare for a 2-week course at a language school in Italy. I was able to get into one of the more advanced classes, thanks in large part to Sabrina's tutoring. I was sad to move away from Sabrina's location and the opportunity for classes but am happy to see the online option."
"Andrea is absolutely fantastic! We love him!
We are a group of beginners, ages 25-65, and he has been extremely patient with all of us. He helps us imp
rove our language skills in a fun, encouraging way. We look forward to continuing our lessons with him, and improve our Italian!
"Mirella is an amazing language instructor. I had studied Italian for a few years many years ago and was very nervous to start again, but I needed to show
intermediate Italian abilities for my work. Mirella's warm personality and student-centered teaching style really put me at ease and unlocked my hidden intuitive foreign language energies and abilities. For Mirella, language is all about communication, and the realization under Mirella's guidance that we all know how to communicate--even if only roughly at first in a new language--greatly diminished my anxiety and self-consciousness at making inevitable mistakes. I looked forward to Mirella's lessons as a highlight of my week, with tremendous results!"
"Simona is a very patient and insightful teacher. She develops a lesson plan that works for her specific students needs. Excellent-I highly recommend her!"
"Yulia is the bomb dot com!! She made my first lesson comfortable. Yulia noticed during the online lesson that I was tense and informed me that learning a
new language is supposed to be fun and judgement free (relax and have no worries). Within seconds I went from nervous and tense to chill mode and jovial. She made learning this beautiful language so easy and it’s a bonus that she is very patient. With Yulia’s help I know I will be ready for my trip to Rome with my wife and in-laws at the end of the year. 🤫 they don’t know I’m taking Italian language lessons...STOKED!!"
"Simona is very patient & genuinely cares about her students learning Italian"
"Silvana is fantastic. So glad to have her as my tutor!"
"I purchased few lessons with Yulia in order to get ready for my italian exam... and i passed !!! thanks to her and her awesome lessons. she is dynamic, fr
iendly and full of resources to built great lessons. I highly recommend her. Grazie Yulia"
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