Henry Mulak

Henry M.

San Jose, CA
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Levels Taught:
Elementary, Middle School, High School, College

I'm an Emmy Award-winning writer with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, having taught all levels with more than 30 years experience.

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Henry delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 1984

Award winning journalist and teacher with international experience, having lived and worked in both Europe and the United States. Certified teacher with experience in all levels and with all ages. Both a Liberal Arts and a Science major.


Dec 2016 - Present
Berryessa Union School District

Teach all grades and subjects while specializing in English, AP classes, SAT preparation, TEFL, English for Special Purposes; German; Social Studies; History & Geography; Communications including journalism and broadcast news.

Assignment Editor and Content Producer
Nov 2015 - Present
NBC Bay Area News, KNTV, Channel 11

Select, develop and plan reporting assignments, either news events or feature stories, to be covered by reporters.

Field calls from the public, who give news tips, or information about a possible story or event to be covered. Sometimes, these calls may:

Alert editors about a disaster – perhaps something as minor as a car accident or as major as a large industrial fire with mass casualties.
Be someone wishing to make a complaint about corporate or governmental practices, or have information or an opinion about a major decision that a local or state government is making.

Be something as minor as a child building the world's largest sand castle or a budding entrepreneur wanting to promote his/her product.
Other times, the news tip may come in the form of a news release, which may either promote an event, meeting, etc.; or alert editors and reporters about an upcoming news conference. Sometimes, assignment editors must sift through hundreds of news releases each day. In many cases, possibly dependent on the market, assignment editors use police scanners, listening to traffic between 911 dispatchers and police officers in the field.

Whatever the case, it is my job to determine what news tips and news releases are the most newsworthy, and then decide which reporter to assign a story to. Those assignments are often determined based on the reporter's experience, skills and his/her beat (e.g., police, courts, schools, city hall, county, etc.).

If a major story develops – such as a disaster or economic development -- it is my job to enlist several reporters (in addition to whoever usually covers that beat) to cover various angles of a story. For instance, if the story is about a plant closing, one reporter may be asked to do the main story about the closing, while other reporters may be asked to do stories on such things as employee reaction, reaction from business and community leaders, a history of the plant (and other plant closings, if appropriate), etc.

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Associated Press Television - Radio Association Coordinator
Nov 2014 - Present
Associated Press

Coordinate activities for an organization representing one of the world's largest news gathering organizations.

Jun 2014 - Mar 2015
Poly Languages Institute

Teach all levels in an interactive environment with special emphasis on student needs and goals.

Jun 2014 - Mar 2015
ORT College

Teach all levels with an emphasis on job placement, intercultural competence, computer skills, vocational training, business, economics, law, history, geography and science.

Jul 2010 - May 2014
Berlin College of Economics and Law

Special emphasis on Business English, Job Placement, Intercultural Competence, Science, History and Cultural Anthropology. Taught up to the standards of the Common European Framework of Languages. Classroom work involved all aspects of learning, including essays and report writing.

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Sep 2002 - Jan 2014
CBS News, Radio

General Assignment Reporter for KCBS News, Radio in San Francisco up until May of 2010 when I moved to Berlin to freelance as a foreign correspondent for the CBS News, Radio network out of New York. General Assignment reporting on all aspects of foreign affairs, including economics and law.

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Sep 2009 - May 2010
Transworld Schools
Journalism, German
Sep 1981 - Jun 1984
Humboldt State University
Sep 1978 - Jun 1981
Fullerton College


Limited Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Test for Intercultural Competence in English
Nov 2011
European Language Competence

Certified to teach for intercultural competence in English: Intercultural theory and practice, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, Material and Methodology

Leadership Certificate
Sep 1995
Leadership Napa Valley

Certified in leadership skills through the United States Chamber of Commerce.


Jun 2009
Academy of Motion Pictures Television Arts and Sciences
Mark Twain Award for Best Newscast
Aug 2004
Associated Press Television Radio Association


California Language Teachers’ Association, The
Sep 2019

CLTA’s mission is to provide support, leadership and vision for quality World Language and Culture teaching and learning in California.

Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
Jan 2000

An American labor union representing over 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, and radio personalities worldwide.

Photos & Videos

Emmy Award-winning writer

Paris, June 2013:  I've lived, worked and studied internationally.

Berlin, 2013:  Foreign Correspondent for CBS News, Radio

Vienna, 2012:  Covered negotiations with Iran and western powers over that country's nuclear program

Berlin, 2011:  Living and working internationally, having immigrated to Europe to live out a dream of becoming a foreign correspondent.

Business-oriented professional with experience teaching at the highest levels of government, industry and education.


19 Reviews

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Won Jong Sep 9, 2019
ESL · In home

Good introductory class!

Shaun Aug 27, 2019
German · Online

AnnMarie Aug 1, 2019
German · Online

Er wahr sehr gut Heute. Ich lerne schnell.

Translated using Google.

He is doing very well today. I learn quickly.

Maria Jul 25, 2019
English · Online

Ravindra B. Jun 17, 2019
Accent Reduction · Online

Lucas Mar 13, 2019
German · Online

Toshinori Feb 17, 2019
English · Online

Samira N. Feb 12, 2019
English · In studio

I was completely confused bus he very kindly learns me and no rush.

Shaun Jan 8, 2019
German · Online

Ravindra B. Dec 7, 2018
Accent Reduction · Online

Had a wonderful interaction...at the start of my journey!

TARUN CHAWLA Sep 20, 2018
Writing · In home

Mr Henry helped in improving my son's writing skills. He is a wonderful teacher. My son was struggling with writing. He used to be shy of writing and now he seems to be more confident in writing. Mr. Henry not only taught him different types of writing but also improved his vocabulary skills. I highly recommend him for learning/improving writing skills.

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Shaun Jun 19, 2018
German · Online

Jacek Mar 16, 2018
English · In home

I am very satisfied and happy

Blake H. Dec 29, 2017
German · Online

The past five months spent with Henry teaching me my second language has been worthwhile. My decision to choose him as my instructor has paid off exponentially. He immediately immerses you in the language and steadily increases your exposure as you gain proficiency. This is exactly what I was looking for in a teacher, someone to push and challenge me to learn but also there when I was having difficulty.

As someone who has zero experience with the German language he definitely provided the firm foundation I needed to confidently continue my studies alone. I have no doubt when the time comes for more lessons I will revert back to Henry.

Er ist ein sehr guter Lehrer!

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Takekiyo Aug 19, 2017
ESL · In studio

Thank you for your good lesson!

Alex Oct 26, 2015
ESL · In home

The best ESL teacher EVER

Daniel Oct 18, 2015
TOEFL · In home

I highly recommend, the best teacher I’ve had. Responsible! Caring!

I took TOEFL perpetration classes with Henry. He is very knowledgeable and a great teacher. Because of his experience in journalism he has amazing knowledge in writing, reading, speaking, He worked on my general English skills first because I thought I had enough proficiency in English while I didn't, and after some classes he started TOEFL, he definitely knows what area of English I was weak in so, step by step, he lead me in the right direction. He's very responsible and carrying. I got a higher score than I was expecting.

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serra K. May 9, 2015
ESL · In home

I hired Henry to teach English for my little daughter. The reason i have chose him was he was the only one on the list who accept half hour lessons. I wanted to see şf he is good. I was gonna rşse to one hour if i like. And his hourly rate was reasonable too. We met and he was perfect. After my daughter we have studied with him. He has provided fastest improvement on my special purpose of need. It is really not common to see this passionate teachers around. His academic approach to your need and support with newest material in the maket was excellent. I think he is ahead of others because of his major. A senior jounalist, a TV person... he helped me a lot for my journalism career too... So i definitely can call him An excellent career coach. While i was trying to be on time with my project in Los Angeles, i was the lucky one to meet him through takelessons.com. He gave me what i need only at three weeks. We together focused on my certain project's needs and after i was ready to move alone almost. He is great to teach on bussiness emails, phone conversations, expressing your basic work situation etc.
He is great on accent reduction too. While i wrote this review my concerns is he will see and will find anything to correct... But he also has taught me to be courage enough too... Thank you Henry for everything you have done. I am a freelance foreign journalist in LA. He did his best for me both as a teacher and colleague. And such a good heart... Even if you don't share same opinions on any affair he respect you and try to give his best and more than what you have paid. He is patient too.

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Nathalene G. Mar 3, 2015
ESL · In studio

Henry is a very good teacher and I have been very happy with my ESL lessons. He teaches me a lot. He always corrects my mistakes and helps me to improve. Henry is very professional and a very nice person.

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