James Brown Jr

James B.

Alameda, CA

About James B.

Background check: Last verified 11/19/2015
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James teaches: Ages 5 to 80
Teaching since: 1995
Last sign in: Within a month

Overview

I have 20 years of experience as a tutor. I have had my own private tutoring business. My area of expertise is math (basic arithmetic to“ pre-calculus); however, I have tutored in English (grammar and writing), Computer science (Word, Works, Windows OS, and other general computer problems), as well as other subjects. In addition, I also have 15 years of experience working with after school programs both as a tutor and as a recreational instructor. My recreational activities consisted of cheer leading, dance, computer science, graphic design, music (singing), and board games. I have worked with children of all ages.

*** Lesson Details ***
Tutoring sessions are 1 hour minimum to 2 hours maximum (depending on subject).

Basic sessions may consist of the following:
Review of current or past trouble spots
Homework help
Test prep and/or review
Extra practice exercises

Single and multiple subject sessions are possible depending on tutor assessment and availability.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Clients should bring any/all textbooks, class work, tests/quizzes, and teacher's note to all sessions.

Additional learning aids (games, worksheets, books) may be added to session if needed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Clients should bring any/all textbooks, class work, tests/quizzes, and teacher's note to all sessions.

Additional learning aids (games, worksheets, books) may be added to session if needed.

*** Specialties ***
Math (Elementary to High School)
Writing (Creative and Essay)
Music (Voice - Basics)
Computers (Basic Literacy & Various Programs)
Other

Photos and Videos

Main Profile Picture

Experience

Singer

Jul 2001 - Present
Oakland East Bay Gay Men's Chorus

• Singer: Full Chorus (June 2001 -- Present)
• Small Ensembles: The Bridge & Tunnel Boys (January 2003 -- May 2005), Otto Voci (February -- September 2006, January 2008 -- December 2009), On Q (January 2010 -- September 2011, August -- December 2013)
• Board member (October 2002 -- January 2005, January 2007 -- January 2011)
• Committee member: Production {Formerly Concert } (2001 -- 2002, 2006 -- Present), Artistic {Formerly Musical Selection/Input } (2003 -- 2004, 2008 -- Present), Outreach (2008 -- 2012), Marketing/PR (2002, 2012 -- Present), Membership (2008, 2012 -- Present), Director Search {Ad Hoc committee} (2003, 2007), Otto Voci Liaison To Board (2008)
• 1st Tenor Section Leader (2006 --2009)
• Liaison to Arts First Oakland (2003)

Tutor

Aug 1998 - Present
Private Tutor

Primary subjects -- Math (Arithmetic -- Pre-calculus), Language Arts/English (Paper Writing/Planning, Creative Writing), Computers (Word, OS Basics, Basic HTML)

Afterschool Program Instructor

Aug 2014 - Jun 2015
YMCA (West Oakland Middle School)

Instruct students in Study Hall, Theater, Dance, Computer Science, Cooking, Yearbook
Assist/help coordinate special events and activities
Communicate with parents and teachers when needed
Help students with their homework
Serve, monitor, and coordinate snack periods
Assist/substitute for other instructors
Assist program coordinators when needed

Lead Tutor

Apr 2010 - Apr 2014
ARC Associates

Lead tutoring sessions
Instruct students in Language Arts or Math
Guide/mentor tutors during tutoring sessions
Assess students during tutoring sessions
Report on student progress
Communicate with parents and teachers when needed
Help students with their homework
Assist other tutors in the program

Afterschool Program Group Leader

Jan 2013 - Jun 2013
YMCA Oakland, (El Cerrito High School)

Assistant Glee Club Director
Assist/substitute for other tutors and group leaders
Assist program coordinators when needed

Youth Ministry Leader

Apr 2009 - Dec 2010
San Lorenzo Community Church

Teach Sunday School
Oversee youth nights
Develop/initiate youth events and activities
Develop/initiate strategies to grow the youth of the church

Choir Director

Nov 2009 - Nov 2010
San Lorenzo Community Church

Choir director for San Lorenzo Community Church

Playwriting

Aug 2001 - May 2009
Various Places

Vista College Berkeley, California
Playwriting/Screenwriting (August 2001 -- June 2003)


Project Writers Unite (Writer's Group)
• Founder, Organizer, Meeting facilitator and President (September 2003 -- May 2009)

Produced, directed and starred in a reading of a play that I also wrote (Summer 2003)

Tutor

Apr 2006 - Nov 2006
Academics For Success, (Stonehurst Elementary School)

Help students with their homework
Help run/develop the Computer Lab

Cheerleading Coach

Apr 2000 - Sep 2006
Peninsula Pop Warner (East Bay Warriors)

• Head Coach (cheerleading) 2000 season
• Asst. Coach in 2001 -- 2006 seasons

Cheerleading Coach

Oct 2003 - Jun 2004
Urban Promise Academy

Coach the squad
Help coordinate the cheer program

Choreographer

Mar 1996 - Oct 2002
Various Places

Dance teacher/tutor with the National Junior Tennis League in Oakland March -- December 1996

Assistant director/choreographer for a musical revue April -- June 1997

Choreographer for Alpha Phi Omega (UC Berkeley) Fall 1997, Spring 1998, and Fall 1998

Assistant Coach (cheerleading) with Lakeview Elementary School 2001 -- 2002 season

Former Member

Aug 1991 - Jun 2002
Bishop O'Dowd H. S., Holy Names University, Merritt College, Vista College

High School -- Poetry And Film Club, Junior Statesmen Of America, Student Council, Campus Ministry Team, Retreat Team, Chorus, Cheerleading (mascot)

College -- Gospel Choir, Chamber Singers, Poetry Club, Cheerleading, Inspirational Choir (Interim Director), Milvia Street Staff (Art/Literary Magazine)

Education

Associates Degree in General Curriculum

Aug 2001 - Jun 2003
Merritt College

Playwriting & Screnwriting

Aug 2000 - Jun 2002
Vista Community College (Now Berkeley Community College)

Languages Spoken

American Sign Language

Limited Proficiency

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency
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4 Reviews on James B.

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Pia Nov 10, 2015
Arithmetic · In studio
James and I worked together for 4 months at an elementary school tutoring 3-5 graders in math and english. James is professional, intelligent, and creative. It was a pleasure working with him. He cares very much for the youth in our community.
We've stayed in touch via email and are developing a friendship I hope lasts a life time. He is good people.
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gregory N. Oct 30, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
james is a good voice instructor with many years of experience to share with you to get you to be the best singer you can be.
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Sherita N Jul 1, 2015
Study Skills · In studio
James is an excellent instructor that has tremendous amount of patience with the most difficult students. He is also very skillful in academics especially English and language arts. He has the unquie ability to break the assignment or steps down for the student to learn on his/her individual level! A great pleasure to work beside him !
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Michael Jun 28, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
James worked with me in Youth Group leadership and mentoring. Completely responsible, very creative, and ready to try everything -- we used music, art, dance, theater, games, word puzzles, and anything else we could think of to develop the teaching material/learning outcomes that we were seeking. James brings a spirit of confidence and integrity to all he does. Certainly one of my favorite people to work on a project with and a true gift to a team or ensemble.