John Spafford

John S.

Indianapolis, IN

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

Teaching since:
January 2006

What do you WANT to learn?

Learning should always be fun, even when it is challenging. I try to find out what my student WANTS to learn and then integrate that desire into what must be mastered. I have taught at all levels in the Indianapolis Public Schools. I have taught Literature, Composition, and Sociology, to name a few subjects, at the college level.I hold a professionalized Indiana teaching license (expires 2025) and a Master’s degree in education.I have successfully taught at-risk students as they prepared for the GED and TASC high school equivalency, even setting school records for completion rates. I am currently preparing on-line learning courses for the state of Indiana. I home-schooled my own children and they have graduated college with honors.I have authored two best-selling novels, and have written for prestigious publications. I have performed magic, music, and comedy for Fortune 500 companies, festivals, clubs, and home audiences around the country.

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Teacher & Entertainer
Jan 2006 - Present

I have taught this subject in the Indianapolis Public Schools. I have taught many college-level subjects. I hold a current, valid, professionalized teaching license in Elementary Education, which will not expire until January, 2025. Further, I hold a Master’s degree in Adult Education and Training. I have also successfully taught all subjects of the GED and TASC high school equivalency programs. I am also an award-winning photo-journalist and multiple best-selling novelist.

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Master of Arts in Education
Aug 2010 - Dec 2011
University of Phoenix
Elementary Education
Oct 2008 - Nov 2009
University of Phoenix
B.A. Psychology
Jan 1988 - Jan 1990
University of the State of New York
B.A. Sociology
Jan 1988 - Jan 1990
University of the State of New York


Jun 1983
Southern Career Institute


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 2006

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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5 Reviews

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GG Jun 12, 2016
Harmonica · Online

John is a great teacher who is patient and well organized.

Gail G. May 9, 2016
Harmonica · Online

Well, I had my very first harmonica lesson with John S. and he made me very comfortable. The pace and his teaching method was great and I am really looking forward to our next lesson.

Riley D. May 5, 2016
Guitar · In home

John is great! He does really well with teaching kids!

Annell B. Mar 26, 2015
Harmonica · Online

John is an excellent teacher: patient, knowledgeable, fun and I learned a riff my first lesson! The online Skype format worked well. Two thumbs up!

Pat E. Mar 16, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home

I had a stroke and didn't remember much about any kind of music. John was patient, and stayed a little overtime, which made me feel guilty. I think he will actually get me playing music. He's a dear.

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