From United StatesLiving in New York, United States (17:58 UTC-04:00)
A Professional English Teacher with over 26 years of experience.
italki teacher since Jan 31, 2023
My name is Brian Spivey. I love to travel. I have been to many countries such as, Senegal, Dominican Republic, Zambia, Mexico, South Africa and Antigua. I did martial arts for 8 years and obtained a 3rd Degree Black belt in Tae Kwon Do. I have 6 children and 2 foster children. I love to run. I completed two-half marathons. (I will be on holiday from Tuesday, Feb 21-Sat Feb 25).
Me as a Teacher
I started teaching in 1993. I was a substitute teacher for more than 2 years with the NYC Public School System. I taught a year in a suburban school in Colonie, NY. The last 19 years I've taught in Schenectady. I have taught all grades from Kindergarten to Adult Education. I have online experience. I taught one year online (COVID related) and I have tutored for three years online. We also homeschooled our children for 23 years so I utilize different approaches to education. I also created a year-long African American curriculum in 2020.
My lessons & teaching style
I have been teaching for over 26 years. As a teacher I have developed lesson plans to help 7th and 8th grade students excel. I was an homeschooling dad, so I used a classical approach to education with my own children. Online teaching is different than traditional classroom teaching. When I teach online, I take a little extra time to build trust between the student and me. I use visuals and sometimes google slides. I have access to a ESL curriculum that help student reach their goals.
My teaching material
2002 - 2023
Teacher Schenectady City School DistrictSchenectady City School District - Schenectady, United StatesI have been a classroom teacher for over 26 years. I've taught English for natives and immigrants. I have been exposed to different kinds of students, and I have acquired the skills to help move students from beginners to fluency.
1994 - 1997
Master's - TheologyOral Roberts UniversityStudied Theological history, biblical languages and geography, and participated in some practical services.
1990 - 1992
Bachelor's - English/Black StudiesCity University of New YorkI completed 36 credits in English Literature and 30 credits in Africana studies. It earned a total of 128 credits to obtain a Bachelor Degree.
TEFL -160 Hours TESL Full Circle 2020Had to complete several classes online.
NYS Public School Teacher Certification University of the State of New York Education Dept 2001In order to acquire this certification, a person needs to have a Bachelors Degree. If they don't have a Bachelors Degree in Education, then they must have at least 18 credits in Education. They must student teach for a year, or have one year of substitute teaching. They must pass three teacher certification tests.
Training TOEFL The Bridge Educational Group 2023I had to complete a class online and take all four parts of the TOEFL