I start with the end in mind and work with the student or athlete to do the same. Another word for this is setting a goal. A SMART goal. Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Realistic. Time-bound. If you make a goal, write it down, say it out loud, I'm confident we can achieve it together.
I absolutely enjoy getting to know the students I work with and watch them grow throughout the time spent working together. If it is football or basketball, enjoy watching students learn fundamentals and how they actually make them more disciplined, and flat-out better athletes. If it is negotiation, I enjoy challenging the student and working through a book review together. And finally, anything else, Personal Finance, Computers, Microsoft products, etc., it's just fun to teach and learn.
Eric was fantastic with my 8 year old granddaughter yesterday. He was able to bring the gun safety information to her level and made her comfortable learning and shooting her new pellet gun.
Eric is teaching me how to use a computer. He is professional, personable, & patient. As a senior who’s had a traumatic brain injury, I didn’t think anyone could understand how to help me build my skills & my self-confidence. But Eric is very knowledgeable about computers, & also knowledgeable about how to break down instructions into terms that anyone - even an elderly, brain-damaged person - can understand! He’s very flexible & doesn’t mind looking for different ways to explain the same things, & he doesn’t mind repeating things. He started by figuring out how I learn. I don’t adapt my learning to his teaching; he adapts his teaching to my learning. He’s taken me from “how do I turn this thing on?” to “I can’t wait to log on & practice!” The best part is that Eric bases my lessons on what I want to know how to do. Eric is a born teacher & a God-send to those of us who want to learn more about computers but are embarrassed to ask our questions!
Very professional and punctual!
Start with the end in mind. I want to know what the student expects to gain from the experience he or she is signing up for on lessons.com. I am very patient and would rather understand what your goal is so I can tailor the experience you receive. It's how I help you accomplish your goal(s).
Association of Government Accountants: Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) (2018)
American Society of Military Comptrollers: Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM) Candidate
North Carolina State University (2015-2017) (sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard)
- MBA, Finance
- Master of Accounting
East Carolina University (2004-2006)
- B.S. Business Administration, Managerial Finance, 3.94/4.00 GPA
- Many professional readings
If virtual-based, it is easy. $50 per 60-min lesson. This is broken down as follows:
25 min lesson
+ 10 min break
+ 25 min lesson
= 60 mins
My first professional teaching experience was at Garner Magnet High School in Garner, NC. This was from Nov 2009 until Jul 2011. During this time, I was also the head J.V. Football coach of 50 9th and 10th graders. I taught the following courses, receiving honors for each class for "first in peer-group":
1. Personal Finance: This was the first personal finance course ever offered at GMHS. It was solely for 11th and 12th graders. During my second year, I taught this course twice per quarter.
2. Small Business / Entrepreneurship: First, you have to learn to spell the latter. It's all fun from there.
3. Principles of Business: The stape business course taught primarily to 9th through 11th-grade students.
4. Computer Applications I & II: The software and applications used in both courses were Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, and HTML.
Before Nov 2009 I came from Fidelity Investments as a Retirement Investments Associate and Edward Jones as a Financial Advisor, and after Jul 2011, I went back on active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard until retiring as the CFO of the largest district (of nine) in Dec 2019.
During my time as an officer in the Coast Guard, I was a Senior Financial Specialist for the executive staff, coordinating hundreds of training sessions and providing training to thousands of military students in subjects such as individual or family budgeting, QuickBooks, debt or credit management, auto purchasing, PCS (company) relocation, tax assistance, personal finance, rent or purchase decisions, and more.
I founded Coastie Financial, LLC in 2018, a financial services firm committed to creating 30 remote-based jobs for military spouses by 2030.
- Special education students (Garner Magnet High School)
- High School Students (9th through 12th grades) in subjects noted above.
- Military students raging in age predominantly from 18-55 years of age
- Elderly students (Lessons.com and Volunteer for IRS VITA Program, e-filing taxes for the elderly)
NC State Jenkins School of Business released an article in July 2020 titled "Commitment to Service - Dual Degree program", referring to the MBA-Finance and Master of Accounting I completed from 2015-2017, sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard while on active duty.
Make sure they have taken the time and effort to put a lot of information about themselves available, such as theses optional questions. I am very transparent, so if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
Our company motto is to start with the end in mind. That will be the first question I ask you. So, start thinking about it.