Don Maker

Teacher, English Literature

Don Maker is a retired California-credentialed English teacher and an experienced, caring tutor. He holds a B.A. in English and Comparative Literature from U.C. San Diego and an M.A. in Education from Chapman College, which includes a certificate in early reading. He is a lifelong student and loves to learn about many subjects. Most importantly, he strongly desires for every person he helps, whether child or adult, to succeed and enjoy the fruits of his or her efforts. He is patient and encouraging, and always tries to make learning fun.

He taught ESL for three years in Asia. As a teacher in American public schools (eight years) he taught AP and Honors English, ESL, and the English portion of the SAT. Other humanities subjects included public speaking and history (primarily U.S. and European). Since retiring, he has performed private tutoring (nine years) and conducted classes and programs for several private companies. In addition to the SAT, he has taught the ACT, ISEE, CBEST, and the CSET, which is the test to become an English teacher. Ergo, his knowledge of formal grammar and the new SAT essay (rhetoric) is very strong. He is also the author of five novels and one stage play that can be found on and other book retail sites.


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