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A. Douglas "Doug" Black, B.A., M.S.Ed.
(386) 262-5663

  • Bachelor of Arts, Southern Adventist University, major field: religion, minor field: history, secondary education certification
  • Master of Science, California State University, East Bay (Hayward), education, with online teaching and learning specialty, 4.0 GPA. My thesis was entitled “Teaching and Learning in the Home School”.
  • Tandy Corporation/Radio Shack™: computer department manager. Top store in Los Angeles region 5 times. Member: Leader’s Club
  • ComputerLand™: education sales specialist. Collaborated with the Palmdale (CA) School District to implement and install networked IBM™ PCs in computer labs district-wide. I also taught classes to the public at ComputerLand™.
  • Credentialed, experienced teacher. I have taught every level from second-grade through college, and am still in touch with many of my former students.
  • Grades 7 & 8 homeroom at Antelope Valley Junior Academy in Lancaster, CA. I taught math, religion, computer science, social studies, natural science, and language arts, as well as high-school algebra I and algebra II.
  • Associate professor at Kettering College in Kettering, OH. I taught Microsoft Office™ applications and served as Coordinator of Instructional Technology.
  • Instructional Technologist and Faculty Development Coordinator at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Florida campus in Port Orange, FL.

    Although his inspiration was likely Confucian philosopher Xunzi, Benjamin Franklin is sometimes credited with saying:
    “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

    A teacher’s prime objective should not be to merely give knowledge to the learner, but rather to help them discover it. This approach encourages active learning for long-term benefit and promotes responsibility for, and ownership of that learning. Every student learns a little differently and this needs to be considered and adjusted for in every situation. One of the biggest obstacles to learning is often the student’s motivation. The best motivation for anything is internal rather than external, and if she or he doesn’t want to learn or sees no value in learning, then the learner must find a way to create motivation within. No one can do it for them, but I can usually help with this. Of course, there are many other things that can interfere with effective learning, and I will gladly assist in minimizing these obstacles if possible.