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Resume May 25, 2008

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Jason McDonald: professional life

Worked as private tutor at primary, secondary and college levels. Worked with youth and special populations teaching skills focusing on experiential learning, discovering strengths, and empowering individuals. Worked in various corporate environments as an engineer.

University of California, Santa Barbara: Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering. Graduated with High Honors and distinction in the major: June 1997

Academic Tutor, 1999-current
Tutor middle school, high school, and college students in physics and mathematics, including arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus and SAT prep.

Math Teacher, New Vista High school, Boulder, CO. 2001-2002.
Taught SAT prep classes and math workshops.

Tutorial Leader, Hewlett-Packard, Colorado Springs, CO. Summer, 1994. Taught middle school students how to program calculators. Worked with small groups troubleshooting and problem solving.

Field Instructor, Highland Outdoor Science School. Beaumont, CA. Spring ‘99. Taught archaeology, aquatics, astronomy, environmental science, archery, canoeing, and rock climbing. Facilitated ropes courses, new games and team-building initiatives.

Adaptive Ski Instructor, Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center. Breckenridge, CO. Winter 1998/99. Provided outdoor experiences for people with disabilities. Assessed individual needs, designed personalized lesson plans, and adapted lessons based on performance and ability levels.

Environmental Educator, Colorado Youth Program. Boulder, CO. Summer 1998. Guided 11-16 year old adolescents through 10-day outdoor sessions focusing on nature, ecology and teamwork. Designed and taught sustainable educational curriculum, hands-on learning activities, environmental service projects, and evening activities.

Engineering Coach, Magnet Middle School, Palo Alto, CA. 1998. Worked as a mentor with small groups on a weekly basis to create a science project. Taught visualization skills, model making, and prototype testing.

Wilderness Guide, Institute of Cultural Affairs. Bethel, WA. Summer 1999. Mentored youth on three-week self-discovery backpacking journey through the Olympic Peninsula. Focused on problem solving, conflict resolution, communication and personal accountability.

Mechanical Engineer, IDEO Product Development. Palo Alto, CA. 1997-1998. Worked with designers and engineers providing support on numerous innovative products. Work included research, design, building prototypes, quality control, and testing.

Design Engineer, Microsoft Corporation. Redmond, WA. Summers 1995-96. Worked with Engineers, Industrial Designers, service and component vendors, tooling engineers, and prototyping shop to design, test, and develop next generation joy stick.

Test Engineer, Hewlett-Packard. Colorado Springs, CO. Summer 1994. Worked with Engineers, assembly line workers, and machinists to verify tolerances and reconcile CAD drawings. Trained employees and led seminars on use of test and measurement equipment.

Enthusiastic about learning and enjoy making problem solving experiential. Through creativity and compassion, I integrate other curricula into the learning process to increase learning skills for all subjects.

I live with my wife and son in the Greater Portland area of Maine and tutor math, science, and SAT prep. My brother owns Benchmark Realty and Automated Homefinder. My parents are retired after returning from Bulgaria where they taught English as Peace Corps volunteers.

Meditation and hanging out with my son are a couple of my favorite weekly activities in Southern Maine. I enjoy playing ultimate frisbee when I have the energy. Surfing, snowboarding, camping, and bicycling are a few of my favorite outdoor activities. I am a private pilot and LOVE to fly as often as I am able. I can be found on the beaches in Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough as well as walking the streets of Portland in my free time. We enjoy visiting friends and family in Colorado and California when we get the chance.