Chess at Three and Story Time Music are proud to announce our October 2019 Tutor of the Month: Dace McNally
Dace McNally is one of our most talented tutors who specializes in teaching chess and music.
Here are some fun facts about the amazing Dace, in his own words:
Where are you from originally?
Clearwater, Florida. Right by the beach!
What’s your favorite book?
This is a tough one. Either The Prophet or my Shakespeare Anthology.
What is your proudest moment as a teacher?
I had a very young chess student place 1st in his first chess tournament. He was up against kids a couple of years his senior. His dad sent me a photo of him with his trophy and this big grin on his face. I’ve never felt more pride in what I do and in all my student’s endless ability.
What makes you such a great Chess/Music tutor?
I will never admit to being great because I feel there’s always room for improvement. But if someone asked me for advice, I’d probably tell them it’s all about your connection with the kids you teach. See them eye to eye, show interest in their life, make them laugh, let them make you laugh, and be nothing but patient. Just as the lessons of chess transcend the game itself, so do the relationships you forge with your students. Everyone remembers their favorite teacher… be that teacher.
Thank you Dace, we’re lucky to have you!