I wrote my first book/play when I was in third grade. In addition to college prep classes, I trained in art, drama, film and a variety of other subjects. I was a Varsity level swimmer at my high school My volunteer work has included many years of teaching Sunday school classes and Vacation Bible School, tutoring elementary school students (advanced, ESL, and special needs in addition to regular), PTA (several offices, including Unit President) and Girl Scouts (several offices, including leader of a multi-level, ethnically diverse troop). I have directed talent shows and plays (particularly musicals) at elementary schools. In addition, I have lectured to students as far away as Russia (the North Caucasus region) via Skype.
My B.A. is in English with Minors in History and Comparative Literature. My Master's is in Folklore and Mythology with an emphasis in Narrative and Celtic Studies. My Ph.D. is in Folklore and Mythology with an emphasis in Medieval Studies and Indo-European Comparative Mythology. My dissertation, _The Chalice at the Cross_, was on the Holy Grail. I am the co-author of _From Scythia to Camelot_, which has been translated into several languages. I am a lecturer of many different topics, including history, architecture, King Arthur. I served as the researcher on Jerry Bruckheimer's 2004 film _King Arthur_, I have written many chapters and articles in various publications, and I appeared in a National Geographic film on King Arthur as well as working as an extra in several TV series and films. My work has been the basis for several documentaries, novels, and conferences worldwide. I have taught at UCLA and Antioch University as well as serving as an outside member for doctoral committees and as a night school teacher. I can read several different languages, and I have written several screenplays.
Because of my liberal arts education, I am familiar with a wide range of topics, and I have been homeschooling my three children through the Community Home Education Program in Orange County, CA for 6 years, one of whom has ADD and is now attending Pacific Coast High School. I worked as a tutor at Occidental College, and I held jobs as a bibliographer, researcher and teaching assistant at UCLA. I am able to cover a wide range of subjects, and I am familiar with a variety of learning styles. I like to gear tutoring sessions to what interests the student and find ways to help the student remember the subject matter by appealing to the learning style(s) of the individual. Teaching students to learn--rather than simply memorizing facts--is my passion. I hope to work with your student soon!
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