Currently, I teach English at College of the Canyons and Francis Polytechnic High School. Students from College of the Canyons have posted very positive comments about me on Ratemyprofessor.com. I hold a Master's Degree in English from Cal. State Northridge, and a Bachelor's Degree in English (with a Minor in Philosophy), from Loyola Marymount University. I have been teaching for over 20 years. I have studied abroad at Cambridge University, in England, and taught for a year in Spain. I rode a motorcycle from Spain, through France and England and into Ireland and back. Actually, I can't tutor motorcycle riding, but it was an interesting thing to mention. I also play the piano, speak Spanish fluently, and have a limited reading knowledge of French and Latin. My interests are: literature, history, philosophy, religion, music, art and travel. I'm almost always reading classic literature by authors like Alexandre Dumas, Fyodor Dostoyevski, Tolstoi, or Shakespeare, simply because I enjoy them (that is, not for a class or to earn a degree, but because I want to.) When I have free time, I also enjoy spending time with my wife and children, walking our dog, or grilling something tasty in the back yard.
I have worked with a wide variety of students with varying abilities and attributes, from special needs youngsters to honors and Advanced Placement students, ranging in age from 9th Grade to college level (from 18 to 40s and 50s). My basic philosophy of teaching is that students learn best when a teacher accentuates the positive and encourages them in what they are doing right. Of course, there is a place for correction and challenging the student, but that should only occur within a context of support and encouragement that "catches" students doing something right, rather than looking for ways to "catch" them doing wrong.
I would be very happy to answer any further questions or arrange an interview.
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