In addition to my 8 years of study of Latin and the Greco-Roman classics (which included extensive study of ancient Egypt, one of the oldest cultures in the world and the fascination with which spawned the development of archaeology), I have had a long interest in ancient Mesopotamian and pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures (specifically Sumerian and Aztec, respectively) and have studied theme extensively as a hobby. All three of these have given me knowledge of archaeological methods and jargon beyond those of the layperson. While I may not be the best tutor for a prospective archaeology major while in college, I will be a wonderful tutor for the younger student with my skill at meeting cultures on their own terms and bringing them alive.
In addition to many relationships outside of a work or educational setting with people with Asperger's, I worked for two years as an instructional aide for people with developmental difference, especially autism (in fact, there is slightly more information on that in my qualifications for Autism). Though difficulties with sensory integration are somewhat less strong in people with Asperger's than with other autism-spectrum diagnoses, I have been able to greatly improve a friend's life by giving her advice on how to deal with said difficulties, for example.
I worked for two years as an instructional aide with Pacific Autism Center for Education, San Jose Unified School District, and Santa Clara County Office of Education. Though population I worked with tended towards the lower-functioning and the younger, I have worked with students from the ages of 4 to 22 years.
I have passed the CBEST myself, in order to enroll in the San Jose State University teacher training program. I am highly comfortable explaining how the test works and helping people succeed at it.
I studied Latin for eight years, throughout high school (Bellarmine College Preparatory) and college (Santa Clara University). I have read Livy, Catullus, Vergil, Ovid, Caesar, Cicero, and many others in the original Latin. Though my studies in college focused on Latin Language and Literature (it was, in fact, my major), they included study of the history of both Greece and Latin and a year of Classical Greek.
I trained at San Jose State University to be a secondary school English teacher, completing every requirement but one (the final student teaching requirement) before personal circumstances prevented my graduation. In addition, I have been writing and performing my own poetry in poetry slams (a form of competitive performance poetry) for thirteen years, competing on a national level twice, on the Palo Alto team in 2006 and 2007.
I trained as a secondary school English teacher at San Jose State University, a program with a strong focus on working with students who don't speak English natively.
In addition, I have familiarity with a language learning and fluency game called Where Are Your Keys?. This game is designed to allow for intensely rapid transfer of language, expecting to give its players a moderate level of simple fluency (ACTFL 2, but fluent rather than proficient) in a target language and American Sign Language both, in 45 minutes, half an hour if you're jumping into a game that's already going.
Finally, I have been interested in languages my entire life and have a deep understanding of how they work. I set a record in college, finishing my linguistics final in ten minutes and getting an A.
I would best serve as a tutor for students studying the Roman era, but can happily and easily help any student of European history.
My study of the Latin language and classics (I majored in Latin Language and Literature at Santa Clara University) as a whole give me a strong grounding in what is generally considered the bedrock of much European civilization. Though I have no formal training in the histories of the other major cultural strains running throughout European history (Celtic, Germanic, Slavic), I have informally studied them. Numerous interests -- politics, the desire to write fantasy fiction, religion, et cetera -- have compelled me to extend my study beyond the Fall of Rome to understand the history of the continent in full.
I have a degree in Latin language and Literature from Santa Clara University. My study of Latin has given me a strong understanding of the Indo-European grammar and further developed my knowledge of English's grammar specifically. I trained as a secondary school English teacher at San Jose State University, completing every requirement save one before personal circumstances intervened.
Hard Of Hearing
I am moderately fluent in American Sign Language, able to converse with my Deaf/Hard of Hearing friends without recourse to voice or lipreading. I am regularly engaged in expanding the accessibility of one of my communities to Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, both as an interpreter and in less direct ways, such as spreading knowledge of effective and polite methods of interaction, making information available non-auditorily, and how to effectively position oneself for them to read your lips. I am also aware of many of the major ethical questions discussed in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities, such as the debate around cochlear implants, and how to be sensitive around those issues.
Lingua latina lingua pulcherrima, lingua facilima, est!
I studied Latin for eight years. I originally learned the language in high school (Bellarmine College Preparatory), and won three silver medals and one bronze on the National Latin Examination during that time. I then went on to major in it in college (Santa Clara University), where I was a member of the Classics fraternity.
I have a strong background in the analysis and production of literary texts. I trained as a secondary school English teacher at San Jose State University after getting my degree in Latin Language and Literature from Santa Clara University. Furthermore, I have engaged in the practice and conversation of literature for some time as a slam poet, writing and performing my own poetry for thirteen years, including two turns on a national stage (Palo Alto team '06 and '07).
I was raised in Silicon Valley by a computer engineer/executive, so I've been playing around with Microsoft Excel since I was thirteen or so (that's 19 years or more!) I have learned many of its tricks and capabilities in that time. However, I didn't follow in my father's footsteps; instead, I became more of a humanities person. This gifts me with the ability to easily explain computer concepts to the average layperson.
Having been raised in Silicon Valley, I have been using Microsoft Windows since I was ten, or younger (that would be 22 years or more!). It is an environment in which I am highly comfortable and, not being a computer professional or geek by any means, I am highly capable and skilled at explaining how MS Windows works to the average layperson.
Having been raised by a computer engineer/executive in Silicon Valley, I have been using Microsoft Word for word-processing and self-publishing since the age of ten or younger (that would be 22 years or more!). In that time, I have explored its nooks and crannies quite thoroughly and have learned a great many of its capabilities and tricks. I became more of a humanities person than a computer nerd, however, which gives me great ease at explaining these tricks and capabilities to the layperson.
I have studied linguistics my entire life, and in fact, finished my college linguistics final in ten minutes (setting a new record -- I passed). Phonology and phonetics is a fascinating subset thereof, and I am comfortable enough with its understanding of how sounds are produced that I find I improve my ability to produce unusual sounds when I hear/read them described in phonological jargon. This understanding of mine is paired with a non-linguist's ability to describe what is happening in simple terms in order to explain them to people who don't have that jargon in their head.
I trained as a high school English teacher at San Jose State University, where my native skill at understanding the grammar, syntax, orthography, and vocabulary of the English language was fine-tuned towards the ability to quickly and readily see both errors and solutions in any given text.
That being said, my philosophy is that the mechanics of language are a tool which we can creatively manipulate to strengthen the desired effect of our writing, rather than a confining prison of empty rules. When I proofread, I tend to look towards ways in which English's linguistic quirks can be leveraged to strengthen the piece I am proofreading in that way.
I have been performing slam poetry for thirteen years, and have earned a place on two national poetry slam teams (Palo Alto '06 and '07). During this time, I have commanded the attention of audiences ranging from attentive library attendees to a sports bar full of drunken hockey fans that didn't care about poetry.
I will be a good tutor for any student who wishes to develop their skills of comfort on stage, use of space, gravitas and emotive presence. I will be very useful to anyone who wants to overcome stage fright, but if someone is looking for help with very specific skills concerning specific forms of public speaking, they may want to hire another tutor.
I attended Catholic schools for 17 years, the earlier half of which was with the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the latter half was with the Society of Jesus (also known as the Jesuits). I minored in Religious Studies at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit institution, and am currently being trained as clergy in a pre-Christian tradition (Sumerian semi-reconstructionism).
I would be a good tutor for most Christian students and any student with an interest in a wide variety of religions and in the history of religion. Though I have hope it could work, I am likely the wrong choice for strongly orthodox or conservative students of any faith.
When i took the SAT in 2000, it had only two sections and a perfect score was a 1600. I scored a 1510.
When I took the SAT in 2000, it had only two sections, so a maximum score was 1600. I scored a 1510. I was also a National Merit scholar quarter-finalist and won three silver medals and one bronze on the National Latin Exam. I trained at San Jose State University to be a secondary school English teacher, completing all requirements save one before personal circumstances intervened.
I am moderately fluent in ASL, able to carry on silent conversations with my Deaf friends without problem or struggle. Most of my knowledge has been gained through conversation with said Deaf friends, though I have a year of actual classroom-based study I have often served as an informal interpreter for the Deaf people in my community. I also have practice in Where Are Your Keys?, a language learning and fluency game which uses ASL as a bridge language and can be played to teach ASL itself.
I'm a good choice for an ASL beginner, but probably not for someone looking for more advanced practice.
In addition to my two years of work as an instructional aide with students with autism, severe emotional disturbance, MR, Prader-Willi, Fragile X, and traumatic brain injury (all covered under my qualifications for Autism), I was raised by a mother with a physical disability. She'd had Guillain-Barré Syndrome at thirteen, used a wheelchair for a few years, and now walks with a crutch and braces. This and long years of friendship with people with disabilities ranging from fibromyalgia to diabetes to spina bifida and many other diagnoses, have given me a strong understanding of the needs and experiences of special needs students and the necessary/helpful accommodations for those needs and experiences.
I studied Latin for eight years, receiving a degree in Latin language and Literature from Santa Clara University. Since 60-90% of English's vocabulary is Latinate in origin (mostly through French), I have a strong knowledge of how to spell the vast majority of words in the English language, simply from that study. My studies of language have been wide-ranging and have vastly improved my understanding of English orthography.
In addition to my training as an English teacher at San Jose State University, I have a degree from Santa Clara University in Latin Language and Literature. Latin is a language I studied academically for eight years, beginning in high school. 60-90% of English's vocabulary is Latinate in origin, mostly by means of French.
I have been writing and performing my own poetry in poetry slam competitions for thirteen years. In doing so, I have won a place on two national teams, Palo Alto '06 and '07.