I am qualified to teach American history for a variety of reasons. Since I have always been a passionate student and teacher of history, I enjoy making ancient history meaningful to my students by comparing aspects of early America with contemporary events. For instance, clarifying the comparison between the practices and philosophies of government of the Ancient Greeks and ours is a way for them to see their investment in history. These kinds of comparisons give history more urgency to their curriculum requirements.
I am scared to death about the state of grammar in our age. I am not only talking about the disdain students have for learning Grammar, but also the frequency with which I see public figures and television journalists blithely butchering the grammar I am sure they were all taught. The most annoying of all these atrocities is the ignorance of and disregard for the objective case. For instance, sometimes I wonder if "whom" has been officially exiled from the Queen's English. Seriously, the next time you hear someone saying who, ask yourself if they meant whom.
I began my acting career with the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, first as a conservatory student then as a member of the acting company. From there, I moved to New York where I studied with Gene Frankel, Terry Schreiber, and Michael Shurtleff. I appeared in touring productions of BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE and FORTY KARATS. In Los Angeles, I first studied with Milton Katselas and again with Michael Shurtleff (a noted casting director and acting coach) who had now moved to Los Angeles. Mr. Shurtleff later asked me to start taking over his classes as he was preparing to retire. I continued to teach his technique and then became an agent with Writers & Artists Agency. I was there for 15 years and then was hired by the Los Angeles Unified School District from which I recently retired. I offer an extensive background in audition and acting technique.
World History is about important events and people that have shaped the world through centuries of time. By studying what has come before us, we can gain a a better understanding of the world
today. For example, a study of the Ancient Greece would reveal the origins of the democracy in which we as Americans live today.