My name is Jason K., and the reason I signed up to be a tutor on WyzAnt is that I love to teach, but unfortunately do not get the opportunity to do so in my current profession. I thought this would be a fun way to interact with people who are eager to learn and keep my teaching skills sharp. Education is my career and I enjoy it greatly.
My current full-time job is that of a Content Developer in the discipline of history for an educational publisher. I design curricula and build online homework assignments for college history classes that are used by hundreds of university teachers across the United States and Canada. While I quite enjoy my work and the opportunity I have to influence the education of thousands of students, I miss that look in a student's eye when he or she finally understands something for the first time. I miss that gasp when they learn something that contradicts their previously-held assumptions. While I have no doubt that my work creates such moments, I miss personally experiencing them.
I have several years of teaching experience, at several different levels. Most of my teaching experience has come at the college level. I was a Teaching Assistant for two years at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville while I earned my MA in History. My research concentrated mostly on Modern Europe (1789-present) and my secondary field was late Ottoman history. Following that, I taught my own classes on Western Civilization at Piedmont Virginia Community College, also in Charlottesville. There, in addition to college-age learners, I had the opportunity to teach adult students, which I found to be richly rewarding. There's nothing like a in-class discussion of the Cold War when some of the participants are old enough to remember ducking and covering!
I have experience teaching at other levels as well. Firstly, I substitute taught at Charlottesville High School in 2009. I additionally spent two years during my graduate studies in a pre-k setting as a volunteer for Jumpstart!, an Americorps program aimed at helping at-risk children develop confidence and a passion for learning.
I am also capable of teaching German language. A native of Linz, Austria, my mother (and her parents) taught me the language as a small child. I continued to study it through high school and college, and relied upon my knowledge of German while doing my scholarly research during my graduate studies. I've spent some time abroad in German-speaking countries and speak perfect High German with a slight Swabian accent. I've successfully tutored English-speakers in German and German-speakers in English. One of my private students approached me several years removed from basic high school German. After one year, she was nearly fluent and felt confident enough to move to Berlin for several months.
To conclude, I am an experienced, passionate educator. I'm in this mostly for the fun of it. If you or someone you know needs a history tutor or wants to learn German, I very much hope you contact me.
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