I was a software developer for 17 years before getting my M.A. in U.S. History
and my M.A.T. in teaching Secondary History. I have a license to teach Social Studies
and also Math
in Massachusetts. I bring an unusual point of view towards History, as I am an experienced Revolutionary War reenactor. I am an excellent editor
History can be taught in terms of facts (the old boring names & dates so many people think of) or in terms of ideas and themes. Although you need to have some facts to build up the ideas and themes, I prefer to think about (and teach) history in terms of stories. What were people thinking? Why did they act
the way they did? What happened as a result? This permits me to engage students more completely, which in turns helps them build a mental "framework" in which they can file the information.
I'm also a math nut. I think playing with math and numbers can be a great deal of fun. I want to relay that sense of fun to my students. Finding patterns, figuring things out for yourself, learning how things all fit together are all passions with me.
Finally, I love writing and using words. I have enough experience as a writer in graduate school and as a teacher/grader of writing that I know I can help many students improve their academic prose. My own college age children swear that my help on a paper is worth at least one half a letter grade.
I look forward to meeting you and your children and helping them improve their understanding of history, math, and writing.
4 hours notice required
Rate includes travel up to 15 miles from my home (01742) by reasonable routes. Hourly rate applies to time after that.
Travels within 25 miles of Concord, MA 01742