I graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 1999 with a BA in English
, my focus on American Literature
. I joined the Army after and was stationed in Germany. When I got out of the Army I went back to school for my Master's in Ancient and Classical History
along with a graduate degree in American History
. This is basically the same as 2 master's degrees. My proficiency is in history but I have experience as a writer and I appreciate literature.
I have visited Greece and seen the battle site of Chaeronea, where Philip II and his son Alexander, not yet the Great, defeated a Greek
alliance and altered the course of history. Without Philip and later Alexander, the Greeks might never have bothered invading Persia and breaking their backs. While in Greece I also saw the island of Sphacteria, an important location for the Peloponnesian War, Sparta, Mycenae, Athens and the harbor, what's left of it. I have a very good idea of what the distances, terrain, and environment was like while the Greeks were becoming THE GREEKS!
I visited Rome and toured many of the sights, not the least of which was the place where the Roman government met, toured the Vatican, and saw the sights first hand. I can't say Rome left the impression Greece did but maybe that's because I saw the tourist things and in Greece I made my own tour.
I don't so much teach history as I do have a conversation about it. I can lecture but prefer to discuss it. When I start it is like a boulder rolling downhill. I pick up speed and gather to me everything as I go, providing the facts, both interesting and academic. I won't bore you and you'll learn a great deal.
I can offer tips for writing
good essays and papers. My BA is nothing to brag about for quality of my effort but my MA resume is full of 90-99% grades with none lower than a B on a paper and most comfortably above the 93%. I passed with distinction my comprehensive final, which covered Roman, Greek, Byzantine, and Medieval topics.
If you HATE history then I'm the tutor you need. I might not make you love it but I'll show you aspects that appeal to you while I help you with the less interesting aspect of who, where, and when. While they are important, the why is almost always the most important to understanding why they were there and doing what they did.
I currently work at Harrisburg and Moberly as a substitute teacher and currently am working permanently at Harrisburg with two students who have special circumstances.