To all prospective students: I am a very experienced Latin, English grammar, and Japanese teacher. In addition to these, I am very experienced at teaching French and Spanish as well. I am currently tutoring several students in Latin, Grammar, and Japanese, as well as French and Spanish. In addition I am teaching Japanese at a college at the present time.
I give teaching all I have, and I am told by students that my explanations are clear and excellent. If they do not quite understand my explanation the first time, I will come at my explanation in a different way, and always with the greatest patience. It is important to me that students understand absolutely what we are studying before we continue on to the next point and to this end I will do my utmost. I am told by the parents of students and by students themselves that I inspire confidence and a desire to learn. I have also been commended on my patience. Please rest assured that I will give you and/or your son or daughter my very best effort and do my absolute best to make the lesson but enjoyable and extremely productive, two things which I can guarantee. I look forward to working with you.
As for my education, I received my B.A. in Latin and also in French from the University of North Carolina. I received my M.A. in classics (Latin and Greek) from Florida State University.
I lived in Japan for over 20 years and am quite fluent in the language, and while I was there I taught Latin in a university setting. I have also tutored in Japanese, and as noted above, I am currently teaching it at Wake Tech Community College.
I have taught from Latin I all the way through AP with great success. With regard to French, I have taught French I and II. Of course one cannot be successful all the time and when a student is having trouble, I feel that it is in both our interests for me to know why and I work to find out why and to remedy it. I tutor in a way that is both academic and casual at the same time. I work to put the student at ease and seek to inject humor in where necessary. I am a serious teacher but remain lighthearted in the classroom and when tutoring, because I have found this to be the best way to get students to learn and to enjoy learning.
When I am tutoring, I do give homework and I do expect it to be done. As for mistakes that students make, I give them guidance as to what they have done incorrectly in order to get them to understand. In other words, I get students to find their own mistakes and to fix them through my guidance.
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