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I offer prospective students many subjects, culled from a variety of disciplinary pallets*, because I resonate with one of the teachings of the Ancient Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, (535 BC - 475 BC) who was reputed to have shared with his students the concept that the only universal constant is change, I work with each student, with whom I may be blessed, as if he or she were my only.
As an ongoing student of neuroscience, I have witnessed the profoundly maladaptive results of the fear response, particularly in its unswerving capacity to derail, if not completely shut down, the cerebral cortex, rendering higher order thinking processes, of which learning is an aspect, all but completely impossible.
Students so afflicted, are at the mercy of their respective stress responses. For them, learning is, at best, a tedious struggle, if not torture.
Consequently, I thrive on each and every opportunity to patiently, gently, engendering thought processes, through which I lead each student from his or or predetermined perspectives of origin, through means most comfortable, in order best to achieve goals of joyful success.
Inasmuch as teaching is, in and of itself, the highest expression of my soul, I thrive on each "teachable moment"; opportunities through which connections can be forged; linking previously known material with that as yet to be apprehended, thereby assisting in the elevation of my students to attain both their goals, and their joy!
As stated previously, my research interests, as well as those subjects that I have formerly studied, are varied. Human adaptive physiology, anatomy and physiology, neuroscience, psychopharmacology, anthropology, archaeology, paleopathology, biology, English, history, sociology, psychology, writing, and reading are among my favorites, I am flexible and eager to learn through and from teaching opportunities as they present themselves.
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