I have passed exams at Harvard and Columbia in Greek and Latin. I have studied Greek at Harvard Divinity School. I have a PhD from Columbia in Classical Studies. I have taught Latin and Greek at Montclair State, Trinity Prep, the Collegiate School and privately.
I was an undergraduate Music History minor while I was studying Theater at Penn State. I am familiar with the entire operatic repertoire in addition to chamber and symphonic music. I have extensively researched Baroque opera and am familiar with contemporary music. My performing background includes musical comedy and rock. I play both guitar and piano.
I read for a living. In my academic and creative work, my sole purpose is understanding the texts and how they bring meaning to students. I am familiar with all the humanities and have taught at the secondary and college level. Included in my ability to teach reading is helping students with their writing. Clarifying ideas in language is a skill that all students should master.
I have an MTS degree from Harvard where I specialized in early Christianity with an emphasis on Kabbalah and Jewish influences. I am able to translate texts in Latin and Greek and also have done work in German. My PhD is in Classical Studies from Columbia University and my dissertation topic was St. Augustin. If Your student would care to see my abstract it is on line.
I would be happy to help you with you PhD. I also live very close to you. best, Cynthia