My broad range of educational and teaching experiences, as well as the students with whom I've worked, have prepared me both to meet my students where they are and help them go as far as they can. My PhD is in history and religious studies. As an adjunct professor at two universities, I teach writing-intensive courses to undergraduates (freshmen through seniors) in history, literature, and religion. As a critical reading/writing/vocabulary tutor, I've helped middle and high school succeed on the PSATs, SATs, ACTs, and AP exams. As a Sunday School teacher, I've taught religious history to middle and high school students.
Because I've worked with so many students, I know how important it is to meet students where they are, motivate them to push beyond their perceived limits, and support their particular needs as they take on that endeavor. I believe that no one is inherently "good" or "bad" at particular subjects: writing, reading, vocabulary, and history are all skills which anyone can improve with effort and the right guidance. I strive to create an atmosphere in which students are comfortable enough to exceed their limits. While my primary role is to facilitate the mastery of specific skills, my ultimate goal is for my students to become self-directed learners.
Undergraduate courses taught:
"East European Civilization" (Dept. of History, U. of Pittsburgh)
"Religions of the West" (Dept. of Religion/History, U. of Pittsburgh)
"Behind Bars: Cross-Cultural Representations of Prison in the Twentieth Century" (Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures, U. of Pittsburgh)
"History of Christianity" (Dept. of History, Chatham University)
"Vampire: Blood and Empire" (Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures, U. of Pittsburgh)
"Religion, Migration, and Social Change" (Dept. of History, Chatham University)
"Madness and Madmen in Russian Culture"(Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures, U. of Pittsburgh)
"University Teaching Practicum" (Graduate course on teaching, U. of Pittsburgh)
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