I am a graduate of Longwood University, with degrees in anthropology and history, magna cum laude. Most of the work I've done has been informal in both the classroom and out in the field. I've acted as site supervisor on several archaeological sites, both historic (colonial period) and prehistoric (Late-Woodland Amerindian). I have also presented studies, both independently and as a collaboration, in academic conferences for the Archaeological Society of Virginia and The Longwood Undergraduate Medieval Conference. I specialize in the topics of world history, the history of western civilization, classical, and medieval European history. I am also, however, very familiar with American history. Additionally, my experience with anthropology has allowed be to approach the humanities and history from a variety of perspectives; for instance, I have a very strong interest in approaching history via archaeology and the study of human culture, as opposed to the usual approach of documentary analysis alone.
My previous academic experience has provided me the opportunity to take on leadership in teaching roles within my chosen fields of study, and I have found that I truly enjoy teaching. I've guided several groups of kids, from elementary school age to college undergraduates on archaeological sites and found the work especially rewarding. More than anything, however, I believe it has been the time I have spent tutoring my younger brother and sister, twelve and sixteen years younger than me respectively, that has awakened my interest in sparking interest in history in others and taking on a position as a tutor for those who need a little help.
I believe that the greatest obstacle many find in learning history is the lack of proper context and the time-saving trend pushing memorization by rote. If the past can be presented, however, as a dynamic world whose stories mirror the events of today and still have a definite value and impact, it becomes more real and interesting to the student. This type of presentation is the key to my approach in teaching history.
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