I have taught all my life, starting with my younger brother! I retired from the United States Department of State in September 2011, after 19 years of service, most of them overseas. In that career, I taught colleagues how to research and report on political topics, how to speak effectively in public, and how to monitor elections.
For five years, at the U.S. Embassy in Chisinau, Moldova, I trained and fielded teams of Embassy volunteers in eight elections. I also taught at universities: a semester course on U.S. Diplomatic History at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in 2003, and guest lectures on the history and dialects of English at three different universities in Chisinau. Before joining the diplomatic corps in 1992, I taught senior English at the International School of Islamabad, Pakistan (1983-1992), and Ecclesiastical Latin at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena CA (1979-1982).
My teaching methods involve two crucial roles: the Sage on the Stage, who gives the student materials with which to be creative, and the Guide by the Side, who elicits creative responses from the student. The student will learn a great deal, and be able to use what is learned.
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