I have a degree in Biology (Molecular), graduating with Departmental Honors (1988-1993) from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.
I grew up in Kalispell, Montana, but lived in the Baltimore-Washington corridor from 1988-1998 (with a one-year hiatus in Alaska) and in Norfolk, Virginia, from 1998 until I moved to St. Louis in 2007 to work on a graduate degree.
While I am new to WyzAnt, I am not new to tutoring or teaching. I first began tutoring in college through the chaplain’s office in a program for underprivileged children. I married my college sweetheart and for a sabbatical we decided to spend our first year of marriage exploring Alaska where I taught and tutored at a small school in Wasilla, Alaska, where my wife was also the 7th grade English teacher.
After our year of living adventurously in Alaska we moved back to Maryland where I took two jobs at two separate schools in northern Metro Washington, D.C., as primary school teacher for half of the day and a high school chemistry teacher and PE coach.
After one year of splitting between two schools I took a full-time position at one of the schools and taught 6th and 7th grade, all subjects except art, PE, and music.
In 1998 I began a career as a teacher, trainer, and problem solver for a software company. When I left that career to attend grad school in St. Louis, I was the director of training for an academic software group that specialized tools for research in the fields of Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Studies. Used in universities and seminaries worldwide such as Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Duke, Oxford, Cambridge. Their software is widely acclaimed in international journals to be the premier software for research and exegesis of the ancient Greek and Hebrew scriptures.
In addition to my career I have had numerous other interesting education experiences:
I was the Christian Education director for my church in Norfolk for nearly seven years. A congregation of ~300, I taught both adult and children. I developed a recruitment and training program for all children’s teachers. I trained and oversaw the paid Christian Ed staff. I led a weekly discussion group of 10-14 adults. And I was elected by the congregation to sit on the governing board.
I was a guest instructor at La Escuela Presbiteriana de Teología, in Trujillo, Peru, where I designed and taught a month-long course in computer-assisted exegesis (in Spanish). I taught a similar one-day course at a seminary in Lima, Peru and in Santiago, Chile and at a conference near Jerusalem, Israel.
For two months at the San Agustín Language Institute in Trujillo, Peru, taught an adult advanced English conversation course.
I studied Hebrew for two months at an Ulpan (immersion language school) on a kibbutz in Israel, through the The Biblical Language Center.
In my my early 20's (i.e. the early 1990's) I started “Ironman Expeditions,” in Western Montana. For seven summers during and after college I recruited, planned, and lead week-long backpacking expedition of 4-6 college-age men across the largest wilderness complex outside of Alaska.
For almost three years in college I was a Research Laboratory Technician in a Human Genetics lab at Johns Hopkins Medical School, Baltimore, where we worked on understanding cancer cell metastasis.
I took a one-year leave of absence from college between my freshman and sophomore years (1989-90) where I was a ski instructor at The Big Mountain Ski Shop in Whitefish, Montana. This was my first teaching job!
While in college I spent two months living in Turkey, studying Islam and Turkish language and culture.
In high school I lived for a month in Mexico City where I studied Spanish and lived with a Mexican family.
And last but certainly not least, I am the father of five children (three of whom are teenagers!) and they all still love me.
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