Rhodes College in Memphis (BA in History)
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (Graduate Coursework)
I have 24 years of classroom teaching experience at a private school in Memphis.
I taught American History for 20 years, World Geography for 24 years, Modern World History for 4 years, and Ancient and Medieval World History for 2 years. I also coached basketball for 17 years and was the faculty advisor for our Youth-in-Government Club for 20 years. For the past two years, I have been tutoring students grades 9 through 12 in American History and American Government.
My educational background is as follows: I graduated from Little Rock Central High in 1974. After that, I attended Rhodes College in Memphis and graduated in 1978 with a BA degree in History. I had a 3.77 grade point average and was admitted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. In 1979, I entered the University of Arkansas Graduate School in Fayetteville. I earned 36 hours of graduate study in History and was awarded the 1982 Gordon McNeil Award for the Best Research Paper By a Graduate Student.
Since then, I have taken various Education, Psychology, and History classes for professional improvement.
As a teacher and tutor, I aim to take what can be complicated material and present it in a way that the student can understand. I first seek to determine the student's strengths and weaknesses in such areas as reading, note-taking, and comprehension. I want to make sure that the student understands the vocabulary and basic concepts of the subject in question. I make sure that the student has an understanding of the general themes and developments (an overall framework, if you will) regarding the topic in question. This way the specific details (people, places, events) have more meaning for the student, as opposed to being merely random facts. I use examples or anecdotes to explain the topic. I will use charts or diagrams, when applicable, to help explain a topic or material. I encourage the student to ask questions freely. I have 24 years of classroom teaching experience at a private school in Memphis.
I taught American History for 20 years, World Geography for 24 years, Modern World History for 4 years, and Ancient and Medieval World History for 2 years. I also coached basketball for 17 years and was the faculty advisor for our Youth-in-Government Club
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