WHY DO I TUTOR?
The greatest joy in my life is sharing knowledge about the things I care and know about the most : the fascinating study of human beings and their social behavior (sociology), the shaping of words to inform and empower us (writing), and the complex and often confusing ways that we make our laws, establish our rights, and protect our communities (politics and government).
EVERYONE CAN LEARN
My teaching experience spans many years and many subjects and settings, including outdoor education for middle school students, vocational training for people with disabilities, beginning and advanced sociology courses for undergraduates at UC Davis, and politics and government courses for graduate students at Golden Gate University and University of San Francisco. I believe that everyone has the ability to learn if they are given the proper encouragement and the right information clearly presented in a way they can understand.
MY SOCIOLOGY BACKGROUND
In addition to my teaching experience, I've been a researcher for Far West Laboratory for Educational Research, Institute on Criminal Justice, and The California Endowment. As a graduate student, I was awarded a Regents Scholarship as the outstanding student in my program. I'm especially interested in the sociology of politics, organizations, rural communities, and the arts. I prefer "qualitative sociology" based on real human interaction to "quantitative sociology," which relies more on surveys and statistics.
MY WRITING BACKGROUND
I've been the creator, editor, main writer and publisher of five print and online newsletters and web sites. For 15 years I was the book review editor for Ridge Review, a magazine about the people and ecology of the North Coast of California. In my writing, I use good research and writing methods to take information that is too big or too complicated to be digested easily and turn it into something that most people can understand.
MY POLITICS & GOVERNMENT BACKGROUND
I have worked for over 20 years as an advocate for four different public interest organizations dealing directly with local, state and federal politics and government. I can explain from first-hand experience how our government works. And I have taken courses from some of the best teachers in the University of California system, as well as writing and speaking myself on the subject, too.
As your tutor I can give you the benefit of both a strong academic background and years of real life experience. With that combination, you will learn what you need to succeed in school plus get a head start on what you need to know as you go on to build a career in the rough and tumble of work and life.
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