Stanford University (Russian)
Columbia University (Master's)
Columbia University (Master's)
I hold two masters degrees, one in Slavic Languages and Literature, one in Political Science. I was headed for a doctorate in Political Science, but after three years of study, I decided to start a small import company here in Boulder, focusing on items from Russia. I wrote the definitive book on the Russian matryoshka doll. In 1994, I branched into development consulting, and I spent four years in the 1990s in Central Asia. In 2006, I went to Afghanistan to work for a USAID contractor. After two years there, I worked for USAID directly from 2011 until 2014. I have conducted a few lectures at the University of Colorado. I enjoyed them immensely, and they were well received. My daughter, among others, says that I should be teaching Russian or political science. I enjoy teaching, and have a combination of book learning and real life experience that I would like to pass on to students.
For my entire adult life, I have been a bit of a political junkie. I have been somewhat active in politics here in Colorado -- for example, I was an election judge in the most recent election. I keep up to date on American politics, as well as the international scene, as I have studied and visited the two hottest areas of the world -- the Middle East and the former Soviet Union.
My tutoring approach is to determine what the student needs to know, and to supplement the teaching that the student is receiving, if any. I would ask for text books, and study them in detail, so that I could be in the same ballpark as the teacher. I would attempt to determine why the student is not understanding the material, and of course tailor my tutoring to the student's needs.
I hold two masters degrees, one in Slavic Languages and Literature, one in Political Science. I was headed for a doctorate in Political Science, but after three years of study, I decided to start a small import company here in Boulder, focusing on items from Russia. I wrote the definitive book on the Russian matryoshka doll. In 1994, I branched
My daughter enjoyed her experience with Rett tremendously. It was fun to hear them discuss political ideas and beliefs for a political cartoon project. She learned a lot from him and gained confidence.
Rett is a knowledgeable Russian teacher, who caters the lessons/vocab to things that interest me, while also introducing new grammar concepts as we go.
Rett taught me a good skill of dative and nominative and vocabulary skills. He is patient and has a good sense of humor. Help me accomplish my passing grade on Russian course that I can fail without him.
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With a masters degree in Slavic Languages and Literature and another in Political Science, I know the world well. While I have spent much of my life in Boulder, I have also lived and worked in Germany, France, Kazakhstan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Afghanistan -- always with an interest in the politics and cultures of those countries, and those continents.
I received a Masters Degree in Political Science in 1987, and continued studying political science at Columbia for two years after that. Since that time, I have been practicing political science, including time spent in development projects in three former Soviet countries, and recently, five years in Afghanistan.
So I am rusty in theoretical political science, but well versed in current political activities. I have conducted a few lectures at the University of Colorado (in political science and geography), and truly enjoy interactions with younger people. Feedback has been positive.
I began studying Russian in high school, majored in the subject at Stanford University, and received a Masters Degree in Slavic Languages and Literature from Columbia University. My daughter has been telling me for years that I should teach Russian. My favorite compliment was when I was in Moscow about ten years ago, and a woman said, "You have been living in the US so long that you have developed an American accent." I was born and raised in Colorado, with no Russian roots. I do have a wife who is the daughter of Russian parents, so in a pinch I can ask her for assistance. But my six years of formal Russian training, combined with my native English, gets me through most situations.
I have a thorough knowledge of Russian history, and a good knowledge of most places around the world (especially western Europe; not so much East Asia).