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Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia Arkansas (History, Religion)
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (Master's)
I'm originally from Arkansas, but I just moved to DC after living abroad for 7 years. I studied History and Christian Studies: Philosophy at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas, but wanted some broader perspectives. So I studied for my master's at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel in Religious Studies. Then I taught history and general social studies at a private Christian bilingual high school in Honduras for five years. I have traveled to 25 countries on five continents. I speak Spanish and some Hebrew. Now living in central DC, I am an intern on Capitol Hill in Congress.
I have taught the following classes to mostly 10-11th Grades:
- World History
- American History
- Philosophy (Intro and Overview)
- World Geography
- Anthropology (Overview)
- Symbolic Logic
- College and Career Preparation
I want to be clear that I am not a "certified" teacher. I was able to teach abroad in a private school because I have a master's degree.
About teaching Spanish:
I learned Spanish as a 25 year-old living abroad and I speak it well. Many of my colleagues attempted to learn and failed because they did not understand the basics of what it is to learn a language. Most Americans think that learning a language is about memorizing grammar and conjugations. Language is about communication not memorization. Learning a language means starting a small child and committing childlike errors until you "grow-up" slowly in the language through the tutoring of "adults" in the language. It takes a lot of time, a lot of effort, but it is doable.
About teaching History:
For history, my teaching style is very unique. I teach history as a story. I use PowerPoint with music, photos, and some videos to make it as movie-like or as tv-show like as possible. The audio-visual is meant to be an aid to draw my students into the historical settings themselves. I developed this style of teaching over several years of using it in class literally everyday. Obviously, the dramatic style feels different on a one-on-one tutoring session than a large class, but similar principles apply. I would hope to set up on a TV or a projector, but without those, I can just use my laptop.
Tutoring isn't just a part-time job for me, but an extension of my life-long hobby of teaching. If I can help you catch that fire and inspire you to learn the content, then please contact me. I'm originally from Arkansas, but I just moved to DC after living abroad for 7 years. I studied History and Christian Studies: Philosophy at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas, but wanted some broader perspectives. So I
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I am a Christian who reads the Bible almost daily. My undergraduate is in Christian Studies. My graduate studies required me to learn Hebrew, the language of the Old Testament. I have personally led many bible studies over the years ina variety of settings and I'm currently active in one in a local DC church.
I have a master's degree in religious studies, studied Christian Theology in undergraduate, studied Islam and Buddhism in graduate, and lived with Orthodox Jews keeping kosher in Jerusalem. I have traveled to ancient sacrificial grounds, been inside a Mormon Temple, have witnessed the Samaritan Passover, and climbed up the high steps of a Himalayan Buddhist stupa. I also taught 14 world religions for 4 years in my world history class.