Northern Michigan University, Marquette MI (Secondary Education)
Loyola University Chicago (Master's)
My start in education as a swim instructor and coach has greatly influenced my teaching and tutoring style. As a teacher, I am someone who believes in finding out what my students know and coaching them to a better understanding of whatever topic we are studying, building my students' knowledge base as we go along. I tutor the same way.
My interests and experiences are diverse and that helps me connect to my students. I successfully earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Michigan University with a double major in History and Secondary Education and a double minor in English and Political Science while backpacking, skiing, sailing and swimming. I also earned a Master of Arts degree from Loyola University in Public History with a minor in US History while teaching full time. I've taught in a variety of locations from a small high school in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and a dusty classroom on the island of Antigua where I was a Peace Corps Volunteer to a middle school in Los Angeles and high schools in Chicago and New Orleans. I've taught U.S. History, World History, English, Civics, ACT prep, World Geography and Writing to a wide range of ability levels. In a nutshell, I know my subjects and I know how to teach.
I look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve success in your studies! My start in education as a swim instructor and coach has greatly influenced my teaching and tutoring style. As a teacher, I am someone who believes in finding out what my students know and coaching them to a better understanding of whatever topic we are studying, building my students' knowledge base as we go along. I tutor the same way.
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US History is truly my passion. I earned both a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Arts in History with much of my coursework in US History. I spent 4 years as a part of the US Department of Education's Teaching American History grant programs, attending numerous workshops, courses and trainings on a wide variety of US History topics. I am also an independent historian whose research and writing have often overlapped with my tutoring and teaching experience.
I have solid experience in the area of political science. As an undergraduate student, besides earning a BA in history and secondary education, I also minored in political science taking such classes as Nuclear War and Peace, 20th Century American Diplomacy, Comparative Government, American Government and International Relations. In my thirteen years as an educator in the United States (teaching grades 7-12), I taught civics, international relations and government. Additionally, I was both a Peace Corps Volunteer and Recruiter, worked as an academic advisor for the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California, and served as social studies department chair for six years.
While history and secondary education were my undergraduate majors, one of my minors was English which included a strong emphasis on writing. My 15-plus years of teaching and tutoring experience has always included a writing component, from research and report writing to persuasive and expository writing assignments.