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Indiana State University (Biology)
University of Iowa (Master's)
I emigrated from Northern Ireland with my parents in 1951, grew up first in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, then moved to Glenview, Illinois in 1957 where I completed junior high school and then high school (1962), Glenbrook H.S., now Glenbrook North H.S. After high school I earned a bachelor's degree with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry from Indiana State U. I then earned an M.S. from the University of Iowa's Zoology Department, a department now subsumed under Biology. At the master's level I studied ecology and evolution. I have earned hours beyond the M.S. in both geology and biology from U.I.C. first in studying vertebrate paleontology and then functional morphology. Beyond college I have taught high school, first at G.B.N. for two years, and after a hiatus of several years for thirty-three years at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois. During the previously mentioned hiatus I taught at St. Benedict's H.S. There I taught biology, chemistry, earth science, human physiology, botany, zoology, Advanced Placement Biology, and a cross-curricular course with a colleague in social studies, Integrated Principles of History and Science. I also coached swimming for 19 of those 33 years at N.T.
Within the past 15 years have developed an interest in math modeling human historical processes, specifically urbanization over the last 5000 years, have presented twice at the conference, Hierarchy and Power in the History of Civilizations held at the Russian State University in Moscow and have several publications. I am also an on-going member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Within the last 20 years I have expanded by educational horizons, largely due to my involvement in the Integrated Principles course and taken a number of adult night courses from the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago including courses on Egyptian Architecture, Ancient Warfare, Ancient Trade, the Silk Road, and the Origin and Evolution of the Indo-European Language Family. I retired in June of 2012 and since that time have taught Anatomy and Physiology at two local community colleges and also taken a variety of online courses through Coursera including: Model Thinking, a course in math modeling, Epidemiology, Learning How to Learn, Negotiations, the Global Energy Business, Configuring the World, Deciphering Secrets, a course in understanding the nature of medieval Spanish manuscripts, and one on international policy.
I believe that I have four characteristics which make me an outstanding science tutor. The first of these is my love of teaching. There were only two times in my life when I considered other but related areas of pursuit; as a junior high student I was very interested in animated cartooning and art, and as a sophomore in high school I developed an interest in forestry. Both my interest in art, drawing actually, and my interest in forestry have been used to good advantage in my teaching career. Secondly, I have developed an interest and some understanding of the learning style diversity in my classes, recognize that the learning style diversity in any reasonably sized group of students is considerable, and that student learning style diversity requires significantly different teaching (and tutoring) approaches. Thirdly, while I have significant experience as a teacher, I am to this day an avid student and independent learner and share with my students an understanding of "the other side of the coin". This gives me a sense of empathy that many other teachers may not have. Finally, I believe in the future and in my responsibility to secure that future for the students of today. In my opinion teachers should always open doors, open eyes, and open minds, and I take these responsibilities very seriously.
I would welcome any student from high school through college and beyond who has an interest in understanding the concepts of the sciences that I feel I have some command of. In particular, I would welcome high school students in biology and related courses and especially in A.P. Biology. I would also welcome college students, particularly community college students who have an interest in biology, anatomy and physiology, ecology, and evolution. This last subsumes an interest in genetics as well. Finally, students who are taking cross-curricular courses involving the assessment of global problems should consider contacting me. I emigrated from Northern Ireland with my parents in 1951, grew up first in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, then moved to Glenview, Illinois in 1957 where I completed junior high school and then high school (1962), Glenbrook H.S., now Glenbrook North H.S. After high school I earned a bachelor's degree with a major in … Read more
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I have a Master's degree in Zoology.