John W.

Wichita, KS


Retired Rhodes Scholar (missionary kid)

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U. of Rochester


Yale (English)

Oxford (Master's)

U. of Rochester (PhD)

About John

I was born and grew up mostly in the Arab Middle East and India. I have degrees in English, with minors in French & German. I was a faculty member & academic administrator at universities or colleges in different parts of the United States. Before and after retiring from working for colleges and universities, I worked at a variety of occupations, including distributing Success Motivation Institute and Leadership Management International materials, editing and translating for a scholarly press, and providing customer service for internet, FEMA, & mail-order companies. Other than working, I was active with a variety of volunteer activities, including church, scouting, neighborhood, and business (small businesses and start-ups in particular) activities I enjoyed the tutorial system at Oxford. I placed out of the Math requirement at Yale, later taking college courses in calculus, statistics, & computing while working at universities and colleges. I was active in interdisciplinary humanities education while teaching at the University of Chicago, then moving into college administration as Director of Humanities at a start-up college. In addition to areas already mentioned, I am interested in books, music, art, travel, chess, politics, and gardening. I am currently re-reading poetry by Norman David Hirsh & William Butler Yeats and reading works by St. Augustine, Henri Lefebvre's Introduction a la Modernite, James McNamara's Power & Compassion, T. H. Croxall's editions of Soren Kierkegaard's Johannes Climacus or De Omnibus Dubitandum Est & A Sermon, Ronald Hayman's Biography of Thomas Mann, Courtney Anderson's biography of Adoniram Judson, and Georgina Howell's biography, Gertrude Bell, Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations. I was born and grew up mostly in the Arab Middle East and India. I have degrees in English, with minors in French & German. I was a faculty member & academic administrator at universities or colleges in different parts of the United States. Before and after retiring from working for colleges and universities, I worked at a variety of occupations, Read more

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Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Wichita, KS 67212
In-person lessons
Algebra 1, Differential Equations, Elementary Math, GED, Geometry, GRE, Prealgebra, Precalculus
Elementary Science
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies,
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, ASVAB, GED, GRE, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
ESL/ESOL, French, Reading, Writing
American History, European History, Geography, Religion,
Social Studies, World History, Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Reading, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary, Writing
ESL/ESOL, GRE, Macroeconomics, Marketing,
Microeconomics, Public Speaking,

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I was born and grew up mostly in the Middle East, learnt the Arabic alphabet and the Arabic number as a child, studied the Arabic language briefly in high school, worked on transliterating the titles and determining the subject matter of Turkish incunabula written in Arabic letters for two years in college, visited my parents and traveled in the Middle East later, and most recently had a chance to use my Arabic while giving lectures on entrepreneurship in Chad (a country where French and Arabic are the two official languages).

Bible Studies

I grew up as a child of Christian missionaries in the Arab Middle East and India, being exposed to Islam, Hinduism, Yazidi, and other religions. I have owned my own Bible (now some 6 versions) since I was 7 years old and have read it daily. I was active with a Congregational church Sunday Evening Club at Yale, with the Church of Scotland Iona Club at Oxford. I had a Jewish roommate who is now a retired rabbi my last two years at Yale and worked with the Society of Christians and Jews in Oxford. I met my wife when we were both singing in the Rochester Oratoria Society in Rochester, NY, and have sung in church choirs for over 50 years. I have served as an ordained elder on Presbyterian Church sessions in New York, Pennsylvania, and Kansas and on a Presbytery Committee on Preparation for Ministry in Kansas, including reading ministerial students' ordination exams. I have taught adult Sunday School classes and served as pulpit supply at various churches in various states. Recently I taught a course on Biblical Principles of Leadership at an evangelical Christian university in Douala, Cameroun.


I was a college administrator (involved with budget, human relations, marketing, and planning) for more than 25 years, was a distributor of Success Motivation Incorporated and Leadership Management International products (managing my own franchise marketing company products) for over 20 years, and have been a continuing SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) volunteer (counseling or mentoring entrepreneurs and those involved in small business development) for over 15 years.


I have played chess for over 75 years, since I was 5 years old. At Yale, I won the freshman chess tournament, played against New England and Hawaii state champions (winning one rapid-transit game against the New England champion), and competed with the Yale chess team against various opposing teams. At Oxford I played for the Wadham College team in intramural competition, and played against the English champion in an exhibition he gave playing games against 40 different Oxford students simultaneously. When I served in the U.S. Army, I won the troop transport tournament. Since then I have played frequently, giving simultaneous exhibitions, and helping beginners learn.


As a college administrator, I supervised Admissions offices, recruiting students. As a franchisee of Success Motivation Institute and Leadership Management International, I used and sold materials to salespeople and sales managers and trained recruit in how to sell the materials. As a volunteer for SCORE, I kept abreast of internet social network marketing, while also keeping up my knowledge of older marketing methods in order to counsel entrepreneurs and small business executives on marketing and the mportance of marketing plans, also presenting the marketing segment of business planning at workshops.

Public Speaking

I debated in high school and won a state competition in poetry interpretation. As a college faculty member, I have lectured to large classes and used a discussion approach in smaller classes. I have been a pulpit supply preacher in various churches and given talks to various groups. Recently, I gave a series of 4 presentations on entrepreneurship in N'Djamena, Chad; I used to give talks mostly about the Middle East, since I grew up there, but now my recent time in sub-Saharan Africa is more in demand. My mentoring of people going into business has also involved advising them about speaking effectiveness. The first ingredient in public speaking is self-confidence.


I grew up son of Presbyterian missionaries in Iraq, India, & Lebanon, exposed during childhood to Eastern Orthodox Christian, Moslem, Yezidi, Druze, Hindu, Jain & other religions. I was active at Yale in interfaith activities, and my roommate my last 2 years at Yale is now a retired rabbi. At Oxford I was active with Church of Scotland, Church of England, and Christian-Jewish interfaith organizations and worship.
As Vice-President for Academic Affairs at St. Francis College (now St. Francis University) in Pennsylvania, I was involved in Catholic worship and taught pre-seminarians Patristic philosophy. Most of my adult life I have been active in worship, Sunday-school teaching, and administration (as an ordained elder) at Presbyterian churches in New York, Pennsylvania, and Kansas. I have preached as pulpit supply in various churches, mostly Presbyterian and Methodist. In Kansas I have served on a Presbytery Committee on Preparation for Ministry, including reading ordination exams of graduating seminarians. Recently I have been helping a US evangelical university obtain accreditation for a branch in Douala, Cameroun, where I also taught a course in Biblical Foundations for Leadership.

Study Skills

I have multiple degrees in English, culminating with a Ph.D., and decades of experience teaching English and study skills to entering college students with weak preparation. I have decades of experience working with entrepreneurs and small business owners needing to learn business skills to complement their knowledge and experience in their specific industry. I have taken multiple tests and coached students preparing to take such tests as to the best ways to study for them. My B.A. and M.A. at Oxford involved being on the student's end of tutoring, and I continue to enjoy using my skills in tutoring for students and business people.

U. of Rochester


Yale (English)

Oxford (Master's)

U. of Rochester (PhD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

John will travel within 30 miles of Wichita, KS 67212.