University of Rhode Island
I graduated from the University of Rhode Island (2002) after a career as a sales representative with McConaughy Associates. This planned change in careers offered me a chance to give back to society in a manner best befitting my passion for history, and my desire to share that knowledge with our youth. I successfully completed my degree program (BS Social Studies/Secondary Ed.) and graduated at the top of my class with a 3.91 gpa. I am a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key National Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi, and the National Council for Social Studies.
My theory on pedagogy is based on my past experiences as a father, businessman, and educator. I believe that a teacher should be intellectually enlightened on a variety of subjects and committed to sharing that knowledge with his students. It should be done out of the consideration for everyone and respectful of the diversity of cultures and socioeconomic conditions across a wide spectrum of learning abilities. Additionally, students with special needs should never be ostracized but included into the fabric of a school's environment. Notwithstanding, all ideas and principles should be explored and presented as evidence of the growth of mankind and his ability to adapt to an ever changing world. Therefore, a teacher in not only and educator but a representative of society and should conduct his life and career with positive experiences that are evident both inside and outside of the classroom.
For several years I taught high school but left education due to my wife's new position with a global bio-tech company. I cared for our children while she advanced in her career abroad. As the kids are now adults, I now can continue my career in education. I am currently applying for teaching positions at various schools and look forward to being under contract for the fall of 2013. I look forward to hearing from you.
Steve P. I graduated from the University of Rhode Island (2002) after a career as a sales representative with McConaughy Associates. This planned change in careers offered me a chance to give back to society in a manner best befitting my passion for history, and my desire to share that knowledge with our youth. I successfully completed my degree program
I am a licensed teacher of "American History" I -II both CP and Honors (9-12). I apply a variety of teaching strategies and assessments to coincide with a historical time line that begins with the Age of U.S. Imperialism and ends with the Cold War. However, I will guide each and every student's ability to learn assigned information in accordance with his/her learning abilities, grade level, and course objectives outlined by the teacher.
I have had students with Dyslexia in my classroom. Most students with Dyslexia are mainstreamed with other students. In doing so, an IEP (Individualized Educational Program) is generated to help guide the teacher's ability to help the student with his/her course work. I have had several students with Dyslexia who successfully completed my course. However, if the student to be tutored is beyond an inclusive program, I will be unable to assist that student.
I am a licensed teacher of "European History" I -II both CP and Honors (9-12). Students will investigate the events, ideologies, and socioeconomic conditions, as well as the personalities, that shaped the lives of Europeans from the fall of the Roman Empire up to and including World War II. As a condition of their investigation, my students will study the historical record via three levels of causation: the individual, state, and international system. Furthermore, their ability to think critically will be assessed using the "what-ifs" or what scholars like to call counterfactuals. All tutoring on this subject will be grade level/learning ability appropriate, and in accordance with the course outline provided by his/her teacher.
As part of my (BS-Social Studies) degree program at the University of Rhode Island, I was required to learn above and beyond what is needed for a BA in History. With that said, I studied Western theology as it pertained to the Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam. I currently enjoy the study of the Abrahamic faiths as a way to further my knowledge of the Ancients. It also fosters to enhance my understanding of how religion is so often sewn into the fabric of Western law and conflict resolutions.
I have taught students with Aspergers, ADD/ADHD, and other mental disorders. I also participated in a developmental program (ADP - Apponequet Developmental Program) where I taught American History to both "at risk" students and those with various learning disorders; as well as 504s. Unfortunately, if the 504 student is not currently mainstreamed in his/her class, I will not be able to accommodate their needs.