Trinity University (SOCIOLOGY)
San Francisco Theological Seminary (Master's)
Portland State University (Graduate Coursework)
My background includes higher education in more than one discipline. I like to teach, and I like working with people individually. Although I am not a certified teacher, I have experience teaching and tutoring people of various ages. With a wide interdisciplinary background, I am able to assist students in English, History, Sociology, Psychology, graduate-level Counseling, general Religion, Bible studies, Philosophy, Theology, Music, and public speaking.
At the undergraduate level:
I have a B.A. in Sociology from a private liberal arts university, which required all students to study in ten areas in addition to their declared majors. The other subjects I acquired almost enough hours to minor in were history and religion. Along with these, I had classes in philosophy, psychology, political science, pre-law, communication, economics, drama, art, music, pre-med biology, physical education, statistics, math, logic, astronomy, and French. I placed completely out of entry-level undergrad English.
At the post baccalaureate level:
I have course work that is the equivalent of 2 majors - one in psychology, the other in substance abuse counseling. These included theories of personality, biological bases of behavior, abnormal psych, counseling techniques, grief and abuse counseling, psycho-pharmacology of street drugs, behavioral theory, group work, and motivating clients.
I have a 2 year certificate in professional music, which includes theory, music history, stage band, guitar, drums/percussion, keyboard, and voice. I have played the guitar and sung since childhood, and started writing music and poetry at age 13.
I have taken adult non credit courses in creative writing, and have written some short stories.
At the graduate level:
I have a Master of Divinity from an accredited theological consortium. My studies included Hebrew, Greek, old and new testament surveys, history, education, theology, spirituality, counseling, comparative religions, ethics, public speaking, and administration. Papers required extensive research and adherence to MLA standards.
I have graduate coursework in counseling, which included personality theory, abnormal psych, psycho-pharmacology, human development, general counseling, group and family therapy, various therapy techniques, and working with different populations. Papers required strict adherence to APA rules.
From elementary through high school, my favorite subjects were music, English, creative writing, speech, art, drama, social studies, history, civics, biology, and phys ed. I still remember how excited I was when a caring teacher helped me to understand something, encouraged me, and helped me to feel confident in myself. I also remember how fascinated I was with different subjects, and how much I wanted to explore. I also recall how I had trouble with some subjects, and how the difference in the teacher's attitude could make or break that subject for me.
I have chosen to tutor because I like working with people of all ages one to one, in a setting in which I can give them the individual attention they often need. It is important to me to make the learning experience a positive one, in which the student comes away knowing more and feeling better than she or he did before the lesson started.
My method is to assess where the student is, what the gaps or trouble spots are, and what the student's overall goal or need is in the particular situation. In addition to helping students understand the material, I also work with them in establishing study techniques. If they are struggling with motivation, I try to help them find something positive and useful about what they are studying, hopefully to the end that they can accomplish their goal. And, if the situation calls for it, I try to help them see how what they are working on relates to other subjects or areas.
I have worked with adults learning English as a second language, those who dropped out of secondary school, graduate students (including medical), undergraduates, high school, junior high, and elementary students, and am comfortable with any age or academic level. It's fun to play, and it's fun to work hard. What's most important is to find the student's individual learning style and strengths, and use them to get the most out of whatever the student is learning.
The subjects I feel most comfortable tutoring are any of the verbal ones, such as:
English - reading, grammar, literature, composition, creative, non fiction, and academic writing.
English as a second language - grammar, conversation, idioms, American culture.
Social Sciences - history, political science, civics/government, economics, various sociologies, social psychology, psychology, and studies pertaining to certain populations, such as gender, ethnicity, and various subcultures.
Philosophy, theology, Old and New Testament surveys, exegesis, Christology, biblical criticism, comparative religions, church history, homiletics, public speaking, worship and event design, christian education, pastoral counseling, and spirituality.
Critical thinking skills, liberal arts and humanities.
Music - guitar to advanced levels, theory, history, ear training, improvisation, performance.
Speech/public speaking - beginning to advanced preparation and delivery.
Drama - beginning character development and improvisation, reading lines for rehearsal, and basic critique for performance prep.
Foreign language - very beginning levels of Spanish, French, Hebrew and Greek.
Study techniques for general testing, verbal PSAT, SAT, and GRE.
Non-verbal, or not as verbal subjects I can help with are -
Physical education - general skills, such as throwing, running, game rules, playing on a team.
Biology - through undergrad - human systems (except for genetics), plants and animals.
Basic through higher arithmetic (through beginning algebra)
Basic earth science
Beginning astronomy My background includes higher education in more than one discipline. I like to teach, and I like working with people individually. Although I am not a certified teacher, I have experience teaching and tutoring people of various ages. With a wide interdisciplinary background, I am able to assist students in English, History, Sociology, Psychology,
In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.
My experience includes serving as an ordained minister in a solo pastorate in which I preached weekly. My orientation is progressive protestant, with an emphasis on looking at scripture at many levels. I have taught classes from the elementary through the adult level, and have taught several Sunday school teachers how to teach. I have also designed and led various classes, workshops and special events. Other experience includes working as a chaplain and as a counselor, in which I worked with people from all different backgrounds. At this time, I am not active in the ministry, but remain interested in developments in biblical scholarship, theology, and dialogue between various religious and non-religious groups. I am willing to speak and/or learn whatever religious language the student brings to the table, in order to facilitate that student's journey, and encourage every student to ask any and all questions they have.
I began singing and playing music early in my life, and have continued to do so ever since. I play guitar, drums and congas, and have been writing and performing pieces for guitar and voice since age 13. Later in adult life, I completed a 2 year program in professional music at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon. In addition to theory and rhythm, part of that program was to take group voice and ear training.
My passion for music started as far back as I can remember. I started singing in choirs at age 4, and took up the guitar at age 10. At age 13, I started writing music and lyrics, which I performed for friends and family. Along the way, I served as a guitarist and vocal leader for numerous groups. I also took voice lessons. I continued to write and to play, learning popular cover tunes as well. During college and grad school, I had to focus more on academics, but I continued composing and playing throughout my adult life. Later, I completed a program in professional music at Portland Community College.
I have played the guitar since age 10, when I started formal training. At age 13, I started writing music and lyrics for guitar and voice, which I performed for family and friends. In addition, I accompanied and led groups of various sizes in singing. I have performed originals and cover tunes at parties, special events, and as background music for large groups. A few years ago, I completed a 2 year program in professional music at Portland Community College, in Portland, Oregon. Part of that program included sequential courses in guitar and bass, taught so that we could then teach others in a systematic way. For more detail on my coursework, you can view my profile under general music.
In teaching guitar, I can help students develop a strong chord vocabulary and foundation in rhythm. In addition to that, I can teach some finger picking and/or help students to develop their own style. If students want to learn to improvise solo material, I can teach relevant scales and theory, and play background for them to work against. We can also go into some alternate tuning. In addition, if students wish to develop performance technique, I can give some feedback and pointers.
My background includes graduate and undergraduate studies, as well as experience in the field. I can approach the subject material from a sociological, literary, or theological point of view, or can combine any of these into an inter-disciplinary approach.