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John W.

Gastonia, NC

$50/hour

Latin and Greek scholar will be your guide to the ancient world

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Catholic University of America (DC)
Greek and Latin
Fordham University
Master's
Fordham University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Catholic University of America (DC) (Greek and Latin)

Fordham University (Master's)

Fordham University (Graduate Coursework)

About John

I first landed in a Latin class by accident in the eighth grade, but soon got bit by the bug and stayed. I earned a BA in Latin and Greek at the Catholic University of America, where I was member and officer in Eta Sigma Phi (Classics honor society), graduated magna cum laude, was inducted into both Phi Eta Sigma (honor society for freshmen) and Phi Beta Kappa, and received the Halton Latin prize as a Sophomore, as well as the Siefert prize for Latin and the Peebles prize for Greek at graduation. After a year's break I went to Fordham University, earning an MA and reaching the dissertation stage of a PhD, and being inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu (the Jesuit honor society). I also spent five of my nine years in the program teaching Latin and Greek. At Fordham I began to see teaching as a calling, and so after stopping the PhD and moving south I spent two years teaching Latin at St. Michael's Catholic School in Gastonia, NC, and organized private Latin classes for the homeschooling and parish communities. Now I want to share the joy I find in the languages with you.

As a teacher I love watching the light bulbs go off as students understand and begin to connect what they've learned with what they already know. I want to make that happen with you and each one of my students. What it takes to get there is different with everyone, and that's why I take a little time when the right opportunity arises to try to get to know you and discover what motivates you--much easier done tutoring one or a few than standing up in front of a classroom.

I also know what skills are required to become a better Latinist or Hellenist, and have learned many techniques and strategies for finding out what students have or still need. My favorite is simply asking questions and listening closely; I hear in the response how you are approaching the problem, and usually see clearly the strengths and weaknesses of it. I then work hard to bring what I know to bear at the right moment and get the most fruitful results.

Latin and Greek have taught me the ins and outs of grammar, and deepened and broadened my knowledge of the ancient world, and from that I have come to see just how extensively our modern world has its roots in the ancient. If you need help with grammar or writing, I can help you select the right word, clarify a muddy sentence, and strengthen the structure of a paragraph. And I can help you see how deeply the thought and history of the ancients still resonates in our world.
I first landed in a Latin class by accident in the eighth grade, but soon got bit by the bug and stayed. I earned a BA in Latin and Greek at the Catholic University of America, where I was member and officer in Eta Sigma Phi (Classics honor society), graduated magna cum laude, was inducted into both Phi Eta Sigma (honor society for freshmen) and Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Gastonia, NC 28052
English:
Grammar
Language:
Greek,
Latin
History:
Classics
Elementary Education:
Grammar

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Classics

If you would like to study the ideas and cultures of the ancient Greeks and Romans, or how they came together to form the common patrimony of Western civilization, I can help you. I have degrees in the Latin and Greek languages from the Catholic University of America and Fordham University, and have also reached the dissertation stage of a PhD in classical philology. Language and culture go together--they are distinct, but not separated--for if you know how a people's language works you have a blueprint or a roadmap of how they thought about things. My studies included courses in Greek and Roman Art and Architecture, Ancient History, mythology, palaeography and papyrology. I also spent an enjoyable semester abroad in Rome seeing up close the things I had before seen only in books and pictures, and twice while doing my graduate work at Fordham taught undergraduate courses that read the great epics and tragedies in translation. In a word, I have been steeped in the history and the imagination of the foundational peoples of the Western world. My friends often find they have an impromptu tourguide when they visit places or exhibits on the ancient world with me. I can be your tour guide also, pointing out to you the important features and themes of the classical world and helping you to see their continued influence and resonance in our own world.

Greek

If you would like to be able to read ancient Greek, anything from Homer to the Book of Revelation, I can help you. I have degrees in ancient Greek from the Catholic University of America, where I wrote my thesis on Herodotus, Plutarch and Bacchylides, and from Fordham University, where I read Greek even from sheets of papyrus and sought to write a dissertation on Thucydides. While doing graduate work at Fordham I taught Greek on the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels, and led students through texts as diverse as the Acts of the Apostles and the Funeral Oration of Pericles. My approach to teaching is multifaceted. We will learn Greek through some active speaking, some long readings, some parsing of short sentences, some work in the the nuts and bolts of grammar, some recitation of forms, and some vocabulary with flashcards. We will try things in different measures and mixtures until I find the combination that seems best suited to your needs. Under my care you will work hard, but I will be your companion along the way, lightening the load with useful tips and good humor. And by the end you will have gone farther than you ever thought yourself capable.

Catholic University of America (DC)
Greek and Latin
Fordham University
Master's
Fordham University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Catholic University of America (DC) (Greek and Latin)

Fordham University (Master's)

Fordham University (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

John will travel within 30 miles of Gastonia, NC 28052.