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Jonathan S.

Dover, NH

$50/hour

Science Specialist

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Background check passed as of 1/12/12
4.9 average from 55 ratings
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Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
Agricultural Ecology
Dartmouth College, Thayer School - Engineering
Master's
Simmons College Graduate School of Education
Master's

Education

Hampshire College, Amherst, MA (Agricultural Ecology)

Dartmouth College, Thayer School - Engineering (Master's)

Simmons College Graduate School of Education (Master's)

About Jonathan

I recently moved to Dover, NH from Oakland after having taught and tutored Chemistry and Physics for the past 5 years. Prior to that, I taught high school Physics, Biology, and Chemistry for six years on the East Coast. More specifically, I taught Chemical Forensics, General Chemistry, General Physics, Honors Physics, Physics of Technology (a course on inventions and the inventing process), and a range of Biology courses ranging from Agricultural Ecology to Human Anatomy and Physiology. I have led test prep courses for standardized tests in science, reading, and writing.

I went to Hampshire College, in Amherst, MA where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Ecology in 1975. After a four year stint running a Solar Engineering and Technology company on Bermuda, I returned to graduate school to earn a Masters of Engineering from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, and a Masters of Teaching from Simmons College in Boston, MA. Along the way, I have lived and worked in Rome, Italy (3 years), and The Hague in the Netherlands (8 years). During that time, I served as a Technology Specialist, Agricultural Systems modeler, and workshop leader for courses given in French in North Africa. Before indulging in my passion for teaching full-time, I worked with architects in NH, MA, and VT helping to improve the energy efficiency of building design. I have built a house from start to finish (although, really, a house is never done – at least mine isn’t) and applied for several patents in the heat transfer field.

In my teaching, I have been able to reach many students because my experience outside of the teaching profession allows me to provide more relevant context for what often seem abstract and, perhaps, not very useful concepts. While I love the excitement and sometimes chaotic environment of the classroom, I believe that one-on-one tutoring and hands-on work with a motivated student is the surest way to grasp the sometimes difficult concepts of science. My fundamental belief is that learning is FUN, and finding out what you can do with your knowledge is even more fun.
I recently moved to Dover, NH from Oakland after having taught and tutored Chemistry and Physics for the past 5 years. Prior to that, I taught high school Physics, Read more

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Travels within 20 miles of Dover, NH 03820
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- Michael, Durham, NH on 12/3/15
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology,
Genetics, Physical Science, Physics, Physiology
English:
ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, GED, GRE, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

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Ecology

Ecology has been a passion since college where I conducted field research on Green Vervet monkeys on the island of St Kitts in the Caribbean where they had filled a new niche and become a pest in the sugar cane fields. This work, as well as vegetation mapping on the island of Chappaquiddick, MA, and computer modeling of the reflectance of plants and soils, led to my undergraduate thesis on how humans have, throughout history, helped create deserts in formerly rich agricultural areas. That work was published in a refereed journal the year after I graduated from college. I teach ecology from the viewpoint that we, as humans, are not isolated from the natural environment but are part of that giant web just like any other organism.

Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
Agricultural Ecology
Dartmouth College, Thayer School - Engineering
Master's
Simmons College Graduate School of Education
Master's

Education

Hampshire College, Amherst, MA (Agricultural Ecology)

Dartmouth College, Thayer School - Engineering (Master's)

Simmons College Graduate School of Education (Master's)

Helpful — Jonathan spent over an hour working with our daughter on AP chemistry. She found the session to be very helpful. ...

— Michael, Durham, NH on 12/3/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Jonathan will travel within 20 miles of Dover, NH 03820.