University of Northern Iowa (Political Comm.)
University of Kansas (Master's)
Hello! My story made short is that I am a communication educator and speech coach with over four years of experience in both public speaking, speech competition, and political communication. I started out as a music instructor (OF ALL THINGS!), teaching percussion to children, grades 6-12, as well as teaching high school and college marching band, and the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps in 2014. I've recently moved to Brooklyn with my wife and three cats - Sophie, Twerpus, and little Jackson Galaxy.
The best way to explain why I love teaching is because, when you look at teaching from a communication aspect, we all teach. We pass along information from one person to the other. I love thinking just how many teachers I am creating when I teach young children. Some of these children will teach others, they will teach others, and the cycle will continue. It's blows my mind, and I'm proud to contribute to the process!
While serving in the U.S. Army in 2009, I had the privilege to be selected by the Gyeonggi-Do provincial government to educate their workers in ESL, through an English conversation format. This benefited both the students and myself, as we learned not only what words mean, but how to use them in different social scenarios.
I prided myself as a speech coach at the University of Kansas, where more students from my coaching advanced in the KU biennial Linkugel Speech Competition. For four semesters long, I've had one winner, two second place finishers, six finalists, and 11 semifinalists - more than any other speech coach in those two years at KU.
Feel free and don't be shy to contact me if you want to learn how to address others, particularly large audiences. My expertise is in not only knowing how to address large groups of people, but also how to get rid of the jitters and anxiety that naturally come with such a task! I aim to help people overcome the #1 fear in the country - public speaking! We can do this! Hello! My story made short is that I am a communication educator and speech coach with over four years of experience in both public speaking, speech competition, and political communication. I started out as a music instructor (OF ALL THINGS!), teaching percussion to children, grades 6-12, as well as teaching high school and college marching band,
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I have spent the past two years teaching public speaking at the University of Kansas, including both one-on-one mentoring/coaching, as well as guiding classroom-size groups in learning about five different kinds of public speeches.
At the University of Kansas, I also have had a proven success rate with students entering the biennial Linkugel Speech Competition, resulting in six finalists and 11 semifinalists over the course of three semesters. The last competition, both first and second place winners were my students.
I earned my Master's degree in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas, with an emphasis in rhetorical criticism and politics.
My undergraduate degrees are from the University of Northern Iowa in Political Communication, and the University of North Texas in Sociology.