University of Chicago/Hunter College CUNY (History)
Johns Hopkins University (Master's)
That obnoxious red pen all teachers used to have? I've got it too, as a long-experienced Senior Editor for a magazine publishing company (only mine is green). I can help make writing correct, clear and interesting. But I'll also help you look at the big picture, take pleasure in the mastery you have already, and approach challenges one by one. After all, writing at its best should be—well, maybe not "fun," exactly, but a satisfying expression of yourself. I've been a small-town weekly-newspaper reporter, a corporate PR writer, a trade magazine editor (MANAGED CARE) and a graduate teaching fellow in the Writing Seminars Department at Johns Hopkins University. And a short story of mine was chosen by writer Ann Beattie (back in the '80s) as top winner in a national fiction competition. I love to write (or at least, as they say, to "have written"!) and I want to make that love infectious.
Well, honestly I don't KNOW if I'm an outstanding English tutor yet, since I'm just getting started. But I gather I was a well-regarded teaching fellow at Johns Hopkins years ago partly because of (a) a genuine interest in helping students' writing and in literature, (b) the ability to listen, and (c) a sense of humor.
History, like science, is undergirded by a respect for evidence. History, like literature, is powered by the ability to imagine people in circumstances other than your own and determine what made them tick. I'm fascinated by the past (not just battles and Presidents, but how people lived and felt) and I can't imagine history not being fun. If it's not fun for you right now (I know the subject is often poorly taught) I'll try to help you get there.
I look forward to hearing from prospective students and their families. That obnoxious red pen all teachers used to have? I've got it too, as a long-experienced Senior Editor for a magazine publishing company (only mine is green). I can help make writing correct, clear and interesting. But I'll also help you look at the big picture, take pleasure in the mastery you have already, and approach challenges one by one.
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B.A. in History, Hunter College, C.U.N.Y.
Prizewinning writer and editor, experienced teacher and tutor
I feel I'd be qualified to tutor in social studies because of my strength in history, geography and political science—subject areas that are considered constituent parts of social studies. I realize, of course, that for younger students, mastering the specific factual content of these disciplines may be a less immediate goal than simply developing an awareness of humankind's social milieu—and how life for people in the Brazilian jungle, for example, differs from your life and those of the friends you hang out with at the mall. (Although I guess malls are in decline!) I was a history major in college, and from 1999 to 2001 I was Senior Editor of a news and social studies magazine for high school students at Scholastic Inc. called THE NEW YORK TIMES UPFRONT—during that period, in fact, that department of the magazine won an award from the Educational Press Association.
I have a bachelor's degree in history, and my interest in history has a focus on politics—and current politics has long been a passion of mine as well. I've worked in political campaigns as everything from a door-to-door canvasser to a leafleter to a phone canvasser to a street-corner speaker to a volunteer writer and designer of campaign literature. I've been an alternate delegate to a county convention and a candidate for delegate in a primary election. I try to keep informed on current legislative developments—the interesting process by which the House of Representatives has been lumbering toward the selection of a new Speaker in the last couple of weeks, for example. And of course I understand that my charge in tutoring a student in political science is NOT to sell my own political point of view, but to help that student strengthen his or her understanding of ALL political points of view—and of how our political system works.
Taught writing as a teaching fellow at Johns Hopkins University. Also worked as Senior Editor of a news magazine for teens, THE NEW YORK TIMES UPFRONT.
National Council of Teachers of English achievement award for writing ability and literary understanding (high school)
Bernard Cohen Short Story Prize, Hunter College, 1986,
M.A. in Writing Seminars, Johns Hopkins University, 1987
Top prize, AMERICAN FICTION 87 competition judged by writer Ann Beattie, 1987