Saint Bonaventure University (English)
Belford University (Master's)
Take an actor, a storyteller and a dynamic and fun classroom teacher and roll them all into one. Sound enjoyable and effective? Well, it is.
My degrees are in English literature and theatre, and I've been an acting teacher and coach, an instructor in English and creative writing, and a sub in history (and beginning Latin, but that doesn't count). I use anecdotal and interactive techniques to make a lesson come alive; take eleven kids, two cafeteria tables and a lazy susan, and re-enact the Civil War battle of the ironclads between the Monitor and the Virginia!.
Reading, lit and history are so much more fun, and the student's retention is so much higher, when the narrative elements such as plot and characterization are emphasized. After all, people don't remember facts, people remember stories.
And speaking of stories, I'm the author of two historical books; "Two Against Terror", which compares our modern War On Terror with Thomas Jefferson's war against the Barbary Pirates in the early nineteenth century, and a just completed work entitled "The Battle of Oriskany and General Nicholas Herkimer: Revolution in the Mohawk Valley", which will be out in November 2013.
I promise to make curriculum memorable for your student, helping them learn and retain more. Whether it's remedial, test prep or general knowledge and enrichment, Paul Boehlert makes the material come alive. Take an actor, a storyteller and a dynamic and fun classroom teacher and roll them all into one. Sound enjoyable and effective? Well, it is.
My degrees are in English literature and theatre, and I've been an acting teacher and coach, an instructor in English and creative writing, and a sub in history (and beginning Latin, but that
I'm qualified to tutor American History, and have taught it at a learning center in Atlanta, Georgia. But I'm also a professional storyteller who thinks that vivid, captivating stories are the best thing ever. You'll be doing things you don't associate with history--spinning around atop a table as we re-enact the battle between the Monitor and the Virginia, pretending to flee the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, and becoming that famous equestrian who rode to warn the colonists that the British were coming--Sybil Ludington!!!
That's just some of the stories we'll tell. And people don't remember facts--they remember stories.
Paul has been a working public speaker for more than 40 years, giving hundreds of speeches, workshops and other speaking engagements. In addition, since 1991 he has been a professional storyteller, a branch of performance art which partakes liberally of skills and techniques used by speakers. He is an actor with extensive stage, film and TV experience, and has won twenty-eight major awards for performing excellence. Paul currently teaches public speaking at Herkimer College (both in the undergraduate and Community Education programs) and has taught storytelling at the Mohawk Valley Institute for Learning in Retirement, at SUNY Polytechnic. References available upon request
Paul has a Bachelor's degree in English, and a Master's in Theatre. He teaches English Composition, Technical Writing, Literature and Public Speaking at Herkimer College.
Paul is a working professional actor and storyteller, and is expert in reading a story or script, interpreting it and making the words come to life. He shows students how to read for meaning, builds their working vocabulary, and teaches how to quickly identify the most important parts of the text--all of which help a student do better on tests.
Paul has been a working actor for fifty-two years, appearing in 199 stage productions, sixteen films and four Public Television series. In 1988 he received his MFA in Theatre. He's had the honor of working with stars like Paul Newman, James Earl Jones, Burt Reynolds, Peter Ustinov and Swoozie Kurtz. He's a two-time Emmy nominee, has won twenty-two Telly Awards, a Catalyst Gold Award for Best Director (Low-Budget Commercial), two National Communicator Awards of Excellence, and the 2011 Encore Award for Best Actor in A Dramatic Role. Paul teaches and directs both theatre and acting, and believes that the key to a fine performance is knowing as much as you possibly can about your character.