Ohio University, Athens (Geological Sciences)
My name is Shawn and I'm a science enthusiast! I hold a Bachelors Degree in Geological Sciences from Ohio University and have worked in the oil and gas field as a wellsite geologist for three years. While I do excel in my field of study, I have more of a passion for assisting in the education of others.
When I say education I do not mean it in the sense of purely classroom in a high school, per se. But rather, I mean that I emulate the science popularizers, such as the late Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson and many others. Teaching adults and children the joy of learning something new excites me more than anything else.
Prior to college, I worked for a program at Ohio University called Kids On Campus, which focused on both summer schooling as well as an after-school supplemental education for under-privileged children from around the Southeast Ohio area. For over six years I was directly involved helping children from various age groups with their supplemental education and mentoring. It has been a wonderful experience watching them all grow to be productive young adults and have a passion for learning.
My approach to education is not giving the student writ facts and asking them to memorize them, but rather to involve them through demonstrations and experiments. For example: It's easy to teach a child the Constitution by telling it to them article by article, but it will bore them quickly. Instead, it's best to use the "Kunitz Method": Tell them not read it and have them draw up what they think the delegates would have done. The students free the slaves while the original Constitution did not; the students reserve war-making powers to the president and not to the Congress like the Constitution; why? Comparing and contrasting these details drive home the point and appreciation for history such as this. Methods such as these help make education and learning a joy, something for which I strive.
In my experiences, a relaxed, informal atmosphere is beneficial for retention of knowledge. However, strict professionalism in doing so is always held above all. My name is Shawn and I'm a science enthusiast! I hold a Bachelors Degree in Geological Sciences from Ohio University and have worked in the oil and gas field as a wellsite geologist for three years. While I do excel in my field of study, I have more of a passion for assisting in the education of others.
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I play marching percussion instruments (battery only). I have experience playing in the Ohio University Marching 110 (snare) and some corps experience, as well. Most every summer I travel around Ohio and instruct high school drum lines, from rudimentary skills to the more experienced lines. I can also play drum set, although my skills are rudimentary.
My undergraduate degree is in geology and I've been implementing my knowledge in the field for the past three years as a wellsite geologist. I've tutored undergrads before as well as volunteered to lead lecture classes in 101.