Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi (Criminal Justice)
Goldman School of Public Policy-UC Berkeley (Graduate Coursework)
School of Public Affairs-American University (Graduate Coursework)
I spent over a decade working in various levels of government as a legislative analyst, writer, researcher and aide. My career has been as a staff member as well as running my own consulting firm which specialized in government relation, crisis management and political strategy. I spent my collegiate years studying history, criminal justice, public policy, psychology and sociology as they has served me best in my profession. Due to the nature of my work, I was able to spend time at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley as well as the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington DC.
To balance what my family calls the "over-seriousness" of my former career I have played saxophone since I was 12 and spent a good deal of my teenage years in an old-school black and white print wet dark room. I've made the transition to digital photography recently which I have found to be a wonderful side profession as I specialize in portraiture and fine art prints. I hope to eventually have the space to build a wet-dark room and bring traditional printing into my business and maybe even give students a chance to explore a dying art form.
While I did tutor on and off in college to fellow students, I have also worked with associates in graduate and law school in areas of policy and constitutional law not to mention the numerous interns I have taught over a decade. For the past five years, I have been tutoring my brother and his roommates (recent UT graduates) in history (U.S.; ancient:Classical, Near East & some Celtic), literature, government and music (predominantly online in between visits to Texas).
Deciding to become a tutor is something I did not ever think about until my 10 year old godson asked if I could teach him to read music, he now plays the viola. Needless to say, it is something that I have found I am fond of and take immense joy in as my life now allows me to take my time and enjoy things at a more sedate pace. I've also realized that most students from children to college have not had the opportunities that I have in regards to the type of education I received and I'd like more opportunities to bridge the gap for them.
Typically when I am working with a student I like to get input from their teacher/professor when I can. If not, I use their syllabus as a guide and branch out to cover all topics needed for the course and I try to add a bit more to tie them into whatever topic they are studying. I also take into consideration the type of learning that works best for the student as some work better with repetition and others are more visual/tactile learners. I also have two siblings who are dyslexic and spent a good deal of their youth working with them to overcome their learning challenges. I have tutored children from ages 10 and up, high school students, college undergrads and even graduate and law students so while it has something I never considered as a profession I have been doing it for quite some time.
I spent over a decade working in various levels of government as a legislative analyst, writer, researcher and aide. My career has been as a staff member as well as running my own consulting firm which specialized in government relation, crisis management and political strategy. I spent my collegiate years studying history, criminal justice,
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