Search

Christina S.

Sterling, VA

$40/hour

Humanities Teacher: 4th Grade through Adult

400+ Hours
5.0 average from 136 ratings
Great approach
— S, Chantilly, VA on 10/4/16

$40/Hour


Send a message explaining your needs and Christina will reply soon.

Response time: 2 hours

Contact Christina

Patrick Henry College
B.A. in Literature

Education

Patrick Henry College (B.A. in Literature)

About Christina

My teacher handed me the Iliad when I was fourteen, and I hated it. Eight years and two full tours of the Great Books later, I had learned to like the Western Canon but not how to understand or study it. I still felt like a person at a feast with a stuffy nose. Then I got hired to write Literature class plans and suddenly there was no more "try." What happened next was stranger than fiction, but that's a story I'll save for later.

For now, can you relate to my experience? Maybe they keep telling you "this book is delicious!" but mostly you can't taste it? Or perhaps it seems amazing to you too, but you can't ever get a good grade because you don't know how to explain what you're tasting? Or might you wish that somebody would give you a way to talk about books that doesn't have to begin with your feelings and end with Human Experience? If so, contact me.

I have completed three full tours of the Western Canon and World Literature, as well as two full tours of Western and World History, Government Studies, Religion, and Philosophy. I am also the sole author of a textbook on literature that is presently being used by thousands of high school students around the world. History is my favorite subject. I've taught hundreds of students from kindergarten through adult (and some adult teachers), both online and in local classrooms. Maybe all that sounds impressive, but it is important just because of this: it puts me in a good position to serve you.

I want to understand your goals and then craft lessons that will suit your needs. The humanities are hard but worthwhile subjects. I'd like to help you master them at least and love them at most.
My teacher handed me the Iliad when I was fourteen, and I hated it. Eight years and two full tours of the Great Books later, I had learned to like the Western Canon but not how to understand or study it. I still felt like a person at a feast with a stuffy nose. Then I got hired to write Literature class plans and suddenly there was no more "try." Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 0 miles of Sterling, VA 20166

"Great approach"

- S, Chantilly, VA on 10/4/16

"Great tutor!"

- Avi, Sterling, VA on 4/27/17

"Highly Professional"

- S, Herndon, VA on 3/15/17

"Gifted teacher and encouraging"

- Stacey, Watford City, ND on 3/8/17

"Very Knowledgable"

- Wenchun, Centreville, VA on 1/8/17

"Flexible and creative support that produced results"

- Emerson, Bristow, VA on 12/22/16

"Meaningful Tutoring"

- Shanna and Leah, Sioux Falls, SD on 11/3/16

"Awesome work with a reluctant student"

- Laura, Olathe, KS on 10/16/16

"Great tutor for writing!"

- Mindy, Austin, CO on 9/17/16

"Knowledgeable and experienced tutor"

- Rebecca, Denton, TX on 8/2/16
Music:
Music History
English:
Bible Studies,
English, Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading, Public Speaking, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
Latin, Writing
History:
American History, Classics,
European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Music History,
Political Science, Religion, World History, Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
Public Speaking, Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Bible Studies

I have been studying the Bible more or less continuously for the past twenty years, sometimes as history, sometimes as literature, sometimes through the lens of Hebrew, Greek, or grammar, but always studying it. I have also passed courses in Old and New Testament surveys.

Classics

I studied Latin for five years: two in high school and three in college. When I finished, I was reasonably proficient and able to translate from works such as Cicero, Virgil, etc. In addition, I have made a close literary study of the Iliad, Odyssey, and several of the Greek tragedies. I am also thoroughly familiar with Greco-Roman mythology. I have studied ancient history and am familiar with the contexts of the classics from that perspective as well.

Literature

I have a B.A. in Literature from a private four-year liberal arts college, as well as ten years of experience designing curriculum and teaching in my field at Jr. High through Adult levels. I am the author of a textbook on the theory and history of literature that is currently used across the U.S.

Music History

I have been taught music history at the college level and own materials for teaching music history to others. I also play a musical instrument (the piano) and am well-versed in cultural histories.

Patrick Henry College
B.A. in Literature

Education

Patrick Henry College (B.A. in Literature)

Great approach

Christina is very good in engaging our children in writing skills and I can see rapid improvement. I can certainly recommend her to anyone who is looking to improve vocabulary and critical understanding of the paragraphs.

— S, Chantilly, VA on 10/4/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Christina will travel within 0 miles of Sterling, VA 20166.