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University of California at Berkeley (Ethnic Studies)
John F. Kennedy University, School of Law (J.D.)
Universal Life Church Monastery (PhD)
My love of teaching comes from a 20-year educational journey that began with attentive and compassionate teachers in Hawai'i. As a Berkeley Valedictorian and later as my Law School's Editor-In-Chief, I appreciate the fact that focus on hard work and consistent dedication to the learning process reaps lifelong rewards. During my years at UC Berkeley, I mentored hundreds of students one-on-one as a teacher's assistant focused on honing reading comprehension and essay composition skills in addition to providing lectures comparing classical western with ethnic/cultural literature. In law school, I provided one-on-one mentoring in addition to delivering weekly review lectures in Torts and Criminal Law that included multiple-choice and short-essay quizzes. After receiving my doctorate in Religious Philosophy, I explored further teaching opportunities encompassing various spiritual philosophy topics. In every situation, I enjoyed observing my students blossom with their increased knowledge and understanding, and those results have made teaching one of the most rewarding of my life experiences.
I have chosen to specialize in tutoring in subjects offered as elementary and high school basics (e.g., Reading Comprehension, Writing/Grammar, Arithmetic) through college-level English, History and Philosophy coursework for success in learning and on examinations. For law school students, I am available to tutor in the areas of Torts, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Philosophy of Law. I assign challenging homework after every lesson, and provide periodic assessments and progress reports to my students.
I hold myself to a high standard of performance. Accordingly, I will often request feedback from my students and their parents, and I will not charge for a lesson in which either student or parent is not completely satisfied with my tutoring.
I want to be flexible with my time for my students. Therefore, although I have a 24-hour cancellation policy on class sessions, I conduct make-up sessions for missed classes.
To ensure that students have a quiet and comfortable study space in which to work with me, students can meet with me at my office in Gig Harbor, where I teach private lessons and group classes. I am unable to travel to another location.
I look forward to you contacting me and assisting you to achieve success in your educational endeavors! My love of teaching comes from a 20-year educational journey that began with attentive and compassionate teachers in Hawai'i. As a Berkeley Valedictorian and later as my Law School's Editor-In-Chief, I appreciate the fact that focus on hard
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Political Science, the study of political organizations and institutions, especially governments, was at the core of my major studies at Berkeley and a necessary component of understanding related to my law school studies at JFKU. My hands-on experience includes a post-graduate externship under then-Supervisor Louise Renne and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors; grants writing assistance to non-profit grassroots community service organizations, and on-the-floor participation in the production of a major political party convention event. I would enjoy guiding students seeking a Political Science tutor for school and in examinations.
My public speaking experience began as Valedictorian of my class at UC Berkeley and continued with public readings of my poetry at small venues like the YWCA on Durant Avenue. Since those years, I have delivered class lectures, created radio PSA advertising spots for nonprofits, delivered regularly aired radio programming on BlogTalkRadio online and, since becoming a Minister, performed weddings and the like to large crowds in attendance. My practical experiences addressing large groups of people, which employ skills, practice and the process of making speeches to large groups of people, would benefit students seeking to improve their public speaking skills.
In 1980, while attending UC Berkeley, I was called into service after a life-changing afternoon personally being with HH Dalai Lama XIV. My spiritual explorations eventually led me to focus on theological studies after law school. I was ordained in 2003 and received my Doctorate of Divinity; thereafter, I completed my doctoral studies in Religious Philosophy and Metaphysics. My spiritual and life experiences centered around specific areas of human society, e.g. sociology, psychology, economics, political science, history, or anthropology with a comparatively analytical focus on people's beliefs and opinions concerning the existence, nature, and worship of a deity or deities, and divine involvement in the universe and human life, allows me to offer a well-rounded learning perspective to my students focusing on Religion in school and for examinations.
I graduated from Berkeley with an Ethnic Studies/Social Sciences double major, areas of study that essentially focus on the same areas of focus as Sociology. Using literature authored by various scholars of Asian, Native American, Hispanic, African-American cultural perspectives, I tutored students and lectured on topics addressing the study of the origin, development, and structure of human societies and the behavior of individual people and groups in society. My experience teaching in this area of study necessarily included an examination of a particular social institution and the part it plays in society - American as well as indigenous cultures. I can offer a well-rounded learning perspective to my students studying Sociology in school and for examinations.