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I love life and love learning. It gives me great joy to pass on to young people a love of learning, of books, of art, of poetry, of the important things of life.

Having jobs that have forced me to continually learn new and complex information and skills, I have great compassion for students needing coaching to unlock the power of the mind to learn. I relate well to children and teens, having fathered, mentored, and helped to teach six at home. I have substitute taught elementary through high school -- band and chorus and art and French and geography and social sciences.

I have been told I am a good teacher. At the Naval Academy I was chosen the best of 22 military instructors in the Leadership and Law faculty. I have co-authored one leadership text and authored a mobile crane training text. I am an industrial (mobile crane and rigging) instructor and examiner of distinction. My years of professional service in the Navy put me in very responsible positions where training, briefing, and teaching skills were required.

Undergraduate Degree:

 US Naval Academy - Bachelors, Literature with European Languages

Graduate Degree:

 US Naval Postgraduate School - Masters, Religious Studies

Classical music, antiquities, foreign languages, archaeology, calligraphy, art songs, Relligion

10th Grade

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Science

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Science

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep

ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Prep

ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Prep

ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Prep

Adult Literacy

African-American History

American Literature

Ancient and Medieval Heritage

AP Art History

AP French

AP US Government

AP US History

Art History

ASVAB Prep

British Literature

Civics

Classics

CLEP American Government

CLEP Humanities

CLEP Natural Sciences

CLEP Principles of Management

CLEP Social Sciences and History

CLEP Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648

CLEP Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present

College Geography

College Level American History

College Level American Literature

College World History

Comparative Literature

Conversational French

Conversational German

Creative Writing

Drawing

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

Ethics

Expository Writing

French 1

German 1

German 2

German 3

Greek

Guitar

Handwriting

Hebrew

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School World History

High School Writing

History Of Science

Homeschool

Homework Support

IB World Religions

Introduction to Fiction

Introduction to Poetry

Middle School

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Painting

Persuasive Writing

Photography

Piano

Poetry Writing

Political Science

Romanian

SAT Subject Test in German

SAT Subject Test in German with Listening

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Shakespeare

Singing

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Technical Writing

The Modern World

US Constitutional History

US History

Vocabulary

Voice

World Civilization

World Literature

What is your teaching philosophy?

To coach the student through success and encouragement to become skilled in pursuing knowledge on their own.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

After greeting and introducing ourselves, I ask basic questions about interests, hobbies, and what they read. Then, I ask what they hope to gain by studying with a tutor. My goal is to discern their learning style and how to begin with the known (their background) and move to the unknown (the subject at hand).

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

1. Help them grasp their own learning style, 2. Present a multiple learning gate approach (reading out loud, tracing diagram with a finger, mimicry, and humor -- all to make a deeper impression on the mind's "learning center."

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Successes every session. Praise. For them to see real progress and confidence. Promote learning as the gateway to achievement and reward.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Try another learning approach. Have them tell me what they do know by asking discerning questions.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Coach them to use a pacer, to scan, to gist, to read the topic sentence and the concluding sentence first, to teach them to trust their mind to process the page, to address, and to overcome the difficulties of the past.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

To respect them. To begin small. To take something they like and are motivated to do, and show how our subject can help them and be fun in that very area.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Success and praise. See the large vista of learning and its joys of pursuit. Enlarge the view beyond the current difficulty.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Constant feedback. Active listening. Ask leading questions. Study the student. Listen to what they say. Give them my undivided attention.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Begin small and praise their successes. Never scold. Never pull out the tapestry of learning just woven.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

When we begin, sound them out in a way that is subtle. Ask "diagnostic" questions about learning techniques like "how do you review?"

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

The experience is about THEM and not ME. I adapt to what they need and give them what they do not have. I am in a continuous feedback loop based on their responses/performance.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Applications (examples) that are visual in nature and evoke memory ("There was Caesar, stabbed through twenty times by his friends, and bleeding bright red onto the white marble floor . . ."), diagrams, sketches. I am a "blackboard" man. Songs. Ditties. Mnemonic devices. Whatever it takes. Whatever is fun and leaves a positive impression/reinforcement with the student.