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John

“Mystery creates wonder, and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.” – Neil Armstrong
Like the first man to walk on the moon, wonder is a driving force in my life. Passion for art, language, exploration and the written word is part of what fuels my belief that we all, “desire to understand.” I am convinced that any student can learn to express their ideas and convictions with persuasion and clarity.
I studied Theatre Arts at the University of New Mexico (Bachelor of Fine Arts) as a four-year scholarship student and I find the plays and playwrights of the Elizabethan era (Shakespeare, John Fletcher, Thomas Kyd) particularly fascinating. Similarly, I am sparked by the writings of Jane Austen, Pablo Neruda, C.S. Lewis, Moliere, Anton Chekhov and more recently, Dava Sobel, to name a few.
Though I am new to tutoring professionally, I home-schooled my son from grades 3-10 before he was accepted to (and graduated from) the Orange County School of the Arts. I come from a family of educators and have long enjoyed helping students K-12 break through their hurdles in homework, projects and assignments. Inspired by my own teachers and professors, I tutor as way of honoring those who helped me conquer my own learning obstacles.
I am available for tutoring in English, Language Arts, History, Math, Pre-Algebra and Algebra. Additionally, I have an extensive background as an audition coach, as a public speaking instructor, and as a mentor in drama/theatre, beginning guitar, songwriting and poetry.
Working as a casting director/camera operator in film and television for more than a decade gave me contact with many thousands of artists and allowed me to hone the art of concise interpretation while working with a vast array of talented performers of all ages. From this came the essence of my tutoring style: helping a student to “peel into the onion” layer by layer, posing questions that examine any subject from multiple angles, be it essay or artifact, equation or axiom. My goal is to help a student possess genuine understanding of any issue and to formulate a thought process for seeing the world – literally – through language, history, math, art and science.
I look for the best in everyone I meet, and I love helping people discover the best in themselves.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of New Mexico-Main Campus - Bachelors, Fine Arts

International Space Station, birds of prey (especially Peregrine Falcons and Cooper’s Hawks), baseball, basketball, skiing, hot-air balloons, archaeology, the Rocky Mountains, music, Hitchcock films and the crossword puzzles of Tunick & Bursztyn.

College English

Comparative Literature

Elementary School Math

High School English