I have been teaching for thirteen years at the college, community college, and high school levels. I have taught and tutored across the humanities, including writing, literature, Latin, early Western history, modern European history, and ancient mythology. All of my degrees are in Comparative Literature. I went to UC Davis, and The Pennsylvania State University; I am finishing my PhD now while living in the Bay Area. I have published on diverse topics ranging from Shakespeare to film theory, and I have given talks at national and regional conferences in my field. I have been an academic adviser to more than one hundred students at various colleges, and I have offered individual, tailored tutoring to many students over the years. In addition to helping students with specific subjects, I frequently help them with time-management, study skills, academic-life balance, and strategies to make sure they benefit the most from their time in and out of the classroom.
I most enjoy tutoring Latin and writing. I love helping students with their essays and showing them how to build an effective argument because the ability to communicate and demonstrate one's critical thinking is one of the best tools anyone can have in any field of study. I love teaching and tutoring Latin because to master Latin is to master English; also, the Romans were a pretty wild bunch, and reading about such huge personalities and their accomplishments is a treat unlike any other.
I'm a real movie buff, with about 600 DVDs in my home library. I love cooking, all genres of music, and hiking; also, having lived and taught in France for a year, I'm a huge Francophile and I love visiting Paris anytime I can.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Davis - Bachelor in Arts, Comparative Literature, Russian
Graduate Degree: Penn State University - Master of Arts, Comparative Literature
Hiking, cooking, hip-hop, taking my dogs on adventures
High School English
Study Skills and Organization