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I spent my undergraduate years at Whitman College, where I focused on dramatic literature. I also have an MA in history from Portland State University, which I used as a stepping stone into a PhD program at the University of Durham in the United Kingdom. A few years after I obtained my doctorate in early modern history, I went through the teacher training program at Lewis and Clark College and earned an MA in teaching.
I am passionate about teaching the humanities, especially history, psychology and literature. I am equally passionate about teaching the skills each of these disciplines requires for mastery: critical thinking; reading and comprehension strategies; academic writing and effective research methods. My areas of expertise include American and European history (as well as historiography). I specialize in political and military history, and my interests touch upon issues such as conflict and warfare, colonialism, technology, social psychology and religion. I have taught a wide range of subjects, including British history, Reformation history and Western Civilization at the college level. My secondary education teaching experience includes AP European history, AP Psychology, AP US history, government, economics, global history and 9th-grade history for English Language Learners.
I am also fluent in Latin, both medieval and classical, and because of that, I was able to learn French very quickly. I have tutored Latin to both college and high school students, and I have taught French to first year students as well as AP students.
I believe that learning is an idiosyncratic process, and I believe every person has the right to an education that complements their individual needs. As such, I try to see my students as a whole picture, so I can cater to their strengths while helping them where they might struggle. With new students, I assess their initial basic knowledge so that together we can map where each student needs to go. This approach results in a plan that caters to each student's distinctive learning style.
When not teaching, I love to get out of the city and into the outdoors. You can often find me camping in the mountains, fishing the lakes of the central Oregon Cascades or hiking the trails of the Columbia River Gorge. The city dweller in me does like the occasional day in town, whether its perusing book stores or seeing live music.

Jeff’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Whitman College - Bachelor in Arts, Theatre (Dramatic Literature)

Graduate Degree: University of Durham, UK - PHD, History

Hobbies

Mountaineering, Backpacking, Wilderness First Aid / Survival, Fishing, Reading and Music

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Aspire Prep

ACT English

ACT Reading

ACT Writing

History

Ancient and Medieval Heritage

AP Comparative Government and Politics

AP European History

AP Human Geography

AP Macroeconomics

AP U.S. Government & Politics

AP United States History

AP US Government

AP US History

AP World History

ASPIRE English

ASPIRE Reading

Business

Classics

College Business

College Economics

College English

College Essays

College Geography

College Level American History

College World History

Comparative Literature

Conversational French

Economics

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

European History

French

French 1

French 2

French 3

GED Prep

Geography

Gifted

Government

High School Business

High School Economics

High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History

High School World History

Human Geography

IB Economics

IB Economics SL

IB Extended Essay

IB Geography

IB Geography HL

IB Geography SL

IB Global Politics

IB Global Politics HL

IB Global Politics SL

IB History

IB History HL

IB History SL

IB Philosophy

IB Philosophy HL

IB Philosophy SL

IB Psychology

IB Psychology SL

IB World Religions

IB World Religions SL

Languages

Latin

Latin 1

Latin 2

Latin 3

Latin 4

Literature

Macroeconomics

Other

Phonics

PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills

Psychology

Public Speaking

Reading

SAT Subject Test in French

SAT Subject Test in French with Listening

SAT Subject Test in Latin

SAT Subject Test in World History

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Social Sciences

Social studies

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep

The Modern World

US Constitutional History

US History

World Civilization

World History

World Religions

Writing