I graduated from Seattle University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. I'm currently seeking admission to a Master of Education or Master of Arts in Teaching program in the Cleveland area.
This is my first professional foray into tutoring, but I have extensive experience mentoring and teaching students at the high school and middle school level. As a junior and senior in high school, I taught my school's journalism program. I designed lesson plans, gave lectures, graded homework assignments, and led my class in producing a paper that was ranked best in south-central Alaska by the Anchorage Daily News. All the while, I was working to keep highly-motivated, high-performing students interested and engaged while ensuring that students who needed more attention received the care and assistance they required. Over those two years, I developed an interest in education that has since guided me to pursue a career as an educator.
I tutor in the following areas: PSAT, PSAT Critical Reading, PSAT Writing Skills, SAT Critical Reading, SAT Math, SAT Subject Test in Literature, SAT Verbal, SAT Writing, Grammar and Mechanics, Literature, Public Speaking, History, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP U.S. Government & Politics, AP United States History, European History, and Geography. Of these subjects, there's nothing I like more than tutoring history. Schools frequently give this subject short shrift, and helping students understand the reasons and context for why history has unfolded the way it has is deeply rewarding.
I grew up in an educational tradition that focused on the student and saw the teacher as a facilitator who helps students cultivate knowledge. The teacher (or tutor) is a guide, but much of that role is tied to helping students find confidence so they can continue their education independently throughout their lives.
Outside of academia, I spend a lot of time reading (lots of non-fiction), writing, running, camping, watching movies, and cooking. I spend a lot of time playing with my cat, Midway, and doing what I can to help my wife through law school. I am also a die-hard soccer fan: I watch it; I play it; and I'm avid supporter of Arsenal FC, BVB Dortmund, and FC Barcelona.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Seattle University - Bachelor in Arts, Political Science and Government
AP US History
College Level American History
High School English
High School Geography
High School Level American History