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I have been teaching for the past 12 years at a local public high school. I have taught a variety of social studies courses, including:

World History
AP World History
U.S. History
Societal Law

I have taught many of these classes at various learning levels (Inclusion, Academic, Honors, Advanced Placement) with great success. I also have taught students online through the Penn Hills Cyber Academy and challenging students through the Penn Hills Alternative Education Program.

I have received degrees and certifications from the following institutions:

University of Pittsburgh-BA History w/ related area in Economics-Cum Laude (December 2000): GPA-3.5

Carlow University-Teaching Certification in Secondary Education Social Studies (December 2003): GPA-3.8

Received Instructional II Certificate in Social Studies (May 2009)

I not only love teaching social studies, but I also make it a part of my life. I love watching historical documentaries and movies so I can learn more that I can pass on to my students.

In my spare time I enjoy doing activities with my wife and daughter, playing strategy and board games, watching sports and jogging. I am also very involved with my church, previously serving as youth coordinator and presently serving as an elder.

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Donald’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus - Bachelors, History


Loves to jog, enjoys spending time with young child and wife.

Tutoring Subjects

AP World History

College Geography

College Level American History

College World History

European History


High School Geography

High School Level American History

High School World History


Social Studies

US History

World Civilization

World History

World Religions

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe in student-centered teaching that engages students and requires them to make inquiries and connections to previous knowledge and concepts in order to understand current knowledge and concepts. The teacher is a guide in this sort of learning, a guide that moves student's learning towards rigor and relevance.

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

I would introduce myself to the student, find out where the student's strengths and weaknesses are in the academic area that they are studying, ask them if they are comfortable with a certain learning style (i.e.-visual, auditory), and then begin to adapt the tutoring session to best fit their strengths and learning style.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Not by giving students the answers that they seek but by guiding them to the answers that they seek through: 1.) Teaching of critical thinking skills. 2.) Teaching how to connect prior knowledge to present knowledge to make conclusions.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By showing the student that what they are learning builds off of previous knowledge and is building towards something that is relevant to their life.

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