I love life and love learning. It gives me great joy to pass on to young people a love of learning, of books, of art, of poetry, of the important things of life.
Having jobs that have forced me to continually learn new and complex information and skills, I have great compassion for students needing coaching to unlock the power of the mind to learn. I relate well to children and teens, having fathered, mentored, and helped to teach six at home. I have substitute taught elementary through high school -- band and chorus and art and French and geography and social sciences.
I have been told I am a good teacher. At the Naval Academy I was chosen the best of 22 military instructors in the Leadership and Law faculty. I have co-authored one leadership text and authored a mobile crane training text. I am an industrial (mobile crane and rigging) instructor and examiner of distinction. My years of professional service in the Navy put me in very responsible positions where training, briefing, and teaching skills were required.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: US Naval Academy - Bachelors, Literature with European Languages
Graduate Degree: US Naval Postgraduate School - Masters, Religious Studies
Classical music, antiquities, foreign languages, archaeology, calligraphy, art songs, Relligion
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Reading
12th Grade Writing
1st Grade Math
1st Grade Reading
1st Grade Writing
2nd Grade Math
2nd Grade Reading
2nd Grade Writing
3rd Grade Math
3rd Grade Reading
3rd Grade Science
3rd Grade Writing
4th Grade Math
4th Grade Reading
4th Grade Science
4th Grade Writing
5th Grade Math
5th Grade Reading
5th Grade Science
5th Grade Writing
6th Grade Math
6th Grade Reading
6th Grade Science
6th Grade Writing
7th Grade Reading
7th Grade Science
7th Grade Writing
8th Grade Reading
8th Grade Science
8th Grade Writing
9th Grade Reading
9th Grade Writing
ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep
ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Prep
ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Prep
ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Prep
Ancient and Medieval Heritage
AP Art History
AP US Government
AP US History
CLEP American Government
CLEP Natural Sciences
CLEP Principles of Management
CLEP Social Sciences and History
CLEP Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648
CLEP Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present
College Level American History
College Level American Literature
College World History
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
High School Chemistry
High School English
High School Geography
High School Level American History
High School Level American Literature
High School World History
High School Writing
History Of Science
IB World Religions
Introduction to Fiction
Introduction to Poetry
Middle School Reading
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
SAT Subject Test in German
SAT Subject Test in German with Listening
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization
The Modern World
US Constitutional History
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
To coach the student through success and encouragement to become skilled in pursuing knowledge on their own.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
After greeting and introducing ourselves, I ask basic questions about interests, hobbies, and what they read. Then, I ask what they hope to gain by studying with a tutor. My goal is to discern their learning style and how to begin with the known (their background) and move to the unknown (the subject at hand).
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
1. Help them grasp their own learning style, 2. Present a multiple learning gate approach (reading out loud, tracing diagram with a finger, mimicry, and humor -- all to make a deeper impression on the mind's "learning center."
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Successes every session. Praise. For them to see real progress and confidence. Promote learning as the gateway to achievement and reward.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try another learning approach. Have them tell me what they do know by asking discerning questions.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Coach them to use a pacer, to scan, to gist, to read the topic sentence and the concluding sentence first, to teach them to trust their mind to process the page, to address, and to overcome the difficulties of the past.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
To respect them. To begin small. To take something they like and are motivated to do, and show how our subject can help them and be fun in that very area.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Success and praise. See the large vista of learning and its joys of pursuit. Enlarge the view beyond the current difficulty.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Constant feedback. Active listening. Ask leading questions. Study the student. Listen to what they say. Give them my undivided attention.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Begin small and praise their successes. Never scold. Never pull out the tapestry of learning just woven.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
When we begin, sound them out in a way that is subtle. Ask "diagnostic" questions about learning techniques like "how do you review?"
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
The experience is about THEM and not ME. I adapt to what they need and give them what they do not have. I am in a continuous feedback loop based on their responses/performance.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Applications (examples) that are visual in nature and evoke memory ("There was Caesar, stabbed through twenty times by his friends, and bleeding bright red onto the white marble floor . . ."), diagrams, sketches. I am a "blackboard" man. Songs. Ditties. Mnemonic devices. Whatever it takes. Whatever is fun and leaves a positive impression/reinforcement with the student.