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Jonathan

I am in the process of transitioning careers from an attorney to a high school social studies teacher. I plan to start teaching in the fall. I have a rich background in a rigorous liberal arts education that
would enable me to tutor in a diverse range of subjects, as well as guide students to think more critically, read more closely, and write more crisply and powerfully. My legal education and experience have further enhanced these skills. Most importantly, I love learning and have come realize that it is my vocation to share and impart that love of learning in others.

As beautifully put by Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca in his moral epistles: “[P]art of the joy in learning
is that it puts me in a position to teach; nothing, however outstanding and however helpful, will ever give me any pleasure if the knowledge is to be for my benefit alone. If wisdom were offered me on the one condition that I should keep it shut away and not divulge it to anyone, I should reject it. There is no enjoying the possession of anything valuable unless one has someone to share it with.”

Undergraduate Degree:

University of Dallas - Bachelors, Politics

Graduate Degree:

University of Dallas - Masters, Humanities

Reading classic literature, philosophical works, psychological works; iTunes University courses; Exercising (hiking, walking/jogging, kayaking); Watching the Red Sox and Patriots; Meteorology

10th Grade

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Administrative Law

Adult Literacy

Ancient and Medieval Heritage

AP

AP US Government

AP US History

Business

Civics

Civil Procedure

CLEP American Government

CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

CLEP History of the United States I

CLEP History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present

CLEP Humanities

CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology

CLEP Introductory Psychology

CLEP Principles of Macroeconomics

CLEP Principles of Microeconomics

CLEP Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648

CLEP Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present

College Business

College Level American History

College World History

Comparative Literature

Constitutional Law

Contract Law

Criminal Law

MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

Ethics

Expository Writing

High School

High School Business

High School English

High School Level American History

High School World History

High School Writing

Human Geography

IB Economics

IB Economics HL

IB Economics SL

IB Geography

IB History

IB Literature and Performance

IB Philosophy

IB Philosophy HL

IB Philosophy SL

IB Psychology

Introduction to Poetry

Law

Legal Research

Legal Writing

Macroeconomics

Medieval Literature

Middle School

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing

Other

Persuasive Writing

Property Law

Social Sciences

STAAR EOC Prep

Summer

The Modern World

Tort Law

US Constitutional History

US History

Vocabulary

World Civilization

What is your teaching philosophy?

My ultimate aim in tutoring is to help students become more self-confident, independent learners and thinkers. My method is to combine catering to each student's individual learning style (visual, auditory, tactile/kinesthetic) with my strength as a coach/subject-matter expert. Where possible, I try to incorporate a student's interests in designing my lessons. The lessons themselves will be broken into "chunks" of time and material, after which I will check for understanding. If the student is agreeable, I like to occasionally combine teaching and a physical activity, such as taking a walk, shooting baskets, etc. I will regularly request feedback so that I can adjust my tutoring to better meet the student's immediate needs and longer-term goals.

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

Before the first lesson, I want to find out as much as I can about the student's interests and preferred learning style. I also want to know the student's specific goals for the tutoring sessions. I will request that the student bring all relevant course materials and the class syllabus to the first session so that we can get right to work. At the first session, I will introduce myself and my academic and professional background. I will also explain my philosophy of tutoring, my expertise in the subject matter and my love of learning. In addition, I will emphasize that I here to help and that literally no question that the student may ask is stupid or silly.