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Patrick

I graduated from Gordon College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. I focused on political relations in Europe and Latin America. After graduating, I received my Master’s in International Relations, where I specialized in Spain-US relations. I have worked or interned for the Department of State, the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and two members of the United States Congress. I also had the opportunity to study at the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain, investigating international financial systems during the 2007-08 Financial Crisis. I had my first taste of teaching as an ESL volunteer as an undergraduate. I knew I had a passion for instructing; so while a student, I worked as a Teaching Assistant and later a Graduate Assistant for undergraduate courses. Don't let my Irish-American name fool you, I have worked in Spanish, French, and Catalan at the professional level. I plan to pursue a law degree in the near future. I bring eight years of research and writing and teaching in the US, Spain, Canada, and Chile, and I'm excited to bring my diverse background to the table in order to help you reach your educational goals.

Undergraduate Degree:

Gordon College - Bachelors, International Relations

Graduate Degree:

Boston University - Masters, International Relations

LSAT: 161

Travel, philology, skiing, writing, and trying new foods.

10th Grade

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

9th Grade

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

AP US History

College Economics

College English

College Level American History

College World History

Comparative Literature

Conversational Spanish

Elementary School

Ethics

High School

High School Economics

High School English

High School Level American History

High School World History

High School Writing

IB History

IB World Religions

Macroeconomics

Middle School

Other

Political Science

Spanish 1

Summer

US History

World Civilization

World Literature

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe motivation is contagious - when someone sees that you're excited to learn, they get excited too. I've been a successful didact in history, politics, and language because I learned how to make learning feel natural. Every lesson is like riding a bike: the learning is not necessarily easy, but once learned it becomes an important, usable skill you'll never forget.

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

Gauging the ability of student is essential. We will run through essential material so I can understand how you best learn. For example, I learned that I had language skills when I discovered that I learn by writing - not necessarily by typical classroom instruction. Every student will bring their own learning style, and my first lesson will simultaneously instruct you and measure your own native comprehension abilities.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

You wouldn't be here if you weren't ready to learn, so I believe your motivation is already there. If you have the desire to learn, I can set you on a course of discovery. I will direct your motivation to work hard, and to navigate you to greater skills and higher test scores.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

We both know that learning and skill sharpening takes hard work. There's no way around that fact. In my teaching experience, I saw other classrooms go from excited to blasé after a few weeks. What kept my student going strong? Spirits stay high when students see the progress they make and realize that hard work is rewarded by becoming more talented and skillful.