I graduated from Princeton University in 2005 with an A.B. in Astrophysics, and a minor in Near Eastern Studies. After graduation, I lived in Egypt for a year and a half studying Arabic at the American University of Cairo. I had always been interested in foreign policy and the Middle East (my father was a diplomat in the region). When I returned to the United States, I worked for Exxon Mobil and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill before starting law school at Georgetown in 2011.
While in law school, I became a much more organized and effective thinker and explainer. In other words, I became a much better teacher. Law school gives you the skills to tailor your argument to the person in front of you. And I think this is what makes a good teacher. People learn in all sorts of ways, and it's the job of a good teacher to tailor his/her explanation of the material to the student's needs.
After law school, I have held several jobs. I clerked for a Federal Judge in Cleveland, worked in statewide public policy in Ohio for two years, and now I am a drug policy advocate and writer in New York.
I have a diverse set of interests and skills, and so I believe I can effectively tutor many different subject areas. I am an American History buff and have studied government/politics both in college and law school. I was trained in writing and public speaking in law school, and have employed both skills in various capacities since I graduated. I also can teach graduate test prep, including the LSAT.
In my free time, I am a pretty social guy. I play and watch sports. I spend a lot of time with my little nephew. And I like to read.
Undergraduate Degree: Princeton - Bachelors, Astrophysics
Graduate Degree: Georgetown University Law Center - Masters, JD
Playing and watching sports. Hanging out with my nephew. Reading for pleasure.
AP US History
College Level American History
High School English
High School Level American History
What is your teaching philosophy?
I am a good listener, which I think is absolutely essential to teaching. People learn in different ways, and so a teacher needs to tailor his/her explanation to the individual student. But to do that, he needs to listen. I think I'm a good combination of being serious and light-hearted. It's important to focus, but I think learning can also be fun too.