I hold a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, Davis, and a Juris Doctorate from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law where I was an editor the Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality.
My teaching experience began with gymnastics, which I coached at both a recreational and competitive level for 6 years. Engaging with students and helping them develop new skills or perfect old ones has always been exciting for me, more so when I can bring the student to a point where he or she actively seeks greater challenges. So, too, which scholarship.
My own interests have always been broad--my college education ranged from comparative literature, to linguistics, to genetics--and I encourage students to grow their own interests and apply what they've learned across subjects.
I attempt to tailor my teaching approach to the student, though for my methodology has a definite Socratic bent since in all cases I think it is more effective, in the long term, to help the student arrive at answers on his or her own rather than to supply them.
I am also an attorney licensed to practice in California, with all the experience in argument and technical writing that the position implies.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Davis - Bachelors, Philosophy
Graduate Degree: Indiana University-Bloomington - PHD, Law
Creative Writing, Chess, Sports, eSports, Entrepreneurship
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every student has the capacity to learn, though the teaching method that works best to bring the student to a point of understanding might require some trial and error to uncover.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Establish what the student wants to work on, what he or she feels are his or her strengths and weaknesses academically, and review some of the student's current work to establish a baseline.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Becoming an independent learner requires three things: first, an interest; second, a curious mind; and third, the confidence that one can teach oneself. In order to help a student become an independent learner, you have to nurture all three of these things.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Enthusiasm and goal oriented thinking, particularly discreet, short-term, obtainable goals that lead to a long term one.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Attempt to approach the skill or concept in a different way and, should all attempts fail, move on to something related and then return to the skill or concept in the future.