Few things in life are more rewarding than the ability to help and serve others. This is especially true in the field of learning as by learning we progress. The ability to share knowledge is a primary means by which we can help others to progress and achieve. I have been teaching and tutoring, in some form another, for many years; whether it be work with the Boy Scouts as a youth leader, tutoring academically, or teaching airline pilots as I do today I've always found it tremendously fulfilling. That is why I wish to continue this life long endeavor by tutoring through Varsity Tutors and help others to achieve, and exceed, their academic goals as well.
I'm a retired USAF pilot currently employed as an instructor pilot for the Boeing Commercial Aircraft Company. I've been instructing, both military and civilian, for over 30 years and enjoy it immensely. I've had the opportunity to work with people of many cultures and travel extensively; I've been to every continent multiple times, even Antarctica. I have two masters degrees, an MA in Information Management as well as an MS in Aeronautical Science and Aviation Safety. My undergrad degree is a BA in zoology. I'm currently awaiting acceptance to Clemson for an MS in Biology Instruction and am doing a math review leading to a certificate in Math Theory from Indiana. I recently finished a certificate in Weather Forecasting from Penn State. As I'm sure you can tell, I love to learn and consider learning a life long endeavor.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Brigham Young University-Provo - Bachelors, Zoology
Graduate Degree: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide - Masters, Aeronautical Science
running, biking, swimming, horses, dogs, yard work, woodworking, learning
10th Grade Math
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Math
5th Grade Science
ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep
ACCUPLACER College-Level Math Prep
ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Prep
CLEP College Mathematics
College Level American History
College World History
Elementary School Science
High School Biology
High School English
High School Geography
High School Level American History
High School World History
High School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in the Socratic teaching style. By questioning students I can find out their knowledge depth, weak and strong areas, and those subjects we may need to emphasize more. I also believe a very flexible teaching style is required, as all students learn at different rates and levels. Consequently, I need to be able to adapt to these levels and rates in order to have an effective session and ensure complete subject understanding.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The most important thing to do in any first session is to help the student relax and develop an atmosphere of trust. I get to know the student, their likes and dislikes, interests and hobbies, and basically what makes them tick. This might take a few minutes, but unless the student can trust you, it will be very difficult to have an effective academic session. Only after a foundation of trust has been developed, can the tutoring session begin. This will be different for each student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Primarily students need to think of learning as something that is a lifelong process; an endeavor that can be enjoyed even when not in school, and that will only make their lives better. The tutor can facilitate this by making the learning process one that is enjoyable; one in which the student is fully involved. If the student feels they have a critical interest in their own learning that can be enjoyable and will help them reach their goals they will become independent learners with a constant desire to seek new information and gain new knowledge that can be applied to them personally. Knowledge gain must be a personal endeavor for a student to become an independent and active learner.