Hallo und Gruess Gott! I am a native German – born and raised for the first 22 years of my life. I came to the States about 4 years ago to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies in the scenic state of Washington, and just moved to Dallas with my beautiful wife. At my previous college, I instantly became the Teaching Assistant for German, tutoring several students on a weekly basis in a language lab as well as on a personal level when needed. As my wife is from the U.S., I also try to teach her some German – with at least some success :)
I have always enjoyed languages, having formally studied French and English for 7 years each, and Biblical Greek for 3 years. Biblical Hebrew will be another daunting task for my upcoming studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, which I will be attending next Spring Semester.
Even during high school I tutored students in languages, and taught a semester-long Greek class last year. There were times in high school when I struggled especially with French, but grace and self-determination helped me buckle down and learn how to study. As teaching and education always have been my passion, I desire to teach what I had to learn by myself: knowing how to study independently! Hopefully I will be able to help you with that as you enjoy interacting with a stereotypical German :)
Moody Bible Institute - Bachelors, Biblical Studies
Dallas Theological Seminary - Masters, Master of Theology
What is your teaching philosophy?
I seek to live up to the common saying, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." My teaching philosophy is ultimately to teach students to teach themselves, and to give them confidence and the necessary skills so that they can master problems by themselves. This will give them joy and a sense of accomplishment, which will overflow into a mentality of lifelong learning.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First of all, I desire to develop a personal relationship. Teaching, as well as tutoring, is more than passing on knowledge. Part of the process of getting to know one another is to find out what the student needs to work on for the subject.