I have experience teaching from being a special education teacher and a philosophy, science and business professor. I love both teaching classes and working with students individually. I have Maryland certifications in many areas including special education, elementary and high school science.
I began my education at the University of Chicago, where I earned a B.A. in History and Philosophy Science, a M.S in Anatomy and Ph.D. in the Conceptual Foundations of Science. As part of this program I was a graduate teaching assistant for the medical school Gross Anatomy course. My dissertation focused on how various scientists perceived the body differently.
For two years I was at St. John's College in Annapolis, where I taught literary works by Homer, Virgil, Dante, Chaucer and Shakespeare as part of its Great Books curriculum.
In the last couple years I have also earned a M.P.S. in applied economics, which gives me a good background in statistics and data analysis.
In addition to teaching I have published on philosophy, history, science, medicine and economics. You can find many of my publications and the amazon page for a book I wrote by searching me online.
For information of a transition I made from being a professor to a public school teacher search "college professor finds rewards."
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Chicago - Bachelors, History and Philosophy of Science
Graduate Degree: University of Chicago - PHD, Conceptual Foundations of Science
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Anatomy & Physiology
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School Biology
High School Business
Middle School Reading
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I very much believe education should be student centered, where teachers guide students to come to an understanding of the subject matter through exploration. In beginning work, I ask students a lot of questions to get a knowledge of what they know. I then help us move from there to consider more complex aspects of the subject in gradual steps.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
We discuss what the student's goals are for the work we will do together. We will then go over the material, and I will ask lots of questions to get a good grasp of what their understanding is.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Find out what they are curious about and discuss that. In the discussions provide information on interrelated topics that they should consider.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Ask the student about everything they know related to the concept. Get an understanding on exactly what they know. Then talk about what they know and build up to the more difficult concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
We first look at the first sentence of every paragraph in the segment to get an understanding of the overall point. We then also look at the concluding sentences to build on that understanding. Then we start at the beginning and proceed sentence by sentence, considering how each one builds up the meaning and reflects up the overall point as we understood it from looking at the paragraphs topic and concluding sentences.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
We start by talking about the student's different interests. We then turn to how the material we are studying fits into them.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would have an extended conversation of what all their interests are. I would then try to find connections between their interests and the subject, and to come up with examples that use something they are interested in for the subject.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I ask them a range of questions starting with easier ones and progressing to more difficult ones.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I always acknowledge things they say are correct. I ask the student lots of questions to get a feel for just how much they know, and I will bring into the conversation things that they know well.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
We have an extended conversation about what the student knows. I also look at past assignments that they had done.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I ask the student lots of questions and look at the work that they can do. I then ask them to do tasks that they can do well that are relevant to what we are studying.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I write on lots of paper. We refer to any texts that are being studied. If it is a science class, then I will use specimens for making observations.