I earned most of my bachelor's degree while on active duty in the United States Navy. I attended Old Dominion University, San Diego State University, and several other colleges. I finished a BSL at the State University of New York after I completed my Navy obligation.
My first two masters degrees (International Relations and humanities) were earned at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhodes Island.
I have a Certification of Advanced Graduate Studies in Education from the University of California San Diego. I am in the completion phase of a Certificate in World Art History from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.
I have a certification in Gender Studies, and I am completing a certificate in American Studies at Empire State College in New York.
I have a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Humanities from Salve Regina University, and I am in the completion phase for a Ph.D. in Humanities with a dissertation in Civil War History from Salve Regina University.
I have been tutoring for over twenty years, and I have been teaching in higher education for ten years.
I am versatile with my subjects. I am interested in tutoring philosophy, political science, art history, International Relations, and other social sciences. I tutored math in the Navy, so I can tutor math and science as well.
As a teacher and a tutor, I think of myself as pragmatic. I do what works. Most people learn by doing, and I can lend expertise and confidence.
I am in the process of creating a new approach to teaching and learning. My new method promotes teaching and learning by developing powerful and organized study skills and creating practice exams that teach subject matter along with clear thinking, effective writing, and logical reasoning skills. I have been using this method on my philosophy students with remarkable success.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Excelsior College - Bachelors, History
Graduate Degree: Salve Regina University - Masters, Humanities and International Relations
Swimming, art, history, bicycling, hiking and photography
AP Art History
AP US History
College Level American History
College World History
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Political Science
High School World History
High School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
This teaching philosophy is precise and accurate. Employers should know who they are hiring. What follows is a description of my passion for teaching, my teaching style, and the reason that I favor certain methods. I offer a simple what and why of my teaching philosophy. Passion: I view my role as a teacher as beyond describing topics and testing retention. I believe in developing content mastery and critical thinking for the sake of individual fulfillment and career efficacy. A liberal arts based education fosters strength, confidence, and creativity. My passion for teaching translates into operating as a hope broker for emerging generations of efficient workers and problem solvers. Employers and employees benefit from empowered workers. Style: I actively teach with a combination of constructivism, self-directed learning, group projects, and experiential learning. All of my methods are student centered. I use tests, but I prefer writing assignments and well-planned panel discussions over the ancient arts of rote memorization and cramming for exams. Sending students on a learning quest promotes creativity and self-efficacy. Group learning fosters teamwork and respect for our differences. Self-directed projects develop confidence and leadership skills. I offer some traditional lectures, but I teach with humor and discussion topics that I have plucked from real world situations and current events. Reason: Engaging deeply with history and political science help groups and individuals develop emotional intelligence and practical decision-making skills. History may not repeat itself, but it does rhyme and knowing history can promote caution over haste. Mastering philosophy, ethics, logic, and critical reasoning assist problem-solving at the personal, community, and career levels. Critical thinkers make the best troubleshooters, change agents, comedians, writers, advisors, and overall citizens. A humanities background enhances every career field. Rigorous inquiry into reason, efficiency, and efficacy are the foundations of robust business and public sector success. A liberal arts education with multiple approaches to humanities and philosophy affirmatively enhance all human virtues. Outcomes: A new world is emerging in the wake of industrialism and telecommunications booms and busts. Creativity and flexibility will be part of the economy that rises. Successful workers of the new century will be critical thinkers that hold mental fluidity and moral stability in the same space. I use the methods mentioned above to allow learners to emerge with the confidence necessary to develop fulfilling careers and live as engaged citizens.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I perform an assessment, I take stock of the goals of the student, and I begin a cooperative lesson plan for the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I have a strong commitment to building confident students.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I remind students that other students have struggled and succeeded.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I will take several approaches. Patience and understanding will prevail.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I have students read about their interests.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Compassion, humor, and patience will eventually get through to every student.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I am likely to use humor and the interests of the student to reinforce tough topics.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I ask students to let me know if they are struggling. I tend to give mini tests.