I grew up in Tucson, AZ, during the 1980s and 1990s. During that time the city was small enough to feel like a village. My parents were folk singers who performed during the weekends at various parties attended by hippies. I did not like the parties, so I sought refuge in school. During the late 1980s and early 1990s my city was overrun by youth gangs selling various narcotics, so I found safety in libraries when I was not in school. To understand my parents and their hippie background I studied American history and world history. I wanted to escape my environment and I wanted to be a polymath (a modern term for a renaissance scholar) so I studied everything I could read. My studying habits helped me do well enough on standardized tests to get into Harvard University (class of 1998) and graduate school for my Ph.D. in political science (City University of New York, 2011). I started teaching high school and college students in New York City in 2004.
My studying habits helped me become a polymath. I taught across the social sciences at 2-year and 4-year colleges in New York City and Boston between 2004 and 2016. I moved back to Tucson, AZ, in 2016, where I taught high school social studies, English literature, and math. I also spent time in China, first in Beijing teaching international relations to future Chinese diplomats at China Foreign Affairs University, then in Shenzhen teaching world history and American history to junior high and high school students. I returned to Tucson, AZ, at the end of 2019 and started teaching again at different charter schools in the city.
I love learning and teaching many different subjects because I get excited when I discover relationships between different fields of knowledge. I get passionate when I successfully teach students of any age about these relationships. Whether the subject is world history, sociology, the natural sciences, mathematics, English literature, or the creative arts (including movies, theater, TV series, music and dance), there is always a relationship between one field of knowledge and another field. I love discovering those relationships with whomever I am tutoring.
My hobbies derive from my varied interests in academic subjects. I love watching movies and TV shows if the media feature good acting, writing, and directing. I love playing chess. I love reading research papers in my field and other academic fields. I'm learning to play the piano. I love discovering new music and novels by great writers. I also love traveling to new places around the world, learning about their cultures, and comparing their cultures.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Harvard University - Bachelor in Arts, Political Science and Government
Graduate Degree: City University of New York - Doctor of Philosophy, Political Science and Government
Chess, piano, photography, traveling to new countries
College Application Essays
College Level American History
College Level American Literature
College Political Science
College World History
GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
GED Social Studies
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Level American Literature
High School Political Science
High School World History
High School Writing
IB Global Politics
IB Social and Cultural Anthropology
IB World Religions
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization